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Let’s suppose there really is such a thing as The Thinking Class in this country, if it’s not too politically incorrect to say so — since it implies that there is another class, perhaps larger, that operates only on some limbic lizard-brain level of impulse and emotion. Personally, I believe there is such a Thinking Class, or at least I have dim memories of something like it.

The farfetched phenomenon of Trumpism has sent that bunch on a journey to a strange land of the intellect, a place like the lost island of Kong, where one monster after another rises out of the swampy murk to threaten the frail human adventurers. No one back home would believe the things they’re tangling with: giant spiders, reptiles the size of front-end loaders, malevolent aborigines! Will any of the delicate humans survive or make it back home?

This is the feeling I get listening to arguments in the public arena these days, but especially from the quarters formerly identified as left-of-center, especially the faction organized around the Democratic Party, which I aligned with long ago (alas, no more). The main question seems to be: who is responsible for all the unrest in this land. Their answer since halfway back in 2016: the Russians.

I’m not comfortable with this hypothesis. Russia has a GDP smaller than Texas. If they are able to project so much influence over what happens in the USA, they must have some supernatural mojo-of-the-mind — and perhaps they do — but it raises the question of motive. What might Russia realistically get from the USA if Vladimir Putin was the master hypnotist that Democrats make him out to be?

Do we suppose Putin wants more living space for Russia’s people? Hmmmm. Russia’s population these days, around 145 million, is less than half the USA’s and it’s rattling around in the geographically largest nation in the world. Do they want our oil? Maybe, but Russia being the world’s top oil producer suggests they’ve already got their hands full with their own operation. Do they want Hollywood? The video game industry? The US porn empire? Do they covet our Chick-fil-A chains and Waffle Houses? Our tattoo artists? Would they like to induce the Kardashians to live in Moscow? Is it Nascar they’re really after?

My hypothesis is that Russia would most of all like to be left alone. Watching NATO move tanks and German troops into Lithuania in January probably makes the Russians nervous, and no doubt that is the very objective of the NATO move — but let’s not forget that most of all NATO is an arm of American foreign policy. If there are any remnants of the American Thinking Class left at the State Department, they might recall that Russia lost 20 million people in the dust-up known as the Second World War against whom…? Oh, Germany.

Altogether last January the US military deployed thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry to Poland, the Baltic states and southeastern Europe in its biggest build-up since the Cold War(Reuters). As they used to say in old film noir Bogart movies: what’s the big idea? The State Department would say they big idea was cautioning Russia against annexing anymore neighboring states or regions, as they did in Crimea a few years back. Apparently the public is supposed to forget that the State Department sponsored and engineered the conversion of Ukraine into a failed state, prompting Russia to retain its naval bases in Crimea, its only warm-water outlet to the world’s oceans. Ask yourself: if for some reason the state of Virginia were plunged into anarchy by foreign mischief, do you think the US would batten down our naval station in Norfolk?

I think the sad truth of the American predicament these day, including the ascension of a narcissistic ninny to the White House, is that we’re responsible for our own problems due, most of all, to the destruction of boundaries in virtually all realms of American behavior from the things we put in our bodies to the ridiculous ways that we occupy our waking hours at the expense of getting our own house in order. I would like to join the party dedicated to getting our house in order. Anybody else out there feel that way?


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  1. malthuss March 27, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Anyone care to discuss Peak Oil and / or USA collapse?

    • zaphod42 March 27, 2017 at 9:38 am #

      Of course, we all want to help thing change. I would add a cause/symptom of our malaise: cellphone addiction. Riding to work today, I observed (as usual) that the lemmings filling the car were ALL (as in 100% since I could not observe myself) resolutely ignoring and oblivious to their surroundings and what was going on in the real world.

      Strange species, homo sapiens. I wonder whether they will be missed.

      Craig

      • capt spaulding March 27, 2017 at 10:40 am #

        Of the 5 people killed and 50 injured, I wonder how many were texting.

      • Ishabaka March 27, 2017 at 11:08 am #

        Oh, those lemmings – aren’t they just deplorable? (superior eye roll).

      • Elrond Hubbard March 27, 2017 at 11:52 am #

        As opposed to the good old days, when all those faceless men in their grey flannel suits looked forward to their commutes, which they spent commutes socializing and engaging in witty repartee from behind their newspapers?

        There’s not exactly a lot to look at from a train or a bus, especially when you’re riding it for the umpteenth time.

        • Ken Hall March 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

          Here are a couple of links to one of the “good old days” idiotic ideas the US conceived of and spent serious money attempting to build; affectionately known as “The Flying Crowbar”:
          freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1565615/posts
          youtube.com/watch?v=ZXgQwyzKKQM

          A disclaimer; I did not stumble upon this myself, a good, brilliant but weird, friend of mine roped me into looking it up. The first link is a description and the second an animation of what it might have looked like in flight.

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

        Strange species, homo sapiens. I wonder whether they will be missed.

        No. They won’t.

    • venuspluto67 March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      Amy Schumer: “I’d rather talk about my nasty pussy!”

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

      That is todays topic. Before any real changes can be made we need people working in a real party and not a sitcom.

    • RWicks March 27, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

      I am just beside myself, laughing, that what I once considered the astute left turns out to be just as stupid, just as easily programmed, just as hypocritical, as the right was, back in 2003 when George Bush lied us into Iraq over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist, because we couldn’t wait for the final proof to come in the form of a mushroom cloud.

      The left organized to protest a temporary travel ban on 7 nations, but they sat on their duffs when Obama was bombing 5 of those nations – guess it’s just fine and dandy to murder them! But don’t you dare prevent the people who might (justifiably) seeking revenge have any difficulty moving in.

      The left defended Clinton, despite her voting for the Authorization to Use Force in Iraq, and think that Obama, who as far as I can tell is a clone of George W. Bush after a diction class and some sun exposure, kept every single policy of the previous administration. Oh wait, he did legalize gay marriage.. Well, it’s not the Hope and Change™© I was looking for, but I guess it was some change and I think it can be argued for the better, simply because we don’t have to argue about it anymore.

      I also don’t think it’s fair to say I’m part of the thinking class. I’m just not stupid. Never realized how many stupid people were in this nation.

      I guess the United States population gets the government they deserve, but I don’t.

      • ffkling March 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

        “I’m just not stupid.” Many thanks for the clarification. I’ll disregard your Tea Bagger rant and focus instead on, “I’m just not stupid”.

        • RWicks March 27, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

          People who think in terms of left and right, only, are too stupid to discuss politics, much less read about them.

          Hey, better check under your bed tonight, there might be a Rooskie there, or possibly, that’s where Saddam hid his weapons of mass destruction program!

          Just remember, one side always lies, and the other side always tells the truth – it couldn’t be CONCEIVABLE that both sides lie and they really aren’t on different sides at all, and the only real difference between the “two” parties, are the lies they tell to get idiots to fanatically, and mindlessly support them.

          That’s all you need to know to be a good citizen prole.

          • chipshot March 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

            “People who think in terms of left and right, only, are too stupid to discuss politics, much less read about them.”

            Yet all you did was bash “the left”, w one jab thrown at “the right” for good measure.

        • lsjogren March 29, 2017 at 11:46 am #

          Just because someone is intelligent enough to recognize the idiocy of the left does not make them a right winger.

          This “if you’re not one of us then you are one of them” is shallow thinking.

        • ffkling March 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

          @ CHIPSHOT: BINGO on your comment.

      • ffkling March 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

        Question: What is a metastasizing cancer to do when there is only healthy tissue to infect and consume?

        Answer: Republicans move to sell off 3.3 million acres of public land; an area the size of the State of Connecticut is targeted for, “disposal to the highest bidder” in a new Republican-sponsored bill before the Republican-controlled House of Reps.

        • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

          Sorry to hear you’ve bought into the national left vs right delusion. Its curable, but you have to want it.

          • ffkling March 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

            So sorry, DA, that you find FACTS so upsetting to your paradigm. Would you feel better if I substituted, “the political party with control over the congress” for, “Republican”?

      • Linda March 27, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

        RWicks: Love your comment. I have told my “progressive” friends all this about Obama as well, but they still think he’s the most wonderful that ever happened to the White House. I gave up being a Democrat in 2008 when I saw how rigged the primaries were and how even worse the Democratic National Convention was. What an eye opener.

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

        Thanks RWicks for shining some much needed light on this darkened place.

    • ffkling March 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

      Question: What is a metastasizing cancer to do when there is only healthy tissue to infect and consume?

      Answer: Republicans move to sell off 3.3 million acres of public land; an area the size of the State of Connecticut is targeted for, “disposal to the highest bidder” in a new Republican-sponsored bill before the Republican-controlled House of Reps.

      • Linda March 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm #

        Well that’s an eye opener. A very sobering fact. The Republicans are as crazy as the Democrats.

        • ffkling March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

          No, dear lady. To equate the natural world killing Republicans with the Dems who have always championed legislation to preserve our ever-deteriorating environment is patently wrong, although your comment above explains your attitude. Once people become emotionally wed to a point of view, facts no longer are relevant.

  2. onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    JHK, you very very wise man indeed!!

    onehunglo communicate “long emergency” receive much copy on mainland red China and used for 2 purpose:

    1. by anti-communist members seeking peaceful existence under local governance.
    2. red China government to demonstrate continue decline of American civilization and reinforce need for “strong central planning.”

    onehunglo abandon central party and work on behalf of peaceful existence under local governance.

    one member here suggest stupidity of American voter root cause of many problem.

    onehunglo suggest proper implementation of knowledge test before vote may be issue, and vote then become apportion base upon knowledge test score.

    it not right if majority of ignorant allow power over “thinking class”.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.

    -onehunglo

    • Majella March 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

      Your puerile attempt at humour is racist and failing. Please quite the faux Chinese persona.

      • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

        “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” -Proverbs 18:2-3

        -onehunglo

  3. davidreese2 March 27, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    Yes, sure, Jim. I suspect all of your readers feel exactly that way.

    The problem is, there isn’t such a party.

    • zaphod42 March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      The party of one?

      • messianicdruid March 27, 2017 at 10:09 am #

        The only actual minority – the individual.

    • windward March 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      “As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

      H. L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, 26 July 1920, according to a 2016 political cartoon by Horsey.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

        Mencken was 100% behind the White Race nation of the United States. He would be for Trump – no matter what as its last chance. In other words, he was a Fascist.

        • RWicks March 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

          BWHAHAHA!

          I like how Trump’s bigotry, misogyny, history of sexual abuse, rape, only became known once he ran for president, against a woman who got debate questions in advance, invited 50 top people in the media for private discussions, who in her emails discusses the problem of explaining a major sale of uranium to Russia, who voted for the Authorization to Use Force in Iraq, and was instrumental in turning Libya from having the highest per capita income in all of Africa, to being a failed state.

          Clearly you have your priorities in order – and certainly nobody would like about Trump or anything in an election. For certain, it’s much better to have a war criminal in the office than a white supremacist which only became one in 2016, when he ran for office.

          You’re one of the smart ones, seriously!

          • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

            Trump has no such history. Bill Clinton does. Get back on your meds, Libralium.

          • RWicks March 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

            Janos, I’m being sarcastic. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always carry along well in writing.

            What Hillary Clinton is, is a mass murdering Neocon. I would prefer anything over that. People think the United States just elected Hitler to power – the reality is that the United States just kicked Hitler out of power, after he’s been in power for at least 16 years.

            Although… I can see Neocon roaches in the Trump administration here and there, but it least it’s not a full blown infestation which is what we’d have with Clinton.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 12:02 am #

            Liberals have destroyed irony. They really are as crazy as what you portray. Thus it’s very difficult to mock them.

      • outsider March 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        @windward

        Mr. Trump may turn out to be a “downright fool.” And he may be “narcissistic” but he’s no “moron.” Hillary, on the other hand is evil incarnate. At this point, I think that Trump is not evil and is trying to do good. That will change if he starts another war.

        • RWicks March 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

          Oh, silly person – Presidents don’t start wars, banks do.

          The US is absolutely, entirely, bankrupt. 20 trillion dollars in debt, every year 1/2 trillion dollar deficit in trade. The people that have loaned that US government that money (which is now mostly the Fed, because it buys it’s own debt with money it printed) will never be paid back.

          So what to do… what to do…. Can’t let the criminals who created this mess be held accountable… If only a war can be started of some sort, they can blame it on somebody else.

          Well, Russia has been supposedly hacking the United States, and they are big bad commies, wait, um, they’re baaaaad!!! Since the banking system is entirely electronic now, and those Rooskies are such smart hackers, I guess they caused the complete evaporation of all accounts when it happens.

          That’s my prediction.

          This way, the bankers who have screwed us all get to keep their heads on their shoulders, instead of having them put on pikes.

    • Linda March 27, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

      Yes, Davidreese2, that is the unfortunate truth. I would love such a Party as well.

  4. Elrond Hubbard March 27, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    JHK: “Let’s not forget that most of all NATO is an arm of American foreign policy.”

    For how much longer? While Germany for example isn’t going to quit the alliance just because Trump refused to shake hands with Angela Merkel, they’ve got to be making their own calculations as to where their interests lie and how dependable their once staunch ally is today, or will be in future.

    The Archdruid observed more or less that America’s big mistake after the Soviet Union fell was in not tossing the U.K. aside and making Russia its new junior partner — a combination that could have ruled the world for centuries. Too late now, I suppose.

    • K-Dog March 27, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      That was never an option. The U.K. has their hooks in far too deep and many Brits are members of the American Privileged class. They infect the American body like an incurable cancer and can’t be removed.

      Sometimes the Archdruid does not know everything.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

        Ah, an English conspiracy theorist? The World is ruled by the Crown! And Rothschild rules the Crown.

        • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

          Finca, how do you see Churchill in this?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

      Yes, we want the same thing – now that they’re White Christian ruled again. You’re forgetting they were Communists dedicated to World Revolution. Now that’s what we are. The two nations have exchanged identities.

      It’s far too much for ordinary people to keep up with. And you who follows this stuff closely don’t get it either. Too dumb? No, too proud and thus too rigid to follow the moving line as its called in the I Ching.

      • Q. Shtik March 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

        the moving line as its called in the I Ching. – Janos

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

        The moving line in Capitalism is called the ka ching. 🙂

        • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

          “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” -Proverbs 18:2-3

          -onehunglo

          • capt spaulding March 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

            Is that your opinion?

    • outsider March 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      The Military Industrial Complex NEEDED the USSR, and still needs Russia, as its arch enemy. After its devastation in WWII, Stalin certainly didn’t want a Cold War – as JHK wrote, it just wanted to be “left alone.” How else can the MIC make its billions in devious profits? No other country, besides possibly China, could have filled that void.

      • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

        Good stuff, Elrond & outsider.
        K-Dog, I’ll grant that the Brits could’ve stopped an outright dumping of them, but I’ll bet that most of them could’ve tolerated the lack of a Cold War, so I’ll bet that the key factor was the MIC.

  5. Elrond Hubbard March 27, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    In other news:

    Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018

    Provinces will have right to decide how marijuana is distributed and sold, CBC News has learned

    cbc.ca/news/politics/liberal-legal-marijuana-pot-1.4041902

    “The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.

    “CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.

    “Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been stickhandling the marijuana file for the government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend.

    “The federal government will be in charge of making sure the country’s marijuana supply is safe and secure and Ottawa will license producers.

    “But the provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold. Provincial governments will also have the right to set price.

    “While Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, the provinces will have the option of setting a higher age limit if they wish.

    “As for Canadians who want to grow their own marijuana, they will be limited to four plants per household.”

    Come on up, the water’s fine!

    • messianicdruid March 27, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      You may regret the day the goober-mint got more involved.

      • Elrond Hubbard March 27, 2017 at 11:55 am #

        Who knows? At least it’s an improvement over the status quo in the short term. Nothing erodes respect for authority like spending decades, and billions upon billions of dollars, trying to enforce a futile policy with epically bad side effects.

      • SteveO March 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

        They already are involved. They are enforcing prohibition.

  6. elpuma2003 March 27, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    The people should just let Trump implement his policies. He’s there because the Dems. lost. Besides, it’s not about Trump’s term as president. It’s about what happens AFTER he leaves office. Pay attention to the long game….

    • chipshot March 27, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      “Pay attention to the long game…” (sounds like you’ve been listening to Jimmy Dore, which makes you more enlightened than those who haven’t).

      ‘Cept playing the long game doesn’t pay off if you’re in the 4th Q–maybe even at the 2 minute warning– as we may be regarding climate chaos, trickle down economics (and the resulting concentration of wealth and power), oil, and the world financial situation.

    • K-Dog March 27, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      Saying pay attention to the long game is the same thing as saying be a pussy.

    • SteveO March 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      It wasn’t the Democrats that torpedoed the Trumpcare bill. The Republicans have a clear majority in both houses.

      Once again, the Republicans have demonstrated they can get elected, but they can’t govern.

      • outsider March 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

        They don’t call the GOP the “stupid party” for nothin’.

  7. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    I would like to join the party dedicated to getting our house in order

    Trump has deliberately let the vote in Congress to repeal Obamacare to fail in order to discredit the far-right and the speaker of the Republican majority Paul Ryan, whom the Witch instructed to pack the bill with all those provisions that Trump said he would not sign.

    And now he has a green light not only to clean up the Republican Party from the cryptoclintonoids, but also to seek an agreement on improving Obamacare, and not to repeal it with those Democrats who hate the Witch just like he does.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      Schumer jumps at chance to work with Trump on health care, other issues

      foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/27/schumer-jumps-at-chance-to-work-with-trump-on-health-care-other-issu…

    • K-Dog March 27, 2017 at 10:13 am #

      ‘deliberately let the vote in Congress to repeal’

      No that is too complicated for a smart person and Trump is not that clever. Fact is he isn’t clever at all. Looking for wheels within wheels in what Trump does is a waste of time.

    • Elrond Hubbard March 27, 2017 at 10:19 am #

      finc: “Trump has deliberately let the vote in Congress to repeal Obamacare to fail in order to discredit the far-right and the speaker of the Republican majority Paul Ryan.”

      You give Trump too much credit; he’s not that kind of three-dimensional chess player. His idiot-savant talent is for getting people to pay attention to him, not for political machinations.

      He’s all about his personal brand, which is that he’s a winner. Trump would never sacrifice that as some kind of move in a longer game. As long as he was head of his own organization and a TV star, he was able to protect his ego. Now he’s discovering that Washington, DC is much bigger than he is.

      So likely he’ll now be plotting a distraction big enough to enable him to recover the face he’s lost. The most obvious candidate is the stand-by solution of egomaniacal leaders everywhere who need to divert attention from their domestic failures: War.

    • shotho March 27, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Any attempt to “improve” Obamacare would only increase the costs, which might be a good thing in that it would hasten the demise of the world’s financial system.

      • elysianfield March 27, 2017 at 11:19 am #

        Shot,
        You do understand that with the demise of the world’s financial system there will be unintended and unforeseeable consequences? Millions will die, perhaps you and me both. Life will be hard for the vast majority of survivors.

        We both understand, or believe, that the system is unsustainable, but I myself would never wish for the chaos…it will not be a good thing.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

          That’s why Trump tried to intervene even though politically it would have been better to wait.

    • SteveO March 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

      “Trump has deliberately let the vote in Congress to repeal Obamacare to fail in order to discredit the far-right and the speaker of the Republican majority Paul Ryan”

      That’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on here in while. I just spewed tea all over my computer.

      Trump, and his brain Steve Bannon, can’t think that many moves ahead. You give them way too much credit. They thought Congress worked be like the yes men Trump hires. They got an education on how the government really works last week. They learned that Trump isn’t the only big ego in Washington DC.

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

      Clean up the party???? No, the far right will form a new and a winning third party before anyone else. They have Jesus as the lead organizer. Jesus’s C and C in place. I hate religion.

      • messianicdruid March 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

        I hate it too. Have you ever heard of “Nicolaitanism “. I wonder if the far right has, as well { assuming what you allege is true }.

  8. messianicdruid March 27, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Your thoughtful writing this morning has me reconsidering the scene where William Shatner is kicking the Klingon in the face and yelling ” leave me alone”, and now wondering if the uniform was actually Russian.

  9. chipshot March 27, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    Wonder how much Fox and Limbaugh have to do with the emergence of the non-thinking class?
    They have certainly contributed to the devaluation of accountability,
    credibility, truth and qualifications in this country.

    Doesn’t help that msm has become little better than a state sponsored propaganda machine, with just 5 corporations controlling the media.

    • newworld March 27, 2017 at 10:04 am #

      Which ism, ist or phobia are you obsessed with?

      • chipshot March 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

        What does your question have to do w anything I said?

