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The loyal opposition is the party out-of-power in a polity that stands divided into two factions — assuming the polity can still function as such, which, apparently, it no longer can. Historically in the USA, this used to allow for the tempered regulation of changing conditions during two hundred years of a rapidly evolving techno-industrial economy that pumps out more goodies year after year while the population grows and grows.

Much of America, political leaders especially, assume that this arc of growing goodies and more people will just keep trending up forever. They are just plain mistaken about that. Rather, the whole industrialized, wired-up world is rolling over into the greatest contraction ever witnessed. The only thing that’s postponed the recognition of this reality is the profligate borrowing of money, or shall we say “money” — data entries that pretend to represent secure wealth. This amounts to borrowing from the future to pay for how you live today. Of course, the act of borrowing is based on the supposition that there will enough future productive activity to allow you to pay back your borrowings with interest. This is obviously not the case now, in the face of epochal contraction, especially of affordable energy to keep things running hot.

Thus, the US has decided to get through the approaching winter by setting its house on fire. The two political parties alternately in charge of things are driving around the burning house, stopping at intervals to run Chinese Fire Drills. We call these “elections.” Both parties pretend that the burning house is not a problem. Mr. Trump, aka the Golden Golem of Greatness, has taken “ownership” of the rising temperature in the burning house. “Hey, at least you’re not freezing now.” He and his party have been piling all the furniture inside the house on the fire, to keep the heat up, rather heedless that flames are starting to shoot out of the attic.

The other party has no quibble with burning down the house. In fact, this has been the Democratic Party’s sovereign remedy for problems since the War in Vietnam, when it was explicit policy to burn down villages in order to save them. Seemed to work, until it didn’t — and then we just tried to forget about the whole sorry exercise. It still haunts them, though. So these days they’ve decided to destroy the culture that abided inside the burning house. They’re taking down the draperies and collecting all the clothing and tchotchkes and framed photographs of loved ones, and piling them on top of the burning furniture, doing their bit to keep the heat up.

You might infer from all this that no matter whatever else the Republican and Democratic parties might do now is not going to prevent the house from burning down. In a month, or six months, or eighteen months, they will be left standing stunned in the ashes. How’d this happen!?! Even the clown cars they were riding around in will be smoldering wrecks. And then the rest of the people of this land can sift through ruins, seeking a few trinkets or useful tools with some remaining value. These people will be entitled to call themselves “survivors.” And they will act like survivors should act: by earnestly assessing how the house happened to burn down, and using what few assets and resources they still have at hand to shelter-in-place, while they draw up plans for a more sensible house.

If there was a true loyal opposition in this land, they would have called the fire department long ago. But they were too busy texting out their contrived grievances and sending cute Instagrams of each other in pussy hats to friends and allies while the flames of the burning house reflected off the screens of their iPhones. The vaunted technology did not save the day. It only stole their attention.

If it happens that the Democrats lose the midterm elections a few weeks ahead, they will jump up and down and holler that the elections were stolen from them, that somebody meddled and colluded to deprive them of victory, and that will amount to throwing just enough gasoline on the still-burning house for one final glorious burst of heat and flame before the rafters crash through the floor. Welcome to the Long Emergency.


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  1. hmuller October 19, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Harvard Law School proudly boasted that Elizabeth Warren was their first faculty “woman of color”. Really, what color might that be? White, off-white, lily white, pink? The woman has shown no remorse for appropriating another people’s identity much less stealing their affirmative action job slot.
    But isn’t this the pattern with left-wingers? They sit atop their high moral horse named “Self-delusion” while practicing all manner of theft, deceit, and hypocrisy.

    • malthuss October 19, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Lie awatha.

      • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 10:45 am #

        Exactly, she with the million dollar wigwam beside the shining big sea waters. Cheer up Liz, maybe you can still get a casino license as a tribe of one.
        Trump didn’t need to send her a smallpox blanket; she managed to do herself in.

      • PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 11:00 am #

        Lol! Priceless

        • Ron Anselmo October 19, 2018 at 11:18 am #

          You two (H & M), are on fire this morning. No pun intended. Nice.

      • JMR October 19, 2018 at 11:37 am #

        Pocahonkey

        • HowardBeale October 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

          LOL! Best one yet.

          • elysianfield October 19, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

            Pokerhaunches…

            Sorry….

    • BackRowHeckler October 19, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Another ‘Moral High Horse’.

      The UN dire Global Warming reports from a few weeks ago.
      They seem to want to solve the problem by instituting a global ‘Carbon Tax’ on citizens of the United States, administered by, you guessed it, the UN.

      People here already struggling would have to pay more to drive their cars and heat their houses, meanwhile, Climate Grifters like Tom Steyer, Al Gore and Leo DiCappio would still be jetting around the world in their luxury private aircraft spreading the globlal warming gospel.

      brh

      • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 11:53 am #

        If the economy had been de-carbonized while there was still time to make a difference, all the people now struggling to pay their heating bills would have solar thermal on their roofs instead. Install once, enjoy the benefits permanently, alongside having control over your own fate.

        If only, if only. The best time to put a price on carbon would have been 30-40 years ago. The second-best time is right the f**k now. In the meantime, things are only getting worse.

        • They don’t respect science. They partied and now don’t want to pay the bill. They don’t expect to live to see the consequences.

          The millennials are the only hope now.

          • CancelMyCard October 20, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

            The Millennials are of no hope to anyone . . .

            . . . .at the very least for themselves.

            Pathetic, useless tools.

            It will be happy to watch them slowly twist in the wind.

          • goat1001 October 22, 2018 at 9:27 am #

            They partied and danced so hard the floor fell through – the burning house.

        • pyrrhus October 19, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

          If you knew any physics you wouldn’t post such nonsense…Alternative energy costs several times as much and couldn’t replace any significant portion of our current energy supply….

        • elysianfield October 19, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

          “If the economy had been de-carbonized while there was still time to make a difference, all the people now struggling to pay their heating bills would have solar thermal on their roofs instead. Install once, enjoy the benefits permanently, alongside having control over your own fate.”

          Elrond,
          Whatever you are smoking…still might be illegal.

          • CancelMyCard October 20, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

            Elrond is ALWAYS smoking something.

            Pretty obvious, don’t you think?

        • lbs October 20, 2018 at 9:46 am #

          Solar thermal as a replacement for fossil fuels is pissing in the wind. The reason we havent de carbonized is that there is no technology by which to do it. There may still be a little medium hanging fruit that can slightly reduce fossil fuel consumption, e.g. Ground source heat pumps in suitable climates. There are no technologies off the shelf nor even on the drawing board that can substantially reduce the need for fossil fuels. If Al Gore ever took his head out of his rear he’d realize that’s the real inconvenient truth.

          • goat1001 October 22, 2018 at 9:31 am #

            The sun is a nuclear fusion reactor. Solar energy is nuclear energy captured from this “reactor” at a “safe” distance. Fossil fuels are deferred, concentrated solar energy and by extension nuclear energy. The entire universe is ablaze with nuclear energy and loads of radiation.

    • gonetohell October 20, 2018 at 9:20 am #

      A Trump supporter bothered by theft, deceit and hypocrisy. Why not throw in some righteous indignation against pathological liars to give us all a real hoot.

      • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 11:58 am #

        gonetohell. Hurry and send your contributions to Stormy Daniels “Go Fund Me” site. The money is all going to Trump since the judge awarded him court costs. Or just grow rancid on your couch, bitter looser!

        • gonetohell October 20, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

          It’s quite evident you’ve already gone rancid, and probably some time ago.Your unwavering support of whatever Trump says or does is strong indication you’re an uneducated hillbilly.

          • CancelMyCard October 20, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

            “Uneducated” is the least of his failings.

            Mostly, he is just an old, doddering, gum-flapping idiot.

            Posing, as one would expect, as an intellectual.

            And failing miserably at the impersonation.

          • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 11:48 pm #

            CancelMyMind,

            You really do make me chuckle with your fuming ad hominem attacks. Perhaps, if you could discuss an issue with a well-reasoned, coherent argument; we could all witness and acknowledge your intellectual superiority.

            Alas, I suspect you suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome (often confused with Tourette Syndrome). Are there pink pussy hats and costumes hanging in your closet? Are you reduced to primal screaming or sputtering, angry insults? Are you incapable of imagining how any honest, intelligent person might possibly disagree with you? Yes, you may be a sufferer.

    • The right to declare oneself as one desires is the very first principle of Freedom.

      Elizabeth Warren should be able to declare herself whatever she wants. No hypocrisy there.

      Deceit? Now proven- DNA.

      Now that she’s proven, what hypocrisy? What “theft”?

      Please, hmuller bring your A game next time.

      1/1000 is Native American

      A Millimerican.

      See Also:

      DNA

      • CancelMyCard October 20, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

        Your blazing idiocy is amazing!

        You outdo yourself with every single new posting!

        You cannot possibly be considered anything but a troll bot!

        Welcome to your AI world, you piece of mental garbage.

      • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

        Snack Cake, I am intrigued by your remarks:

        “The right to declare oneself as one desires is the very first principle of Freedom.
        Elizabeth Warren should be able to declare herself whatever she wants. No hypocrisy there.”

        So if I want to declare myself an African-American woman, you must treat me as such. Furthermore, all the relevant governmental affirmative action programs must then be available to me.

        And I thought your crowd respected science.

        You unintentionally reveal the problem with identity politics. It’s based on unalterable conditions with which one is born (race, color, gender, gender orientation) People are judged, categorized, then placed on a ladder of entitlements based on factors they can’t control. People are not judged as individuals – no accident to you of the collectivist ilk.

        I’m all in favor of people building an identity based on personal virtues, attributes, and achievements. Identity politics actually gets in the way of that. A white man can never be anything but the villainous “heavy” in this bizarre social comic opera which you feel entitled to thrust upon us. Expect push-back.

  2. Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Remember this hit from The Power Station?

    youtube.com/watch?v=Hw1t7OCESUw

    “Feel the heat pushing you to decide
    “Feel the heat burning you up, ready or not

    “Some like it hot, and some sweat when the heat is on…”

    Two things from the ’80s that are still surprisingly relevant: this and Weird Al Yankovic. Reaganomics, not so much.

    • Neon Vincent October 19, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      Not a bad song choice, although I would have picked “The Heat Is On” by Glenn Frey from “Beverly Hills Cop.” Still a good 80s tune.

      Speaking of heat, when I read our host’s title, I was hoping that he would be writing about the latest IPCC climate report, which is predicting even more dire consequences than previous ones. However, most Americans aren’t feeling its effects, that is, if they discount how climate change makes hurricanes stronger. Ask the people in the paths of Florence and Michael about those.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 11:41 am #

        Uh oh, now you’ve done it. You’ve tried to inject science where it’s not welcome. Pardon me while I duck away from all the incoming spitballs.

      • pyrrhus October 19, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

        The IPCC’s last predictions having 100% failed to come true, wonder why nobody pays any attention to the latest ones?

        • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 8:00 am #

          This kind of malign disinformation seriously pisses me off. I get so tired of having to comment on AGW on here – it’s like trying to persuade Neolithic man that the earth is round (-ish).

          Here’s an article you could have found just as easily as I did. It’s from Scientific American, which is er…not you, clearly.

          scientificamerican.com/article/climate-science-predictions-prove-too-conservative/

          “Checking 20 years worth of projections shows that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has consistently underestimated the pace and impacts of global warming.

          “We’re underestimating the fact that climate change is rearing its head,” said Kevin Trenberth, head of the climate analysis section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a lead author of key sections of the 2001 and 2007 IPCC reports. “And we’re underestimating the role of humans, and this means we’re underestimating what it means for the future and what we should be planning for.”

          Conservative bias
          “The conservative bias stems from several sources, scientists say. Part can be attributed to science’s aversion to drama and dramatic conclusions: So-called outlier events – results at far ends of the spectrum – are often pruned. Such controversial findings require years of painstaking, independent verification.

          Input from contrarians
          “Penn State’s Mann also feels that IPCC higher-ups, fearful of being attacked by climate skeptics, have ‘bent over backwards’ to allow greater input from contrarians. “There’s no problem in soliciting wide views that fairly represent … a peer group community,” he said. ‘My worry is that they are stacking the deck, giving greater weight to contrarian views than is warranted by peer-reviewed literature.’ “

          Please feel free to send your detailed refutations to Scientific American. I’m sure they’ll be happy to put you in touch with those individual scientists with whose work you disagree, so that your own decades of observations may be subjected to the same peer review process.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 8:04 am #

            My bold, clearly.

          • bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 8:34 am #

            GreenAlba–Here! Here!

          • lbs October 20, 2018 at 9:50 am #

            Whatever the severity of climate change may prove to be, the claim that there are alternatives to fossil fuels is scientifically bogus.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 11:06 am #

            Allow me to deal with one delusion, ibs – I’ll leave you to argue the other.

            But your main clause is too much of an over-generalisation to start a proper discussion and I’m not knowledgeable enough to get too deep into it anyway.

            There are alternatives to fossil-fuel-heavy lifestyles in many areas of life, even if there are many uses of fossil fuels for which no satisfactory non-fossil alternatives exist. The sensible thing (from the POV of both climate and resource depletion) would be to restrict our use of fossil fuels to those areas where there is strictly no alternative. But humans don’t generally go for the sensible; they tend to go for the ‘immediately expedient’. They also go for what they imagine to be the ‘cheapest’, but usually not including the economic costs of climate change itself.

            I used to dip into Professor David Mackay’s book ‘Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air’ as it is helpful for its lack of partisan thinking. (From a background in Natural Sciences, the Prof. was Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in the UK.)

            There is a free online version: withouthotair.com/

            Unfortunately the book is about 10 years old and Professor Mackay died of cancer in 2016, so the information hasn’t been updated, e.g. regarding the hugely falling cost of solar and wind since the book was written. But it’s a useful starting point in terms of what can and can’t be done – it refers to the UK’s dilemmas, but the physics is applicable anywhere.

            He was certainly no fan of unscientific fantasies around the planning of a lower-carbon future.

          • CancelMyCard October 20, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

            You obviously have the intellect of a banana peel.

            But you do what you do best . . .

            cause dimwits to slip on your flaccid sidewalk placement of semi-logic.

            Best wishes to your cause!

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2018 at 5:47 am #

            CancelMyCard

            What an excellent argument, presented with the panache and erudition I’d expect from, well, clearly someone like you, not that I was really aware of your abilities until now.

            Your parents must have made great sacrifices… Bless them.

          • hmuller October 21, 2018 at 10:05 am #

            Well said, Green Alba. This character lashes out at writers on all sides of the ideological spectrum. I suspect he may have “anger issues”. His parents really shouldn’t allow him unfettered access to the internet, even if he is 32 and living in their basement.

    • JMR October 19, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      I think Talking Heads is pretty appropriate to this essay also.

      youtube.com/watch?v=_3eC35LoF4U

  3. Walter B October 19, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Yes Jim we come right back to the reality that both sides of the political aisles are simply choosing different lines of bullshit to throw at us to keep up bickering at each other and not dealing with the real problem – THEM! Just as we have own own little loony, j-nut here to spew horseshit and keep anyone from ever getting to the point so that when the music finally stop, none of us will find any empty chairs in which to plant our targeted rumps. I am especially impressed how the sellout scumbags at the top have been able to convince the distracted public that they can print up, or simply add zero’s to their bank accounts and continue to own us, buy hard assets, and live the high life until it all craps out. All by the stroke of a keyboard, wow now there’s a real life case of “too much magic” in action. Print it and they will fall for it, oh and of course, the USD can NEVER lose it’s value because we said so. Wow, just wow.

    • Neon Vincent October 19, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      “[B]oth sides of the political aisles are simply choosing different lines of bullshit to throw at us to keep up bickering at each other and not dealing with the real problem” – and the evidence is that most Americans are following along. A Pew Research Center study found Americans agree on few issues, namely the federal budget deficit, violent crime, drug addiction, ethics in government, and the affordability of health care. Meanwhile, the two sides are far apart on the importance of climate change, racism, immigration, econonic inequality, gun violence, and sexism. No surprise, those issues are the sources of most partisan conflict in the U.S. Oh, well, maybe since Republicans and Democrats agree that drug addiction is a problem, they might be able to figure out a solution to A HREF=”https://crazyeddiethemotie.blogspot.com/2018/10/heroine-and-60-minutes-whistleblower.html”>the opioid epidemic.

    • SpeedyBB October 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      On behalf of the Third World, (Walter B) I would like to assure you that their deep faith in Uncle’s Funny Money is stronger than ever. All the whining and pointing and ‘splaining has evaporated quietly: Asians (and Africans and Latinoamericanos too probably) are still socking away those greenbacks like it was 1969. Considering the awful alternative of their local play-money currencies one cannot really blame them – with a few notable exceptions like the Norwegians with their trillions in the bank and the krone coupled to nothing. The Chinese in particular worship the dollar, and I also read somewhere that there are more cash dollars in circulation in the Russian Federation than rubles.

      Yet another reason for Big Guv to pursue the tyranny of a ‘cashless society’.

      • Walter B October 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

        Yes, I believe that the “safety” of the USD seems to be greatly valued regardless of whether it is backed by anything but the US Armed Forces. As long as there are those who will accept them in exchange for real stuff, then they will continue to rule. The cashless society however I must argue, I think it is simply a wet dream for those who want total control over the peons. From what I am uncovering recently, there are so many gazillions of dollars in illicit drug money being laundered into the US economy that if cash were eliminated, the economy would simply fall apart. Of course, TPTB could always make illegal drug money “legal” couldn’t they?

  4. Paulo October 19, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    Well said. The ‘frantic’ and anger in everything seems to be speeding up and intensifying for sure.

    Regarding, “Both parties pretend that the burning house is not a problem.” I’m not sure they even smell the smoke. Inside the burning house are about 340 milion slowly boiling frogs; $60,000 student loans for a usless degree, million dollar homes that can never be paid off, 7-8 year car loans, long commutes, stagnant wages, no job alternatives (despite this so-called robust economy), and no frigging place to run off to. Once upon a time a person could move and find a better life. Where to now? And when the debts come home to roost do people just walk away like the thirties? Will their faces remain pink scrubbed and will those brutal black and white pictures of the Joad family morph into selfies? (Here we are, standing in front of of our McMansion…just before the hedge fund RE division took it over.) “Come on kids, let’s pile into the SUV and head for North Dakota. I still have some room left on my Visa and I hear they’re hiring acountants in the Bakken”.

    • peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      I’m wondering how many will take Dmitry Orlov’s advice, and head to the sea…

      • Urinthe Village October 19, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        I used to follow Dimitry. Doesn’t he think piracy is going to be an important part of the “new” economy, post collapse? Unless your boat is part of an armed armada, I would think you would be easy pickin’s.

        • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

          Not much food growing or roaming out at sea, especially after accounting for depleted and/or poisoned fisheries. Gotta come in sometime.

      • The sea sucks- only the empty water and crazy old men in tubs of steel. I don’t see the attraction.

    • Georges1202 October 19, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      I can see a new form of homesteading when the Potemkin Villages on the coasts collapse and eyes turn inward to the ravaged ‘heartland’ that was devastated to keep the Walton family drowning in their billions.

      Can you see it? Lines of revved-up BMWs at the Nebraska border waiting for the signal to rush in and start the newest round of looting.

      • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 10:54 am #

        Just like the Oklahoma land rush, excepting that the land already has occupants with big guns!

        • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 11:21 am #

          Will Tom Cruise try and grab some farmland while Enya sings “Far and Away”? LOL

      • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:36 am #

        Can you see it? Lines of revved-up BMWs at the Nebraska border waiting for the signal to rush in and start the newest round of looting.

        LOL! Nice visual. Unfortunately, they’d find out the same way the first settlers did that life on the Great Plains – even in the 21st century – is quite demanding with very few worldly rewards, other than the satisfaction of a hard day of physical labor.

    • malthuss October 19, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      $60,000 student loans for a useless degree..or 20k or 200k.

      • K-Dog October 19, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        Would not be quite so useless if people didn’t think all we need is the internet.

    • Neon Vincent October 19, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      All of those are real chronic problems, but most Americans aren’t feeling their direct effects yet. If they are and they’re not college students or recent graduates, who can point to their loans, they so far haven’t able to trace them back to their sources. Instead, they are seeing indirect effects, like Sears Holdings filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Their response has been to engage in displays of nostalgia, just as they did for Toys R Us. Meanwhile, they keep shopping at Amazon.

      • daveed October 21, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

        Just completed a 400 mile road trip through the heartland of California (Sacramento to Southern Cal.). I counted 7 or 8 of the Amazon 18-wheel big rigs out on the highway, and it got me to wondering whether it’s better to ship our precious ‘stuff’ directly to our homes (Amazon) or ship it to Walmart (or other bricks and mortar establishment)? I rarely patronize either, just trying to understand what the cool kids are up to.

    • SpeedyBB October 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      The ‘station-wagon people’.

  5. peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    A few of us are paying attention; one wonders what future generations will think of us. My guess is that when the ‘net goes down, very few will know that at least some were raising alarms.

    When writing physical letters to people, it is good to throw in a few comments on the world. Years from now, when someone is going through an attic full of old letters, they might see at least a few of their ancestors were aware of these things.

    • Georges1202 October 19, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      I can see a hand-written letter making its way onto ‘Antiques Roadshow’ – bells are rung, crowds gather ’round and there is lots of oohing and ahhing.

      • peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 10:49 am #

        There’s something about sending and receiving hand written letters, or even typed ones. The act of writing in that manner makes you think a bit more. The danger of this communication method (email, blog posts, united with “smart” phones) is that emotional feedback can be amplified too quickly, leading to problems.

        It’s a good exercise, sending hand written letters.

        • Ron Anselmo October 19, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

          RA Theorem:

          The importance of the content of any communication is inversely proportional to the ease with which the communication is delivered.

          Highest order: Communication delivered verbally face-to-face.
          Next: Hand-written letter.
          Next: Phone call.
          Next; Email
          Next: Text.

          Theorem holds.

          • Bill7 October 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

            Agreed.

          • rackslope October 20, 2018 at 11:57 am #

            I’ve had to wade through and otherwise deflect much more bullshit verbally face-to-face than from any other method.

            But I’m sure that’s just me.

        • Bill7 October 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

          Thanks for this comment, which is a good reminder of some
          letters I need to write.

    • Steeleje October 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

      Do you really think there will be future generations??? If there are, do you think they are going to have the time, desire, or ability to read old letters?

      I read yesterday that 8% of Americans over the age of 18 believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows…….I don’t have much hope for the kind of future any of us would want to live in.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

        Mayor Ray Nagin said New Orleans was a chocolate city. The 8% is probably from the chocolate demographics.

  6. FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    It’s the economy, stupid

    I think it is time to admit that James Carville was 100% wrong when he coined that message for Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992.

    It is NOT about the economy, silly!

    It’s about much more serious and complicated things.

  7. malthuss October 19, 2018 at 10:33 am #

    Russia sells its US bonds.
    Haha.

    Any thoughts on ‘The Economist’ cover? Its black.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Russia sells its US bonds

      You think it would be fair if you threw all kinds of accusations against Russia and it will just keep lending you money?

      • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 10:57 am #

        Hmm, let’s do a little Googlin’ and a little figurin’.

        The total U.S. federal government debt held by the public is $15.25 trillion as of September 2018 (source). The biggest foreign holder of outstanding Treasuries is China, at $1.1781 trillion (source). So about 7.7% of what the USA owes, is owed to China.

        How much is owed to Russia? Sorry, Russia doesn’t appear in the top 20 on that list I linked to above, unless you count “All Other”. At the bottom of the list, #20, is the Philippines at $31.6 billion. Let’s imagine that Russia is just beneath them at $31.5 billion, out of $15.25 trillion.

        Not to be mean, Finc, but nobody gives a shit about the guy they owe 0.2% of their debt to. But don’t feel bad, you still have all those nukes.

        • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:26 am #

          I think the larger point is that Russia isn’t trying to ruin the US by dumping treasuries; but rather, that’s it’s smart enough to try to avoid its own ruin by getting caught holding them when the US dollar finally goes under. Since the whole thing’s a not so cleverly disguised Ponzi scheme anyway, the US doesn’t care who holds them anyway, as long as someone out there (including US pension funds and the like) is stupid enough to hold them.

        • pyrrhus October 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

          Rates are going up, Russia is smart to dump US bonds. And since a huge percentage of those bonds are held by the government itself, including the Fed, SS, and many pension funds, the market is not as immune to selling as you think…
          Taxes are going up in many blue States to fund underwater pensions, and they aren’t going to be re-investing in US government debt either.

  8. malthuss October 19, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/a-huge-caravan-of-central-americans-is-headed-for-the-us

    Note BS Buzzfeeds BS headline…Mexico wants USA to collapse
    via mestizos.

    • pyrrhus October 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

      Nothing a handful of riflemen couldn’t take care of….

  9. Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Always darkest before the new dawn and all that… The best thing that can possibly happen to the world, including the people of the US, right now, will be the utter collapse and ruin of the entire bloated and necrotic US federal apparatus and its presumptuous notions of “global dominance.” Only question is, once it starts, can it possibly progress fast enough to at least somewhat minimize the destruction it causes?

    The pain for all involved will be directly related to the duration of the collapse, which has been “mercifully” slow up to this point, but one senses a definite quickening of the pace of late. This date has been coming since Lincoln and his coterie of burgeoning globalists first declared war on the American people way back when, but the federalists’/globalists’ day in the sun has long since passed, and now lies bloating in the late summer sun like any of the countless corpses we generate daily in our now ubiquitous foreign (and domestic!) wars of terror and conquest. What will follow is still anyone’s guess, but the notion of “one nation under god” has now become a perverse punch line to a joke that absolutely no one – other than the very rich and powerful – laughs at anymore. Their day of reckoning is finally drawing nigh.

    • peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      The problem with any sort of collapse is the stuff that is going to be left around. Nuclear power plants and their onsite waste storage; chemical plants and their various noxious inputs and outputs; nuclear weapons themselves; biological weapons – all make this downward slide a lot more dangerous. Add the effect of climate change, and a population massively dependent on fossil fuel inputs, it won’t be pretty.

      Ironically, it might be the lowest of low tech folks who won’t notice much (those tribes around the world who are living pre-agricultural lives).

      • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:04 am #

        True that. But it’s a hurdle that will have to be overcome. Maybe another benevolent (or not so benevolent) country will have to come in and mitigate the mess.

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      One effect of America’s global dominance is the suppression of brushfire wars between just about everyone. When the US says, Bye, this suppression will go away. Should be interesting with all the combatants armed with nukes.

      • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:06 am #

        That’s true as well. For all the carnage we’ve caused, we’ve also suppressed some as well. The overall equation should be positive, but there will definitely be casualties as well.

    • PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Scratch i agree. For order to continue though, state or state groups must continue functioning.

      • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        Yep. And right at the time the federal leviathan is doing its level best to dis-empower everything and everyone subordinate to it. It will be a tall order, but a rewarding one for those who succeed.

    • Bill7 October 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      Wonderfully and accurately said. Too bad we can’t decommission the
      Nukes first (if such a thing can in fact be done) as the prior commenter
      said, but them’s the breaks.

      • Walter B October 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

        I do not know the extent of the work being done, but I personally know and communicate often with an fellow that works with the Army Corps of Engineers. He tells me that they are actively decommissioning nuclear power plants and sending the dangerous stuff to the mountains out West. The fellow I know is supplying low level waste that is being placed around the hot stuff to act as a form of shielding below ground. Whether the plan is widespread of not I do not know, at least right now, but something is in fact underway.

        • Bill7 October 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

          Thanks for that info, Walter B. The nuke near me, Diablo Canyon,
          is one scheduled to be decommissioned.

    • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

      It’s always dark before it gets really dark.

    • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

      Being a Southerner, it is gratifying to see Lincoln summarized in such an honest manner. Ultimately a cruel and heartless man in my opinion. You didn’t have to burn every single little town to the ground!

  10. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 19, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Well, I have been waiting for the economy to crash for 8 or 9 years, sooo I am still waiting. My Father* has prepared a place for us, as it says in the Bible. In Texas. On a farm. He has already stocked up gun, ammunition, food, tools, etc. It is away from big population areas.

    Crops are growing on it. My whole family has instructions to pack up our SUVs (which are kept pretty much full of gas) and load up our own survival stuff and head that way when TSHTF. I am thinking about going ahead and moving my shoe collection there.

    Although, I recently sold my house, and purchased a mobile home. If there is enough advanced notice, I will just have the whole durn thing moved there and have one of the movers drive my car while I drive the SUV. That way I can take all my books, and guitars, and cats.

    In the meantime, popcorn.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    * My Planet Earth father, not God.

    • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      A woman with a huge collection of shoe and cats, living in a trailer. How is it you’re not taken?

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 19, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

        I am voluntarily celibate after my last breakup. I am only 34, and pretty good looking, and small. BUT, I can not stand having to put up with a boyfriend. My friends are always trying to hook me up, but the only use I have for a man is if I go out drinking and want somebody to pay for the booze. But I am honest, and tell them that right up front, that they ain’t getting none, and not even my phone number. You would be surprised how many men are OK with that.

        I have friends, and can be the life of the party when I want, but I am just happier being alone. I can go to bed when I want, get up when I want, and do whatever I want to do. Without somebody pestering me for sex.

        I clean up pretty nice, when I have to go into the office or to court, to help my BFF, who is a lawyer. But most of the time I can just work from my house in a TShirt and shorts. I also help my mom with scheduling workers in her business, and do taxes and accounting for a few friends who have businesses.

        Sooo, I am happy, and see no reason to change. I pray that my biological clock will never start ticking, like that girl in My Cousin Vinny. That would be terrible.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

          Whether your biological clock makes any “tick-tock” noises, or not; you realize in about 10 years in just quits running. I’m sure there will still be guys willing to buy you booze, they’ll just be older guys waiting for you to pass out.

          Go join a church; find someone nice.

        • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 8:57 am #

          I know this may seem like a question from Alpha Centauri, Squeeks, but as a functioning and self-sustaining adult why do you want or expect someone else to pay for your booze?

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 20, 2018 at 11:49 am #

            Uh, because I can.

            Look, I am 34. When I am 50, it is very unlikely that I can command that kind of attention. I am hoping that I do not turn out like Vivien Leigh, who I read when she hit those later years, and her looks were fading, she started doing strangers in the elevator for the attention.

            I worry a lot about biology taking over my mind at some point. Sooo, I am on guard against it. I just hope I can continue to win.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

            I didn’t know that about Vivien Leigh. What would Mammy say?

            “Miss Scarlet, Miss Scarlet, how many times I done tole ya to keep yo lips offa dem strange man peckers!”

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

            “Uh, because I can.”

            About as morally vacuous as I should have expected.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

            Bravo for your morality, Green. You think and feel like a man and as Mr Kunstler said in one of his novels, Women aren’t moral beings.

            But I can sympathize with Squeaks too: this is an affirmation of her attractiveness and femininity. Very natural. Women who think and feel like men usually aren’t very attractive – even if they are lookers. Sexual attractiveness is just as much or more a function of human energy. She’s an unusual woman and this is how she’s getting some of her needs met.

            If somehow one could combine you two into one super being, it would be best. And of course, one could say the same of almost everyone in one way or another, men definitely included.

          • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

            Oh Janos. “If somehow one could combine you two into one super being, it would be best.”

            What kind of crazy Star Trek transporter accident talk is that?!

            Yeah, and if someone combined a donkey, an onion, and Janet we’d get a piece of ass to bring tears to our eyes. But some things science should just leave alone.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

            “She’s an unusual woman and this is how she’s getting some of her needs met.”

            Booze isn’t a need. SInce Squeeks claims not to want a boyfriend, or even sex, but talks about getting ‘attention’, it might be that the ‘need’ is for the attention. So, in that event, fair enough. But what would I know? All a bit narcissistic for me.

            “Women who think and feel like men usually aren’t very attractive – even if they are lookers.”

            I’ve never ‘felt like a man’, but whatever… If thinking like an adult human being rather than a dozy, dependent dipstick or a manipulative user is unattractive, I can only say thank gawd it’s kept people like you away from me.

            ” and as Mr Kunstler said in one of his novels, Women aren’t moral beings.”

            Since it was a novel, I presume you mean ‘one of Mr Kunstler’s *narrators* or *characters* said ‘women aren’t moral beings’, which is a rather different proposition. Or are we to confuse, say, Nabokov’s views with those of Humbert Humbert?

            Elementary mistake for those not thinking clearly and manipulators thinking too clearly.

            The rest of your post doesn’t reach my threshold for stuff deserving the dignity of a response.

          • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

            Well, dang me. I’m just a fly buzzing the room, not in this discussion at all.

            But it is amusing that Janos makes (for him) the most supportive, kind, and complimentary remarks I’ve seen in a long time, but GA will have none of it. There’s just no pleasing some people.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

            “You think and feel like a man… Women who think and feel like men usually aren’t very attractive.”

            “Women aren’t moral beings…”

            How bl**dy desperate would a person need to be to take that as a compliment?

            “There’s just no pleasing some people.”

            I’ll take that as an indication of how desperate you think I should be.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2018 at 3:39 am #

            Often authors do insert themselves into their novels. Sorry if that’s news to you, Alba. The narrator of his Made by Hand Series is a non-religious Jew who lives in upstate New York. Could be coincidence. Or just a partial identity. No way to know for sure.

            Again, Squeeks tells men up front that’s it’s not going to go anywhere. An honest merchant! Then she can just enjoy the energy as the try to get her to change her mind.

            I heard an old bus driver laughing ruefully: He had been home sick and his wife obviously couldn’t stand having him around. Wow – what a retirement to look forward to. He’s a de facto slave. If you want to despise a type of woman, despise her.

          • GreenAlba October 21, 2018 at 5:51 am #

            “Often authors do insert themselves into their novels. Sorry if that’s news to you, Alba. ”

            Oh, Janos, where to start with your childish assumptions…

            Still, if JHK himself believes that ‘women aren’t moral beings’, as YOU (and only you, so far) imply, I look forward to hearing confirmation, which would have the consequences you would expect – and wish for.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

            Well obviously it’s a generalization. And it was a female character who said it to the narrator (the Jew) so obviously it doesn’t support my premise per se. I admitted you were a moral being so that makes you superior to most women in this way at least.

            Though of course your morality ceases to be admirable past the personal sphere cuz then you get into ideas of mass reparations for White European sin. The Great Replacement is Christianity gone utterly awry, replace by some God forsaken Satanic thing.

      • SpeedyBB October 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

        ‘How is it you’re not taken?’

        That’s a rather awkward query, particularly in view of the fiercely-worded ‘DON’T LIKEs’ emanating from Mme. Squeaky (not the Mansons’ one let us hope).

        Texas will certainly be an interesting outpost once the breakup begins. You are forced to drive EVERYWHERE for ANYTHING down yonder and do not even consider bicycling as that is suicidal. When the gas pumps poop out Texans are going to be left pretty high and dry. And armed to the teeth, For Jesus.

        • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 10:24 am #

          “You are forced to drive EVERYWHERE for ANYTHING down yonder and do not even consider bicycling as that is suicidal. ”

          Camels? 🙂

    • In Texas…..

      mobile home….

      Good luck

  11. 100th Avatar October 19, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Bezos released a statement. Not long after the deceased wheelchair cosmologist implored humans to become robots and spread into space.

    Statement of a quitter.

    Earth is finite he says.

    Time to abandon.

    Trillions of humans will be in space.

    I’m all for getting them off Earth myself.

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      Volunteers, line up to the Left please!

    • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      Jeff Bezos – low-level delivery boy for the sect appointed by Clinton to run “the largest company in history”, like Russian oligarchs were appointed.

      He’ll say what he’s told, he’ll write checks when he’s directed.

      • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        So far Bezos hasn’t said squat about his reporter (Bezos owns Wash. Post) being “accidentally” killed while undergoing torture in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Concerned Boss?!

        • 100th Avatar October 19, 2018 at 11:35 am #

          Reporter? Son of a notorious arms merchant from a family at odds with MBS.

          He’s a plant.

          Albeit a dead one.

          • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

            I wasn’t passing judgment on Khashoggi one way or the other; (for one thing he’s now far beyond my jurisdiction of judgement).

            I was focused on what a total jerk and asshole Bezos is. He’s got big financial deals cooking in Saudi Arabia and one dead minion will not become a speed bump to that.

            The only good thing about Bezos is that he’s proof money can’t cure ugliness. Ach mein Schadenfrohe.

          • 100th Avatar October 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            Bezos, for all his genius and wealth, in his own sophomoric way, says the Earth is “finite” as though it were something profound, or revelational.

            He states it like someone who probably is “on the spectrum”, the wrong side, would.

            Cold. Inhuman. Certain.

            But that’s the point. Transcend humanity.

            After stripping the planet bare, after extracting all value, move-on. Spread. Consume. That’s what he does after all.
            Better than anyone.

            As for the wheelchair drooler, for all his maths successes, he couldn’t see the problem with the idea of spreading humanity outside this raging boil of a planet.

            Even trapped in his own prison of a body, he could never get past it and his humanity.

            His last words are that humans must persist in a world without god, for god cannot exist before time.

            Time can exist without people. Let us hope. It heals all.

          • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

            Cold. Inhuman. Certain.

            Another moonchild?

            kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-fog-of-bad-faith/#comment-371331

          • jdhines October 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

            100Av

            So, it’s OK to cut his fingers off and dismember him? Is that the kind of society you want to live in? I sure as hell don’t. What’s also disgusting is Trump and SOME of the Repugs trying to give cover to this butcher.

            JDH

        • jdhines October 20, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

          It is absolutely disgusting what MBS did to Jamal Khashoggi. It’s also pretty sick what the Repugs are doing to assist the Saudis.

          JDH

          trueblueprog.com/2018/10/19/disgusting-behavior-of-republicans/

    • Humanity will leave its debt for its stay on Earth- Carbon Dioxide, lots of humans, less energy- a menagerie.

      New Worlds- no one lied about what spaceflight was about.

      Bezo’s Amazon didn’t have to make money to be a successful company, it operated at a loss for over a decade.

      Don’t doubt the ability of men without a credit limit.

  12. JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    One big difference between the parties though.

    The GOP is trying to use the American values of individual responsibility, free markets, America First to work on the ever increasing problems. Will trickle down capital spreading work? Probably not, but at least they are trying something to undo the damage.

    The Democrats are intent on tearing down American values and substituting their own. The problem is that they do not have anything to put out there to solve the problems. They had thirty years of Liberal rule in this country to prove their methods ARE the problem. The only thing left is their incessant striving for power and empty promises.

    Bottom line, both sides are owned by the elite. Just different elites! GOP is by and large domestic elitists whose interests are domestic, and the Democrats have allowed themselves to be pierced by an international nose ring and are being led around by interests that are not kind toward our country. Our media is owned by outside interests.

    A really scary sidebar is that nearly 1/2 of this country’s citizens are going to vote for the side that is against our country. This above anything tells me the impact of immigration that the American culture is this close to collapse. When it grows to greater than 1/2, the US will follow California and the Long Emergency will step function into place.

    What will tip it off? When people counting on debt instruments such as pensions and 401’s for their sustenance find out there is no wealth backing up those instruments. Boom! Neither side have the answer for this basic problem.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 19, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      I agree with you. Both parties are wrong about a lot of things, but the Democrats’ form of stupidity is the kind that destroys societies. The Human Race has been living under one form of Plutocracy or another ever since the days of old Sumer. And has prospered.

      But start fiddling with man-woman sex, and marriage, and families, and you have opened up a Pandora’s Box of evil. Old societies learned the hard way, and thus they made rules, like the Ten Commandments, to address the problems.

      If you want to see what happens when you ignore that, just look at Inner City Black America. There, the bastard kid rate is now about 77%. And isn’t it a veritable Eden? Dontcha’ you just wanna move yourself and your kids there? Didn’t think so.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    • Our media is owned by outside interests.

      Try the New York Times… I don’t see any reason to believe its media isn’t a presentation of its board- whose job it is to deliver to us, what it can verify.

      $3, News stands everywhere

  13. Georges1202 October 19, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    Nikki Halley called Jared Kushner a genius – it won’t be long now.

  14. akmofo October 19, 2018 at 10:46 am #

    “..borrowing from the future..” — JHK
    ==

    That’s just ignorant Hamlin Martenson nonsense. Please please stop parroting that idiot. He knows nothing about economics, and what he knows he’s too stupid to know is wrong.

    Nobody is borrowing from the future! The US is creating US dollars so that others around the world can use those dollars to buy goods that are denominated in US dollars, which pretty much includes EVERYTHING SOLD IN THE WORLD.

    • Georges1202 October 19, 2018 at 10:50 am #

      Easily the most idiotic post ever seen on this site. An impressive accomplishment.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        More idiotic statement would be that this is actually a debt that is supposed to be paid – at least some time in the future.

        WRONG!

      • capt spaulding October 19, 2018 at 11:58 am #

        Our economic problems will be easily dealt with simply by giving corporations and wealthy individuals bigger tax breaks, and by more deregulation of everything. It was done during George W’s two terms, and look at the benefits it wrought. In fact people liked it so much, that after two terms of that turd Obama, the Republicans were swept back into the majority. Thank God that we have responsible people steering the ship of state again.

  15. PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    What should our theme song be for the Long Emergency?

    I nominate Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas

    Any suggestions?

