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The event was a billed as an attempt to commemorate the clash that happened between the same contestants in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago in the uproar over Confederate statues. That fiasco ended in the death of a bystander named Heather Heyer. Not a whole lot has changed since then, except perhaps the Left has become more strident in its calls to penalize white people for their crimes of “privilege,” no doubt further inflaming the Unite-the-Right crew. (And the anti-statue campaign has dropped down the memory hole.)

There was plenty of “hate” to go around on both sides Sunday. But those who were waiting for a climactic bloodbath in Lafayette Park must have been disappointed after a long day of tension when a big blob of rain hunkered over the District at suppertime and the theatrics concluded. Both the Antifas and the Unite-the-Right marchers had to go home and get out of their wet clothes. At least they could agree on that.

The cable TV anchors had issued the usual calls for “national unity,” exhorting President Trump to emerge from his Bedminster, New Jersey, golfing bunker and “bring the country together,” a sadly fatuous proposition. There is nothing to come together within. There’s nothing left of an American common culture besides a few Disney movies and that’s not nearly enough. That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle. It automatically negates shared values, so why even expect any agreement between groups contending for dominance?

The animosity will only grow sharper, and it will happen because of things that are roiling in the background now — namely, the unraveling global financial system. Some fireworks commenced at the end of last week when the Turkish Lira slumped. Who cares about the currency of a second-rate player in the global economy? A lot of SIFIs (“systemically important financial institutions”) otherwise known as Too-Big-To-Fail banks. That’s who. Deutsche Bank’s stock dropped over 6 percent when the Turkish Lira tanked on Friday.

Turkey’s nickname since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s has been “the sick man of Europe” and Deutsche Bank in the post-2008-crash era is widely regarded as the sick man of SIFI banks. One analyst wag downgraded its status a year ago to “dead bank walking.” Its balance sheet was a Cave of Winds littered with the moldering skeletons of malinvestment. If the European Central Bank (aka Germany) has to bail out DB, all bets are off for the Euro, which was showing serious signs of distress Friday. And who is going to bail out Turkey? If the IMF is your go-to vehicle, then you mean US taxpayers. Anyway, Turkey’s Lira is only one of several Emerging Market currencies whose hands have been called at the global poker table, where the four-flushers are getting flushed out. The Russian ruble was another one, ostensibly to the delight of America’s Destroy-Russia-at-All-Costs faction.

China is also having to play a round of super Three Card Monte with its currency, the yuan. President Trump’s tariff monkeyshines are shoving the Chinese banking system up against a wall of utterly irresolvable insolvency problems and threatening the stability of Xi Jinping’s one-party government. The Chinese export trade is at the heart of the world’s current economic arrangements. If you pull it out of the globalism machine, the machine will stop. It is going to stop one way or another anyway, but the gathering crisis of autumn 2018 will hasten that.

All of this is happening because the whole world can’t handle the debts it has racked up, and the whole world knows it. And knowing it, they also know that their debt-based currencies are worthless. And knowing that, they also know that absolutely everybody else is broke and unable to meet their obligations. That is some dangerous knowledge. For the moment, this dynamic appears to be working in the USA’s favor, with our dollar rising and what remains of credible foreign wealth seeking shelter here. But the time will come when that delusion goes up in a vapor, too, and the USA will find itself without the means to carry on, just like everybody else.

In the meantime, we entertain ourselves with the antics of Unite-the-Right and Antifa, two acting troupes composed of young people who have no idea what they will do with their lives when the economic condition of the land reveals itself to be more desperate than they ever imagined. The truth is, they’ll be fighting ever more desperately, not over abstractions but over the table-scraps of history.


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  1. AKlein August 13, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    Our host, JHK, takes the opportunity today – and again – to remind all who will listen – or think – that reality, being real, has a way of taking charge of events.

    • Neon Vincent August 13, 2018 at 8:38 am #

      One of the ways reality might take control of things is high energy costs, particularly higher gas and oil prices. I’ve been watching them for decades, because I learned last century that increased prices at the pump mean tough economic times. After a scare last month, and before that in May, oil prices fell below $70/barrel, so it looks like the U.S. economy managed to dodge a bullet for now. Should prices rise again and stay there for a while, the situation might look much different.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

        I am starting to question the pricing mechanisms of gas, oil, and energy for are not the suppliers of these commodities in bed with the state and federal governments? Why couldn’t the government control the pricing of these commodities in order to maintain the fraudulent economy and to keep the general public in line? I mean, all the Fed has to do is print up any money that would be needed to offset price increases and hand it to the suppliers. I cannot believe that this is not possible as long the rest of the world allows it.

      • My Point of View August 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

        Beware of Nov 6 when harder sanctions are to be applied to Iran who have vowed to close the Straits of Hormuz. Iran’s thinking is that if their oil can’t get to market then no one’s oil will get to market.

        I’d love to see the computer models of THAT scenario. $200 oil?

        Speaking of debt, I saw a number the other day that there’s $41T in bond market debt out there.

        • SpeedyBB August 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

          “…out there…” referring to Iran? Hard to believe.

          Has anyone noted how many countries have taken note and followed Khruschev’s playbook: ‘Talk tough – act cautious’? Turkey, Iran, China certainly.

          Only drunken reckless gambler Uncle “Bomb bomb bomb” seems ready to barge in and take charge at the slightest provocation, along with his iniquitous pets side-by-side in the Middle East.

          As for the Antifa / Neo-Nutsy confrontation, compared to Paris ’68 or Tokyo ’69 it sure seemed like small ‘taters. More media bums stumbling over one another than actor / goons.

    • Robert White August 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      When Professor Kunstler writes about Global Finance it is the best writing out there. Please get in Macroeconomic mode quick, Jim, because this thing is going down BIG time right now and you know it due to DB share price.

      Get out of Dodge before you can’t, Jim.

      all my best!

      Robert

      • MPG August 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

        When Jim writes about Global Finance its usually a pretty good buy sign. He never makes any attempt to figure out how bad bad stuff is. It probably won’t be a fun summer if you live in Turkey but it likely won’t cut into Netfllix subscription numbers. I thought Jim might take on Elon’s Tesla tantrum this week but racism calls once again.

        • Martymcfly August 14, 2018 at 10:35 am #

          Good point. If he and the Times both agree that Deutsche Bank are doomed, it might be time to buy the stock. It’s close to an all time low.

          • Robert White August 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

            Don’t forget to tell the good folks that the real Steve Eisman from the BIG Short movie fame is shorting Deutsche Bank and he is recommending that other players join him to short DB. DB Share Price has imploded more than 40% in the last year alone. If DB continues to lose Share Price they will wipe out the entirety of the EU & Wall Street because that act alone will undo the $1.8 Quadrillion dollar USD Dark Pool Derivatives Universe sending world markets exponentially further down the road to ruin & the Hegelian Death Spiral that will take the Western banking system down for the count.

            RW

          • Martymcfly August 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

            I think I will be comfortable staying in the stock market, and perhaps pick up a few shares of Deutsche Bank just to see what happens. The end of western banking is still at least a few centuries away.

  2. Martymcfly August 13, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    I’m pretty sure we won’t see this years economic doom predictions come true. Still, today’s NY Times did lend a bit of support to this column. But do you want the Times’ credibility?

    nytimes.com/2018/08/11/business/turkey-lira-crisis.html?rref=collection%2Fissuecollection%2Ftodays-n…

  3. akmofo August 13, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    What’s unreal is that after 40 years, with few exceptions, in Washington they still don’t want to admit that they were being played by China, the Soviets, and the members of the Jihadi coalition of the despotic and wicked like Saudia Turkey Iran Iraq Egypt Jordan, etc. No political reform will ever be forthcoming. In fact, it is now clear that the continued idiocy is too stupid to be stupid, so one can be very sure that it was kept in place by paid agents and enablers of these despotic regimes. (Insert Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama here).

    Fsck Charlottesville and “our” Soviet media propaganda (the “MSM” are foreign agencies controlled by foreign agents). I don’t want to hear about that staged propaganda nonsense. The real issue is China Russia and the rest of them. The continued multi decade abuse of the goodwill that the US extended to them in return for political reform needs to end! The diplomatic ties the economic ties the economic aid to these despotic regimes with their hostile and vile ideologies needs to stop now.

    President Trump will do well to ignore the Soviet media and their staged propaganda, and expose the American people to the real issues facing our future:

    youtu.be/seKRJ3JBQmc

    • shotho August 13, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      Wouldn’t he be better off ignoring the American media and their staged propaganda?

      • akmofo August 13, 2018 at 9:22 am #

        American media = Soviet propaganda

        • newworld August 13, 2018 at 9:24 am #

          I agree, the Soviet symps back in the day introduced multiculturalism.

    • Ol' Scratch August 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Soviet media? Literally, or figure of speech?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

        From a guy who thinks “the Vatican” runs the world – do you really care? Or think he knows or cares enough to make such a distinction?

      • njguy73 August 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        I recently spoke to a supposedly well-educated liberal. When I told her about how Russia renounced Communism back in 1991, she honestly expressed puzzlement. She knew the Berlin Wall fell, but wasn’t sure if Russia still had a communist government or not. It made me embarrassed to be a fellow liberal.

        • My Point of View August 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

          Today’s Russian government is a kleptocracy. Like our own GOP government.

          • njguy73 August 13, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

            Kleptocracy has been the norm throughout history insofar as human have been subject to government. Maybe Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, and Franklin Roosevelt have been exceptions. As John Derbyshire wrote in 2006:

            “Over most of the non-Western world, government is just an ATM for the clever, ruthless, entrenched, and well-connected. This simple fact is not much appreciated by Americans, though the evidence of it is all around us. Consider the flocks of illegal immigrants gathering at six thirty every morning on some street corner in your town. Why are they here? Fundamentally, because of the sheer excruciating crappiness of government in Central American nations. Citizens of those nations watch their corrupt elites shovel the national wealth into their private bank accounts. They look to the North and see a place where at least a day’s work will get you a day’s pay, which you will not then have to hand over as a bribe to some cop or official. So North they come, often bringing their native hesperophobia along in their baggage. It is humiliating enough to see people in a foreign land living far better than yourself. When the discrepancy is so great you are driven to trek across a desert in order to mow those people’s lawns for them, the humiliation is doubled.”

            johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/Britain/hesperophobiacontinued.html

          • Majella August 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

            Right on…

  4. shotho August 13, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    This is a serious message of our situation, if we care to pay attention. Especially cogent is the paragraph that begins “The cable TV anchors had issued . . . . .” Surely, there can be no ‘conversation’ on shared values, simply because there are no shared values and can’t be in a system of ‘multiculturalism’. You don’t create a stable culture out of thin air. It has to develop over time, a long time, of shared language, religion, family, economy and agreed upon ways of governance. We have been tearing down those ‘shared’ values for 2-3 generations to the point where there is now nothing to ‘converse’ about, except as Mr. K suggests, the spoils left to divide. And, those spoils are dwindling fast.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      Now do we imagine the Elite didn’t know what they were doing? They set out to take down America as a White Western Nation and have done so. Coincidently enough, the same thing is being done to every White Nation. No coincidence.

      New Hampshire is the next victim with the Times saying how tragic it was that minorities couldn’t move there and fine a community. How do we transform an entire state, they lamented. I’m sure they’ll find a way. Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill were certainly good at moving millions of people around and/or getting rid of millions they didn’t like. Eisenhower was good too – as is Merkel.

      • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

        Don’t forget, Janos, the Times is owned by Carlos Slim. There’s a good article by Allan Wall today at Vdare about the influence of Mexico vis a vis Russia & why there’s no outcry. Check it out.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

          Slim? What kind of name is that? Doesn’t sound very Spanish. Is he, you know, one of Them? The ones you need special glasses to see?

          They live. We sleep.

  5. George August 13, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    “For the moment, this dynamic appears to be working in the USA’s favor, with our dollar rising and what remains of credible foreign wealth seeking shelter here. But the time will come when that delusion goes up in a vapor, too, and the USA will find itself without the means to carry on, just like everybody else.”

    Even the USA can’t fight everyone at once. If the Russians would quit listening to those among them that have swallowed the Neoliberal Kool Aid, and join forces with the Chinese, they would have fairly decent hands to play, at least relative to the juice Uncle Sam has available. Add to this the desperate last acts of a few to-big-to-fail Eurozone banks such as Deutsch Bank and the infamous RBS, and you’ve got the making of one heck of a financial superstorm. In chaos theory, it only take the beat of a mosquito wing on one side of the planet to cause a hurricane on the other side.

    • shotho August 13, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      George, you make a lot of sense. The Russians and Chinese together have no reason to continue the reign of the dollar and will do what they can to changeover to something more congenial to their situations. They, of course have their own set of problems, especially the Chinese. The USA has no more juice available; only what it can convince the world of its solvency and that cannot last much longer.

      • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

        USA economic system almost died in 2008. I think the bankers did this, so that they could print more paper money.
        Now, 2018, its like a cliffhanger, or something.

      • George August 16, 2018 at 11:53 am #

        I think you could add to this what’s happening in Turkey. Erdogan has been hinting for some time that he was considering steering Turkey towards other alliances, something he reiterated again this week. If the Asian countries turned their focus to the New Silk Road initiative, it’s possible for there to be an economic critical mass sufficient enough to counter the US/UK and the EU vassal states.

        But the US, by some accounts, has weaponized the Dollar by raising interest rates. As a consequence, a lot of currencies are losing value.

        In China there’s a plethora of unregulated peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders that over the years have lent in excess of $ 1.5 Trillion renminbi. Those investors that funded these informal loan facilities have been pulling out their investments. The number of P2P lenders has plummeted. There’s a lot of non-performing P2P loans. If this New Silk Road initiative takes off before a substantial Chinese economic crisis, they may be able to pull out of it. If not, China may be obliged to let US financial services into China to avoid a serious crisis. Were that to happen, any margin potential associated with the New Silk Road would be lost to interest paid to Western Rentiers.

        Get ready to score another win for Neoliberal Economics and another loss for Classical Economics.

    • GreenAlba August 16, 2018 at 6:03 am #

      RBS may be infamous (I certainly dumped my account with them after their shenanigans) but they’re not in the Eurozone.

  6. Georges1202 August 13, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    And still the rich continue to engorge themselves on the twitching carcass of the Middle Class. NYT article today about who gets the benefit of the latest tax giveaway outrage – my God, who would have thought that the rich would benefit!? You can knock me over with a feather.

    And of course it will never stop there – there is no ‘enough’ with these snuffling pigs invited back to the trough by ‘Foreclosure King’ Steve Mucnhkin, pushing to index capital gains so the rich can again feed.

    Do hope there is enough left over for ‘Space Force’ – haven’t seen the comatose Pence so animated since he slithered in the VP chair anlong with his moronic boss.

    • benr August 13, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      Hey George 1202 you just don’t get it do you? When the progressive rabble scream about the 1% they mean you! When they talk about white privilege they really mean anyone in the west! When these lily white fools are screaming at black women who extoll Conservative values while wearing all black and face masks you know you now live in the twilight zone.

      • Georges1202 August 13, 2018 at 10:17 am #

        I am infinitely grateful that a towering intellect like yourself has spared a few minutes to set it all straight.

    • Anon1970 August 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      Georges 1202: I think you are talking about yesterday’s opinion piece in the NY Times. The reality is that millions of Americans have been voting against their economic interests for years because of their religious beliefs and deserve what they get from greedy Republicans. The hot button issues of gay marriage and abortion were a God send for tax cutting Republicans.

      • My Point of View August 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

        And in yesterday’s NYTimes their religious whack hack Ross Douthat told the GOP to “keep promising” more of the same. As long as the GOP “promises” then the gullible rubes will pull the lever for them –even as Ryan cuts their Social Security and Medicare to help pay for tax cuts for the 1% crowd.

        GOP employs not just a White Spite Strategy; but also a Party of Stupid strategy that stands tall, proud and ignorant on science, contraception, green energy, medieval religious sensibility, nuance, complexity, healthcare, infrastructure, campaign finance corruption, massive voter suppression, staggering income inequality and what Isaac Asimov called a ‘strain of anti-intellectualism that’s been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”’

        This is the GOP recipe for electoral ‘success’ given the reality that – as Napoleon put it – “in politics, stupidity is not a handicap”.

        It’s also a recipe for national self-destruction, as 38 years of Randian Reverse Robin Hoodism have amply demonstrated with America’s cratered wages, IQ’s, roads, healthcare, and cratered views of facts, evidence and reality.

        Democrats are not only at an electoral disadvantage due to Russian-Republican rigging via gerrymander, voter suppression laws, the Electoral College and the undemocratic Senate structure, they’re also disadvantaged because reality is complicated and requires complicated solutions above and beyond the simple idiocy of Making America Great Again Snake Oil.

        Trump University looked great before it was shut down for massive consumer fraud.

        The ‘new and improved’ Trump University will be no different.

        Flush the Trump Toilet on November 6 2018.

        • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

          Kids competed to see who could hack the US elections (simulation) the fastest. The winner did it in 2 minutes, but 35 out of 39 of them were able to do so as well.

          mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/165340524bde9acc?projector=1

          It sounds ominous when some intelligence agencies tells us with straight faces that Russians were hacking the US elections in 2016.

          Come on, guys. That’s child’s play? Give these kids a real challenge!

          The real threat are domestic hackers within the intelligence agencies, not foreign hackers. And it doesn’t even take a serious amount of education to do it.

          It’s pretty obvious that we haven’t had a real election since the voting machines were computerized.

          • Anon1970 August 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

            Before there were personal computers, good old fashion ballot box stuffing served the same purpose. Urban legend has it that in the 1960 election, Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago and his underlings made sure that there were enough extra votes for JFK in Chicago to give Illinois to the Democrats. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  7. Kafkaesque August 13, 2018 at 9:32 am #

    The creed is greed

  8. newworld August 13, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    2008 was bankster games with the FED as conspirator, Ol’ Gentle Ben was withdrawing “liquidity” in the face of some reckless banks’ implosion and for the benefit of some of his friends and Obama who needed the crisis.

    • shotho August 13, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      Helicopter Ben was withdrawing liquidity in 2008?

  9. FincaInTheMountains August 13, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Briefly about everything: North/South Stream, Hagia Sophia and Fort Knox

    I do not understand what is happening tactically. In particular, I have too many explanations for the maneuver with the South Stream and Turkey in general. For example:

    From my point of view Turkey is doomed – it will be taken apart by the Kurds, and cooperation with it is the same as buying a cat in a sack. But if Turkey starts to disintegrate, then the notorious hub can easily find itself on the Russian territory along with the Straits and Hagia Sophia.

    But strategically, I understand that Vladimir Putin is saying goodbye to the idea of forcing the West to cooperate on Russian terms.

    You will not believe it, but all this time Vladimir Putin wanted to achieve a situation in which Russia’s interests in the post-Soviet space in general and in Ukraine in particular would be taken into account, but Russia would remain integrated into the world economic system.

    And he always limited his freedom of actions, counting on the fact that after the mutual accusations of type “you Hitler”, “you Hitler, too” Russia and the West will return to the policy of cooperation in the fight against the economic crisis that was engendered by the West and in the long-term perspective hits West the hardest.

    And Russia, which from the pitch of Neoliberal crowd created significant euro-dollar reserves, would not want to burn them in the furnace of the crisis and was ready to cooperate with the West in overcoming this, without exaggeration, cancer of the Western economic system.

    But this oncology was complicated by the morphine drug addiction, and having sliced through the veins with shale oil, the West imagined that it had no cancer and like a goat jumps across the continents, happily bleating “God bless America”.

    And this bleat may last for a long time, as there is plenty of morphine in the West now. It’s another matter that a goat may be an old smelly goat, and Russia will not have the will/time to develop the domestic market, reduce its foreign exchange expenditures, while introducing a pair of Ruble/Yuan and starting to master all accomplishments of Stalin’s socialism in conjunction with the Juche idea.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juche

    In general, I think that nobody has a coherent plan of action except Satanists from the NSDAP – neither Russia, nor the West, nor China, and all act purely according to a current situation and tactically. In particular, the maneuver with the South Stream may mean a primitive reduction in Gazprom’s expenses.

    But strategically, a maneuver with Turkey can be a smokescreen for the preparation of Russia and China to collapse the Western economic system by declaring that they together bought up the entire Fort Knox and there is no gold, including the one that the US allies sent there.

    It’s a pity of course that the stabilization fund and other funds will disappear, but they are needed only for trade with the West, and if the West does not want to trade with Russia and in every possible way cheats when exchanging their lousy candy wrappers for real shit, then fuck ‘em!

    In short, maestro, cut the march!

  10. lsjogren August 13, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    I am not as concerned about identity politics taking over our country as Kunstler is.

    What concerns me a lot more is that a substantial portion of the population, 40% perhaps, no longer believe in the rule of law. Open borders, cheerleading the massive abuses of power by the Mullergate vigilante mob, support for left wing crackpots on the federal bench who rule with a depraved indifference to the law and the constitution, etc.

    • JohnAZ August 13, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      L

      That portion wants the law changed to a socialistic slant. Why? So they can dictate where the economic output goes, namely themselves. Using the government, they “steal” the output of an economy in the form of taxes, fees and regulations to hamper the achievers. The problem here is without the achievers to lead the way, the economy flounders. AKA Venezuela, USSR, China etc. The entrepenurial spiriit must be encouraged, not discouraged. Our own history during the eight years following 2008 is just another example. All Trump has done is partially remove the impediments to the entrepenuers of the country.

      The EU is a living example. An entrenurial manufacturing society in Germany, and less so in France and Britain, has been supporting service economies especially tourist areas surrounding the Med. The US has exactly the same situation, “rich” States supporting not so rich States. In both cases, when the “not so rich” countries, or states, start becoming a more of a drag on the “rich” states than the “rich” States can afford, the overall economy goes into debt. Eventually if things worsen, become more socialistic, “the government will solve the problem”, the economy comes down. The entire world is approaching this point. The US apparent resurgence is a flight to safety by the global economic powers. A really nteresting turn of events.

      • shotho August 13, 2018 at 11:53 am #

        But how safe is the USA? I guess we’re about to find out.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      A false distinction. If the illegals were legalized as Bush Jr suggested, it would still be criminal in any real terms – as per Natural Law. Man made Law must be based on THAT or it is nothing.

      All politics assumed Identity. If they don’t, then “identity politics” comes into being to right the wrong and correct the imbalance. Hispanics have a different identity than Whites. That means War. Ditto the Blacks. That means more War. Think the Elite don’t know this?

      Questions? Google the etymology of “nation”. Then google that of “country”. A country is just a small empire that failed to conquer anything so it gets conquered by immigrants. The Elite want the whole World to be their Country. No natural people anywhere, just beige colored, transgendered mutts on Soma everywhere.

      • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

        They never thought it through, did they? Scary thought.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

          Sure they did. War on American soil is their way of “powering down” until They alone remain powerful and the Light of Lucifer (Albert Pike) can shine freely here and everywhere else.