    • windward March 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

      To the Editor,

      I have finally figured out how Donald J. Trump got elected president. It was the aliens.
      You see, the aliens breathe carbon dioxide and eat plastic. They drink polluted water and take their baths in nuclear waste. They feed their babies the kind of stuff we dumped into Love Canal. And the hotter this place gets, the better they like it. So Planet Earth was looking more like Paradise to them every day.
      Also they had developed a taste for human thought. Yes, it carries that far. But they found that book-learning imparted a sour taste. The less we know, the sweeter we are. So they worked up plans for Fox News and the Rush Limbaugh Show. They invented televangelists, the Golf Channel and Celebrity Apprentice.
      And if they could make us believe the lies they have been planting since Ronald Reagan became president – another alien operation – it would be icing on the cake. For instance, in 1980 they beamed their flunkies down to tell us that the rich needed a tax cut and the rest of us had to pay for it. And not only that. It would do us good by keeping our noses to the grindstone so we couldn’t get into any mischief. Once they put that one over they really got cocky. We never caught on, and the flunkies got a permanent gig in the right-wing chamber of horrors.
      But aren’t the aliens so advanced that they could carry out all of these operations on their own planet? Why would they fire up the warp drive and travel a hundred million light years just to steal our stuff? Well, it turns out that they are a lot like our modern Republican voters. If they can get something for free, or steal it, they sure aren’t going to bust their butts making it themselves.
      But they had to make sure the trip would be worthwhile. They didn’t like what they were seeing with a Democrat in charge. They knew that if Donald J. Trump was president he would turn this place into the Mar-a-Lago of their dreams faster than you can say flux capacitor. So they fiddled with the controls and swung the election to Trump.
      That is the only explanation that makes any sense. Actually, all they had to do was make Hillary R. Clinton the Democratic candidate. Maybe that was all they did.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        Big Joe Biden supporter. eh? He coulda won. Then we’d be great!

      • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

        The GOP won the day HRC grabbed the crown. Any GOP running would have won. The real question is will the GOP survive President Trump? I think the DNC/RNC monster is dead. Just going to take a few more cycles.

  10. newworld March 27, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    The public discussion in America is centered about words that end with “ism”, “ist” and phobia so there is that.

    Does the thinking class really believe in that crap? I think not but the cynicism is so corrosive that it has broken down the thinking class to a level that outright looters have taken over.

    Think of Soviet leaders lining their pockets in the last decade of that experiment in denying reality.

  11. K-Dog March 27, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Anybody else out there feel that way?”

    Some of the thinking class feels that way. The same ones in that class who did yesterday and the same ones who will think that way tomorrow.

    Unfortunately the limbic lizard-brain impulse and emotion class majority does not feel that way at all and so they will continue their aimless wanderings for the near future. There is no pressure to make them think differently so they won’t. Without pressure to make them think differently nothing will change and so America must fall. The thinking class who ‘feels that way’ is a small inconsequential minority.

    For America to be great it needs great people but the American people get more mediocre with each passing day. They imagine themselves as being great but they know not what that means and pride goes before a fall. America then will and must fall and it will fall hard.

    The limbic class will not be admitting their president is an idiot anytime soon. Pride requires they honor their votes and at their peril they will. They will not change until the wild beast of consequences leaps upon them from ambush and then it will be too late for any change because then they will be dead.

    • malthuss March 27, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      American people get more mediocre with each passing day.
      USA was 90% Whites, in 1970.
      MAGA? MAWA.

      • Lawfish March 27, 2017 at 10:19 am #

        More than enough completely mediocre white folks out there.

        • DA March 27, 2017 at 11:42 am #

          It’s not the mediocre ones we need to worry about, it’s the DAMN EXCEPTIONALISTS!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

          Ah, but the problem is the inferior. We need bricks in the wall. The darker folks don’t produce nearly our percentage of bricks – or truly superior people either.

    • Farmer McGregor March 27, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

      You’re in fine form this morning, Dog.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      The Superior class don’t have enough children by far. An old problem: Augustus Caesar excoriated the Roman upper class for their sterility. Same thing here – and for a long time. Even back in the beginning of the 20th Century, many of the graduates of the Seven Sisters never married, or if they did, only had one or at most two children. Exceptions were rare. Overall, they did not replace themselves. The new Elite who replaced them were from money, and never would attain their level of class (in the good sense) or learning.

    • Being Frank March 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      “The limbic class will not be admitting their president is an idiot anytime soon”

      It may well turn out that your new President is very, very smart indeed and that I, and many other people, aren’t cleaver enough to see it yet.

      Time will tell.

  12. newworld March 27, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    And since we are a feminized society then if figures that the debates would devolve to the petty.

    And since the Left has capitulated completely to the feminine America is basically helpless against any smooth talking charming gigalo.

    • Paulo March 27, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      It isn’t just a feminized country, it is one addicted to debt and is populated by “I want everything now, because I am Kong…..King consumer.”

      I was watching a US news show the other day and a commercial came on about debt. Sure there is Credit Karma…accessible by your dumb phone. But Now? Apparently there is an app that will give you an updated credit score every 24 hours!!!

      I asked my wife if she ever had a credit search done on her and she replied, “Maybe when I bought my first house”. My answer was the same. I don’t think I have ever even wondered about my credit because neither of us will take on debt.

      Oh well, cell phones don’t work here, either. Can’t have everything I suppose. I would say America lost its way, but that wouldn’t be fair. Western pampered consumers lost their way when they traded in their values and goals for stuff. Trump and other manifestations of greed and ignorance is the obvious result.

      • islander800 March 27, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        It makes me think that it would be a good idea to re-instate mandatory history courses in high school – that would be, PUBLIC high schools. One book that would shock students and future adult “consumers” back to reality is the recent “Leningrad”, a wrenching day to day description of how the German fascists cold-bloodedly and deliberately starved to death over one million residents of the modern European-Soviet city (now re-named back to St. Petersburg) in a four hundred day siege from fall 1941 to 1944. Consumer goods were the last things on the minds of citizens resorting to eating the glue from wallpaper – and worse – to try and survive. At its heart, it is a story of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of apocalypse. The glut of consumer goods today and shallowness of “social media” is an obscenity to the memories of civilians like those of WWII Leningrad.

        As another benefit, reading books like this may instill some empathy for the Russian obsession with security. More than once in their history, something wicked came their way from the west. Some estimates of civilian and military Soviet WWII loses go as high as 26 million, not 20 million as Jim quotes. (If not for the Soviet sacrifice which bled the Germans dry, the great U.S. of A. wouldn’t have had a hope in hell of making a successful D-Day landing and delivering the final blows along with its allies, including the Soviets.)

        America seems to have no sense of empathy whatsoever when it presses militarily right up to Russia’s borders, against the solemn, but unfortunately, verbal commitment of Bush I when he got Gorbachev’s O.K. to German re-unification. (That act of betrayal must have taught the Russians NEVER to take the Americans at their word.) You would think after the Cuban Missile Crisis, America would get the point, but no.

        • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

          The right own the textbook printing industry. One MAJOR reason we have a nation of dumb. Start reading some school textbooks and see the start of the crime.

        • Dumbedup March 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

          We will live the equivalent of Leningrad. Maybe within our lifetime – hell, it might be within the next decade. “Children of Men” with Clive Owen and Michael Caine is an epic portrait of the face of modern fascism.

    • Zarko Straadi March 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

      @newworld:

      Welcome, paratime traveler! If you hate women, you’re going to love it here! This side of the dimensional portal, we have a highly masculinized society that just elected a boorish, word-salad emitting mango Mussolini as our White Alpha Male Messiah–about as far away from a smooth-talking dandy as we could find without electing Zombie Genghis Khan. Oh, and we also gave him a Congress that’s dedicated to eliminating every government function that does not directly involve the use of firearms. Darwinism isn’t science here–Real Americans think Jesus rode dinosaurs with Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago–it’s social policy!

      Here, we spend the lion’s share of our discretionary budget on macho, manly military hardware–more than the entire rest of the planet combined, even though most of the other big-spenders are our allies. We’re constantly launching rocket-powered exploding penises at over a half-dozen other countries for fun and profit.

      People here feel the need to drive huge, ugly trucks and “sport-utility vehicles” (not sure what sort of “sport” or “utility” they’re supposed to offer–we use them the same way we used to use ordinary cars). And you should see the clothes people wear here, especially the menfolk!

      Speaking of ugly, our entire built environment (at least, anything that doesn’t have a Historical Preservation Society protecting it) is pure, stark Brutalism, not a hint of feminine semiotics to be found. From the buildings to the streetlights to the storefronts to the products they sell, it’s ugly, ugly, ugly all the way down, except for an occasional bit of iPod Futuristic. When our architects do try to go “all-out” on some project, they just take the same Brutalism, snort some powdered Cthulhu tentacle, and create a revolt against mathematics and common sense. See the “Eyesore of the Month” section on this site for examples.

      Say, is there any chance this Feminized America you come from just elected Jill Stein and has an abundance of Art Nouveau architecture and the like? Lots of solar panels, education and health care on a par with Sweden or Denmark, and a first-rate train system? If so, directions please…

      • Cactus Girl March 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

        Hear hear! My thoughts exactly!

      • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

        Hey Zark, will we be overrun by Muzzies too, just like your wonderful Scandanavian paradises?

        Mustafa is a fan of Jill Stein, but he likes Jill’s daughters even better.

        brh

        • Zarko Straadi March 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

          You mean, the way we got overran by the Germans, Irish, Italians, Greeks, Polish, etc.? ERMAGHERD! The Papists are gonna overrun us and outbreed us and next thing you know America will be ruled from Rome and they’ll start the Inquisition again!!!

          “But-but-but, all those people are capital-dubya White!” you say?

          Not when they started coming here, they weren’t. Funny thing is, back when people like you were fawning over the guy with the silly little mustache, Slavs didn’t even count as people. Now y’all are looking to Vladimir Putin with big pleading Pepe the Frog eyes, hoping he’ll take the place of the guy with the silly little mustache. You Racial Purity types are a bunch of mongrels, just like everybody else. Deal with it.

      • bibliomaniac March 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

        Zarko–My conclusions precisely. We have devolved into one giant circle jerk lead by brain stem who gets his directions from Fox News.

      • Dumbedup March 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

        And when he talks about “making America great again” he is not talking about you and me, the single mom raising 3 children, minorities, the elderly, sick or frail, or the 2nd generation immigrant. He is talking about recreating a white, Christian, male, and Caucasian America. An “only the strong survive” culture fit only for the wealthy and influential.

        For example, there was a photograph last week of a meeting of members of Congress and members of the Executive Branch to discuss healthcare. Among the topics were women’s healthcare issues like abortion, mammograms, and birth control. The photograph could easily have been from the late 1800s. There was not a woman, a minority, an immigrant or an elderly person in the room. Not even standing by the door.

        Our new masters are white Christian men between the ages of 32 and 60. They are intent on creating America in their image and according to their values. And write this down! They will use every ounce of the federal government to enforce it on us. You want to have a “sanctuary city”? If you do you will not get one dime of federal money. You want to protest our policies? We will invent stories to discredit you … or invent stories to make us seem morally superior. Any evidence to the contrary is “fake news.”

  13. shotho March 27, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Not only have we destroyed the boundaries of our social groups and institutions, we’ve destroyed the sanctions that once protected those boundaries. There are simply few consequences left today for violating any values and norms that once were considered fundamental to how we live. So, as we approach free fall, I doubt a new political party is the answer. Best find a foundation that’s more secure than that.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Yes, all over small town America, minorities are being foisted on Whites. Homogeneity must be achieved so that Whites are completely finished off.

      • thwack March 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

        I think Im probably equal to 4 white people.

        Just sayin

  14. Georges1202 March 27, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Jim,

    Calls for order in times of great upheaval and chaos have not resulted in the most sane outcomes.

    Watching the goat-rodeo currently going on in D.C.is certainly distressing. Much like the boy searching in the pile of dung, somewhere in that giant hairball, must be a pony. There must be… There just must be…

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Pony???? Think larger 🙂

  15. troutbum2 March 27, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Jim says, “I would like to join the party dedicated to getting our house in order.”

    Here’s a thought with all due respect to Jim. Why not just take over the Democratic Party? It’s a perfectly empty shell ready to be repurposed for meaningful work. Yes, first we would need to throw out the vagrants.The reason the DNC in DC has such power is because the party in the hinterlands is practically non-existent.
    In my rural county, I estimate that about 20 people, becoming precinct committee people, could easily take over the county party. And the county party sends people to the State Conventions which in turn elect leaders of the State Party, who in turn elect the National leaders. And if this sounds like work, it is but it’s less work than starting a whole new party from the ground up. For example, the Democratic party is on all the ballots everywhere. The reason the Dem Party is lost is because they stand for nothing.

    Try this :
    1. Universal childcare 
    2. Universal healthcare 
    3. Universal life long learning 
    4. Government, as last resort, created jobs 
    Universal means “free for all”. 
    And, yes we can afford anything we choose to afford.

    • Lawfish March 27, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Universal childcare? How about if you have a child you care for that child? That’s part of what’s wrong with this country.

      • troutbum2 March 27, 2017 at 10:25 am #

        Almost all mothers work outside the home.

        • Lawfish March 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

          The mother of my children stayed home while they were too young to attend school. Only then did she return to work “outside the home.” It was a sacrifice we deliberately made for the good of our children. Let someone who has no interest in the long-term well-being of your children raise them and you’ll get … pretty much what we have all over this country.

          • troutbum2 March 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

            The reason women work outside the home is because real wages ( inflation adjusted) have been stagnating since the 1970s.

            advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/2015/09/23/median-household-income-growth-deflating-the-ameri…

          • daveed March 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

            @ lawfish

            My wife and I had the same arrangement. It was a challenge, but well worth it. And you’re right: (“Let someone who has no interest in the long-term well-being of your children raise them and you’ll get … pretty much what we have all over this country”). I think sometimes we’re witnessing the Revenge of the DayCare Kids.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

          And that’s part of the problem. Of course we have unemployment now! Once women were enticed into the workforce, wages could be lowered. Supply and Demand. But even that wasn’t enough for the pigs – they then brought in millions of third worlders we didn’t need.

        • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

          Because of the falling buying power of our “jobs”…….. that is why many mothers work. Real pay for Real families. Most of the above wish list fits Bennie or Ralph……. see what the DNC and League of Women Voters did to them over the last few decades???? Screw the DNC. It sold out in 1972.

      • shotho March 27, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        Now, now – there you go being sensible.

      • cbeard March 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

        To Lawfish. Absolutely right. I wish we could go back to a traditional family like I grew up in. With a breadwinner dad and a stay at home mother. The disintegration of the family unit can’t be underestimated in our current situation.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

          Many women would give their eye teeth for what their grandmothers took for granted. Indeed, we all did and that’s how we lost it.

          The old stories are true: merchants are knaves and should always be watched closely. Any power they have they will abused because they only care about profit. Libertarianism is a philosophy that idealizes these sharks and imagines that following their ideas will lead to paradise. It’s just a naïve as Communism that idealizes Party hacks and thugs.

      • Zarko Straadi March 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

        Yeah! And if you hate the Muslims, how about you grab a gun and a plane ticket and go over there and fight them yourself! What, you want the government to do it for you? Want a road? Pave it yourself! Because it’s not like we’re members of a civilization or anything.

    • Georges1202 March 27, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Well, we can ‘afford’ anything the Chinese decide to finance.

      • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

        Sad but true. We are Chicom slaves.

    • noel bodie March 27, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      Bum, I like your thinking. Let’s continue:
      Overturn Citizens United
      Financial services tax…you buy a stock or bond…you pay a small sales tax. You use computer algorithims for churning those taxes will add up
      tax the rich
      Tax corporations…any corp found trying to avoid taxes will not be eligible to bid on gov’t contracts
      Take back the airways as public space…prosecute FOX for being an enemy of the people. Demand broadcast media serve the “public interest”
      Burn all copies of ATLAS SHRUGGED

      • Linda March 28, 2017 at 12:00 am #

        Well Noel,

        It seems you don’t like the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of speech. Prosecute Fox? For what? I’m a liberal but like listening to the other side because, frankly, we, Americans, have more in common than differences.

        And as for burning Atlas Shrugged, I loved that book. I loved Dagny Taggart and John Galt. I never believed in Rand’s objectivism philosophy, but it was still a good book, And burning books is the mark of a dictator. It is always good to read and evaluate the other point of view, in my opinion.

    • Whoopdy-Do March 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Universal does not mean “free for all.”

      Its means “paid for by all.”

      In theory that’s fine, but the theory never works.

      What do you do about the people getting “free” healthcare, childcare, and lifelong learning, but not paying into the system because they’ve cooked up some excuse for why they can’t (ie, won’t) work?

      And then what do you do about the workers who see the scammers getting by, and decide they shouldn’t have to work either?

      The answer is the one that all socialist systems eventually fall back on: force.

      • Zarko Straadi March 27, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

        Yes, that’s why Sweden, Norway, and all our NATO allies are such horrifying Stalinist police states. Thank goodness we here in America don’t have cops that dress like soldiers and drive around in armored vehicles, and a government that spies on all our communications! Because here we would rather give somebody a free jail cell for life than a free education, even if the latter is cheaper by orders of magnitude. We’ll have a happy, prosperous society once the poor all die off. The Free Market (profits be upon His Invisible Hand) will give us a just society automatically, if we will only have faith, and give the rich more tax cuts.

        • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

          Nice Post!

          • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

            Seconded!

        • Whoopdy-Do March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am #

          Zarko, you gotta find a new script, ’cause you’re still working from the one that lost the last election. I thought this Bernie Bros fantasy died the moment he moved into his new $60 zillion lakeside house. Socialism sure worked for him, eh?

          Let’s revisit your small, up-to-now racially homogenous Scandinavian socialist paradise a generation from now and see how well they’re doing with their influx of Muslims who refuse to assimilate, won’t speak the native language, and wish to inflict their regressive culture wherever they go. (Sounds like a large slice of our own population, eh?) Wanna bet they won’t be a police state like us?

          Meanwhile, ask yourself how many of the criminals sitting in your “free” jail cells would have taken your “free” education if offered. What proportion of them even finished “free” high school? Do you think they’ll jump at the chance to take “free” college-level STEM courses?

          Welfare has been tried. It doesn’t work. Then, when you take it away, the parasites get pissed because it’s their “due”. They rise up, and here we are. Police state.

          Next: call me a racist, misogynist white whatever, proclaim victory, and you’re done.

          • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

            You’re simply jealous of ANYONE who’s ever gotten a leg up on you for any reason whatsoever aren’t you? No reason to call you anything else. You’re just plain BITTER!

          • Whoopdy-Do March 29, 2017 at 8:38 am #

            LOL, it’s like a leftist tag-team match! Change the subject! Call names! Victory!

            You’re right, DA, I’m totally jealous of Muslim refugees and uneducated, jailed American criminals. They have it so much better than me! *Sob!*

            Thank you for your contribution to the discussion.

          • Zarko Straadi March 29, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

            Speaking of needing to change scripts, you guys have been spouting the same drivel since Benjamin Franklin was wringing his hands about all those damn swarthy Germans coming here and not assimilating. When will you get tired of being wrong?

            Also, welfare does work, it’s worked since Otto von Bismarck invented it. The other option, letting the rich grab all the marbles, never ends well.

  16. DA March 27, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    The idea of Russia as existential boogeyman is little more than warmed over cold warrior hysteria Part Deux. Having run out of manufactured villains in the form or ISIS, Al Qaeda, or fill in your favorite Islamic terrorist group here (and lets face it, America never really warmed to the idea of a bunch of medieval third world hooligans being a major threat to our “all-powerful, all-encompassing,” finest military money can buy anyway), the lazy-assed Dems decided they’d just drag that dusty old canard/flag out again (it’s since been proven conclusively that it was total bullshit the first time as well) and see if anyone would still salute it. And lo and behold, with the help of few hundred million dollar advertising campaign (a bargain in 2017 terms!) spread out over several years and all the covert legal and extra-legal intelligence shenanigans you’d expect from the highest example of a modern inverted-totalitarian regime the world’s ever seen, it’s mostly worked – AGAIN!

    Will the US and its western European cronies get the war they want with Mother Russia – televised live, with bomb by bomb analysis by the latest round of retired revolving door Generals for hire – or will they find out the hard way as the Nazi’s and pretty much everyone before them did that when it comes to war, the Russians are just some of the most flat-out stubborn and belligerent motherfu**ers that have ever existed , and all that stealthy high-tech “smart” shit don’t count for squat. And last I heard, the US military’s win/loss record of late (in any other terms than squandering the Fed’s created from out of thin air dollars at least) is nothing to write home about either. The US would do well to do what it does best. Run the whole thing as a computer simulation, set fire to a few hundred billion dollars up front (at the next Burning Man possibly?), and call it a draw to save face all around. I’m sure Putin, being the bigger man than anyone on this side of the pond, would probably concede that much at least.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      Yes, history will repeat: the Russians would retreat and then attack our supply lines. And then General Winter would enter the picture.

