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With oldest sibling Kim Kardashian-West considering a run for the White House in 2024 the nation can finally cast aside the bygone business model of a pain-in-the-ass manufacturing altogether and concentrate on the more important matters of personal grooming, branding, networking, and leveraging the unfulfilled wishes of the countless under-tattooed into an economy once again on-the-move! Imagine the effect that a President Kim K-W will have on the by-then ancient monster-of-the-east, Vladimir Putin, in their first summit meeting. We’ll have no more election trouble from those meddlesome Kremlin thugs. Maybe the pair will ride horses shirtless together in an amazing display of glasnost and international cooperation.

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  1. Hands4u July 13, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    I hear cheese doodle consumption is on the rise as well.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      I wonder why no one has developed an actual Cheese (flavored) Noodle yet? It could be the final frontier for those willing to boldly go there…

  2. Neon Vincent July 13, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Happy Friday the 13th! Luck is a strange thing, as you touched on by noting the capriciousness of the American consumer leading to paradoxical results in the American economy. Something of lasting value? Not interested. Something that will make one look and feel good now? Yes!

    Another paradoxical feature of the U.S. economy is puzzling demographers. If the economy is so good, at least according to conventional measures, why are U.S. birth and fertility rates falling to record lows? If unemployment is down to the lowest levels this century, why aren’t women having babies? Maybe American women have noticed something the conventional measures and analyses aren’t catching. I guess unemployment isn’t everything.

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Why aren’t women having babies..Because there is a war on White people and on the middle class, thats why.

      Also PCBs and other depopulation tools are at hand, like vaccines. [pun intended].

      • K-Dog July 13, 2018 at 11:27 am #

        Some people wait for the singularity, some wait for a prince charming, some just wait. Perhaps white women are admitting to themselves that raising children alone is damn hard and are coming to their senses.

        • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

          Waity Katy waited for her singular Prince Charming and it eventually worked.

          It doesn’t always:

          smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-waity-katy-syndrome-20101129-18d5m.html

          A younger colleague at work (now married with three children) simply told her now-husband at one point that she’d give him a year and if he hadn’t proposed by then she’d be gone. That obviously worked too. Takes confidence, though.

        • shabbaranks July 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

          I’ll take a pass on your racism. It’s too early in the morning to laugh at you.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

            You may not be interested in Race, but Race is interested in you.

          • DrGonzo July 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

            Janos may not be interested in ignorance, but ignorance is interested in him.

          • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

            Was this directed at KDog?

          • K-Dog July 14, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

            It is called misdirection. A lie repeated often enough may not become true, that claim has always been overly dramatic. Yet a lie will not be without effect. At the least it will confuse, and that goal, the dastardly often consider victory.

          • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

            I suppose my use of white which was jumped on with much glee is due to the fact that white women raising children alone is a recent phenomenon from a generational point of view. They used to have more help. A lot more help.

          • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

            Seems to me that need masquerade no more than to be considered a valid point.

      • 100th Avatar July 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

        I dunno, maybe because there are too many idle white racist nut jobs posting absurd conspiracy theories on someone’s blog?

        • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

          Yeah, from being 90% of the population to an aging 60% in just two generations. Nothing to see here folks, you have100’s word on that!

          • DrGonzo July 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

            After going from 1% of the population to 90% of the population, following several generations of systematically marginalizing and exterminating the original American Indian inhabitants.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

            So go live with them if they’ll have you. Guess what? They won’t. Everything you have is because of the Conquest and Dispossession of the Indians. Yet you damn the Men who gave you your current Life. Thus you are an Ingrate.

          • Exscotticus July 13, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

            >>> following several generations of systematically marginalizing and exterminating the original American Indian inhabitants

            You just proved Janos’s point. The “original” inhabitants didn’t just go from majority to minority for no reason.

            And in any case they were not the original inhabitants. We have archeological evidence of cultures that existed before them. What happened to these earlier cultures? Very likely wiped out by the ones we know of today. The Maya, Inca, and Aztec were all human-sacrifice kick-the-human-head-football-around-for-fun savages…

          • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

            53 years.

          • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 11:02 am #

            Karma.

            The indigenous population was divided, stripped of their culture and language, forced to live away from a society built on greed and plunder and consumption, and depressed they turned to slow suicide through cheap foods, alcohol and narcotics.

            Sound familiar?

            Like white suburbanites.

            Americans never did really bother to learn from the natives.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

            !00: So why aren’t you living on a reservation, serving the Indians, and learning from them?

            Perhaps you could help them get welfare. Or work in one of “their” (often co-owned by multi-nationals) for minimum wage?

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

            their casinos, perhaps as a cleaner

        • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

          Name one.

    • mdhendler July 13, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      Women are not having children because of the four horsemen of the American middle class apocalypse:
      1. Housing costs
      2. Medical costs
      3. Student loans
      4. Daycare costs

      Not to mention Peak Oil

      • hineshammer July 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        To have children today, you have to be either rich or poor. The rich have all of the costs covered and the poor can rely on the government (i.e. us taxpayers) to cover the costs.

      • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

        Add job insecurity – a knock on effect of Peak Oil – to that list.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

        Women are not having children because of the four horsemen of the American middle class apocalypse:
        1. Housing costs
        2. Medical costs
        3. Student loans
        4. Daycare costs

        md,
        Yeah, and I heard it hurts, too (#5).

      • My Point of View July 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

        Add Birth Control to the list; it works if used and it is used a lot.

        We’ve no children and relieved to not worry about kids and grandkids making their way in an increasing brutal global economy which grows more delightful with every climate change horror show.

        Even in Catholic Italy the birthrate is HALF of replacement level, despite what Vatican doctrine says about use of BC. The Vatican had its chance in the late 1960s to intelligently add BC to the list of approved family planning techniques. Sadly, 2-3 old fart reactionary cardinals scared the pope from releasing updated doctrine. The full story is here and I recommend reading it to see just how much a handful of people can affect billions of people;
        motherjones.com/politics/2010/04/catholic-church-vatican-bishops-birth-control/

        What I find interesting about the Vatican story is how the dire consequences of doom predicted by the cabal of cardinals actually turned out — in reverse of their warnings. Instead of the changes dooming the church, it was failing to change that doomed the church. All those pedophile priests didn’t help either. Catholics the world over use a lot of BC …. and good for them.

        Mostly, it costs too much money to raise kids these days. With the divorce rate what it is a lot of women see they have a 50-50 chance of struggling for years as a divorced /single woman. I saw my own mother work 7 days a week for years to support 4 kids and a crippled husband on tips back in the 1950s when there was no safety net. People left bags of food on our doorstep. Bill collectors came to the door. No way was I going to take the risk of having my back to the wall the way she did. Poverty sucks. BTDT. I don’t blame anyone for taking a pass on having children.

        • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

          If Italy is ‘Catholic’ than I am., too.

          Materialist and Islamic.

        • Sean Coleman July 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

          “All those pedophile priests didn’t help either.”

          Yeah, just like all those Russians winning the election for Trump.

          I just found an excellent article by Jo-Ann Wypijewski, who had investigated the Fr Paul Shanley case at the heart of the Boston scandal (read witch hunt). She doesn’t think much of the film Spotlight.

          counterpunch.org/2016/02/29/oscar-hangover-special-why-spotlight-is-a-terrible-film/

          A few extracts but people really should read this one:

          “I don’t “believe the victims”.

          “I was in Boston in the Spring of 2002 reporting on the priest scandal, and because I know some of what is untrue, I don’t believe the personal injury lawyers or the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team or the Catholic “faithful” who became harpies outside Boston churches, carrying signs with images of Satan, hurling invective at congregants who’d just attended Mass, and at least once – this in my presence – spitting in the face of a person who dared dispute them.

          “I don’t believe the prosecutors who pursued tainted cases or the therapists who revived junk science or the juries that sided with them or the judges who failed to act justly or the people who made money off any of this.

          “And I am astonished (though I suppose I shouldn’t be) that, across the past few months, ever since Spotlight hit theaters, otherwise serious left-of-center people have peppered their party conversation with effusions that the film reflects a heroic journalism, the kind we all need more of. [I see her described as a left-wing journalist.]

          “I don’t believe the claims of all who say they are victims – or who prefer the more tough-minded label ‘survivor’ – because ready belief is not part of a journalist’s mental kit, but also because what happened in 2002 makes it difficult to distinguish real claims from fraudulent or opportunistic ones without independent research. What editor Marty Baron and the Globe sparked with their 600 stories and their confidential tip line for grievances was not laudatory journalism but a moral panic, and unfortunately for those who are telling the truth, truth was its casualty.

          “By their nature, moral panics are hysterical. They jettison reason for emotion, transform accusation into proof, spur more accusation and create a climate that demands not deliberation or evidence or resistance to prejudice but mindless faith.

          “They are the enemy of skepticism, which those on the left and near-left, liberals, progressives, regard as the sword and shield of journalism when it’s convenient or ideologically appealing. The Globe did not so much practice journalism as it constructed a courtroom of panic, one that reversed the presumption of innocence and spilled over into real courtrooms where real defendants didn’t stand a chance.

          “In 2002 I investigated only one case, but it was a doozy: that of Father Paul Shanley, who figures in Spotlight and who was declared a “depraved priest” by the Globe’s editorial page of April 9, 2002, the day after a PowerPoint show put on for the press by personal injury lawyer Eric MacLeish. Shanley is now imprisoned for crimes that are heinous in description and absolutely unsupported by evidence.

          “Since then I have followed the case of another priest: Father Gordon MacRae of New Hampshire, who does not figure in the film. He was accused, tried and convicted in 1994, a time when Spotlight would have you believe that every sexual accusation against a priest either fell on deaf ears or was handled in a hush-hush settlement, and every playground, church and rectory was a hunting ground for the great Whore of Babylon. MacRae remains imprisoned for crimes that are only slightly less heinous in description and absolutely unsupported by evidence.

          “Both men were called monsters. Both men were offered plea deals by their respective prosecutors that, had they actually committed the crimes, would be an affront to justice and proportion. Shanley was offered time served – the seven months he’d been jailed while awaiting trial – plus two and a half years’ house arrest if only he’d say he was guilty of raping a child on Sunday mornings between Masses. MacRae was offered three years in prison, later reduced to two, if only he’d say he was guilty of cruelly molesting a teenager. Both men refused and went to their fates abandoned by church hierarchy.

          ““Can you imagine”, Shanley said to me after his conviction in 2005, “here I am, the worst monster, a danger to children everywhere, and they offer me time served? … But for refusing to lie, I got twelve to fifteen years.