    • Georges1202 October 19, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      ‘Dead Puppies Aren’t Much Fun’ – Dr. Demento

      • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:00 am #

        The Times, They are Achangin’. Bob Dylan

        • K-Dog October 19, 2018 at 11:15 am #

          ‘Everybody Knows’Leonard Cohen

          • peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 11:21 am #

            Yeah, that fits. Also, the Talking Heads; (Nothing But) Flowers. A bit optimistic on that one, especially with the lyric “And as things fell apart/Nobody paid much attention”

          • K-Dog October 19, 2018 at 11:22 am #

            Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
            Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
            Everybody knows that the war is over
            Everybody knows the good guys lost
            Everybody knows the fight was fixed
            The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
            That’s how it goes
            Everybody knows

            Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
            Everybody knows that the captain lied
            Everybody got this broken feeling
            Like their father or their dog just died

            Everybody talking to their pockets
            Everybody wants a box of chocolates
            And a long stem rose
            Everybody knows

            Everybody knows that you love me baby
            Everybody knows that you really do
            Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
            Ah give or take a night or two
            Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
            But there were so many people you just had to meet
            Without your clothes
            And everybody knows

            Everybody knows, everybody knows
            That’s how it goes
            Everybody knows

            Everybody knows, everybody knows
            That’s how it goes
            Everybody knows

            And everybody knows that it’s now or never
            Everybody knows that it’s me or you
            And everybody knows that you live forever
            Ah when you’ve done a line or two
            Everybody knows the deal is rotten
            Old black joe’s still pickin’ cotton
            For your ribbons and bows
            And everybody knows

            And everybody knows that the plague is coming
            Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
            Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
            Are just a shining artifact of the past
            Everybody knows the scene is dead
            But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
            That will disclose
            What everybody knows

            And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
            Everybody knows what you’ve been through
            From the bloody cross on top of calvary
            To the beach of malibu
            Everybody knows it’s coming apart
            Take one last look at this sacred heart
            Before it blows
            And everybody knows

          • BackRowHeckler October 19, 2018 at 11:41 am #

            Our own Ozone does a real good rendition of ‘Everybody Knows’ at one of his shows.

            brh

          • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 11:45 am #

            I’m with you on ‘Everybody Knows’, K-Dog, but Talking Heads’ ‘Life in Wartime’ might deserve an honorable mention.

            Heard of a van that is loaded with weapons,
            Packed up and ready to go
            Heard of some grave sites, out by the highway,
            A place where nobody knows
            The sound of gunfire, off in the distance,
            I’m getting used to it now

            Lived in a brownstone, lived in a ghetto,
            I’ve lived all over this town
            This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
            This ain’t no fooling around
            No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
            I ain’t got time for that now

            Transmit the message, to the receiver,
            Hope for an answer some day
            I got three passports, a couple of visas,
            You don’t even know my real name

            High on a hillside, the trucks are loading,
            Everything’s ready to roll
            I sleep in the daytime, I work in the nighttime,
            I might not ever get home

            This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco,
            This ain’t no fooling around
            This ain’t no Mudd Club, or C. B. G. B.,
            I ain’t got time for that now

            Heard about Houston? Heard about Detroit?
            Heard about Pittsburgh, P. A.?
            You oughta know not to stand by the window
            Somebody see you up there

            I got some groceries, some peanut butter,
            To last a couple of days
            But I ain’t got no speakers, ain’t got no headphones,
            Ain’t got no records to play

            Why stay in college? Why go to night school?
            Gonna be different this time
            Can’t write a letter, can’t send no postcard,
            I ain’t got time for that now

            Trouble in transit, got through the roadblock,
            We blended in with the crowd
            We got computers, we’re tapping phone lines,
            I know that that ain’t allowed

            We dress like students, we dress like housewives,
            Or in a suit and a tie
            I changed my hairstyle, so many times now,
            I don’t know what I look like!

            You make me shiver, I feel so tender,
            We make a pretty good team
            Don’t get exhausted, I’ll do some driving,
            You ought to get you some sleep

            Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks?
            They won’t help me survive
            My chest is aching, burns like a furnace,
            The burning keeps me alive

          • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

            Wow, Talking Heads are getting a lot of love today. To me it’s a toss-up between their “Road to Nowhere” and World Party’s “Ship of Fools” — links up above.

            We’re setting sail to the place on the map
            From which no one has ever returned
            Drawn by the promise of a joker and a fool
            By the light of the crosses that burn

            Drawn by the promise of the women and the lace
            And the gold, and the cotton and pearls
            It’s a place where they keep all the darkness you need
            You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby.

            But you will pay
            You will pay tomorrow
            You’re gonna pay tomorrow
            You will pay tomorrow, oh oh

            Save me
            Save me from tomorrow
            I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no no.

            I wanna run and hide, right now…

          • ozone October 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

            Thanks BRH.
            (Not sure whether that’s a recommendation or a warning! 😀 )

          • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

            I want to go to an Ozone show and throw tomatoes at him. Not rotten, just real ripe. Make him into a real Red Man like Elizabeth Warren.

          • ozone October 19, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

            Meh. Just another cheap shot from a cheaply bought keyboard-clackin’, divisive shit-slinger. From the toadying bent of the endless clackin’s, I would surmise a lifer. Polishing the colonel’s belt buckle with a sweat-slicked forehead would be best for advancing pay-grade. (He doesn’t really read those pearls of literary genius that are produced by his slaves. It just the mission, and as long as there’s a provable output that goes by the Book of Subversion and Distraction, the funding and streams of expendables will continue.)

    • pequiste October 19, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      In keeping with today’s theme, let me suggest The Talking Heads classic, “Burning Down The House”.

      youtube.com/watch?v=_3eC35LoF4U

      • JMR October 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

        Hey! I already suggested that.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

        Yes, Buddha said as much in his famous Fire Sermon in Benares. Life is on fire. Who can deliver us from this House of Pain?

        • malthuss October 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

          red man..funny. you are a wit.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill October 19, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      Since it’s a long emergency my guess is there will be several songs needed to cover everything going on. Some of these songs might be:

      Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet

      We Gotta Get outta this Place by The Animals

      Having a Bad Day by Blue Flannel

      Flag Day by The Housemartins

      Titties ‘n Beer by Frank Zappa (because some things still won’t change after TSHTF)

    • akmofo October 19, 2018 at 11:31 am #

      May I suggest you all cut your veins. Useless depressive fscks.

    • Bill7 October 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      ‘Don’t Wanna Drown in American Society’, Eddie and the Subtitles:

      hooktube.com/watch?v=wVlNqsqN1IE

    • messianicdruid October 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      Patches, Clarence Carter

  16. akmofo October 19, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    “If it happens that the Democrats lose the midterm elections a few weeks ahead..” — JHK
    ==

    They will. And simple way to short circuit their staged Vatican/CIA theatrics is to stop subscribing to those Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets that give these Vatican/CIA sponsored actors a media platform.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 10:58 am #

      CIA – may be, but I’d still give Vatican the benefit of the doubt.

      • akmofo October 19, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        No benefit of the doubt, Mountains Finch. They are one and the same. The CIA the NKVD the SS the STASI and all the rest of them, are all subsidiaries of the Vatican. If you don’t understand this, you simply don’t know and understand scripted Hegelian dialectics and world you live in.

        If you don’t believe me, simply look at those who have been awarded Vatican Crosses and other Vatican Distinguishments for the last 100 years. It will open your eyes, real quick.

        • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 11:42 am #

          Put on your metaphysical hat for a moment and tell me what you think of this theory. Yahweh and Satan are running a good cop-bad cop scam on all us dumb shits down here.

          We see their little office bets in the Book of Job. “Bet you I can break him”. “Oh yeah, bet you a donut you can’t”.

          • akmofo October 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

            Only there is no Satan, hmuller.

            Deuteronomy 6:4
            shema israel adonai eloheinu adonai ehad

            Father, Son, and Holy Ghost = Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian
            youtu.be/zmEScIUcvz0

          • hmuller October 19, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

            akmofo, your documentary just told me things I’ve known for over 40 years. Bottom line In my opinion, the evidence is sparse and ambiguous enough that you can draw any conclusions you want.

            Rather than a totally fictional Jesus, I think it more likely a charismatic rabbi named Jeheshua lived. People later assigned a lot of miraculous stories and pagan mythical attributes to that historical character. But to each his own, arguing this stuff is pointless.

          • akmofo October 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

            The evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible !!

            You obviously have not looked into the info I provided.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

          You can lie a million times and it still doesn’t make it true. As Schopenhauer said, “Great Masters of the Lie!”.

  17. draupnir October 19, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    Tim Walz, the Democrat running for governor of the State of Minnesota, and his running mate, Keith Ellison, have drawn some attention here, because apparently, while not really informing the voters of this, they are planning to make Minnesota into a sanctuary state should they be elected. Much like Clair McCaskill and her little plan for semi automatic rifles after the election, and much to their embarrassment, this came out through the efforts of an NGO that has been running ads to that effect. Last night, a newscaster for one of the local news stations came out and admitted this scheme, but assured his viewers that there was no evidence that it would cause increased crime and violence. On the other hand, common sense and anecdotal evidence suggests it certainly will. I believe it will also diminish available services for our own needy, increase the cost and availability of housing (we have or had a tent city with a population of about 3,000 composed, in large part, of Native Americans set up under a bridge in Minneapolis as late as last month and already it grows cold). This will increase the stress on schools that are already filled to the rafters, result in health care becoming more difficult to obtain, and a whole list of other problems. Here in Minnesota, we already carry a heavy tax burden, but I’m sure all that Minnesota nice can hardly wait to take in those 4,000 Hondurans on their way up to the states. The church ladies can serve lutefisk.

    I believe that, as in the 2016 election, people are keeping their mouth’s shut and their head’s down. I believe that the polls are probably as accurate as they were in 2016, when they gave Hillary Clinton a 10% lead, and I suspect that blue wave will not be forthcoming. The shocking behavior of the Democrats over the last 2 years I think precludes them from achieving their goals. Are there no adults among them? Identity politics only appeal to a minority of people. Immigrants are not held in high regard by the majority or indeed welcomed. All of that emotion only speaks to those who can only think with emotion and does not appeal to logic. As soon as someone starts speaking rapidly and loudly, I know they’re selling something well past its expiration date.

    • PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      I agree

      I read the story this AM about ellison ‘s replacement, Omar, who is being investigated for corruption.

      • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

        Suffice it to say I will not be voting for those guys.

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      Selling Democratic snake oil.

      Listen to these Liberal prophets, what are they selling.

      Darks, join us and put down these Honkies. No Kumbaya, no diversity!

      As soon as the Europeans are voted out of existence with the effects of immigration, the Darks will start infighting to assert dominance. That has already started. But no one will care as everyone will be high on drugs.

      • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

        A propos, cannabis is now legal across Canada. Attention Minnesotans: Manitoba has seven locations for your convenience (and they’re doing bang-up business, too). Come on up and get yours today!

        Sadly, here in Ontario we can still only buy legal weed via mail order. Retail sales have been delayed once again, until April 2019, so all those suburban Detroit kids who like to party in Windsor because of the lower drinking age are going to be very disappointed. And I don’t think OCS will mail their product outside the province, let alone internationally.

        In short, time to gas up while there still is some gas. Unless you think your Tesla will get you here. Party on, dudes!

        • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

          If only I drove.

          • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

            Too bad. Since those who both smoke and drive are a positive menace, that would make you a better candidate than some others.

            Oh, and in case it’s not thunderingly obvious, everyone is welcome but finish what you purchase before you head back. American border guards are ever so humourless about these things.

        • PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

          thanks for the heads up, Elrond.

          I haven’t fired up in 16 years however. I might have a cigar on a blue moon, that’s about it nowadays.

        • Janos Skorenzy October 19, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

          Do you think this is a real problem:

          amren.com/news/2018/10/there-are-few-black-surfers-in-nova-scotia-this-actress-wants-to-change-that/

          Tell them about Halifax’s Black ghetto and the crime rate that is twice that of other cities per capita. That’s a real problem….

    • BackRowHeckler October 19, 2018 at 11:28 am #

      Yeah, I was a little surprised about Clair McCaskill admitting the Dems would be going after semi-auto weapons. Without those the lefty shock troops — Antifa and Black Lives Matter — will have a much harder time liquidating Whitey, destroying capitalism, and creating their Socialist Utopia (all stated goals)

      brh

    • K-Dog October 19, 2018 at 11:28 am #

      3000 means you are sitting in bull.

      • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

        It started out small, early in the summer and grew alarmingly. That’s the last count I got from TV news. They brought in port-a-potties, They were trying to keep them fed. By September they were trying to find some sort of shelter for them, because this is Minnesota and it was already starting to get cold at night, and there were children living in tents. A hotel owner volunteered one of his hotels for this purpose, though he hardly had enough units to make a dent in such a number. If we can’t take care of our own, how do Walz and Ellison think we can open our arms to large groups of destitute immigrants who don’t even speak the language?

    • BornToKillPeace October 22, 2018 at 1:07 am #

      Thanks for the update about Minn, from the lower Midwest.

  18. Exscotticus October 19, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    The first step in taking back control of your “house” (to extend JHK’s analogy) is to kick out the bums, drug-addicts, looters and criminals that wandered in off the street and put some locks on the doors. Only someone lacking in rational skills would argue that we should pay down the mortgage on our home while it continues to operate as a den of iniquity for any passerby who happen to come along.

    So let us not engage in false equivalency and pretend that both sides of our polity are pursuing equivalent non-remedies. Dems not only want to keep our home open and unlocked, but they want to pack it full with as many human parasites as they can muster. And that would not be a home worth saving…

    • PeteAtomic October 19, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      C’mon ex! We are running a zoo for human diversity, not a nation!
      🙂

  19. pequiste October 19, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    What shall the insurance adjuster conclude after reading the fire marshall’s report?

    Was it arson?

    Smoking in bed?

    Oil soaked rags in a pile near the dryer?

    A short in the house’s wiring?

    A family potlatch?

    An insurance scam?

    Well, whatever the cause it, don’t matter one iota. It was officially determined that we have failed to pay the premiums the last several (those payments went to Netflix investments, the kids’ college tuition and the trip to DizneyWorld); ignored all the urgent notices; did not call the local agent back after the annoying calls and messages. The grace period had recently expired.

    And presto — the loss shall not, under any circumstance, be covered.

    • messianicdruid October 20, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      This reminds me of the Fourth of July. My neice’s husband always buys hundreds of dollars worth of firecrackers and uses a pellet gun to shoot out the large bulb in his yard light. That way they can enjoy the show, right in the backyard.

      He just calls in the next morning and tells the utility the bulb is out.

    • messianicdruid October 20, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      This reminds me of the Fourth of July. My niece’s husband always buys hundreds of dollars worth of firecrackers and uses a pellet gun to shoot out the large bulb in his yard light. That way they can enjoy the show, right in the backyard.

      He just calls in the next morning and tells the utility the bulb is out.

  20. BackRowHeckler October 19, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    The house might be burning down, but right now there are thousands of Central American migrants headed north thru Mexico — a ‘Caravan’ — to the land of milk and honey, where the streets are paved with gold and money grows on trees, crossing 2000 miles of barren desert and the Sierra Madre mountains, on foot, (some of the most rugged terrain on earth) just to get here.

    I don’t know what these people were told, who’s caring for them on their journey, or coaching them what to say when they get here. Perhaps they are hoping for the so called ‘Blue Wave’, at which time ICE will be abolished, the borders will be opened, and the entire 3rd world, 2.5 billion strong, will be welcomed into the former USA by the new Democratic majority.

    brh

  21. Ron Anselmo October 19, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Jim,

    One of your best. Keep up the good work. It matters.

    Ron

  22. DurangoKid October 19, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    When I was a kid in beautiful upstate New York, the gang and I hiked out to the site of a recently burned down barn. There were lots of things to look at. Scorched concrete footings, bits of metal sticking out of a pond of wood ash, stones turned red from the heat. But sightseeing was not the point of our excursion. Nails, thousands of nails. We could rake our fingers through the ashes and come up with fist-fulls of wonderful nails. For 11-year-old boys with a yearning for a tree house this was manna. Scrounging lumber wasn’t the hard part. There were tumble down farm buildings all around. The nails were the tricky bit. Having little more cash than the price of an empty soda bottle, new nails from the hardware store were out of reach. Extracting nails from fallen buildings was hard work and yielded bent nails that were difficult to reuse. While the nails from the burned barn may have lost some of their temper, they were straight and free of the wood and there for the taking.

    • Farmer McGregor October 19, 2018 at 11:50 am #

      I have been told that this was once a common practice, burning down decrepit old buildings precisely to sift the nails (all hand forged) out of the ashes.

    • BuckP October 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

      I sure enjoyed reading your comment! Well-written! Oh, the good ole days, when kids could build things and play ball in the park without parents and other adults hovering overhead. I feel bad for the youngsters today, who can’t do anything that doesn’t involve adult direction or supervision. Great lessons were learned on those playgrounds, such as how to deal with bullies, resovle differences and how to get along.

      • BornToKillPeace October 22, 2018 at 1:14 am #

        The youngsters of today can’t do anything without adult supervision, but where are the adults to watch over the adults?

  23. K-Dog October 19, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    If there was a true loyal opposition in this land, they would have called the fire department long ago. But they were too busy texting out their contrived grievances and sending cute Instagrams of each other in pussy hats to friends and allies while the flames of the burning house reflected off the screens of their iPhones.

    First responders know that getting people to take action in an emergency is very very hard to do. People wait for others to take the lead and nobody ever does. In the land of magic there is great faith that all will be good. Technology loves us. Technology will save us. Someday the iPhone will deliver a ham sandwich. Or a taco. What else do you need? What else does anyone else need? In the land of me everyone is free. Go do it, just do it. Follow your dream and be all you can be. Tomorrow is you.

    Pussy hats in a herd of cats. Opposition not possible.

    • DurangoKid October 19, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      One valuable skill I learned in my military service is to take charge in an emergency. Don’t wait. Inaction just makes a bad situation worse. In a few situations where I did assume command and tell people what to do and things turned out all right, some people resented it. It didn’t matter if I saved the day or just got some task done quicker and with less work and materials. My stepping in and pulling their fat out of the fire just seemed to piss them off for some reason.

  24. ozone October 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    (After the firestorm…)
    “…And then the rest of the people of this land can sift through ruins, seeking a few trinkets or useful tools with some remaining value. These people will be entitled to call themselves “survivors.” And they will act like survivors should act: by earnestly assessing how the house happened to burn down, and using what few assets and resources they still have at hand to shelter-in-place, while they draw up plans for a more sensible house.” — JHK

    JHK, I think you’ve left out one, dreadfully trenchant, narrow plateau on the way down. The survivors will first turn to some fanatical savior who assures them that all will return to rainbows and goodies if they should bend their knees (and backs) in fealty (and labor) to a sweetly poisonous totalitarian fascism. If *that* blood-drenched period should be survived (by no means a certainty), then there might be a sober re-think — if there are any thoughtful folk left. Otherwise, unmitigated savagery, unending hate/revenge and unrelieved distrust.

    It takes only a cursory look around to see this as an odds-on choice of paths forward. Watch this comment section for instruction and probabilities; plenty of calls for casual murder (veiled and blatant). Out here in the face-to-face world, this is also becoming common and unapologetic.

    • Elrond Hubbard October 19, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      ozone, Chris Hedges has been using the term ‘crisis cult‘ for a number of years to refer to this all-too-likely phenomenon. And of course, JHK himself has made the point any number of times.

      I really like high-energy, high-tech, high-trust society. I sure am gonna miss it.

      • ozone October 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

        Elrond,
        I’ll miss it too, but as is often quoted/paraphrased: “Things that can’t continue, won’t.”
        I suppose the old saw of: “Hope for the best; prepare for the worst” would apply as well. I’m a bit short on hope, so I’ll go with getting my mind right, at least. 😉

  25. BuckP October 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    $600/month for insulin! Really! And soon with those new expensive Republican junk healthcare plans, you’ll be lucky to get that covered, if you even qualify becasue of a prexisting condition. I’m not saying the Obamacare, $2000/month, $5000 deductible insurance was much better. Obama and his Democratic Congress nixed the single payer healthcare-for-all option in lieu of a colluded bonanza for health insurance companies and drug manufacturers. So much for the two party system.
    When the harsh north winds and blizzards of a long dark winter start blowing in, the oligarchs, kleptocrats, corporate bigwigs, Wall Street bankers or the .1% all think, they can ride it out in luxurious underground bunkers or in old converted missile siloes in Kansas replete with all the comforts of home and be impervious to the destruction they have caused. They, however, should read up on history and be very leery of those bottom 90% armed guards, who were hired to protect them. Former NYT war correspondent Chris Hedges, who reported from the wars in Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East said that the aristocrats were usually murdered by their own guards rather rhan an outside force.

    In 2009, when the Dems had complete control of Congress and Obama in the White House, they did nothing in regards to immigration policy, including DACA, medical costs, loss of middle class jobs due to NAFTA and other trade agreements, criminal justice reform with millions serving long sentences for non-violent crimes, infrastructure. or trimming the defense budget. In addition, none of the fraudsters responsible for the 2008 crash were brought to justice. Also, Trump, the supposed deep-state fighter is an elitist. He lived in the same neighborhood in NYC as Bill and hillary and went to the same parties. They laugh at our gullibility while hobnobbing at those parties

    Both parties serve Wall Street, the TBTF banks, the military-industrial-surveillamve complex and the oligarchs. All they expect of us is to spend a fortune on a phony college education at a good ole State U diploma mill with a good football team , of courde, buy a big, expensive, hastily-constructed clapboard house built and landscaped by undocumented workers, buy expensive toys, watch TV, read state-approved books or websites, spend, spend, spendand die.

    • peakfuture October 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      “Former NYT war correspondent Chris Hedges, who reported from the wars in Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East said that the aristocrats were usually murdered by their own guards rather rhan an outside force.”

      I thing JMG mentioned this as well, on the old Archdruid Report.

  26. Luhrenloup October 19, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Although it seems at times the Tower of Babel, I see the internet as a boon as the nation slides down the tubes to 2nd world status. All this screaming and carrying on is a product of the net. Try as they might, the elites who’ve controlled the message until recent years are being pushed back. Everybody knows it’s all bs, and we’re in trouble.

    There was a major purge of the internet last week, and still it continues, to try and control the message, I doubt they will succeed.