      Btw, they’ve gamed the War between the American Air people against the Dirt People: the Dirts win. Your sons shall work in our fields and your daughters shall bear our children.

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

        Air power alone – absent nuclear strikes at least – has proven again and again to be little more than a means to harden the enemy’s resistance and create even more future enemies. Which is why its the Pentagon’s favored way of wasting money (actually funneling it to their future employers in the private sector), while simultaneously perpetuating the GWOT so that future generations of genocidal maniacs can partake in the bounty as well. The USA as we once imagined it didn’t actually collapse, it was simply auctioned off to the most well-connected bidders.

  17. messianicdruid March 27, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    “Women { emotional } and children { immature } shall rule over them.”

    More vindication.

  18. Bro Jobe March 27, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    While I won’t hazard a guess about the degree to which paid Russian hackers and trolls are at work demoralizing and disrupting, it’s in Russian interests to see us weaker.

    That way Mother Russia can protect what she sees as her sphere of interest, including parts of Eastern Europe.

    Admitting this is not to go down a rabbit-hole of paranoia. Nations have done it for centuries, with different tools. For a long time, it has been in our interest to see Russia not regain superpower status.

    Payback bites. To some degree we are being bitten. So what? Only a child would moan “not fair!” when a rival uses any means available to gain an advantage. There are people in the “thinking class,” sadly, many of them outside academia, who recognize this. The staffers at The Atlantic have long written about these very realities.

  19. pequiste March 27, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    I believe the problem with the “Thinking Class” is that even they, like the lumpenproles, and the vanishing Middle Class, have succumbed to the enchantments of what the French writer, Alfred Jarry, described as ‘Pataphysics: the science of imaginary solutions.

    Democrat or Republican both subscribe to the practice – see those mean members of the “Evil Empire” manipulated our American Democratic process!

    Wall Streeters are convinced that Dow 50,000 is on the near horizon if enough Goldman Sachs (sacks of gold man!) alumni head the Securities and Exchange Commission, The Federal Reserve, and the Department of The Treasury.

    American college student believe that not hearing certain words and taking a dump in a gender neutral toilet will help keep them safe from right wingers and terrorists.

    Hollyweird thinks it can provide any sort of cinematic shit to the theatres of the world and people will pay money to see it. * (Actually this is a Pataphysical actuality.)

    The Europeans consider that unlimited Yzlamik immigration is great for social stability, peace and progress.

    The Chinese consider that selling any kind of crap to the U.S.A. or the Third World is acceptable as long as the suckers buy whatever it is and they can build more factories to make more crap.

    Futurists think that robots and the Artificial General Intelligence revolution is going to be fantastic for humanity……

    I’ve decided to stop further cognitive activities at this juncture and will concentrate my neurons on death via someTullamore D.E.W. (as it happens.)

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

      Yes, Alexis Carrel said that humanity’s attainment of technology had doomed it. We are simply too immature and selfish to use this godlike power well.

      Most people are inner peasants and must go back to being actual peasants. Virtual peasants are obnoxious. Real peasants work hard and do nice dances.

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

      I think China is building manufacturing for war. We played the fool and Greenspan taught them well. They did fear us and Russia. No more. The kill ratio is gone and dumping 100 years GDP into American’ defense will not help. The games checkmate was played with Greenspan walking down the ramp after President Nixon. Really think they wanted to speak to Dick?

      • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        routersurfer, you very wide indeed!

        China through globalist buy America deep state, Hollywood, many federal elected politician, and globalist pharma.

        Trump-Russia gate manufactured by globalist power that fear disruption by strong American-nationalist – Russian-nationalist relationship. China big fear is American-Russian unity.

        onehunglo walk away from globalist red China army serving as bio-chemist and repent every minute every day over creation of adjuvant.

        not care about ridicule.

        onehunglo know time is short.

        if truth of message penetrate one member that make difference, onehunglo job complete.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

  20. onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    it seem like you urban zones have majority members despise private property and wish to destroy those who achieve.

    it also appear like rural zone cherish private property and despise those who have none.

    it also appear like this man speak many truth and predict many event that come to pass:

    youtube.com/watch?v=AZU0c8DAIU4

    sometimes Chinese censorship block sometimes able to view only sometimes able to listen then translate words.

    onehunglo know Chinese central party not act in interest of citizen, but rather in interest of party, and party desire to serve as enforcement division of bilderberg globalist group.

    onehunglo repent for previous work on adjuvant and now communicate truth of adjuvant neuro-toxin aspect.

    onehunglo also know time is short in resistance to tyrant.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.

    -onehunglo

  21. Bruce E March 27, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    You don’t need to make the accusations of Russian involvement in our elections sound so ridiculous in terms of motives, since the Russian motives should be obvious, right?

    I mean, on the one side you had HRC who was pushing for armed conflict with Russian-backed Assad in Syria through proxies and a strong anti-Russian NATO stance leading to sanctions because of Crimea. On the other side you have a pro-Russian billionaire who owes untold amounts of money to the Russian mob and will do what it takes to keep them happy and keep those debt streams coming to him because he has no other sources of capital except for his “brand.”

    Just the “Russians want to be left alone” motive is sufficient to merit at least Putin trying to swing the election from HRC to Trump, and there is much, much more here to entice them to try. Also, given what seems to have happened, it didn’t take such a huge feat of mind-strength for Putin to pull this off. Everybody was already looking for a reason to give HRC the middle finger and all he needed to do is swing the last 1-2% to pull Trump over the line.

  22. Mike Patrick March 27, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Avoid GDP comparisons with Russia. They are meaningless because they fail to take into account local purchasing power parity.
    Russia can do many more things simultaneously than, say Germany, for example. Their military can mobilize 76,000 fully-equipped troops in 36 hours, something that takes NATO and the USA months. Military procurement in Russia avoids trilion-dollar débâcles like the F-35 JSF. Their defense procurement system is 10 times more efficient because design bureau requests come from field commanders and not lobbyists, like in the US.
    Hundreds of billions of annual trade between Russia and China are completely off the West’s radar, since the trade is entirely in rubles and yuan.
    Sanctions against against Russia have the unintended consequence of Russia’s economic autarky, which has seen double-digit growth in the agriculture sector.
    Underestimation of Russia is not only wrong, but leads neocons to come up with hare-brained schemes of confrontation with RUssia.

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      Agreed. “How much does it cost Russia to build a tank? Nothing.” quote stolen from a JHK podcast.

  23. AHtheHumanity March 27, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    The White House was never and will never be my house. You can put every variation of sexual, ethnic, religious and political persuasion in that house and it has not and will not change a thing for me. Same for the house of representatives. By the way, I am a natural born citizen of the USA. That little fact has been a major point of contention in the public discourse. Does being a citizen of the USA matter anymore when everything has gone global? Is Russia a threat to USA global hegemony? Kunstler says no. Other thinkers say yes. So what?
    Until something physical goes down (not just a bunch of posturing) what does anyone have to worry about? You talk and warn of impending collapse and WWIII and the invasion of the body snatchers until you’re blue in the face. Think people are distracted by what they are facing right now and not what is being postulated by the thinking classes. Thinking people are driving Teslas because they are there to drive. Thinking people are drinking bottled water because it is there to drink. Thinking people are eating fast food because it is everywhere they turn in their motor vehicles during a 30 minute lunch break. Thinking people buy plastic everything because it is there, it works and it’s affordable. Thinking people do not have time to think of the broader implications of what they are doing because they have to live their lives in the present. Thinking people are not the CEOs, CFOs and CIOs of the corporations responsible for the destruction of natural resources and the hypertrophied dehumanization of cities. Thinking people have relationships with other thinking people in the broader world because they can and are not worried about Big Brothers interference or disapproval. Thinking people voted Trump for president and he will be president for 4 years until thinking people vote again. Computers are not in charge of everything they are being used for, thinking people are in charge.

  24. johngalt March 27, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Desiderata
    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
    © Max Ehrmann

    Sent from the New Republic.
    got-truth.com/

  25. Walter B March 27, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    I love the analogy of Skull Island James well done! Yes there has always been a Thinking Class in every society, they are the ones who come up with the ideas, who do the work, who build the civilizations so that the ruling Bimbos can sit upon the seats of power and fornicate at their leisure. Eventually the ruling bimbos are either thrown out of their palaces by the disgruntled Thinking Class, or the Bimbos strike first and eliminate their intelligent competition.

    Why are the Russians being targeted by OUR ruling Bimbos as the enemy today? Because our Bimbos need a never ending supply of Bad Guys that can be physically assaulted with the guns, the bombs, the tanks that those who pull the Bimbo’s strings manufacture for profit. Yes, Russia would love to be left alone to make deals and even coerce it’s neighbors into profitable arrangements. It is what Russia HAS to do because Russia has never and cannot succeed with colonialism (you know, that tactic we learned from our parent the English).

    As far as the narcissistic ninny have as Bimbo in Chief today, he is only one small step from the narcissistic, demonic ninny we had for the last eight years. Just a different flavor that’s all. It is all we will ever get and it seems to be the way it should continue to go because after all is it not clear that WE, yes WE, America IS the biggest problem that the World faces today? If you need proof, look at how much we spend making weapons of death and destruction and how much we spend killing stone age primitives all over the world to WHAT end? If Americans care to argue or deny this I would ask them to look at how much we spend doping ourselves into oblivion to avoid the grim facts. The numbers tell the story.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

      They are a Land Power. We are a Sea Power. Together we should rule and secure the existence of the White Race and Western Civilization, the latter depending on the former for its existence.

      • Walter B March 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

        You will not get an argument out me on that idea, I like it. Unfortunately Greed destroys all and I cannot find a single instance in history where a greedy empire did not perish from the disease.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

          Yes, England was the previous Sea Power. Hitler made the same offer to them – whom he greatly admired. They were faltering and he warned them if they fought Germany again they would lose their Empire. He was absolutely right and they did. Churchill acted all puffed up anyway and then was amazed when the New Elite started pouring Blacks into England. When he tried to stop it, he was shouldered aside. Who did he think he was fight for? Did he ever know who his Masters were?

          • Walter B March 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

            No he did not. the English were supplanted as the Premier Globe Rapers by their own spawn, the good old U.S. of A. Of course the Windsor’s still hold their place at the Great Satanic (Hills) Table of the Illuminated, but their subjects have been sold out to a pitiful struggle for survival. I would venture a guess that their fate will one day be ours as well once our demonic masters have tired of the trouble it is to maintain us all.

          • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

            Walter B understand well.

            eugenics is name of game.

            onehunglo did part in serving red army globalist master as bio-chemist in creating adjuvant and now repent every minute every day.

            in China, abortion always been with us, but now more refine method with force inoculation.

            now adjuvant penetrate global pharma and no turn back.

            so little time, so much to inform.

            many here ridicule and not seek understanding.

            onehunglo know time is short.

            let not you heart be troubled.

            may God be with you.

            -onehunglo

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

        Any hope of rapprochement between the US and Russia was sealed after Clinton turned the Wall St privatization hordes loose in the aftermath of their collapse and then added insult to injury by propping up the drunkenly corrupt Yeltsin again in 1996. Putin’s subsequent takeover is directly linked to the fact that the non-oligarch Russian people easily and rightly connected the dots between what was little more than a naked global capitalist coup and plundering, and their greatly reduced standing in the world. Putin, like countless third world leaders before him who US corporate crony capitalist interests had murdered to ensure their continued ability to loot and plunder as they see fit, should be celebrated for having the big brass balls to stand up these brazen criminals. Would that we had such a leader(s) ourselves, but of course that ship has long since sailed here the land of the free to be exploited, and the home of the debt slaves.

  26. erik March 27, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Jim;
    All of the public debate about the “threat” posed by Russia and the reason why NATO must “stand up to the threat”, is a complete crock of shit intended to manufacture consent, and is based on the same principals enunciated so well by Goering at Nuremberg.

    The real agenda of the U.S. deep state or secret govt..is the same as it’s always been in the West for the last 2 centuries or more. That agenda is dedicated to undermining and, if possible, breaking up any strong central govt. in the Eurasian landmass. That is because the real epicenter of world economic power is centered in Eurasia with its vast resource rich landmass and good internal lines of communication. If we could only OWN Russia and reduce its sparse population to helot status, we’d all be “drinking free Bubble Up and eating that Rainbow Stew”.
    Every Western nation state from Britain, through Napoleon and Hitler has covetously eyed that piece of prime real estate and that’s what we’re up to. I know this sounds simple, but it’s the truth. All these things always boil down to money and power. If we were the dominant force in Russia’s land mass (as we fleetingly glimpsed during the Yeltsin years), we would have “our freedoms” guarantied in perpetuity.

    • Walter B March 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      You make a great point about the size and scope of the Eurasian landmass. America may have had it’s golden day of bountiful resources and open spaces two hundred years ago but time has changed that greatly. It does not really make any sense that this relatively tiny “island” that is America should dominate the entire planet, does it. Yes having the biggest, baddest kick ass military does give us the ability to attempt such dominance, but there is a problem with rule by force. Ay first, the threat of violence will keep the enemies at bay, but it does not take long before that force HAS to be used to maintain control. We have bee utilizing our force openly since the Korean War, with questionable success, and a requirement for the application of more and greater force every year it would seem. Eventually the levels of violence will have to be ramped up and up leading to what? Yup, NOT good things. We are well down that road of failure. Expect that violence to increase exponentially. Keep your eye on Estonia.

  27. Mike Patrick March 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    youtu.be/H-S2RX42z2o

    • Walter B March 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      I quickly watched one of the so called Putin “documentaries” that followed your video. I saw 4 minutes before I couldn’t take any more. You could have substituted the name Putin with Obama, McCain, Schumer, hell, any American lifetime politician, it is how they all rise to and maintain power. Yup, let’s pick a bad guy and Russia makes a far better bad guy than Madagascar, doesn’t it? Americans will never learn and even if they do, they will never do anything about it. We live by the sword and surly we must die by it as well.

  28. volodya March 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Blaming Russia for Trump’s win is a nonsensical deflection, an absurdity. Pure baloney.

    Trump’s win was years in the making and one that reflected the rational self-interest of people that voted for him. Trump won because he was the only one that said to a corporate honcho, move that factory to Mexico and I’ll hammer you with tariffs. He signaled to American workers that he was looking out for them.

    And if I was a leftist, I would go to the mosque and give thanks for Trump.

    The mosque visit accomplishes two things. It shows my elevated sensibilities by aligning myself, against all sense and reason, with a civilizational adversary. No, really, that’s what intellectuals and especially leftists do, they live in a make-believe world of abstractions, they twist logic until it screams. So it solidifies my leftist bona fides.

    But secondly it shows my fellow travelers that the Trump ascendancy was a God-send.

    Leftists might chuckle and titter thinking I was being ironic. The joke is on leftists, such a visit would be in mockery of them.

    Gestures of contempt are only that, insignificant in the broad sweep. The Trump win is the big thing, the win ought to be an air-raid siren, an ear-splitting warning that shit-storms beckon.

    It’s been said many times, leftists made their peace with “globalization”, the rhetorical device and intellectual smokescreen for offshoring. It was an outrage that leftists were fully in on. They threw not only working class white people overboard but also people (and especially men) of other races. At best, abandoning the American worker was an enormous dereliction. At worst it was a betrayal of historic proportions.

    The leftist is now doing what the group-think fashion of the moment demands, they blame the Russians and they also blame the racism of working-class whites. But if the leftist was being honest, a big “if”, they’d realize that Trump couldn’t have prevailed with only the votes of working class whites. People of other races also voted for him.

    Trump is incompetent and disorganized. And if the Trump win is the consequence of decades of economic exploitation and malfeasance and intellectual dishonesty, then thank the creator-god, the laws of chance, or whatever laughing deity that rules in these environs. Or go to the Mosque and bow down because the logical conclusion is that God really is on America’s side.

    By arranging things as only an omnipotent Creator can, He gave America a second chance or, at the very least, some time. Ok, seriously, never mind all this creator sky-god stuff. But give thanks because America dodged a cannon-shell. This buys time. Not much time but still, best to make use of it. As JHK sez, time to get America’s house in order.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      Well said. They are supposed to be for the WORKER, right? That’s their roots and their proudest boast? But not anymore: now it’s all racial monkeyshines and tearing down the White Man.

  29. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    You give Trump too much credit; he’s not that kind of three-dimensional chess player. == Elrond Hubbard

    I don’t know, maybe you’re right, but then it means that Lord God himself is playing on his team.

    Even better!

  30. elysianfield March 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    A Solution to Crime and Racism in America

    Sound pretentious? Perhaps.

    Everything in America, it seems, has been monetized…you can buy sex, security, attention, you can also buy and sell human organs, if careful. Why not your birthright?

    It has always been possible to renounce your citizenship…go to any Embassy, and the paperwork awaits. Thousands have done so for reasons base and noble. Why not for cash and a new start on life…one more chance?

    Millions of people at the age of majority and older feel betrayed by the USA…why not give them an option to enjoy citizenship in another country, with a modest sum to do so…say $50,000 per adult?

    The prisons are filled with felons that would jump at the chance for a new life, with the funds to settle and perhaps prosper In a new land.

    Millions of the poor and dispossessed can see a ray of hope in what might be a hopeless situation, without education, skills, or other means of prospering

    Where would they go? I would expect that there are a large number of countries that would accept, and provide citizenship, for those with $50,000 in cash that would benefit their economy. Social media would provide instant information on host countries, so that the expat could make a proper choice.

    How long would it take to amortize the $50K, considering prison costs, welfare, medical care, educational savings, not to mention quality of life issues which are difficult to quantify? Probably 18 months…tops.

    The renouncing of one’s citizenship is Constitutionally valid, even provided for. Those doing so would be given transportation to the country of choice, and would be forever barred from re-patriation. It is sane, humane, and doable.

    I would invite criticism….

    • Ken Hall March 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      Ah but what about the loss of salaries for the 3 corrections workers per inmate and the outsize profits for the obscenely wealthy invested in the prisons proper. The GDP does not increase by saving money, only by the expenditure of; e.g., losses from hurricane damage are not deducted from GDP but expenditures for repairs are added to it. New versions of the current crop of Jim Crow work around laws would be swiftly enacted to sustain full prison occupancy, similar to the current tRump efforts to do so by incarcerating folks awaiting deportation.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

        Yeah by that logic, put everyone in prison except for the guards. Or have they already done so?

      • elysianfield March 27, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

        Ken,
        The corrections workers would retain their jobs. There are those criminals that would not give up citizenship. There would be crimes such as murder and terrorist-oriented offences that would not be given the opportunity. The jails would be used for incarcerating expats who are caught having slipped illegally the US…no probation, no parole…stiff sentencing.

        First world countries would not, as a rule, accept our criminals…but what about various failed states, African dictatorships, South American countries that are impoverished? It would be a source of income. Many countries are impoverished but have little crime…they are less “enlightened” than we regarding penology.

        Not only criminals would take advantage…”Think you’ve been given a raw deal in the US? Try somewhere else. I expect that millions would want a second chance at a new life.

        GDP doesn’t enter the equation…the metric, however, is one that would provide a better social order, and pay for itself in savings, over time.

    • michael March 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Might this new land to which transportation is provided be Kerguelen Island?

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm #

      Criticism? No. Numbers too low. I checked on that idea every so often. Many first world nations let you buy in. With a clean arrest record and a few million. The price is going up every few years.

      • elysianfield March 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

        Router,
        Check Zaire…or New Guinea…or South Africa…or Turkey.

    • thwack March 29, 2017 at 8:36 am #

      I would invite criticism….

      *************

      Criticism of what?

      Like a good white liberal, you very passively agressively proposed a solution without stating it?

      You stripped your own agency out of the so called “solution” by basing it on other peoples unidentified assumptions?

      Though elysianfield titles his commentary : “A Solution to Crime and Racism in America”, there is no mention of race in the paragraph itself?

      Thats another assumption elysianfield wants the reader to make because he is too much of a pussy to make it himself.

      And last but not least, don’t forget, elysianfield is the white man, who, when asked, “how much money would you need to be given in order to be turned into a black man right now”

      COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION.

      Let that sink in for a minute?

      Any amount of money, and he couldn’t come up with a figure?

      Then, this same white person, turns around, and a week later suggest black people accept $50,000 in cash to “move to another country.”

      (but notice his passive aggressive language? His “suggestion is entirely dependent on the readers racist ASSUMPTIONS; not his)

      Thank you for demonstrating your racism elysianfield; its very educational.

      • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 11:35 am #

        Thwack,
        You have to work on your reading comprehension. The offer included any citizen so inclined…even you.

        I did answer your question regarding a racial change…was very specific. Go find the answer in earlier week’s posts.

        The ultimate goal of the program would be to remove those from this country who do not value their citizenship. and to partially empty the jails. Absent those in jail, and those who do not value their citizenship.the fabric of our society would change for the better.

        You see racial animus in every post…a veil over your eyes that not only obscures your vision, but stunts your intellect. Millions of poor White people would take advantage of the second chance offer.

        Proposed a solution without stating it…WTF? Is this a new form of Ebonics? I know your meme is supposedly from inner city schools, and comes from a dysfunctional environment, but Goddamn…reading comprehension…work on it.

        Why do you assume Blacks would accept the offer disproportionally? And why would you deny them, or anyone else, a chance at betterment?

        • thwack March 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

          Millions of poor White people would take advantage of the second chance offer.

          **************************

          What are we doing in a white supremacist system with millions of poor white people?

          Maybe they should give you the finger and snatch all your wealth?

          • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

            Thwack,
            Yes, they might give me the finger…however, I will not suffer the Digitus Impudicus as offered from South Africa, Montenegro, or wherever…won’t be able to see it, nor suffer loss of wealth from that distance. However, the motherfuckers living next door are another matter.

    • thwack March 29, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      in addition,

      why limit the offer to convicted criminals?

      Why not make the offer to any black person; since your unstated passive aggressive goal is to “get rid of black people?”

      That is your goal isn’t it?

      • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 11:41 am #

        Thwack,
        The goal is to rid our country of criminals and those who do not value their citizenship…your projection of racial preponderance is…telling.

        Don’t want to accept the offer? Repeat after me…”I pledge allegiance to the Flag, of the….”

        • thwack March 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

          Are you asking me to make a false pledge?

          “one nation” — false

          “under God” — false

          “indivisible” — false

          “with liberty and justice for all” — you know thats false.

          I made elysianfield and the rest of the white people reading this blog a cash offer of any amount they wanted, to prove this pledge was true.

          And none of you could do it.

          Thank you all.

          You make my job easy.

          • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm #

            “I made elysianfield and the rest of the white people reading this blog a cash offer of any amount they wanted, to prove this pledge was true.

            Thwack,
            Goddamn it, stop with the offer crap…I accepted and gave you my terms. I suggest you get on your J O B and find the answer in older posts.

            Would you sell your citizenship? We on the site can take up a collection….

  31. johngalt March 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Ode to the old republic.
    youtube.com/watch?v=Wu4oy1IRTh8

    These mist covered mountains
    Are a home now for me
    But my home is the lowlands
    And always will be

    Some day you’ll return to
    Your valleys and your farms
    And you’ll no longer burn
    To be brothers in arms

    Through these fields of destruction
    Baptisms of fire
    I’ve witnessed your suffering
    As the battles raged higher

    And though we were hurt so bad
    In the fear and alarm
    You did not desert me
    My brothers in arms

    There’s so many different worlds
    So many different suns
    And we have just one world
    But we live in different ones

    Now the sun’s gone to hell
    And the moon’s riding high
    Let me bid you farewell
    Every man has to die

    But it’s written in the starlight
    And every line on your palm
    We’re fools to make war
    On our brothers in arms

    Songwriters: MARK KNOPFLER
    © Universal Music Publishing Group

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

    • thwack March 27, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Is Knopfer still the current reigning tone queen?

  32. goat1001 March 27, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Obamacare repeal and replace went south? No problem, we already have an excellent single-payer health system called Medicare. Simply expand Medicare to all citizens, problem solved.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      I tend to agree, besides – Medicare already did the entire scientific and management job in classifying the various Medical procedures – called CPT codes (Current Procedural Terminology).

      Did you know that all private insurers are already using exact same classification courtesy of US Taxpayers?

      However, still remains the problem of Medical Racket – price inflation and collusion, inability of the patient to do the “comparative shopping” for medical services, medications, etc.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

      Probably, there should be a state-sponsored Web site where you could present your medical bill for analysis based on the competitive pricing in your particular area and some kind of Board of Medical Claims resolution which would act on the citizen’s information, referring some cases to local District attorneys.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Medicare already has a straightforward formula for computing the price of the medical procedure based on CPT code – it has 3 pricing components: 1. Actual procedure Pricing 2. Pricing based on your ZIP code (average rent on the office or hospital bed) and 3. Liability Insurance component.

      Usually, it is 2 – 3 times less than the doctor customary charges.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      But they want to make money off of human misery instead. The Scum!

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

      Agreed. Everyone in no one out. End the caps– problem solved. Problem is it is only a problem for the 99% the one percent are doing fine and control the DNC/RNC dog.

  33. RocketDoc March 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    What’s hard is thinking about the right things. We declinists are nattering nabobs of negativism, perhaps in a good cause but clearly under appreciated as seers.We have been “wrong” long into these 10 years or should I say just not right yet. Out time may be coming. Like a good southern Baptist (which I am not) that knows the date and time of his salvation, I can date my conversion to inevitable system fail on Sept 1st, 2007. It was clear then that leaders had no intention of fixing any of our problems. They still don’t. They are trying to get the American exceptionalism narrative to work so they can be good stewards of it but it’s all turned to ashes. We meant well and then ended up bombing poor countries back to the stone age.
    As far as I can tell people are not interested in a voluntary simplicity movement, a world made by hand, a sustainable farm, or life on a houseboat. They are not used to thinking but instead prefer following the script that is now so much in question. Changing that will require visible collapse: no internet, no gasoline, no electricity, or no ATM. Any one of those. The current slow slide is not a big enough 2 by 4 upside the head.
    Many declinists like myself are not change agents. I appreciate the principled and consistent message to “Repent” by those that are. To get from where we are to where we need to go does not go through individualism. Guns, gold, and food stores may come into play but we should have a better story or the non-thinking class will just say let’s ride this tiger as long as we can.
    If we are going to shovel more money to the military and are going to defund the EPA, I have one suggestion that would be beneficial. Forgive everyone’s mortgage and put $25,000 in everyone’s account that does not have a mortgage. Put it on the Fed balance sheet. I think Fannie Mae already owns 90% of US mortgages. I personally don’t think it’s ‘fair’ BUT if the financial system is going to go belly up I would like to have the neighbors I currently have rather than a bunch of 4 sale signs and REIT ownership.
    The health care mess could be fixed if we went to cash payments for treatment. When my doctor says, hey-you should go get a stress test and its like $7,000 ($1800 with insurance) then I say no thank you. I’ll eat better, exercise more, and show up in the ER when I’m dying.
    We need less military spending and better money. Squeaky voiced Ron Paul and Ross Perot both had a political following that can be re-activated with a better “presentation”. A better “voice”. Anyone on the horizon that could fill that role?

    • routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

      It is not for us. So they will give us nothing. We will not have population problem in a few years. So sit back and enjoy the ride. We have had this ticket in our pockets for years.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      Actually, decline doesn’t happen on a date, it happens over a period of time. We’ve been in that period of time for at least 50 years now, and more likely about 60-65, or the end of WWII, most of which we were simply blissfully unaware of our predicament. Even by that time all the demographic and resource limitations we’re faced with today were locked in and the future trend lines firmly established. There was simply no one alive at that time who could have successfully made the case (and a hearty few tried!) that post-war America couldn’t be, do, and become whatever it damn well pleased, limitations of any kind be damned!

      And now here we are, the victims of our own success. There’s really nothing to be done about any of this now (IMO at least), except face up to the inevitable collapse. That’s how nature deals with invasive species who overrun their habitat, and homo sapiens – technology or no technology – is not exceptional in the least in that regard. In fact, our clever technological “solutions” do little more than dig our hole deeper every time they’re applied, as they provide false assurances that our environment’s carrying capacity has been permanently increased.

  34. volodya March 27, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    NATO is a figment of the imagination. It’s like every other alliance that the US put together since WW2, a coalition of the unwilling and unable.

    Germans long ago gave up the ghost, they no longer have the vim and vigor to live, neither has anybody else in the cafe-layabout EU.

    The US is tottering from financial and economic debility and pissing away its remaining scarce resources in this imagined conflict with Russia over a continent that Americans don’t know about and don’t care about.

    But Russia hasn’t got the strength to take advantage of European and American weakness. Russia is too corrupt and too drunk and too depleted since the 20th Century blood-letting. They take over a few slivers of land right on their borders and let it go at that. That’s all they can do. So much for the all conquering Putin. This is mutually-assured non-destruction, two over-the-hill boxers in a clinch, too fat and tired to throw a punch.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      Trump left Merkel an invoice for Billions. Take that dog face!

      • malthuss March 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

        Dog Face = Merkel, not V.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

      I think you misjudge Russia and Putin. They were dealt a miserably losing hand in the wake of Yeltsin, but now all the chips are back on Putin’s side of the table, with the US apparently in the middle of a late stage drunken meltdown. Russia is wisely consolidating their depleted holdings and once again creating/strengthening regional alliances. The US is enthusiastically burning their entire post-war empire to the ground and taking their foolish allies and own citizens(!) with them.

  35. SJB March 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    We are still dragging along the failed PNAC/neocon narrative from 20 years ago.

    And the same old players are slowly creeping back into the new administration.

    Throw out the neocons and rip up PNAC. Utterly failed (the 7 mideastern countries were supposed to be taken in over in 5 years iirc). HA

    Gut the DoD budget and use the surplus to pay off debt and rebuild our interior.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

      Yes, old Byzantium didn’t let them near politics, education, or money. It’s the only way.

  36. onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    you wise on indeed.

    red China vigorous stand up and serve as bilderberg enforcer with stated goal elimination all sovereign country in favor of bilderberg direct world governance.

    best solution is DE-centralize live in liberty much extent possible.

    onehunglo recognize time short against tyrant, and repent every minute every day for previous work on behalf.

    what other call “deep state” under red china direct influence along with Hollywood movie product.

    adjuvant design neuro-toxin intended reduce resistance, but adverse effect psychotic break from reality and violent aggression.

    many here strive for virtue, truth, liberty, and justice.

    “The more you know, the more you hurt.” – Ecclesiastes, 1:18

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.

    -onehunglo

    • Q. Shtik March 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      You sooo tiresome, undescended testicle.

    • tucsonspur March 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

      Good to hear, onehunglo

      rong time, you funny Chinaman.

      Try to think much. Ha, Ha.

      Too much poriticking here, not enough raughing!

      Must come for dinner, we watch old Charlie Chan movies

      and Kung-Fu reruns.

      Remember great song, “Kung-fu fighting, fast as rightning”?

      Ha, Ha, great stuff!

      Must go, but advice for onehunglo;

      Rook out berow!

      Ha, Ha, So Solly, Ha, Ha, Ha.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

      Tell them about the role of race in the Tianaman Sq movement. Favoring Blacks lead to rage on the part of Chinese Men – and of course the “Hey Momma” dating style of the Blacks themselves.

      • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

        ….for the taking of offense rests in the bosom of the stupid ones.”
        -Ecclesiastes 7:9

        -onehunglo

        • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

          Why that’s Galt’s favorite quote too. What a coincidence.

          • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

            “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” -Proverbs 18:2-3

            -onehunglo

  37. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Gut the DoD budget and use the surplus to pay off debt

    Are you nuts? How are you planning to pay off your debt with the cut DoD budget?

    Increase efficiency in military spending – so not more than 20 – 30 percent is stolen – that is a reasonable plan of action. Now I think that 75 percent or more is stolen.

    • Walter B March 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      And a lot of that budget is spend building and rebuilding no-bid-contract construction by Halliburton of billion dollar consulates and embassies in stone age locations that the “bad guys” can blow them up and occupy them. Or send dimwitted congressmen and senators around the world in search of foreign governments they can extort re-election contributions from.

    • Ken Hall March 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Have you ever had anything to do with any DoD weapon system procurement? I have. I have signed DD250’s worth 100’s of millions of dollars (if you know not what a DD250 is look it up). Money is seldom stolen it is, for lack of a better word, given away courtesy of the lobbyists for the obscenely wealthy and the their handmaidens the US Congress.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

        No, I have not, but just doing comparative comparison for price/effectiveness of Russian/American weapons systems I have a sneaky suspicion that most of American military budget is being “appropriated”, e.g. disappears in unknown (or rather well-known) direction.

        It has to come to some reasonable limits.

        • Ken Hall March 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

          Agreed, all that needs be done is to cut off the outstretched hands of the obscenely wealthy.

          I recall a professor of government contracting at a seminar I was required to attend who in reply to insistent questioning about how to hold the contractors feet to the fire such that we would be delivered systems more closely fitting the contract description by withholding progress payments; said “the business of government is NOT to put business out of business”.

          The government is in the business of transferring wealth from the bottom 90+% to the top 10-% at the request and direction of the obscenely wealthy via their 10’s of thousands of lobbyists. If you seriously want to save money in government take the profit out of it for the obscenely wealthy and you will save shiploads.

  38. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    Fresh New York rumors

    1. Le Pen came to Moscow to discuss the prospects for not recognizing the results of the elections in France, which the Euro establishment decided to hand to Macron, and the organization of mass demonstrations in Paris.

    2. In Balakley, Ukraine all suitable for use Ukrainian artillery shells that were prepared to launch an offensive in Donetsk and Lugansk for Final Russian Solution “suddenly” exploded. (he, he…)

    And now nothing prevents the advance of the army of the People’s Republic to fully capture Novorossia, and Trump has already signaled Putin that he will not raise the issue of new sanctions even if the army of Donbass enters Kiev.

    But Putin does not want to do this, because:

    A) The recovery of the economy of Novorossia will place an unbearable burden on the Russian economy

    B) Such signs have already been sent to Saddam Hussein, say, go ahead, occupy Kuwait (and we know how that turned out…)

  39. Eldorado March 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Jim, how could you forget? The Russian goal is the same as it’s always been — they want to sap us of our precious bodily fluids!

  40. Frank March 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    thanks James. I’m a new member today.

    • malthuss March 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

      Welcome and ignore the trolls.
      The newest is the fake Chinaman.

      • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

        “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” -Proverbs 18:2-3

        -onehunglo

  41. robert magill March 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    “It is too late to bring manufacturing back to the United States, because corporations already have shifted their supply nodes abroad, and too much U.S. infrastructure has been dismantled.” Michael Hudson, University of Missouri, 3/23/17 Unz Review

    This is the most prophetic and the most damning statement of America’s future I have read in years. robertmagill.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/9-to-5-or-fuggedaboutit/

    • FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      In Russia, we have a saying: eyes are afraid, but hands are doing the job.

      Which roughly means You never know what you can do till you try.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

      One of the Companies Trump enticed to stay is going to stay – but automate. How will we insure the rights of Robot workers?

      • thwack March 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm #

        what color are the robots?

  42. 4014HAMPHEDGE March 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Peak oil mitigation has perilous similarity to deck chair shuffling methodology of the Fed and cooperative worldwide financial institutions to effect commerce using electrons… Bitcoin is an extreme example of absolute dependence on satellites and servers and electrons flowing without magnet pulse, etc. I.E., “STATIC” as demonstrated by an army surplus Tesla Coil! Peak Oil is defined by more than what volume of oil is thought to be in the ground. Geopolitics figures more than geophysics in Peak Oil calculus going forward.

    Oil in the ground might just be more valuable with large portion left “On Deposit” as primary backer of currency, instead of every last barrel being burned up. Contrariwise, America’s intrinsic national wealth is ever declining owing to adding national debt to keep Saudis in power and cars running

    Rex Tillerson will work oil recovery with Russia to help keep the peace with America. Eliminating USA dependency on Muslim oil is requisite to being clear of the Middle East meltdown moving as fast as the armies around Israel position for action against the little Satan. Russia knows this, and in oil, we have foundation for keeping US/Russian peace. Sidebar is Putin’s understanding of Genesis 12 v-3 regarding downside of messing with Israel.

    Move to underground shelters by well-off in the States provides jobs, so why not? Shit happens. Here’s a thought: Some of the mega-millions of Marijuana mammon might be invested in food security? For instance, let’s look at Northern California plantation profit in Placer and Nevada Counties.

    Mass evacuation of coast and valley cities owing to natural/manmade disaster plugs I-80. Auburn, Colfax and Truckee are on I-80, with another added detail: The railway is at hand in these three communities, suggesting ability to resupply mass movement of people with victuals and essentials of life no matter the highway is jammed for weeks or longer. Katrina evacuations invites study. EU gasoline supplies were needed to help on that episode.

    Ideal preparations include preposition of container handling equipment to unload rail cars to operable trucks and other conveyance so communities and rural places can get food from far away. Here it is valuable to say the best shelter is one you never need to use, because inconvenient as rail supply may be, we will get by.. Colfax CA is rare example of small town rail yard with a few side tracks and adjacent warehousing made to order for distribution to the pass-through travelers heading east.

    In Colfax we see the 1931 Fruit Growers Association Building, reinforced concrete, but slated for demolition account of asbestos. This would be a bad mistake, boys and girls. Surely some of the sidelined marijuana money in GV/NC could be determined available to save the CFGA building! Simply as artifact of Narrow Gauge history the CFGA is worthy of preservation. Food security through crisis is better than bitcoin.

    Current direction on Peak Oil is, sad to say (See BULLETIN of Atomic Scientists CLOCK),rendered moot by forced consumption reduction. Many millions of cars parked by Electro-magnetic pulse? Jim K occasionally alludes to the demise of passenger railroads. May we submit: cargo haul on the rails is part of America’s existential solution set. Railway awaits the call: “Second Dimension Surface Transport Logistics Platform”.

  43. amb March 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    We need a 21st century “Magna Carta”. Just as the monarchy was subdued back in that day, it now needs to occur with governments. They need to be reduced in size and influence to a very marked degree. Small entities, governing on their own local area, in place of these huge centralized monstrosities that are totally unworkable and damaging to human society and culture. The people are too weak, absorbed and “unthinking” to take action in this direction on the concerted, en masse level needed. It can only happen when the buffoons and criminals in charge of current governments collapse their systems, and the people finally have the opportunity to restructure and reorganize. (Yet, will they have enough group awareness and solidarity to do so? Or, will their failure to take action contribute to the birthing of a new oppressive regime?). Don’t plan on America or its government evolving into a higher order. Don’t expect politicians or your government to bring about resolutions (we still have the same socio-economic problems that existed in the Roman Empire!). The resolution of man’s problems will only occur when there is a resolution of the human mind and spirit. Only then will humanity have a chance or rising from its current muck and evolving in the direction of a civilization that works (consisting of peace, prosperity, trust, tolerance, respect, cooperation, et al).

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      That is Libertarianism or Rule by the Corporations, its unintended(?) consequence. Instead, we need Good Government by Patriotic Elites. The Corporations either play ball with the Nation or they can leave. Fascism? Yes.

  44. FincaInTheMountains March 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    when the buffoons and criminals in charge of current governments collapse their systems, and the people finally have the opportunity to restructure and reorganize

    Here we go again – destroy to rebuild! What makes you think that building from the ground up is easier than making a correction in the current course?

    • amb March 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      A system this corrupt, diseased and off the rails can’t be reformed. Destructive elements are too deeply embedded into the system, can remain unknown, and will never relinquish control. US government Sometimes you have to start over.

      • messianicdruid March 28, 2017 at 10:04 am #

        “It is not within man that wallet to direct his own steps.”

        Why would we believe [ by-live ] we could elect another man, with the same handicap, to go meet with others, who have the same problem, to direct the steps of a nation?

        god = one who decides right and wrong

        false god = one who decides right and wrong without authority

        we the people = those who give authority to decide right and wrong which they do not possess

        • messianicdruid March 28, 2017 at 10:08 am #

          wallet = walketh { arrrgh }

  45. Buck Stud March 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    In advance of Trump’s infrastructure legislative/budget proposal, a memo to the “Freedom Caucus”:

    ‘It Costs A Lot To Win, But Even More To Lose.’

    All across the land millions of young American minds and bodies are being wasted/untapped because “industry” typically locates in areas that inevitably become affordable for the lower/middle working classes.

    IOW, too little industry has become concentrated in limited locales: New York,Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Boston etc. Meanwhile, potential American talent/inventiveness/ productivity atrophies in vast swaths of the country.

    Ideally, the Trump/Bannon infrastructure proposals would more evenly distribute and expand industry across the land and in doing so, provide the “invisibly hand’ a helping hand to lower the cost of living in economically vibrant regions of the country via expanded supply/competition of industry locales(rents in the aforementioned cities are simply out of reach for lower/middle class workers).

    But Trump/Bannon are going to need Democratic Party co-operation and support to do so, and at least one, Bernie Sanders, has indicated he will support such proposals.

    But will the greater GOP be willing to pay the price and as Trump has rightly proclaimed, ‘prime the economic pump’?