          “Shanley did lie about his sexuality. As a young man he’d had sex with teenagers and grown men. He had a boyfriend. He himself was probably not the best boyfriend. He was politically radical. During the AIDS crisis, with a fellow priest he had run a motel in California for a mostly gay clientele. In the 1960s he opposed the war on Vietnam. With a nun he had started a mobile health unit to serve street people in Boston. He was on the action phone tree of Gay Community News. He spoke a lot, for mercy and love and against the church’s condemnations of homosexuality, divorce, contraception, sex. He spoke of social sin: racism, exploitation, police stings, violence. He made enemies. He made mistakes. He was a good man, a bad man, a sinner. He had a sign on his desk that read, “How Dare You Assume I’m Heterosexual” when he ran a counseling service that advertised, “Gay, Bi, Confused – Want to talk about it?” He didn’t always only talk, and some men who saw him were liberated and some were more confused, and some were not able to navigate the difference easily and later found in him a simple explanation for everything that went wrong. He was not brave enough, honest enough, in an institution that could be neither; in a straight world that required bravery to be honest. The “Spotlight” team got almost everything wrong. The movie doesn’t even try to be right.

          “MacRae is politically conservative. He writes blogs in prison about God’s mercy, God’s love and the meaning of Lent. He was not a critic of the church, but the church left him to his own defense anyway, meaning public defense, which in his case was enough to make a deal but not enough for trial. MacRae got sixty-seven years for refusing to lie. Let that sink in.

          “The multiple affronts to justice in MacRae’s case and the gross unreliability of his accuser have been amply documented by Dorothy Rabinowitz in The Wall Street Journal, by the National Center for Reason and Justice and by Ryan MacDonald, summarizing recent legal papers in the case on MacRae’s website, thesestonewalls.com. Last year a federal district court judge rejected MacRae’s appeal for habeas corpus, refusing to allow a hearing on the merits, or new witness testimony, or a statement from MacRae himself. “Rot behind bars”, the judge essentially said.

          “That injury – despite the priest’s position outside the direct glare of the Globe’s “Spotlight” – is the legacy of the courtroom of panic that made “the pedophile priest” a cultural bogeyman, a devil, who need not be real but only named to light the fires of wrath. This is what the scribblers and the swells in Hollywood celebrated on Oscar night.

          “Here is what else they celebrated: the bunk of recovered memory; the Globe reporters’ failure to challenge any charlatan who embraces it; and the lure of money.

          “It’s unseemly to mention money. We are asked to believe that the ATM that is the Catholic Church, password VICTIM, could not possibly be an inducement to any of the thousands of accusers who have lined up since the “Spotlight” team’s first breathy reports – as if the usual reflexes of American money-grubbing are inoperative in this one area of life, and the people who, for instance, clambered for cash to ease the pain and suffering of having seen a priest naked in the YMCA really are salt of the earth.

          “The church was known to have begun making settlements with accusers by the early 1990s. Some, perhaps many, were legitimate, but as a closet culture, an institution scandalized by scandal, the church is also particularly vulnerable to extortion. Spotlight does not reflect that reality, just as the Globe did not seriously explore it. Every financial settlement in the film is proof of beastliness.

          “(The rock certainty from which Spotlight proceeds on this point leads to its most stunning, bite-the-hand-that-feeds misrepresentation: in which Eric MacLeish, played by Billy Crudup, is a smooth hack whom the noble actor-reporters disdain for getting rich from settlements rather than trust as a source, which MacLeish was to them in real life, a vital link between the press, private interests and state prosecutors. More on that later.)”

          It gets better, but I’ll just paste this fine paragraph:

          “Besides normalizing the presumption of guilt, the Globe’s courtroom of panic made a high and punishing principle out of cheap popular opinion: Well, maybe he didn’t do this, but he had to have done something! Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Where the victim has to be believed, it doesn’t much matter if one person is telling the truth and one person is a money-grubber (or, to put the kindest interpretation on it, just looking for a simple explanation for all the troubles of his or her life). It doesn’t much matter who is in the dock or behind bars for what because, after all, statutes of limitations are limiting, and the notion that guilt might go unpunished is intolerable. Someone must pay. The church must pay. Priests must pay, because even if they didn’t do something, they said something; or they said nothing but they should have spoken; they knew nothing but they should have known; they should have acted. We “thought they were God”, and we must have our pound of flesh.”

          This is how it ends:

          “Robin Washington, who was with the Boston Herald at the time, told me later that during the press conference some of the assembled reporters wept. Their tears, too, no doubt helped lubricate the wheels of prosecution. After Shanley was found guilty, Washington wrote in the Duluth News Tribune that Shanley’s real trial had been MacLeish’s press conference, the “lawyer playing judge, jury and executioner”, presenting the priest as “the devil incarnate”.

          “The reporters, though, were MacLeish’s agents, and not just his, and not just with respect to Shanley. What Spotlight, for all its tedium, captures so precisely is the free-floating suspicion, the eerie sense of collective menace and the urge to punish that the Globe and its “Spotlight” team fanned in their certainty as public servants, under running heads in every day’s paper, right next to reports from the war on terror. That’s a hell of a thing to celebrate.”

          She knows how to write, and to do her job properly.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            You don’t believe in victims, Sean? Earth to Sean: Victims exist. As do victimizers.

            remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/3917-francisgate-what-did-the-pope-know-and-w…

            The Remnant is arguable the major Traditionalist publication in America, certainly one of them. And probably the older, dating back to Vatican Two. Following them online might help to break your psychological complex and perhaps even open your heart to the very real victims of sexual abuse in the Church.

          • Sean Coleman July 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

            Janos, I knew you would be there at the end of the post with your usual reply.

            I can imagine that victims do exist but as you look into this subject their number appears to shrink to a tiny number as does the extent of their victimhood. If you read the article, which I assume you did not, you saw further examples of astonishing deceit, delusion and failure of the system of justice, ‘further’, that is, to all the other ones I have come across, and which you would too were you ever to look at it.

            Wypijewski writes here: “I don’t “believe the victims”.

            One of the two academics from Dundee University, who wrote a highly sceptical paper in April about the Duncroft School story, the founding myth of the Savile legend, a lecture in social work by the name of Smith (as I recall0 also said that he hadn’t come across an accusation (during a witch hunt, I stress) which he believed.

            How can you claim I have a psychological complex in the face of the extensive evidence I have presented and the strength of my arguments? Are you suggesting that emotion trumps facts and reason? You sound here just like the irrational liberals you denounce.

            Remember a while ago I described how Merkel’s decision to admit all those so-called refugees in September 2015 was on a wave of hysterical emotion whipped up on the strength of a photo of a drowned child? Two of Ireland’s leading columnists (Eoghan Harris and Matt Cooper) wrote lengthy articles the following weekend (it was that swift) which had uncannily similar titles, more or less ‘Sometimes The Heart Has To Rule The Head’.

            ‘Open your heart’ you say, like a true extravert.

            I challenge you to deny it. I don’t think you will. You can’t and you know it. So admit it.

            I’ll have a look at the Remnant. I have never heard of it. There are many in the Church, including bishops and (it appears) popes too who believe this narrative. See how the hierarchy failed to support Fr McRae (see the article I linke to above). Compare it with the way the former nun Nora Wall was left out to dry by her order in Ireland when completely false allegations were made against her.

            There are lots of conservatives who are not really conservatives and I assume the same applies to traditionalists.

          • Sean Coleman July 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

            Janos, the article is written is by Elizabeth Yore, about an alleged abuse case in Chile. She claims the Pope covered up. I’d have to look into this story but I don’t have time. Why don’t you do it for me? Always, so far, these things have ended up the same way: witch hunt. Even (or rather especially) the celebrated Boston case. Why should this one be different?

            Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin was appointed following working in Rome as an expert in these matters. He listened to ‘victims’ and swallowed it whole. irishsalem.com/individuals/Politicians%20and%20Others/archbishop-martin/index.php

            Extract:

            The Archbishop and John Cooney
            Diarmuid Martin was consecrated Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004 – about 18 months before John Cooney was appointed Religious Affairs correspondent for the Irish Independent. Martin made no objection to Cooney’s appointment and never made any comment on his allegation that Martin’s great predecessor John Charles McQuaid was a homosexual paedophile. In fact the two seem to have a very friendly relationship – based on the Archbishop’s efforts to tackle the issue of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy. The Archbishop’s method seems to be to accept ANY allegation at face value and treat a priest as guilty until proven innocent.

            The Archbishop has also made friends with liberal journalists by declining to criticise homosexual acts or the Government’s proposal to give “gay” civil unions a status very close to marriage.

            The Archbishop and Kathy O’Beirne
            Shortly after he became Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin held a two- hour meeting with Kathy O’Beirne who told of rapes, beatings and torture she said she had witnessed some 30 years before in a Magdalene Laundry. After the meeting she told the Irish Independent that she and the other girls in care were subject to regular abuse at the hands of religious members and lay people in the laundries. She herself was regularly beaten. One night, she said she watched in horror as a 14-year-old friend was repeatedly raped by five men. However she was now confident that, with the help of Archbishop Martin, the truth will be told. “When I saw him on Wednesday, a feeling of great relief came over me. I could see the compassion and pain on his face,” she said.

            Kathy O’Beirne was never in any Magdalene institution. The Archbishop’s “compassion” for a false accuser is the obverse of his complete lack of concern for his falsely accused priests.

            Archbishop Washes Feet of Christine Buckley
            On Sunday 20 February 2011 Archbishop Martin and the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley, washed the feet of 8 alleged victims of child abuse in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Among them was professional “victim” Christine Buckley who was the main subject of Louis Lentin’s “Dear Daughter” programme, broadcast by RTE in February 1996.

            Uk cultural historian Richard Webster has written the following about this “documentary”:
            “The Irish story then developed in a manner which paralleled the development of the North Wales story. In 1996 the producer and director, Louis Lentin, made a television documentary about abuse in children’s homes which was shown by RTE, the main public service broadcasting station in Ireland. It focused on the brutal regime which was said to have been operating during the 1950s at St Vincent’s Industrial School, Goldenbridge, one of a network children’s homes or detention centres which were funded by the state and run by the Catholic Church.

            “The documentary featured allegations made against Sister Xavieria, one of the nuns belonging to the Sisters of Mercy order which ran the home. The woman ‘survivor’ at the centre of the film claimed that, on one occasion, she had been caned by Sister Xavieria so severely that the entire side of her leg was split open from her hip to her knee. She says she was treated in the casualty department of the local hospital and believes that she received 80 to 120 stitches.