    Below is a case before the Supremes worth watching, and I’m sure there will be more:

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-17/supreme-court-takes-case-could-end-internet-censorship-expand-first-am…,

    Will the corporations be granted the right to, in essence, have power over government to control its citizenry.

    • BuckP October 19, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Recent censorship developments on the internet are enlightning because it clearly shows what the corporatists (oligarchs) think of us, the huddled masses. They don’t think we’re capable of thinking for ourselves. How insulting!
      They censor alt right Alex Jones without any due process and now they are coming for the likes of Chris Hedges RT On Contact, corbettreport, the Jimmy Dore Show, Greg Hunter uSA Watchdog, etc. They are using algorithms to hide their sites. Left or right in content doesn’t matter. They are definitely afraid of something.
      Land of the free and home of the brave is now a hollow advertising slogan.

      • ozone October 19, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        BuckP,
        Very astute. Seeing the motive is to scry the future… or have a reasonable guess thereby.
        As Luhrenloup shows by the questioning about corporate control, the court stacking is quite calculated and has an end game formulated and waiting in hard-copy.

  27. FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    They are one and the same. The CIA the NKVD the SS the STASI and all the rest of them, are all subsidiaries of the Vatican == Mofo

    The very essence of the Catholicism of the Western European Empire – and the Vatican is not only the Church, but also the state – is expressed, of course, by the architecture of St. Peter’s Cathedral, whose architect at the final stage was the brilliant sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti. And it is very symbolic that the essence of Catholicism as a spiritual community was also expressed by Michelangelo Buonarroti, but as an artist and poet when he painted the Sistine chapel.

    Unfortunately, these frescoes by Michelangelo no longer exist, since in 1984-1994 a restoration took place in the Sistine Chapel, which simply destroyed them as works of art, washing away this glue part into which dust and soot penetrated over 500 years – now they resemble Disney cartoons because they lack the details that form the basis of the emotional and subconscious effects of any work of art. .

    And I, apparently, was one of the last people who saw these frescoes when the ceiling was 99% finished, and the restoration of the frescoes of the Last Judgment had not yet begun.

    I say this so that you understand that I had the opportunity to compare the frescoes before restoration and after when they were there, and the memory of this 1% of the ceiling paintings that were not restored, surrounded by a riot of colors restored, is probably one of the most significant experiences of my life. Once people came to the Sistine Chapel and lay down on special benches, because otherwise it was impossible to perceive these murals, which Michelangelo wrote lying down. After that they left, shocked for life. Now you do not need to do that anymore – what’s the point, everything can be viewed standing up.

    So this is a completely different Catholic Church and it is not at all accidental that it is headed by a Jesuit from Latin America. And united Europe did not want in its constitution to even mention the completely obvious Christian roots of European culture.

    Before and After:
    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/53/Jesse_spandrel_beforeandafter.jpg

    • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

      It is said that the Last Judgment was restored much more in the spirit of Michelangelo, but I don’t believe it, especially since in my opinion this team of “restorers” washed away the soul of the Catholic Church quite consciously, and the Last Judgment may be, in this sense, more important than the Genesis of the ceiling.

      img-fotki.yandex.ru/get/5639/38575851.ba/0_6f9e1_2ec7f2ea_XXXL.jpeg

    • FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      So, Mofo, do you believe that it was KGB that destroyed the Sistine chapel?

  28. ladybuggun October 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    Democrats won’t lose the midterms. Women are pissed! And I’m one of them! We will vote, and we will vote for women when ever there is a Democratic woman running. Men have run things long enough, and you can see where that has gotten us! The party of Trump where no one has any civility, or manners, or even reality. I don’t like living in a world where up is down, black is white, Trump hates the United Nations, but loves Saudi Arabia and Russia, lies every time he opens his mouth, and is totally unfit for the office, lacking brains, the temperament, and morality. Its time for men to step aside and give women a chance to run things. One thing is for sure, we wouldn’t do any worse, and we sure as hell wouldn’t get a buffoon as president!!

    • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      LOL – you mean YOU are pissed. Our President is TOTALLY amazing and obviously runs circles around Hillary, and all his enemies for that matter. Oh and by the way, Hillary is a complete liar and craven lunatic.

      • ladybuggun October 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

        Yes I mean I’m pissed! So are a bunch of women. And Hillary is so much smarter than Trump, and told us how he would become Putin’s puppet. So it turns out, not just Putin’s puppet, but he loves the King of Saudi Arabia, and North Korea’s leader too. I will predict right now that he won’t run for a second term, hopefully he’ll be in jail by then, along with the rest of his dictator loving family!

        • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

          I am sorry you are so upset and angry. You certainly have the right to your opinion. From everything I have seen Hillary is a mean-spirited woman who has actually abused and participated in the abuse of women with her husband. They both enriched themselves by stealing from our treasury, all the while sticking their heals on the heads of the American workers. I much prefer a man who does everything in his power to enrich our country and the American working classes, even if that means he is a dictator.

          • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

            SSL

            I think you have met Janet’s sister.

          • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

            JohnAZ you must be a mind reader. When I first saw the post I thought to myself, “Is this janet “Mx. Kumbaya” under a different alias lol!

          • ladybuggun October 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

            What happened to democracy? You like a dictator? Rex Tillerson was right when he said trump is a fu**ing moron. He’s not the only one.

          • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            Or it could be one of those non-binary identities speaking. Dang it janet or whoever you are – too confusing to keep up with lol!

          • malthuss October 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

            search–clinton body count.
            It cant all be accidents.

          • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

            128 and counting. WTF?

        • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

          I think he has a beautiful and photogenic family too! He does everything he can to make our lives better and the lives of our children better. Hillary could care less about us. She is the type of woman who always thinks of SELF first.

        • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

          Democracy is bad because too many people who have no clue about anything can vote and love to vote for the most idiotic reasons. I didn’t say I prefer a dictator, I said….whatever it takes at this point since our country is crumbling because of all of these years of idiocracy.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

            Bravo for your acumen. As Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” A government of laws not men. Some get to vote – by no means everyone.

            But who? The qualified. And if that excluded me, well fine. I could rest easy knowing that it was in good patriotic hands and devote myself to other things, and perhaps even becoming qualified at some point.

          • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

            Thanks! In a good state we could all find roles to help the national effort with our various talents, and yes work on maximizing ourselves. I am ok too with not having a say in terms of voting if those that did were true leaders that loved the country and its people and didn’t have any other masters.

    • Luhrenloup October 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      NPC

    • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      Oh…think also of Nancy Pelosi and/or Pocahontas :-). Great leaders aren’t they – not. Fail again!

    • volodya October 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

      Wouldn’t do any worse? Yeah, maybe. OTOH have you been to Argentina lately?

      While it was that dick-head David Cameron who started the UK on the road to a shambolic departure from the EU without having considered a possible Leave referendum victory or what to do in that eventuality, and who then cut and ran, Liz May hasn’t exactly been Churchillian in her leadership. Not up to the task seemingly. Not even close.

      I’ve worked for both men and women bosses. Women were no better.

    • Bill7 October 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

      Careful what you wish for:

      wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems-m07.html

    • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

      I too am a woman. I too am pissed. I’m pissed at the spectacle of the Kavanaugh hearings and that utterly revolting side show outside during the proceedings. Talk about lack of civility and manners! I think you’re projecting a little bit here. I’m still in disbelief that they had to go back to his high school days to find even an unbelievable whiff of impropriety, and they still trotted it out and subjected the whole country to a circus on the floor of our senate. I’ve never seen anything so pathetic. You want to talk about civility and manners? A couple of days ago a women running as a Republican for state rep was assaulted as she went door to door. She was punched in the arm by a man and chased back to her car. In a separate incident, a man running as a republican was assaulted and sent to the hospital with a concussion. I don’t want what the Democrats are selling these days and I was a Democrat since Jimmy Carter until they ran Hillary. I’m sorry, but I could not, at this point, trust a woman who was a Democrat enough to vote for her. They’re all looking like screaming harridans, poor things, they appear to have little control over their emotions. You are deluded if you think men will step aside. You girls are going to have to push them out and I don’t believe you have the votes to do it. You’re certainly not getting my vote and I’m not alone in feeling this way. Maybe you should take a break from watching CNN and the view for a few days. You might calm down. You might not sound so irrational.

      • It wasn’t on the floor of the Senate. It was in a committee room.

        • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

          It was still a despicable and embarassing display. But hey, what’s left to lose when you are totally certifiable.

          • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

            I sent my senator, Amy Klobuchar, an email telling her how mortified I was by the whole sordid ordeal, by Democrats in general and her in particular. I told her I found it beneath contempt that they would drag the good name of a man through the mud on such flimsy grounds regarding an alleged event from his adolescence. There is plenty about Kavanaugh I don’t like, but what the Democrats did was a bridge to far. I’m through with them. There is a lot about Republicans I don’t necessarily agree with, but I can live with that.

          • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 10:32 pm #

            I know what you mean. It was very offensive how they and their media allies smeared him and his family and dragged them through hell. The demand that we believe 36-year-old allegations with no witnesses or evidence was intellectually insulting too.

      • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

        Yep that sounds like a good plan! I also recommend deep breaths, yoga, and exercise. All good for clearing the mind and bringing sanity back :-).

      • Walter B October 19, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

        Wow, draupnir what an excellent post, well done! I am always filled with not only happiness but with hope whenever I see or hear such intelligent thought and reasoning going on about me. I too have only supported people based upon their personal and ethical values and not their affiliations, and it is very depressing that the choices we have been given for the last couple of decades have been so bad. Would it not be a true joy to have to choose between two really good, capable, competent, and maybe even honest candidates? Yes I will not hold my breath nor should anyone lest they asphyxiate.

      • Linda October 20, 2018 at 7:33 am #

        I was a Democrat most of my life. Worked on dozens of campaigns, president of the NOW chapter in my city and state and I voted for Trump. I agree with you draupnir the whole Kavanaugh hearing was a three-ring circus based on some idiotic high school behavior. Bah. BTW I’m also a sex abuse survivor and IMO Ford was a liar.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 21, 2018 at 3:01 am #

        I was all for Hillary, in spite of the fact that I knew she was a lying, thieving, conniving bitch. Because really, how many Sunday School teachers are in Congress, or even make good leaders? I even worked for her campaign in 2008 when she was running against Obama, the twerp. Plus, I don’t think for one minute she believes all the Democratic Party bullshit. The heart of Hillary is that of a Goldwater conservative,

        I bailed on Hillary when the email server thingy came out, because I can not support someone who is sooo grossly stupid to do something like that. Plus, I like Trump. I think he is a good and honest person, who is also competent.

        Plus, as weird as the Democrats are acting since 2016, there is no way I will ever vote for one of them again, for anything. That whole party needs to go out of existence.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    • BornToKillPeace October 22, 2018 at 1:39 am #

      I don’t think Trump loves Saudi Arabia and Russia, rather must work with them. S.A. is our oil daddy, Russia and the U.S. were on the brink of starting WWIII thanks to the likes of that old bag Hillary and her ink, and Trump has had some reassuring to do otherwise.

      Russian collusion is a myth – have you still not heard that the dossier came out of the DNC camp?

      And Kavanaugh, sister.. That was a political hit. I’m not on board with Kavanaugh’s background with the Bush’s and his being on board with the Patriot Act….but the smear did exactly what it was meant to do…get the woman-folk fired up to vote in the midterms.

  29. Exscotticus October 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    >>> The party of Trump where no one has any civility, or manners

    Obama had civility and manners. Where did that get us? Where was the change he promised? The “shovel ready” infrastructure? The bullet trains? The improvements to race relations? The one-world kumbaya? Obama was the great Appeaser-in-Chief—that is—when he wasn’t killing 16-year-old children from Colorado with hellfire missiles from drones.

    And women are doing quite well in California; both Senators are women, and the House minority leader is a woman as well. Where has that gotten California? The state government’s endless expansion and pandering has left it $1.3 trillion in debt. Criminals have access to guns and flood across the border while lawful citizens watch the state continuously erode their civil liberties.

    Voting according to identity politics is exactly why Dems will lose. Women will vote for women, blacks will vote for blacks, hispanics will vote for hispanics, and so on.

    • thwack October 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

      Im black; but I vote for the big tits.

      Just sayin

  30. SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    Thanks Mr. K for the insightful post! Could it be that the house is maybe too full of traitors and foreigners? I am thinking that is a MAJOR part of our problem. Democracy sucks as we call see since the fruit is way past rotten. The President is doing all he can but he may just need to be a dictator!

    • jdhines October 20, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

      Dark Star,

      Careful what you wish for; you may be closer to a dictatorship than you know. Who’s up for abusing a 60-year old reporter, trying to usher in a small bit of reform in a brutal, Muslim dictatorship in the desert? While we are at, let’s not just torture him, let’s kill him and dismember him too. Then we’ll deny it and finally come clean that, in a fair fight with 15 security thugs, he accidentally got killed. Of course, we always bring bone saws to our discussions, just in case. Pathetic! Please tell us something a five-year-old would believe.

      Meanwhile, our bone-spurred, tough-guy leader, GGG, gives the Muslim Crown Prince all the cover he needs. Oh yeah, and his genius Jewish son-in-law, who’s a great pal of his highness, is bringing peace to the Middle East. Good G_d, what an out-of-touch load of bull. Jared will most likely soon be where his father spent several years, aka The Joint.

      JDH

      trueblueprog.com/2018/10/19/disgusting-behavior-of-republicans/

      • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 3:20 am #

        I knew you were obsessed when I ran into you before. Why Dark Star? I must seem out of control and dark since we don’t see eye to eye? You want me to get right don’t you. What is it around here? Somebody else said I was under the control of a Svengali. A girl can make her own mind up you know!

        • jdhines October 21, 2018 at 8:01 am #

          Obsessed? No. Perplexed, shocked, surprised, yes. Why Dark Star? It seems a bit grim wishing for a dictator, no? Are progs really that bad?

          Yes, a girl can make up her own mind, of course, but that’s just it, it doesn’t seem that a rational girl would want any part of the hard-right. I don’t believe the far-right has your best interests at heart, but I may be wrong. Thanks for the reply, SSL.

          JDH

          • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

            It seems as if the left’s behavior indicates that they also seek a dictatorship. Right now it looks like dictatorship by mob rule. So I am not sure why my opinion would be shocking. I know where you are going with the whole rational thing and I don’t care. But just for the record you also said absolute stupidity ;-).

        • GreenAlba October 22, 2018 at 9:32 am #

          “Somebody else said I was under the control of a Svengali. “

          That was me, SSL. It was a joke. While you were doing your ‘I am sixteen, going on seventeen’ routine with Janos, who was feeding you white supremacist literature.

          But you’re right, SSL, that you’re entirely responsible for your views. If you wish a dictator on the US and you get one, you can’t blame Janos.

          And to another poster: “Wow you’re scaring me but I do see what you mean. Thanks for keeping me on track :-).”

          And another: “Why must you be embarrassed by beautiful qualities and values such love, devotion and obedience?”(with reference to your political leader, if I recall).

          Hmmm… I guess some people just like having their reading er… ‘guided’ and also have the dictator-prone gene. And prone is a word to remember when it comes to life under a dictator.

          But then you did say you like to ham it up, so perhaps you were just laying it all on a bit thick 🙂 .

  31. tucsonspur October 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    Yes, and all this while Guatemalan gangs and Honduran hordes march our way armed with the weapons of arrogance, defiance and disrespect towards the US.

    An army that doesn’t fight but will win the war and destroy this country from within because of an ineffective and self interested Congress.

    Troops on the border. Open fire. Let them feel the heat of high velocity metal.

    • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

      YES Please do!!!!!! Keep the invaders out of OUR country!!!!!!

      • The New York Times just printed an article in today’s issue (Friday) about the takeover of local seedy motels to house migrants because they are running out of beds.

        All volunteer staff helping organize them. All women. Mostly white.

        One of hte migrants was quoted saying he will work any job. All he wants to do is work. And then they listed the sectors: construction, restaurants, cleaning, and landscaping.

        He sold his small farm in Guatemala to pay the smuggler gangs for the trip.

        My perspective is that none of this is in my best interest- I think “landscaping” is a gigantic waste of time and energy and resources. Restaurants should be forced to pay fair price of free labor, and I don’t eat out. Construction is just a racket that is building too much house, too fucking ugly, and creating too much debt. I can’t afford it. Cleaning? Lets be serious- bringing in scabs to clean is basically fucking janitors over a barrel. People who don’t pay other people to clean for them – people like me – have no interest in subsidizing one class (upper) to pick the pocket of another (lower).

        The stupidity of eviscerating Guatemala’s political economy by encouraging this behavior is atrocious. We are going to reduce these countries to levels of privation below even 20th century lows if we keep this up.

        But those volunteers… they are making sure the welcome mat is out. The churches need good press now that the Roman Catholic Church subpoenas have been filed.

        • draupnir October 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

          I just saw an endless mass of people trying to cross a bridge over a river. People trying to get to Mexico maybe. I missed that part. The bridge was fenced and they were trying to climb over and getting pushed back down. Some of them were jumping in the river to try to get around that way. The people behind were trying to move forward. The people in the front were getting squashed against the fence or pushed back down. Trump, God bless him, has made it clear to Mexico and Guatemala that they must stop that mob before it gets to our border or he’ll cut off their aid. That bridge looked like Hell. I expect shooting is going to start soon.

          • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

            I have no sympathy for most of these people on that bridge. I watched the reports today and what I saw was mostly young males, women and kids being pushed to the front for the press’ sake, lots of cameras and not cheap ones in the crowd, lots of cell phones, most dressed well.

            These are not a bunch of poor people from the slums of Honduras and Guatemala, they are a mob of people drummed up from the streets, paid by the globalists to disrupt the midterm elections, and encouraged by the USA stupid immigration laws. It is a production, bought and paid for, and well photographed. It is a sham!

            Mexico has a lot to lose by allowing this mob to cross their territory, and Trump had better put the military on the border and enforce it. Otherwise, this is just the beginning.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

            Not poor people from the slums? Why not? They would take money too – in order to get more money when they get here.

        • malthuss October 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

          My perspective is that none of this is in my best interest- I think “landscaping” is a gigantic waste of time and energy and resources.
          A tree surgeon I spoke to doesnt like Landscape designers He finds them not understanding plants. They are into form, not function [needs for water, light, etc].

          • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 11:05 pm #

            Lol what?

      • jdhines October 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

        For the love of g_d and all things holy!

        Those illegals are all bad unless they’re buying gasoline, Coca-Colas, diapers, trinkets, food, and other assorted supplies at your local Wally world market! And paying sales taxes, real estate taxes (if they rent a place) and payroll taxes (if they got a fake SS card). Or, if they’re working up a sweat mowing your lawns or building your homes, cooking your food, etc. Then they’re A-OK immigrant customers/laborers! Oh wait, that’s all immigrants, WTF…. working AND paying taxes for WHO? You, ya dumbass!

        If big business didn’t want them here, they’d have been gone decades ago. Please wise up. Funny the Repug’s patrons are the very ones that allow their presence, but it does make for a good sound bite to shout: “MAGA and build the wall!” Good fun too! All despite the fact that real Texans, as Red as they can be, don’t want any damn wall on their ranch land! Don’t believe me? Please ask the ranchers.

        Funny how that works: “we’ll tell ’em to keep them bad MS-13 hombres out, while you lets ’em in to work for cheap and pay taxes they never get nutin for! How’s dat?”

        Again, please wise up. You’ve been had by the Repugs… again.

        JDH

  32. volodya October 19, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Ozone, One possibility is that of a religious leader, presenting himself as the man with the plan and the helping hand. The prospect or promise of a helping hand is what Trump elected. Contrast that approach to the disdain shown by his rival for the throne.

    I’ve said it before and I don’t want to bore but there’s a good chance IMO of Islam becoming the religion of the downtrodden in Europe, especially France. Picture a leader running as Muslim saying come one come all to the Mosque, everyone welcome, and oh BTW we have it in for the bloodsucker-parasite elite that brought you to this pass. Elect us and we’ll deal with them, elect us and we reset the clocks, we’ll obtain justice on the malefactors, we’ll obtain justice for the humble moms and dads that just want to make a living and raise their family.

    Of course this sounds a whole lot Bolshie and when the Bolshie’s got into power it was a bloody mess. Same with Mao over yonder and Pol Pot and good ole Adolf.

    • capt spaulding October 19, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

      Muslims are Europe’s version of our problem on the southern border. There are similarities between both groups, from poverty, to escaping violence, to excessive breeding. Overpopulation is the root cause of all our problems, and these people are no exception. I think you’re right about France. Both us and Europe will be overcome, not by force, but with fecundity. By the time that happens, we will be trying to live through the effects of climate change, and a million other problems. It don’t look good, folks, and guaranteed, it’s all gonna happen.

      • Ricechex October 20, 2018 at 3:24 am #

        I call them ARABS. Muslims is just another watered down word for Arabs. Like “non citizens” “undocumented” now used for ILLEGALS. One of them is running for Congress in CA.
        campacampaign.com/

        They are pushing it in the schools.
        courthousenews.com/san-diego-parents-call-schools-anti-islamic-bullying-program-unconstitutional/

        I was in Maui this week and there were even Arabs there. Hijabs and all. It is just a matter of time.

        • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 11:56 am #

          CAIR is a big pusher of islamic indoctrination in schools and the media generally. They work behind the scenes for the stealthy establishment of Shariah Law in American courts. They are also an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case.

          nationalreview.com/2007/08/coming-clean-about-cair-scott-w-johnson/

          Fifth column?

        • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

          Most Muslims aren’t Arabs. FYI. Iranians, Indonesians, Black Africans, etc

      • Tate October 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        “The world is overpopulated, and we need to stop having children in order to prevent wasting resources. Bringing children into this world is selfish.”

        “Europe needs to accept migrants in order to fix the problem of its dwindling & aging population.”

        Huh????

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

      V

      Not just Europe, try Michigan.

      Democrat= Muslim!

      • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

        Dearborn is an islamic stronghold now.

  33. tucsonspur October 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Here’s someone who can make you feel the heat:

    yahoo.com/news/putin-hails-sunset-u-global-020820083.html

    • “Putin also boasted that Russia’s “hypersonic” weapon system will be the best in the world within months. Such a system would allow missile speeds of at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second, CNBC reported. The U.S. is currently incapable of defending itself against such a system, CNBC said.

      Putin said Russia’s nuclear weapons would be used only to retaliate against an enemy strike. “We have no concept of a preemptive strike,” Putin said in response to a question, Agence France-Presse reported. “The aggressor will have to understand that retaliation is inevitable, that it will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven.”

      Well that pretty much seals the world’s fate doesn’t it?

      Sooner or later nuclear weapons in the hands of religious nuts and they will use it to unleash the apocalypse they are dying to see with their own eyes

      • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

        That type of apocalypse is in most religions. The idea is we are holy and all the infidelsvare going to die horrible deaths.

        Ethnocentrism at its finest!

  34. SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Hopefully we can be friends with Russia!

  35. thwack October 19, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    They ate him.

    Thats why they can’t find him?

    Think about it?

    It don’t take 15 dudes to bump off a high profile regime critic?

    So be advised?

    don’t eat that “Khashoggi burger”

  36. bukowskisghost October 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    Two things: (1) Squeaky, please shut up about
    Narcisstic personal life.

    (2) Please, no more song lyrics in lieu of
    thinking.

    • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

      Regarding (2): Why are they mutually exclusive? Good song lyrics should actually promote thinking, no?

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 21, 2018 at 3:20 am #

      Huh??? Bukowski was like a degenerate narcissist from Hell, always going on about the seedy crap in his life, as if was worthy of writing poems over. I mean, how hard is that stuff to write??? Here is you a Genuine Ersatz Bukowski Poem!

      J’adore???
      A Bukowski Parody by Squeeky Fromm

      Oh Hai!
      Crap. I woke up this morning and my butt itches.
      No doubt from those drunk gold-digging bitches.
      Stinking of stale Jadore.

      Christ, DAMMIT! I think I fell asleep in a fucking flower garden somewhere. Putrid lilacs with little teeny weeny maggots crawling in and out of them.
      Did I mention that my butt itches???

      Do I have any clean undies anywhere??? No. I guess I will opt for the ones with the fewest skid marks. Where is my fucking money???

      Hot Damn, I done been rolled! No wonder my butt itches. It must have been
      A Mickey Finn,
      That did me in,
      That and sin,
      And a bottle of gin,
      And that damn bitch who couldn’t get enough White Russians.

      Told me I wasn’t getting none,
      Like she was a nun.
      On the run
      From fun
      Son of a gun!
      And my butt, it itches!

      Scratch. Scratch. Crap. Now my fingers stink.
      Let me think.
      No soap in the sink.
      What shall I do now that my itch has been replaced by brown, stinky fingers???

      OH!
      I know!
      I need some dough!
      Let me hie away to the rusty Remington, and
      Tell the world about my itchy butt.
      And that cheap whore who swallowed White Russians like a two dollar whore in a Moscow bordello.

      Because the whole world wants to know that my butt itches.
      Shantih. Shantih. Shantih.
      Or is it:
      Shanty. Shanty. Shanty.
      Meet her. Meter. I am, iamb, I cried in such a jamb.Jadore jamb?
      And they say there is no such thing synchronicity.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

  37. GhostOfHam October 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    “data entries that pretend to represent secure wealth” A virtual Reality: A simulation. A derivation. A derivative of the thing itself. But good enough to satisfy the contracted citizen.

    U’SUFRUCT, n. [L. usus, use, and fructus, fruit.]
    The temporary use and enjoyment of lands or tenements; or the right of receiving the fruits and profits of lands or other thing, without having the right to alienate or change the property.

  38. pequiste October 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

    JMR, you mentioned you had already mentioned: “Burning Down The House” by the Talking Heads except you did not notice that your reply was at 11:39 AM while mine was a bit earlier at 11:15 AM.

    Not to worry; it is of no importance.

    Permit me to suggest a most appropriate great disco hit for today’s awesome JHK despatch to the CFN instead:

    youtube.com/watch?v=A_sY2rjxq6M

  39. FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    Hopefully we can be friends with Russia! == SoftStar

    I’m telling Clusterfuckers about Plato’s “Republic” and about how the supporters of Hillary Clinton making Gog and Magog from Russia and also about how the question of the Ukrainian autocephaly is the point of focus – a point of intersection of all major trends in world politics.

    As a result, it turns out that most people who comment here are preachers of apocalyptic Christianity and simply never heard of Christ’s “Thousand Year Kingdom” on earth and do not know who Gog and Magog are.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennialism

    Wouldn’t you agree that it is useless to discuss with people who have never heard of the “Thousand Year Kingdom” of Christ on earth the difference in the descriptions of Gog and Magog in the Old and New Testaments? It is all the more useless to discuss these issues with people who believe that the New Testament refuted the Old Testament or that Christianity and Judaism are two opposing religions, between which there are antagonistic contradictions.

    And in order to understand the causes of this phenomenon, it’s enough to look at the Wikipedia article “Nicolaism” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaism and compare its size with the Russian version.

    Moreover, in the coming days, it will be possible to observe the process of annihilating from Wikipedia article the short mention of Eupraxia of Kiev, a woman, whose testimony for me is the most valuable source of information about the Black Project and its attitude towards Jews.

    At the beginning of the 20th century, people in Russia who graduated from the gymnasium knew a great deal more about Christianity compared to even modern doctors of any specialty, including doctors of historical sciences. With this knowledge, they went through the First World War, February and October revolutions, the Civil War, repressions, the Great Patriotic War, the Khrushchev de-Stalinization, Brezhnevism and stagnation, and some survived to the disgraceful collapse of the USSR.

    And what are you going to go with through what the 21st century prepared for us? Ready to eat meals?!

    And all this time I was telling that Hillary Clinton organized the IL-20 catastrophe because the conflict between Russia and Israel in Syria allowed her to bring unrest into the ranks of Trump supporters, many of whom are evangelical Christians, and for them Gog and Magog are Israel’s enemies who attacked Israel after the millennial kingdom of Christ, which ended with the brutal murder of Nicholas II and his family.

    A lot of posters here can very resourcefully explain that real Israelis are Palestinians, but it is useless to explain that to Evangelical Christians – you could get into a lot of trouble for that. And they can shoot you too, because in their ranks the slightest hint that Russia, which Trump “loves” so much is the country of Gog and Magog, brings confusion and complete disorganization.

    And I wanted to tell you why I am sure that Joseph Stalin decided to create the State of Israel, after reading the prophecies of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and how Franklin Delano Roosevelt related to that, who seemed to have been killed for this, few hours after receiving a letter from Joseph Stalin with evidence of a separate peace concluded in Bern between Allen Dulles and the SS General Wolf, which is what the movie “Seventeen Moments of Spring ” is all about!

    • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

      Well I have admittedly a lack of knowledge about these subjects, but I can say that many churches are phonies and are actually aiding and abetting the illegal alien invasion. The government pays them for their enabling activities. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were deceptive about other things too!

    • akmofo October 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      Gog and Magog refers to the Amelekites ruling over Egypt and fortressed at Avaris. When King Saul defeated them he failed to kill them as commanded by god. The Amelekites Kings escaped east and then north to eventually became modern day Turks.

      Russians and Ukranian are descendants of Dan and are thus Hebrews. Russian Subbotniks know and understand this.

      • SoftStarLight October 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

        Aren’t Russians and Ukrainians Slavic people? I have never heard that they are Jewish.

        • akmofo October 21, 2018 at 8:52 am #

          The Russ are a mix of Danish (Hebrew) viking stock that traveled south by way of the Danube, Don, and Dnieper rivers (notice D-N pattern) and various others but mostly Scythians, who themselves very well be Hebrews of the ten lost tribes. So on both sides of their lineage, Russians and Ukrainians are Hebrews.

          From my personal experience, the “Russian soul” is closest to the Hebrew. We share the same song melodies mentality sentimentalities and general language thought patterns. We are essentially the same.

          • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 11:35 am #

            Wow so the Danish are Hebrew too! It seems like I have read theories that the lost tribes migrated to Europe. Are Hebrews then Caucasian? I notice you say Hebrew versus Jewish. It is sounding as if the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand?

          • akmofo October 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

            The Danish the Welsh the Scots are all Hebrews that migrated north from the Iberian (Hebrew) peninsula in the Mediterranean to the North Sea. Europa borrows its name from a Hebrew princess carried from Northern Israel to the Greek Isles. The Greeks and later the Romans trace their origins to the Danites of northern Israel.

            Jews are part of the twelve tribes of Israel, which themselves were part of the larger Hebrew family that included the whole Ancient Middle East (Sumaria) to the Black and Caspian Sea, and later the whole of North Africa/Carthage. At that time they spoke the same oral language, though they developed different scripts. If Sumerian Cuneiform is read out loud every Hebrew speaking person can understand it. Same for ancient Egyptian. When Abraham came to Egypt he has no trouble speaking with the Pharaoh, same with Jacob, because the oral language is the same.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

            The Semitic Hyksos invaded Egypt and then pretend to be real Egyptians even as they mocked the real Egyptians. Yes, the Jews got along well with their cousins – until a real Egyptian Pharaoh “who knew not Joseph” arose and asked for repayment of all that they had taken.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            By that logic, we’re the real Jews and you guys are Edomite and Khazar imposters. After all, nature abhors a vacuum. Once Palestine was depopulated, other peoples moved in. A few Jews returned from Babylon, but most never did. Ezra tried to keep them from marrying the locals, but in the end many did – as the Jewish Encyclopedia admits.

          • akmofo October 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

            The Hyksos are the Arab Amalekites that Israel encountered in the Sinai. The Amalekites entered Egypt and took over as the Israel left Egypt when god devastated that land. About 400 years later, King Saul defeated the Amalekites in Avaris. A new Egyptian Dynasty was born which some 7 decades later gave rise to Pharaoh Ramses II plunderer of King Solomon’s Temple.

          • akmofo October 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

            Edomites were wild Arab barbarians that lived across the Judean desert in modern day Jordan. The Edomites were geographically isolated from Israel and there was little to no interaction with them, except when they allowed foreign invaders through their territory to wage war with Israel.

            The Hebrews always took their wives from the highly sophisticated and cultured Hebrew towns of Northern Israel, what is today modern day Lebanon and Syria. It was a common tradition dating from the days of Abraham.

            Bat-sheva, mother to King Solomon (King David’s son) was a Hittite. The Hittites lived even further north than Lebanon and Syria, in modern day Turkey.

          • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

            I notice you write god and not God. That seems strange too or just curious I guess?

    • “…It turns out that most people who comment here are preachers of apocalyptic Christianity…”

      Do you have anyone in mind specifically?

      I’m an athiest by the way.

      • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

        In other words, you have faith in the fact that there is no God. You probably have more faith than a lot of the Bible beaters.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 8:54 am #

        I’m an atheist by the way

        So, the Christian culture had no effect on you?

        Apocalyptic Christianity is more characteristic of Western Christianity in general, this blog being a prove.

        • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 11:26 am #

          So are you saying that rather than an impending apocalypse, the thousand-year kingdom is about to happen?

  40. Anyone read the New York Times today?

    Anyone read?

    • Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

      The immaturing of America
      by Brett Stevens on January 7, 2013
      amerika.org/politics/the-immaturing-of-america/

      The problem with civilization is that it tries to make a perfect system of rules to eliminate uncertainty and doubt. However, in doing so, it creates a reality in itself, like a game, which can then be mastered by people independent of the underlying reality. As they do this, society drifts apart from reality.

      Like a snowball, socialization itself gains momentum and mass at the same time. It becomes a reaction out of control, resembling a nuclear meltdown in its achievement of critical mass and then an uncontrollable cascade. At first, it can be arrested but then it reaches a state where it is reacting to itself and cannot be restrained.

      One mention of this that is particularly interesting comes to us from the classic literature of the 1920s in which writers wrote about their time. Scott Fitzgerald describes people “doing stunts” to draw attention to themselves. Ernest Hemingway describes people acting outlandishly as a means of passing the time or becoming socially powerful.

      This way of drawing attention to oneself is a chain reaction like the ones described above. At first, it is a benign form of attention whoring. But with each event, each person must make themselves more noticeable than the others. This quickly moves from simply outlandish to obscene, ironic, prurient, insane and self-destructive.

      Similarly, one way to draw attention to yourself is to project a false concern for others. By doing this, you demand that whatever they are doing should be tolerated. Since you don’t care what it is they’re doing, or what its consequences are, and only worry about making yourself look good, a spiral appears here too.

      In the West right now, we’re seeing a mass immaturity wave. Our cities are flooded with hipsters who specialize in being ironic. Our media is full of foolish celebrities who act beyond rationality in order to stay in the news. Even our leaders, in an attempt to be cool like the kids, are acting like teenagers.

      When we see elections like 2008 and 2012 where one party wins by lying, making promises, distorting the truth and evading actual questions in favor of “flavor issues” that have emotional or ironic appeal (“first black president,” bro!) we can see the future of the immature society: it consumes itself by feasting on delusion.

  41. FincaInTheMountains October 19, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    don’t eat that “Khashoggi burger” == Twhack

    Khashoggi affair is such a striking example of modus operandi of the Black Project = Clintonoids.

    Saudis, fat rats they are, left the Clinton ship to run to Trump’s side and Deep State having old deep connection with the Saudi’s intelligence (Saudi’s version of Deep State) organized a sacrificial lamb – their very own Washington Post journalist to drive a wedge between Trump and the Saudis, and if they get lucky, to bring oil price to $200 a barrel and stop the Trump economic expansion.

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

      It sounds good. The naivety of most people about how far Liberals will go to get their way is appalling.

  42. The body of one of the women who created Mexico’s first all-female soccer team was found under a blanket outside Tijuana. She had been missing for a month.

    She had been bound and beaten severely in the neck and head.

  43. Ol' Scratch October 19, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    Denial of life
    by Brett Stevens on January 12, 2013
    amerika.org/politics/denial-of-life/

    From childhood on, most of us experience life through the denial of others. In the interest of all getting along, or making do with what we have, we ignore the overall direction of our society, which has been screaming downward like a burning plane for at least 200 years.

    In school, they put a brave face on it by teaching us that The EnlightenmentTM was the period when we woke up from the grim “red in tooth and claw” past, and starting moving toward progress, which we’re not supposed to call Utopia. The idea was that we could “perfect” humanity.

    Like many other human engineering experiments, this process is marked by dramatic failure until the right technology is found. The only problem is that, thanks to human denial, we have never stopped to re-assess whether our basic directional change back there in The EnlightenmentTM was right or not. We just keep trying new variations on the same old idea.

    When we are young, adults seem to us to be denying life. They don’t care about existential joy, or happiness, but more mundane things, namely:

    Money
    Power
    Keeping up with the Joneses

    There’s a practical reason for this: if you have the first two, and make a halfhearted stab (at least) toward the third, you fit into the herd and no one can tell that you might have any thoughts outside approval for how our society is.

    Since we all know our society is in decay, we tend to fear those who speak that truth, and smash them down if we can. In any emergency, the best way to get torn apart by a lynch mob is to start doing what is sensible. Doing what is sensible requires risk; denial does not, psychologically at least.

    To a teenager, say a junior in high school, adulthood is simple: people spend all their time on studying, which is really detail memorization to see how much you retain, and then spend all their time working, so they have money to enjoy life, which tends to occur when they’re very old and retired. It’s essentially death-worship.

    Even more appalling is the grim fact that people are signaling blatant discontent. They jockey for power, and act like jerks to one another so that they feel that sense of importance that makes them think their lives are worthwhile.

    Really, they’re just bitter that for 300+ days a year they’re going to the same office and doing the same dumb stuff, most of which is designed to accommodate dumb people and dumb regulations. They have become robots, mechanically going through the motions without a thought for how the situation could be improved or (gasp) made more fun.

    Part of what drives them ahead is overpopulation. Since we keep producing people like mad, and none of us have any hereditary right to a job, we must constantly tread water harder and faster to keep ourselves from drowning. The problem with this is that then others compete by spending more time on it and wham, to compete, we must spend all our time on the same.

    Some people live a gilded life, they think. They have found a good income and jobs they don’t terribly mind. Some of these are honestly well-situated. But for most, they’re bored, conscious of missing out on better options, angry and resentful. They become vandals against the system that traps them.

    This vandalism occurs in little ways, but it’s nasty. They’ll cut you off on the road, cut ahead in line, abuse underlings, treat support staff badly, or even outright sabotage one another. Parents sabotage children by teaching them socially-acceptable lies, then using the children’s failure to seize control of their lives. People manipulate each other, even in families.

    It’s not an exaggeration to say that it feels like some mythical “end times” from an ancient holy book. People have no faith in truth, in honor or in goodness. In the name of freedom and individualism, they act out of self interest and pass their destruction on to the whole group. When everyone does that, we must all dedicate all of our time to survival.

    The sad thing is that this gratifies the resentful mind. They’d hate it more than anything if someone escaped the misery to which they have condemned themselves. They hate anyone who has more than they do, anyway, and they frequently petition politicians to take away what others have so they can have some of it.

    But their biggest sabotage, by far, is remaining in denial. In denial that we’re wasting our time in this modern work-slavery that’s totally inefficient. In denial that people are miserable, or that society is slowly sinking like the Titanic. They use their denial to make you doubt your own perceptions, and to force you to suffer as they have.

    If you can imagine a swirling vortex of hatred, reactionary backlash and sneering scorn, this is what humanity has become. It’s worst in the industrialized world, where we know we should be working less and enjoying more, but the opposite has occurred. We have formed ourselves an empire of our own misery, and we hate that anyone might escape.

    • Walter B October 19, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

      Fuckin A Scratch, what a gem! Well done for posting this even if only a very few will understand it or agree with it, even here. If I was going to ride off into the mountains and do the Jerimiah Johnson thing (much of which suits me just fine) why then, for the most part, society can just go screw. Although, even JJ needed to trade with the Flatlanders for powder, lead and possibles didn’t he? But when a man chooses to live within the auspices of society, he accepts a certain responsibility to act for the betterment of that society as well as the ability to prosper from it. Greed and self-centered behavior are two of the modern attributes that have overcome the American citizen and they will be the downfall of the culture as sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. And yes, Denial is NOT a river in Egypt but a massive personality flaw and a fatal one at that. Well done my friend, well done!

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

        Jerry got sick of all that meat (human) going to waste on the ground specially since he put so much of it there himself so he took to tryin’ himself some, Indian style. Jus the Liver though. Don’t know why…

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:49 pm #

      One of the main functions of God( not religion) is setting a behavior and morality set of standards for a society. Is it any wonder this country is losing its collective mind after the attacks on God that have been executed, especially on the Left. The secular college education is responsible for a large degree of this.

      In the contest between allegiance to God or allegiance toward self, God has been losing. Just like the Book of Revelation predicted 2000 years ago. God will not lose for long.

      • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

        “One of the main functions of God…”

        If God existed, he might be a bit peeved at the idea that he has ‘functions’.

  44. Pucker October 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Free Bill Cosby, God Damn It!

  45. pyrrhus October 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

    “The loyal opposition”….good one Jim!

  46. gonetohell October 19, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    JHK writes about the state of affairs in the the good old USA as though he were simply a casual observer from another planet. It’s as though he’s been sent here by leaders of this other world to chronicle our demise. Rather than become politically active, to at least try to bring about positive change, he mocks those that fight for change. Even if he believes they are misguided in their endeavors, what right does someone who does nothing have to throw stones. JHK’s contribution is profiteering. He writes flowery texts for you to buy, detailing all that is wrong and why you should be very afraid. He’s been playing this game for a very long time now. It is no wonder he seems to have a certain fondness for our conman-in-chief.

    • Walter B October 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

      Not quite accurate g-t-h. Our host has never mocked me and I am more politically active than 90% of America and fighting hard against the corruption that is our government at every level. He has consistently mocked Mr. Trump and openly never liked him, he just could not support the Queen of Murder for Profit, HR Clinton. And I would not call his texts flowery. Have you read the World Made by Hand series? How about The Big Slide? No flowers there and not exactly the happy ending either. JHK’s contribution is in instigating conversation amongst those of us who come here for discussion even though so many try their damnest to derail, degrade and sidetrack the fun. Those who are easily offended should stop frequenting this place and tune in to something more positive like Barney the Purple Dinosaur or I Carly. These are both constantly upbeat and happy!

  47. Pucker October 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    Pucker says: Free Bill Cosby, God Damn It!

    Free Dr. Huxtable!