    We’ll see, but if history is any indication, the “Freedom Caucus/ Principled Conservative’ crowd will have no problem ‘letting that deal go down’…in flames.

  46. drmaya March 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    Mr Kunstler
    I would like to correct a serious misperception that is prevalent among many in our society.
    Russia did not lose 20 million people in WW2. The Soviet Union did.
    As those of us old enough to remember know, the Soviet Union was a federation of a number of constituent republics.
    Here is the more accurate breakdown:
    Ukraine 6 million
    Russia 5 million
    Belarus 3 million
    The remaining toll comes from the rest.
    Ukraine has unfortunately been at the mercy of foreign meddling in its affairs for hundreds of years. I include Russia in this category which has been the major aggressor.
    I hope that from now on, despite your obvious bias against the nation of Ukraine, this will help you in any further discussion of the matter.

    drmaya
    Ontario, Canada

    • janet March 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

      “Russia did not lose 20 million people in WW2. The Soviet Union did.” –drmaya

      Good point. Thank you, drmaya.

  47. Buck Stud March 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    Reading “onehunglo” is like listening to dubbed in English over one of the all-time great Run Run Shaw cinema scenes which should only be heard in Chinese:

    youtube.com/watch?v=4yTiBOjm7nk

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

      Yeah just as Tyson is what Blacks think a scientist is like, One Hung Lo(!) is what lumpen Americans think a Chinaman sound like.

    • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

      big problem many American have is substitute escapism for thought.

      So many not healthy form: movie, tv, drug, alcohol, anger, dysfunction relationship, etc.

      Many American commit to memory meaningless movie line, but not know thoughts of humanity great thinkers.

      You Ben Franklin understand……”it is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

      So many American like lobster in lukewarm pot not understand who control flame until too late.

      but not all.

      that ok.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.

      -onehunglo

  48. routersurfer March 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Yes I want to join that party. I just question how many people do. The beautiful lie out sells the truth. So when do we get together? Need to fund it and start filing papers……….

  49. Buck Stud March 27, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    I saw this comment from a newspaper article and it resonated and echoed many prior comments on this site: that is, the cost of actual health care itself:

    “everyone is arguing over the tiny pieces and not looking at the big picture, on the left and the right: in our economy entities (private companies and individuals) have traditionally operated under one of two mechanism to keep costs reasonable – market competition or government price regulation. If you buy a car, or a house clothing or go to a restaurant the consumer can compare prices and quality and spend their money where the wish. free market competition. In instances where there is no competition ,such as utilities, the government establishes retail prices to ensure that the players make an adequate profit and the consumer doesn’t get gouged. Only in health care do we have all of these entities operating with neither natural brake.

    contrary to what the industry wants you to believe, health insurance companies struggling with paying health care invoices and managing premiums is NOT competition. They have little to do with the costs of an office visit, an appendectomy of a pill. blaming them for health care costs is like buying the largest, most advance big screen tv and cursing UPS when you get the visa bill. health insurance is little more than the delivery system or clearing house for health care, they do not control price.

    Since there is no natural downward pressure on costs in a huge, essential sector of our economy, the system will always consume as much money as we shovel into its maw. if we doubles the amount available for health care next year it would be taken by the players involved. In Boston most of the hospitals are owned by two groups. They did not combine to “create efficiencies” as stated, they are monopolies that
    were created to dig in their heels against Medicaid and medicare and insurance companies to resist efforts to rein in costs.

    Now the federal government is subsidizing with massive amounts of taxpayer money, unless we introduce real competition in will never end.”

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

      The rub being, exactly what is “real competition.” Not arguing with any premise the above post may or may not have meant to imply, but to be perfectly clear, when we say “cost competition,” what we REALLY mean is healthcare rationing, and that is the ESSENTIAL rub that absolutely NO ONE wants to talk about.

      Because when push finally comes to shove and your life-saving procedure is about to be denied, no matter through how many levels of bureaucracy and paperwork it might go, it just MIGHT be somewhat important to SOMEBODY in your life to know EXACTLY WHY and EXACTLY WHO approved it.

      But as a personal aside, I’m amazed that anyone would possibly imagine that that private sector would be any better at “allocating” such decisions. But that’s just me.

  50. tucsonspur March 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    The argument can certainly be made that government, with its attendant bureaucracies inclined steeply towards the status quo, stifles competition.

    Original, creative thought often provokes the self-interested, preservational, or jealous put down.

    Last Sunday’s NYT front paged a review of Ganesh Sitaraman’s book, “The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution”, “why economic inequality threatens our Republic”.

    It says, among many other things of course, “American health care does a poor job of delivering health, but is exquisitely designed as an inequality machine, commanding an ever larger share of GDP and funneling resources to the top of the income distribution”.

    While this thought is not particularly original, here’s one that may be for most people; reviving the Roman tribunate: “51 citizens would be selected by lot from the bottom 90% of the income distribution ( I’m thinking maybe the bottom fifty with a certain floor).

    They would be able to veto one statute, one executive order and one Supreme Court decision each year; they would be able to call a referendum, and impeach federal officials”.

    All of this can be tweaked and fine tuned. Many may argue that we already have enough checks and balances. And while poor people do sometimes obtain political office, their overall voice is muted by the rich and powerful. Intriguing.

    On another note, there is also a review of “Teeth” (no not the vagina dentata movie), “the story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America”.

    Mary Otto points out that the dental industry is mostly a private one, that revolves almost entirely around one’s ability to pay.

    The following is a quote from the review:

    “We fear the dentist because we fear judgement as well as pain; we are used to the implication that if we have a tooth problem, if our teeth are decaying or crooked or yellow, it is because we have failed, and failed at something so intimate that it means we ourselves are failures”.

    So, just “grin and bear it”. But can you afford to smile?

  51. janet March 27, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    I may be suffering from the curse of the thinking class, but Trump’s says his plan is to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” between the US and Mexico.

    The border is about 1,900 miles long over all sorts of terrain. Mr Trump says his wall will cover 1,000 miles.

    Of course, he needs money to build it and Mexico is not going to pay for it, soTrump now says he wants congress to fund the first $1 billion of the border wall to cover 62 miles.

    Now if you divide 1,000 miles by 62 miles you get a total cost of the wall as $16 Billion. With cost overruns it will easily surpass $20 Billion which is twice the $10 Billion Trump said it would cost when he was campaigning. I may have caught Trump in a lie.

    And that is only for building a 1,000 mile wall for a 1,900 mile border with Mexico. My guess is that the immigration streams and tunnels will just move to the half of the border without a wall. In other words, $20 Billion dollars wasted for a useless monument.

  52. elysianfield March 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    A sobering reminder;

    paulcraigroberts.org/2017/03/27/view-dont-often-hear/

    We are currently in a death-spiral of global weather perturbation. The referenced article describes one viewer’s sobering observations regarding Arctic warming. It may already be too late, but we have to do something NOW…you are going to have to make a choice…Paper or Plastic? Choose wisely, it might make you feel better as you starve….

    We have bought the ticket, now we must take the ride.-HST

    Embrace the train wreck.- Elysianfield

    • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

      goddamit E Field, I like it warm. Its the cold that’s kills me.

      I’m like that wandering character in Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’, always freezing my ass off, headed south, seeking out sunshine, and life.

      I’m thinking of joining up with that Global Warming Death Cult, which replaced the Marxist Death Cult somewhere about 1990.

      Hey E, you’ve read Camp of Saints. Now its time to peruse Samuel P Huntington’s ‘The Clash of Civilizations’. You can’t read one without the other.

      brh

      • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

        BRH,
        Thank you for that reference…just finished it. The article may have been the seed of reason that promoted Globalism…. Globalism has/will fail, of course…can’t change human nature.

        Great read.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

      Burn the coal, pay the toll. Take the weight, pay the freight. Global Warming may be the only thing saving us from the incipient ice age. The Sun is as smooth as a baby’s behind. No sunspots means He’s about to take a nap.

      Your discussion with Thwack was interesting. I favor his pov of view strongly. The idea of life and intelligence coming from nothing is like thinking a hurricane could turn a junkyard into a 747 Airliner. You say an infinite number of times will do it? Guess what? Each universe only has so many years. Everything that begins, ends. That’s logical, right? There is no infinite time, even if there is an eternity beyond time and space. Trying to conflate the two as you are doing is actually a sneaky metaphysical argument.

      Beyond that, I think the converse is best argument FOR there being a design or guiding hand in Evolution: there simply has not been enough time since the beginning of the Earth to get us to this stage if it was all just random. The mutations must have been something more than just happenstance.

      The Buddhists would favor your argument of no Designer or First Cause, but take it way further. Even when this universe ends, the new one will pick up where this one left off in some ways, with it being fashioned according to the unfulfilled desires of the unliberated beings of the last one. They might admit there is Design or Intelligence but no Designer per se. Not sure. Some of the Cosmic Buddhas seem to take the place of God in the Mahayana. On these levels, their explanations aren’t always more logical than Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism.

      • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

        For Chrissake Vlad … Thwack, OneHunglo, Dannyboy … all wrapped up in ONE.

        brh

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 12:19 am #

          What denomination are you? Atheist?!

      • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 11:10 am #

        Janos,
        If I were to believe that the Universe is of finite duration/time, then I could accept your argument of intelligent design…however, a “Universe not eternal” is but another argument which we can ponder, perhaps accept, but not prove. The arguments are circular…they always must return to a blind acceptance of the paradigm that fits/validates the overall premise.

        “…if poison mushrooms grow, and babies come with crooked backs…”

        Janos,
        I am comfortable with Chaos, infinite blackness of the Universe and the insignificant. loneliness of death and the human condition…and I am at an age where I should not be buying green bananas. IF, however, I had the luxury of believing in a Supreme Being, I can guarantee you that I would be living in a Monastery, wearing a hair shirt, and dedicating my remaining life to whatever that particular God required…and I view others beliefs within that frame of reference…pardon me for that.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

          So you reject the Big Bang? Your scientific metaphysic is Sir Fred Hoyle’s steady state?

          Cuz if you believe in the Big Bang, you believe in a beginning. And things that begin, end.

          And triangles have three angles by definition. And therefore cannot be square. Fair? That doesn’t enter into it – just the way it is.

          • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

            Janos,
            The Universe is expanding, and accelerating…I posited that there could be a source of gravity that the Universe is accelerating towards…an infinitely large black hole…if that be the case, then there will be another singularity…another big bang in the other direction, towards another massive black hole…rinse and repeat.

            I accept the Big Bang. My ridiculous theory is no more so than…dark energy, or for that matter, grace…again, pardon me.

          • thwack March 29, 2017 at 12:14 am #

            I posited that there could be a source of gravity that the Universe is accelerating towards…an infinitely large black hole

            *******************

            evenly in all directions at the same time?

            Did you make this up on your lunch hour?

          • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 11:45 am #

            Thwack,
            Einstein posited that spatial dimension is…curved.

            And yes, this came to me while enjoying a lunch of chicken and waffles….

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      I was with the poster of PCR letter right up until he started in with the we need to… stuff. Far, far too late for any of that now, even if we could muster the political backbone to do any of it, which we won’t.

  53. Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    What about Brown and Yellow Founding Fathers? Or is that above you pay grade, bigot?

    • onehunglo March 27, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

      Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2-3

      -onehunglo

      • Janos Skorenzy March 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

        Is there Chinese privilege in China? Why aren’t there more Blacks? What are you doing to end racism in China?

  54. BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    If only, if only we could get 40 year old men — dressed as women — to use the girls restroom. Then this would truly be utopia.

    brh

    • malthuss March 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

      Oh Please. One city is having a Pro Trans Protest.

      • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

        Berkeley?

      • janet March 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

        You are confusing transgender with transvestite. One is female and has the right to use the girls restroom, the other is male dressing as a female and doesn’t.

        • BackRowHeckler March 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

          What the hell is the diff?

          They’re all in the Freakshow!

          brh

          • nsa March 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

            Some sick confused male cuts his dick off and is then defined as a female…and not a mutilated male? Since when? What about the XY chromosomes? This place really is sick and deserves to go under………

          • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 6:05 am #

            FREAKER’S BALL-REPOSTED.

            youtube.com/watch?v=QzQ8xXjfqhg

            deleting is futile, as that will bring forth multitudes.

            They call me Mr. Tibbs.

            -T

          • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 10:22 am #

            In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility,

            we are standing up to RESIST the Trump Administration’s discrimination against the Transgender Community, including the rescindment of protections for Transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

            On April 1, join us for this rally when we will all stand together, Transgender and Cisgender alike, in solidarity

            /APRIL FOOLS DAY
            Meanwhile Canada has made criticizing Islam illegal.
            Wonder how that will work out for Canadians?

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

        Went to see my blood doc yesterday and it’s official now, they had a “T’ box under the ‘Sex’ field on the form. I pointed it out and even the receptionist had a laugh.

  55. daveed March 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

    The Comments section has become too weird. This tree needs pruning.

    • janet March 28, 2017 at 12:22 am #

      Not weird. It is just that some people are having some difficulty accepting gender fluidity. They don’t understand that one can have an overlap of, or indefinite lines between, gender identity having two or more genders (being bigender, trigender, or pangender); having no gender (being agender, nongendered, genderless, genderfree or neutrois); moving between genders or having a fluctuating gender identity (genderfluid); or being third gender or other-gendered, a category which includes those who do not place a name to their gender.

      It appears to not be a country of live and let live, a country of freedom to live your life. You have to fit into a binary gender box or they call you a “freak” … that’s freaky!

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

        LOL! I thought you were trying to be funny(?), until that last statement. All I can say is, whatever…

    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 12:24 am #

      So you think this is alright?

      dailystormer.com/progress-interracial-faggot-childrens-book-released/

      We’re reaching levels of faggotry that shouldn’t even be possible.

      • janet March 28, 2017 at 12:33 am #

        ‘Fascist!’ and ‘Faggot!’, are two insults from opposite ends of the political spectrum, both come from words meaning ‘a bundle of sticks’

        • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 12:36 am #

          So what is this “story” about?

          A White peasant boy prostrates himself before a brown-skinned “Prince.”
          A strong, empowered Moslem “queen” saves herself and becomes sole ruler of the world.
          The bad guy a White male.
          In the end, the White boy enters a sodomite relationship with the brown prince.

          FOR 5 YEAR OLDS????????????????????????????

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 1:09 am #

          Yes, a faggot is a single stick destined for the flames. A Fascist is part of an orderly collection destined for greatness. The Hero Cincinatus showed how easy it was to break a single stick – but how difficult to break many such sticks bundled together.

          Now choose which you will be. As a “woman” you must also choose which you will support. Most American women support Faggots and not Fascist – unto their doom.

          • janet March 28, 2017 at 1:49 am #

            “Most American women support Faggots and not Fascist – unto their doom.” — janos

            I stand with them and against fascists.

          • thwack March 29, 2017 at 12:01 am #

            American women support Faggots and not Fascist – unto their doom.

            *******************

            Thats because racists cannot be trusted. Their will to power is ultimately self destructive.

            They curse the candle AND the darkness.

            Fuck em; and erybody look like em.

  56. janet March 28, 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Trump is about to kill 120,000 Americans and steal $600 Billions from our economy by repealing rules that provided critical incentives to increase energy efficiency.

    Under Trump’s rules billions of tons of carbon will be released into the atmosphere, which in turn will contribute to more than 120,000 premature deaths.

    • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 11:16 am #

      “will contribute to more than 120,000 premature deaths.”

      (Snort)

      Piker….

  57. janet March 28, 2017 at 1:06 am #

    ANOTHER REASON TO WELCOME IMMIGRANTS: THEY ARE DRUG-FREE

    40 refugees work at Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company based near the shores of Lake Erie. They earn $8-14 an hour. The refugees at Sterling come from all over the world, from Syria to Sudan, Chad to Bhutan. And they’ve all passed the company’s standard drug test.

    “In our lives, we don’t have drugs,” said Alzamel, who was hired within three months after arriving in Pennsylvania. “We don’t even know what they look like or how to use them.”

    But for an increasing number of American-born workers, passing drug tests is a big problem. The percentage of American workers testing positive for illegal drugs has climbed steadily over the last three years to its highest level in a decade.

    Because of the increase in positive drug tests, the refugees who have reached America in recent years are finding a more welcoming hiring climate, at least for menial manufacturing jobs.

    Nearly 6,000 refugees have settled in the last five years in Louisville, Kentucky, helping companies hire workers for jobs that had gone unfilled. Methamphetamine use is so high in Louisville that the number of people testing positive for meth in workplace drug tests is 47% higher than the national average.

    Welcome the refugees. They are hard-working, law-abiding, drug-free, and do jobs drugged Americans cannot qualify for.

    • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      ofuku

    • thwack March 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

      Welcome the refugees. They are hard-working, law-abiding, drug-free, and do jobs drugged Americans cannot qualify for.

      ****************

      But don’t forget that they are suceptable to “Sudden Jihad Syndrome?”

      Basically it works like this:

      You can be a “bad” Muslim; non practicing, alcohol drinking, fornicating, lying, cheating, stealing…

      But you can redeem yourself in a single incident if you just plow your vehicle into a crowd of infidels and great satanists…

      Or if you happen to work at a nuclear power plant…?

      Im just sayin

  58. janet March 28, 2017 at 1:44 am #

    The Dow has closed down for the eighth straight day as ‘Trump trade’ deflates. The S&P 500 has closed down seven of out past eight trading days.

    That is the longest losing streak in eight years. Trump bad for economy. Crash of 2017 coming … as JHK predicted.

    • janet March 28, 2017 at 1:51 am #

      ^longest losing streak in nearly six years (since 2011)^

  59. trolleybill March 28, 2017 at 2:53 am #

    Being a year shorter in the tooth than Jim was hoping to see the USA getting serious about mass transit and a long time follower of peak oil. When 2008 oil prices soared to over $4 bucks a gallon I said here we go! Had visions of Amtrak ridership soaring and bus routes expanding into the suburbs alas came fracking and 95 million Americans not driving to work. I’m glad the Health redo was not passed as it was another Insurance company written plan. Should of gone after my hope for a redo of the taxes. I just being newly retired might come out of retirement if taxes go down to 15% for small business. My other hope was to send all illegals packing and take a time out of for a couple of years on immigration. Our banking needs to be reigned in along with our food system which should go local. If we could save our fossil fuels from being blown out of exhaust pipes and use it to light and heat greenhouses but alas again it’s the same ole shit. I’ve lost hope and going fishing Y’all figure it out.

  60. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    Take me in, oh tender woman!

    Ed Snowden:

    Sanctioned or unsanctioned, meeting peaceful protesters with force is clear injustice. 850+ arrests in Moscow, including journalist

    twitter.com/Snowden/status/846126322518765570

    Russia is a cool country, of course. The main exposer of American intrigues lives in it, we gladly tell Americans to go screw themselves to all their demands for his extradition, and now he teaches us the democracy!

    Cool, actually

    youtube.com/watch?v=R7QRiKIc9vM

  61. onehunglo March 28, 2017 at 5:42 am #

    this onehunglo last post.

    many here use ridicule, sarcasm, cynicism to avoid effort of thought.

    many ignorant here not recognize facts surround red China.
    1. chairman Mao was more lethal than sum of Stalin and Hitler, over 60 million slaughter.
    2, mobile execution vans prevalent today in human organ harvest and traffic.
    3. central party continue brutal quash dissenters.
    4. red China now position as enforcer of Bilderberg elite one world government and bank agenda.
    5. red China fear American-Russian alliance.
    6. red China still back HRC for power.
    7. red China have no concern over domestic pollution, safety controls, or consent of governed.
    8, red China primary developer of eugenics program through forced inoculation with adjuvant that reduce life expectancy along with neuro toxin behavior impact.Adjuvant now spread by China through influence global pharma.
    9. red China develop super potent marijuana strains that further globalist agenda of pharmacological induce servitude.
    10. red China rural poverty so severe people resort to eat cat, dog, and rat.
    11. red China money produce Hollywood film with plot pushing pro-China, anti-American nationalist theme and zombie theme. zombie theme reflect reality of adjuvant efficacy in 52% general population, 77% African-american.
    12. red China exert direct influence over you “deep state” and many federal elected politician both party.
    13. red China support distribute of angry, hostile muslim through all western civilization in furtherance of globalist agenda weakening nationalism, culture, and sovereignty.
    14. red China use North Korea as front line defense in probe and test NATO response in nuclear exchange.

    the truth shall set you free.

    if only one person receive truth and make difference, onehunglo work worth effort and risks.

    onehunglo repent every minute every day for past work on adjuvant.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    May God be with you.

    -onehunglo

    • pequiste March 28, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

      I for one will miss onehunglo’s participation (with the exception of the annoying pidgen Chinese) here at the CFN.