        • Tate August 14, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

          Wow, that’s a can of worms that I don’t even want to touch here. Maybe even a scarier-er thought than that which I posited. But I suppose if true, then we would never know about the behind-the-scenes maneuvers, so why worry about it until the Lord returns, and He surely will at the time of His choosing.

  11. RobH August 13, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the “unalienable rights” which the Declaration says have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect.

    Well, that sounds like multiculturalism goes back a while

    That says you can be a whole lot of things and be left to get on with it surely?

    • Georges1202 August 13, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      The US was formed as a republic to protect white male property owners. And, so much has changed, just look at our enlightened time.

      • JohnAZ August 13, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        That is the basis of the US Constitution, to protect the property rights of everyone. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness are the result of the revolutionary Declaration of Independence. Not Happiness, but the pursuit of happiness. The results of people’s pursuit of happiness are protected by the property rights of the Constitution. That is why the Socialists want the Constitution sacked, so they can steal the assets of the country from the folks that created the wealth. Right now, they Constitution protects property, i.e. Wealth rights.

        • Anon1970 August 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

          In 1787, “everyone” did not include black slaves. They certainly did not have liberty or property rights. Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner himself.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        Exactly. You think it’s bad and I think it’s good. We should have just set up a continent wide charity ward for Blacks and Indians with Whites as their slaves instead. Oh well, we’re getting it right now….

    • ozone August 13, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      RobH,
      It’s the *protection* of those inalienable rights by and for all citizens that is the commonality. Making sure your citizen neighbors have those rights (and that they aren’t being abridged by overbearing authorities or your basic assholes) is participation in our common culture. Pretty simple, but a serious responsibility that goes beyond poking and swiping at the social media screen all day to see how many yellers are yelling yells that we might agree with.

      (As you might tell, I don’t think the screen-staring is an indicator of real connection or true interaction. Socially, unhealthy.)

    • shotho August 13, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      The values stated are the ones upon which I viable culture was formed; and the ones of Judeo-Christianity. It was all one culture until those values began to erode in the mid-20th Century.

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      Yes RobH, the Declaration extended Americans the right to kept alive, be free to do what they wanted to do, and to “pursue” happiness. It never guaranteed them happiness, only the right to pursue it. And to pursue it you either had to sit there on the street corner and beg for scraps from passers by or work for it. Unfortunately in today’s America, government handouts facilitate sloth rather than encourage work and those who have risen to the top have been able to turn theft, fraud, and corruption into so huge an enterprise that it will certainly destroy the nation before it is done away with. Nice try George, Thomas, John, it worked for a while but it does not work anymore.

      • Anon1970 August 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

        You forgot stealing, whether it is mugging someone on the street for their wallet and/or their i-phone or robbing people of their investments through massive investment fraud.

        • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

          A welcome addition, thank you.

  12. BackRowHeckler August 13, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Pretty good assessment of the overall situation, Jim. Our local newspaper summed up the weekends street disturbances in DC as simply good vs. evil, Antifa and Blackblock good, the 25 or so white nationalists, evil. There was no mention whatsoever — and there never is — of the black hole of worldwide debt lurking in the shadows, poised to devour the entire civilized world.

    Well, in St. Louis County the Black Lives Matter candidate will be the next Chief Prosecuting Attorney. The 3 main planks in his campaign platform seems to be he will not enforce the law, will get even with whitey (Time to settle scores!), and may reopen the Michael Brown case. This was enough to put him over the top, which is not good news seeing as how St Louis has the 3rd highest murder rate in the United States already. I don’t see things in St Louis getting any better, and not to be alarmist, but if I were a white person living anywhere near that County I’d think seriously about getting out real quick, before its too late. I recently learned of the term ‘Feral Cities’, cities where the rule of law has evaporated and civilization no longer exists — Mogadishu, Djibuti, Jo burg, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, St Louis …

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      They’re still going over the tapes of Cville One, seeking to destroy any White who participated. A Marine was recently kicked out of the Marines for being involved. This is what our lack of ethnic consciousness has lead to. It was inevitable once we become multi-racial with our Enemies firmly in control of the levers of power.

  13. teddyboy46 August 13, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    I have always admired JHKs ability to explain complicated events and dynamics in a way anyone can understand, and i love the sarcasm.

  14. Paul Ford O'Neil August 13, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Morning James,

    Walking with a media friend through last nights DC downrpour to evening Holy Mass, we were struck by the complete absence of noise, police or protesters from the streets ALL DAY!

    Truly a first-class example of political/social kabuki theater, which reminds me of a favorite slogan of the anti-war movement in the 1960s:

    “What if we threw a war and nobody showed up?

    Tally Ho from the confluence of the Anacostia & Potomac!

    PFO

  15. Paulo August 13, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    regarding: That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle.

    I don’t think the discord is a result of multi-culturalism. I believe it’s mostly a result of the lies being apparent and no longer covered up. There is no freedom, only debt slavery. The ‘free’ elections are rigged by corporations or the electoral college and gerrymandering. The leaders have no values or belief system to inspire. religions are as corrupt and venal as politics. Plastic junk and a two car garage just isn’t as appealing as it once was. The hamster wheel is running too fast.

    What I have found interesting in Canada is our mosaic population is more and more united in opposition to America. You guys might just need to hate some more. Make some new villians. Bomb some more countries. Save the World and give it freedom.

    God help us…the loons are running a country bristling with nukes and those loons are as dumb and hapless as feared. Omarosa as an advisor? Bolton? Trump, the leader? We are fucked.

    • shotho August 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      And you really think Trudeau and his new speak is better? Well, hold on to that thought.

    • Tate August 13, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      “What I have found interesting in Canada is our mosaic population is more and more united in opposition to America. You guys might just need to hate some more. Make some new villians. Bomb some more countries. Save the World and give it freedom.”

      You’re being facetious (I think) but this has always been the way that governments weld their disparate “mosaic” populations together. That is, if they’re not fortunate enough to govern a people united by ties of language, religion, heritage & custom. Uniting against a common perceived external enemy is the go-to strategy of empire — as old as the hills — to keep the empire jerry-rigged together. And if those perceptions of external threat are entirely manufactured a la Wag the Dog, well that’s just the price we pay for Unity.

      So that’s just what we need, right, even more of that immigration, more diversity, to make us even more war-mongering? The two-minute hate will begin now. /s

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

        Wait – you think he’s kidding? He doesn’t have a sense of humor about such things. He’s dead serious. Whites are bad. He keeps an o on the end of his to show his ethnic bona fides.

        Or are you kidding about him kidding? This is what they believe, believe it or not. It’s Fundamentalism.

        • Tate August 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

          Good point. But I never expected him to reply.

      • bibliomaniac August 14, 2018 at 9:11 am #

        Tate–Just to let you know that many of us below the border here sincerely respect the Canadians and their government. My late brother, no arrogant dummy ( he used to claim that all they did in his Mensa meetings was “sit around and play cards”), spent most of his life and working career for a company in Canada.

        He married a Canadian lass and developed a hearty respect for the Canadians and their culture, as did I. So “Hi-Yah, eh?”

        • Tate August 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

          bibliomaniac, where do you get the idea I have any disrespect for Canadians as a people?

  16. TiredOfTheTreadmill August 13, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    But of course America has a culture: consumption. Buying shit you don’t need. Hustling anyone and everyone out of a buck. Getting ahead by stepping on the face of that person just below you. Conspicuous consumption to show your superiority. Turning everything into a winner takes all contest broadcast on reality TeeVee.

    All of which seem like the building blocks for creating absolute hell on Earth when this economic house of cards tumbles.

  17. janet August 13, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    “It’s the *protection* of those inalienable rights [life, liberty, pursuit of happiness] by and for all citizens that is the commonality. Making sure your citizen neighbors have those rights…” –ozone

    I also want to make sure my green-card-holding neighbors… and those residents with whatever class of visa they have… also have those rights. I also want to make sure my non-citizen neighbors who have no documents also have those rights. They are basic human rights. They are universal.

    Read the founding document more carefully: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    It doesn’t say “all citizens” it says ALL MEN.

    “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    It doesn’t say all white heterosexual property-holding men, it says “one people”, it says “mankind”, it says ALL MEN.

    Go see the movie, RGB… “men” is part of the word “women.”

    ALL…. not just white heterosexual property-holding men.

    “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”

    THE PEOPLE…. not all white heterosexual property-holding men.

    “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither…”

    IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED BY THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

    “and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies…”

    THE GOOD PEOPLE (men and women, not just all white heterosexual property-holding men.)

    Half a million bikers gathered in Sturgis, North Dakota. They are not Volodya’s pointy-headed elite. They are the embodiment of fly-over country… and they are happy.

    “We got really a lot of people that are in private business and industry that camp here and what they’ll tell you is that it’s the Trump bump,” says Rod Woodruff, owner of the Buffalo Chip, a sprawling complex of campgrounds, bars and concert stages. “The economy is so good and people are feeling so good…there are no signs of the much-analyzed “economic anxiety” that impacted the 2016 election, only utter devotion to President Trump.”

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

      You probably are not smart enough to realize it (excuse me if this is not the case), but your blathering and whining is really not achieving anything productive. In fact it really makes you look bad and sometimes even evil. If you think that your violent ranting against white people somehow makes people feel sorry for whoever you are or whoever you think you are helping, you are wrong. Those who cannot or refuse to work within a system such as ours can never earn anything because they do not offer the system any value. They must rely on the benevolence or caring of those that do produce value, or turn to violence or crime in order to survive. Bitching and moaning about Whitey does not endear us to you understood? And we are not going to be driven mad or to violence because of your rants, you are harmless unless you actually take to the street and make it happen.

      Blaming it all on rich white men is pure horse shit and everybody knows that. None of us that struggled within the system to have our lives ever really gave a shit about what color or what race the people above or alongside us were, they were all and all remain fellow competitors. White guys don’t care about white guys you fool, we are their competitors just as much, and even more so than the others. Find another tune to sing or another street corner on which to cry. You are not adding any value here. .

      • Ol' Scratch August 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

        Don’t get your BP up, Walter. You can’t argue with an algorithm. He/she/it’s just an agent provocateur.

        • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

          cant win an argument with 10 super computers?

          • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

            No perhaps not but maybe if they are fed with sufficient logical input they may alter the program to make it less offensive.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        Well said, Walt. And how utterly tragic. White guys don’t care about White guys. And this is why we’re losing America to people who do care about each other.

        America was thus doomed from the start once the old ways gave way to Capitalism cubed. Cuz you see, the first White did care about each other. We could have never got this far with your head set.

        • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

          I assure you Janos that I care about everybody at least to some extent for we are all members of the same race, the human one. I could never care more or less for one than another based solely on color or race because I have seen great good as well as great evil done by all races and all colors. I may have and still do compete with many others for many things, but in the grand scheme, I, we accomplish far more when we can assemble teams of people that can work together for common goals. It is to those people, regardless of outer appearances, who care and are willing to strive for productivity rather than fight against it that I give my allegiances to. Yes, they get special treatment, but they have earned it. I am big on earning and not so big on special treatments based on superficial details.

          Have you ever considered that if white people stood together based on color alone the American colonists and the British could never have fought a war for independence?

          • Tate August 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

            “Have you ever considered that if white people stood together based on color alone the American colonists and the British could never have fought a war for independence?”

            It’s certainly something to think about, Walter. In that case, did greed divide us? And it’s been the creed of America ever since, disguised as an appeal to universal human rights?

            Wasn’t it Deng Xioping who replied, when asked about what he thought of the American Revolution, “it’s too soon to tell.”

          • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            Great observation Tate, for greed not only divides but destroys all that is infects. Sounds like something Deng might have said, but he certainly is credited with saying…

            “China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one… If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialist, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”

            Fell free to replace the word China with the letters USA in the above quote.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            Yes, and America would still be a great place. The victory over the Indigenous Savages was the main thing. Now that Whites have stopped valuing themselves, the downfall of America is assured. Just cuz you don’t think about Race (because of Christianity, alas) doesn’t mean other Races have stopped thinking about getting over on us.

            I assure you the Pioneers did NOT have ideas like this. We could never have taken America from the Indians if they did.

            You’ve heard about South Africa, right? They’re going to steal from White legally by changing the Constitution.

        • Anon1970 August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

          The most destructive war in American history largely pitted one group of white men (Yankees) against another group of white men (Southerners).

          • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

            And all that with the intent (arguably) and result (not arguably) of freeing black men. Go figure.

    • Gonga Din August 13, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

      All I can say is that the “one people” referred to still refers to the same group, which is now misinterpteted to include all persons now residing in the United States.

    • Exscotticus August 13, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

      janet-bot, the DoI is not a legal document. It is an influential document—but not a legal one. It confers no rights whatsoever. In particular, it confers no rights to immigrants. It doesn’t “welcome them”.

      It was written entirely by property-owning cis-genered white males of Christian European descent. Glad you like it.

  18. Walter B August 13, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    You have to feel sorry for the poor public of today and especially the young ones. In the old days the government in Washington, though corrupt even then still was concerned and maybe even cared a little about marches, causes and open public opposition to their schemes and policies. Today they simply do not give a damn for they have come to realize that the technologies and control that they have over the public is almost total. They know that the masses don’t really give a damn but do these things mostly as another form of the constant entertainment that they are addicted to. It takes commitment and staying power to effect real change and the government knows for a fact that this no longer exists out there in the audience.

    Fiat currencies all have an actual value of $0. They only retain the power to buy things when all parties in the system agree that value exists. The mass printing of worthless paper and digital wealth has had one effect and that is that it has allowed those who are in control to hoard real assets of value in vastly greater quantities than the little guys who are in reality, only saddled with debts, not assets. Once the little guys can no longer acquire enough consumables to keep them quiet, the system will either fall apart or be shut down by the haves to keep the have-nots from attacking them for consumables. This is supported by the fact that the have-nots always go after the closest, easiest targets. The have-nots never go after the wealthy, they are not that smart nor that motivated. They are have-nots for a reason you know. Its going to get interesting and sooner rather than later I would think.

    • volodya August 13, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      I understand your pessimism and rage at people for letting themselves get played, not just for a little while, but for decades. You know the story, multitudes listening to the race and identity horse-shit, the tranny washroom baloney and those on the other side of the political ledger smilingly accepting their destitution as “good, proud, patriotic” Americans because this is what a – cough – free and unfettered market dictates.

      Yet, yet, like K-dog said a while back, it does appear that Kansas isn’t buying the usual Republican bull-shit anymore as the election of Trump shows, the election of Ocasio-Cortez on the Democratic side may show some unloosening of the mental shackles there.

      And you also have the example of history. It took a long time but the Czar and his family really did get stuck down a mine shaft, the Chinese, Cubans, Koreans, Vietnamese Cambodians really did up-end their ruling regimes for better or worse. And, further back in time, the French really did a number on their own ruling aristocracy.

      Hope isn’t all lost IMO. As you say, it’s going to get interesting sooner rather than later.

      • shotho August 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        People throughout history have always let themselves “get played”, as long as someone else is footing the bill.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

        I hope that I do not come off as having any rage or even too much anger because I assure you that I am more sad than angry over all of this. I do get sick and tired of seeing the whiners bitch and moan about having to compete against white men but then who does not compete against white men? Or how about competing against minorities with Affirmative Action and special handout programs? Fact is, if you want something, you are going to have to compete to get it or rely on hand outs. Piss off enough of us who give and watch the handouts stop. Maybe that’s the answer, cut the whiners off and let them resort to violence and have the police and the gangs solve the problem once and for all.

        You are right about the fact that Mr. Trump’s election was a clear indicator that people may be waking up. Let’s hope it continues.

        • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

          Or how about competing against minorities with Affirmative Action and special handout programs?
          when they never suffered any setbacks, as they just entered USA recently.

          Yellow people are 3 billion, yet listed as a minority.

      • Tate August 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        Race & identity come first (“… for ourselves & our posterity”), then a people can afford to talk about universal rights. The founding fathers never questioned this; that’s why there were no debates on it. The first Naturalization act was signed into law in 1790 before the Bill of Rights was even ratified & it specified only free white Europeans of good character need apply.

        So what do we do now? I guess, just like in my reply above to Paulo, we go to war. Or we admit we have nothing in common among our various “identities” & seek amicable ways to separate.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

        And things were better after those revolutions? Oh Folly, Folly, Folly.

        The last King of France was kept naked in a cold, dark room, forced to sing dirty songs about his murdered parents. These are the people you want to rule you. After about of year of this torment, he died. One of the faithful was able to secure his heart, and it was kept as a relic for two hundred years until finally interred with honor a few years ago.

        • Sean Coleman August 14, 2018 at 6:29 am #

          You saved me having to make this point. Folly, the insanity of crowds.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

            Yeah and the Catholic Church is now being publicly rocked with Homo scandal on a global scale. It’s not just many locales anymore. Yet still you sleep.

          • Sean Coleman August 15, 2018 at 5:10 am #

            It is common for people to recognize certain mass delusions while labouring under others. RCC paedophilia is one, as shown by a number of cases I have shown you here. Your argument (such as I have seen it here) relies on one absurd article (by a female writer with poor judgement) about the ridiculous Chilean ‘scandal’. (The priest who committed the abuse (or ‘abuse’ seeing as the main complainant, complaining decades after the event, says it happened between the age of 15 and 23!) is one thing, but a cover-up by his bishop and the Pope (for heaven’s sake) is quite another.) There is clearly a problem with homosexual priests abusing or having relationships (depending on one’s point of view) with youths which you are most likely grossly exaggerating. Paul Shanley in the Boston case was one of these but he was convicted (and the Church paid out millions) of abuse of little boys. In one case he was supposed to have pulled him out of class regularly to abuse him (and others) for SEVEN years, from the age of 6 to 13, without anyone ever noticing anything. I read that the complainant had had 17 stays in various mental institutions and had threatened his father and others. The standard argument is that the ‘abuse’ caused such behaviour. The standard argument is, as usual, nonsensical. Oh yes, the reason he waited so long (and that the others waited so long) to make the complaint was that the memories had been ‘repressed’. Shanley was an ‘icon’ of the ‘gay community’ but when the ‘scandal’ broke they dropped him like a stone while the Boston Globe’s fearless reporters covered themselves in glory.

            You might believe this rubbish but don’t ask me to.

    • beantownbill. August 13, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Walter, your above 2 posts were right on. You’re having a very good posting day.

  19. volodya August 13, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Deutsche Bank had tens of trillions of dollars in derivatives on its books. I don’t know what breed of raging lunatic it takes to put pen to paper and unblushingly report such a number on company financials but D Bank has evidently got an infestation of them.

    I’m not in the slightest surprised that with such numbers on its balance sheet that the bank is an undead carcass staggering from quarter to quarter, it’s joke of a stock making a sporting chance at zero. Nonetheless, you get re-assuring murmurs from financial “professionals”, those being people professing “expertise” in these matters, that no, no, no, the trillions reported were merely NOTIONAL amounts. You hear that D Bank is paring down its derivatives book. And maybe it is. But how the fuck did it get that big in the first place? Did everyone over there lose their cotton pickin’ minds all at once?

    OK, I confess, I have no real clue as to what the fuck a “notional” amount actually is. Maybe the word “notional” really means something. Maybe they’re saying that “notional” means that nobody will ever have to make good on “trillions”. But, to my uneducated mind, if someone sez trillion it means trillion, that is, the sum total of all derivative bets that D Bank made in the global financial casino amount to TRILLIONS.

    They say that D bank won’t go down. Then they say that if it does, it’ll get bailed out. Now, imagine being a counterparty to those D Bank bets. Imagine being a depositor. Can you say “risk”? Do you understand “risk’?

  20. janet August 13, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    Fiat currencies all have an actual value of $0. They only retain the power to buy things when all parties in the system agree that value exists. –Walter B

    This is true, Walter B. The exact same situation holds true for gold and silver and all other commodities. Unless all parties in the system agree that value exists in gold, silver, etc. they are worthless and have an actual value of $0.

    When there is no agreement, you get phenomenon like gold losing 27.6% of its “value” in one year. Gold prices:

    2013 $1,204.50

    2012 $1,664.00

    • beantownbill. August 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

      Sorry,Janet, but gold and silver have plenty of industrial usages, so they have intrinsic value. That’s why (besides their beauty – and beauty does have some value) these metals have been the real basis of money for thousands of years.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

        No doubt Bill and the value of gold and silver are far greater than those who control the price fool the public into believing because of the industrial uses as you point out. Gold and silver remain critical for the technologies that those in power absolutely need in order to maintain control of the masses as well as communicating and fighting wars.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        Silver has anti-bacterial qualities. That’s why the Elite eat off of it perhaps. Instead of Gold which they use for their toilets.

        • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

          Gold has an even more ancient pedigree. The elite priestly caste of ancient Sumeria used it to cover their temples & ziggurats, gold being a remarkably malleable element — it can be beaten into sheets thinner than the wave-length of visible light — thus proclaiming to rival city-states on the Sumerian plain, “Don’t fuck with us, we are great & powerful & we will tear you a new one if you even think about it!” Or more accurately, “our god is more powerful than your god. Look how he’s blessed us with abundance of the rarest of earth elements. Keep away!”

        • San Jose August 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

          Louis XIV used his store of silver to make beautiful chairs, tables and frames at Versailles. When he needed cash for war campaigns, he melted it down.

      • JustSaying August 14, 2018 at 8:17 am #

        You can’t make beautiful jewelry with fiat currency.

  21. capt spaulding August 13, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    Somewhere there must an alternative between the right wingers and the PC pukes. Both of ’em are full of shit. Myself, I dream of a country where it’s ok to think that corporations and politicians shouldn’t be corrupt, that Russia hasn’t somehow suddenly become our friend, and at the same time believe that we should control immigration, and do something about the impending threat of global warming, and not worry about what to call people who don’t know what sex they are. Political correctness is just liberal fascism as opposed to conservative fascism. Don’t try to tell me what to think, I’ll figure it out myself. The current situation is like watching a busload of people fighting among themselves while the bus heads over a cliff. Bring back the sanity.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

      Define your terms. Or rectification of names as Confucius said as being the first step. Or keep misusing the word Fascism. Then you’re guaranteed never to figure it out.

  22. Luhrenloup August 13, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Luhrenloup’s Economic System for Dummies:

    As a psych major in college, I trained a white rat to stand on a tuna fish can with a hole in its center, pick up a marble from the cage floor and drop it in the hole at center of can. It did this for a few intermittent pellets of food. That essentially is how an economic system works. If I thought a brown rat would do a better job, I would use it. If the threat of replacing the white rat with another worked, I would use it. All I wanted was its performance, and I was no slouch about it. Not only did the rat have to pick up the marble, but I expected it to stand up straight with marble in hand before dropping it. My rat was so well trained that my professor chose it to demonstrate how it was done (my pellets.)
    The economic system will never collapse, it will re-adjust. If I push the rat beyond endurance and it can no longer perform, I will have to change tactics. Ultimately, what I seek is the rat’s energy for my own nefarious reasons.