            “No medical evidence has ever been produced to substantiate this bizarre claim. The surgeon who ran the casualty department at the hospital in question has given evidence which renders it highly unlikely that such an incident ever took place. Apart from anything else, the surgeon points out that caning would not have caused a wound of this kind, which would have required surgical treatment under a general anaesthetic and not stitches in a casualty department. Yet although the evidence suggests that the woman’s memory was a delusion, her testimony was widely believed at the time. In the wake of the broadcast, atrocity stories about Goldenbridge and other industrial schools began to proliferate.”

          • Sean Coleman July 14, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

            Janos

            A parallel case to Yore might be French historian and writer Marion Sigaud, who has done some excellent research and whose low opinion of Voltaire (among others) is persuasive. However, she also believes, it seems, in lurid historical tales of paedophile rings which diminish her authority in my eyes.

          • Sean Coleman July 15, 2018 at 7:54 am #

            Janos

            I had a look into this Chilean witch hunt last night as I had a bit of spare time. It is boring, laborious and time-consuming work because you have to wade through so much poor material to get even a shaky grasp of what is going on.

            From what I have seen we have a Chilean homosexual, who has since emigrated (how?) to the US and is now working as an executive making allegations against a priest (a Fr Karadma) for abuse he suffered when he was a ‘teenager’. Two others made claims too but because so much time had elapsed the priest could not be prosecuted (statute of limitations) so the Church carried out their own investigation.

            The local bishop, Barros, has been accused of a cover-up and of being present before, and even during, some of the abuse.

            The Pope has been criticized (including by Yore in your Remnant article) of colluding in the cover-up by supporting Barros, claiming that he has see no evidence of guilt.

            These three elements are hopelessly confused in the reporting, whether through emotion, incompetence or (more likely) a combination of both.

            The Karadma element seems similar to Fr Shanley in the Boston witch hunt. Apparently he had liaisons with teenage homosexuals when he was a progressive priest ‘bringing the Gospel to the streets’. As far as I know Shanley was actually convicted (and vast sums of money paid out – in one case (according to Wypijewski) €1.7m) of abusing young, prepubescent children (using recovered memory evidence and after most of the charges were withdrawn because not even a stupid contemporary judge and jury could swallow them) not of his involvement with teenagers and young adults. Yore’s reference to three separate accusations does not bolster her argument. If it were thirty it would support it even less, and if it were 300 or 3,000 then there would be no question but that Chile was going insane.

            Yore’s article is dangerously foolish. Why don’t people look into this thing as a discrete phenomenon (apologies for the vocabulary but I am in a hurry)?

            I suspect that you would rather join BLM and Antifa and get a sex change than give up your addiction to this particular fantasy.

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 8:35 pm #

        FEMI NAZI ISM
        Abortion
        Divorce

        and, yes, the middle calls is being destroyed.

    • Helen Highwater July 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      Those unemployment statistics don’t show that many of the jobs are part-time, and women who have to work at several part-time jobs to make ends meet probably don’t have time to have children.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

        That’s why marriage was invented so they don’t have to. SIGH!

        One is reminded of Simone de Beauvoir’s interview where she said, We won’t let women stay home and have kids. It’s self indulgent(!). It seems like old Hel Believed this mendacious message – as did so many of her cohort and those that came afterwards once it was promulgated throughout the dying culture in it so called “academia”.

      • Tate July 13, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

        It’s plain that white women are going to have to have more babies in order for Whites to survive the invasions & out-breeding strategies of the savages. Many white women have begun to understand this. They have rejected feminism. They are stepping up & doing their part. They voted for Trump in a wholesale rejection of the crazy-ass feminist ‘philosophy’ such as embodied by Judith Butler. They are making use of their most important resource — their uterus. (or is it ‘uteri’?)

        Trump is killing the globalists’ dreams of multi-nation trade deals in order to put America first. NAFTA’s time is about up, for example. That is next on the chopping block. He is questioning NATO & calling on the rich European countries to pull their fair share so as to take the pressure off U.S. defense spending. He is finally starting to get tough with China. He understands that China & North Korea are linked issues. He’s going to be tying trade with China to talks with NK over denuclearization. He gets it. He is in support of Brexit which will allow a fruitful American-British trade pact. All of these moves will be good for the wages & reemployment of the American worker. In that way, we can get back to a male wage-earner & his wife with a liberated uterus that is finally sprung from the wage trap & primed for reproduction to meet the outbreeding strategies of the savages.

        • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 8:04 am #

          We’ve been here, before, Tate. It was called Lebensborn.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebensborn

          “They are making use of their most important resource — their uterus. (or is it ‘uteri’?)”

          You’re fine with ‘their uterus’, unless you know any women with two. I bet you wish you did. Think of the economies of scale.

          “He is in support of Brexit which will allow a fruitful American-British trade pact. ”

          Rees-Mogg, Redwood, Fox, Johnson, Raab, Cummings, Banks and their ilk stand to make many £millions helping US corporations asset strip the UK.

          That is the reason for Trump interfering so disgracefully in our nation’s affairs.

          Sovereignty? Taking back control? Hilarious.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 8:29 am #

            Although, Tate, if you’re really serious about these wombs liberated and ‘primed for reproduction to meet the outbreeding strategies of the savages’, I think you should be looking at some kind of battery-farming arrangement. You’re not being ambitious enough.

            A sort of ‘no-blue-sky-for-you’ thinking.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 8:31 am #

            And get working on that double-uterus mutation thing. One at the back, one at the front – perfect work-life balance.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

            In other words, the Nazis had some good ideas. Good on you Alba for bringing this up.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

            “In other words”

            In my (Janos’) words…

            TFTFY

          • Tate July 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            I clicked on the link for Lebensborn. Sounds good to me.

            But you do know that I’m being facetious in much of my comment, right? Nothing like this will happen. The challenge will not be met. We have to be realistic. We are going to be submerged by the brown tide. By the time you begin to be concerned (when you meet your ‘care-givers’) at the retirement home, it will be too late.

            You see, they won’t be all that enthusiastic in continuing to be heavily taxed to maintain old white people in comfortable ( or even uncomfortable) retirement for twenty, thirty, or even forty years.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 9:53 am #

            “You see, they won’t be all that enthusiastic in continuing to be heavily taxed to maintain old white people in comfortable ( or even uncomfortable) retirement for twenty, thirty, or even forty years.”

            Heavily taxed? I thought they were all benefit scroungers.

            Personally I never got beyond the 20% tax rate for those earning less than £34,500 p.a. (and the first £11,500 is tax-free) so if they’re on 40% congratulations to them for integrating in the British economy and doing so well.

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            They are benefit scroungers. But wasn’t the whole purpose to have them replace the children & grandchildren that Whites never had as productive members of society? As tax-payers who would do their part to prop up the cradle-to-grave welfare state? Oops! Looks like another cloud people project circling the toilet bowl.

          • GreenAlba July 16, 2018 at 7:25 am #

            You’ve still not being clear, Tate. Are they benefit scroungers, i.e .not taxpayers supporting the welfare state or are they taxpayers supporting it?

          • GreenAlba July 16, 2018 at 7:25 am #

            You’re…

  3. GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Made me laugh, thanks, JHK. But kinda makes me want to cry too 🙂

    My dad designing blast furnaces in the industrial north of England seems a long way away.

    I don’t do Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter, unsurprisingly, but I do see some of these ‘girls’ advertising their business model on TV (usually for Microsoft) being quirky and colourful from their livingroom or bedroom. And I often wonder what they would do if suddenly transported into a life that would really only require solid boots and a spade.

    I like to hope my own kids will manage, somehow. Even though the younger one has ended up (not really voluntarily) in the dreaded financial services sector, she did at least do woodwork and metalwork to ‘Advanced’ level at school, as one of the two only girls left in the class, so she shouldn’t be entirely useless.

    Not that she’s against lip gloss…

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 11:04 am #

      I like to hope my own kids will manage, somehow…
      Whites, Jews in UK are targets.
      You know that.

      • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        Thanks, malthuss, I’ll tell them to watch out or get burkas 🙂 It’ll keep the Scottish sun off their Celtic skin too.

        Other than that, you need to get out more. Maybe a week in Somerset or the Lake District. Don’t forget your body armour, though.

        • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

          You’ll need it for the midges.

        • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

          I dont need your sarcasm.

          frontpagemag.com/fpm/197260/uks-taxi-rape-epidemic-soeren-kern

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 8:15 am #

            What you need, Malthuss is to get out your front door and see other parts of the world.

            Your article shows no evidence. Here’s some evidence of what happens to rapist taxi drivers:

            mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/black-cab-rapist-john-worboys-12264414

            “Black cab rapist John Worboys to stay in prison after victims win legal challenge against Parole Board decision to release him”

            Now I know your heart will leap at that headline, but I’m afraid it’s the cab that was black and the serial rapist taxi-driver 100% white.

            Meanwhile the grooming gangs, when caught, also go to prison. Since a lot of Asians drive taxis, they’re in a good place for committing their crimes in that particular way.

            The white ones are on paedophile networks on the dark web, where it’s much, much harder to get them. The police are on it, though. They do get them – but it’s a much bigger challenge.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 8:20 am #

            In case you didn’t read the article (why would you??) the entirely WHITE John Worboys is thought to have drugged and raped over 100 women. All by himself – no need for a grooming gang. Drugs are helpful that way.

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            It’s probably not viable to try & reform a serial rapist. So the dude got 8 years? (minimum, oh that’s a comfort). A frontal lobotomy would be the best solution. They might still have the desire, but not the means of effecting its goal.

  4. Luhrenloup July 13, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    Ah, but first there was Kim’s steamy sex tape somehow finding its way to the internet that started the whole Kardashian/Jenner empire.
    That’s how it starts nowadays. The business plan, goals to be attained, financing, so passe!
    Find yourself a hunky guy and go to town, babe. There’s money to be made here! Cameras, roll, action! Quiet on the set!

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      Jenner was famous in the 1970s. He started the empire.
      See ‘Vigilant Citizen.com.’

  5. Helen Highwater July 13, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    The usual non-gender specific term is “staffing”, not “personing”.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

      Personing gets the point across better, though.

  6. PeteAtomic July 13, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    I am gonna corner cheese colored hair implants. I ‘ll call em Hair by Donald.

    Thanks Jim! ?