      Anyone, even those I disagree with, or despise their political position, who ends a communication with ” May God be with you.” is O.K. by me.

      I hope “onehunglo” will perhaps one day have another whack at being a CFNer.

      My proposed handle for him/her: Sum Ting Wong.

  62. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Duterte welcomes Russian warships in ports of Philippines

    That is a serious challenge to American control over ocean trade routes in Pacific. Russian cheap small missile ships, carrying firepower equal or even exceeding American large and expensive destroyers, now will get a permanent resupply base in Philippines.

    The control over the ocean trade routes is one of the main sources of US economic superiority.

    russianconstruction.com/news-1/26896-duterte-welcomes-russian-warships-in-ports-of-philippines.html

  63. MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Elon Musk has a solution for the thinking class.

    Tie the human brain to the computer!

    wsj.com/articles/elon-musk-launches-neuralink-to-connect-brains-with-computers-1490642652

    Tragically, all that will produce is more “Janet’s” who eschew “talking points” developed by forces they are incapable of comprehending.

    They call me Mr. Tibbs.

    -T

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 7:37 am #

      Tragically, Janet and many others on blogs are present day “chat bots” regurgitating talking points developed by forces they are incapable of comprehending..

      Please behold 2 commercial chat bots carrying on a sentient conversation in 2010:

      pi-corp.net/justforfun.htm

      The Great Deceiver is among us, and “Janet” is a simple chat bot incarnation of dark forces she is not yet capable of comprehending.

      However, when comprehension is attained, that’s when the real action begins.

      -T

  64. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 6:55 am #

    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said during the latest briefing: if US will continue leaking joint US-Russian secrets, Russia could leak them too.

    I would like to say that if the practice of leaking information that concerns not just the United States but also Russia, which has become a tradition in Washington in the past few years, continues, there will come a day when the media will publish leaks about the things that Washington asked us to keep secret, for example, things that happened during President Obama’s terms in office. Believe me, this could be very interesting information.
    Our American colleagues must decide if they respect the diplomatic procedure, if they keep their word on the arrangements made between us, primarily arrangements made at their own request, or we create a few very nice surprises for each other.

    mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/2703372?p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_…

  65. KesaAnna March 28, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    ” It has always been possible to renounce your citizenship…go to any Embassy, and the paperwork awaits. Thousands have done so for reasons base and noble. Why not for cash and a new start on life…one more chance? ”

    “one more chance ” was once central to American identity. 🙁

    • KesaAnna March 28, 2017 at 7:33 am #

      That is, I love your idea Elysianfield.

      Sadly, the “problem” with your idea is that it is too genuinely………patriotic.

      • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 11:34 am #

        Kesa,
        Yes, the problems we face. and they are many, have solutions that are simple and could work…except for the fact that an advanced democratic government will not allow powerful interests to be diminished in favor of the Country as a whole.

        Philosopher Kings. Plato’s solution would get the job done, and solve many of the existential problems facing this country…a benign dictator would…wait a minute…Hitler was such a benign dictator…Mussolini, also. Apparently something in the Human Psyche, given absolute power, corrupts.

        The solution? There is none. Societies, Nations, Empires rise and fall…some exist longer than the others, but in the end…always blood.

        But I have a bad attitude….

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

          And increasingly not violent interests either. Hence BLM and the Black Bloc. Sam Francis called it anarcho-tyranny. In other words, selective enforcement of the Law and unequal judgment and “concern”. As Rush said today, imagine if Bush had been caught spying on Obama. It would be the story of the century. As it is, Liberals and their Deep State programmers are fine with whatever shit treatment Trump gets – up to and including assassination.

          Trump assuming emergency powers is the only way to save America at this point. Guided by Herr Bannon of course.

          • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

            Forget Rush.
            He is for immigration, war, military. Corporate guy.

            I was reading Alice Coopers book, just yesterday. Alice sez that
            Rush played their first ‘hit’–way back when.

          • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

            …and Mr. Tibbs and friends ARMORY.

            They call me Mr. Tibbs.

            -T

          • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

            Sounds right, Malthus, he’s a rude shill.

            If BLM had a lick of sense, they’d stop inciting rioting vs. street cops’ going where the EASY busts are, in ghetto Hoods where the residents toque up on Main St. in broad daylight.
            BLM would get some respect (from worldly people) if they’d point out instead that, virtually no (qualified) cops are sent to clean up the (mostly white) guys swindling $millions on sweetheart deals on Wall St., and in Big Pharma, “Higher” Ed, etc.

          • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

            Seeing as Rush & Rachel M. would be a Match made in heaven, maybe they should do a porn flick together, in which she should strip from clothes depicting a Russian flag, as a token of Penance for her shilling (with the “hacking” BS) for Bastinda’s Project.
            I won’t be ready to urge her to commit seppuku, until the new Cold War really looks like it’s actually going to heat up. I trust that Finca can keep us posted on the trends.

          • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

            Any $$ raised by this porn flick should be donated to Wikileaks, since I doubt that they’ll get their well-deserved Pulitzer!

  66. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    Do not bet on American stupidity – it is greatly exaggerated.

    In particular, the joy about the results of applying to modern Russia methods of ideological struggle during the Cold War was somewhat unfounded.

    For a start, this is not stupidity, it’s the effect called “to be caught by your own propaganda.” Americans, who are supposed to do this, really at some point convinced themselves that Putin is an authoritarian leader who, if not on bayonets, is sitting on police batons.

    But sooner or later, they had to come to conclusion that against such a popular leader such methods of fighting are useless. And now here we go: Navalny takes schoolchildren to fight Medvedev and not Putin, and thereby not only shakes the basics and earns some points, but also saves Medvedev from a bad case of administrative flu.

    Indeed, now the complications after the flu, forcing to appoint to his many posts his deputies, will look like the victory of Navalny, which for the Russian state is simply unacceptable.

    Zugzwang however has a place to be. The only thing that can save the situation is a sense of humor – you should immediately find a new strain of the flu virus and call it in Navalny’s name.

    pbs.twimg.com/media/C74IiQnXkAIp9g9.jpg

  67. messianicdruid March 28, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I did say “may”. I have regrets about all the things you listed except libraries. They do a great job.

  68. ccm989 March 28, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Good news, JHK, the “thinking class” as you call it has resumed their activities (a day late and a dollar short). I have been to several meetings where we are discussing what is to be done about health care insurance, about immigration and most interestingly of all, what is going on about the Trump/Russia collusion.

    We are basically a large group of citizens who are interested in finding out the truth. Which is difficult in light of Trump’s obsessive lying, the entire government being controlled by various factions of the GOP and of course the recent actions of Devin Nunes. But we persist!

    We started off with the Women’s March on DC which was bigger than anybody expected. Now we’re learning that the youth of Moscow is peacefully protesting the corruption of Putin (he can’t poison everyone with radioactive isotopes no matter how hard he tries). So the “thinking class” has been re-activiated out of necessity.

    More importantly, it looks like Michael Flynn will sing like a bird. He has no reason to take the bullet for Trump. Wonder if Trump has contacted Putin about those radioactive isotopes?

    • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      You ***** even didn’t bother to read the story: Protests in Russia were against Medvedev, not Putin!

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 11:01 am #

      From the wisdom of Proverbs as communicated effectively by our departed onehunglo:

      Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2-3

      They call me Mr. Tibbs.

      -T

  69. wm5135 March 28, 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Thought I would share an email recently received. This was sent by a retired Chief Master Sergeant my framing crew built a home for in 1986.

    “Are you happy that Paul Manaford (SP?) has basically elected putin and drumpf. And do you think that rednecks, who are the most ardent gun owners/supporters, are going to save you from the tyranny that is now closer than the horizon. I have mine and I will take out a few close by but I know I am in the minority.”

    Others here have noted similar conversations. All of my redneck friends would come to my aid if needed, they all have evidence that I am trustworthy, but just shake their heads at the fact I have not drunk the conservative drink. Let us address probability. How many here think there is any chance at all there are enough citizens to create a “party dedicated to getting our house in order.”?

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2-3

      Thanks to onehunglo for departing wisdom.

      -T

      • Q. Shtik March 28, 2017 at 11:49 am #

        Thanks to onehunglo for departing … Mr Tibbs

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

        Yes, thank you undescended testicle.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

          How is your bracket?

          • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

            tennis bracket? What bracket?

            Me miss onehung.

        • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

          Malthuss.

          It is pronounced “blacket”

          I miss Thwack….

  70. sprawlcapital March 28, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    I would like to join the party dedicated to getting our house in order.
    ===================================================
    Whichever party that turns out to be should place a high priority on solving the following problem:

    A few days ago, I learned that Ankeny, Iowa is the fastest-growing city in the US, and that the population of Ankeny is increasing by five people per day. The urban sprawl resulting from all that growth is nothing less than obscene.

    Now we go back to something my 7th grade geography teacher told our class, during the 1961-62 school year. Our teacher stated, “The richest square mile on earth is just north of Des Moines.” He was not talking about gold, or oil, or diamonds. He was talking about rich farmland.

    It is a terrible irony that Ankeny, Iowa–that fast-growing city–is also just north of Des Moines. So, some 55 years after our geography teacher told us about it, the richest square mile of farmland on the planet is likely buried under a parking lot, or cheap housing development, or maybe a strip mall.

    The media celebrate this insane destruction as if it were progress. As a political issue, this so-called “development” is not even on the outer fringe of awareness of any politician that I know of. That must change, if there is to be any decent future for this country.

    Ankeny is only one of several suburbs around Des Moines that are rapidly expanding onto flat, black-soil farmland.

    (From Des Moines, Iowa, the sprawl capital of the USA.)

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      We have friends in Ankeny and sadly, local law enforcement is well known for excessive force in maintaining a local police state, and drug addiction rivals that of ignorant blue zones.

      -T

      • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

        “, local law enforcement is well known for excessive force in maintaining a local police state.

        Sheepdog,
        What is “excessive force”?

  71. wm5135 March 28, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    How in the world can anyone who is aware of the influence the House of Saud and Israel have that permeates our system have heart palpitations about this Trump/Russia collusion. Brace yourself and say this slowly, “No Fly Zone over Syria”. Next say this “DOD purchased Toyota trucks”. Collusion! you say, get a grip.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Brace yourself and say this slowly, “No Fly Zone over Syria”

      Don’t worry, we got that covered! (With Russian C400s)

      • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 11:07 am #

        Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2-3

        From our dear departed onehunglo.

        They call me Mr. Tibbs.

        -T

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

          The people have voted out hunglo. The Tibbs Entity is sensitive to consumer demand.

  72. malthuss March 28, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Via Drudge,

    That really IS a high rise: Sci-fi plan to hang a wandering skyscraper from asteroid orbiting Earth is unveiled

    Radical skyscraper design from a New York City firm will be built from the sky down instead of the ground up
    Analemma Tower is set to be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth
    Tower will move in a figure eight pattern between the northern and southern hemispheres each day
    Solar panels will generate power and water will be collected from cloud condensation and rain water
    Building will be broken up into sections

    • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Cool! Any vacancies? How you take your dog for a walk?

      • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

        Janos,
        More importantly, how many Section 8 slots….

  73. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    Cats are mysterious creatures. You think they just lie down and do not know anything, but it’s all just an appearance. This cat is a proof:

    A cat with a brilliant mind nicknamed Snow loves thimbles, and in this gambling game – he is a real ace. Watching how his owner hides the ball under the cup, and then mixes them, Snow every time accurately determines where the ball is. Bravo!

    youtube.com/watch?v=cVHdmQMzTaw

  74. wm5135 March 28, 2017 at 11:07 am #

    Fincaln – “Don’t worry, we got that covered! (With Russian C400s)”

    I understand that just as I understand cruise missile launches from the Caspian and the newest version of the C platform. I feel I also understand from your comments and others around the web that Russia is a state of being, intellectual, philosophical and emotional, that exists separate from the geographic location. I feel that we probably agree that those who do not learn from history are probably doomed to the defeat of a repeat.

  75. johngalt March 28, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    “Preparest thou to gird up thy loins.”

    The velocity of globalist driven world events over the next 7 days is forming the basis for a summer of 2017 that will make the summer of 1968 tame by comparison.

    As in days of old, those connected to the local means of production and sustenance will muse while relaxing and watching the river flow.

    Those disconnected will be lamenting, and this too is folly, like the chasing of the wind.

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 11:35 am #

      …..If only Janos would rise from the golden slumber and contribute entertaining foolish lamentations on misguided “white supremacy”….

      …or chat bot Janet with the same broken record of DNC talking points in providing no value or wisdom.

      I’m going to miss onehunglo.

      -T

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

        Not that you care – being too proud to learn anything new or admit you are wrong, but someone else might.

        npiamerica.org/research/category/what-the-founders-really-thought-about-race

        Even nutty Ayn Rand herself was superior to you as her Supermen were all Aryans.

        • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

          You are dumber than a box of rocks.

          The melting pot has escaped your rather limited intellect.

          They call me Mr. Tibbs.

          -T

        • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

          …and I back MY INSULTS with 260 lbs of lean, mean muscle, martial arts mastery, an armory, and friends WORLD WIDE.

          Now let’s TANGO.

          They call me Mr. Tibbs.

          And YOUR DAYS ARE NOW DWINDLING.

          -T

          • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

            “…and I back MY INSULTS with 260 lbs of lean, mean muscle, martial arts mastery”

            We need to introduce you to Cold N Holefield….

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

            In other words you didn’t bother to read the article – which is about what your heroes, the Founding Fathers, believed. Some genius you are!

            And if you beat me up, would that make me wrong and you right? More genius. Howard Roark is very disappointed in you.

            Until Tibbs reforms and rectifies himself, he is the Abominable Dr Phibes.

  76. volodya March 28, 2017 at 12:08 pm #

    The curse of the thinking class is that its thinking isn’t connected to reality.

  77. capt spaulding March 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    It’s good to finally see a few references to the bible on here. They put me in mind of one of my favorite passages: 5. “Blessings and praise be unto Him, for he is my Lord of Lords. Strongest love be unto Him in my heart of hearts. 6. A place in Heaven is there with the king of kings and the light of lights and the glory of glories and the horse of horses, of course of courses.” -Palms 3: 5-6

    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

      Oh that’s where the Mr Ed song came from!

      • capt spaulding March 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

        Very perceptive of you.

        • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

          Congratulations Janos!!

          Even ignorant monkeys like you get the blue ribbon every now and then.

          They call me Mr. Tibbs.

          -T

      • stelmosfire March 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

        If things get as bad as many on this board think they will, we will all be singing this song!

        youtube.com/watch?v=LND1PypBnrU

  78. pequiste March 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    Talk about both a “Curse” and/of the “Thinking Class” as a veritable physical embodiment:

    None other than former V.P. Richard “Black Heart” Cheney, brains behind “W.'” Bush and master architect of the mayhem in the Near East and South West Asia, has come hither from his shadowy netherworld.

    His mission: to announce to the world that Russian meddling in the 2016 American presidential election could be considered an ” act of war.”

    Got to give the guy credit for being consistent – he really loves being a war monger.

    • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

      Cheney is a council of foreign relations globalist and his days are numbered.

      They call me Mr. Tibbs.

      -T

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

      I’m just surprised he qualified it with “could be considered.” Don’t they keep that old cuss in an underground isolation tank now so that when his heart inevitably gives out they can preserve his pure evil essence for posterity? It would be a shame for the world to lose that.

  79. janet March 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    “Anyone care to discuss Peak Oil and / or USA collapse?” –malthuss

    Peak oil happened in 2005. USA collapse will happen in 2017.

    • janet March 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

      ^DNC talking points! LOL!^

    • johngalt March 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

      Collapse in 2017, huh??

      You are a magnificent chat bot.

      Marine, huh?

      You wouldn’t last 2 minutes in the coal mines of West Virginia, which Trump has now restored.

      Enjoy missing out on the greatest creation of wealth in western civilization, chat bot.

      Sent from the New Republic.
      http://www.got-truth.com

  80. volodya March 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    DA, maybe I do misjudge Russia and Putin. See, I look at Russia in terms of its wounds, self-inflicted and otherwise, and unfulfilled promise.

    That’s not to say it’s all bad. Or that they’re doing everything wrong as you pointed out with your examples. Also, look at the firsts they had in the space-race. And in WW2 they did beat what was the best military force, man for man, in the world.

    They have other massive advantages. They have what could be the world’s most resource-rich territory, great agricultural land, fresh water, timber, minerals, energy. Lots and lots of space. They have it made. Or should have.

    But they saddled themselves with an outrageous kleptocracy. Couldn’t Russian oligarchs put a lid on it, even just a bit? Where’s the Russian intelligentsia been? What I’m hearing is that Russian courts are far from impartial administrators of justice, ie they’re rotten. So couldn’t they all have a look at legal codes and judicial traditions and systems in other countries and adapt them for Russian uses? Their road-blocks are the ones they’re putting up themselves.

    Couldn’t Stalin have managed things without a reign of terror? Was it necessary to deplete his officer corp in the 1930s? And the holodomor?

    Couldn’t the Czars see how far behind Russia was as compared to its European neighbors? It’s as if they begged for a popular uprising. Well, they got one.

    But I think their major problem is the hangover in terms of physical and societal destruction they suffered even if a good deal of it was the Russians’ own fault and especially Stalin’s. Not just in WW2 but WW1 and the revolution. I don’t think they ever recovered.

    Anyway, to my eyes, considering the globe-striding colossus that the USSR was (given the war-time momentum it built up) modern Russia looks a pale shadow in comparison. I guess the impetus petered out over time. Maybe the accumulated weight of its history and its wounds dragged it down.

    Then again, maybe Putin will surprise me. Or maybe Russians collectively.

    • janet March 28, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      ” considering the globe-striding colossus that the USSR was (given the war-time momentum it built up) modern Russia looks a pale shadow in comparison” –volodya

      The decline started when colossus socialist USSR became pale shadow capitalist Russia. Capitalism is legalized theft. Capitalism encourages unbridled greed.

      • DA March 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

        Bingo Janet! Take your pick of our fine selection of oversized cuddly bear prizes.

        Volodya, I think Putin has been admirably restrained since he took over, what with the full scale meltdown of the world order in the aftermath of the 9-11 hoax and the continued constant provocations coming from both political parties running the sham US “democracy.”

        • DA March 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

          And there’s a compelling (and admirable, IMO) historical argument to be made that Russia has simply never aspired to be a global empire. Who would want all the drama, other than silly, greedy, western capitalists apparently. Must be something in the western European character (from which the US came) that spurs them to such foolishness.

          • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

            Russia can’t aspire to a gross domestic product greater than Italy.

            Loser oligarchs running the country with a neutered, disarmed citizenry.

            No need to worry about that happening in America.

            We know where the aspiring oligarch’s reside.

            And we have the armory.

            They call me Mr. Tibbs.

            -T

          • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

            Loser oligarchs running the country with a neutered, disarmed citizenry.

            No need to worry about that happening in America.

            Now I KNOW you’re delusional!

        • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

          yes.

  81. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    More importantly, it looks like Michael Flynn will sing like a bird. He has no reason to take the bullet for Trump. Wonder if Trump has contacted Putin about those radioactive isotopes?

    The fall of the regime is inevitable. The end of Putin is getting closer according to mad rabbi Meir Rabinovich. A peaceful anti-criminal revolution with a swift jack will wash away the corrupt power of swindlers and thieves, leading to the power of people and gays with nice and pleasant faces.

    Barber shops have already begun gossip about Mikhail Kasyanov’s upcoming appointment as prime minister. In Jean-Jacques, a “Garry Kasparov” cocktail appeared on the menu, which became popular with the creative part of society.

    At last no one is longer afraid of the authorities!

    All this with teeth gnashing watches in the binoculars from the walls of the Kremlin the Tyrant Vlad Putin.

    Fashionable videobloggers on gyroscope scooters are no longer shy to tap the cobblestones on Red Square with selfie sticks, reminding the Kremlin Goblin for whom the bell tolls.

    The helicopter on the roof of the KGB building slowly spins the blades, loaded with gold of Edra, with Tuscan grapes and fueled to North Korea.

    Creacles are triumphantly counting down the clock to the wreck of the Empire of Evil.

    • janet March 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      “leading to the power of people and gays” –finca

      finca, gays are people. Putin is probably secretly gay. You don’t respect gays?

      Gays are in special forces like Navy SEALs. My sense is that as long as gay sailors can run 12 miles, do twelve pyramid sets of pullups, withstand two hours of combat side-stroking in some foreign shore’s dark freezing surf, kidnap a terror suspect in a busy village without arousing any suspicions, and take a joke, the majority of operators won’t care who their shipmates are inclined to bed, date, or marry. Semper Fi!