    Admonitory: I took the little white rat home at the end of semester and fed it liberally without expectations. The rat became so vicious that I had to turn it loose at the town dump.

    • Tate August 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      And?

      • Luhrenloup August 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        Well, what do you think/

      • Luhrenloup August 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

        Just keep picking up those marbles, or whatever other trick they need you to perform from your little cage and we should be alright!

        • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

          resources are not infinite.
          desire seems to be infinite.

          • Luhrenloup August 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm #

            Yes, but by then none of us will be around to care. Before that happens desire will be greatly modified. as is presently unfolding.

      • Tate August 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

        Well, if the gist of your comment is that “the economic system will never collapse, it will re-adjust,” then that’s just a truism.

        It will be small comfort to those who lose their jobs or savings, however.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

          Yes, how much “knowledge” is just tautology or putting square pegs in holes of four equal sides. True knowledge means putting something into a hole or category greater than itself so we can see the thing in a new way.

          People at the cognitive level of concrete operational can’t “see’ words because they are identified with them – like a small child who thinks the tall glass of water always has more in it than the short broad one. Even after you have demonstrated otherwise they will still hold onto their belief. Likewise “Fascism” means bad guys. It’s no use trying to tell them otherwise. They just have to grow out of it.

          The children are shown themselves a couple of years later. They are indignant and accuse the tester of doctoring the tape. They simply can’t believe they were that stupid. The problem is that many if not most people will not attain formal operational thought in this incarnation. And letting them vote is simply not a viable option. Thus Democracy is contraindicated.

          • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

            Janos, I have to yield to you. You are as Eoin said the other day, first among equals!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

            You laud me with faint damn.

        • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

          How many died – starved in Maos so called, ‘Great Leap’ or are starving now, somewhere?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      You reveal your mind and where you have gone wrong. White Rats, as domesticated for generations, are much easier to work with so we can call them better workers. Other more natural rats are barbarians. The White female rats are very attracted to them and they to them. Nature takes its course.

      You do express well the utter disloyalty of Capitalists to their people. And you think it’s a good thing! Adam Smith and Milton Friedman applaud from the Heaven of Gault’s Gulch.

      • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

        White female rats are very attracted to them and they to them. Nature takes its course.
        proof????

        • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

          David Duke kept White rats as pets as a boy. Wild rats would tear a hole in the cages to get at the females to mate with them. The White males didn’t interfere if they knew what was good for them. Sounds like modern day America.

          I admit I embellished a bit. Maybe the females didn’t like them or didn’t like them more. He didn’t say. A storyteller needs some leeway. And what is the Universe but a Story? And God, a Story Teller? Being made in His image, we too want to tell stories.

          He also didn’t say anything about the White Male rats. This is really coming undone. Honesty is over-rated. It’s your fault. You ruined the story.

    • Luhrenloup August 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      Jesus guys, I guess I have to step in here and say something. Have you never heard of sarcasm, Janos?
      “People at the cognitive level of concrete operational can’t “see’ words because they are identified with them.” Janos, Janos, Janos, take a deep breath, it will pass.
      Are we getting a repeat of what’s happening in the streets, casting aspersions on white rats as opposed to brown, females as opposed to males.
      The gist of my comment, Tate is that we are all albinos in cages tap dancing like crazy looking for that pellet to drop. Yes, some people get badly screwed, but we’re prisoners in cages and there’s nothing to be done, better him than me, right? That’s how the game is played, isn’t it? Until we acknowledge that to ourselves, it won’t change. Check out the rat at the town dump it might have a few pertinent thoughts on the matter.

      Luhrenloup’s Economic System for Dummies

  23. Ol' Scratch August 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Another great post, Jim. On the local scene, one of our many “bright and shining lights” (read: overeducated liberal stuffed shirt) granered front page in the town rag with his stirring editorial begging us all to get along and listen to each other “for our children’s sake.” The subtext was of course that the working class – nearly extinct now in this area especially – is starting to get a little out of hand, and that the special darlings living up here with their multi six digit salaries for contemplating their navels might not have a liberal intelligentsia to man their gated communities if this shit keeps up for another generation or two, as it’s almost sure to.

    I had to laugh out loud as I actually read his piece. It’s always the eggheads that catch on to reality last, and it’s always heartwarming and more than a little bit pathetic to listen to their wonderment on how it all came to pass when they do. I can just hear the smarmy little smug bastards praising each other and shaking their judgemental prissy little heads at the state of things during the Sunday morning services now… What’s that I smell? Liberal PC pride and arrogance going down in flames before their inevitable fall. They won’t be missed.

  24. K-Dog August 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    In the meantime, we entertain ourselves with the antics of Unite-the-Right and Antifa, two acting troupes composed of young people who have no idea what they will do with their lives when the economic condition of the land reveals itself to be more desperate than they ever imagined. The truth is, they’ll be fighting ever more desperately, not over abstractions but over the table-scraps of history.

    There is your common culture. After SHTF the two teams can be swapping seeds and boiling cats in a couple of years. The alt-right muscle men can figure out how to make plows out of the door panels of old Ford F-150s and Antifa can do magic accessorizing everybodys’ new medieval garb. They can make hand crafted arrows loving fletched with the feathers of endangered songbirds for the bows of their new alt-right friends. Arrows for cat hunting sagas.

    Janos found the perfect video to describe our summer the other day. Drama and a Crash.

    That could be an new article title. Trump has us all doing tariff loops. Trump is our sky king and he will soon enough land his presidency the way Richard Russell landed his borrowed plane on Ketron Island. How many more loops will Trump do before his crash?

    • beantownbill. August 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      Here we go loop-de-loop, here we go loop-de-li, all on a Saturday night.

      • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

        What to do about Trade, ‘Free’ trad and loop holes?
        What does USA produce? paper money and war.

    • Tate August 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      They scrambled two F-15s in minutes but somehow our air defenses on the East coast were completely paralyzed on 9-11. lol.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

        Coincidence Theorists have no problem believing such things because for them, shit just happens. I, on the other hand, have always felt that this fact alone was more than enough evidence to earn Dirty Dick Cheney a long drop on a short rope.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

      Alas poor Dick. He had too much life in him to be a bag handler. His wife didn’t like Alaska, which may have been a symbol of freedom to him. So he moved back here to become a drone. In the end, he couldn’t really love her or any of his friends and family because he didn’t love Life or Himself. That’s my take from what little I’ve heard and can surmise.

      Why not Flight School if he was so attracted? Maybe couldn’t afford it? Didn’t think a White guy would have a real chance even if some day could? I hope more is revealed. He seemed like a fine young man.

      • Ol' Scratch August 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

        He was certainly bright and cheery enough right up to the end. Oxygen deprivation? Quite a saga. But he was right about the landing. He was in a world of shit had he come down safely.

      • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

        Do you know the sad story of 3HO and Yogi Bhajan?
        He was a bag handler at airport [or somewhere] and Swami X
        passed thru, with his throng of western students.

        Bhajan would openly tell how he had an insight, ‘I think this swami isnt so special, if he is a western success, than I can be as well.’

        • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

          Didn’t know that. Knew he was a bit of a fraud as real Sikhs don’t practice Kundalini Yoga.

          What do you followers do with that admission? Forget about it immediately I assume. Ears wide shut!

          • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            Also Sikhs usually arent vegetarian.
            YB was not ‘all bad’–an empire builder and a tyrant.

            he may have committed felonies. There is or was a site about 3HO offenses. some shenanigans in New Mexico that may have been serious crime, threatening people or something.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

            Well that part is true to the heritage. Sikhs were once great Warriors against the Muslims. And 3HO attracts the more masculine hippy types, some of whom study karate, etc in addition to his version of Hatha Yoga.

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        “His wife didn’t like Alaska, which may have been a symbol of freedom to him.” –janos

        Are you placing the blame on a woman for what he did of his own volition? Typical misogynistic comment.

        • K-Dog August 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

          The copycat who killed himself crashing the small plane he stole into his own house in Utah since was trying to take his wife out with him. I’d say that one was about a woman or leaching plastic interfearing with normal cognition. One of the two. Jury is still out on the first crash.

          • messianicdruid August 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

            And what of Trader Joe who flew his C150 into the IRS Building in [ I think Dallas ] because they “ruined his life”?

          • K-Dog August 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            ‘Mr. Stack was described as generally easygoing, a talented amateur musician <b<with marital troubles and a maddening grudge against the tax authorities.’

            You are right, the article I found then jumps into the wife’s father saying it was all about the IRS. A case of too much protest methinks.

  25. amb August 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    As JHK wrote, “anything goes, nothing matters”.

    Enjoy the party while it lasts. Best to also work at putting some acorns away for the coming winter.

    • capt spaulding August 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

      My cheeks are stuffed already, & I’m gettin’ some more.

  26. islander800 August 13, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    “That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle. It automatically negates shared values, so why even expect any agreement between groups contending for dominance?”

    If this is supposed to be an insight to a universal truth, then you’re wrong.

    Multiculturalism has been a key political principle here in Canada for decades. It has NOT negated any shared values in our country. Maybe it’s something unique to American history or something in the water down there, but the American infection of hate-your-neighbour hasn’t spread north, despite the efforts of some. Right-wing bigots that try to foist their brand of hatred here are universally shunned. (I await Janos’ comment about what a loser, doomed country Canada is, thanks to our multicultural society.)

    I would be careful about extrapolating from a particularly American pathology to a universal statement of truth. Or perhaps you should stick to analysis of urban geography issues, a field in which I find your insights more palatable.

    • tucsonspur August 13, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

      “Multiculturalism has been a key political principle here in Canada for decades. It has NOT negated any shared values in our country”.

      Not yet.
      Give it another decade or two. Open your arms wider, allow more and more to enter. See what happens. Maybe they aren’t bigots, but just people with common sense.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

        I don’t even really understand what multiculturalism even is besides nothing matters and everything goes? Are we all supposed to celebrate every group’s holidays and festivals? Is the NAACP going to have to start taking in whites, Hispanics and Asians? Besides a bullshit phrase made up by crooked politicians to confuse their victims, I am not getting WTF it is all about. Anybody have a reasonable explanation to enlighten me?

        • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

          The alternative to multiculturalism is what, complete assimilation? How does that work out? Actually, very well for the apex elites & more of the same for everyone else. But it’s not even realistic. Peeps are catching on. That’s why there’s such a scurry to purge the Internet of dissident thought.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          It means all cultures are equally wonderful so if we mix them into a goulash or stew, the result will be even more wonderful. Just as when you mix all the colors together you get an even more beautiful rainbow or single color and not black or mud. Or when you mix all the breeds of dog together, you get an ultimate dog with all the attributes of each breed, and not a confused grey mutt who doesn’t know who or what he is.

          The Mandarins believe that all cultures are equally wonderful except for Whites who are unspeakably evil. They believe that the taint can be bred out by breeding Whites out of existence, by favoring minorities in all ways. They seem to basically believe the rest of the above, not looking at things too clearly. As long as Whites are getting destroyed and lots of money is coming their way, it’s all good.

          • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

            That has always been my take on it Janos and if it does in fact contain the element of genocide, how can it possibly be a good thing? Why can’t the solution be like in old New York city with its Little Italy, China Town, and so on? Why was that not considered multiculturalism? It seemed to work well for all, no?

        • Sean Coleman August 14, 2018 at 7:00 am #

          I don’t know what multiculturalism means either. I think it is deliberately vague so that conservative ideas and people can be persecuted. And by ‘deliberate’ I don’t mean it was properly thought out: like the rest of the progressive agenda it is stunning in its absolute stupidity and it is made up as they go along. Little of it was consciously, rationally planned (as far as I can tell), only short-term moves based on attitude, prejudice and feeling. (For example, I doubt if even the fiercest advocates of the transgender nonsense had ever heard of it until recently.)

          If it were properly defined, like everything else in the progressive agenda the contradictions would become all too obvious, along with the obtuseness.

          It would be worth looking into the genesis of the word.

      • malthuss August 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

        How many killings by Sikhs and Muslims? By Blacks?

        sudbury.com/local-news/markham-man-charged-in-playground-shooting-that-injured-two-young-girls-95675…
        UGANDAN open fire at a playground full of young children in Toronto.

        But David Hoggwash won’t be jumping on his tricycle to protest this particular shooting will he?

        “DOES ANYONE KNOW A SOURCE FOR STATISTICS ON CRIME IN CANADA, BROKEN DOWN BY RACE? I CAN USE THEM IN AN ONGOING DEBATE I AM HAVING ONLINE. ”

        I HAD READ ONCE ABOUT A YEAR OR TWO AGO THAT 97% OF THE GUN CRIME IN TORONTO IS CAUSED BY BLACKS WITH ASIANS DOING 1% AND WHITES DOING 1%.

        and from our own BRH,
        Looks like up in Toronto the Muzzies never got the Universal Peace and Love message, what with 14 people gunned down in ‘Greek Town’, spoiling everybody’s evening and requiring Official Canada to twist themselves up like a pretzel to explain that, yes, the shooter was a young Muzzie but this was decidedly NOT an act of terrorism against the West, Whitey, Christians and so on, but a lone wolf act of a deranged, mentally ill individual. It could have been anybody, we’re just disappointed it wasn’t some white nationalist from the States.
        All is well, not to worry.
        The trick here is to convince Canadians the fault lies with President Trump, the NRA, Republicans, American gun manufacturers, white racism, etc. Anybody but the esteemed young Muzzie who pulled the trigger, who, after all, is the real victim here.
        Summer is upon us, the nights are hot, and in our CT cities, once civilized Yankee market towns, now 3rd world welfare colonies that emit no light but consume copious state resources, chaos reigns.
        Its just a daily litany of shooting, stabbings, stolen cars, deadly car wrecks, public pool drownings, political demonstrations that sometime turn violent, gang beatdowns, and in our daily newspaper op eds written by young ‘community members’ threatening violence against all bigots and racists and Trump supporters which they claim is wholly justified and righteous, considering a good number of these whites may have voted for the current president.
        Reading editorials such as these, and statements made lately by the distinguished Congresswoman Maxine Waters, it seems it doesn’t occur to them that it might work two ways, not one way, and at some point whitey may react and react rather strenuously to being assaulted in public places but feral lefty mobs. That’s when the fun will really begin.
        brh

    • Tate August 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      I have to laugh at this retardedness. Of course, you can’t tell what a person’s loyalties are on a comment board. You can’t look them in the eye. So what seems retarded may just be a stratagem. Or it could just be retardedness. White people are often like that.

  27. Ishabaka August 13, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

      Life is change. If you don’t like this world, go find another. Me? I am celebrating diversity. I celebrate multiculturalism. I celebrate interfaith collaboration. I celebrate atheists, agnostics, and believers. They all form part of MY nation, the nation I proudly served. Semper Fi!

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

        Honest, serious questions. What does celebrating diversity mean? If someone celebrates diversity should they not be happy to have me disagree with them? Is disagreement not a form of diversity? If I do not care to collaborate in your faith, is this not diverse?

        • Tate August 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

          No, Walter, that’s badthink. Diversity means turning a blind eye to the diversity that tears apart your culture.

          • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

            Ah, perhaps it should be retitled to be called “submission”?

        • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

          Diversity means everyone is the same – in other words, the opposite of diverse. Even an Amoba throws part of itself forward to move. This is verboten in PC or Western Communism. We are going to become a giant one cell Organism that doesn’t move. To have hearts, lungs, or kidneys is elitism since they aren’t diverse since they are “something”. If somehow you got a heart, people would start saying, Well why can’t it act like a kidney or do the work of the lungs? Why does it have to just be a heart? And so they would keep up until they had destroyed it.

      • Exscotticus August 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

        janet-bot is now USMC? Plot twist!

  28. tucsonspur August 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    As economic and population growth continues to escalate with no end in sight, constitutions and democracies will be unable to adapt and then go extinct. Holocene extinction.

    Hollywood already knows it. Xander Cage knows it. I know it. The future will be filled with only tyrants and rebels. Tyrants and Rebels will be the way.

    Xander is triple X. X takes care of its own. Be triple X.

    • Tate August 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

      The Z-man had something similar to say today, concerning the similarities between ancient Athens in the 6-7th centuries BC and our current mess. Do we need a Solon or a Peisistrates?

      • tucsonspur August 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

        More than that.

        We need a brutal rat exterminator, someone to make a Pelosi pee her pants and a Schumer shit his skivvies.

  29. janet August 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    “I assure you Janos that I care about everybody…” –Walter B

    This country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion. I hope your “caring” extends to religious minorities like Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, and Pagans.

    Otherwise, you are lying to Janos and you are un-American, or to be more charitable unable to understand the founding documents of my country. Semper Fi!

    • capt spaulding August 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      Don’t forget the gay folks. Simper Fi.

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      I suggest you print this out so you remember it. I have always and continue to write and preach tolerance, especially in the area of what you refer to as religious beliefs. I swore an oath to protect such American rights when I was eighteen, and I repeat this oath every three years in January. And I mean it and am willing to work for this every day, not just sit here and bitch about it. What I have little tolerance for are those who engage in violence as a means to an end, such as jihadists and our covert government murders who enable and encourage such practices.

      What you do and what you or anyone else chooses to believe is your and their business, My only responsibility is to my own spirit and though I try my best to be an example of my faith, I often fall short. Such is life.

  30. volodya August 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

    Kafkaesque got it right, the creed is greed, and that applies everywhere but in particular to the grotesque and distended form at the tip of the societal pyramid.

    Does anyone really think that “open borders” is about compassion for the downtrodden south of the border? No, it’s about beating down American wages. It’s about a captive constituency for the Democrats. It’s about the creation and maintenance of a vast, brown-skinned, non-English-speaking underclass with no citizenship rights.

    And it’s about divide and conquer. Is anyone fool enough to think that multi-culturalism is about anything other than that? Keep people in competing ethnic and linguistic silos. The odd religious rampage, low-level inter-ethnic strife, maybe the once-in-a-while city burning conflagration are all seen by the denizens of outlandishly wealthy zip-codes around Manhattan and D.C. as acceptable prices to pay especially as they won’t be paying the prices themselves.

    And at the root of it is greed. Not only that but monumentally faulty reasoning. The bi-coastal kleptocrats and their enabling clerisy think they can manage societal forces. They think they can channel them. I say they can’t. I say they’ve sown the wind and they’ll reap the whirl-wind. They will not come out of this intact. They THINK they will. They won’t. As sure as we sit here they’ll be displaced.

  31. Being There August 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Well, who knows about China….Michael Hudson has been trying to help China not get sucked into Junk economics the IMF and the WTO…He’s been lecturing and teaching at Univ of Peking

    He helped Iceland get out of the debt of their banksters…

    Can it work with China?

    MH: “So I’m hoping that I can contribute what I can to help China’s economy to avoid the financialization process and dynamic that is destroying the West.”

    Or as Morris Berman says on his latest blog Dark Ages America…..

    August 03, 2018
    341
    Wafers-

    I think I got the numbering right. Now that I’ve entered my 75th year, my senility has taken an even deeper turn. I drool a lot; sometimes I just stop on a street corner, and make grunting noises while waving my arms in the air. But there is one thing about which I am crystal clear: we’re finished. The US is over, and nothing can change that hard, empirical fact. Doom is a four-letter word.

    -mb

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      Hi Being There. Nice to see you again. I take exception to Morris’ comment.

      “as Morris Berman says on his latest blog Dark Ages America… The US is over”

      Something that most Americans do not know, or will not admit, is that every person in the Central American countries is an American. Every person in South American countries is an American. By definition.

      It is insulting to other countries when people living in the USA consider themselves, and only themselves, to be “American” … and do not recognize the millions of other “Americans” south of the Rio Grande, who are also Americans.

      Likewise with “United States” … our formal name is not “United States” it is United States of America, not to be confused with the formal name of Mexico, the United States of Mexico.

      But Morris Berman does not seem interested in respecting other people. For him, “the US is over” …

      I disagree. Too many have fought and died. Too many have been wounded. Too many love the USA. It is a long way from over. Semper Fi!

      • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

        What you are trying to say is,

        ((( “America will survive the United States.” )))

        Whether it is Washington Mexico City Brazil etc.

      • Ol' Scratch August 13, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

        Morris Berman lives in Ecuador now, Lil J-Bot. So I’m sure he doesn’t need any geography or political lessons from the likes of you or your handlers. So run along and fuck off now, ya’ hear?

        • K-Dog August 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

          Bingo. Thank you for posting exactly what I was going to. Playing name games knowing full where where Berman is what ‘it’ is who currently goes by Janet knows.

          • K-Dog August 14, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

            Something like that. I was on a phone. Now I’m not. Point was janet was playing games.

    • NRWer August 14, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      Morris Berman is a walking talking study in psychological projection. His hatred of America is largely driven by the fact that his own hustle failed (and I am no great fan of the American way of life). Spend enough time there and this fact becomes impossible to ignore.

      The atmosphere on his blog is positively Branch Davidian.

    • BackRowHeckler August 16, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Hey BT the difference between China and Iceland is Iceland’s population in about 300,000, China’s, about 1.3 billion.

      brh

  32. FincaInTheMountains August 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    Christian Likbez: Orthodoxy, Judaism, Gnosticism and Satanism. Marcionism in Arts

    In continuation of kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/fever-pitch-2/#comment-364136

    In this post, it is not necessary to pay attention to large and small letters.

    In the previous post I used the word Likbez = [liquidation of illiteracy] in the title to indicate my desire to clarify the basic concepts of Christianity, which in theory should be taught to 6-grade students in Orthodox culture classes, even if they are not Orthodox.

    And this should not be done in order to strengthen the Faith of Orthodox children or to convert into Orthodoxy not Orthodox children, but in order that both of them can understand the basic concepts of Russian literature and culture in general, since the latter are somehow based on Orthodoxy, not to speak about the Russian history.

    In this sense, the example of the Great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, whose attitude toward Christianity and Christ, frankly speaking, was very negative, which actually led to his excommunication, is remarkable, but his books can still be understood only in the framework of the Christian, that is, the Orthodox system of values and culture.

    In the Russian Empire, unlike the Russian Federation, this knowledge was possessed by almost all educated people – it is enough to say that my grandmother was a source of my knowledge, but she graduated from the Tsar’s Gymnasium and 60 years after her graduation she managed in addition to school lessons tell me what I later learned in America.

    In particular, such concepts as paganism, dualism, monotheism are really basic and should be studied at school, and not at the university in lectures on theology. However, if you follow the concept of modern education, you do not need to study such things, but you can just suggest academicians to perform hara-kiri and then just burn the gymnasium and abolish the sciences.

    And these are just flowers – in the bowels of the Black Project, they make plans to radically (200-300 times) reduce the number of humans in order to reduce the burden on the noosphere.

    And all this is connected with Marcionism in the most direct way, because the capitalist world in which Russia so unsuccessfully tried to integrate in 1991 is the implementation of Marcion’s World Project, and all three of the Colored Projects I’m writing about are variants of the Marcion’s project, and colored world projects about which you think when reading my posts are usually an emotional reaction to color as such, that is, Suprematism – the artistic trend founded by Kazimir Malevich.