    • PeteAtomic July 13, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      That was supposed to be a smiley face at the end there lol

  7. Walter B July 13, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    Old guys like you and I Jim may have always understood that huge paychecks and giant piles of fiat currency (along with all of the glitz it can buy) does not really aid one in a real “pursuit of happiness”. It is all really more of a distraction from what really matters. Just as fiat currency has no actual real value, the shit that it is able to “buy” has none either, not really. This deception has spread into the mainstream American psyche as well for the search for real value has changed from looking for it on the inside to tattooing it on the outside. It may have all started out as a pursuit of income, but it has decayed into the degradation of an entire culture and is spreading to all of the inhabitants of this hamster cage of existence. If there is indeed a higher order of being out there as some of us believe, one can only wonder what the heck is going through the mind of this superior entity. Surely this being has infinite patience, or al least we had better hope it does.

    • darrell dullnig July 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

      The reason so many require a belief in a higher entity is based upon the universal tendency for each to believe himself the center of the universe. The only way to reconcile this psychological conviction with the obvious limit of one’s life is to embrace a belief in a god who will save your indispensable self from oblivion.

      My observation is that the existence of a higher entity with compassion for humanity would reveal himself in a manner which would preclude any form of confusion as to his identity or his intention to all beings, without exception.

      Lacking this level of revelation, it is a much better philosophy to come to the realization that one is of no particular importance to anyone except himself. Not only does this point of view lead to a relief for the responsibility of maintaining the necessary balance between self and the expectations of the moral standards of a god, it has the happy consequence of freeing your troubled psyche to the extent that it becomes possible to truly love your fellow man, rather than seeing all others in the light of competitors.

      Relax; you are already free if you will only believe it.

      • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

        Well Darrell, my psyche has been untroubled for a number of decades now and unfortunately for the “I am the center of my own universe” mentality, I have found far too much peace and satisfaction in the service of others rather than in servicing myself (pun intended). The beauty of what I have discovered in my work is that through the generous application of freedom of choice, I can pursue my ideas as freely as you may pursue yours. Loving your fellow human is, in reality, is as impossible as loving yourself but accepting them and ourselves despite all of our many human weaknesses and failings, can actually be accomplished. This idea requires far more explanation and discussion but I will spare the page space and hope that you understand my point. I have been to the mountain so I understand that my sole responsibility may be to my own spirit, but leading by example is more productive than preaching, so I refrain from such frivolity. Chose your path wisely and good fortune to you along your journey.

        • messianicdruid July 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

          Well it’s like Robin said, “Indifference is worse than hatred.” the observation that a higher entity would/will reveal Himself is obvious. What is not is that the revelation comes to each of us at different times, circumstances and according to our own proclivities. Who decided God had to yell out “I AM” and every creature that ever breathed air would hear it, at once?

          • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

            It would not be much of a challenge if He did, would it? I cannot speak for anyone but myself, but for me at least, I have found that the things that cost me the most time, effort and work are those that remain the most valuable.

        • darrell dullnig July 13, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

          Thanks, Walter for the good wishes. Actually, I was not preaching to you, but to the cosmos. I only replied to your post because of your mention of a higher being. I have no personal problem with anyone as long as they are not actually assaulting me, and happily allow all to believe as they wish, especially since I realize that all others sincerely believe themselves the center of the universe.

          Understand, this perspective does not describe the self worship of a narcissistic personality, but only a matter of how I naturally see the world — through MY eyes, MY smell, MY touch. It is not something I choose, it is something I am.

          The only problem that arises from this is the next natural thing to happen — taking one self too seriously.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            So how did any idea or desire for higher things ever evolve? We have a desire for food because there IS food. For sex because there IS sex. For a universal love because it also exists, but not just because we will it. You can also will food but that doesn’t make food appear.

          • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

            Yes narcissism is a vile disease that is hard to witness in person and fatal to be afflicted with personality-wise. I was pondering the “love thy neighbor as thyself” concept a couple of years ago and how impossible it was to do, when I suddenly realized “Hey wait a minute, I don’t really love myself all that much in the first place do I?” I mean I have always been very thankful for being Walt B and have been blessed with so very much in every way possible, and that I was pretty darned happy to be me, but I was never “in love” with myself, I mean I can be a dick too you know, especially for those who choose to take me head on. So armed with this new definition of what loving my neighbor actually meant, I find I can pretty much almost accomplish it a lot of the time. I promise to keep working at it too.

    • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      ” If there is indeed a higher order of being out there as some of us believe…”

      Walter,
      As was opined by the Jamaican arch-villain in some forgotten movie…”Everyone want Heaven…No one want die”!

    • draupnir July 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      You know, Walter, there has been a resurgence in pride among the tribes of the South Pacific, and they appear to be taking back their traditional tattoos, even to the moko and the traditional sacred chin tattoos of the Maori women and it appears that New Zealanders, indigenous by birth or not are claiming Mauri heritage as a proud part of their national identity. Many wear those markings. Chanting and the Haka are taught to all school children. I recently saw a haka duel on YouTube between two groups of middle school boys.The shirts started coming off and I’ve never seen such naked aggression without so much as a blow being struck, and they were nose to nose. It’s an important part of the prelude to sports events and even the military has taken it up. It is distinctive and belongs to them. I saw some Samoans wearing full girdles too. They have opened up ancient ice tombs in Siberia and found the occupants tattooed. Otzi the 5000 year old corpse found in the Alps has 61 tattoos. Ibn Fadlan spoke of the tattoos on the Norse he was among 1200 years ago. Tattoos haven’t coalesced into something tribal here yet, but I don’t discount the possibility.

      • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

        Like I said, freedom to choose is a wonderful thing and I extend it to everyone. Many years ago, my brother and I sat down and designed tattoos for ourselves. He picked four jungle cats, one for each forearm and one for each bicep. I drew a really cool Jethro Tull character. My brother eventually got all four tats which are now four large blue stains on his arms. I decided to get a tee shirt instead and have the skin that I came in with, though it has aged many years indeed. I DO have quite the collection of scars, burns, and damages from my commitment to getting the job done at all costs. In the end I prefer to go out with no self inflicted damage, but again, personal freedom to choose is a critical gift to us all so to each his/her own.

      • Tate July 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

        It’s been speculated that the purpose of tattoos among many trad peoples was to relieve pain.

        Maybe psychic pain. My cousin was ex-Army, never had any tattoos, but then his son was killed in an industrial accident. Afterwards he got tattoos all up & down his leg. Eagles & such.

  8. malthuss July 13, 2018 at 11:11 am #

    late days of empire. …when does the empire end?
    No empire is forever.
    JHK has been offering us a ringside seat to the collapse for 15 years.
    When does it end? And how? and what is the aftermath?

    • Bro Jobe July 13, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      You have read his World Made By Hand novels? Something like that, perhaps even more squalid. I suspect some forms of industry will creep on, because JHK hates cars so much he had to have a deus ex machina remove them all from the plot.

      Instead we’d have some sort of homemade flivvers from the wrecks of our shiny beasts. Humans are just too tied to mobility to not re-invent some Mad Max version of the Model T, run on homebrew.

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

        World Made By Hand-I bought but couldnt relate. I do like TLE, his opus.

    • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Do empires really end malthuss? What happened to Roman Empire? The British Empire? They did not physically disappear into nothingness, did they? No, they simply and gradually lost power and worldwide influence (discounting the Vatican of course which still rules) and the affluence and intelligence of the general populations degraded backwards a few steps towards feudalism, didn’t they? Other more powerful systems eventually took over as America did after WWII and the same fate is occurring to US(A) here and now. Who will be the next omnipotent Master of the World? China perhaps, certainly not Russia and probably not some Islamic movement, though these two might very well vie to have their own say in it all. The question remains as to whether or not America will try to hold on to its power at all costs or simply sell out and go along for the ride.

      • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

        Walter

        “What happened to Roman Empire? The British Empire? They did not physically disappear into nothingness, did they?”

        From my partial reading of ‘Treasure Islands – Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World’, a while ago, the British and French empires, just for starters, morphed into post-colonial financial networks funnelling kleptocrat money through their capitals from their ex-colonies (now ours, at least, launders roubles skimmed from the Russian people).

        amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_16/261-6104680-1416518?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tr…

        The prologue is aptly called ‘How colonialism left through the front door and came back in through a side window’

        But lest you start to feel left out there’s a chapter on America too 🙂

        • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

          Quite right. The New World Order has subsumed the West, sucking the life out the nations. They have their own ideas about the future and a Global Empire with themselves at the helm. Far more subtle and sophisticated than anything that has come before. They won’t announce themselves until all else is in ruins. Thus they need more WAR.

          Both the Left and the Right do their bidding, whether they know or not. Will so or not. You are not exempt and believe exactly as they would have you believe.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

        “Do empires really end malthuss?”

        Walter,
        Ask the Dutch….

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

        JHK writes or reports a lot about the Economy and the inevitable
        lowering of present day standard of living for Merikans.

        Thats the empire I mean, not the ‘bomb bomb bomb Iran’ empire..which is how the doallr is propped up.
        Its all too much for me to quite figure out.

  9. jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    I never understood why so many people have decided to turn their bodies into billboards. I mean, it’s your skin, not an etch-a-sketch. I just hope neck tattoos won’t become too fashionable around the office, since my own lack of ink for the moment is an advantage in job interviews.

    • 100th Avatar July 13, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      Tattoos?

      Athletes, celebrities, musicians.

      It has become normalized.

      Because most people are followers.
      It’s in their programming. They take cues from others.

      Just as old people bitching about the end of the world.
      They don’t even see it.
      They think they have free will.
      But they don’t see that their wisdom is nothing but delayed understanding of old information that only now they can process.
      But follow the program and order of the day they will.

      Clever, new, creative, rogue? But it’s a lie. They are not deviating from the norm, although it retains some essence of fringe behavior, it is safely accepted by greater society. Most perplexing, is knowing the disingenuousness of their actions, they follow through nonetheless. So many have tried to comprehend trends, and the lack of apparent logic in them, but it is deeply coded program.. in most.

      • pequiste July 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

        A cigar
        to 100th Avatar!

        And don’t forget; it was the true prophet of the Age, B.F.Skinner, who perfected the protocols.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        “Clever, new, creative, rogue? But it’s a lie. They are not deviating from the norm, although it retains some essence of fringe behavior, it is safely accepted by greater society. Most perplexing, is knowing the disingenuousness of their actions, they follow through nonetheless. So many have tried to comprehend trends, and the lack of apparent logic in them, but it is deeply coded program.. in most.”