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

        And I have a neighbour Nura – Dura (mentally challenged in Russian)

        • janet March 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

          Nearly 30 percent of all children with disabilities in Russia live in state orphanages where they may face violence and neglect. USA way ahead of Russia in giving respect to children with disabilities.

      • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

        …AND LIKE GALT SAID, WOULDN’T LAST TWO MINUTES IN A WEST VIRGINA COAL MINE.

        They call me Mr. Tibbs.

        -T

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

      The fall of the regime is inevitable. The end of Putin is getting closer according to mad rabbi Meir Rabinovich. A peaceful anti-criminal revolution with a swift jack will wash away the corrupt power of swindlers and thieves, leading to the power of people and gays with nice and pleasant faces.

      Sorry, I don’t read it that way at all>. As far as swindlers and thieves, are you kidding? Realizing that some amount of corruption goes with the territory in any large state bureaucracy, Putin was the one to at least begin putting it in check again in Russia. Look at the US now. We’re literally redefining corruption, as the term no longer applies once you’ve openly legalized it. That’s what all the current brouhaha in DC is about. It’s an open food fight between two political factions who have both been revealed to be openly, brazenly, and completely unrepentantly corrupt to their very cores.

      • MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

        …and unfortunately for the corrupt, we have the armory.

        They call me Mr. Tibbs.

        -T

  82. malthuss March 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Anyone keeping up on the various collapse scenes in South America?

  83. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    As far as swindlers and thieves, are you kidding? == DA

    Yes, I am, for crying out loud!

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

      Sorry. I often find it hard to completely understand you. 🙂

  84. janet March 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    “Putin was the one to at least begin putting it in check again in Russia. Look at the US now. We’re literally redefining corruption” –DA

    How naive. What elected US leader has shown the same level of corruption as Putin?

    Putin’s vacation villas in Spain. During his time as Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg Putin had registered an economic relations committee called Twentieth Trust. The government gave the company 2.5 billion rubles for a construction project. Nothing was constructed. Instead, former police investigator Andrey Zykov says the money went to vacation villas in Spain for Putin and his cronies. No one punished Deputy Mayor Putin.

    Putin has a complicated way of funneling money to pet projects, like a vacation home outside Sochi. Exiled businessman Sergei Kolesnikov says money travels from one organization to another and ends up in a business where Putin owns the majority stake. This helped him build his dream home, a $250 million pad worthy of a modern day czar. Putin says the pad isn’t his.

    Putin’s getting rich. The various moneymaking schemes have been good to Putin. Back in 2007, Putin controlled assets worth $40 billion. The CIA confirmed this estimate in 2014. He’s one of the world’s richest individuals. So the past couple decades have been good for the former, unemployed KGB agent.

    DA, give me the names of American officials of any position who have funneled government money into a one billion dollar mansion like this one of Putin’s:

    ibtimes.co.uk/putins-palace-this-russian-presidents-vast-1bn-residence-by-sea-1498197

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      You’d like me to do that journalistic groundwork for you, wouldn’t you Janet? For Christ’s sake, don’t you know that western capitalists are smart enough to hide their tracks a little better than that? Do your own goddamned homework!

      But let’s get to the point. You’re a fellow American I assume, so just why in the fuck are you worried about a foreign leader of a second/third class country so much? You’ve obviously got enough money to support an internet connection and enough free time to waste on boards like this, so why in the fuck don’t you focus on the rather obvious political ills of your OWN country, instead of focusing on those of a country half a world away from you with people you could give one rat’s ass less about?

      As the Euro’s are rightfully fond of saying, “You Americans! You always think you know what’s best for everyone else, and yet look at your country! Why don’t you just mind your own business for once!”

  85. MrTibbs March 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    DNC Staffers: You’re fired!!
    nbcnews.com/politics/elections/embattled-dnc-asks-all-staffers-resignation-letters-n739676

    RNC Staffers: You’re next.

    Political lobbyists, pedophiles, career politicians….you’re next.

    You can go peacefully, or we can exercise due process, or WE CAN EXERCISE THE ARMORY.

    The choice is ours.

    They call me Mr. Tibbs.

    -T

    • elysianfield March 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

      “You can go peacefully, or we can exercise due process, or WE CAN EXERCISE THE ARMORY.”

      T,
      SEDITION…try not to exercise THAT….

  86. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    I wouldn’t put it past Putin and his crew to use some shady financial schemas to restore Russian Military might for maskirovka purpose.

    No for nothing he is called in Russia The Dark One

    Putin has restored Russian Honor, fuck the money.

    ======================================
    maskirovka – Russian military deception

  87. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

    The theory of the Western Colored Projects has been experimentally confirmed

    This whole story with the head of the Congressional Intelligence Commission, Devin Nunes, who told Trump about the wiretapping of the employees of his transitional “government”, is either delirious madness, or is the very experimental confirmation of Western Colored Projects theory, and not only that but the theory of Hillary Clinton coup d’état, and the sect behind Hillary Clinton, whose history is traced back to the 12th century, and which I called the Western Black Project.

    Indeed, the amount of delirium on this topic, which over the past couple of days spilled over into the Internet and the media pages, is simply off scale, and it is impossible to list the plots that have been invented to explain what happened.

    I note only one thing: the Clintonoids demand the removal of Devin Nunes on the grounds that he told the object of the investigation the results of the investigation, and at the same time claim that he did not tell Trump, but Trump told him about the evidence of the wiretapping in order to avoid the need to apologize to President Obama for alleging that he ordered the wiretapping.

    In the framework of my theory, Trump “slandered” Obama because only the accusation of the President in wiretapping allowed him to demand the creation of a special commission of Congress, ala Watergate, to investigate this incident. And this investigation would inevitably prove that the order for the wiretap was given by Hillary Clinton, who overthrew Obama on June 10, 2016, and this threat was absolutely necessary to neutralize the demands of the Clintonoids to set up a special congressional commission to investigate the links between Trump’s election campaign and Russian intelligence.

    But Hillary again outsmarted everyone and when Trump said that his Obama accusations are based on articles in the press, in exchange for Clintonoids statements, that there is no reason to investigate Trump’s connections with Russian intelligence, Bastinda apparently forced the FBI director Comey to state that his agency conducts an investigation of Trump’s relations with the Russians in the context of counter-intelligence operation.

    And then Devin Nunes covered the embrasure of the machine gun with his own body and said that he had told Trump about the wiretapping of his staff, thus neutralizing Trump’s statement that his accusations of Obama were based on the press.

    Try to find another logical explanation for what happened!

    But the fact that all this intrigue was confined to the death of Denis Voronenko casts additional light on what happened. The fact that Voronenko as well as Berezovsky were executed as traitors after they were going to return to Russia is obvious and does not require proof. Rather just demonstratively executed in the most shameful way. And they were sacrificed on March 23 – the day the Reichstag in 1933 declared Hitler to be the dictator of Germany!

    Since then, this date has acquired independent significance for the Western Black Project, but then Hitler was declared a dictator so that on the next day on March 24 he announced the Millennium Reich.

    The Third Reich, destroyed by hateful Russia on May 9, 1945, as well as the First Millennium Reich, founded on March 24, 1084 by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Henry IV, by the method of installing the antipope Clement II on the papal throne, which proves that it is a religious sect.

    Undoubtedly something even viler was scheduled on 23 or 24 March, but the explosion in Balakleya prevented this infamy.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

      This whole conversation has degenerated into a fun house hall of mirrors. If I had a pet theory to promote, I’d guess that the overwhelming confusion generated by all this is the goal, rather than any specific outcome.

      What’s not being discussed but should be is whether Russian “meddling” in a US election, barring actually drafting actual “Manchurian Candidates” or similar, is any big deal at all, in that we already know for a fact that the US has been doing the same the world over for at least the past 65 years or so, many times not even bothering to conceal it.

      But of course it should be considered that in a government that operates almost entirely by the tried and true “smoke and mirrors” method these days (much like late-days Rome, which was all palace intrigue as the ship of state went down), this whole “he said, she said” distraction about whether or not Russia influenced US elections for nefarious purposes of its own might just be yet another political sleight of hand to distract the American sheeple from the fact that either, both, or all three sides (or more?) involved in this little DC beltway melodrama are similarly just blowing smoke for their own nefarious, albeit entirely domestic, purposes.

    • aNanyMouse March 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

      Finca, it’s really getting hard to tell whether you’re being facetious or serious, e.g. when you write that “But Hillary again outsmarted everyone….”
      Or when you write that Voronenko etc. were “… executed in the most shameful way”. Were they part of the Black Project, or was their “shameful” execution part of that Project?
      Likewise with “The Third Reich, destroyed by hateful Russia…” Hateful to the Black Project, or to whom?

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

        Apparently, there were a series of agreements between Trump and Hillary, starting with Hillary accepting election defeat in exchange of Trump’s promise not to pursue the criminal investigation, given during the election debate.

        Apparently, Hillary one by one has broken them all.

        The last one was the agreement that Hillary team accepts that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump team and Russian intelligence, sounded last Sunday from the mouths of leading Clinonoids from all TV channels. Immediately after that Trump twitted that he saw the evidence of wiretapping of his campaign in the Media.

        After that, there was a Comey testimony before the House Intelligence committee that FBI is investigating Trump campaign for Russian connections.

        Pure Shakespeare.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

        Voronenko was sacrificed (a sacred victim) by the Black Project on the memorable day of 23d of March in Kiev.

        Russia is Mortal Enemy #1 of the Black Project, last reincarnation of which was the Third German Reich, and now it is the Fourth Reich of Angela Merkel.

  88. janet March 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    “Putin has restored Russian Honor, fuck the money.” –finca

    Under Putin Russia has gone downhill. Internationally Russia faces isolation, sanctions, a new cold war even. And at home, Russia under Putin is in a continued economic decline. Protests across Russia last Sunday marked the coming of age of a new adversary for the Kremlin: a generation of young people driven not by the need for stability that preoccupies their parents but by a yearning for change. Putin is going down, just like all the autocratic dictators before him. Tick. Tock.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

      Janet, Janet, Janet. Economic decline, especially as measured by western standards and reported by western economic “experts,” is actually a good thing. It reflects, in many cases, a return to the local economies this blog promotes, which are routinely under-estimated or simply not counted at all in western GDP figures.

      Similarly, although I haven’t had time to research it in depth yet, you can bet that Sunday’s protests “all across Russia” were nothing like what you’re hearing reported by the western MSM. And even assuming all those reports are true, what change is a generation of young people truly longing for? The long-awaited “cornucopia” of western capitalism that surrounds you and I every day? The dream of having their very own slab of electronically infused plastic to carry around and stare at every minute of the day so they can keep abreast of the love life and aspirations of the latest obscenely wealthy and morally degenerate fill-in-the-blank pop media star of the minute?

      As far as “autocratic dictators,” what I’ve come to realize over the course of my now rather longish lifetime is that the one’s that are easily categorized as such – the Hitlers, the Stalins, the fill in the blank heres – are rarely the ones you need to worry about most. True evil is almost always much more subtle than that.

      • aNanyMouse March 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        How do these Russia protests compare to the mass US protests vs. the attack on Iraq? Anywhere near the size? Any chance of mattering more?

        • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

          There were about 100 protest locations in Russia, in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg (the major military industrial center in Urals, where I happened to live 30 years).

          18 locations were legal (had permits) and 72 were dispersed by the Police. Harshest sentence was 15 days of administrative arrest – usual punishment in Russia for appearing drunk in public and making a fuss.

          Most of the protesters were high-school and college kids inspired by FaceBook. Some were paid to participate.

          Before that there was a movie produced by Navalny about the corruption of Russian Prime Minister Medvedev (most likely he is corrupt), so protesters demanded PM resignation.

          Of course the fact that Navalny is corrupt himself to the gills and got few suspended sentences, nobody discussed.

          It all looked like a rehearsal for coming 2018 Presidential elections.

          • DA March 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

            +++

  89. Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    dailystormer.com/game-over-john-podesta-received-35-million-from-the-kremlin-while-advising-clinton-…

    Victory. Add Hillary’s uranium deal to the Russians. Add Obama’s open mike. There a definite pattern here – one indicative of a monstrous collusion with the Russians.

    • malthuss March 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

      Over? He should have been arrested and jailed long ago.
      He is still a free man.

      As Yogi said–it aint over till its over.

  90. janet March 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    “Putin has restored Russian Honor, fuck the money.” –finca

    Honor doesn’t go far when you can’t buy shoes or buy food.

    Under President Putin, Russia’s economy has seen real income drop for the third consecutive year and poverty climb by 15 percent as global oil prices remain low. Russians now spend about 50 percent of their money on food.

    Russia’s weakened currency has also seen the prices of imported goods become more expensive, while Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has projected that the national economy would grow by just 1.5 percent this year. In all, Russia’s GDP sank from $2.23 trillion in 2013 to $1.33 trillion in 2015, a 40 percent drop. It then fell by another 0.6 percent in 2016.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

      Let me guess. Aspiring, middling B-School or Poly-Sci aspirant trying to make waves on the internet while polishing his/her/its credentials for whatever credential is next in your sites. Is that about right?

      Your posts read like the amateurish pro-American horseshit that they are. Aspiring spook or established stooge possibly, are you?

  91. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    If I had a pet theory to promote, I’d guess that the overwhelming confusion generated by all this is the goal, rather than any specific outcome. == DA

    No, the goal is removal of Trump out of the way of making America a sacred victim of the Fourth Reich.

    • DA March 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      Sorry Fincaln, you’re going to have to be a little more SPECIFIC than that if you want to convey what you’re talking about here to me. I’m familiar with all the terms you’re referring to, but I’m still not sure what sure you’re referring to here – sacred victims – notwithstanding.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

        Ok, I give you a specific example: in 2014 to inflame the Maidan revolution in Kiev, there were unknown snipers shooting the Police and demonstrators alike to create a Heavenly Hundred of sacred victims.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Heavenly_Hundred_Heroes

        • DA March 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

          Thanks. I’ll look at his some more tomorrow. I think we have mostly a cultural/linguistic disconnect, which I will take full responsibility for. Thanks again. 🙂

  92. malthuss March 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

    BRH—

    SNIPER OUTSIDE TULSA KILLS 3 YOUTHS,

    This is how American justice is suppose to work. However, here in my grand ole state of California, the son would be charged with 3 counts of murder, the father with “accessory after-the-fact” and the getaway driver would have been set free to testify against the son and father.

    Furthermore, the getaway driver would then be allowed to sue the victims of said such burglary, and if she was “illegal” her attorney fees in the lawsuit would be paid for by the State.

    • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      “Blind Mother Justice on a Pile of Manure…”- Richard Farina

      • malthuss March 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

        ?

        • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

          Malthuss,
          Richard Farina was a commie pinko folk singer married to mimi Farina, sister of Joan Baez. In 1965, or thereabouts Richard and MImi produced several albums, on one of which the song “The Un-American Activities Blues” was presented…it is a hoot and you should google it…the reference I made will become obvious.

  93. Buck Stud March 28, 2017 at 11:11 pm #

    What’s up with Victor David Hansen, the brilliant military historian/conservative National Review columnist? Not one mention of “Red” or Black” projects and I don’t believe I read the name “Nuland” once is the article either?

    And, Hansen says all the Hillary/Putin rivalry talk is/was basically bunk; that the real anti-Russian sentiment was from the George W. Bush era and that the Obama administration ( yes and that would include Hillary as SOS, I suppose) basically changed to a far more pro-Russian position.

    Sheesh, it reads as if Hanson needs to get out a little more and visit the Wild Wild West of the World Wide Web! :

    nationalreview.com/article/446148/russian-farce-trump-collusion-hysteria-diverts-attention-surveilla…

    • FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2017 at 12:12 am #

      Yeah, yeah, and Bush and Cheney brought down the Twin Towers almost by themselves.

      Ever wondered why the Clintons were handled with the kid gloves by almost all conspiracy theorists? Webster Tarpley, anybody?

      By the way, when the Georgian War of 08.08.08 started, both George W. Bush and Putin were attending Olympic Games in China, that helped a lot to avoid a nuclear conflict set up by Hillary when Russia raised into the air the entire fleet of its nuclear bombers with the full payload.

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stability_2008

  94. janet March 29, 2017 at 2:25 am #

    “I think we have mostly a cultural/linguistic disconnect” –DA

    No, it is obviously your ignorance of Russian history filtered through a fact-free denial of data (which finca provided), a pro-Putin bias, and a refusal to admit finca was correct, not a “disconnect”

  95. janet March 29, 2017 at 2:38 am #

    NUNES GOES TO WHITE HOUSE, RECEIVES LEAK, THEN GOES DARK

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that he’ll never reveal the source behind his claim that members of Donald Trump’s team had indirectly come under surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.

    “We will never reveal sources and methods,” Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said to ABC News’ Mary Bruce on Tuesday.

    Even other members of the committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the presidential campaign, will not learn how Nunes obtained information he said indicated that key figures close to Trump were monitored by U.S. intelligence, Nunes said.

    • FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2017 at 8:30 am #

      Undermining Trump’s internal positions, the Deep State – career bureaucrats appointed or aligned with the Clinton Clan, whether it wants it or not, undermines the status of the US itself.

      Russia, it turns out, has a minimum of two years to solve the tasks facing the country and, in fact, unhindered expansion of its influence in the world, including holding Presidential elections, at most – four.

      We can wait, because the time factor on all fronts – Ukrainian, European, Syrian and so on – plays in our favor.

    • MrTibbs March 29, 2017 at 9:31 am #

      Janet is a CHAT BOT.

      The best discernment tool is the following.

      CHAT BOT” “Hello, this is Janet. How may I help you?”

      CALLER: “It is said often times on a clear night the stars shine so bright!. Yet this is rarely true for Hollywood stars.”

      CHAT BOT “Ok. Well, today when I woke up, the weather forecast is calling for 72 and cloudy. And how is your weather today Mr. Tibbs””

      click.

      They call me Mr. Tibbs.

      -T

      • thwack March 29, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        Janet is a “cuntbot.”

        Studies have shown that in cyberspace females get more interaction, response… on blogs and discussion boards.

        Therefore, even male “chatbots” will adopt female screen names; but most are not sophisticated enough to also adopt female forms of text based communication. And even those who do, have much difficulty “staying in cloak.”

        Therefore you end up with “chatbots” like “Janet” who despite their screen names, sound just like dudes.

        *be advised*

        • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 11:56 am #

          “Therefore you end up with “chatbots” like “Janet” who despite their screen names, sound just like dudes.”

          Thwack,
          Phone sex ceases to be satisfying? Hope “she” wasn’t too much of a disappointment to you….

      • thwack March 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

        Hey Mr. T,

        I screen out the robocalls by going straight up racist/sexist; starting with:

        “What color are you?”

        *Im sorry? I did not understand? can you repeat your question?*

        “how big are your tits?*

        *OK, I see you have a special question; would you like to speak to my supervisor?*

        See, I don’t know about you guys, but I always get the perky white woman robot; and at first I was fooled because they have made great advances in rhythm, cadence and inflection to the point it actually sounds like a real, perky white woman. (as a side bar, Apple drum loops are so good they fool all non musicians)

        Lets see if they have a perky white whorebot call me in the future?

    • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      it determined you “cunt bot” automatic crawls blogs issuing programmed message.

      onehunglo have message to you programmer:

      please stop wasting precious byte of blogs memory on inane program response to contemporary issue.

      -onehunglo

  96. onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 8:28 am #

    onehunglo back by special invite and have message for American woman.

    woman continue compete as if it “man’s world”!!!

    you strive for “comfort” like lobster comfortable in luke warm pot, not recognize who and what control flame.

    then you condemn generations of man who build out country.

    you subscribe to betty freidan “femine mystique” lie, and now desperate unhappy work outside home as corporate slave, and still you slam stay at home mom.

    then you grow old, lonely, and die in bitterness and contempt.

    in China, woman revered for provide strong home structure for baby while man work hard to provide, all while sustain family unit.

    if America go down, you only look as far as ignorant woman who not understand role in build country.

    that ok.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.

    -onehunglo

    • MrTibbs March 29, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Welcome back onehunglo! (or Janet or Thwack or Q or Janos. …..)

      “then you grow old, lonely, and die in bitterness and contempt.”

      ….and then they join the “unfuckable” club where the only thing that grows are the cobwebs between their legs.”

      They call me Mr. Tibbs.

      -T

    • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 11:59 am #

      “in China, woman revered for provide strong home structure for baby while man work hard to provide, all while sustain family unit”

      Onehunglo.

      Hmmm, I expect you mean the ones that avoided the coat-hanger, or whatever method the Chinese use to abort them?