    The matter of the fact is that almost everyone our days is so confused that they no longer see anything in art and do not want to see.

    Meanwhile, Bortko’s TV series “Master and Margarita” is really a highly artistic adaptation NOT of Mikhail Bulgakov’s immortal novel, but the author’s notions of Marcionism. And Woland really brilliantly played by Basilashvili in this film, this is the same Demiurge of the lower world, who is also the G-d of the Old Testament, he is also a Tetragrammaton who, according to Marcion, crucified Christ, who created the Upper World, that is, Paradise.

    And judging by everything, this film has shaped the notion of World among a significant part of the post-Soviet intelligentsia and the working class in Russia.

    But the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov about how in Moscow in 1935 the Marcionites gathered at Spaso House on the Ball, organized by one of the leading Gnostics of that time, the first US ambassador to Soviet Russia, William Bullitt.

    You feel the difference?

    And they gathered there to address a number of issues, including the question of the need to continue the World War and about who will unite Europe for the Crusade to the East against the Judeo-Communists – Adolf Hitler or Francois de la Rocque?

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_de_La_Rocque

    But the most striking fact of cultural blindness of not only the citizens of Russia, but the whole world is the history of the Masaccio fresco “Holy Trinity” in the Church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence.

    Experts talk about the composition of this fresco and the way it draws straight lines on it, which is really important, since this fresco is almost the first case of applying a one-point perspective in art, but no one wants to notice a very obvious fact – namely, that G-d the father on the fresco does not hold Christ, as it is written in the accompanying article and in all the other accompanying notes that I saw, he holds the Cross – according to Marcion the instrument of torture and the murder of Christ.

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Masaccio_trinity.jpg

    That is, it is the same Demiurge and the executioner of Christ, whom Basilashvili played so brilliantly in the Bortko TV series, and Santa Maria Novella was the Marcionite church at the beginning of the Quattrocento and there were balls very similar to the Ball in the Spaso House in 1935.

    Which fundamentally changes the history of Quattrocento and the explanation of the reasons why Giorgio Vasari, a big admirer of Masaccio and the author of the term Gothic (in modern popular culture this term means Satanism), hid this fresco.

    Meanwhile, this fresco was painted in 1425, in 1428 Masaccio was poisoned, in 1453 the Turks seized Constantinople, and in 1472 the wedding of the grandmother of Ivan the Terrible Sophia Palaeologus and the Tsar of Moscow Ivan III the Great was held, to which the wife of Florence’s ruler Lorenzo the Magnificent and the parishioner of Santa Maria Novella Clarice Orsini was invited.

  33. My Point of View August 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

    “All of this is happening because the whole world can’t handle the debts it has racked up, …”

    Here’s a link discussing the $146T in total personal, corporate and government debt in the USA. If updated, the total debt is now about $150T.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_position_of_the_United_States

    Drowning in debt.

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

      “Drowning in debt.” –My Point of View

      “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter,” Vice President Dick Cheney said when the Bush administration sought a second round of tax cuts in 2003.

      When Republicans want to grow the government, cut taxes that create deficits, increase the national debt… well, then “deficits don’t matter”

    • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      when collapse?

  34. janet August 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    “What you do and what you or anyone else chooses to believe is your and their business…” –Walter B

    Thank you, Walter B. I wanted Cordoba House to be built in Lower Manhattan. But there was fierce opposition from people who do not believe as you do.

    Originally envisioned as a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque, the developers hoped to promote an interfaith dialogue within the greater community. It was not allowed to be built, opposed by people who do not have your tolerance and legal understanding of the right of religious expression.

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      If the Islamists sincerely wish to cohabitate with the Western world, they are going to have to do a much better job of not only denouncing their violent members, but they need to go as far as they can to stop such violence. I have not made it all the way through the Koran, the Hadith and the Surah yet, but it appears to me at least that there is much in these writings that can be interpreted as advocating violence. Do people that call themselves Christians still engage in violence? Of course. Is it consistent with the teachings of Yashua? Of course not and I for one, denounce violence in all its forms. I am not afraid of violence and I could certainly do my share of damage should I or mine be endangered, but besides that, I prefer peace. Until jihad can be eliminated as the doctrine of so many, the Muslims are going to face an uphill battle.

  35. messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    I’ve often wondered why the USMint put 50 dollars on their silver Eagle. It’s one ounce of pure [ 999 ] white metal [ just a name ] but was it in hopes of when the Reset is over they hope they can cap silver @ 50 bucks [ actually whatever the new American currency might be named ] since many expect it to initially shoot way past that. Silver is unlike gold in that it is used up constantly and replenished by other means. Gold just sits there.

    Gold is a sapling, silver is an acorn. The ratio is the key, bury an acorn for every sapling on your place. Pray for rain.

  36. FincaInTheMountains August 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    Peter Strzok fired from the FBI

    edition.cnn.com/2018/08/13/politics/peter-strzok-fired-fbi/index.html

    Strategic offensive by our President, at long last?

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

      The FBI violated its own procedures and Strzok already has the support of patriotic Americans who are sending money.

      gofundme.com/peterstrzok

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

        Peter Strzok is the hero we need, an honest law enforcement officer standing up to a corrupt president. And that’s why Trump attacked him. Trump doesn’t want Americans to…see what backbone looks like. I’ll tell you what it looks like: Republicans tried to put Strzok on trial, and Strzok put Trump on trial instead.

  37. tucsonspur August 13, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    Okay whitey, don’t crack or break under her broadside.

    Robin DiAngelo knows how delicate we whites are when it comes to race. Her analysis is keen and insightful, but not completely thorough.

    Her book is titled, “White Fragility, Why Whites Find It So Hard to Talk About Race”.

    newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-sociologist-examines-the-white-fragility-that-prevents-white-ameri…

    Can anyone counter this white progressive without crumbling into white bits and pieces?

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      Do we have to use our words? Or can we throw things, or drop an atom bomb, as white men (and only white men) are wont to do?

  38. messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

    “This country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion. I hope your “caring” extends to religious minorities like Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, and Pagans.”

    No one has a God-give right to worship a false-god.

    firebreathingchristian.com/archives/7149

    • janet August 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

      God did not sign the Declaration or the Constitution, which gives the constitutional right… Congress shall make no law determining which god is a false god or whether god exists at all. Each is free to worship as he or she pleases.

      • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

        A constitutional right does not outweigh a spiritual obligation.

        • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

          But spiritual obligations must remain a personal choice lest they lose the value of making the correct decision. No?

          • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

            “But spiritual obligations must remain a personal choice lest they lose the value of making the correct decision. No?”

            Was Saul of Tarsus given any assistance in making a correct decision during his trip to Damascus?

        • GreenAlba August 13, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

          “A constitutional right does not outweigh a spiritual obligation.”

          Said the Jihadi to the judge…

          • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

            witty

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

            A Joke? But it’s funny because it’s true. In both sense: that’s what they think and spiritually speaking, it’s true as well. But of course she doesn’t get her own joke except to laugh and release tension – the Tension of Truth. If she could NOT laugh, she might realize the Truth.

            You can’t have different value systems in the same System since the Law is based on a single Value system. Which? Ours.

          • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 8:36 am #

            It wasn’t a joke. I was making a serious point about those who want *their* religious obligation of choice to take precedence over civil rights but not anyone else’s, as if such a view could be remotely logical, except to someone who believes they are self-evidently a holder of The Truth, just because that’s what they were brought up to believe.

            Secularism matters – and it doesn’t equate to atheism, as some people still seem to think it does. Christians used to burn people for heresy. Now they mostly accept secularism, although some still seem to do so grudgingly – I remember my mother’s religious sensibilities being offended when the House of Commons ended the practice of starting the day with a prayer.

            Islamism (as opposed to Islam) currently does not do secularism, although most Muslims in Western countries do in practice – in fact many of those Muslims who have escaped to our countries have fled Islamism for what they actually want, which is to live Islam within a secular society that allows them to do so without persecuting them for supposed heresies like sending their daughters to school or not covering their wrists.

            No-one is denying there are Islamist bad apples (many being turned by the internet when they had been brought up in Islamic households accepting of secularism). Solutions aren’t simple, but persecuting Muslims in general isn’t one that’s going to work, since that’s one way of manufacturing Islamists.

            Personally I’d have no 1st Amendment-type scruples about radical Islamist websites being taken down with alacrity everywhere they appear (perhaps they are and reappear Hydra-like), but that’s just me. You folks like unmitigated free speech and equality of hate speech rights. I like pragmatism and people not being turned into murderers. And free speech tempered by other equally important values. And telling the Saudis to f*ck off for good measure, with apologies for my French. But, hey, it’s more of a challenge to MAGA (and keep the UK afloat) without those jobs euphemistically listed under the category of ‘defence’.

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      Actually, md, they do have that right, at least if you are speaking of the same God as I bow down before. Freedom to choose is one of the mechanisms that He utilizes to sort out what He likes from what He does not. Only Satan requires total obedience and offers no choice but to fail. This is how we can tell whether something is from God or from Satan – free choice=God, mandated compliance=Satan. This tool works really well when applied to governments.

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

        “if you are speaking of the same God as I bow down before.” –Walter B

        Actually, it is the same god. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sometimes called Abrahamic religions because they all accept the tradition of a god, Yahweh, that revealed himself to the prophet Abraham.

        From Wikipedia: “The Abrahamic God in this sense is the conception of God that remains a common attribute of all three traditions. God is conceived of as eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and as the creator of the universe. God is further held to have the properties of holiness, justice, omni-benevolence and omnipresence. Proponents of Abrahamic faiths believe that God is also transcendent, meaning that he is outside space and outside time and therefore not subject to anything within his creation, but at the same time a personal God, involved, listening to prayer and reacting to the actions of his creatures.”

        It should also be mentioned that the USA Constitution protects those who do not believe in invisible supreme beings, those who choose not to worship any god, and those who choose to worship trees because god made them so damn beautiful.

        Sometimes I wish a god existed. Then, on Judgement Day, I could thank god for those trees!

        • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

          That was beautiful, Janet. But there’s only one Abrahamic religion. The rest are foreign counterfeits.

          God exists. You saw him many times in the eyes of your loving mother. He’s in your tears for her.

          • elysianfield August 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

            ” He’s in your tears for her.”

            …And perhaps, hers for you….

      • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

        I think it is actually the illusion of free choice that is the mechanism. The New Covenant puts the obligation on God to keep His promise to write His Law on our hearts [ all of our hearts ] which means it is no longer based upon our actions or choices. The Old Covenant which some foolishly cling to, simply because they are personally righteous enough to keep flawlessly, and are extremely offended when called sinners. They simply rewrite the law [ secular – religious = don’t matter ] to allow themselves to do whatever the decide is right, and make sure that what you want to do is a crime, punishable, of course by laboring in their fiat currency plantation, paying fines denominated in “the coin of the realm” which they control.

        • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

          You and I may believe that md, but many shall be called and few shall be chosen. It is always good to see another on the same path, and that for me is reward enough.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

            Yes, many have to go to Hell so you two can enjoy your pacifism. Is that it? I hope you at least pray for the Civil Authorities that do the heavy lifting. The better Amish and Mennonites do – an acknowledgement of their dependence on them.

          • messianicdruid August 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

            “Yes, many have to go to Hell so you two can enjoy your pacifism.”

            NO. We all go to hell [ the grave]. It has nothing to do with any ism, unless it is misrepresented as an eternal BBQ pit, to make people fear. Some cannot fathom love as reason enough.

            People are called according to their proclivities and passions. These do not absolve anyone of consequences of same.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 13, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

        Yours is a religion of inwardness, much like that of Christ. As the Rabbis say, he erred badly on social issues which must take the human norm into account and not just what is good for very pious individuals.

        Thank God the Church Fathers and the Third Person of the Trinity who inspired them. Christ’s teaching alone is simply inadequate without Old Testament amendments anent property, war, marriage, fertility, etc.

        We know so much about what Mohammad taught and so little about what Christ thought about anything. Very strange. His Teaching as it comes down to us is of very high quality – but very minimal.

        • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

          Jesus came to restore, not replace. To fulfill, not to cast down.

          The New Testament is not an amendment to the Old, it is the replacement to the covenant Moses intitiated between Israel and the Creator. The laws that it was based upon existed long before Moses and were kept by the Patriarchs [ Gen. 26:5 ] the same as the NT. These same laws will be the basis of the Kingdom of God, which is a form of government, not a religion.

          • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

            “initiated” is not the right word. Should be “mediated”.

  39. janet August 13, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    Honest, serious questions. What does celebrating diversity mean? If someone celebrates diversity should they not be happy to have me disagree with them? Is disagreement not a form of diversity? If I do not care to collaborate in your faith, is this not diverse? –Walter B

    Good questions, Walter B. Celebrating diversity means celebrating because we are all not bots functioning according to pre-programmed algorithms.

    The answers to your last three questions: yes, yes, and yes.

    I celebrate that we are free to have differences of opinion, differences of belief, and I am happy it is so.

    • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

      Honest, decent exchanges such as these have far more value than the opposite. It would be wise for us to continue in this path.

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

        It is my belief that you are an honest, decent, hardworking person and that we are both Americans. We can remain civil even though we have our differences.

        • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          The art of compromise is always the wisest path in a civilized society. My way or the highway can never end well.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

            Al contraire, it is the best solution. Only later it becomes impossible. One must do it at the beginning when ALL things are possible. The Jews weakened and didn’t kick all of the Arabs out of their own land. Now they are being outbred by them. See how it works?

          • Tate August 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

            Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Some things cannot be compromised; other things can.

            You know this intuitively but we are indoctrinated into the idea of compromise, that that’s how our ‘system’ works. But that’s not true. Have the lefties ever compromised on what they truly desired? If so, how is it that there has been a steady retreat by the “approved” Right on all their most deeply-held values over the last couple of generations? Because they didn’t want to be black-listed from the cocktail parties of Georgetown?

            Compromise is just a tool that the Left uses to gain an advantage. The Left doesn’t believe in it for its own sake. That’s what the Right has to learn.

  40. janet August 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

    “A constitutional right does not outweigh a spiritual obligation.” –md

    In your opinion, which I respect but do not share. Besides, the state allows you the option of civil disobedience if you nonviolently follow your spiritual obligation. Civil disobedience implies you accept the consequences of your decision to follow your “spiritual obligation”

    But the more you suffer here, the greater your reward will be in heaven. So go right ahead and do as you must. The Constitution will protect the rest of us who have no “spiritual obligation.”

    You can be happy knowing we will all burn in hell, while you get your virgins in heaven. Or is that another religion? I get them confused.

    • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

      “I get them confused.”

      Yes, you were doing so just above, on purpose. But our discussion always devolves into you making up shit [ or just borrowing some shit that someone else made up ] and acting like it is mine.

      Hell is 6 feet under ground. The depository of the flesh. We are more than flesh. We cannot avoid the ultimate corruption of this “tent”.

      It is not my concern if you believe you are only flesh. But, I doubt you believe it.

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

        “It is not my concern if you believe you are only flesh.” –md

        Thank you, md. And it is not my concern what you believe. It is my concern that your right to believe what you want be constitutionally protected by the federal government.

        • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

          Can I depend on your support when/if I am arrested for teaching the good news about Jesus being crucified by the priests because in their own words “it is better for one man to die for the people than for us to lose the whole nation”.

          They usurped the place of the leadership of the tribe of Judah saying “we will not have this man to rule over us”. And then lost their nation anyway.

          When the so-called Noahide Laws are enforced, or perhaps when/if Sharia Law is enforced, will you be there crying out for my “rights”?

          • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

            Meanwhile, Antifa, the military arm of the Democratic Party, continues to promote the repeal of the first amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. They have coordinated their attacks on anyone who does not follow their view of “truth,” as if the first amendment only applies to them.

          • janet August 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            will you be there crying out for my “rights”?

            I will always cry out for your CONSTITUTIONAL rights, md, because our rights are guaranteed by civil authority, including your right to teach the good news. You are not radical. You are not subversive. The gospel is not liberation. As long as your activity conforms with civil law you have rights and i will cry out for them.

          • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

            “On top of that, they have proposed tech platforms above a certain size MUST turn over internal data and processes to “independent public interest researchers” so they can identify potential “public health/addiction effects, anticompetitive behavior, radicalization,” scams, “user propagated misinformation,” and harassment—data that could be used to “inform actions by regulators or Congress.” This is a complete violation of both the First and Fourth Amendment. They want the same mechanisms in Europe where anyone can complain and demand the content be taken down or subject to fines that can confiscate all assets. Sounds to me like retirement is on the horizon.
            This bill would effectively end all our freedoms. This is what is wrong with career politicians [ such as Mark Warner ] They look at the world ONLY through the eyes of government – NEVER the people.”

            armstrongeconomics.com/armstrongeconomics101/regulation/senator-mark-warner-proposes-the-end-of-free…

  41. janet August 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    so little about what Christ thought about anything. Very strange. His Teaching as it comes down to us is of very high quality – but very minimal. –janos

    janos, Jesus was not a nice person. He had an anger management problem. He disrespected his own mother. He cursed fig trees. He violently overturned tables and flogged other human beings. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased people out of the Temple because of his intolerance and anger. His responded to his own mother with: “Woman, how does your concern affect me?” Jesus was arrogant, angry, and intolerant. Then he doubted his father and tried to get out of his job. He turned water into wine. He hung out with prostitutes. Jesus was not a good role model for children and might have been worse: “suffer the little children come unto me” … my advice is to run the other way. Of course, others (NAMBLA) might see it differently.

    It is best to stay away from the Christian cult that thinks Jesus can do no wrong.

    • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      Do you think he told the truth about the lawyers? [ scribes and Pharisees ]

      • janet August 13, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

        Was he the one who said: “I prayest thou send whiskey, guns, and lawyers.”

        Just kidding, md.

        Jesus had some pretty cool parables (he was a slippery eel). But seemed to me like there was collusion between Jesus and the lawyers. Romans 13:1: “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. Jesus played right into the lawyers’ hands when he said: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” In other words: pay your taxes, give your life in military service, and the lawyers will leave you alone.

      • Walter B August 13, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

        When it comes to judging by the group, calling out the lawyers for the evil they have done upon society is one of the few positions that is easily defended, even if judgment is not ours to give.

        Is it not bad enough that they are in the business of profiting from setting the guilty free from punishment and at the expense of the victims to boot? Is it not a vile evil that they have transformed “large piles of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance that can experience no personal hope or remorse, no change of heart and that cannot humble themselves and that go about their business as if they immortal, with the single purpose of becoming a bigger pile of money, into equivalents of human beings?. They have made bribing politicians that are put in place to represent the public a way of doing business instead of a criminal act. They put magic words on paper that allow thieves in suits and ties to lie, cheat and steal through criminal fraud from those poor working slobs that keep the machinery running?

        In the end, once it all comes crashing down, the lawyers will surely climb atop the stinking dung pile and thump their chests with pride at what they have achieved. I would not want to trade places with them for surely they will be made to pay for what they have done.

        • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 6:25 am #

          “When it comes to judging by the group, calling out the lawyers for the evil they have done upon society is one of the few positions that is easily defended, even if judgment is not ours to give.”

          Walter, perhaps I could just put in a word for very ordinary lawyers.

          I’ve met a small number. My daughter did her degree in Law in Scotland, did a conversion course to English law because she fancied spreading her wings, then wasted £8K doing a Legal Practice Certificate in England, but didn’t end up practising as a lawyer (she didn’t have enough self-confidence back then to impress at interviews). Also there are 8 legally qualified trainees in this country for each legal placement, so most of them end up doing something else or just being dogsbody paralegals forever.

          I had a female neighbour who was a very ordinary lawyer, who dreamt of being a piano teacher, but her parents had pushed her into law.

          I once had a few dates with a quiet-spoken but slightly posh, privately educated chap who was an Edinburgh lawyer but wasn’t at all evil, just worked very long hours for much less of a salary than most people think a lawyer would necessarily make.

          Lastly, I have a niece who is a lawyer in London. After she’d graduated and was doing her 2-year Legal Practice Certificate, she wanted to leave because she hated it (with a pile of debt and having been subsidised hugely by her parents). She was persuaded to finish on the grounds that (after having done most of the work already) if she had a full qualification, she’d have better options doing something tangentially related even if she didn’t become a lawyer.

          She now does work as a lawyer (and doesn’t enjoy her job), in what used to be called Wills and Probate, but in the fashion of the times is now called ‘Wealth Management’, i.e. providing her clients with information on how to safeguard their personal wealth, as far as possible, for their children, by various means of paying less inheritance tax when they die, a purpose which I don’t think is all that noble but I suspect most people on this site do. For my niece, it was just a less awful or tedious branch of the law than many of the others she had to have a go at during her traineeship,

          These are not evil people. They’re not the sharp lawyers that, say, Richard Branson uses (I’ve read Tom Bowers’ book on this evil creature, for which, notably, even his sharp lawyers know there’s no point suing the author), to destroy his competitors and sometimes former associates and, who, combined with a redoubtable PR organisation, have led to the British public mostly thinking RB is a plucky and jovial British entrepreneur, rather than someone who would sell his granny for more money to pack away in tax havens, even while he sucks at the public teat through Virgin Trains subsidies and Virgin Health Care.

          There are lawyers and lawyers. For nothing more than reasons of fairness I’m putting in a word for the very ordinary ones who just do boring, thankless jobs every day and are sometimes reviled by association anyway.

          And for the ones who do actually slave away tirelessly righting wrongs and getting innocent people out of jail who are there because of miscarriages of justice, such as the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four, who were wrongly convicted during the IRA ‘troubles’ on the basis of ‘evidence’ provided or tampered with by police officers later charged with perverting the course of justice. (Someone once joked on TV about the Met (Metropolitan Police Force, London) of that era being ‘The Met, sponsored by Tippex’.)

          I know that you attempt to be fair, so I’m just pointing out that it’s not fair to tar all lawyers with the same brush as most are just doing boring, everyday jobs and some really are inflamed by a passion for genuine justice. Others deserve their reputation, but such reputations should be individually earned in either direction.

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 7:07 am #

            “Also there are 8 legally qualified trainees in this country for each legal placement, so most of them end up doing something else or just being dogsbody paralegals forever.”

            Sorry, that should be 8 qualified legal graduates for every Law traineeship.

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 7:22 am #

            Forgot to mention a US family member-in-law who did a law post-grad. and currently works for Human Rights Watch (she also studied Arabic) in an Arabic country I won’t name.

            The last time I saw her name mentioned she was campaigning to have the Saudi ‘coalition’ members (notably her own country) stop murdering Yemeni civilians.

            And my young upstairs neighbour (in a rented flat because they can’t afford to buy) who’s a lawyer and works for an environmental organisation, mostly trying to make the air her little boy and others nearer ground level breathe into their more vulnerable developing lungs cleaner in our Scottish cities. Pure Green legal evil (not).