        Avatar,

        OR it is for the same reason that our Finc, in the then-former Soviet Union bought a pair of $200 Levi Jeans in the 70’s…to get laid,

        Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar….

      • jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        I just remember what Ozzy Osbourne said: “If you want to be original these days, DON’T get a f—ing tattoo!”

      • BuckP July 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

        Being an old person myself, my cognitive dissonance ended abruptly on November 24, 1963, when after arriving home from a morning church service, I saw, live on the old blaclk and white RCA, Jack Ruby gut-shoot Oswald. From that moment on, i knew that the Warren Report and every other official story , espoused as truth by the MSM and TPTB, were fiction. The powerful few, whoever they are, that really run the show are mean, ruthless, shallow, deranged and insatiable. In the words of George Carlin: “they don’t give a shit about you..”

        • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 11:07 am #

          There is no more truth than that last sentence.

          They don’t give a shit about you, but then you have hardcore partisan fools, like WPA-Janet, trying to get more fools into their zero-sum political game.

          Stop playing it.

        • Tate July 15, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

          “From that moment on, i knew that the Warren Report and every other official story , espoused as truth by the MSM and TPTB, were fiction.”

          How could you know that at that point? The Warren Commission report wasn’t published until months later.

          • BuckP July 15, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

            Tate the turd!

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

            Seems a bit harsh, pee bucket.

          • Walter B July 15, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

            Well I knew the truth from the moment that I saw LBJ being sworn in on AF-1 as it happened. I pointed to him on the TV screen and said to my Mother, “He did it!” I have read much since then that makes the case of his involvement as well as the other cast of characters. They may fool some of the people some of the time, but there are some that cannot be fooled at all. Lies have a special smell to them. A smell that I have always been able to discern.

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

            Walter, go to Unz.com and read the Laurent Guyenot piece & also Ron Unz’s two-part investigation, “American Pravda: the JFK Assassination” if you want to learn about LBJ’s probable involvement.

          • Walter B July 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

            Thank you Tate, I checked it out and bookmarked it after reading the first section. Yes, there are many of us that know the truth of that Great Deception and the Day That America Died. While there will never be an “official” disclosure, well we really have already had it. There are those that care for the truth and those that do not, but in the end, even a complete and total outing and admission of how we were all sold out that day will change nothing. Those who control this nation shall continue to use us, abuse us, and disregard us for useless eaters. It will NOT, however, change the fact that our true value, or actual worth cannot be compromised by their abuses and that lives of value can be had nonetheless once you understand that the systems of man are not only flawed, but of very little true value.

  10. Bro Jobe July 13, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    But Jim! The fatter you are, the more room for ink!

    I actually enjoy a few tats on the right people and places. Those are few and far between.

    Instead, we have literally a growth industry. the bigger they get, the more money for the tattoo parlors! Win win baby!

    • K-Dog July 13, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      Tattoos sometimes identify people who have no souls. They can be useful.

      • Jigplate July 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

        If that’s the case, then I saw a lot of new clients for scratch today. I was coming back from an errand this afternoon, when I saw a long line of people waiting outside a tattoo storefront. The line was in excess of 100 feet long. I couldn’t figure out why so many people would all want a tattoo at the same time. When I got home, I looked them up on the internet only to discover that it was tattoo ‘s for $13 on Friday the 13th

      • Tate July 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

        Everyone has a soul.

        We’re a tattoo-less family. But my son’s gf has a lot of tattoos. Not sure about her (just in a general sense; I’m sure she has a soul.)

    • hmuller July 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

      I’m not Jewish, but from my readings I’ve learned that tattoos are condemned by the rabbi’s. Maybe that teaching is lying in JHK’s subconscious, though he may not be generally observant.

      Or maybe like me, the thought of getting stuck by a needle thousands of times seems unappealing (actually horrifying).

      • K-Dog July 13, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

        Horrifying for me too.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

        “Or maybe like me, the thought of getting stuck by a needle thousands of times ”

        hmuller,
        Being “stuck” or being “pricked”? An important distinction when dealing with lawyers….

        H, I’ve spent my long life avoiding situations where a lawyer might be required…but in four days I have scheduled a paid consultation with one (…sob).

        • hmuller July 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

          That’s another sign of social decay – too many lawyers with nothing to do but make trouble for the decent people.

  11. K-Dog July 13, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    After all, if you really want to be successful in this land of success stories, don’t you have to first look and feel successful? Perhaps that’s all you really need…

    That’s the SECRET.

    No folks you don’t really need a cell phone to have a conversation by yourself as you walk down the street. You can be bat shit crazy and believe you can change the laws of the universe with your own mind. Medication optional.

    Don’t hold it against her, it is not her fault. Kylie won’t be 21 until Aug 10.

    Ashes ashes all fall down. For now the game is pretend, it is the only game we can play.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      No folks you don’t really need a cell phone to have a conversation by yourself as you walk down the street. You can be bat shit crazy and believe you can change the laws of the universe with your own mind.

      LOL! I’m now free to scream obscenities at other drivers as I drive, since they just assume I’m talking idly on the cell phone hands free like they are. Crazy world, K-Pup! For what it’s worth, I think out loud in public a lot too. Never inherited the embarrassment gene for that trait, apparently.

      • cbeard July 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        If anyone complains about you talking to yourself, tell them at least you know you’re talking to someone with good sense.

        • Loneranger July 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

          Gandalf said, “Old people talk to themselves because they always speak to the wisest person in the room

          Lord of the Rings

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

        “LOL! I’m now free to scream obscenities at other drivers as I drive”

        Nick O Demus,
        Excellent Idea! Brilliant!

        Just cup your hand over your right ear, turn to face the other driver, make eye contact and yell “YOU MOTHERFUCKER!”

        The cell-phone gambit….

        • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

          Trouble is, they never notice me anyway. Too busy talking/texting on their own. Those fucking things are taking over everything!

          • K-Dog July 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

            It must be particularly aggravating to you. Those fucking things are even taking over fucking. Think of all the sex people are not having because there are fingers are touching glass not flesh. Nobody notices because they think they are the only ones not getting any so what’s new? Same shit sandwich as yesterday on the individual level, but really, overall there has to be a whole lot less of it in total. How could there not be? Only humping going on is the heavy throw of a backpack over someones shoulder so they can get to their charger.

            I suspect you don’t enjoy welcoming faceless vegans into an extended stay in your neck of the woods as much as you do somebody who’s delighted in the exquisite taste of dead animal. Real sinners, not the common detritus who sinned not because they never actually sinned, the omitters, generic NIMBYs too busy sleepwalking through their lives to actually live, and sin.

            The little things are robbing people of their souls before they can earn the stripes for you to reap the natural harvest. Instead for you the pickings get meager. You have good reason to hate the little soul suckers.

  12. Ron Anselmo July 13, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Great post Jim, as usual. We won’t make it to singularity. Our culture has become so shallow, we’ll evaporate long before then – lucky if we make it through another day.

  13. ccm989 July 13, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    Happy to say — not all young people are fat and covered with tats. Lots of them (like my two) are educated and NOT on drugs. Shocking, I know! But it all starts with Mom & Dad — the role models. Are your kids losers — than look in the mirror — they might just be chips off the old block. Reality sucks, huh?

    We live in very scary times. Democracy is dead, assassinated by the person who swore to uphold the Constitution and then spent all his time enriching himself while annoying our closest allies. Now he wants to install a Supreme Court candidate who has stated, unequivocally, that “presidents should not be investigated” — excuse me but NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW — not Nixon, not Clinton, not Trump.

    And I will scream if I hear one more person say that white people are under attack. Where? On FOX News? It isn’t real news, it just repeats the same old tired talking points that fire up the ignorant base while they sit in their easy chairs noshing on Cheez Doodles. Apparently the only other thing these people like is seeing screaming babies ripped out of their mothers arms and put in “detention centers”. So now kidnapping is great for corporate America because they send kids to for-profit prisons owned by — wait for it — Betsy DeVos, sister of the Blackwater Mercenary CEO Erik Prince.

    God help us all.

    • Ron Anselmo July 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      White people are under attack.

      • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

        ALL people are under attack, even those in power who are attacking us are being attacked by each other. It is that Great Mad Dash to get it while the getting is still good.

        • Ron Anselmo July 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

          Yes Walter, you are correct, it’s a free-for-all. Until it’s not.

        • messianicdruid July 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm #

          We have met the enemy and he is us. We attack ourselves because of differences of minor consequence, or at least a further out on the timeline, while ignoring the big bite coming to all our arses in the nearby. Holding course for twenty or thirty kin and kith will be a feat rewarded by traumatic growth.

          “Cynicism is the armour of those who are terrified of disappointment”, with the consistency of butter.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Some old White guy gives a Puerto Rican woman a hard time (but never laid a hand on her) and is now up on a slew of charges, including hate crime.

      Blacks harass Whites in exactly the same manner in every large city in America in exactly the same way and no one gives a shit. If a White tried to make any one care they’d be laughed at or told to shut up. You are simply a fool not to notice. You don’t notice because you don’t care either – in fact, you think we DESERVE it. This is ethnomasochism and the reason why the West has no future.

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

        Yes, I read about an old man and a young black who argued in a parking lot.
        It was her fault.
        He called her a nigger and was arrested.

    • Exscotticus July 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

      Affirmative Action is legalized anti-white racial discrimination. It doesn’t get more obvious than that.

      Name a single purveyor of “diversity” who is arguing for more white inclusion in any white-minority areas anywhere in the world.

      • Tate July 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm #

        Do we live in a country where people are free to form voluntary associations with whomever they wish, or do we live in one where all of our actions are constrained by standards imposed by generations of radical egalitarian law- & policy-makers going all the way back to the immediate aftermath of the War Between the States?

        The fact is, culturally we are not one nation & we never were. The Constitution of the U.S. once provided the framework & cornerstone of something like a civic religion that bound us all into at least the hope of national unity at a time when we were at least majority European-descended.

        But the Constitution is a “living document,” which means that its interpretation is dependent on the ideological biases of a majority of those who sit on the Supreme Court of the U.S. For now, that may sound promising for conservatives. But remember, even the so-called conservative bloc of the Supreme Court is prone to the radical egalitarian thinking that has permeated all discourse & debate for generations. This way of thinking colors the way even the most conservative of us thinks so profoundly that we usually don’t even notice. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that conservatives will always control the court. Indeed, if demography is destiny, it most certainly will not for much longer.