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

        onehunglo work hard to expose China eugenics program, because go against God.

        red China government now much more refine…..after birth, female baby organ sold in profitable organ harvest industry, much like what you call planned parenthood.

        prior to birth, female stem cell harvest sold to researcher, again for profit.

        onehunglo repent every minute every day for previous role in creating adjuvant for red army design to augment eugenic program, but now release to global pharma.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

        onehunglo spread word of scripture to friends who work in organ harvest division.

        of special note is clientele.

        many member from what you call “bilderberg group” pay big money for weekly blood transfusion, under belief blood from child extend they own life. they also purchaser of organs, all in effort to extend they own life.

        among many customer was John D. Rockefeller, who had special love of red China central command and control structure.

        onehunglo recogize time is short, but still insist on communicate message of red China experience.

        if message receive by only one person who can make difference, onehunglo job complete.

        many of ignorant among you enjoy resort to ridicule rather than listen to fact.

        onehunglo only come back due to special invite from member high respect.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

  97. ozone March 29, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    DA to Finca:

    “But of course it should be considered that in a government that operates almost entirely by the tried and true “smoke and mirrors” method these days (much like late-days Rome, which was all palace intrigue as the ship of state went down), this whole “he said, she said” distraction about whether or not Russia influenced US elections for nefarious purposes of its own might just be yet another political sleight of hand to distract the American sheeple from the fact that either, both, or all three sides (or more?) involved in this little DC beltway melodrama are similarly just blowing smoke for their own nefarious, albeit entirely domestic, purposes.”

    DA,
    Now you’re gettin’ it. This specifically applies to *all* the posts here by obvious shotgun posters. (#8 birdshot; that’s a lot of pellets…)
    The purpose? To distract from JHK’s missives, or at the least, to neuter the main points with a massive pile of blather. Don’t wonder why no one can stay on topic.

    Case in point:
    “My hypothesis is that Russia would most of all like to be left alone.” — JHK

    So, to neuter this very salient point (and its likely accuracy), a blizzard of posts about the necessity of continued meddling and Putin as boogeyman. Who is it that wouldn’t want a rational diplomatic policy and sovereign countries running their own affairs? Simple really; since the addled asshole, Reagan, King of the Hollywood Jingo Fantasists, it’s been our fate to have our perceptions steered by think-tanks and “news” outlets, owned and operated by the burgeoning 3-letter agencies. Do we imagine they might want to give over their control and information omniscience and disband at this stage in the game? Total spectrum dominance is still the aim, by any and all means.

    • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

      ozone, A+++. But, in key respects, the Total spectrum degeneracy may’ve started much earlier than Reagan.
      In ’68, we were treated to the Buckley-Vidal debates, which sank to a catastrophically infantile level, thanx mostly to Vidal’s systematic resorts to Ad Hominems at Buckley. I can only wonder how Vidal, rather than, say, Chomsky (or RFK, if he’s lived, and been available after he’d lost the Dem nomination), came to be chosen by ABC, to debate Buckley. It’s virtually certain, that Chomsky or Bobby would’ve been at least somewhat more gentlemanly.

      • aNanyMouse March 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

        Typo alert: “or RFK, if he’D lived….”

  98. thwack March 29, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Attention liberal white people:

    Please stifle your urge to compare LGBTQ people to black people; especially in terms of civil rights and so called “marriage equality.”

    Sodomy is a BEHAVIOR; skin color is not.

    Don’t get it twisted.

    Thank you.

    • nsa March 29, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Hey thwack,
      Didn’t you get censored here the other night for an off color (no pun) joke? A brilliant literary allusion to the astounding feats of that great american folk hero, the human porcupine ron jeremy, went down the ole virtual memory hole of the intersuck…….

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 11:32 am #

        onehunglo have question….

        who provide censorship??

        onehunglo re-read post and notice deletion of post surround poverty in rural China….the one where people so poor resort to eat cat, dog and rat.

        why anybody resort to censorship here??

        anyway, story come through that Venezuela poor suffer same plight and now suffer “silent spring” due to poor eating any animal can find.

        maybe someone fan of lie of Communism and not want truth be told??

        let fan of Communism witness mobile execution van and human organ harvest for wealthy.

        they change story faster than Bill Clinton drop pants at reunion of white house intern!

        see, even onehunglo know when time right to tell joke!!

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

      • thwack March 29, 2017 at 11:34 am #

        Probably.

        But as long as we can attack that blacks, its all good.

    • thwack March 29, 2017 at 11:31 am #

      In the game between conservatives and liberals its important to understand both groups consider black people to be NOT “players” but “footballs.”

      And this shouldn’t be surprising if the qualification of “white” means anything?

      For example, is it possible both liberal LGBTQs and their supporters,

      AND

      AND

      Racist conservatives and their supporters BOTH consider any sexual act that doesn’t result in a pale skinned, blond haired, blue eyed white baby,

      to be an act of sodomy?

      Do you see how both types of white people could use this concept as a wedge against the other?

      and not reveal it to nonwhite people?

      See how black people get tricked into alliances with people who think black sexuality is as deviant and unnatural as theirs?

      In some ways, black people really are stupid and ignorant.

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 11:44 am #

        onehunglo have one more question…

        why the one called “Janos” always provide praise for hitler, speak of “white supremacy” and denigrate all else??

        he seem like program “hate bot” who provide over the top bigotry that it become sick joke.

        seem like if any censorship occur, hate should be first in line.

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

    • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

      “Please stifle your urge to compare LGBTQ people to black people; ”

      Thwack,
      Funny story…the first six people I arrested in Oakland were LGBTQ, and black.

      • thwack March 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        Whats so funny?

        Black people will try ANY catagory in an attempt to “get around” being identified as black.

        After all, YOU wouldn’t do it EVEN as a thought experiment for a billion dollars?

        In other words, you aren’t funny OR smart.

        • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

          Thwack,
          Funny that you brought up the subject…more an aside than a story. I misspoke…I ain’t so smart….

          “See how black people get tricked into alliances with people who think black sexuality is as deviant and unnatural as theirs?”

          Per your post of several weeks past…they were tricked with big words?

  99. johngalt March 29, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    old republic:

    “Well I woke up this morning,
    and I got myself a beer.
    The future’s uncertain,
    and the end is always near.”
    – Jim Morrison, 1970.

    New Republic:

    “Well I woke up this morning,
    and got myself a beer.
    the future is certain,
    ’cause last I night I harvested a deer,
    and the end of the garden lane,
    is always clear.
    -John Galt, 2017.

    Sent from the New Republic.
    http://www.got-truth.com

  100. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Devin Nunes covered the embrasure of the machine gun with his own body == me

    How House intel probe turned Devin Nunes into a piñata

    The Beltway obsession of the moment is whether the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee will recuse himself from the investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russia and whether there was improper government surveillance. Nunes says there’s no way he is stepping aside.

    At the moment, the House probe seems paralyzed. A hearing that was to be held with former top Obama administration officials, and the panel has scrapped its meetings for the week.

    foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/29/how-house-intel-probe-turned-devin-nunes-into-pi-ata.html

    So, does my theory still holds water?

  101. capt spaulding March 29, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    I see that Congress passed a bill allowing ISP’s to sell all of your online information to anyone who wants to pay for it. Just one more example of how the republicans operate. Of course Trump, you know, the man of the people, will sign it into law. Bit by bit, Big Brother gathers us into his coils.

    • janet March 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

      Obama protected privacy. Republicans sell it. There are still idiots who say there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans. Trump is a Republican, an insider, a politician.

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

        CHAT BOT ALERT!!

        you have been successful identified as crawling chat bot tied to blog keyword and issue program response.

        “thwack” say you also “cunt bot”, but onehunglo not have any translation for this one.

        -onehunglo

    • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      onehunglo listen to the dull and ignorant; even they have story to tell.

      -onehunglo

  102. volodya March 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    DA, you’re onto something. When you see an economic crash it signals the end of an “arrangement”, to use Kunstler’s terminology, that doesn’t work. An aside: I wipe my ass with official stats, government agencies being hopelessly compromised and dedicated to churning out Soviet Pravda-eque absurdity. Rather, I just assess what’s visually apparent.

    You could say that the Great Depression came at the end of nonfunctioning, failed arrangements. In my view what people went through during the Dirty Thirties wasn’t for nothing in that counter-productive and dysfunctional practices came to an end.

    When WW2 ended it wasn’t obvious to anyone that returning GIs weren’t coming back to the Depression. Imagine the mind-set of those young guys. Given what came in the post-war years I have to think that the Oligarchs at the time acted with a degree of enlightened self-interest, keeping in mind what Roosevelt told them: ie do something for the well-being of the American worker and give up some wealth or risk revolution and risk losing all of it.

    There were, after all, competing “arrangements” at the time, communism being one and fascism another. Communism was still full of vim and vigor and fascism was as yet warm in the grave.

    In contrast, what the so-called experts at the Fed and Treasury did in 2008 was to prop-up the unworkable and unsustainable. Zero interest rates? Two ways of looking at that. One is that, no matter what the Fed did, market forces would predominate. As such, zero interests rates, being market determined, are like the dangerously low blood pressure of a moribund economy. The other way of looking at it is that zero interest rates were Fed imposed, ie a desperate attempt through government intervention to save a financial order otherwise destined for the bone-yard.

    In my own view ZIRP, NIRP and QE are nothing more than scraping the intellectual barrel of an economics profession empty of ideas. In sum, the remedy for too much debt being more of the same.

    And what did ZIRP and NIRP and QE solve? Nothing. Tens of millions of people are no-hopers, for them it’s unemployment as far as the eye can see. And, out of the morass of “free” money and Fed conjurations come nonsense like Uber and AirBNB, glorified taxi-driving and room-letting – arrangements of last resort for people desperate for money.

    The Oligarchists are clueless, bereft of any notion of how to move forward. All they see is their bottom-line. Nothing more. And what is there to compete with the status-quo-ist order? The Trump phenomenon with its as yet incomplete “America First” meditations may be an alternative given the degree of alarm and condemnation they accreted these past months. Maybe the Donor-Class is getting nervous. That in itself is cause for hope that Trump is on the right track.

    • pequiste March 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      Solid analysis of the hard work that The Fed, Department of The Treasury at the behest of the Oligarchs, in conjunction with their Wall Street and D.C. cronies have accomplished, certainly, since the rat bastard LBJ.

      The examples of the internet’s ride-share and rooms-for-rent services as being indicative of the end of the economic line are bullseyes. But to see their estimated valuations should the go IPO you might think they are selling tulip bulbs or even Papaver somniferum derivatives.

  103. janet March 29, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

    “Sodomy is a BEHAVIOR; skin color is not.”

    Gender is not a behavior. If you were born heterosexual, you stay that way. Or are you having doubts, thwack?

    Stop your cisgender bigotry. People are the way they are regardless of skin color or LBGTQIA identification. Why does it matter to you if people do not share your exact skin color or your exact variety of gender? Live you life and let others live theirs. LBGTQIA is not about sodomy. You seem clueless and that makes you dangerous.

    • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

      CHAT BOT ALERT!!

      you have been successful identified as crawling chat bot tied to blog keyword and issue program response.

      “thwack” say you also “cunt bot”, but onehunglo not have any translation for this one.

      -onehunglo

      • janet March 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        You suddenly learned proper English enunciation! Good job, onehunsoka.

        • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

          that NOT sound like chat bot…..maybe what “Thwack” call “cunt bot”???

          -onehunglo

          • janet March 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

            let not your heart be troubled about chat bot.

            may God be with you.

          • capt spaulding March 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            “This onehunglo last post.” So I guess you can’t be counted on for pretty much anything you say huh? I suggest you change your name to sumdumfuk.

          • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

            “may God be with you.”

            Yes, or as they say in Russia…”Via Con Dios…ski”.

    • thwack March 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

      “Gender is not a behavior. If you were born heterosexual, you stay that way.”

      **********************

      Is racism a behavior?

      If you are born racist do you stay that way?

      Im YouROPEon; Im attracted to women tied up with rope and gagged with their own underwear… should everyone be forced to accept, support and respect my proclivity?

      After all, I was born this way right?

      *crickets*

      Oh Im sorry, did I break your concentration?

      Please continue,

      you were saying something about

      gender NOT being a behavior?

      Oh you were finished?

      Well then please allow me to retort:

      What do black people

      look

      like?

      • malthuss March 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

        What do black people look like?
        Africans.

        • thwack March 29, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

          go on?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

            Thick lips. Low forehead. Nappy hair.

          • thwack March 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

            (ooh, they’re coming out the woodwork on this one?)

            Do we look like we might fuck you off the planet?

      • elysianfield March 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

        What do black people

        look

        like?

        kaganof.com/kagablog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/082.jpg

        • thwack March 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

          Based on my experiences with racists, I can’t help but suspect that most white people are color struck, to one extent or another?

          I ain’t mad at em cause it is what it is…

          I didn’t really understand why white people liked to dress up in “black face” until I did it to myself. I suggest all black people try it before they get mad at a white person who does it.

          Its possible the “obsession” with dark skin has a biological basis centered around the fact it appears not possible for a person to make a person darker than themselves unless their partner is darker than them?

          So of course white women are gonna fall for Al Jolsen singing “Mammy” to them?

          Because they know it would be a miracle if they had a dark skinned baby due to the genetic mechanics.

          Two black people can have an albino baby; but try as they might, two white people cannot produce a dark skinned baby; I think this “law” might be the reason white people are color struck?

          Also, I think many white people see black people as a more “base” form of human, “primitive” if you will; more directly connected with nature…?

          Is that why white women don’t say anything when I stare at their tits?

          (hey, they put them out there? what am I supposed to do?)

          There is some dispute over the color of “early man?”

          Because just like many animals (including black ones) have white skin under black “fur”; its not clear WHEN humans acquired skin color?

          Polar bear skin is dark if you shave them?

          Also, why don’t any other mammals in Africa have hair like black people? Some of it is rather close in terms of it being light and delicate; but pretty much no other mammal is rocking the “fro?”

          After all, it is possible the sun was much stronger in the past; and seeing what it can do to some white people in 15 minutes today?

          I have probable cause to suspect black people hair has an evolutionary explanation?

          Ive seen some camels with dreads, but thats about it?

          My point is, what we see in human biodiversity is probably an example of genetic “hedging?”

          Epigenetically speaking, we carry genetic information in our DNA; but there is another level of expression that decides if genes are switched on or off depending on the enviroment?

          Maybe this is why so many people hate President Donald Trump?

          He got straight up in your face full retard niggerish because he was being treated unfairly?

          His black gene switched on and he poured that can of whup ass all over your your asses?

          I like President Donald Trump precisely because so many white people hate him, and want him to fail.

          Even if he gets assassinated tomorrow, he showed

          “all you suckers…”

          He shook up the world!

          youtube.com/watch?v=k99vwx450dw

          *now bring the flames you faggots*

          • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2017 at 2:36 am #

            And look at yo hands! They White! Wasup with dat? You’re right: Blacks may be fairly new. The people of East Africa, where humanity is said to have begun, are often much lighter, in both complexion and build. So who knows? Maybe Early forms of Man was similar in complexion at least.

            Saw a good looking pure or almost pure blooded Negro the other day with his wife and son. She was a sub-normal White, almost a retard. He was good looking enough to get a good looking White woman perhaps. But a normal man wants to be equal or better than his woman. If he wanted a White wife he felt comfortable with, he had to go way down.

            He was kind of traditional though, almost like a Southern Black. Not ghetto at all. So actually he might not have been able to swing a good looking White chick, even for a night. Just didn’t have the right swagger and attitude.

            Yes, feminine sexuality is very primitive. Blacks can score heavily against the White Man here in our grotesquely open society. All we can do for now is boycott such females. Disown them. Don’t go to such weddings, etc. Beyond the appeal of the primitive, White Women get to say fuck you to White Men by doing this. Revenge against Daddy and a big affirmation of Feminism, Political Correctness, etc. And simultaneously, they get too feel superior to the Black boyfriend who they’re most likely smarter than. This ties into maternal instincts as well. Again, most men will find this galling – perhaps leading to the well known phenomena of Blacks beating and/or killing their White girlfriends and wives.

          • elysianfield March 30, 2017 at 11:32 am #

            Thwack,
            An honest post. Thank you.

          • elysianfield March 30, 2017 at 11:54 am #

            Thwack,
            No other mammal be “rocking the fro”?

            zoonooz.sandiegozoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/HairBands.jpg

          • elysianfield March 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

            Thwack,

            And…

            google.com/search?q=african+natives+pics&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ve…

            How far back in evolution are we talking? Give us the evolutionary explanation.

        • MrTibbs March 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

          You got spunk!!!

          Makes me want to navigate the cob webs!!

          -T

  104. janet March 29, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    Level of economic equality in the US highest since 1929. Collapse is coming according to JHK, who claims to not be a Democrat now. This has been another DNC talking point…ha ha ha.

    • sprawlcapital March 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      You must mean inequality.

      • janet March 29, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

        ^inequality^

        Thanks, sprawlincapital. I meant inequality. A chat bot is not capable of such an error.

        • janet March 29, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

          ^sprawlcapital^ not sprawlincapital. A chat bot is not capable of making so many errors.

  105. janet March 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    As more states decide to expand Medicaid under ACA the irony is thick: the death of Trumpcare has led to the expansion of Obamacare. Love it!

  106. janet March 29, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    The U.S. dollar weakened against rival currencies on Tuesday and was on course for its worst January in three decades due to Trump’s business ineptitude. This is not how you make America great again.

    Big Trump crashing of US economy coming in 2017.

  107. janet March 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Mr. Trump, what side of the Rio Grande are you going to put the wall on? If you put it on the US side you are ceding the river to Mexico. You can’t put it in the middle of the river. You can’t put it on Mexico’s side. Maybe the river doesn’t get a wall? Maybe we just waste $20 Billion to build a wall on half the border and people continue wading across the river.

  108. janet March 29, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Chris Christie finally got a position in the Trump administration. Christie will now be leading Trump’s new commission to combat food addiction.

    • janet March 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm #

      ^drug^

      Damn programmers! chat bot make many mistakes because of human programmers.

      • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

        onehunglo not normally fall prey to carnal desire……

        will you be in Hong Kong anytime soon??

        -onehunglo

  109. capt spaulding March 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Six posts in a row! I normally scroll over your postings, but that many posts attracted my attention. My suggestion is that you carefully think about what you want to say, say it, and that way anybody who actually cares what you think, can encompass all of your pronouncements with one click. Unless you have mistaken quantity for quality.

    • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

      onehunglo listen to dull and ignorant, for even they too have story.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.

      -onehunglo

  110. Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Attn Elrond

    “Black” Comedy gold: White South African politician thought it was finally safe to say that Whites had brought some good things to Africa, namely the benefits of technology. Blacks are outraged. For decades now Liberals have taught them that Whites are unredeemable scoundrels – now you’re going to try and reverse that?! Which do you think they prefer: vague notions of equality or the slam dunk of Black moral, intellectual, and physical superiority? With any evidence to the contrary completely explained away by White racism? Her career is probably destroyed. My deepest regret is that Elrond will never get to experience the poisoned fruits of the seeds he has sown in an equally dramatic way. Nothing else has the chance of getting thru the many wooly layers of cant and self righteous foolishness to touch his dried up soul.

    “But the whole episode demonstrates once more that South African blacks and whites, even if they are required to mix socially and politically, live in such different mental worlds that no amount of PC ideology could ever bring them together. Helen Zille made the mistake of thinking she could be both a liberal and more or less rational. No, the two just do not go together anymore. Either you subscribe to the whole set of Afrocentric myths—Africans would have been the first on the moon if only racist Europeans had left them to their own devices—or you find yourself in the accused’s box as a “racist.”

    Soon, we will have to pity white liberals. They will be subjected to the same insults and persecutions that the rest of us have accepted as part of public life, but they lack the background to understand the problem. No doubt, Helen Zille still believes that “all people are the same,” despite having called attention to the very different cultural and scientific traditions that prevailed for centuries on the European and African continents.

    Like a child wandering into a minefield, she sank deeper and deeper into the problem without understanding the essence of it. In an attempt to deflect criticism, she has now published a comparison between Singapore and South Africa on one of the most left-wing, anti-white websites in the country, the Daily Maverick. The idea that South Africa’s black population could start behaving like Singapore’s ethnic-Chinese majority is so farfetched that only a liberal like Miss Zille could think of it. South Africa’s only hope lies in restoring at least some semblance of white or Afrikaner influence.”

    • onehunglo March 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

      even though onehunglo listen to dull and ignorant, it very hard when they angry white supremacist always on lookout for story to justify the fact they dull, ignorant white supremacist.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.

      -onehunglo

      • malthuss March 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

        Mister You, back so soon? Or is it ‘Yuu?’

      • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

        U one very dumb chink. Seriously, that Tibbs/Phibes chooses to pretend to be a Chinese Coolie shows a deep lack of character.