          • Q. Shtik August 14, 2018 at 11:03 am #

            or just being dogsbody paralegals – GA

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

            another wonderful word (of British origin I presume) I had never heard before to add to my vocabulary

            by various means of paying less inheritance tax – GA

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

            Just for the record, I don’t believe in inheritance tax. A person pays income* tax and then because he saved rather than spent all his money he is taxed again. This brings up the conversation the other day about inflation wherein janet completely misunderstands the issue, viz. when a person saves rather than spends all their money they are robbed via (i.e. suffer the hidden tax of) inflation of the purchasing power of their money. Even at “only” 2% per year after ten years $100 of saved money buys only $80 worth of stuff. It is actually worse when you take compounding into account. Why should someone be penalized for saving money?

            * I also don’t believe “income” is the proper basis for taxation. We should be taxed on what we spend, not on what we earn.

          • Q. Shtik August 14, 2018 at 11:15 am #

            very ordinary lawyers. – GA

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

            Within my extended family we have a young man who passed “the bar” in 2 states and actually found a position in a law firm. When I would see this young man at some family gathering I would always ask “how’s it going in the legal business? Have you sent anybody up to the ‘big house’ lately?” He would give me a downcast look and say “no, nothing that big and exciting.” He said his work typically involved a poor couple getting divorced and they are fighting over who is going to get the blender.

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 11:28 am #

            Q-shtik

            I assumed ‘dogsbody’ was transatlantic, but glad to have introduced you to some new idiom.

            I am not troubled by anyone’s views on inheritance tax. I (and my brothers, I assume, since I know their views and one campaigns for the Labour Party despite being the most comfortably off of the three of us and having therefore the most to lose thereby) would have been happy to pay a reasonable amount on my mother’s estate, but the value of her house didn’t meet the then threshold of £350K so we didn’t have to. We gave some money instead to a couple of her neighbours who helped her out regularly and were good friends to her (none of us lived nearby), so our own targeted tax!

            And since then the Tories have increased the threshold to £1m, so it only affects the kind of people who have accountants to stop them paying anything anyway.

            There are even some rich entrepreneurs (not many, but I’ve seen some) who don’t want their children to inherit a pile of money for nothing because they don’t think it’s good for them and that they should make their own way, but whatever…

            Personally I think it’s better to tax people on things they do or consume that cause harm to the general good. I am tempted by a land value tax too, for the usual reasons.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_value_tax

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 11:57 am #

            Incidentally, Q, inheritance tax is levied on the person who gets a windfall for nothing, not the person who earned it, so it’s the epitome of unearned wealth, unless promises were made (‘you give up your job to look after me in my old age and I’ll leave you my house’ type of thing). So the person who earned it isn’t being taxed a second time, because they’re dead. And you can’t take it with you.

            When my brother in Yorkshire bought his house it cost £40K. It’s now worth at least 10 times that, so maybe his Labour Party values tell him he’s damned lucky to have all that unearned wealth, compared to some of the locals who rent and whose kids will get nothing when their parents die, even though their taxes helped pay his public sector salary.

            Nevertheless I don’t have strong views on it as a tax and agree we should be looking at options other than income tax. Sales taxes and value added taxes are regressive in that they proportionately affect the poor and those on modest incomes, who are obliged to spend a greater proportion of their income and less likely to be able to save.

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

            “And since then the Tories have increased the threshold to £1m, so it only affects the kind of people who have accountants to stop them paying anything anyway.”

            Or have possibly unhappy ‘wealth management’ lawyers like my niece!

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

            Should have said ‘disproportionately’, not ‘proportionately’.

          • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

            Long ago, I read England had half as many lawyers per capita and half as much legal process. compared to USA, awash in lawyers.

          • messianicdruid August 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

            “He said his work typically involved a poor couple getting divorced and they are fighting over who is going to get the blender.”

            They would be better off finding a mediator.

          • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

            Rumor is RB made his first big money in drugs.
            And he is a globalist, leftist, I gather. Like Bezos.
            All for gay marriage but work people nearly to death while they live in campers.

            I knew someone who worked for him who said he was friendly and approachable.

          • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

            Malthuss

            “Rumor is RB made his first big money in drugs.”

            He made his first money on a tax scam.

            slate.com/articles/business/how_failure_breeds_success/2014/05/richard_branson_tax_fraud_how_a_youth…

            He pretended to his early employees that his business was making very little money and that he was taking the same low salary as them (they were happy to be paid in ‘coolness’ as compensation), while he stashed his profits away secretly in tax havens. You should read the book.

            amazon.co.uk/Branson-Tom-Bower/dp/0007266766/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1534288435&sr=8-8&…

            Bower has written another one on him: Branson: Behind the Mask. He is a seriously vile human being. And a total charlatan. He did a round-the-world hot-air balloon trip as a publicity stunt and pretended he was piloting the thing, but actually there was a pilot there all the time and Branson just took the helm at the end for the photographs and didn’t acknowledge the pilot. Hot air indeed. Although his terror at a near accident at the end was real. Seems he nearly crapped his pants.

            And re lawyers, you are right that the US has a reputation for being much more litigious in its everyday life than other places. An unwelcome group we seem to have inherited from you recently, though, is the ambulance chasers. I get regular phone calls inviting me to discuss my recent car accident and I don’t even have a car (and am ex-directory).

        • Walter B August 14, 2018 at 10:17 am #

          We can all point out individual cases of good or bad behavior in any group of human endeavor, but the damage that the “legal profession” has done to probably every society that it exists in is incalculable. My attitude of looking at the glass as half empty is not to stop us all from ever taking a sip again, but to remind us that we should be aware that we are running low and should at some point refill the cup. The issue that arises from the glass is half full is that the mindset it creates is one of carefree drinking. No problem can be solved before we realize that a problem exists. Some of us are problem solvers, or at least we try to be. I have always believed that this was a good thing. The world certainly needs dreamers too I suppose, but I have not figured out what dreamers accomplish. If our addressing problems allows the dreamers to be more at peace, why then I suppose we have accomplished something worthwhile and I am happy to continue doing it.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

            Every thing exists as a dream before it becomes “real”. Then the dream is made into a plan and once written down as a blueprint or proposal, only then do you “see” it. Check your own process – it’s the same.

            The World is as we dream it. And there are some very ugly dream out there – like turning Europe brown and black. Google “Kalergi Plan” to find out more. Or do you think all this is just coincidence? That suddenly a million illegals just walked into Europe? They were invited. And they were in Great Shape, wearing designer clothes. Formidable logistics at work. Plans and Wheels within Wheels.

        • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 11:11 am #

          You don’t have to be a dreamer to insist on judging people by what they’ve actually done (see, for example, #MeToo), rather than by what other people who happen to share the same meta-profession have done. You have to be a realist – and as objective a realist as possible.

          It’s the same as the excessive conspiracy theorising. Most of us are well aware of the actual evils that happen in all sorts of contexts – and are sometimes as guilty of catastrophising as other people – but we are also aware that those who choose to see conspiracies a priori before looking at the evidence are like the boy who cried wolf and they do as much damage to the search for truth.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            You folks have sold Mother England, Sister Scotland, and Brother Britain to Islam. Yet because all the Big People are on board, you think it’s the essence of morality. The World is corrupt and the “good” people aren’t.

          • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

            That’s one weird family tree. And I presume Wales and Northern Ireland are the b*stard children not worthy of a mention.

            It might help to think of Britain and the UK as a Venn diagram – you can involve the British Isles as an entity as well to add to the fun and confuse the atlas-phobics.

            England isn’t my mother – more of a fat cousin that ate all the pies.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Ate_All_the_Pies%3F

  42. janet August 13, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    The New Covenant puts the obligation on God to keep His promise to write His Law on our hearts [ all of our hearts ] which means it is no longer based upon our actions or choices. –md

    I like this very much. We do not have free will. God can snuff us out at any second, so any illusion of free will is just that: illusion.

    But I like that God also does not have free will because of His promise (sure it’s not Her promise?) so “it is no longer based upon our actions or choices”

    In other words: nothing matters and anything goes because we are ultimately in the hands of God, being creations of God, flying on a speck of dust called Earth through a universe also made by God.

    Any notion of free will is just plain laughable. We had no choice about being created. Or what planet, or galaxy, or solar system we were born into. We had no choice about the laws of nature or the Second Law of Thermodynamics. We have no choice about when God snuffs us out. We don’t know if we will be alive five seconds from now. What kind of “free will” is even possible given those parameters?

    • messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      If God hardens your heart [ like He did Pharoah ] it is so He can show how much more powerful He is than the crappy idols you have invented [ your cherished delusions ]. Then it will be simple to forgive you since you can blame Him for it [ even though you foolishly believed it and loved every minute of it ].

    • “The truth is, they’ll be fighting ever more desperately, not over abstractions but over the table-scraps of history.”

      In this sense I disagree slightly with JHK’s thesis.

      I think its plain that much of what most people have any agency or power over, ARE the table-scraps.

      Religions- all, just table-scraps.

      What is possible is that you can make new abstractions. People like me.

      People like me: well, these religions…. would sanction as an apostate

      So your weird little bubble-world in which you have no agency, you are making the same error as every religious person and you’re functionally already in a sense dead insofar as you can not make any new abstractions. (They’ve all been made for ya!)

      Alternative “Table-scraps”… new ideas ?… how about “FACTS”… 🙂

      I disavow all religion for the simple and obvious reason it IS just one of the “table-scrap” abstractions. It is all really quite harmful and has always been a particularly noxious human cultural disease because it promotes total bullshit like “forgiveness”, “no free will”, etc.

      A hypocritical person is a religious person – and a pernicious person. The disavow of responsibility and accountability, I suspect, create a sort of inverted virtue.

      (Religion) is a menace.

  43. janet August 13, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    “Antifa has coordinated their attacks on anyone who does not follow their view of “truth,” as if the first amendment only applies to them.” –md

    Yes, I see your point. Antifa is out to kick major ass. Antifa will kick janos’ ass and his KKK friends’ asses. Antifa does so at the risk of being arrested and imprisoned. But it seems they are will to take that risk given the gravity of the political situation.

    “with certain unalienable rights … life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

    In other words, anything goes.

    • Exscotticus August 13, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

      janet-bot just can’t stop quoting property-owning cis-gendered white males of Christian European descent.

    • Walter B August 14, 2018 at 12:13 am #

      Janet, when the situation becomes “anything goes” we are reduced to chaos and humanity can only lose. Without social constraints, and we can argue all day on what those might actually be, without constraints, nobody wins and I think that you understand that. How we all may be able to avoid a takeover of “my way or the highway” from either side is something that I cannot foresee. However, it is something that we all, on every side, should strive to discover.

    • So…

      the rebels, dressed up as atifa “injuns” and violated KKK’s permit for a public safe space just like colonists dumped all the British Tea into the harbor)…. yeah, maybe.

      So you’re saying the midterm elections will be the equivalent of their Revolutionary War?

  44. janet August 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    Well, this has been fun, guys… but I do have a life, so toot-a-loo! (if you can find any loos)

  45. FincaInTheMountains August 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Observing USA and remembering USSR it’s difficult not to compare …

    I am afraid what everybody are comparing is totally misleading because nobody knows what actually happened in the USSR in the 80s.

    And it’s still dangerous to share what I know about this subject matter.

    • What? That the basic structure of human living arrangements is under a military command and the processes which will leave the planet irradiated, overheating and so poisoned and polluted that the only possible existence is off-world terrariums or Mars colonization, but its too late?

      I saw it in the cinema already

  46. messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    “But it seems they are will to take that risk given the gravity of the political situation.”

    Who has the right to risk others lives, much less their rights – to silence them!

  47. SomeoneInAsia August 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    QUOTE: ***There’s nothing left of an American common culture besides a few Disney movies and that’s not nearly enough. That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle. It automatically negates shared values…***

    With due respect, I’d say it depends on how we define or understand multiculturalism. Here in Singapore where I live Indians, Malays and Chinese have been getting along reasonably well for several decades. Well, I guess it helps when no one besides those in the law enforcement profession is allowed to bear arms (so that no one from any ethnic group can cause any mayhem by shooting members of another group), and also when there’s enough of the pie to go round — which, alas, may be about to change given the whole mess the global economy is heading towards…

    • capt spaulding August 14, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      It has been shown that different groups can get along together as long as there are enough resources to go around. When there is no longer enough pie to go around, they split into groups and begin to compete, sometimes violently. It’s basic sociology, all humans do it. It’s not restricted to one culture.

      • elysianfield August 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

        Captain,
        Perhaps it is a factor of the population density of either or both cultures that are “getting along”. Minority cultures assimilate…co-equal cultures might struggle for dominance. An issue of “critical mass” would be interesting to speculate upon.

        • Sean Coleman August 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

          I think you are right. English journalist Ed West wrote in his excellent book about mass immigration (which he likens in the final chapter to a millenial cult – quelle surprise) The Diversity Illusion that he was fortunate that his Irish mother (journalist Mary Kenny) did not choose to settle in either Liverpool or Glasgow because in both of these cities the ‘critical mass’ of Catholic Irish immigrants was exceeded. Both cities experienced chronic conflict between the natives and the newcomers.

        • malthuss August 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

          Jews do not always assimilate. They have kept their identity,
          in host cultures, for centuries.

  48. messianicdruid August 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

    I can’t help but think, “how much is too much?” I ask this question in the context of sharing the information with others. The truth is so surreal it can be divisive. This is only the beginning, I’m sure. Horrible truths will be uncovered in the days ahead. I’m fearful people will refuse to believe the realities of our world, especially if the mainstream media denies or IGNORES the facts. Although, sometimes I think people purposefully remain ignorant. Ignorance requires much less responsibility and action.

  49. Pucker August 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    We need a strong, popular leader who will ruthlessly crush the “enemy”, like Andrew Jackson who can lead the “Vols” again into battle.

  50. Pucker August 14, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    During the early 19th century, hostile foreign forces (principally the British) tried to influence, finance, and corrupt the minds of the Native American tribes, similar to the way that foreign interests, such as Soros, manipulate ethnic minority groups in the US today.

  51. Pucker August 14, 2018 at 1:03 am #

    In 1814, the British sought to foment a Slave rebellion in the plantation districts of Louisiana where negro slaves outnumbered whites 25-to-1.

  52. bibliomaniac August 14, 2018 at 6:43 am #

    Insightful (and disturbing) commentary this time, Mr. Kunstler. Once again, you have proved that human nature doesn’t change. In the words of my favorite poet:

    “For arrogance and hatred are the wares
    Peddled in the thoroughfares.”

    William Butler Yeats –1919

    • bibliomaniac August 14, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks, JG– I checked it out.

  53. akmofo August 14, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    Speaking of,.. the US’ former top prosecutor, Rudolph William Louis Giuliani, has finally figured out and even names who he believes is the muppetmaster behind the corrupt Commey/Rosenstein/Mueller “investigation” team, and it is no other than John Brennan:

    youtu.be/FtsRad1_1cE

    This is what I’ve said here for months. Of-course, Mr Giuliani has yet to take the next step and ask why Brennan and who is behind Brennan? That’s not hard to figure out, and I hope that if Mr Giuliani does not ask this question, President Trump does. Because it all leads to CHINA!

    .

    • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 9:53 am #

      Ain’t you skipping one important step – Hillary? And somehow I personally doubt that Hillary works for China, I have some other Power in mind that she works for.

      • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

        The Clintons are a team. That team is distinguished in awarding China most favored trading status while watching China usurp Tibet and Hong Kong and other territories and peoples. So yeah, the commie Clintons are definitely involved.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 10:59 am #

          Well, I doubt that China has imperial ambitions outside of the China’s mainland, nor do they have historical precedence of imperial expansion.

          On the other hand, Germany (in the shape of the Reich) definitely does.

          You know, I love Germany so much, that I always wanted to be several of them.

          • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 11:48 am #

            Germany and the Vatican are one and same. Personally, I cannot distinguish between them.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_meetings_between_the_Pope_and_the_President_of_the_United_States

            What is amazing, even caretaker Gerald Ford visited the Vatican. You have to ask why? Why are the most powerful men on earth all flying to the Vatican, and many do so multiple multiple times. Why?

          • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

            “Germany and the Vatican are one and same.”

            Germany’s about two thirds Protestant.

          • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

            Interesting. Having been 1/2 Soviet commies they are now 2/3 Protestant. But you’re not going to get me to argue basic accounting with any Scotswoman. That’s not a contest I can win 🙂

          • elysianfield August 14, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

            “You know, I love Germany so much, that I always wanted to be several of them.”

            Komraden Finc!

            …Several of them, and functionally agrarian….

  54. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    Christian Likbez: two approaches to theology

    I have to apologize, but there is such knowledge that I consider basic, but people who know quite complex things, for some reason either do not know them or describe them in such complicated words that I can not understand them.

    For example, the question of the relation of Christianity to theory, and the Church to science.

    In Western Christianity, or rather in Catholicism, this issue was resolved within the framework of the dispute about Universals, but I will not describe this dispute, since Catholicism is not Christianity and one heresy, struggling with another complicates the problem beyond any measure.

    Therefore, I will start with Eastern Christianity, with the question of theological approaches, and then explain how this is related to the question of the relationship between Faith and science in Western Christianity, which in Eastern Christianity did not arise due to the lack of science, since instead of theology there was an Eastern Theology – “bogoslovie” – literally translated as Word of God or Word about God.

    And Eastern Theology, unlike theology, is not at all a science, although the scientific method emerged from Eastern Theology, not from theology.

    There are two approaches to Theology – Cataphatic and Apophatic. These are rather complicated concepts, but they can be simplified to deal with a specific issue, and then complicated by iterations, when it becomes necessary to consider another problem.

    So in the simplest form, Apophatic theology indicate what it is believed the Divine is NOT.

    For example, God is not Evil, or God does not transgress, or God has no size, or God has no duration, or God is unknowable. All this is called negative knowledge and such knowledge of God lends itself to logical analysis and hence to reason. It is in this place that theology intersects with science and it is from the Apophatic method that a scientific method arose.

    But in theology, the Apophatic method can not exist without the Cataphatic method, which is that although God is unknowable, in the sense that man himself, by his own will, can not know anything about God, but a person can know something about God if God decides to tell him that something.

    For example, that God is Trinitarian. The doctrine of the Trinity is the pure water Cataphatic, and the denial of such heresies as monophysitism or monophysitism is the pure water Apophatic.

    This is a simple analysis of rather complex concepts, but even it allows us to understand quite complex things, for example that denial of heresies can not occur before the heresies themselves. This is important for understanding the interaction of Eastern and Western Christianity, since Western Christianity – under present conditions, Catholicism + Protestantism, – considers the doctrine of the divine energies of St. Gregory Palamas something new for his time, some development of Orthodoxy, not understanding that this teaching was always confessed by the Church, but until Barlaam of Calabria formulated his heresy, it was impossible to formulate the denial of this heresy in full accordance with the Apophatic method.

    About Cataphatic, I really can’t say much – there is generally such an abyss, which is not to cover in a short post. Suffice it to say that at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries Western Christianity fell into Satanism and the Fourth “Crusade” was a military campaign of Satanists against Christians.

    You can imagine what kind of Cataphatic approach they had after that.

    But the Catholic Church had freed itself to some extent from this slavery to Satan as a result of the Great schism of the Western Church (1378-1417) and the efforts of Thomas Aquinas, who a hundred years before the Great Schism began to restore Christian theology, drawing it from the books and speeches of Spanish Jews and Muslims, particularly from the books of Maimonides and Al-Ghazali. Therefore, historically the word ecumenism in the West does not mean the heresy articulated in the East by Barlaam of Seminara, which originally meant NOT unification with Jews and Muslims, but unification with Satanic Catholics on the basis of the rejection of Christ.

    And Thomas Aquinas left records at the end of his life, which says that he was all right with Cataphatic, but unfortunately he could not bring it to his followers, because he died on March 7, 1274. Blessed memory of him!

    And for the Orthodox Church this issue is especially important because it allows it to get rid of the anti-Semitic, anti-Judaic “Orthodoxy”, which in fact is a disguised form of Marcionism.

    All the Fathers of the Church wrote against Marcion from century to century, but their writings on this subject are for some reason little known in modern Russia, but the history of Western Christianity allows us to look at this problem at the right angle. The fact is that in the framework of classical, pre-Christian Judaism, no Cataphatic approach is possible in principle, and the Invisible and Unknowable God of Israel made a great impression on the Ancient World.

    The news of Him spread to the farthest corners of the Roman Empire, including to Britain and Ireland, and people there understood what an Abyss separates the Creator from his Fallen Creation in Judaism, and the realization of this tragedy helped them to perceive the Good News (the Gospel) as real good news, that this abyss has been overcome.

    What actually caused the explosion of Irish Orthodoxy of St. Patrick, which is actually Western Christianity, since Rome was then part of the Eastern Empire.

    But with the Germans there was another story: after the baptism of the Merovingians there was a usurpation of power by the Carolingians, and those who supported Charlemagne, apparently did not know anything about Judaism, except that the Jews crucified Christ, and understood the Good News as an opportunity to join the Christian Empire and even make their king (Charlemagne) a Christian Emperor.

    Naturally, this made them an easy pray of the Marcionites, but it became clear only after two Great Indictions.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 9:31 am #

      Since I had a chance to communicate with modern days Palestinians in an environment where they did not have to pretend, I can please my American friends by saying that Palestinians and Iran consider Stalin and Russia to be the main Satan, and not the USA, since Stalin and Russia were the main culprits of creation of Israel.

      • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 11:06 am #

        Ironic since the Soviets were the creators of the Palestinian narrative and the rise to power of the Iranian theocracy. It is well known that Arafat and now Abbas are Soviet agents as too was the Ayatollah Khomeini. All got their antisemitic creed from the Soviets. This just goes to show what propaganda is capable of. Most idiots will accept reality turned on its head because that’s all they know and they don’t have the intelligence nor the intellectual and emotional integrity to see their way through it.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 11:13 am #

          You are, as always, mixing up Stalin’s Russia with the Russia of Nikita Khrushchev, which are two big differences as the say in Odessa (the city on the Black Sea and not the NAZI organisation).

          The same as the difference between the Roosevelt’s America and the America of Truman or Hillary Clinton.

          • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 11:35 am #

            Yes, there are differences, but the thread is continuous. Khrushchev didn’t come out of nowhere. Khrushchev existed in Stalin’s time and was influential within the Stalin regime. Same regards Truman and Roosevelt.

          • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

            Khrushchev existed in Stalin’s time

            So did Truman in Roosevelt’s time and as well as Truman organized the coup against Roosevelt, so did Khrushchev against the Stalin, starting with the anti-Semitic Doctor’s Plot.

            Khrushchev = Russian Black Project, follower of Trotsky.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      I openly say that the decision of Joseph Stalin to create the state of Israel was a consequence of his decision to create the Orthodox International in place of the Communist International.