        A nation founded on principles of liberal democracy such as ours (I include in the term ‘liberal democracy’ our constitutional republic) is incompatible with a politics of identity & of constantly warring minority interests. Given the realities we face, that the majority of grade-school pupils are already ethnic minorities & that this represents the future make-up of the American electorate, this means that within a generation, European-descended Americans are most definitely going to be a minority within the land that their forebears founded. Full-scale identity politics will lead to complete paralysis in our governing institutions. The election of Ocasio-Cortez sounded a warning. More & more, look to your family & local community ties for the support you will need as this national crisis unfolds.

        • Exscotticus July 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

          This statement…

          European-descended Americans are most definitely going to be a minority within the land that their forebears founded.

          …is at odds with this statement…

          The fact is, culturally we are not one nation & we never were.

          On the one hand, you say that “European-descended” people founded the Republic. On the other hand, you say that the Republic was never culturally homogenous?

          The Founding Fathers were all of white European descent (yes—even Hamilton), all English-speaking, all under British rule, all Christians (even if some of them were atheistic; they were still baptized).

          By any reasonable definition of “culture”, this was a mostly homogenous society—as homogenous as China and Japan is today. Even the New World French had more in common with the English than either had in common with Islamic or African or Asian culture.

          There are very specific reasons why whites have gone from 90% to 60% in a matter of decades, and they can nearly all be traced to specific policies like Affirmative Action and culture-eviscerating immigration.

          A nation founded on principles of liberal democracy such as ours (I include in the term ‘liberal democracy’ our constitutional republic) is incompatible with a politics of identity & of constantly warring minority interests

          I agree. Which is exactly why the anti-white “diversity” agenda will inevitably lead to the end of the Republic. A nation that doesn’t have a common set of core values and principles, that doesn’t share a common culture, will not survive for long.

    • benr July 15, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      Simply because you DENY does not make it untrue.
      You parrot the a meme that is only true because people choose to break the law by coming here illegally.

  14. akmofo July 13, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    All the car companies are switching to hybrid and pure electric vehicles. In many cities centers diesel and heavy trucks are not allowed. Elon Musk is on the right track. I would prefer he concentrate on building electric bicycles and scooters instead of rockets to Mars, but you can’t always get what you want.

    Btw,

    In 2019 Israel will be the 4th nation in the world to land a spacecraft on the moon:
    youtu.be/PG_42ZlcwEU

    • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      I just looked at TSLA’s stock chart, and technically it looks sound and in a nice uptrend.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        “technically it looks sound and in a nice uptrend.”

        “Mofo,
        Well then, take the plunge. You know what they say;

        “Jesus Saves,
        BUT
        Moses invests!

    • jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Since electric vehicles will have to run on off the power grid–and our increasingly antiquated one at that–I’d say Musk is on the same old track. Vehicles require energy. He’s just switching the source, not removing it.

      • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

        Hybrid vehicles are 2 to 3 times more efficient than regular gasoline vehicles, and pure electric vehicles are 5 to 10 times more efficient than regular gasoline. So burning hydrocarbons to produce electricity for electric cars can significantly reduce the demand for these hydrocarbons because of the efficiencies produced.

        But if you’re in a never ending depression you will always find nonsense to support this never ending psychological depression.

        • jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

          My depression is only sporatic, but thanks for the concern.

          Meanwhile we’re well into a worldwide Lithium shortage. Good luck on all those electric vehicle batteries.

          • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            When demand picks up there will plenty of new Lithium supply found and plenty of new research into new storage technologies. What’s important now is to create a market for non-gasoline engine cars. The rest will take care of itself.

          • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

            “market for non-gasoline engine cars.”

            Mofo,
            I would suggest that the market is already robust, but the infrastructure to support them…not so much.

            ” When demand picks up there will plenty of new Lithium supply found ”

            Yeah, the demand for lobsters is high, but….

          • jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

            “What’s important now is to create a market for non-gasoline engine cars.”

            I would say what’s more important is to create a pattern of living by which we don’t have to drive every goddamn place to get the basics of life. I myself haven’t owned a car in over 15 years–living in the most rural state in the country at that–because I’m fortunate enough to live in a well-planned town. The greatest efficiency is finding a better way to live, not to spin off newer and newer technologies for their own sake.

          • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

            elysianfield

            When electric cars are 50% of cars on the road, then we can talk about a market. We’re not there, and we’re not going to be there for another good 10-20 years. That’s a very long time to develop new technologies new materials and as Avatar alluded to — a new way of thinking about transport.

          • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

            jeff2002

            I absolutely agree with you there.

            In the previous blog post I suggested to GreenAlba that her Scottish countrymen could be of great significance in this sphere. The Chinese the Indians the Russians the Americans and a great many others could use their amazing and innate talent in engineering livable cities. I cite the great Sir Patrick Geddes and his monumental help in designing the City of Tel Aviv.

          • akmofo July 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

            A Man for Our Times – The Living Legacy of Patrick Geddes

            youtu.be/OMXDr3Oo5aw

          • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 11:18 am #

            The idea of a car at every home is outmoded.

            Instead there will be far, far, far less vehicles.

            There will be an autonomous fleet shuttling and standing by.

            They won’t be found in your driveway. Most cars sit idle. Millions upon millions parked.

            Not at a few hundred $k a pop.

            Apple, Über, Ford, etc., will offer service contracts. Of course, the rich will have their own, but as everything is going in a planet of too many people and finite resources: wealth wins.

            The infrastructure exists. Now it’s getting people weened off of personal ownership. They gave up their horses though.

            When owning a car is impossible, but paying for ride share is doable.. people will change. No real choice

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

            akmofo

            Thanks for the video – it was interesting and wide-ranging.

            “We live not by the jingle of our coins but by the fullness of our harvests.”

            Indeed.

            I’ll look into the Tel Aviv plan before too long.

          • akmofo July 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

            GreenAlba

            We live not by the jingle of our coins but by the fullness of our relations and friendships 🙂

          • akmofo July 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

            100th Avatar

            Yup. Many cities have bike sharing rental services with multiple depot stations. I think this should be made completely free by the city along with repair shops. I’d even upgrade that to e-bikes e-scooters. Combined with good light rail/subway service, I really can’t think why anyone would want to live in suburbia and bother with payments for multiple cars.

          • akmofo July 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

            Streets of Tel Aviv
            youtu.be/_8dB-tPpQ_U

            Omer Adam – Ya habibi Tel Aviv
            youtu.be/pKGN3cvF-5U

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:33 am #

            akmofo

            “We live not by the jingle of our coins but by the fullness of our relations and friendships”

            I agree. But they won’t last long without the harvests.

            Thanks for the other links.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:37 am #

            Well, the first one, anyway 🙂

          • elysianfield July 15, 2018 at 10:57 am #

            “, I really can’t think why anyone would want to live in suburbia and bother with payments for multiple cars”

            Mofo,
            I think that very few people live where they would like…in our society, this is a luxury most cannot afford.

        • cbeard July 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

          They are also many times more expensive and technically complicated machines. Hybrids are a joke. Total electric, maybe if they came come up with vastly better batteries. Kinda like space travel (especially Musk and his Martian homesteading ideas) you have to have a new form of propulsion other than glorified bottle rockets to get there. Pay close attention when Harley Davidson goes broke building electric motorcycles. Nobody wants the goddamn things. I and most other bikers want a loud, high octane fuel burning, powerful ride. I’ve owned several of American, British and Japanese bikes. My personal favorites were the Limey brands. Harley’s are too big and heavy, ok for a long stretch but not for everyday riding. But, I’m an old school, old fool, so who gives a shit what I think.

        • benr July 15, 2018 at 9:25 am #

          Yet they are shunting one form of pollution to another!
          Give me some CO2 I make sure my backyard is full of c02 gobbling plants!
          Have you looked into how toxic the batteries are?
          How about the amount of pollution created when they make sola panels!
          Or how about the wholesale slaughter of flying and twittering little birds and raptors at the solar plants or windmills?

          worldwatch.org/node/5650

          youtube.com/watch?v=emBY6phmn9E

          audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds

          Yep tell me more about this Obama loved green energy bull crap. The man lived in the law of unintended consequences!
          If Obama is pushing an idea look da fuq out.

  15. mdhendler July 13, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Actually, the second most important strip mall retail activity after tattooing is vaping.

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

      Indeed, Pay Day Loans, Booze, etc.

  16. teddyboy46 July 13, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Love that subtle sarcasm. My take on tattoos is crazy on the outside crazy on the inside.

    • pequiste July 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

      An apodictic apothegm, Teddy.

      However, I would warn the CFN, it’s the ones who look like Peter Strzok – no visible tattoos and dressed like a gentleman, ya gotta watch out for. Looking like the perfect F.B.I. professional; that is until the demons took over. Did you see his eyes! Spooky, and not in any C.I.A. way either.

  17. John1945 July 13, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    Recently I read “Industrial History of the United States”.The chapter about steel making depressed me the most.

    Average temperature inside steel mill was 125 F.It rose even more after pouring of steel.And one could work only in heavy leather coveralls because of sparks.Every worker drank about 4 gallons of water daily-not from water cooler but river water from the rain barrel.

    Work was 12 hours a day,7 days a week and it paid $3 a day ( in 1906 ).

    After 2 weeks day shift worked 24 hours (while night shift had sort of 24 hours holiday ).Then day shift became night shift.Every worker admitted that this shift change was the hardest part.It takes much much longer to recover from mental exhaustion than from physical effort.

    After 12 hour shift one part of workers went to the bar, another part of workers went home straight to bed.Bethlehem Steel built some rudimentary recreational facilities like bowling halls and amusement parks but they stood empty ( fat cats and managers preferred their country clubs ).

    Bottom line:

    Real economy is no fun at all.

    • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      I lived in the north-east of England as a child and we were taken to one of the local steelworks as a school trip (geography? physics? Can’t remember) to see it in operation.

      I can confirm re the atmosphere, noise and heat. And it was probably a relatively civilised one as it was the 60s, not 1906, and they’d have been on three shifts by that time.

      This guy in the nearby North York Moors had a much better niche in the ‘real economy’:

      robertthompsons.co.uk/

      He was famous locally as the ‘mouse man’ when I was a kid and every piece of work came with a mouse, whether it was a table or a plate:

      robertthompsons.co.uk/robertthompsons-co-uk/_img/_Shop/classic-items/cm15-classic-mouseman-octagonal…

      Nice to have some fun at your work.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      Slaughter houses are a ton of fun too, for the humans anyway. For the animals, not so much.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Yes, people would fall asleep and fall into the machines and get mangled. Or just nod and just lose a hand. Too bad about them! Now we don’t need them at all anymore and they can just hurry up and die.