    • capt spaulding October 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

      Free Bill Cosby!!!! Where can I get some?

  48. elysianfield October 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    Megabucks is up to a cool…Billion dollars. Odds are about 600 million for one.

    Any bet that pays better than even odds is a good one.

    If Thwack wins the prize, he will no doubt turn to good deeds, investing in the Ghetto and its many denizens…most of whom, I expect, will have big tits.

    If I win…I’m gonna get NEW friends….

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:52 pm #

      If you win, you will get tons of new friends, all with their hands out.

  49. RB October 19, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    I recommend that all check out the HK podcasts. He interviews thoughtful men and women who generally are to the left but who bring to the surface ideas and concepts worth hearing. If some of these are to be believed, we have about a 100 years to go before it really doesn’t matter what anyone does. Oil, minerals, sand, uranium, fish, soil et al will all run out or become too difficult to obtain at any costs. We are suckers for the technology will save us gambit. No, it won’t. On the energy front, neither solar, wind can replace oil. It is a science fact. All the blather of the pols is just silly and inconsequential. Our grandchildren and certainly great-grandchildren will see the end for themselves and will curse the rest of us as they ought.

    Cheers.

  50. Pucker October 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    When the State dragged away Bill Cosby in manacles he laughed irrepressibly. God, I admire that. Dr. King’s Dream….

  51. ozone October 19, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

    “I’ve said it before and I don’t want to bore but there’s a good chance IMO of Islam becoming the religion of the downtrodden in Europe, especially France. Picture a leader running as Muslim saying come one come all to the Mosque, everyone welcome, and oh BTW we have it in for the bloodsucker-parasite elite that brought you to this pass. Elect us and we’ll deal with them, elect us and we reset the clocks, we’ll obtain justice on the malefactors, we’ll obtain justice for the humble moms and dads that just want to make a living and raise their family.”

    V.,
    That’s an intriguing thought, and pregnant with consequence by [intentional, from the very first] subterfuge. Its likelihood depends on how far the worship at the altar of The Cult of Personality is ingrained in those uninterested in the dynamics of societal change by dint of rage and privation. (Yes, the “Islamists” show a particular affinity for this, keeping their cult-hatreds for fucking *centuries*! — Just like the Judeo-Christianists. By design of the puppet masters?) As an example, Trump-as-President is but a mild placing of the forward foot toward that dark point of the compass. “They” have not understood that Trump is a parasite of their unstinting labors who will serve himself first and the common weal, last.

    To put it simply, there is much of the human mind’s darkness yet to be revealed and acted upon. Or, if you will, a return to a nihilistic madness previously brought into real-world practice. Will *more* and *deeper* be the lesson that finally breaks the conceit? Place your bets…

    • Exscotticus October 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm #

      >>> “They” have not understood that Trump is a parasite of their unstinting labors who will serve himself first and the common weal, last.

      We’re under no delusions regarding Trump’s megalomania. What YOU don’t get is that it doesn’t matter. Should we prefer the most unassuming self-effacing epitome of modesty who runs the USA into the ground?

      I trust Trump more than any other prez since Reagan. As a billionaire, Trump can’t be bought by special interest lobbyists. He doesn’t need any more money, and won’t spend his time like the carpetbagging Clintons literally stealing furniture from the White House. Trump knows that the greatness of Trump depends on the greatness of the USA. He’s kept his promises. That works for me.

      • janet October 19, 2018 at 11:11 pm #

        He’s kept his promises. That works for me. –Ex

        During the 2016 campaign, Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. But on Oct. 22, Trump issued what he called his “Contract with the American Voter.” This was a specific plan of action that would guide his administration, starting from the first day, and listed 60 promises. He even signed it with his distinctive signature.

        640 days into his administration, of the 60 promises in his “Contract with the American Voter,” Trump has kept 16 promises, broken 14 promises, and has ignored 30 promises. Not a bad record, given that for 8 of his promises he has been blocked, either by Congress or Courts.

        • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 12:07 am #

          Sorry janet but only Trump’s base decides if Trump is keeping his promises—not libtards or the fake news media. And they are thrilled with Trump’s progress thus far. One has only to look at his rallies to see that he is as popular as ever. The Dems have no one who can draw 10k plus crowds with 24 hours notice. Obama’s latest appearance drew a laughable 2500. That’s about how many people are left over trying to get into Trump’s rally’s when they run out of space.

          • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:06 am #

            “The Dems have no one who can draw 10k plus crowds with 24 hours notice.” –Ex

            Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in one of this year’s most competitive Senate races, held a much-anticipated campaign rally Sept. 30, 2018 and Beto drew 55,000 supporters—more than any Democratic candidate has drawn for a single event since President Barack Obama was on the campaign trail. More than Trump.

          • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

            LOL nice try, janet, but it wasn’t Beto O’Rourke that drew 55k; it was Willie Nelson.

            Unlike democrats, Trump doesn’t need to enlist the help of popular entertainers to draw in crowds.

      • ozone October 20, 2018 at 11:02 am #

        Ex.,
        The Cult of Personality *is* what matters. The sanctification of the addled Raygun is a dangerous case in point. (Just as the glorification of Slick Willy, W., and Obama the Benevolent death-warrant signer.)
        You seem quite comfortable with it if it serves your ideology.
        Not to worry, you’ll have your “victory”, may you enjoy it and live long enough to see it through. There’s nothing to argue here; the right wing is ascendant as the sun goes down on the American Empire. I firmly believe this and will remain critical of its excesses and blatant cruelty.

        That said, who gets whacked first? (By official and legal sanction, of course.)

        • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

          >>> The Cult of Personality *is* what matters.

          You’re just flat out wrong about that. Trump supporters aren’t looking to join a cult; they’re looking for unwavering LEADERSHIP and someone who KEEPS CAMPAIGN PROMISES.

    • K-Dog October 20, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Since then, many other experiments and real-life observations have reinforced the conclusion that in a group environment—a football crowd, a battlefield, a rioting mob—a person’s behaviour is dictated far more by what is happening around them than by their own psychological disposition. It seems we have evolved to encourage group cohesion and co-operation. Suicide bombing is a classic—though extreme—example. There is virtually no recorded case of a suicide bomber acting alone. The bomber is always recruited and guided by a group with specific political or ideological aims, and the bombers tend to adopt a brotherhood mentality towards each other, encouraged by their common cause, their loyalty to the group and the secrecy of their mission. To use a battlefield metaphor (and the mentality is not so different), they go over the top together.

      The psychology of bombers

      • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        M. Scott Peck’s report on the My Lai massacre was a hideous demonstration of this. One of his suggestions, leading from his report, was for an in-depth study of previous military atrocities. This was rejected on the grounds that they might “open up the army to further challenge”. I seem to recall he said his report was so toxic, in terms of the light it shed on group behaviour in this context, that it wasn’t published, but it’s been decades since I read his books, so I wouldn’t want to insist on the last bit.

  52. janet October 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    there’s a good chance IMO of Islam becoming the religion of the downtrodden in Europe –ozone

    Religion in Europe 21st Century

    76% Christian (48% Roman Catholic)

    4% Islam

    Your fear is irrational, ozone, but then so is religion. The best way to prevent Islam from gaining more ground in Europe is to do something to address the plight of the downtrodden, so Islam holds less appeal.

    In any event Islam is not monolithic. Not all Islamic countries, for example, embrace Sharia law. Inhabitants of countries, like Turkey, with a tradition of separating state and religion, and — like former Soviet bloc countries — had been secularized from the center, tended to be less in favor of sharia becoming the law of the land.

    In Azerbaijan, for example, only 8 per cent responded in favor, followed by Kazakhstan (10 per cent), Turkey (12 per cent), Albania (12 per cent) and Bosnia (15 per cent).

    • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 12:16 am #

      >>> Your fear is irrational

      Yes ignore all those Muslims creating no-go zones in Europe, raping your women, blowing up shit, taking over positions of power and demanding changes to promote their alien culture. Your fear is irrational.

      janet says you have nothing to worry about as Europe’s Muslim population is “only” 5-10%. But the question you need to ask yourself is: what percentage of the Muslim world is European? How many Christians and Jews are they letting in? 5-10%? Not even close! How many Jewish temples and Christian churches are in Saudi Arabia? That would be none. Zero Zilch. The cancer of Islam is spreading throughout Europe. But janet says your fear is irrational.

  53. janet October 19, 2018 at 11:20 pm #

    The caravan, which Trump used successfully to stir up the base, has been stopped by Mexican riot police deploying pepper spray. Trump needed them. He always needs enemies to gin up his followers. The caravan served its purpose. Now the caravan has been broken. Who will be Trump’s next pretend enemy? Time for war with Iran?

    • JohnAZ October 19, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

      You may be right. Iran is in the process of moving precision missiles into Syria and Lebanon. Israel will not allow them to stay. Who will we support? Guess. As long as Iran’s zealots are in charge, the ME will be unsettled.

    • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 12:21 am #

      The lawless caravan attacked and injured police. These are the people janet wants to enter the USA as “refugees” and immediately go on welfare with free everything at the expense of hard-working middle class taxpayers. Your family, your children, your dreams don’t matter; janet says you should be slaves to service these parasites.

  54. KL Cooke October 20, 2018 at 1:46 am #

    Hi Jim

    Just bought The Fall of the Ancients. Per the preview, the kid reminds me of somebody. Loved Big Slide and A Safe and Happy Place.

    KC

  55. JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 1:48 am #

    Please

    I would like someone to explain to me what the definition of a free election is.

    A main component of propaganda is social media. Facebook et al was used for political debating a lot in 2016 and continues today.

    Why is the Russian manipulation of our social media such a bad thing? Is it not a free internet? China, India, France, England. All put their two cents worth in.

    Who is permitted to affect the internet during an election? The candidates blast each other. The lobbyists slant everything. The media is ruthless. All in the name of truly free elections.

    So why is it not allowed for any foreign country to influence our election.

    Or is the term free election just a myth? Just asking.

    • Walter B October 20, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      Perhaps a “free election” is one where you do not have to pay an entrance fee to get into the polling place to cast your vote. You raise an interesting question as to why Russian meddling or manipulation would be considered a bad thing and it certainly is not. In fact, if they are the enemy or even an adversary in any way it is extremely valuable to be able to hear what they are saying and if they are somehow able to change votes, then they are only working to oppose, or correct the manipulation that has always gone on by our own government. Those of us who understand that the US government listened carefully to each and every broadcast of Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally or whoever they were, and gleaned much valuable information from each and every comment. Perhaps this is what our government fears the most, that the American public might be able to discern interesting truths from the “enemies”. Then again, they probably are convinced that most people are simply idiots that do whatever they are told and fear the enemy taking advantage of that. Frankly I do not see how it can matter when the choices that we are given are always so shitty anyway.

    • K-Dog October 20, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      Who is permitted to affect the internet during an election?

      The NSA, the FBI, fusion centers, the army of government funded sock puppets. The Secret Service, NPR. ASIS and GCHQ.

      ASIS and GCHQ being permitted in a coordinated activity.
      .
      .
      .
      fear’s going to have everything
      almost everything
      and we will all
      each by his own road
      become mice
      yes
      mice

      from “A Slightly Original Poem of Fear” Alexandre O’Neill

  56. JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 1:54 am #

    And by the way, the “Russian hack” of the DNC was never proven to be done by the Russians. The only person (Seth Rich) who New who really leaked it, is dead. Surprising, huh? Many hacker said that Russians could not have done it. Our intelligence agencies IDed Russia, the same folks that brought you the Russian dossier.

    I smell a rat!

  57. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 3:00 am #

    The New Yorker magazine caught Putin lying:

    Putin Lied About His Nuclear Doctrine and Promised Russians That They Would Go to Heaven

    But what makes this portion of Putin’s talk—the portion that made headlines in both state-controlled and independent Russian-language media—particularly bizarre, is that Putin was misrepresenting the Russian nuclear doctrine.

    Russia strengthened the language of its military doctrine in December, 2014. The unclassified portion of the document identifies nato as the source of the primary threat to Russia’s security. On the subject of a nuclear strike, it says the following: “The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to an attack on Russia and/or its allies involving the use of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction as well as in the case of aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the existence of the state itself is threatened. Decisions regarding the use of nuclear weapons are made by the President of the Russian Federation.”

    newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/putin-lied-about-his-nuclear-doctrine-and-promised-russians-that-t…

    On the other hand, I have always maintain on the pages of this blog that new Russian military doctrine differs in principle from one of the Soviet Union, allowing for preemptive nuclear strike – which, by the way, excludes the possibility of the new Cold War the way West understand it.

    So, was Putin lying?

    No, he was breaking Western Media informational blockade around the new Russian military doctrine, and judging by the article in New Yorker, he succeeded!

    And by the way, when Putin said that citizens of NATO countries will just die having no time to repent – he used a much stronger Russian word for “die” – literally meaning die like animals.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      Now a few indisputable facts related to this Putin statement:

      Retaliation for an instantaneous global strike on Russia is assigned to nuclear torpedoes Status 6, which can with guarantee drown all of Western Europe and both US coasts, even if Russia fails to inflict an “unacceptable damage” on NATO countries with a retaliatory strike.

      The height of the tsunami will be 1300 feet and will pass 125 miles into the territory of the United States. Western Europe will be washed away. And Russia will not spend money and resources on building up the capacity of a retaliatory strike, since it was precisely the reason USSR suffered a defeat in the Cold War, not wanting to listen to the great Russian scientist Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov.

      Laser weapons that are already being deployed to the troops can be used not only against warheads flying toward targets on the territory of Russia, but can also destroy all American satellites at once, blinding American defenses.

      A gliding supersonic unit, released close to one coast of the United States and flying at a speed of 20 MACH = 15,000 miles per hour in 5 minutes will reach any target in the United States, but according to Putin, it flies in dense layers of the atmosphere like a meteorite means that they will not be seen by radars on Earth and satellites shot down and / or blinded by lasers.

      All this together means that Russia not only achieve parity, but a decisive military advantage, at least not less than the military advantage that the US achieved in the 80s of the last century, having introduced laser gyroscopes and the technology of multiple warheads with individual guidance on Trident II, with flying time of also about 5 minutes.

      And the US military-political figures know much better than you and me what impact this had on Gorbachev’s rise to power (not to mention his name by night) and followed that the implementation of the “threat to the very existence of the USSR”.

  58. janet October 20, 2018 at 5:14 am #

    “Sorry janet but only Trump’s base decides if Trump is keeping his promises” — Ex

    No, actually the entire country gets to decide since Trump put his 60 promises into a “Contract with American Voters” (not a contract with just his base). Last I knew Trump claimed to be president of all those in the United States, not just his base.

    • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      Your logic train has plenty of loco but no motion.

      You and other liberals can pontificate all you want over Trump’s promises. But since you’re already committed to defeating him through any means possible, your opinion doesn’t count. You’ve already voted against. Your vote is done. It’s already been tallied in the political calculus. So complain all you want; makes no difference.

  59. rhys12 October 20, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    The population grows and grows?

    npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/17/611898421/u-s-births-falls-to-30-year-low-sending-fertility-r…

    It isn’t a growing population that is a problem, except in Africa, it is an aging population. If America’s population is still growing, it is mainly due to the influx of refugees and immigrants fleeing the total mess our intelligence agencies and military have created in the Middle East by “exporting democracy” and “regime change” and the disaster our incessant drug use has created in Central and South America.

    • Cavepainter October 20, 2018 at 10:59 am #

      Conveniently to your prog-left meme you omit the export of Western Culture’s advanced productive capabilities globally to nations that without such bequeath would have remained checked in population growth by otherwise prehistoric perdition. Said “export” was motivated by all the traits inherent in human motivation, historically known to all populations and cultures. But you, in your knee-jerk #me too “hate Whitey” quest for PC brownie points, stupidly imply presumption that had any other culture acquired such preeminence as did the West we would be living a Utopia wherein only the “better angles” of human kind prevail. Only self-serving willful ignorance of history and the behavioral sciences permits the likes of your assertions. Your greed for such “piousness” is the worst trait among all of humanity’s worst.

      • malthuss October 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

        White mans juju caused birth rate SURVIVAL to go mad.
        May be the death of the human race.

        Add in increase life spans and gawd knows what else.

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

        Yes, the Puritan Virtue Display Cult is the Enemy of Mankind

  60. JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    Janet, you crack me up!

    Beto O’Roarke drew 55000 folks to one of his rallies. That is the only exception to Ex’s statement you could come up with?

    You conveniently omitted the fact that he was a lead in to a Willy Nelson performance. The big highlight was the two of them singing about the glories of Pot.

    Sounds like just the guy we need to be in the Senate.

    NOT!

    • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 10:04 am #

      Seriously, Beto and Ted is a bell weather election to see how much impact the Browning of America has now in the decision making of the country.

  61. volodya October 20, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Ozone, you speak of “likelihoods” and you’re right about that. It’s issues of how far, how much, who, what, when, where. We’re pretty much blind to the future aside from broad outlines.

    No matter, you said it, as far as the broad strokes go, it’ll be “societal change by dint of rage and privation.” That’s what will underpin the upheaval. Scoffers say it’s nothing but doom-porn and they laugh and point to official stats that tout the gloriousness of the glory of globalization. Well, all I can say is good luck to them. Officially blessed numbers are a laugh, Pravda-esque in their absurdity.

    Do the sycophants think their masters will return their loyalty? They’re delusional.

    The laughers and scoffers either avoid looking or they dismiss what their visual apparatus tells them, because one thing they OUGHT to have detected is the election of The Donald. He beat out Republican candidates spouting the usual Republican more-money-for-the-rich bilge and he beat the quintessential Deep Swamp Democrat contender. I think it’s not too far a stretch to say that any of the above, aside from The Donald, would have been jim-dandy as Prez in the Deep Swampers’ books. But The Donald had Running Mouth Syndrome, making Deplorables think they had some legit issues. Can’t have that can we?

    The Great and August in their coastal mouthpieces like the New York Times or Atlantic will insist it’s racism behind The Donald’s election, all the while studiously ignoring the fact of hundreds of counties that voted TWICE for Obama switching their votes. Did they suddenly become racist? No, Obama’s rule was a bust, all that Yes We Can and Hope and Change was all Hope and Change for the upper crust and Yes We Can for the Oligarchs.

    But you’re right, The Donald is all about The Donald and what’s in it for him. And let’s not forget the massive tax cut for the rich that put a smile on Paul Ryan’s face. When the promised relocation of supply chains to the US mainland doesn’t happen, when it’s not Happy Days again when Dad had a job, there will be a reckoning. As you say “societal change by dint of rage and privation”.

    • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      Ozone

      Running mouth syndrome?

      If Trump wasn’t Trump, we would have The Bushes back, the milquetoast boys who did nothing to combat the Liberals drive towards disaster. Jeb, the latest, was soundly eliminated by Trump.

      G3, go get the Libs with whatever means it takes to shut them down!

      Why is it that the most transparent president I Can remember is being criticized by being so open with his feelings?

      Maybe something to do with the total Liberal control of the MSM?

      I smell another rat!

      • volodya October 20, 2018 at 10:54 am #

        It was me, not Ozone that used Running Mouth syndrome. And I meant it sarcastically because Trump said things that in the view of Republican and Democrat establishments alike must never be said, that tens of millions of Americans had gotten screwed by the globalist scheme of off-shoring American factories and jobs, and that the strategy of depleting American domestic demand while insisting that the US absorb output from off-shored factories was destined for grief.

  62. JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    The Saudi Arabia situation is just another example of Guilty until proven Innocent by the Deep State. No matter what the Saudis say about the murder, and it is murder, there are going to be Deep Staters in DC who are going to go for their jugular. By any chance, are any of these anti SA folks pro Iranians?

    I, for one, will be affected by any retaliation by the Saudi family. Not severely as some folks will be. SA, by itself, supplies 1 million barrels of oil a day to us, out of a usage rate of almost 20 million barrels. SA seems to be the only country who can still turn the spigot up to influence supply. The supply and demand curves for oil are so steep that a 5% shortfall will jack up the price. That does not count any influence that SA would have with other OPEC nations to cut us off. Remember that SA contains the geographical heart of Islam.

    This is not to mention all the other economic connections we have with the Kingdom, not the least of which is the pending arms deal that will create an estimated 600000 jobs to the US.

    The egopolitical pendulum will definitely swing the wrong way if we shove them towards Russia and China.

    Potentially, it is a huge price to pay for interfering with SA affairs. Just like Kavanaugh, we are being told what to believe, without a shred of proof of the motivation for what happened.

    And last night, what the Liberal crazies like Rep. Castro were coming up with was almost humorous if it wasn’t so dumb. The drumbeats of war!

    • 727 million barrels in the strategic petroleum reserve, John. As with any business, inventory is loss. We have all kinds of economic and diplomatic leverage.

      Can we pull back 5% for the moral high ground?

      Todays New York Times, with it’s commando journalists, and widespread network of fact finders, has more info, and an analysis of the latest Saudi lies.

      • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

        >>> Todays New York Times, with it’s commando journalists

        That is an excellent and honest characterization of NYT journalists: commandos. And as we all know, commandos are partisan, violent, militaristic, and not particularly concerned with fairness, balance, or truth.

        • Journalism has been operating in war zones forever

          For Ex.,

          The History of American journalism began in 1690, when Benjamin Harris published the first edition of “Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic” in Boston.

          Not all “media” are journalists.