      Moreover, I believe that his murder and the XX Congress of the Communist Party of USSR were related precisely to these circumstances, and that modern attack on Russia by the allegedly leftist forces headed by the grandson of the secretary general of the American Communist Party, Bill Browder and the director of the CIA, who voted for the Communists, John Brennan is also connected with this.

      And the so-called “patriots of Russia”, very similar to the “patriots of Ukraine” in popular parlance called the Judeo-Bandera, are on Browder and Khodorkovsky payroll as they are going to build a new Israel in the Crimea after the Israel in Israel has been destroyed not without their help.

      • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

        The “new Ukraine” and “new Russia” will be different how?

        • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

          Well, what can I say?

          Ukrainian citizens have to flee right and left, Ukrainian lands will turn into a burial ground for poisonous chemicals, and Ukrainian girls will have to use lace panties in the EU as working uniform.

          True, there is a possibility that, following the Ukrainian girls, Russian boys will show up and put such panties on these girls’ clients that 1945 in Prussia will seem like child fight in a sandbox.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        Truman’s support for Israel creation was an attempt to obstruct Stalin’s plans.

        The Orthodox International is an indisputable fact, which was discussed between Stalin and Roosevelt in Yalta, and Truman buried it by military force in Greece.

  55. bibliomaniac August 14, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    WSJ –today, Aug 14, 2018: “Turkey is the Canary in the Global Risk Coal Mine”

  56. Epicur August 14, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    One aspect of the game of financial musical chairs that is being played is that of the corporate buy-backs that continue regardless of the PE ratio. It’s as though these guys believe that when the music stops the only thing that will matter is ownership of productive capacity.

    I’m not talking about the joys of owning retail outlets or the other things that will become just so much flotsam when the storm hits, but mineral rights, pipelines, agricultural networks (chemicals and seeds included), etc..

    As the share buybacks continue the ownership of important assets becomes more concentrated.

    It almost looks like they are preparing for the storm.

    Probably nothing.

    • BackRowHeckler August 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      And yet, driving to the polls today to vote in the primaries, we passed by a rather expansive construction site, about half finished, with a large sign out front that read “Five Corners Mall, Shopping, Dining, Entertainment. Coming soon!”. I commented to my wife Holy Sh-t they’re still building strip malls what year is it 1958?.

      Why are they still building these goddam things? It seems like an anachronism. Are there tax advantages? State incentives? All around here there are already existing malls that are failing.

      brh

      • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

        do you know about ‘stack and pack’ apartment buildings?
        Agenda 2030?

        check you tube.

      • ozone August 15, 2018 at 9:03 am #

        BRH,
        Yep, pretty damn weird. The same is going on out by Bradley where there are massive amounts of empty square footage for sale or lease. So, of course, they’re building more! …It’s got to be for tax write-off reasons; I can’t think of why else this resource wasting lunacy continues!

        • malthuss August 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

          Banks have paper money to loan. simple as that.

    • ozone August 15, 2018 at 8:57 am #

      Epicur,
      Good point.
      It will be interesting to see how much weight they’ve seriously put on the old adage: You don’t own what you can’t defend. (And I surely don’t mean, in a court of law!)

      Just paper contracts or electronic vapors, so when putsch comes to shove… will the slaves become a mite restless? Since the Masters of the Universe show no signs of changing their dangerous modus operandi, there will be blood. Convocations of super rich are wondering how they will control their security forces after a social collapse as we speak.

      • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

        ozone

        The wealthy Georgian Brits apparently lived in constant terror that their put-upon and exploited servants might murder them in their own homes and take their stuff.

        The Masters of the Universe might come to find out what that felt like.

    • Epicur August 16, 2018 at 11:23 am #

      An interesting side-note to my comment above is that it has just been announced that Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway will begin buying its own shares in a change of long-standing policy.

      Berkshire has amassed a cash balance of $110 billion, but can find nothing of value to buy (presumably without unbalancing its portfolio).

      Batten your hatches, folks, there is heavy weather on the horizon.

  57. BackRowHeckler August 14, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    In Sweden, Socialist Utopia, last nite …

    coordinated firebomb attacks throughout the entire country, in Frolunda, Nordorst, Trollhatten, Malmo, Stockholm, … active young Muzzies in the streets making their move and flexing their muscle, cars burning, streets on fire, police driven out of neighborhoods with flaming Molotov cocktails! Tolerant Sweden knocked back on it heals, staggering … lefty pols in Stockholm, blaming inequality, lack of parental supervision, (and of course racist Swedes) for the conflaguration.

    Nobody seems to know what triggered this latest round violence but it seems to have been coordinated and happened at the same time as the auto attack in London and the Taliban offensive in Kabul. It might be safe to say at this time, “European weenies, expect more violence, so bend over. Take it like you always take it”.

    This Swedish experiment in open borders and socialism, its gotta be a big disappointment to the lefties here in the USA, seeing as how Scandanavia is the place they always point to as a model for the USA. At least its not as bad as Venezuela, yet.

    brh

    • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

      Isla-Nazi brown shirts showing a bit of muscle, ha?

      Obey the Holy Roman Reich of the German Nation, you muzerfakas!

  58. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Germany’s about two thirds Protestant == GA

    And what exactly those Protestants are protesting against? They are definitely not the same as English “protestants”, who are actually more Irish Orthodox, with the Apostolic Succession.

    • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

      I don’t know, Finca. It’s a historical term, as you know, when they were actually, you know, protesting (against the excesses of the RC Church mostly).

      I haven’t looked into it in detail but Germany’s been majority protestant for a long time. But ‘protestant’ includes ‘agnostic nominal/tribal protestant’ just as ‘Catholic’ includes ‘agnostic nominal/tribal Catholic’.

      I just meant it’s odd that it would be equated with The Vatican when it’s not a Catholic country, but what would I know?

      I presume Germany has lots of Lutherans and other sub-denominations. Maybe Mennonites and Amish too, for all I know.

      England has all sorts too – Anglicans (High and Low), Methodists, Congregationalists, Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists, Pentecostalists, Jehovah’s Witnesses etc. etc.

      Scotland has Presbyterians (the national church), Anglicans (Episcopalian), Free Presbyterian and all the other tiddlers. Not my area of expertise but there are all sorts. The smaller, the weirder, usually. And the weirder, the more certain of their own rightness and righteousness, too, possibly, and of everyone else’s wrongness, although the RCs can be strong on that too.

      All Anglicans, including the Scottish Episcopalians, are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. I don’t know what you mean by Apostolic succession, though, as they all have their own Archbishops who are voted in by the other bishops, as far as I’m aware.

      • GreenAlba August 14, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

        The Church of Ireland is Anglican too, I believe.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

          Yes, I know, but I am talking about Irish Orthodox Tradition of St. Patrick which is in the foundation of the Church of England.

          • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

            Them be of different traditions than these Roman beasts raping little children??

            Sweeping report on Catholic Church sex abuse in PA
            youtu.be/dIRjkkdO108

          • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

            Mofo, King Henry VIII – see my comment below!

        • malthuss August 14, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

          “Germany and the Vatican are one and same.” Germany’s about two thirds Protestant.

          / Thanks

      • Epicur August 15, 2018 at 10:10 am #

        GreenAlba,

        “I don’t know what you mean by Apostolic succession, though, as they all have their own Archbishops who are voted in by the other bishops, as far as I’m aware.”

        The claim is based on “the laying on of hands” traced back to the Apostles. When the Anglican Churches broke away from the Roman Catholic Church there were bishops and clergy who had been consecrated in the Roman Church (by the “laying on of hands”) who switched sides. The doctrine is that this consecration continued despite the switching and therefore the succession continued.

        • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 10:54 am #

          Thanks, Epicur – I didn’t realise the doctrine had continued into the Anglican tradition. When we lived in England we were ‘United Reformed’ (i.e. Presbyterians merged with Congregationalists, if I remember correctly). No bishops anyway. Just a minister (chosen from a selection by the folks in the pews) and ‘elders’.

    • PeteAtomic August 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

      I didn’t think the Germans believed in anything until you get down into the Alps near Austria there. They seem to largely be a bunch of atheists or ‘new age’ types.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

        They just didn’t tell you, because if they did, they’d had to Holocaust you on the spot.

      • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 5:01 am #

        PA
        I think Bavaria is more Catholic. As for ‘largely a bunch of atheists’, there is less religiosity of all kinds in Northern Europe than in the US. The US is an anomaly among developed nations in terms of its religiosity.

        People who are not religious can still believe in things, including the minimisation of human suffering and the right of people to go about their lives unhindered by physical manifestations of the multi-faceted and entirely unproven and unprovable beliefs of the religious. They can also believe in – and support – the right of those religious people to believe whatever they choose to as long as they don’t infringe the rights of those who choose not to.

        Most people who have religious beliefs have them because they were brought up by people who also had them – and those people were brought up by other people who also had them. If they’d been born somewhere else, they’d believe something else.

  59. malthuss August 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    Q STICK,
    He said his work typically involved a poor couple getting divorced and they are fighting over who is going to get the blender.

    / had a cousin who did divorce law, for the rich. he made millions.

  60. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

    Bayer and Monsanto are now officially one

    Yeah, that German Nazi sleep and dream of destroying Russian food production by flooding Russian market with genetically modified cheap crap in bright candy-wrappers.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Yeah, but American Lady Justice – Femida – dealt a might blow to Monsanto – hope not the last one.

      reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit-bayer/roundup-cancer-verdict-sends-bayer-shares-slidi…

      Part of Putin-Trump agreements in Helsinki?

      Nah, that’s a conspiracy theory and we don’t do conspiracy theories, right?

      • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        The big conspiracy will be if these poison dealers and their phood industry analogues are not all bankrupt by the time Trump leaves office.

      • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 5:05 am #

        Conspiracy theories are fine – you just need to look into the evidence and come to a conclusion based on that. Sometimes there just won’t be enough evidence either way, though, in which case the only respectable conclusion is to keep an open mind, but keep looking.

        • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 5:10 am #

          So, for instance, if you’d looked at the actual evidence on chemtrails and you still believed in them, you’d be a *conspiracy theorist* type rather than a searcher after truth.

          newscientist.com/article/2101611-chemtrails-conspiracy-theory-gets-put-to-the-ultimate-test/

          And, as I mentioned, if you insist on believing stuff like this, people will eventually treat you the same way they eventually treated Peter when he shouted ‘Wolf!’. So, choose your conspiracies wisely, because some really are conspiracies and the truth deserves to come out.

          • malthuss August 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

            Well, if some ‘science’ magazine denies aerial spraying of poisons…hahah…the joke is on you if you believe them.

            I have seen a small crop duster, spraying poison on a crowd at the beach. and the band played on.
            The crop duster was low flying and its emission was not a contrail.

            Chemtrails are real.

            youtube/ Dane Wiggington.

          • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            Like I said, Malthuss, I respect your right to believe whatever mumbo-jumbo floats your boat.

        • Tate August 15, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

          They treated Alex Jones as a harmless (I should say useful) idiot when he was touting 9-11 conspiracy porn, NWO Illuminati & Sandy Hook crisis actors, because then he served a purpose to discredit their opposition, but once he stepped over the line into realism about mass immigration & its harmful effects, they banned him for “hate speech” (undefined) in a coordinated ‘night of the long knives’ move by Big Social Media.

          What’s up with that?

  61. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Hey, Qanon junkies, still looking for pedophiles in your friendly neighborhood Pizza Hut?

  62. Janos Skorenzy August 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    Cville 2 has been a propaganda disaster for the Left – and a major Jujitsu victory for us. We won by staying away. The Organizer, “Kessler”, who appeared out of nowhere last year and of whom little is known about, ended up with about 20 people, some non-White. The hired MC was a Black. Kessler gave a little speech about how he wasn’t racist, didn’t want to hurt anyone, and that Whites were Ok. Then they we’re hustled away again into police vans. Meanwhile the THOUSANDS of ferals that the Left has brought in were outraged. They thought the Police were “hiding” (why?) huge number of Nazis for some reason (a beer hall putsch?). So they reverted to their default position that all police are Nazis ands started attacking them and White (all Whites are Nazis unless they’re Antifa?) reporters and camera people.

  63. elysianfield August 14, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    The BBC on their site today posited a question as to whether or not the US will ever see “Trillion Aires”. It is a ridiculous question in that the answer is obvious…yes, of course we eventually will.

    In Germany, during the Weimar years, there were tens of thousands of ’em….

  64. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    To Blessed Memory of King Henry VIII

    (Well, may be not entirely blessed, but still…)

    Church of England according to the church tradition was created by Joseph of Arimathea, who sailed to Cornwall with the Holy Grail, and she was older than the Church of Rome.

    But over time, under the influence of the Franks and Rome, the moral principles of the Normans were blurred, and, after the conquest of England by the illegitimate William the Conqueror, also known as Wilhelm the Bastard, the Church of England fell into spiritual slavery to Rome. Trauma from this spiritual slavery has deeply settled in the subconscious of the British and in their truly great culture, periodically breaking through into politics.

    And then, just 450 years after the Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII, a zealous Catholic, man well educated and almost genius, a real Norman in spirit, sat on the throne of England.

    And so he met Anne Boleyn, and he wanted her, he completely lost his head. And she does not let him.

    — I do not want adultery. If you want me – divorce, or – go away.

    Well, the real Norman can not rape his beloved woman!

    A Roman Pope climbed into the proverbial bottle and did not give a divorce.

    And so the zealous Catholic Henry VIII, the writer of theological and philosophical treatises, could not endure these torments, parted his ways with Rome, half of the hierarchs and pro-Catholic politicians hung up high and short, the Catholic monasteries raised to the ground, and the monks sent to soldiers.

    And he changed the religion in the country, practically restoring the Orthodox Church of England, which from the joy of it divorced him from Catherine of Aragon in a New York minute!

    And he, finally, legally dragged Anna Boleyn to bed!

    • akmofo August 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

      Joseph of Arimathea is a play on words which the Roman copied from the Hebrews and refers to Joseph Bar Mathias, the Aramaic name of the 1st century fictional Roman “historian” “Josephus Flavius”.

      “Joseph of Arimathea” “Joseph Bar Mathias” or “Josephus Flavius” never existed. Like the related Roman Messianic propaganda, it is all a work of Flavian psyop war propaganda/fiction.

      The Jesus story is a very dark play of breathtaking sadism wickedness and the sickest “humour” of the most depraved kind. Anything based on “Joseph of Arimathea” likewise is a work of fiction and depravity.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 1:07 am #

        The worst people are always against Christ: Communists, Satanists, Illuminati, Masons, and majority of the Jewish nation. The best Jews became Christians and the basis of the Church. As for the rest – they are allied to the Dark Powers to this very day.

        Here is a work of slander they wrote against Christ, in addition to the Talmudic slanders.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledot_Yeshu

        • akmofo August 15, 2018 at 7:35 am #

          Nonsense.

          EVERYTHING that was written during the time of the Romans was written by the Romans. NOTHING else was allowed. Not only was the Talmud written by the Romans, it was scribed by those most closely related to Emperor Titus Flavius. That is a fact that many ignore and are ignorant of because nobody gives a shit about the Talmud except Nazis. The Romans left their signature on their Talmud just the same as they did with their Messianic propaganda.

          youtu.be/DK_cYPAtQ-U

          But I’m glad you admit the Nazis and Christianity worked hand in hand. They are both born of the same antihuman depraved genocidal satanic maniacs. The documented public support and photographs of Nazis and Catholic clergyman from top to bottom are legion. That’s not by accident. It never is.

          Just google Nazi + Catholic in google images

          • FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2018 at 10:09 am #

            As I wrote before, Catholicism is NOT Christianity.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

            He just reviled Christ, but you say nothing – nothing except to knock the Catholic Church? With friends like you, who needs enemies?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 2:01 am #

        No one to my knowledge has ever equated Joseph of Arimethea and Josephus – a known historical figure. Congratulations? But again, you follow Velikovsky so so much is possible….

    • zekesdad August 17, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      “And he, finally, legally dragged Anna Boleyn to bed!”

      You forgot the part where he cut her head off.

  65. FincaInTheMountains August 14, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    I do not ask of President Trump to hang catholics priests high and short, but still expect the Pope to go the the St.Peter Cathedral and ex cathedra declare Catholicism to be a heresy and schism.

  66. messianicdruid August 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    “ Romans 13:1: “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities.” Let every soul be subject to the higher powers – tells it better. All but the Father have a higher power which they are responsible to, usually by covenant.

    “Jesus played right into the lawyers’ hands when he said: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” In other words: pay your taxes, give your life in military service, and the lawyers will leave you alone.”

    No one owes their life in military service. The injunction was to do more than asked, gratefully. Also, the lawyers that started this discussion were identified as “the scribes and Pharisees”, which you promptly ignored.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2018 at 2:24 am #

      The normal state of Christians in THIS world is martyrdom, so those who are going to peacefully walk to the Church under the protection of democratic laws are just nuts.

      And the only thing that to some extent changes this situation is the Christian State, which seeks support from the Church, despite the fact that any state in this world is based on violence and therefore can not be truly Christian.

      Therefore, the Christian state is a paradox, or rather a miracle that God performs in the name of a mission, for example, preaching the Good News to all nations, so that every people and every person can make their choice and chooses either salvation or eternal fire.

      Sorry.

      • messianicdruid August 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

        We began as a Republic. As long as man’s laws were in accordance with higher Law, God blessed our endeavors. When we did not He brought chastisement unrealized by most, assuming worldly affairs are never the interests of the Holy, and therefore attributed to others whose interests seemed to oppose our own.

        Yes, we need a “state” that does not have its origins in this world [ order ].

        You might want to do a little research on the origins of ‘eternal’.

        gold-silver.us/forum/showthread.php?95865-Eternal-Punishment-is-Against-The-Law

  67. JohnAZ August 14, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

    Akmofo

    You mentioned connections from Comey etc and the muppetmaster John Brennan. Hmm. Then from Brennan to China. Double hmm.

    I have connected the Deep State, esp. liberal side to The New World Order and Georgie Porgie et al. Could it be that the whole rotten bunch of them are associated with China. Or that SPECTRE, i.e. The New World Order, remember Bond, is an independent organization trying to take everyone down, one by one. It would be beneficial to know who is funding what. Has our illustrious left leaning intelligence community known about the onslaught and either ignored or even promoted it? Hmm.

    • akmofo August 15, 2018 at 12:17 am #

      NWO = VATICAN

      This is a long running project run by the Jesuits to reverse the Protestant Revolution and the Enlightenment (Liberty, Democracy, Free Thought, Egalitarianism, etc.).

      John Brennan is simply a corrupt gov mafia agent who received kickbacks from the Chinese for allowing them to steal technology as he did nothing about it. Realizing his corruption will get exposed under Trump’s new administration, he decided to orchestrate a domestic coup like the many others his organization was involved in abroad.

      If you’re asking if there’s an effort to demoralize Americans and if the Chinese are involved, I would say certainly they are. But the main players always were and still are Soviet. Dmitry Orlov is classic Soviet propaganda. The propaganda dumpsters that echo Orlov’s nonsense are likely also Soviet. If you wish for more elaboration on these Soviet propaganda dumpsters you’ll need to ask our local Soviet useful idiot who goes by the handle “Ol’ Scratch”.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2018 at 3:03 am #

      I think Mofo is trying to put a cart before the horse here.

      Roman Church before the 9-th century was just another sister-church in the collection of Orthodox churches and the head of the Roman Church – the Pope – a subject of Roman Emperor, at that time sitting in Constantinople.

      It was the desire of Salic Francs to create their own “Christian” Empire – the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, aka The Reich, and who needed a blessing of a Christian church for that, to subvert the Roman Church and make Pope Leo III to commit an act of High Treason toward the Roman Emperor and crown Charlemagne as Roman Emperor.

      The anti-Christian Reich after about 200 years of existence tried to destroy both Western and Eastern Christianity in the fire of the Fourth Crusade.

  68. janet August 15, 2018 at 12:19 am #

    Many on CFN subscribe to the idea that there is zero difference between red/blue, Republican/Democrat.

    Democrat Christine Hallquist is set to become the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major US political party. “People like myself and who normally wouldn’t be in politics are rising up all over (in response to Trump’s election) and I think that’s what healthy democracy looks like,” she said. Close up and long shot.

    Republicans have no openly transgender nominees.

    Democrat and Muslim Keith Ellison won the Attorney General nomination in Minnesota. Close up and long shot.

    Republicans have no Muslim Attorney Generals in the United States of America.

    Democrat Muslim Somali woman Ilhan Omar, a progressive state legislator, will win the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. After the primary win, she could be first Somali-American in Congress. Close up and long shot.

    Republicans have no Somali women candidates for Congress.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is openly socialist and is about to be elected to Congress. Close up and long shot.

    Republicans have no openly socialist candidates running for Congress.

    Republicans have a LOT of old white heterosexual cis-gender conservative men running for office.

    Seems to me there is a BIG difference between Republicans and Democrats.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 1:59 am #

      Ellison is a wife beater, apparently. Stay tuned: He’s finished. Did you see Cortez’s interview on Fox? She’s the Sarah Palin of the Left. She’s basically a dumb college kid in way over her buck toothed head.

      • Exscotticus August 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

        Her kid-glove love-fest interview on The Daily Show demonstrated that she doesn’t understand the difference between billions and trillions (skip about 12 minutes in). Her math—her plan—doesn’t add up. The only thing new about her is that she’s exceptionally inexperienced and naive.

    • so what you’re saying is

      Democrats: Muslim, Catholic

      Republicans: Mormons, Protestants

      is God the real leader or or Republic?

  69. janet August 15, 2018 at 12:21 am #

    Christine Hallquist is one of more than 400 LGBTQ candidates running in this election cycle.

  70. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2018 at 4:16 am #

    The Celestial Empire (China) clearly does not want the new Silk Road to be heavily dependent on Russia (for in this case Moscow will be for Beijing the same as Washington, sitting in the Malacca or Hormuz straits), and therefore seeks alternative routes, bypassing Russia on the south. China, by the way, is not burning with a great desire to invest in Russian economy. To buy oil and gas – yes. But the serious infrastructural and industrial projects go so-so.

    And direct Chinese investment in smaller Kazakhstan is ten times more than in Russia.

    How do you like that, huh?

    Vladimir Putin instructed to include in the comprehensive plan of modernization and expansion of the main infrastructure the measures to expand the Baikal-Amur Mainline and Transsib.

    According to the May presidential decree, the throughput capacity of the Baikal-Amur and Trans-Siberian railway lines should grow by 1.5 times to 20 million tons by 2024. According to the main development plan for transport infrastructure development and modernization for 2019-2024, the time of delivery of containers from Vladivostok to Western border of the Russian Federation will be 7 days.

    While the remaining routes of the new Silk Road cause a lot of questions, Russia offers the best conditions for logistics.

    By the way, this reconstruction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway will do without the Chinese projects – Japan and South Korea are in a position to fully ensure the flow of goods.