      This is Capitalism/Communism, the triumph of matter over Man. We of the Third Way, Fascism/National Socialism, reverse that. Some radical Traditionalism and Progressivism feel the same. At its best, the Third Way is sensitive to their concerns, but without renouncing the National Power that is so necessary in this Age.

    • John1945 July 14, 2018 at 12:01 am #

      @GreenAlba @Ol’ Scratch @Janos Skorenzy

      Thank you,gentlemen.

      I re-read this chapter about American steel mills circa ’06 and discovered even more depressing fact.Back then jobs were permanent only for foremen (I mean REALLY brutal foremen) and up.For the regular steelworkers getting a job (once in a while) was like winning a lottery ticket.

      Now imagine that just to buy (much less win) this lottery ticket you must be younger than 40 (preferably under 35).

      Yes,at the steel mill gates foremen chased away people with grey hairs.

      • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:12 am #

        Yes, John1945, lots of jobs were like that back then, before trade unions. Many men lined up in the morning as ‘day labourers’ hoping to be picked for a day’s work – agricultural or industrial.

        In France the expression for ‘going on strike’ is ‘faire la grève’, which is derived from the Place de Grève in Paris (now renamed), where unemployed men used to gather hoping for work.

        My grandfathers were both working class men in industrial Glasgow – one, born in 1870, had been a leather worker in Ireland but in Glasgow he worked as a boiler-stoker. It would have been no picnic, especially in the early days. He’d have been 36 in 1906, so probably in his prime as a manual worker.

        • John1945 July 15, 2018 at 12:10 am #

          In the US we call these places a shape-up corner.200 workers are waiting for the job (any job).Foreman (a bullish guy with no neck named Tino or Bruno or Tony ) growls “You,you and you get to work,the rest get lost”.

          If you want to get a better idea you might consider watching an old black & white movie “On the waterfront” starring young Marlon Brando.

          imdb.com/title/tt0047296/

          You’ll see there if not yourself then at least your father or grandfather.

          Strange as it may seem the American Industrial Revolution was made possible with British money.The only bad thing about it was that the proverbial Little Lord Fauntleroy arriving in the US immediately shed all pretenses and became a ruthless industrialist with abso-f…-lutely no concern for his fellow human being.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 10:00 am #

            I well remember ‘On the Waterfront’!

  18. volodya July 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    If you can have a multiple bankrupt game-show host as president, if you can be famous for being famous, if a lawyer’s daughter can become exorbitantly wealthy for having a big derriere and zero shame, if all her family can become famous and wealthy by doing likewise, then maybe a billion dollar company based on $29 lipstick isn’t such a stretch. And if you can convince an Olympic Gold Medal winner to emasculate himself for the sake of the family business, then maybe the prospect of a President Kim K isn’t such a remote possibility.

    If all these things are true then all kinds of things formerly regarded as being impossible, become possible.

    And if all these formerly unthinkable things become not only thinkable, but part of the warp and weft of American life, then maybe “American” becomes a misnomer. Maybe “Caligulan” should be the nationality.

    • capt spaulding July 14, 2018 at 8:34 am #

      You’re one of the very few people i’ve seen use the phrase warp and weft correctly. Most common misuse: warp and woof. Congratulations to you.

  19. BuckP July 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Great post, as usual, Jim! Hilarious!

    “The American dream is a crock. Stop wanting everything. Everyone should wear jeans and have three T-shirts, eat rice and beans.”

    Bill Hicks

  20. Bill July 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks once again Jim for another morning laugh. We just have to remember that good things do happen. the Golden Golem wiped out two family dynasties. He is a genius at manipulating the media and he has turned the presidency into a reality tv show. I don’t think the democrats can beat him and if they did what would we have? Maybe an addicting mouthwash, to keep the rabble in line.

    I am waiting for the astonished look on the faces of the robotic car travelers when Tesla runs out of rocket fuel to keep putting their magic GPS Satellites up. Not only will we have streets full of dead robots, but we will need to offer PhDs in art of cleaning up horse shit.

    In the meantime, an oil boom is going on in my state of Colorado, we have enough fuel to sit on the highways for hours as all the people from the more miserable cities move here and the fracking is insuring that we get plenty of fossil vitamins in our beer! Well at least we can smoke a joint as we contemplate the future our Plutocrats have wrought!

    • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

      Yes, he is a Master of the Overton Window. He knows what he can get away with. After his Korean Triumph (either real or simply mediated), he felt free enough to speak the simple Truth: Illegals don’t have the right to come into America. It’s a mark of how far we’ve fallen that that is somehow considered radical.

  21. John1945 July 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    And if somebody still bothers to read books may I reccommend “The Jungle”.It is considered the first american bestseller.

    The more things change the more they stay the same.There are some differences though.Instead of spending $300 on a wedding modern day Jurgis Rudkus would probably buy $50K SUV.

    F… the real economy.It is a rich man’s war and poor man’s fight.

  22. bukowskisghost July 13, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Geez, alls we be needing to do is get on Shark Tank, win the Lotto and then be a buyer on Million Dollar Listing. No problem bro….The millennial mutants like me got it all figured out. Maybe then the Clooney’s will invite me to Italy to help plan out George’s run for president . But y’ know what, today I think I’ll just stuff my face with pizza and ice cream sandwiches as long as I don’t dirty up mom’s 100k kitchen with food. Dammit!!! I forgot to post all the selfies on me on Facebook… maybe I’ll try hanging myself on a doorknob in a show of solidarity .

    • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

      I’ll try hanging myself on a doorknob in a show of solidarity.

      Bukowski would say that is a line right out of Kafka and Hank Chinaski didn’t consider Kafka to be readable. Some jealousy may have been involved. Hank fearing he couldn’t measure up to Kafka perhaps had to brag about his abilities with his tongue taught to him by a demanding former lover so as not to lose interest. Fearing that becoming lost in abstracted clouds would lose his audience he inserted crude earthiness to stay grounded.

      Is that art or fear? Only bukowskisghost’ knows.

  23. volodya July 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    John 1945, in the post war period the guys in my hometown including my dad and relatives worked in local factories and mills and refineries. The sky was lit up at night by blast furnaces and by molten slag getting dumped in huge piles. The air had a metallic taste, the guys getting off shift were covered in grey dust from head to foot.

    BUT. Those plants paid the mortgage and put food on the table. One of them had a payroll of 2500 guys at decent wages for over 50 years.

    Starting in the 1970s, one by one, those plants were shuttered. Some people think it’s a good thing. But the work that all those guys did back then didn’t vanish. Rather it’s being done overseas. All those devices we use are being made somewhere, just not here.

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

      Berkshire Hathaway mills.

    • John1945 July 14, 2018 at 12:23 am #

      I know what you are talking about.

      4 biggest steel mills not only in the US but in the world (late 50’s) were:

      Gary,IN (US Steel)
      Youngstown,OH
      Homestead,PA (south of Pittsburgh)-Bethlehem Steel
      Sparrows Point,MD

      I saw them during their days of glory.

      I see their ruins now.US Steel ruins (north-west of Gary,IN,alongside Lake Michigan) look especially sad.

      Nucor is doing fine but they process only scrap metal.

  24. Georges1202 July 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Jim,

    Tattoo application will not produce a billionaire, however there is a decent chance that whoever comes up with a pain and scar-free removal of these horrid things will.

    These nitwits who scar their bodies with these dreadful things are apparently unable to fast forward 20 years or so when the idea will not seem so cute.

    Maybe we can train robots to do that as well. All part of the carefree future that is coming soon.

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

      Ah yes Georges, I can see it all so clearly now. Robots doing all the work while humans simply lie about consuming, relaxing, fornicating as food and beverages are poured into our gaping maws by Robbie the Robots. A true paradise on Earth that I am certain our Wealthy Masters will enjoy providing for us even though we will have degraded into really, really useless eaters.

      • Georges1202 July 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

        Indeed – as Jim Hougan put it in ‘Decadence’ – we will all drown in the rich shit of a Golden Age as we look more and more like that hilarious balloon they floated over in London to honor the appalling shithead who represents the USA.

      • Eoin July 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        @Walter

        Walter, you forgot to add the potty chairs & Brawndo (it has electrolytes ! ).

        Dewayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in 2024 !!!!!

        HOAP & CHAINGE !!!

        Fuck Yeah !

    • Jigplate July 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

      A few years ago, there was a young women ( probably 25 or 26) who was a new teacher in my school. On her arm was a series of scars that had been inflicted in a designed pattern. I had not been aware that this was a practice similar to tattoos. When I started my career in 1986, if someone had showed up for a teaching position looking like that, they would have been escorted out of the building.

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm #

        Body Scarring–africans and islanders do it.
        I saw it on a youth in the 1990s.

  25. RobH July 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    I thought Trump was ‘bringing manufacturing home’

    I can’t keep up with the changes

    Though I am starting to see the pattern

    Trump arrives. Completely blows whatever it is out of the water. Then a day later explains how whatever it is is better than ever. Then leaves

    The spin I’m in, but now I know how it works its simple

    It’s the same as Boris Johnson. When he is out of the media for two days, he does something daft to draw attention

    It’s called attention seeking when a 2 year old does it…

    • pequiste July 13, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      I like your pattern analysis here, Rob.

      And as for Green Alba’s no-doubt favourite politician, Boris Johnson; quick witted, great accent, and something very playful about his carefully staged unkempt appearance. Make me think he would be good company for a pub crawl on Marylebone Road. Mayor Sadiq Kahn not so much.

      • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:25 am #

        I’ll have a drink with Sadiq, thanks. He didn’t go to Eton like Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, so made his way on his own steam.

        From Boris’ potted online bio:

        ‘”Born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class English parents, Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, and Eton College. He studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford.

        See, he doesn’t really sound like the anti-elitists you guys claim to like, does he?

        Whereas Sadiq’s dad was a bus driver and his mother a seamstress, but he managed to become a partner in a law firm without the leg-up from rich parents. I admire that more, bizarrely.

        It also amuses me, entirely incidentally, that their law firm was called ‘Christian Fisher’.

        I can see why you’d admire Boris, though. He shows complete contempt for the electorate, for the honour of his office, for the truth, for his wife (and the mistress who bore his illegitimate child whom he tried to keep secret) – in fact for anyone who can’t give Boris a leg-up to advance his career.