          The best journalists are like hyenas, jackals, something canine in nature. They are paramilitarism, camouflaged, laden with gear, on a mission.

          In Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Robert De Niro played the archetype humorously as a mechanic.

  63. bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Speaking of heat, I have a few suggestions for which I would appreciate your feedback. Much of this could not be done without governmental (or some kind) of leadership–but could we do this?

    1. Make contraception free and available to everyone who wants it. The planet can’t handle more people.

    2. Legalize marijuana, including “grow your own.” This would make a huge dent in drug trafficking, not to mention Big Pharma.

    3. Eat only 1/2 the meat you now consume. This would cut down on methane and the hog/chicken “lagoons” polluting the environment.

    4. Plant trees. Hire anyone who wants a job to plant as many trees as possible, supervised of course, with pay related to work well done–one elementary way to reduce CO2.

    • K-Dog October 20, 2018 at 10:48 am #

      BIOCHAR

    • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Bib

      1. Read Inferno? Dan Brown came up with a solution. The bad guy in the book invented a virus that would interact with the DNA spectrum of human males and make two out of three infertile. Problem solved. Seriously, do you count sterilization as part of the equation? In parts of the world, birth control is free. Just not used! Let the psychologists and sociologists figure out why.

      2. Hiding from reality in a veil of smoke solves NOTHING! Miserable economic and thus social conditions breeds drug usage. This blog continuously describes the deteriorating social setup in the US, it is no wonder that drug usage has followed the trend. Want to solve the drug problem, do not legitimize drug usage. Give everyone a job and take their depression away.
      PS. Drug usage is the primary reason the Libs want the border open!

      3. Right on. Maybe the reduction in bovine flatulence will help the climate.

      4. Right on. Plants, as the only consumers of CO2 is the only solution. And by the way, satellite surveillance of sparse vegetation areas of Earth are showing a blooming of plant growth. Seems like Mother Earth is reacting!

    • My state legalized pot. Prices are plummeting and nothing has changed except there is more revenue, jobs, and less gangster smugglers

      contraception , I was convinced, actually, by an argument once or for on this blog by a commenter. It’s time to start paying people for not having kids.

      50% less meat- I can’t agree on legislative action to restrict dietary choices. Its too personal. I do think the fair cost should be paid, which can have the same effect. Right now we subsidize production, processing, distribution, etc. includong the labor- mostly migrants. The price is artificially low. Meat eaters should not be subsidized. That includes dog and pet food industries. Fish is even more problematic. The situation of fisheries management is in crisis, no other industry needs more of a reset. If prices rise here, companies like Mcdonalds will import from countries like Brazil where they are cutting hundreds of thousands of access of irreplaceable rainforest down for beef export- a crime against humanity- not just the forest also known as the Lungs of the Earth.

      Bolsonaro makes the kind of statements about the environment that get the supremacists fired up. Callous statements, disrespectful of science, bloodless and without any sense of reverence. Our multinational corporations will pay for the destruction of Earths carrying capacity.

      Funding production scale non-aminal meat is probably the best compromise.

      Planting trees… sure. We cant plant them faster than they are burning or being cut down now. I am skeptical because trees are an agricultural crop where I live. The intensity of that industry cannot be understated, it is enormously destructive. Modern people are poor stewards of the Earth with a limited perspective far shorter than the lifespan of a tree. Agriculture isn’t an act of love.

      Perhaps specialists could be employed and given latitude to plant on public land. Nothing would be more productive than converting the current crapscape of landscape designer, mouse click permanent shrubbery that characterizes the urban and suburban environment, to a sustainable landscape that doesn’t require fossil fuel maintenance.

      A culture of reverence for nature could be cultivated but the apocalyptic religious cults are firmly in control of hearts and minds

    • elysianfield October 20, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      Biblio
      Another good idea…you do know that humans exhale CO2 with every breath…5% of exhaled air is CO2!

      Eating less meat is a canard…bovine flatulence ditto. If you really want to change the earth…hold your breath.

      Marijuana is now legal in Oregon

      Contraception is virtually free if you know where to look.

      I’ve myself planted over 400 trees, and have caused planted over 3000.

      …AND YET, AGW still persists….

      • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

        “Eating less meat is a canard…bovine flatulence ditto. If you really want to change the earth…hold your breath.”

        Methane is 26 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2, although it remains in the atmosphere for less time.

        But thank you for planting the trees. Every little helps. But it only helps a little, which is why AGW persists.

        It’s still good that you planted them.

        “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

        Edmund Burke.

    • malthuss October 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      Do you think your ideas are new or unique?
      Human nature is what it is.

  64. volodya October 20, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    John AZ, Democrats = Muslim, for now. You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the time because sooner or later even the most deluded wake themselves up. The traditional Democrat nuts ‘n’ sluts agenda is anathema to Muslim ways.

    Anything goes? Not to Muslims, but not even to anyone that has to earn a paycheck and raise a family. Never mind what Democrats and their Greatly Wise supporters in the academic world tell us, anything doesn’t go, life is fraught with problems and uncertainties without looking to self-destruct via sexual misbehavior or misuse of drink or drugs. Popping out a kid without a marital bond is the road to ruin and you don’t need a PhD in sociology to tell you, all you need is open eyes. If you’re looking for societal suicide, one way there is irresponsibility in raising and educating offspring, something we’ve seen in abundance, not only from individuals but from the edu-crat establishment.

    A political entrepreneur can carve out the wide and deep constituency which is just sitting there for someone with the wit to spot it. The Donald had some understanding of it and some success in exploiting it. The key is that people vote their interests. Societal validation is fine and dandy, but what they need is some means of paying the rent. This was The Donald’s intuition, aside from knowing that the way to the White House is in winning the geography, which is something the Democrats astoundingly forgot.

    • Bill7 October 20, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks for this fine comment.

    • BornToKillPeace October 23, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      yeah, that was an excellent analysis, Volodya

  65. bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    OK, JohnAZ, let’s forget number 2. But how do we solve the rampant drug problem, a great deal of which I understand is even being promoted by Big Pharma?

    An article in “Scientific American”, July 26, 2017, related that sperm count among western men has dropped over 50% in the last 40 years–this in America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand. This won’t solve overpopulation fast enough, of course. (They’ve discovered one reason is PLASTIC!)

    And finally, Volodya, I am both a Democrat and an academic–but certainly not a Muslim. A good dose of Bruce Bawer’s book “While Europe Slept,” cured me of open borders, and any idea that radical Islam would be good for the US.

    We have neglected our immigration policy to our detriment.

    • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 20, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      Sooo, why don’t you just become a Republican??? Because your party is promoting national suicide, not to mention that it is the party of the Neo-Brown Shirts.

      Why do you remain a member of a party that is stuck on moral self-preening and intolerance for diversity of thought? Just #walkaway.

      That is the best way to force the Democratic Party to come to its senses. I am not saying that Republicans are perfect, or even smart sometimes. But they are not putting on black masks and taking baseball bats to people they disagree with in order to shut them up.

      Please do not end up like one of those Germans who thought they could be “good” Nazis, and keep Hitler from doing all those bad things he said needed to be done. Nope, their party just destroyed their country.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      • elysianfield October 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        “Nope, their party just destroyed their country.”

        Squeeky,

        No, WE destroyed their country…they just provided cause.

        …and I hear the Russians helped….

        • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

          Thank you E. How few know about the economic miracle of Nazi Germany and how most of the World’s leaders praised Hitler for his statesmanship. The Banking Elite were alarmed as the spread of His system would spell the end of their schemes. So they struck.

      • No intelligent person watches Republicans on Fox news and concludes this is the prescription for what Ailes us.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

          It may not be a prescription for everything, but it does us little harm. OTOH, the crap spewed out on MSNBC and CNN promotes national suicide. For example, the promotion of illegal immigrants into a cause celebre.

          But, why don’t you get specific, and tell us exactly ideology promoted on FOX you think is bad for us.

          Without that, you are just another Democratic NPC repeating what the other NPCs say.

          Thanks!

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

      • bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

        Squeeky–If I were intolerant of diversity of thought, I would not be on this website.

        • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

          My point exactly. What are you doing in the Democratic Party??? The party has been taken over by shrill, lynch mob members.

          Have you seen the NPC meme about Democrats? It’s hilarious. Of course, Twitter has ban-hammered the people promoting it.

          zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-16/4chan-sparks-mass-triggering-npc-meme-twitter-responds-ban-hammer

          When you stay in the Democratic Party, these are the kind of people and ideas that you support. Have you heard about the #walkaway movement.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

          PS: I am kind of a bibliomaniac, too!

          • bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

            Squeeky–I have so many reservations about both parties that I don’t know where to begin, but my biggest problem with the GOP is global warming denial (the “hoax” that may put an end to the human species.)

            I see both Trump and Hillary as equally divisive, when in fact we need unity to solve a host of problems that are beyond our comprehension. We need the best minds we can get–we don’t need climate-change deniers running the EPA.

            The next time I need surgery, I won’t hire a plumber.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

            Neatly put, Bibs.

          • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter October 21, 2018 at 3:30 am #

            Bibs

            I think Global Warming is a hoax, too.

            The Democratic Party Narrative has taken on the place of Holy Writ, and much like the Old Christians took over Pagan Myths, and incorporated them into Christianity, the Democrats have taken over the Christian Mythos and incorporated elements into their New Non-Religious Religion.

            Global Warming is Revelations, and the Four Horsemen thingy.
            White Privilege has usurped Original Sin, and become the stain and taint we caint get rid of.

            I could go on, but it is 2:28 AM, and I have already missed two hours+ of Blues Before Sunrise on NPR.

            Toodles!

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

            PS: You might enjoy this link. I doubt it, but whatevah!

            investors.com/politics/editorials/the-stunning-statistical-fraud-behind-the-global-warming-scare/

          • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 11:24 am #

            I have read that many Russian and Chineses climatologists and academics are convinced that the earth is actually cooling.

          • BornToKillPeace October 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

            The last time I drove through IIIinois, returning from Wisconsin, through Normal-Bloomington I picked up a public access station playing Jessie Mae Hemphill – Streamline Train

            Put a pep on the step among all those fields.

            youtube.com/watch?v=VzENMQ0G8CI

          • BornToKillPeace October 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

            It seems that show is out of Illinois; it might of been that one and I’d been wondering. Thanks.

  66. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    I can’t pretend to follow all this, but it seems to me that Ukraine is a separate country from Russia and ought to have autocephaly == Sophia

    The Ukrainian church will inevitably turn out to be anti-Christian, just as the church of the Franks, Danes, Normans, and many other nations in Western Europe, whom they are so eager to join, became anti-Christian. Just this time, Condoleezza Rice will be in the role of Peter Skarga, and Patriarch Bartholomew is in the role of Pope Clement VIII.

    Thus, in Ukraine, the ideas of the Fourth Crusade intersect with the idea of a national state and the desire in the name of “Ukraine above all” to tweak Christ Teachings a little means to abandon Him.

    For example, followers of Judaism, including modern followers of Judaism, cannot be anti-Christians, since they do not understand who Christ is and therefore cannot consciously reject him. But the Ukrainians can, since a significant part of them, having accepted Christ, then become hateful and refused Him, concluding the Union of Brest.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_of_Brest

  67. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    I don’t know if you noticed, but Putin started talking about the religious motivation of nuclear war, which, combined with his new assessment of Poroshenko, means that the Norman ultimatum, which forced Putin to recognize Poroshenko and ask the Federal Assembly to withdraw its permission to use the Russian army outside Russia, was an act of war and to stop it by simply lifting sanctions Trump will not succeed.

    The damage to Russia was enormous and the European Commission will have to pay for the Kiev Maidan, and if the United States will not support Russia in this matter, then we go back to religious motivation.

    The Norman Ultimatum is a threat of war in the event that Putin would invade Ukraine, which was allegedly brought to him by the collective West in Normandy, where he arrived for the celebration of D-Day.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/the-spectacle-so-far/#comment-245104

  68. volodya October 20, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    Biblio, ok I’ll buy that, “anything goes” doesn’t work in the realm you’re talking about, incontinent European-style tolerance of foreign ways that are starkly contrary to prevailing national modes of thought and behavior.

    Combine that with radically differing birth-rates and Europe has got a big problem down the road when the absolute number of fighting age males on the Muslim side is about equal to the number of fighting age males on the non-Muslim side. Consider that Muslims, at least in my own experience, aren’t what you’d call shy about asserting the superiority of their own civilization. They think they’ve got the better way, regardless of sect.

    Consider the disparity in motivation. On the one side you have the flaccid European, who disdains his own history and culture, who sees nothing in particular worth defending, who depends on American military men to do something the European is unwilling to do himself, ie defend his country.

    On the other side is the Muslim. It’s like what Elysianfields said about the internet being a force multiplier, belief in one’s self and one’s religion and culture is similarly a force multiplier. Belief is something that Muslims have in abundance. A gang of Muslim fellas said to a columnist, cannot remember the name, Allah gave us Germany.

    Americans have a much more robust view of America so if it’s the ambition of people like ISIS to have their black flags flying over Anchorage, they’ll have a much tougher time of it. Even if over time Europe goes down the drain through demographic conquest, or domestic insurrection, or open-doors immigration or just plain sloth and indifference, I doubt that the US will follow that general trajectory. America is an assimilationist society, and there’s a solid core of citizens who unapologetically look to their self-interest and national self-interest, so, for example, if people like Jorge Ramos hopes to Hispanisize it, I think he’s in for some disappointment. I think that America’s problems have different economic and historical roots so if the US goes down the shitter, it’ll be a different septic tank the country lands in.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      Allah gave us Germany

      As far as I am concerned, they can fucking keep it.

    • bibliomaniac October 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      Volodya–good point! I only hope there are enough American citizens who still have a “robust view of America,” and that we are not so divided that we can unify and be a more or less sane country.

      We have spent so much time messing in other peoples’ business that we have neglected our own. By trying to be the world’s cop, we have spread ourselves so thin that we have forgotten our primary aim was to be a democracy. As Reinhold Niebuhr pointed out in “The Irony of American History”– the only way for the US to keep world peace was to keep a nuclear bomb under each arm.

      Furthermore, that stuff trickling down on you, ain’t money. Our belief in a “free market”–(no market is free–even the Indians had to have some sort of society to trade beads) has led us down the wrong path.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

        the only way for the US to keep world peace was to keep a nuclear bomb under each arm

        That would be OK by me, but why you had to blow up two Japanese cities and plot Operation Dropshot?

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dropshot

        Operation Dropshot was the United States Department of Defense codename for a contingency plan for a possible nuclear and conventional war with the Soviet Union and its allies in order to counter the anticipated Soviet takeover of Western Europe,

        Stalin was strictly sticking by Yalta agreements with Roosevelt, what “anticipated Soviet takeover of Western Europe”??

    • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      There is a re-awakening of European identity and nationalisms though. The time is now to ensure that European identity is not lost. They did it a few times before so we’ll see.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

        Sorry, Sistine Chapel is gone and so is “European identity”.

        They switched for multiple gender identities.

        • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

          So sure the case is closed? I am not convinced of that.

          • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

            From your lips to the ears of god.

          • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

            Whatever that means.

          • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

            Idiom expressing a wish that the desires of the person to whom the saying is spoken will come true.

          • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

            Ok you were about to confuse me :-). So we will believe it and will it and help others come to the light. That’s how we can win and we have to win!

  69. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    I believe that the Putins’s words “and they will all die like dogs” is addressed to Trump and Bolton, who will travel to Moscow, ostensibly to withdraw from the INF Treaty, but in fact to force Russia to fulfill this agreement on American terms.

    And all this can lead to war, despite the victory of Trump in the Civil War and his unwillingness to protect Poroshenko at all.

    And all this despite leading expert and propagandist of Orthodoxy in Russia Sergey Hudiev considers the words of the Russian Sovereign about the eternal life of 146 million of his subjects an unsuccessful joke.

    facebook.com/sergey.hudiev/posts/2217737338239112

  70. johngalt October 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    INDEED!
    “Welcome to the Long Emergency”, which has been the consistent life story of KUNSTLER and his loser sycophants, and it’s only getting worse, for THEM.

    Free Enterprise + Philanthropy = Distributed Infrastructure Deployment.
    got-truth.com/docs/Free%20Enterprise%20+%20Philanthropy.pdf

    Yours Truly,

    John Galt.

    • Walter B October 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

      Actually is only gets better for us while it continues to get worse for those who fear. Poor America, we have always been so easily led astray and sometimes those in other nations have been able to call us out for it too:

      From Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut:

      Page 128 – While the British colonel set Lazzaro’s broken arm and mixed plaster for the cast, the German major translated out loud passages from Howard W Campbell, Jr.’s monograph. Campbell had been a fairly well-known playwright at one time. His opening line was this one:

      America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote humorist Kin Hubbard, “It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.” It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who himself is poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand—glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register…..

      Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue, the monograph went on. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.

      Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves. Once this is understood, the disagreeable behavior of American enlisted men in German prisons ceases to be a mystery.

      • Walter B October 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

        Lacking any evidence of violent resistance I find myself unable to locate any of the Great Spirits of which you speak. Care to point one out for me?

        • Walter B October 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

          Ah,a Moody Blues fan indeed!

          youtube.com/watch?v=s-bgC1Yip6c

          The words that I remember from my childhood still are true

          That there’s none so blind as those that will not see

          And to those who lack the courage, say it’s dangerous to try

          Well they just don’t know that love eternal will not be denied

        • Walter B October 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

          So how do we organize ourselves to go from 1% of humanity to 99% of humanity johnny? Doing more with less sounds great as a sound bite and I believe in the idea totally, but what is your plan johnny to get the rest of the world motivated to do this? What series of changes have you detailed that will lead us all to a brave new world and steer us all away from the destruction that uncontrolled consumption must surely lead to? Lay it out baby, people want to know and I am will to help get the bird off of the ground. Where do we start?

      • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 6:56 pm #

        Well said!

        Do you mean the Black GI rapists? They are a worldwide scourge. If controlled for Race, the White American crime rate is only a little higher than Europe’s.

  71. volodya October 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

    SoftStarLight, the Greatly Wise among the Europeans call the nationalist resurgence “fascism.” Anytime the unwashed get up on their hind legs to look after their legitimate interests, their purported superiors resort to name calling, fascist and racist and xenophobe and Islamophobe.

    Nuts to all that.

    Regardless of the disruption it causes I think the average Brit working man and woman showed exemplary balls in calling for Brexit. Not only did the toffs fuck up WW1 and WW2 to the great expense of the average Brit in lives and money, unsurprisingly, the toffs made a mess of post-WW2 arrangements too.

    In its original conception, the common market was intended as preemptive surrender by France to Germany. It’s like the maitre d said to Rick in Casablanca, I gave the Germans the best table because knowing them they’ll take it anyway. So it was with the common market, give the Germans what they want. France had just had two goes with Germany in twenty years, a larger and more economically developed country.

    But what the common market later turned into was something different, a means of letting local oligarchs run roughshod, flooding more prosperous countries with destitute immigrants from the east and south all in the service of low wages. Screw all that too. Tip of the hat to the Brits.

    As you say, maybe there’s some hope.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

      Brits are definitely from different material than the krauts.

      Winston Churchill: We shall fight on the beaches.
      youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

      They should thank Henrich the VIII for that,

    • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      Volodya

      “…flooding more prosperous countries with destitute immigrants from the east and south all in the service of low wages.”

      So how do you explain the Growth in Real Disposable Household Income by Decile since 1974 in the UK, compared to over your way (second graph down)?

      inet.ox.ac.uk/news/Brexit

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

        Russia Government has scrapped tourist visa requirements for South Africans, which it is thought was done to make it easier for them to visit and look at potential homes.

        Vladimir Poluboyarenko, a government liaison from the Stavropol region in southern Russia, said: “I want them to know that Russia can be their mother country, too.”

        A large visit to Crimea by a number of wine-producing South African farmers is also planned soon.

        dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/737666/south-africa-land-expropriations-white-farmers-russia-cyril-r…

        May be Russia Government has to scrap tourist visa requirements for Brits as well?

      • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

        ” Tip of the hat to the Brits”

        Your hat should be tipped to Rupert Murdoch, rather – it was the fear of immigration, rather than immigration itself, which was a major cause of Brexit. People living in areas of low immigration voted in far greater numbers for Brexit than those in areas of high immigration.

        I think we can call that a foreign media triumph.

        • volodya October 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

          People living in areas of low immigration voted in far greater numbers for Brexit than those in areas of high immigration. GA

          People look at what’s happening next door and say no thanks.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

            But the people next door are happy AND more prosperous.

            Towns away from the big cities have been neglected, as in the US. In our case mostly in the north of England. That’s a Westminster failing. The EU at least helped them with its Regional Fund. Westminster won’t do that. Especially with about 8% of the economy about to disappear.

            Hats off indeed. Then coats. Then shoes. Then the central heating.

          • volodya October 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            The assumption among the Great and the Wise is that people voting against the Davos Consensus are the ones that are somehow intellectually deficient. Or deluded. Or inadequately educated. Or misled.

            Or that a great moral failing abides in the lower classes. Hence the accusations of fascism and racism and the various phobias. You know, deplorable.

            It never occurs to the Great and the Wise that the deficiency is among themselves. Or that, heaven forfend, maybe the unwashed have got the correct take on things.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

            You may notice I didn’t say any of those things, Volodya, so trying to tar me with that brush is dishonest.

          • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

            Volodya we are used to being called every name in the book. They want us to go back to sleep.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

            And how many White British pensioners are going to freeze to death this year, Alba – so that your precious Muzzies can live high of the Kebab?

        • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

          Rupert and the other right-wing tabloids have been providing disinformation about the EU for 40 years. Most Brexit voters would be hard pushed to even tell you what the major EU institutions are and what their functions are. Rupert et al should get a medal (the Goebbels Medal?) – from the promoters of ‘Global Britain’, perhaps.

          BTW, the minimum wage in the UK is equal to $10.24/hour. If unscrupulous employers are undercutting that, either with British workers or EU workers, that’s a UK internal legal matter that needs to be addressed.

          • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

            Any business that cannot pay its employees a living wage, which in the western hemisphere is at least $40/hr, is not a viable business and should not be allowed to exist. Thus, by definition, the EU is a fascist dictatorship and should be abolished. It’s accountability to the public is near ZERO.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

            Your ridiculous statement means nothing, akmofo, if you don’t include indicators of the cost of living.

            Real incomes in the UK have gone UP for 40 years thanks to EU membership, not down.

            Here it is again (second graph):

            inet.ox.ac.uk/news/Brexit

            And I managed to keep a family and buy a decent three-bedroom house on well less than half of your ‘living wage’. By myself. Maybe I’m just an amazing money manager. Actually there’s no maybe about it. Seems to have rubbed off on the sprogs too.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

            What cleaners and shop assistants do you know in the Western Hemisphere who are paid $40/hour BTW? I said ‘minimum wage’.

            Correction to my previous post, since I was calculating in pounds: I bought my house with an income of half the $40/hour you mentioned, rather than ‘less than half’. But that was the most I’d ever earned. Mostly it was less. Sometimes much less.

          • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

            The cost of living is pretty much equal, give or take 20%.

            Try to buy your house now on $20/hr. I’ll leave to you the calculations as to how many lifetimes it will take to do so.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

            “Try to buy your house now on $20/hr.”

            I didn’t buy it on $20/hour. That was what I was earning when I paid off the mortgage after 30 years, transferred to my current flat.

            If even the average wage went up to $40/hour in the UK, probably more than half of businesses would be forced to shut up shop, as you propose, and the foreign businesses would move out. That would REALLY help, wouldn’t it? My salary was only about £2k/year above the average wage, to put it in perspective.

            Economies like the UK need to import raw materials and goods and services to pay for that (and to service a national debt of almost £2 trillion). You can’t sell your goods and services if your wages are twice what everyone else’s are.

          • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

            Sorry, a chunk of that went missing. Should have been:

            ‘Economies like the UK need to import raw materials and components to make their own products and they need to sell goods and services to pay for that…’

          • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            If it’s not a living wage, the job should not exist. Really what you are making excuses for is fascist slavery. Trillion dollar companies like Apple Amazon etc., are an obscenity, as is their business model. These are fascist pirates and they should be put out of existence.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

            Fascism implies a hefty dose of Socialism, so your statement is nonsensical as it stands – but your general idea is correct and Alba’s is wrong.

            Likud is not only Fascist, but National Socialist. We salute you!

          • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

            Jan, your utopian idea of fascism does not exist, did not exist, and will never exist. Hitler and Nazism were slaves to the German chemical industry. Same with the Kaiser before him. The German chemical industry learned how to produce bombs from the free nitrogen in the air, and voila you got yourself WWI and WWII.

            The gov mafia is never apart from the corporations, it is the corporations. That’s why I always advocate to obolish the gov mafia and make corporations illegal.

          • akmofo October 21, 2018 at 10:22 am #

            If you really want to understand who and what are the corporations, I refer you to Ridley Scott in his depiction of The 8th Passenger, aka, Alien.

        • elysianfield October 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

          ” it was the fear of immigration”

          Alba,
          Crazed, unreasoning fear? Mindless angst?

          Could it be, rather, that there was a reasoned understanding as to the result of 3rd party immigration policies mandated for your country? That the EU might have an agenda contrary to the well being of England’s population?

          Were all the “Brexits” ignorant? Foolish? Had they no viable reasons for voting thus except fear and loathing?

          Maybe some were lacking, but there are valid arguments against uncontrolled immigration that reasonable people might hold.

          Yes?

      • volodya October 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

        See my above post :

        “Scoffers say it’s nothing but doom-porn and they laugh and point to official stats that tout the gloriousness of the glory of globalization. Well, all I can say is good luck to them. Officially blessed numbers are a laugh, Pravda-esque in their absurdity.”

        • GreenAlba October 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

          We can come back to this once it’s happened, Volodya. Then we’ll know. But keep your eyes peeled.

          “Officially blessed numbers are a laugh, Pravda-esque in their absurdity”

          Yep, best to take numbers from the side of a bus and listen to Boris promising unicorns gamboling on the ‘sunlit uplands’. At least Rees-Mogg (MP and investment banker) now says it will take 50 years for the UK to recover from Brexit. So we’ll take that as a conservative estimate of the damage… Odd he didn’t mention it before the vote, though.

          In the meantime, I presume you’ve seen the size of the demonstration today in London – led by the young who will be affected by the vote led by the old, who won’t be around to pay the price. Nice way to show your concern for the next generation.

      • malthuss October 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

        How do you explain the frozen, poor White folks?
        The muslim invasion?
        The hate crime laws?
        Whats the most popular baby names, huh?

        independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html

        • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

          White people have rights too!

        • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          A huge number, far greater than even I imagined. People like Alba and her friend J.K Rowling have much to answer for.

          Nuke Hogwarts. Bruno Malfoy for President. Down with the Muggles and Mud Bluds, the foot soldiers of Voldemort.

          She made Dumbledore gay for no good damn reason. Purely gratuitous virtue display. For that she will judged.

          • SoftStarLight October 21, 2018 at 2:54 am #

            Moralizing gets boring and deserves eye rolls and yawns. Put up or shut up lol :-).

    • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      I am very happy that Brexit happened. It was really an inspiration to Trump supporters on this side of the pond. That it would be possible to break the globalist’ control and regain your country. The businesses do the same things here by hiring illegal immigrants from Central America and that has definitely lowered wages and increased welfare costs. It must stop!

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

        We should change terminology to more accurately describe the reality:

        Globalists = Satanists vs Good Christian folks.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        The true history of Europe is not so much the historical school of von Savigny, as the tales of the Grimm Brothers, telling about Satanist castle-dwellers and witches ruling in a Christian country, oppressing good Christian folks.

        • SoftStarLight October 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

          Like the aristocrats and nobility would prey upon the peasants. It does make sense.

  72. FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    It turns out that the Soviet Union, like a tin foil cap for 70 years, sheltered the Russian people from that avalanche of Gnosticism, which had long reigned in the West, which fell upon historical Russia with the coming to power of Satanist Gorbachev.

    And his interview with Posner, for example, in my opinion shows that he is a Satanist, not an atheist. An atheist will never declare himself a god, but pride is synonymous with Satan.

    • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

      Posner is a disgusting loser. He lost his people, he lost his country, , and thus he lost himself. Forget Satan, for all intent and purpose the guy is a Martian.

      • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

        Vladimir Pozner in Yale On September 27, 2018, Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

        He does not look like a loser to me.

        youtube.com/watch?v=8X7Ng75e5gQ

        • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

          A man without a land is not a man. He’s a martian ghost, and of his own making. To me, that’s a disgusting loser.

          • elysianfield October 20, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

            “A man without a land is not a man. He’s a martian ghost, and of his own making. To me, that’s a disgusting loser.”

            Mofo,
            I do not believe you mean what you posted. All the Jews that lost their property in Germany and other countries during the war…all the Palestinians who lost their property in “Palestine”, are loathsome, disgusting losers?

            That is so elitist I do not believe you mean it… it is not a defensible statement.

          • akmofo October 20, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

            If you abandon your people and abandon your land, then yes my harsh opinion stands. Jews, by the mere fact that they call themselves Jews, are testament to the fact that even after 2000 years they did not abandon their collective identity and their ancient land.

            Posner is not a Jew and he is not a Russian. Rather, he’s an anti-Jew and an anti-Russian. He willingly abandoned his people and his land. To me, that spells L O S E R. And a disgraceful and disgusting one at that.

  73. janet October 20, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Seriously, Beto and Ted is a bell weather election to see how much impact the Browning of America has now in the decision making of the country. –JohnAZ

    Seriously, Republicans shouldn’t have to even spend a dollar in Texas to defend a senator who was a presidential candidate from a deeply Red state that gave us two Republican presidents from the Bush family. Beto may lose the election but Republicans have already lost the aura of inevitability in Texas.

    • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm #

      >>> Beto may lose the election but…

      I see. So if blue wins then they win, and if they lose then they still win. Keep telling yourself that! Keep coming up with excuses for why losses are actually wins. It’s what dems are good at….

      • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

        Yes, the arc is long. In a war you sometimes lose battles and win the war.

        • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

          That is why I am never discouraged or paralyzed into inaction. So many good changes have already happened since 1964 in recognizing those previously invisible.

        • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

          Janet, let us just wait until the midterms are in before getting so arrogant. There will be many surprises, and the polls mean nothing!

      • hmuller October 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

        Janet is a true believer (or a LARP) . She supports anything and everything leading to a world totalitarian dictatorship by globalists – an Orwellian world of total surveillance and zero freedom. I don’t know how someone with such humanity hating beliefs can look at themselves in the mirror without repulsion.

        • Bill7 October 20, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

          Likelier that Ms. Janet is well-paid to believe and post as she does. Say hi to David Brock for me, Ms. J!

          • hmuller October 21, 2018 at 10:23 am #

            Oh yes, David Brock, Satan’s catamite.

  74. malthuss October 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Thwack October 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm #
    Im black; but I vote for the big tits.

    Do you vote for a green world?

  75. janet October 20, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

    glob·al·ist … /??l?b?list/ … noun … plural noun: globalists

    a person who advocates the interpretation or planning of economic and foreign policy in relation to events and developments throughout the world.

    Every world leader should be a globalist. It is the smart thing to do.

    When CFN uses the word globalist it is a dog whistle to refer to the Jews, much in the same way Cultural Marxism and Bankers are.

    The CFN conspiracy theory is basically that the supposed Globalists are on a crusade to destroy Western Civilization with the use of racial minorities, Feminists, Leftists, Muslim people, LGBT people.

    The people who are pulling the strings are meant to be Neo-Marxists, despite all these main players like George Soros, The Rothschilds, etc. being billionaires, which contradicts the entire premise of Marxism.

    Globalist is term for people who are not in the Trump cult.

    Then there are people like janet who have an expansive vision of one world of equality for all people and absolute happiness worldwide!

    That is also my vision of globalism. It requires seeing beyond the narrow-minded nationalistic and militaristic view, to a more expansive vision of one world — a world of equality for all.

    Ultimately all borders and nations will be dissolved, resulting in one single world government which is run efficiently by a no-name bureaucrat, just like the post office is run efficiently, delivers millions of items daily, and no one knows the postmaster general’s name.

    • pequiste October 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

      About the World Government* — of course, yes Janet ( except everyone shall know the name of the person-in-charge).

      For a short time it will be the Anti-Christ, three and a half years) and after that Jesus Christ, himself.

      If you believe The Bible that is.

      *Your analogy of One World Government with the post office could use a lot of work, however. But look on the bright side, you will get a barcode of your very own engraved upon the back of your hand or, even better, on your forehead.

      • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm #

        You mean zip+4 is not the bar code? LOL!

    • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

      **Trump Cult
      The truth only comes from Trump
      You think Trump is honest and always tells the truth.
      The inability to think for yourself.
      All negative news about Trump is fake, no matter how much evidence there is to support it.
      Obsessively saying how great Trump is.

      The worship of Trump.

      Really, Trump has some good qualities and some bad qualities. Learn to distinguish. Don’t be afraid to praise Trump or to criticize Trump based on his actions. Watch what he does, not what he says.

      President Donald Trump continues to falsely blame Democrats for an administration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the U.S. border. What he said and did are different:

      “I hate the children being taken away,” he told reporters at the White House. There are now more than 13,000 children in concentration camps in Texas.

      cnn.com/2018/10/01/opinions/13000-migrant-children-horrifying-reality-driver/index.html

      • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

        Immigration will be controlled in the future. It is uncontrolled ILLEGAL immigration that caused the children accumulation at the border, most of them unaccompanied by parents and most getting better treatment in their “concentration camps” than they have had during their lives.

        The Hondurans are going home. Mexico blocked them. Good!

        • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

          They were never a threat. Men are so emotional!

        • The distinctions don’t make a difference to me, john.

          Migration is about to get biblical

          (this is bad news the vast majority of the times it happens in history)

          • Janos Skorenzy October 21, 2018 at 4:07 am #

            Aryan Whites invaded Old Egypt from the Sea (the Sea People), yet Ramses was ready for them and they were beaten back.

            If we have the Resolve and the Leadership, we can do likewise.

    • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

      >>> a world of equality for all

      By which liberals like janet mean equality of outcome, which they want to achieve by enslaving some for the enrichment of others.

      >>> Ultimately all borders and nations will be dissolved, resulting in one single world government which is run efficiently by a no-name bureaucrat, just like the post office is run efficiently

      Proof that liberals like janet want a world run by unelected deep state bureaucrats with no accountability whatsoever.

      • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

        That deep state post office has never failed me! Give me deep state efficiency any day over the chaos of zero regulation and “free” markets.

        • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

          The USPS also has no reason to improve or innovate due to its Constitutional monopoly status.

          I ordered a package from Amazon. I can actually see the delivery truck with my package moving on Google maps in real time! When my package is delivered, I get a picture of the package at my doorstep! USPS tracking is a joke by comparison—like something from the 1970s.

          The fact that liberals like janet don’t understand why free markets and competition lead to innovation is why they shouldn’t be in charge. They think innovation comes from a committee of unelected bureaucrats. They think taxing wealthy people is where wealth comes from, which they then give to their favored parasites for votes.

          • Janos Skorenzy October 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

            It can also be a race to the bottom. Who can deliver more for less in less time: it lead to using inferior materials in Boston’s Big Dig and to subsequent repairs and deaths.

            The Post Office has done a wonderful job. If you want something faster and with bells and whistlers, that’s fine too.

            Only Government working together with the Private Sector leads to the greatest accomplishments: the Cathedrals and the Space Program.

          • elysianfield October 20, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

            “Only Government working together with the Private Sector leads to the greatest accomplishments: the Cathedrals and the Space Program.”

            Janos,
            Only Government working together with the Private Sector, and with the good of the nation in mind, leads to the greatest accomplishments….

          • Somehow I get that you would prefer Amazon to the USPS, in part because they have your house under surveillance.

            Interesting.

          • Exscotticus October 20, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

            >>> The Post Office has done a wonderful job.

            I agree and my point is not to knock the USPS. I also understand that unlike their competition, they’re required to deliver to everyone in the USA regardless of profitability. UPS and Fedex don’t deliver to every home in Alaska…

            But my point remains valid: without competition, there’s little incentive to change the status quo, take risks, and innovate. Without Capitalism, there’s no capital with which to make changes, take risks, and innovate.

    • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      And Santa Claus will run Toys are us at the North Pole, the Tooth Fairy will run Medicare for all, the Easter Bunny will run the agriculture department, and the government and dictator in charge will be benevolent with no self servicing.

      Yeah, right! Dream on!

  76. JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Okay, all you Trump loves Russia crazies.

    Just heard Trump say that he is going to cancel a test ban treaty from 1987 because Russia has deployed missiles that violate the treaty in Europe.

    Mess with the bull and you will get the horns!

    If Putin wanted Trump as president in 2016, I will bet that he would deal with Clinton’s reset button now.

    How many folks think that the Saudi journalist was throttled by a 15 member security team without the King and Crown Prince knowing in advance. SA is not our friend, just an economic ally. Who do we dislike the most, Iran or SA? I remember that 9/11 was planned by a Saudi Arabian and all the plane hijackers were from the Kingdom. They caused the 73 and 78 oil shortage. They have played the US since 1943. They are Muslim first, and we will never be trusted friends. Saying all that, our deal in 1943 was to defend them from attack, (remember the 1991 Kuwaiti war), in exchange for their oil. We need to go slow and quell the war birds in Congress, I want their oil!

    Where is the body?

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

      How many folks think that the Saudi journalist was throttled by a 15 member security team without the King and Crown Prince knowing in advance.

      How many folks think US Deep State tried to stage a coup d’etat against duly elected US President without him knowing anything about it in advance?

      Why do you think Saudis are different?

      It’s a world-wide civil war.

    • FincaInTheMountains October 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      Trump says US will pull out of 1987 missile ban treaty with Russia

      dailysabah.com/world/2018/10/20/trump-says-us-will-pull-out-of-1987-missile-ban-treaty-with-russia

      He’s sending Bolton to Moscow, ostensibly to withdraw from the INF Treaty, but in fact to force Russia to fulfill this agreement on American terms.

      My bet he’ll have to withdraw.

      • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

        I hope Bolton will be OK when he is visiting Putin in Moscow. So many accidents have happened to people in Putin’s Moscow. If anything does happen to Bolton, all Putin has to do is deny it. Trump will immediately take Putin’s side, just as Trump defended Putin in Helsinki. Puppetmaster –> kompromat –> Obedient Puppet Trump.

        Keith Darden, an international-relations professor at American University, has studied the Russian use of kompromat –compromising material — and said it is likely that the President believes the Russians have something on him. “He’s never said a bad word about Putin,” Darden said. “He’s exercised a degree of self-control with respect to Russia that he doesn’t with anything else.” Darden said that this is evidence that Trump isn’t uniformly reckless in his words: “He is capable of being strategic. He knows there are limits, there are bounds on what he can say and do with respect to Russia.”

        • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

          Who cares what Keith Darden, college professor thinks. Just like everything else the Liberals come up with, “it’s likely that”, here comes another lie, which repeated many times by many people becomes the truth. Liberals just cannot help it, it is in their makeup. The end justifies the means.

    • “Mess with the bull and you will get the horns!”

      Todays New York Times explains in detail the configuration of nuclear missile hostilities. China is adding (building new) intermediate range nuclear missiles and they aren’t treaty co-signers, making it ripe for renegotiation.

      In a functional American polity, this would mean a lot of bipartisan debate about what policy would look like.

      Under a Trumpocracy, I really don’t know.

  77. janet October 20, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    “But look on the bright side…” –pequiste

    I always look on both sides. I look hunger, disease, and death right in the face without flinching or blinking. And then I look on the bright side.

  78. Walter B October 20, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    Hillary has the crack pipe fired up today people. Utilizing the US Postal Service as a model of what we all need to strive for is a drug induced nightmare. How well would accolades such as:

    The Post Office is going out of business,

    The U.S. Postal Service is rapidly becoming irrelevant,

    …go over for you guys? Yes I understand that Forbes is a capitalist propaganda rag or whatever other slur that the lefty/loonies care to sling at it do, but seriously why is insanity so socially acceptable these days?

    forbes.com/sites/adamhartung/2011/12/06/why-the-postal-service-is-going-out-of-business/#5494152b431…

    • janet October 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Walter B, what’s really dragging down the Postal Service is the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, passed by a Republican-led Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush. The PAEA gave the Postal Service new accounting and funding rules for its retiree pension and health benefits. Up until 2006, the USPS funded those obligations on a pay-as-you-go-basis, pulling out of its pension fund and adding to it as retirees’ costs came in. But the PAEA required the Postal Service to calculate all of its likely pension costs over the next 75 years, and then sock away enough money between 2007 and 2016 to cover most of them.

      This is one of those ideas that sounds responsible on the surface but is actually pretty nuts, don’t you agree, Walter B?

      Consider your average 30-year mortgage. What if you had to set aside a few hundred thousand dollars right now, enough to pay the whole thing, even if you were still going to make payments over 30 years? No one would ever take out a mortgage. That’s the whole point: the costs only come in over time, and the income you use to pay them comes in over time as well. It works exactly the same for retiree pensions and benefit funds. Which is why, as economist Dean Baker pointed out to Congress, pretty much no one else does what the PAEA demanded of the Postal Service.

      Meeting Congress’ arbitrary mandate required putting away an extra $5.6 billion per year. “It is equivalent to imposing a tax of 8 percent on the Postal Service’s revenue,” Baker said. “There are few businesses that would be able to survive if they were suddenly required to pay an 8 percent tax from which their competitors were exempted.”

      • JohnAZ October 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

        Holy Cow.

        Asking a governmental organization for an accounting on its pension plan is a bad thing. You really are a Liberal, fiscal responsibility is not important.

        Let me tell you something. There are going to be a whole lot of people in Illinois that are going to try to retire in the next ten years and low and behold there will only be enough money for 50% of their promised pension payments. All because they were promised a line of fiscal baloney by Democrats trying to buy their votes. The response of the PTB will be, oh well we had the power and just walk away. I sincerely hope that people figure out who has screwed them over and vote the Liberal SOBs out of office permanently.

        Just another con job by the Dems, utilizing labor unions to hoodwink workers into thinking their pension funds were secure. Dems will do Anything to get their power.

        Wanna know why? Because it is all they have! Power is their ego!

        • BackRowHeckler October 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm #

          Here in CT public sector unions own state govt. to the extent the head of the largest union is also speaker of the General Asse