  71. Pucker August 15, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    Prior to Andrew Jackson’s devastating defeat of the British at New Orleans in 1815, much of the local Louisiana population had hoped for reunification with France. Andrew Jackson even armed the negroes in the defense of New Orleans although it was the Vols that were the Tip of the Spear. The Brits hoped to retake the Louisiana Purchase territory and to divide the US, much as hostile foreign forces today. Andrew Jackson occupied New Orleans under martial law until formal notification of the Treaty of Ghent. Andrew Jackson gave no quarter to the Brits. No Mercy. The battlefield was littered with thousands of dead Redcoats.

  72. JustSaying August 15, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    ..All of this is happening because the whole world can’t handle the debts it has racked up, and the whole world knows it. And knowing it, they also know that their debt-based currencies are worthless. And knowing that, they also know that absolutely everybody else is broke and unable to meet their obligations. That is some dangerous knowledge…

    It is not only debt crisis, now we are beginning to see the impact of global warming. Fires and floods are causing social collapse around the planet because the oceans are warming leading to enormous amounts of moisture that are stalled over land masses.

    • Epicur August 15, 2018 at 11:13 am #

      Debt, per se, is not the problem, rather it is the untold millions of inverted balance sheets* that result from speculation that is fed BY rising debt that will be the undoing of the “great moderation”.

      If it were just a matter of debt, then a re-valuing of money and a cancelling of some obligations would solve the problem. The real problem is that the level of economic activity, the everyday buying and selling, is based on the belief (or hope) that things will continue increasing in “value,” or “growing” in modern parlance. Once that belief is lost then the game is up and the level of economic activity drops.

      The entire system is running at an unsustainable level, but if (when) it slows then the massive level of unfunded obligations will be exposed for the Ponzi scheme that it is.

      * An “inverted balance sheet” is one on which assets are highly valued based on continuing speculation, when speculation stops the assets drastically drop in value and the enterprise may bankrupt.

    • malthuss August 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      when do the banks take a holiday? I dont ask ‘if’ just when.

      • Epicur August 15, 2018 at 3:19 pm #

        Classic bank runs, like those that occurred near the start of the Great Depression, will not happen. Everybody knows the government will print all the “money” needed to satisfy demands on accounts.

        Banking problems due to cyber attacks are something else. Everyone should be sure to get, and keep, paper copies of their accounts.

  73. JohnAZ August 15, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    JS

    Here is another warm fuzzy. The global oceanic equatorial warming is normally carried to the poles to get air conditioned by the ice and low temperatures the, see Japanese current and Gulf Stream. Two biggies coming in the near future. One, losing the Arctic air conditioner and the second the increase in atmospheric methane due to eruption of hydrates from the ocean and the melting of the permafrost in the north. Warming will surely accelerate as these events occur. Next is Antarctica.

    • Tate August 15, 2018 at 9:54 am #

      OTOH, hasn’t it been postulated that shutting down the Thermohaline Circulation flow of warmer water into the Arctic in the North Atlantic will mean a return of the ice, which would be particularly bad for Northwestern Europe, so climate change can have unexpected consequences.

    • JustSaying August 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      I have never in my life seen so much rain. It rains practically every day and the rain is torrential. It has destroyed sections of my vegetable garden and I have very little produce this year.

  74. BackRowHeckler August 15, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Be sure to wear flowers in your hair.

    brh

  75. BackRowHeckler August 15, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    USA

    1858, Pony Express

    Wanted; Young, skinny, wiry fellow, not over 18. Must be expert rider, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.

    2018, Community Organizer

    Wanted, non cisgendered, flabby, tatted fellow, not over the age of Obama Care medical coverage (26), must be expert butt pounder, willing to risk AIDS daily. Doting, supportive, same sex parents preferred.

    brh

    • malthuss August 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      SEE DRUDGE, NOW…Tranny for governor or governess?

    • elysianfield August 15, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      “Wanted, non cisgendered, flabby, tatted fellow, not over the age of Obama Care medical coverage (26), must be expert butt pounder, willing to risk AIDS daily. Doting, supportive, same sex parents preferred.

      brh

      BRH,

      No contact information?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

      Which of these four pale, cis-gendered Riders are you?

      youtube.com/watch?v=aFkcAH-m9W0

  76. anyone see the Sunday edition of the pulitzer prize winning NewYork Times?

    a great article about a man in combat in Afghanistan.

    I will save you the 6.50$.

    afghanistan is Vietnam redeux… almost half the country is under control of fundamentalist islamists. our client state run by moderate fundamentalist Muslims is completely falling apart. it looks like the inevitable helicopter evacuation from the rooftops is imminent.

    we are currently sending young guys into ambush patrols… just like Nam… where is the anti war movement? to busy pumping gas into the SUV and legislating bathroom access? how about that military families? busy collecting that paycheck as professional warriors and picking up that sweet heroes discount at the new car lot?

    to be honest the reason we can’t feel to bad about these idiots is that they all volunteered

    • Exscotticus August 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

      >>> anyone see the Sunday edition of the pulitzer prize winning NewYork Times?

      Is this the same NYT that just hired that Sarah Jeong white-hating racist for their editorial staff?

      >>> afghanistan is Vietnam redeux

      No it’s not. Vietnam was both a true civil war and a proxy war between the superpowers.

      Afghanistan is not a proxy war between the superpowers, and it doesn’t even rise to the level of a civil war. The insurgents have no government, no institutions, nothing like what North Vietnam had.

      The USA didn’t enter Afghanistan over ideology; we went in after 9/11. When doves ask “Why are we there?” the answer is “9/11”. That’s a very real and tangible answer compared to “the domino theory”.

      There’s no draft, significantly less killed and wounded, and Americans are overwhelmingly inured to the relatively modest loss of life as the price for preventing another 9/11. There are no massive marches or protests. The MSM couldn’t care less, as they’re entirely focussed on Trump-bashing and identity politics.

      The Afghan patrols are hardly like Vietnam. Insurgents are facing 40 years of advancement in military technology. Indeed, the North Vietnamese had more advanced weaponry 40 years ago than the insurgents have now. The end result is that the military is doing far more ambushing than the insurgents are. We’ve picked off their leaders one by one—something that never happened in Vietnam.

      The North Vietnamese maintained the massive Ho Chi Minh trail; the insurgents can’t even drive a single technical down a road without fear of getting blown up by either their own IEDs or a drone. The closest they have to a Ho Chi Minh trail are the qanats—and you can’t drive technicals through them.

      Of course there are many similarities between the two conflicts, but what ultimately led to American withdrawal was the loss of political will. Where is the evidence of that in the case of Afghanistan?

      • The comparison with Vietnam is all mine.

        Pols campaign on bringing the troops home… they keep setting timelines for withdrawal and then end up not completely backing out. Quagmire?

        Standing force is now down to just 12,000 personnel.

        The Afghan regulars are lack any competency. Almost half the country is controlled by the Taliban. A provisional government is in place but its incompetent.

        The country is not invested in “winning”… so I’d say there is no political will to “win”.

        There isn’t a Ho Chi Minh trail except there are porous borders and, like Laos, Pakistan has provided a haven.

        But what really got me was the ground game. Its just like Vietnam.

        Units put in place to defend territory. They are bullet sponges. They go on ambush patrols. The population truly does not have an affinity. Hostility is obvious. And the troop morale is not high.

        As for the New York Times, if you think that their hiring of one snowflake means anything at all to the professionalism and content of their journalism, its laughable. I challenge you to find content in the piece in question:

        War Without End: The Pentagon’s Failed Campaigns In Iraq And Afghanistan Left A Generation of Soldiers With Little To Fight For But Each Other

        See last weeks: Thirty Years Ago, We Could Have Saved The Planet

        Or last Friday’s edition cover piece: The Year Global Warming Turned Model into Menace

        I think people are exhausted by all the online BS… very few realize what real journalism is… everyone thinks their tailor-made feeds amount to insight. The NYT isn’t perfect- but its the best there is.

        • Exscotticus August 15, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

          >>> if you think that their hiring of one snowflake means anything at all to the professionalism and content of their journalism, its laughable

          It means a great deal as it’s a leadership role. And if the quality of the NYT’s journalism is any indication, then this racist is merely one more nail in the coffin.

          >>> they keep setting timelines for withdrawal and then end up not completely backing out. Quagmire?

          No it’s called intelligence. We match our involvement to the degree that it’s needed. Sometimes more, and sometimes less.

          >>> War Without End: The Pentagon’s Failed Campaigns In Iraq And Afghanistan Left A Generation of Soldiers With Little To Fight For But Each Other

          Typical NYT politicized fake news sensationalism.

          As this is not a conventional war, it can’t be measured by conventional standards. It may be that this conflict goes on indefinitely. So what? Does the author have an alternative? We leave and then another 9/11?

          There are lots of conflicts without end. The war on drugs. The war on crime. The war on poverty. Are all these conflicts Vietnam redux?

          >>> The NYT isn’t perfect- but its the best there is.

          So says you. I’ll take Drudge over NYT any day. Here’s more fake news from the NYT. And here’s the proof that it’s fake. The NYT politicizes nearly everything, and so I’d hardly even call it news. It’s entertainment for libtards.

          • You can’t handle long form, real, prize-winning, hard news, journalism.

            That’s why you jerk off to Drudge, who is not a real journalist but a news aggregator.

            People that don’t read a real newspaper like the Times are just poseurs, pretending to be interested in the world but not really- they just want passive entertainment.

            There are two kinds of people who use information technology.

            One is smart people- like the people who invented the tech (and for who it was originally designed). The rest just use it to augment stupidity.

    • Q. Shtik August 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      anyone see the Sunday edition of the pulitzer prize winning NewYork Times?

      a great article about a man in combat in Afghanistan. – Debbie SnacK

      ===========

      The Afghan soldier pictured on the front page was wearing dirty white New Balance sneakers.

    • elysianfield August 15, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

      “to be honest the reason we can’t feel to bad about these idiots is that they all volunteered”

      SnakPak,
      Idiots? For this you will be judged.

  77. Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    “Journalists” accused of being Vampires. Are these Blacks really that wrong – I mean even apart from the dogma that states that Blacks are always right?

    amren.com/news/2018/08/mistaken-for-vampires-and-accused-of-witchcraft-bbc-crew-nearly-stoned-to-dea…

    • Tate August 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      LOL. They posed as vampires seeking amulets of human heads & genitals & then were surprised when they were believed by neolithic savages?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        But they believe Whites have special power and thus their body parts as well. Dim reflections of the Truth as compared to the complete confusion of White Leftists.

        It’s said the young Queen Elizabeth once waltzed with Kenyetta (if memory serves – sometimes it doesn’t) who had participated in similar Mau Mau ceremonies. The circle thus becomes complete with the high joined to the low. When the spiral collapses into two dimensions like this, the culture is doomed.

    • Journalists are just messengers, and shooting the messengers is a real problem, from time immemorial.

  78. Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    amren.com/commentary/2018/08/the-french-nation-of-north-america/

    They are perfectly willing and able to stand up against the Anglos, but fall apart on the question of actually being White. They weren’t even able to hold the line at speaking French (supposedly the essence of their culture) and keep the minorities to their beloved Black Frenchies. No, all Non-White are good, nay, Great. So they are on the path to ending up with being nothing in particular and everything in general – just another Amoeba to be absorbed by the even greater Global Amoeba.

    Many other would be breakaway Nationalisms are just as flabby and crazy: the Catalans, the Scots (Hi Albee!), etc.

    • GreenAlba August 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

      I’m holding out for the Unilateral Declaration of Independence of South Edinburgh. We may allow secessionists from north of Princes St to join us if they share our values and their buses run on time.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

        Better to share buses and make values run on time. Are you talking about the Firth of Forth? Why do the North and South hate each other everywhere? Which is better, Loch Lomond or Loch Ness? Have you seen the monster?

        • GreenAlba August 16, 2018 at 4:31 am #

          Why would I be talking about the Firth of Forth? It’s an estuary – people don’t live in it – they cross it to Fife.

          And I don’t recall suggesting the people of north and south hate one another – I recall making an entirely light-hearted remark as a response to you gratuitously bringing me into a conversation. Hate takes up altogether too much of your consciousness.

          The people in north and south Edinburgh are the same. And the bus service covers the entire city and beyond. Boring but obvious in a city this small that you can walk across with no difficulty.

          “Which is better, Loch Lomond or Loch Ness?”

          Loch Lomond is prettier. Loch Ness is much, much deeper, hence the myth, which probably still brings dollars to the area from gullible Americans.

          • Tate August 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            The Catholics imported into Glasgow were responsible for all the knife crime in that city. I didn’t know it until read about it yesterday. But you never mentioned the cultural divide, as always the obtuse one.

          • GreenAlba August 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            Maybe that was because no-one was talking about Glasgow.

            But if you have official historical statistics on the religious denominations of knife crime perpetrators that would be interesting, thanks. I didn’t know the police asked people for their religion when they apprehended them.

          • GreenAlba August 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            If you have the same for Edinburgh too, that would be great. Thanks. 🙂

  79. Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Let’s end the morning on a high note:

    amren.com/news/2018/08/italy-refuses-safe-harbor-to-migrant-ship-spain-also-reluctant/

    Sanity is catching. Ave Salvini! Ave Caesar!

  80. Therian August 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    Nice post this week, Jim. Indeed, “everybody” is indeed “broke”. The entire developed world has 150-200% of GDP in debts with social service systems that can hardly be maintained. The US will run trillion dollar annual deficits as far as the eye can see. The problem is that birth rates in the developed world are dropping like a stone in a pond and worker/retiree rates, once 18 to 1 in the post WWII era, are now approaching 3 to 1. Soon, Millennials will have their Social Security deductions raised substantially but even that won’t be enough.

    The developed world is running headlong into an impoverished future.

  81. janet August 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    “Indeed, “everybody” is indeed “broke”. –Therian

    Therian, half a million bikers gathered at Sturgis, South Dakota. They represent middle America, fly-over country. At an average $95,000 annual income, THEY ARE NOT BROKE. The economy recovered under Obama with 76 continuous months of private sector employment increases.

    “We got really a lot of people that are in private business and industry that camp here and what they’ll tell you is that it’s the Trump bump,” says Rod Woodruff, owner of the Buffalo Chip, a sprawling complex of campgrounds, bars and concert stages. “The economy is so good and people are feeling so good.”

    He says his average camper makes $95,000 a year, owns his own home and more than one motorcycle. In a coveted section of luxury motor homes behind the Wolfman Jack stage, there are no signs of the much-analyzed “economic anxiety” that impacted the 2016 election, only utter devotion to President Trump.”

  82. janet August 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

    “The only thing new about her is that she’s exceptionally inexperienced and naive.” –exscotticus

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has more political experience than the current occupant of the White House who had never won a political campaign. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary by 3 million votes and he had to rely on the elitist electoral college.

    She does not need to show how things add up. Bush/Cheney never had to either. We will just continue with QE and the Fed and the printing of currency, since, as Cheney said: “Deficits don’t matter.”

    • Exscotticus August 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

      >>> Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary by 3 million votes

      Sorry, janet-bot, but according to you, the 2016 POTUS vote was hacked by Russians, so we don’t know what the true count was.

      You can’t have it both ways. Either the 2016 POTUS election was bogus or it wasn’t. Let us know when you make up your mind which narrative you’re sticking with.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

        Good point. I said the same thing to Alba. They are so fixated on defeating us they don’t even try to develop a consistent narrative. They probably don’t even think they have to. Causality is a White concept after all….

        • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

          Consistency would have been a better choice in terms of what came before. But both work in the larger sense.

        • GreenAlba August 16, 2018 at 3:33 am #

          “I said the same thing to Alba.”

          Back to your old tricks. I say very little about the election of your SCROTUS and most of it has been to say I support the democratic mandate and don’t support trying to unseat him by any other means. No matter what I think of him.

  83. janet August 15, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    Omarosa knows how to read and write. She unfairly (though cleverly) kept Trump out of the loop by writing a BOOK (a book has too many words, so he does not read books). She was also clever to make recordings because she knows how much Trump lies. Now he has to be a bit more cautious because he knows she can call him on his lies and she has the documentary evidence to back her up.

    • janet August 15, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      Just like the Muslim Kenyan socialist who Trump helped become president for eight years, Omarosa probably also has a higher IQ than the birther-tweeter Agent Orange.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

        Has anyone ever seen Obama and Omarosa in the same room at the same time? Or “Michael”?

    • Exscotticus August 15, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

      >>> Omarosa knows how to read and write.

      LOL! You know libtards are tacit racists when knowing how to read and write are touted as exemplary qualifications for minorities.

      • janet August 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

        WASHINGTON ? As racist President Donald Trump’s White House struggled with accusations of racism over his attacks on African-American former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, on Wednesday he announced security clearance reviews of a number of vocal critics ? and Susan Rice, who is also African-American.

        Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations and later as his national security adviser, has kept a relatively low profile since Trump has taken office.

        Despite this, she was included on a list of names Trump is reviewing to see whether they will continue to have the ability to receive classified information. High-ranking intelligence, military and diplomatic officials are generally permitted to hold onto their security clearances after they leave their jobs so that they can be brought in to offer their expertise later.

        • messianicdruid August 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

          With expertise like this, who needs hackers?

  84. KesaAnna August 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    “You know, I love Germany so much, that I always wanted ( there ) to be several of them.”

    This made me chuckle a little.

    I’m sure someone else out there besides myself has a positive view of the Holy Roman Empire of The German People….

    Maybe three or four ?

    But the college professors I have met , and the avocational history buffs as well, dismiss the HRE out of hand with contempt —

    — so wedded is the average man , be he intellectual with gold-plated education , or illiterate hick ,

    to Social Darwinist ideas that imperfect beings can fix everything.

    So contemptuous is the average man of ideas like subsidiarity , or in plain terms ; mere restraint.

    • KesaAnna August 15, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

      ” ……to Social Darwinist ideas that imperfect beings can fix everything. ”

      — with tools like highly centralized and huge unitive empires , for example. ( Which the USA , Russia, and China have IN COMMON. )

    • Janos Skorenzy August 15, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

      Yes, there has to be a SYSTEM like PURE Capitalism or PURE Communism that works with the nature of the Universe, via a DIALECTIC or INVISIBLE HAND that will obviate the need for something as pedestrian as morality.

      Meanwhile De Tocqueville is always saying, America is great because America is good. When it ceases to be good, it will cease to be great. Whether he was right about his first assertion is debatable of course, but the second is far more in line with our Civilization than all of Communist and Capitalist ideology put together.

  85. KesaAnna August 15, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    ” This is how we can tell whether something is from God or from Satan – free choice=God, mandated compliance=Satan. This tool works really well when applied to governments. ”

    when applied to governments , yes.

    It doesn’t work so well in other cases.

    Like, for example , one of the key ways in how we went from Ten Commandments to ten thousand commandments in just a few centuries was via secular rulers and their states spending the past 500 years
    exploiting the royal shit out of Sola Scriptura.

    First it is everyone is going to be their own biblical scholar ( a real hoot to anyone with the least perception of just how complex a set of documents the Bible is ) and their own Pope.

    then the neutral umpire — non-human — i.e. God(s) — and final arbiter gets written out all together.

    And then you have to explain to a not even particularly bright ten year old how ” right ” and “wrong ” amount to anything more than the next vote , which vote might just as well be won by Nazis, Hashishin , or Kim Kardashian.

    Except you really cannot do that.

    See how that worked out ?

    it’s great for Kim Kardashian and real sadists.

  86. KesaAnna August 15, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    ” Vietnam was both a true civil war and a proxy war between the superpowers. ”

    South Vietnam was a small , and not particularly affluent, country fighting a mafia backed by two sugar daddies called Russia and China.

    South Vietnam had , as allies, first France, and then the USA , and both of its allies didn’t really give a shit.

    That’s the narrative I see , but NEVER hear.

    South Vietnam ITSELF is rarely or never mentioned , as Afghanistan ITSELF is rarely or never mentioned.

    Because , as I said , you don’t really give a shit.

    They say Adolf Hitler was bonkers , but hey , at least he did actually want to colonize Poland and the Ukraine.

    Which makes some kind of sense . ( If fantastical sense. )

    But do any of you actually want to try homesteading in the Panjsher Valley ?

    Do any of you folks actually want to buy a condo in Herat ?

    Where are the good eats in Ghazni ?

    FOR THIS REASON ALONE you got curb-stomped in Vietnam.

    And for this reason alone you will lose in Afghanistan.

    It is not your backyard , it never will be, and not least because you don’t even want it to be.

    The 11th century First Crusade made a thousand times more sense, and it wasn’t really a bright idea.

    9 / 11 ?

    ” Remember the Maine ! ” and ” Hang the Kaiser ! ” is how that is going to sound in 100 years.

    ( And by the way , they had to focus on the Kaiser , because even the worst political whack-job couldn’t describe Austria-Hungary as any sort of threat , or compelling American interest , with a strait face. )

    What’s really funny about America is that while your navy , for example, surpasses in firepower the rest of the worlds navies combined ,

    you are yet a nation of hysterical pussies who see boogeymen behind every fucking tree.

  87. KesaAnna August 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    By the way , speaking of , ” Remember the Maine ! ” ;

    If you offered to give Puerto Rico back to Spain for free , do you think they would be stupid enough to take it back ?

    now there’s a question for you sharp politicos.

  88. FincaInTheMountains August 15, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

    Frankly, I was prompted to write posts about the Christian literacy elimination campaign because of accusation by some of my Russian readers that I was a “Guardsman of Zionism” in Orthodoxy.

    This expression “Guardsman of Zionism” is from the denunciation of Zionism – “An open letter from Metropolitan Anthony Melnikov to the priest Alexander Men” and everything that Metropolitan Anthony writes about Christianity seems absolutely true to me, in spite of my deepest respect for Father Alexander Men and the suspicion that he died for Christ.

    But how does Metropolitan know that “Judaism concealed and continues to hide from the Jewish people that in the depths of this religion worship is done not to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but to the Devil”?

    Devil is the garbled name Baal, (Ba’al Zebûb) – the supreme deity of the real Palestinians (Philistines) with whom the people of Israel fought in the 7th century BC and in translation from the Palestinian name means “the lord of the flies”, and from where Metropolitan Anthony took that in the depths of Judaism they worship the “Lord of the Flies” personally I do not know.

    The Baal of the Palestinians is considered connected with the Baal of the Phoenicians and the Babylonians, and for them Baal means simply a Ruler, but people were sacrificed to this Ruler, and about the worship of the Levites to this Baal knew nothing the chief prosecutor of Christians Saul, who had quite a high rank in the Jewish FBI of that time, and left very detailed and most importantly honest memories of his career on this post, as on the road to Damascus he saw the Divine Light, about which according to Western ecclesiology was written by Gregory Palamas, and heard the voice of the Lord God, becoming as a result of these sensations, reflecting the objective reality, the Apostle Paul.

    No, of course, the Book of Prophets refer to the worship of all sorts of Levites to all kind of bad spiritual entities, and Father Alexander Men writes about this in great detail in his book The Messengers of the Kingdom of God. Moreover, I even admit that the Sadducees, one of whom was Caiaphas, who betrayed Christ to death, were involved in similar spiritual practices, but if such a cult existed among the Pharisees, one of whom was Saul, he would undoubtedly write about it in his message to the Jews, and he instead writes that there is still a Sabbath for the people of God.

    I’m not saying that Metropolitan Anthony claims that “Zionism is nothing more than the practical realization of the secret aspirations of the religion of Talmudic Judaism”, while Zionism and Judaism are perpendicular to each other and Hasidim, as the last fragment of European Judaism, almost completely destroyed in the Holocaust, categorically against the creation of Israel – the metropolitan is quite forgivable not to know about these subtleties of European and Middle Eastern politics.

    And I get accusations that I am also a “Guardsman of Zionism” against the backdrop of the increased activity in Orthodoxy of the followers of those patriots of Russia and the defenders of the Russian people from Judeo-Communists who in 1941 came to Russia to destroy the Jewish people and turn the Russian people into slaves.

    • KesaAnna August 16, 2018 at 2:08 am #

      Or maybe Israel is merely the Latin / Frankish Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem , part two .

      And for people who didn’t see the first movie ,

      and / or still have not figured out , after a thousand years , that Christianity moved to Rome because Palestine basically sucks.

      Olives , dates , second-hand Persian rugs , the water sucks , and it’s too fucking hot .

      It certainly is not because Westerners give a shit about Semites , be they Jews , Sunnis, Shia , or Druze.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 8:24 am #

        And what the hell all that has to do with my post?

      • messianicdruid August 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        “…and / or still have not figured out , after a thousand years , that Christianity moved to Rome because Palestine basically sucks.”

        It moved because it was cast out [ appolumi ] not because of climate considerations.

        “And the King of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant…”

    • akmofo August 16, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      Ba’al worship = Venus worship

      At the time Venus was the patron god of many peoples. The reason being that Venus was still a comet and its orbit caused great havoc on earth. For example, during the near collision between Venus and Earth at the time of the Exodus (1447 BC) a great many catastrophes befell the Earth. Some of them were recorded in the TaNaKh in the book of Exodus. Many people understood and recognized the cosmological cause of the disasters and properly attributed them to Venus (Archangel Michael of the TaNaKh). Venus was known by many names. One of the names is Ba’al of the Phoenicians (Hebrew purple die makers). The word “Ba’al” in Hebrew means “Lord”.

      The Trojan War also had a cosmological cause and was a war between of those Hebrew/Greeks worshiping Mars and those worshiping Venus. An Earthly reflection of the conflict between Mars and Venus in our then unstable skies.

      In the photo below you can see the cometary tail of Venus as represented by the elongated hat of the god “Ba’al”. It is that hydrocarbon tail of the then comet Venus that is the source of the oil gas and coal deposits on our planet.

      upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/df/Baal_Ugarit_Louvre_AO17330.jpg/220px-Baal_Ugarit_L…

      • akmofo August 16, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

        The Famous Phoenician Dye

        searchinginhistory.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-famous-phoenician-dye.html
        youtu.be/-efM4RmDb3c

        Argaman = Royal Purple
        T’helet = Sky Blue

        T’helet is now part of the Israeli flag.
        Argaman was the color of ancient kings.

        The “Phoenicians” got their name from the dye they worked. The Greek word for purple is Phoinix.

        • akmofo August 16, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

          Now you know where Agamemnon son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycenae, got his name.

          Aerope is another Hebrew name related to Europa, the Princess of Tyre that was carried to Crete by Zeus. Europa is the mother of King Minos, and mother to the whole Minoan/Greek/European civilization.

      • ozone August 17, 2018 at 8:39 am #

        asia,
        So what you’re telling us with all these “truly true factoids” is that religious zealotry leads to civilization destroying wars and that the natural sciences should be thrown away in favor of superstition and belief and trust in sky-ghosts.

        Your contribution is not, it’s a time and space waster.
        (As usual, it’s also purposely divisive. Hey, just like the old asia days!)

        • ozone August 17, 2018 at 8:40 am #

          Oh, before I forget. Fsck you too.

  89. KesaAnna August 16, 2018 at 1:47 am #

    ” There’s nothing left of an American common culture”

    There never was one. That is a Yankee wet dream.

    As ludicrous as that temple you built to Abraham Lincoln.

    you might as well have built a temple to Ivan the Terrible , ( Russian hero ) or Vlad the impaler , ( Rumanian hero ) or Elizabeth Bathory ( Hungarian quasi-proto-feminist hero )

    the indians , the Mexicans , the blacks , the Southerners , the Catholics , the Mormons , etc , etc , etc, always knew better.

    That is…..they always knew better until they all , likewise , bought into this ludicrous notion of , ” You , too, can be rich. ”

    And AT THAT POINT things really began to nose-dive.

    It was a better country by far when in communities a mere 50 miles apart , one community said , ” y’all ” and the other community said , ” you-uns”.

    ” That’s what happens when you opt for multiculturalism as your number one political principle. ”

    I think that both multiculturalism and racism are false flags.

    a far more corrosive factor , for example , is this idea that an institution which is barely one hundred years old ( in a form that the vast majority today would even recognize as such )

    can manage an institution , the family , which is 50,000 years old , when the representatives of the former institution cannot even answer a simple question like what your kids favorite color is , and DON’T CARE TO KNOW either.

    If you ask the average 12 year old the question , ” is two captains for one ship a good idea ? ” i’m confident that most , if they thought about it , would at least acknowledge that it is a rather a dubious proposition.

    But the above astounding idea is not even recognized as astounding.

    In the east it was statues of Pavlik Morozov , crude and blatant.

    in the west it is Disney Princesses with opinions concerning matters that are none of their fucking business , subtle and oblique .

    But neither the Soviet nor the Yankee Doodle blink at either gross imposition.

    There is more wisdom in what is barely a hundred years old , than in what is 50,000 years old.

    That’s the assertion in plain language.

    nope, nothing peculiar in that !

    It is called freedom when strangers manage every aspect of your household EXCEPT the bedroom —

    — where you aren’t making any babies by the way , anyway.

    What is really incredible about the sexual revolution is that in your sterility you make the Middle Ages with it’s myriad monasteries and convents look like the grand age of the libertines.

    • messianicdruid August 16, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      “It is not within man that walketh to direct his own steps.”

      So why would you elect [ delegate ] a man to do this for you? You are choosing a false [ unqualified ] g-o-d [ rulemaker ] to avoid listening to the Creator? Not a good move.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

      Now none of that. We’re going to be taking you over at some point, at least the Western and Northern provinces to better fight the Forces of the Eye in the Pyramid. Your “country” is even more controlled than ours and your people more brainwashed.

    • Sean Coleman August 17, 2018 at 6:23 am #

      I enjoyed reading that.

  90. FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Trump rejects the deal with Clintonoids – acceptance of his Presidency in exchange for continuing preparation of nuclear war with Russia, wants Clinton indictment

    Hillary Clinton clearly got a pass by the FBI. We have the unfortunate situation where they then decided they were going to frame Donald Trump” concerning the Rigged Witch Hunt.

    twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1029899109749202944

  91. Billy Hill August 16, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    9 / 11 ?

    ” Remember the Maine ! ” and ” Hang the Kaiser ! ” is how that is going to sound in 100 years.

    Thank You Kesa Anna. Helps us temper our admiration for “award-winning” journalism. Or award-winning anything for that matter. Soon there will be “TV” Specials administering awards for the best awards shows.

    I chanced yesterday up US19 North in Florida from New Port Richey onward through the unplanned wasteland of car lots, strip malls, fast food, and billboards — in particular two billboards on behalf of the Marines (a hearty Semper Fi there, Jan). Determination. Two Marines atop a bluff scanning the battlespace below, AR15’s at the ready (defending/attacking what, exactly? The US Dollar?). Further North on US19: The Battle is Within. Single Marine slogging through knee-high inhospitable jungle water. Probably just showed some natives who’s boss. Oblivious to personal discomfort, pain even.

    Ah, the iconography and iconology of Empire. Bound to be a PhD thesis somewhere on this… Graphic Arts/History interdisciplinary… with some Marxian/Freudian perspective added to satisfy the committee…

    Thank You again, Kesa Anna. Someday, maybe sooner than 100 years, 9-11 too will be deconstructed. But Shhhh! Observe Polite Society OPSEC. Coloring within the lines will earn you a place at the awards banquet.

  92. FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    It’s time to sum up the first act of the Ukrainian tragedy

    On May 12, 2014, the Donetsk and Lugansk republics declared their independence from Nazi Ukraine after the referendums, and on February 12, 2015, as a result of the complete defeat of the Ukrainian army near Debaltsevo, the second Minsk agreements were concluded.

    In the course of the negotiations in Minsk, Poroshenko blew Angel Merkel out of the water by refusing to admit encirclement of the Ukrainian army in Debaltsevo and after 17 hours of negotiations on this topic Frau Reich Chancellor proposed to solve this issue on the battlefield, eliminating Debaltsevo from the ceasefire.

    Thus, Poroshenko signed the death sentence to several thousand descendants of the ancient Ukrs, known to be true Aryans, but did not grow wiser and tried to scale down the conditions of Minsk-2, which practically oblige Ukraine to be federated and not the fact that the proposed rules will not extend to the Odessa, Kharkov and other regions of Ukraine.

    Actually, this was precisely the so-called “clever Putin plan”, since Russia was not going to annex Ukraine before the Maydan, bearing in mind the role played by the descendants of the ancient Ukrs in the collapse of the USSR and in the 17th century crisis that was called the Time of Troubles. But during these four years the so-called “patriotic” public fooled a lot of people with so-cqalled “betrayal” of Putin, who allegedly gave Novorossiia to be torn to pieces by the Ukrs. Including they fooled the remarkable military leader Strelkov and no less remarkable prosecutor of the Crimea, who since was urgently transferred to Moscow to work on negotiations with Japan.

    No, of course, after the real Aryans began to drag the howitzers to Slavyansk to shell the city with all the civilians inside, Putin revised his plans and was ready to introduce troops to the part of Ukraine that is known as Novorossia. Moreover, he even asked and received permission from the Federation Council to use the Russian army outside of Russia, but a trip to Normandy to celebrate the victory of the good Anglo-Saxon guys over the “German barbarians”, who were bad guys in the first half of the 40s, clearly convinced him that in this case, Russia will have to face a military attack on its territory of the entire united West, and the Russians will be declared incorrigibly bad guys and the attack will most likely be nuclear.

    In any case, only such an ultimatum, which I called Norman, is the only explanation of Putin’s unprecedented request to the Federation Council to withdraw permission to use the Russian army abroad, combined with the start of large-scale and systematic military exercises in the event of an atomic war immediately after a trip to Normandy.

    Yes, and NATO, having celebrated Minsk-2 with the launching of a missile defense base in Romania and Poland, has essentially signed under the Norman ultimatum, and Putin by refusing to invite them to celebrate the Victory Day, preventively put a seal on this signature.

    And the best answer to the “patriots” who accuse Putin of betrayal is the list of nuclear submarines and 6 radically new weapons systems that have been put on combat duty during these four years. Let them think at leisure, how they would respond to the threat of nuclear war in 2018, by making a decision to bring NATO troops to Russian borders, having all these warheads aimed at them.

    And Putin did not have them then, and this component of the nuclear triad then was quickly going out of order – in any case now almost all nuclear submarines of Russia either are preparing for repair in the very near future, or are already repaired.

    Six new systems: Kinzhal anti-ship complexes with hypersonic missiles, Sarmat missile system, Avangard missile system with fundamentally new equipment – a planning hypersonic combat wing unit, an oceanic multi-purpose Poseidon system, a cruise missile Burevestnik with a nuclear engine and unlimited range and a combat laser complex “Peresvet”.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      Update: A mysterious Russian satellite displaying “very abnormal behaviour” has raised panic in in the US

      bbc.com/news/technology-45194333

      As I said before, if Russia was attacking US, you’d find it out not from TV screen on some CNN talk show, but through the window of your living room.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2018 at 11:12 am #

      “Six new systems: Kinzhal anti-ship complexes with hypersonic missiles, Sarmat missile system, Avangard missile system with fundamentally new equipment – a planning hypersonic combat wing unit, an oceanic multi-purpose Poseidon system, a cruise missile Burevestnik with a nuclear engine and unlimited range and a combat laser complex “Peresvet”

      Komraden Finc!

      Yes, all these marvelous new weapon systems fully debugged and battlefield tested with the usual Soviet (Sorry, I meant Federation), efficiency….

      • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        There’s only one way to find out, Comrade Elysian…

        • elysianfield August 16, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

          Komraden Finc!

          We would rather not find out directly, but would certainly observe and offer constructive criticism if used in Chechnya or China….

          You, Komraden, as a trained Engineer must certainly not expect perfection “right out of the box”?

  93. akmofo August 16, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    FUN FUN FUN !!!

    Sweden enjoys coordinated mass burning of cars in FIVE cities this week:

    youtu.be/pGO2queHI58

    Coming to a neighborhood near you, Mrs Green.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Brexit to the rescue!

    • GreenAlba August 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      A neighbourhood near me, Mr Akmofo…

      jenniferthomson.com/store/p40/Tenement_Life.html

      Kinda like the view out my window.

      I’ll give you a shout when I hear the first fuel tank blow. But it’s not going to happen for reasons I could list.

      In the meantime here it’s just legal and organised fireworks in the late evening as we’re smack in the middle of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival Fringe, the Edinburgh Book Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

      youtube.com/watch?v=IucftvI4uug

      Greetings from Auld Reekie, where people still speak to one another in the street and no-one sets cars on fire, that I can recall, even the brown people.

      We’ve got some druggies, but you’ll know about Trainspotting. Everywhere has warts. And our druggies seem to be mostly white. Occasionally a couple of them stab one another, but mostly they just die sad deaths earlier than they should.

  94. BackRowHeckler August 16, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Whoaa!!

    Last day or two 75 ODs on the New Haven Green … a mass casualty event, chaotic, addicts dropping like flies all over like in a 1950s SciFi movie, emergency vehicles with lights flashing and sirens blaring everywhere. CBS news showed up and was doing a segment on it.

    New Haven Green, first town green in America, laid out by Rev. John Davenport and his wealthy Puritan London parishoners in 1640 (including Ernest Hemingway’s ancestors), Saints come to the New World to found a New Jerusalem. It didn’t turn out that way.

    There’s even more good news! Measles epidemic raging in this Sanctuary City of New Haven, purportedly spread by undocumented, unvaccinated Central American youngsters brought in by their parents, who themselves are attracted by generous welfare benefits, guaranteed state driver’s licences, and a city ID card issued by the Mayor’s Office.

    To top off this festive week a body with 11 bullets was found face down on the pavement just a little ways from the green.

    Civilization itself seems to be unraveling here in the former Constitution State.

    Still, its all a little puzzling. By currents standards established by the NYT and other MSM, New Haven should be utopia, a New England paradise, what with a black mayor, black police chief, black city council, Black fire chief, black supt. of schools, a major university, and copious state funding by an all Democrat legislature. Instead its a daily litany of bloodshed, disaster and social chaos. My head is spinning! I can’t figure it out.

    brh

    • messianicdruid August 16, 2018 at 10:08 am #

      “Saints come to the New World to found a New Jerusalem. It didn’t turn out that way.”

      It ain’t over, til it’s over.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 10:09 am #

      Say thank you! to President Trump who managed to subvert hot desire by Hillary Clinton to bring 60 thousand Syrian “refugees” specially trained for urban terrorist warfare.

      Don’t really know how many she still managed to bring in and at what rate are they are being rounded up by Trump loyalists.

      • BackRowHeckler August 16, 2018 at 10:22 am #

        Muzzies are laying low, not killing too many Americans at this point in time. How about in Russia? My sense its been pretty quiet there since your special forces wiped them out after they took all those elementary school kids hostage (Badislan?) murdering them.

        brh

  95. beantownbill. August 16, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    Enumerating all the things wrong with America is beside the point. Is there any perfect country?

    Why isn’t humanity acting now for establishing real energy conservation, and rapidly developing new energy resources such as thorium reactors, fuel cells, advanced batteries and solar power satellites, among others?

    Why isn’t humanity dropping everything else for dealing with climate change?

    Why isn’t humanity rushing to develop new methods to eliminate the world-wide shortage of fresh water?

    Why isn’t humanity in a panic about overpopulation and really doing something about it, like mandatory sterilization when countries reach a certain population density? I know that’s not fair to poorer 3rd world countries, but we’re not talking fairness here, we’re talking survival of the species.

    I could go on and on listing subjects that need addressing NOW, but my point is that these things are world-wide issues that have resulted from all of humanity’s short-sightedness. Let’s face it – mankind sucks. It’s just not all about America.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Because we are in the middle of a world-wide Civil War of distinct religious nature and do not have a coherent political philosophy which could guide us out of that crisis.

    • elysianfield August 16, 2018 at 11:17 am #

      ” mankind sucks”

      …bingo

    • malthuss August 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

      most are surviving or trying to. long term planning is for the smart.

    • ozone August 17, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Beans,
      Why not?
      Two words: Money and Power (and the maniacal pursuit thereof).

      Most of those who we designate or define as our Leaders are stone cold psychopaths; or at the very least, sociopaths.

  96. Elrond Hubbard August 16, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    Hundreds of U.S. newspapers run editorials rebuking Trump for attacks on the media
    Boston Globe accuses president of carrying out ‘sustained assault’ on journalists

    cbc.ca/news/world/us-newspapers-editorials-trump-attacks-press-1.4787241

    “Hundreds of U.S. newspapers devoted print space on Thursday to a co-ordinated defence of media freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for saying some media organizations are enemies of the American people.

    “The Boston Globe and the New York Times took part in the push along with more than 350 other newspapers of all sizes, including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. At least one Canadian newspaper, the Toronto Star, also participated.

    “The Globe said it co-ordinated publication among the newspapers and carried details of it on a database on its website.

    “Each paper ran an editorial, which is usually an unsigned article that reflects the opinion of an editorial board on a particular subject, and is separate from the news and other sections in a paper.

    “The Globe’s editorial accused Trump of carrying out a ‘sustained assault on the free press.’

    “‘The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful,’ it said. ‘To label the press ‘the enemy of the people’ is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries.'”

    United we stand, divided we fall.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful

      Does this “greatness” manifest through the ability to kill with impunity?

      And what exactly “free” press means these days?

      That they are free to repeat same propaganda crap cooked up in Goebels media laboratory of the Deep State of “Operation Mockingbird” variety?

    • Tate August 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

      That’s what Big Social Media did to Alex Jones. It was a coordinated strike. Such overweening power is dangerous & must be broken up, using existing laws.

      AG Sessions should get on it.

    • Billy Hill August 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      “Remember The Maine!”
      “Belgian Babies!”
      “Gulf of Tonkin!”
      “Kuwaiti Babies Tossed from Incubators!”
      “Yellowcake!”

      (Leaving out the more controversial examples….)

      Need we say more? Why not?

      In every instance a complicit “free press” promulgated fake news at the behest of ____________________. Fill in the blank as you choose. I don’t think there was much of a fact check effort.

      Nothing has changed. If anything, the press is more united with ___________ than ever.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

      Wow, so much for freedom and diversity of thought and speech! Or was that always a Leftist canard? I think it was. It’s fine if a dozen Jewish guys own all the mainstream media and a dozen nerds, Jewish, Asian, and White own and/or control the new media. And if they’re all saying the same thing as long as it’s what Elrond likes then it’s all good in his book. What ever happened to fight the Power. Behold, a show you a Mystery: Elrond still thinks he’s an outsider underdog fighting for Truth and Justice! How on Earth is that possible? Pravda means Truth. That’s all you know and all you need to know, evidently.

  97. janet August 16, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    “can manage an institution , the family , which is 50,000 years old” –KesaAnna

    KesaAnna, the family has to go. Family is an outdated institution.

    Family is a source of widespread social problems (rampant child abuse, stress/illness, divorce, domestic violence, teenage runaways, alcoholism and drug abuse, etc.)

    The family is the unit which perpetuates divisions of nationalism, race and religions — all of the things that are most ugly. The family does the work of transmitting loyalty to all these things.

    Once the family goes, the destructive “family values” it instills will be gone — patriotism, belief in a fictitious God, reliance upon instilled conscience instead of intelligent consciousness.

    It is not about MY family or my psyche. The family as an institution enforces a divisive identity onto EVERY child.

    Perhaps one of the greatest crimes committed by the family is that the family does not help the child to really inquire. Family teaches BELIEFS, which are poisonous to one’s real intelligence.

    The basic structure of the family is POSSESSIVENESS. The husband and wife possess each other and they both possess the children. The moment you possess a human being you have taken away dignity, freedom, his or her basic humanity. The family destroys that which is unique and beautiful. The family is a golden cage.

    • Q. Shtik August 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

      The family is a golden cage. – janet

      ===========

      And what is your recommended alternative?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 16, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

        She’s just fucking with you, Q.

        • Q. Shtik August 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

          She’s just fucking with you, Q. – Finca

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

          I don’t think so, Finc. “She” has been quite consistent in all of her iterations all the way back to Asoka. She, he or it has been an unhappy person from the start. No doubt the result of an unhappy family life. Too bad. What a shame.

          I have noticed such people over the years, people who hate one or both parents, people who abandon some or all family members, people who change their name. Changing the surname name is a clincher.

          In my experience this is more common among women than men. Come to think of it I can’t recall ANY men whose hatred of family goes so deep as that of women.

          • Q. Shtik August 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

            “She” has been quite consistent in all of her iterations all the way back to Asoka. – Q.

            ==========

            Consistent as to hatred of the family unit, that is. Otherwise not consistent at all.

          • Walter B August 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

            I we devolve to the level where we can no longer care for our own blood, our nuclear family, how the heck are we supposed to care for our family of humanity in general? Surely those who advocate such frightening possibilities are promoting the onslaught of total chaos and therefore serve the Master of Chaos whether they admit to it or not.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

            Walter skips right over Nation – which is also a family and goes right for the Gold – the World.

            Here’s the etymology of Nation:

            1300, from Old French nacion “birth, rank; descendants, relatives; country, homeland” (12c.) and directly from Latin nationem (nominative natio) “birth, origin; breed, stock, kind, species; race of people, tribe,” literally “that which has been born,” from natus, past participle of nasci “be born” (Old Latin gnasci), from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget,” with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups.

            Political sense has gradually predominated (only lately, JS), but earliest English examples inclined toward the racial meaning “large group of people with common ancestry.” Older sense preserved in application to North American Indian peoples (1640s). Nation-building first attested 1907 (implied in nation-builder).

            JS: Likewise, his Christianity skips over a 1000 years or more of the Church, jumping from the Apostles to modern Evangelicals. The best one can say of such a truncated Christianity is that it intensifies certain valid aspects of the Faith while utterly ignoring others. Yet they are obsessed with sharing this butchered faith with the whole World – even to the detriment and even death of their own Nation, Culture, and Race.

          • Walter B August 16, 2018 at 6:50 pm #