        Yep, just your kind of ‘man’. And yes, I’d choose a drink with Sadiq and his wife, I think, even if it was only tea. Mud sticks. And Boris is clarty (I’m sure Q will help you out with that one from Scotland and Northern England).

        • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:26 am #

          But yes, the word ‘crawl’ does go well with Boris. Creepy-crawly even better.

        • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 11:50 am #

          And he was a Bullingdon Boy, along with David Cameron and the rest.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullingdon_Club

          “The Bullingdon Club is an exclusive all-male dining club for Oxford University undergraduates, though it is not officially recognised by that institution.

          “It is noted for its wealthy members, grand banquets, boisterous rituals and destructive behaviour, such as the vandalising (“trashing”) of restaurants and students’ rooms. Many local outlets refuse to host these events.”

          They have so much money (as students) that they trash restaurants and then tell them to send the bill to put them right. Presumably the refurbishment bill is passed on to mummy and daddy.

          But yeah, go, rich morons… pequiste will be honoured to go on a pub crawl with you, cuz you’re fun.

          Ordinary plebs not so much.

  26. hineshammer July 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    MSRP on a 2019 Ford F-450 is $47,375. I;m assuming that’s bare bones. Fully loaded will probably set you back north of $70k.

    • sprawlcapital July 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      I want mine with dualies.

      That’s dual rear tires for those of you not from farm country.

    • Georges1202 July 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

      No way unless they throw in the steering wheel warmer.

  27. janet July 13, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    Since electric vehicles will have to run on off the power grid–and our increasingly antiquated one at that–I’d say Musk is on the same old track. Vehicles require energy. He’s just switching the source, not removing it. –jeff2002

    Currently, electric vehicles require power-grid for their manufacture… they do not have to run by the power grid. House roofs with solar shingles can charge the car completely off the grid. Vehicles require energy to run, but they do not require power-grid energy. Most of the solar power in the U.S. is photovoltaic (PV), which converts sunlight directly into electricity through panels on rooftops or in large utility-scale arrays. Hope and change are at hand.

    Los Angeles is getting its first Proterra double-decker electric buses for public transit. Proterra drove one to a world record of 1,101.2 miles without recharging last September. Commercial trucking fleets, public transportation fleets, and just plain old cars are all going electric in the next 20 years. Hope and change are at hand.

    • jeff2002 July 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

      I’ll echo JHK and maintain that electric vehicles will no doubt be used but ultimately never be scaled up to the size of the current automobile fleet. The amount of lithium required (another diminishing resource) is staggering. Hydrocarbons are concentrated and solar is diffuse. The latter will never replace the former one-for-one. Something has to give.

      • 100th Avatar July 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

        You won’t own your car in near future.
        There will be far, far fewer.

        They will be electric and autonomous.
        You will have a contract.
        Ride-share, individual ride, or private use (most expensive)

        They will pick you up and take you where you need to go.

        Car ownership will be cost prohibitive.
        There is more money in contracts.

        The manufacturers know this.

        It is happening.

        Slowly.

        • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

          Do they really “own” them now what with so many leases and 7 and 8 years loans that will be around long after the ride is junk? If the trend is your friend, mortgages will be required to purchase vehicles with two wheels too many in Future World.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

            Exactly. We don’t own anything, not even our bodies. How much did you play for it? Got a receipt? And if you do, how come you’re going have to give it back to the elements?

            Our bodies? Nay, we don’t even own our very selves….

          • Walter B July 13, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

            Ah Janos, but we DO own our Spirits for in the end we shall be held accountable for how we developed them or not. I have seen. I know this as fact and I prepare with all my heart as flawed and as weak as I may be, for it is the effort more than the result that counts.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 12:41 am #

            We are owned, Slaves of God. Our nominal selfhood is given to us to give Back to He to whom it really belongs.

            After all, we didn’t create ourselves. Nor did we ask to be created – that is our one just “complaint” against God. As Rumi prayed, You threw me into the ocean and asked me not to get wet. You got me into this, now you get me out.

            What did your Paul say? You have nothing that was not given to you. I just take that to its natural and inevitable conclusion – as Christian Mysticism has always done.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:39 am #

            “Back to He”

            Back to he? Sorry, Janos, I try not to comment on people’s grammar but that’s almost sacrilege in the context 🙂

            “Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

            Practising my HTML so apologies if it didn’t work.

            This site’s great, if anyone’s interested – there’s a ‘try it yourself’ button to practise.

            w3schools.com/tags/tag_b.asp

            I get tired of using asterisks that are less effective.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:41 am #

            In fact, for the new and nervous like me, you can drop your entire comment into the ‘try it yourself’ page and get a full preview before committing it to uneditable posterity.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

            Don’t be such an abominable Fuss Budget, Alba. When talking about “That from which words recoil” (Shankara) or HE, grammar must sometimes take a backseat.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            The Bible seems to disagree with you. It knows its subject pronouns from its object pronouns and the KJB does it with so much more poetry than you do with your jarring grammar.

            Nevertheless, I’m happy to apologise for being a ‘fuss budget’.

            Most things I ignore. ‘Between you and I’ is irritating but I live with it. But ‘to he who’ and ‘to we humans’ etc. stop me in my tracks like shards of glass.

            I’ll try to ignore your pronouns 🙂

        • Exscotticus July 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

          If extreme socialism takes over, you won’t own a personal transport vehicle because it will be flat-out unlawful. As it is, socialists have no problem taxing owners of autos to fund mass transit.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 9:44 am #

            “As it is, socialists have no problem taxing owners of autos to fund mass transit.”

            And owners of autos have no problem not paying for the external costs of their activities which are picked up by everyone, whatever their views and whether or not they own an auto.

            Do people who die from respiratory diseases caused by diesel particulates get your sympathy or is it just more dog eat dog? Even if they’re young children?

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 11:32 am #

            I would ask anyway, because I see the statistics regarding deaths from vehicle emissions, but it interests me even more now that my grandson, just turned six, goes to a primary school situated right on a T junction, with cars stopping and starting at the traffic lights all day long without a break. The children’s playground is next to the road.

            It’s been found in some schools that the exhaust pollution within the classrooms is even worse than outside the school.

            And I don’t have a car. His family don’t either. They all walk to school along the road breathing in the exhaust, though. But everybody in that school has to deal with those pesky externalities that the people in the cars don’t worry about while they’re idling at the traffic lights, then revving up to move off. They’re only worried about where they need to be and how fast they can get there.

          • Exscotticus July 14, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

            >>> no problem not paying for the external costs of their activities

            That’s true of most if not all corporations and manufacturing, including all solar, wind, battery, and mass transit tech.

            So all those folks you mention don’t order from Amazon, right? Oh they do? Oh then then they’re part of the problem, since it requires roads and trucks to deliver the goods.

            >>> Do people who die from respiratory diseases caused by diesel particulates get your sympathy or is it just more dog eat dog?

            As a socialist, are you capable of not being a hypocrite for even a moment?

            Diesel fuel powers the school buses that take children to school. Let me guess: school children are allowed to pollute the environment but we’re not? I guess the diesel particulates from the buses don’t bother the children or anyone else.

            Whatever harm comes to these children from their own school bus fumes, I think the education they get from schooling is worth it.

            Sorry but the sky is not falling. All choices have pros and cons, risks and rewards. The important point here is to have choices. That doesn’t happen when socialists who have it all planned and figured out take over.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

            “Diesel fuel powers the school buses that take children to school. ”

            Not my buses, which are hybrids and which I’ve never experienced running on diesel since they were introduced. We don’t have ‘school buses’ – children get normal buses here (which are increasingly hybrids), or, like my grandson, they walk along the pavements beside the cars and other vehicles.

            And the point about buses is also that they use far less fuel and produce far less exhaust than cars carrying the same number of people. You don’t get buses sitting nose to tail in front of schools every time the lights change. You get one, then you get another one in maybe 10 minutes. And their exhausts are directed to the centre of the road, not the pavement, not that I imagine that makes much difference overall, but it helps when you’re walking beside them.

            You are right that we are all implicated in the exhaust emissions for manufactured and delivered goods (those who buy the most obviously doing the most damage), but someone who gets a package once every couple of months from Amazon isn’t remotely in the same league as a car owner.

            “As a socialist, are you capable of not being a hypocrite for even a moment?”

            If I were a socialist I’d have a go at answering your question. But as I’m not I won’t waste your time.

            My comment was in reaction to your suggestion that it is unreasonable for private motorists to help subsidise public transport. Personally I’m happy to subsidise services that I don’t use myself if their use is a public benefit, e.g. keeping more cars off the road – which is good for you too, I’d have thought.

            And every tonne of CO2 that someone else is saving is less that you personally have to save.

          • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

            And the answer to ‘but these people don’t pay their external costs either’ is to make ALL of them/us pay their/our external costs, not to bitch about it.

          • Exscotticus July 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

            >>> Not my buses, which are hybrids

            Hybrids still use fossil fuels! And even if your buses were all-electric, they’d still depend on fossil fuels indirectly in myriad ways. The “externalities” in creating those hybrids are still significant. Do you actually read what JHK writes?

            >>> And the point about buses is also that they use far less fuel and produce far less exhaust than cars carrying the same number of people.

            Wow what a silly point. And are all those people going to the exact same place? No? Apples and oranges.

            >>> Personally I’m happy to subsidise services that I don’t use myself if their use is a public benefit, e.g. keeping more cars off the road – which is good for you too, I’d have thought.

            By that logic, public transit users should be more than happy to subsidize private motorists, as it reduces overcrowding on mass transit.

            >>> And the answer to ‘but these people don’t pay their external costs either’ is to make ALL of them/us pay their/our external costs, not to bitch about it.

            Does that include you paying fines for the flatulance out of your arse? Eight billion humans expel quite a bit of greenhouse gas. Not talking about the CO2 from the other end (that plants enjoy—up to a point).

            Shouldn’t families with children pay more for their kids “externalities”. To paraphrase a gal that doth protests too much about not being a socialist: pay up and stop bitching about it!

            Almost everyone everywhere significantly benefits from roads and fossil-fuel powered vehicles and power plants, either directly or indirectly. Forcing motorists to pay more while Amazonians don’t strikes me as typical socialist “egalitarianism”.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      Tell us more, Ms. Science!

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

      Yes, a new element has been found or soon will be: Hopium. Batteries will be based on Hopium. Humans must use Opium and believe in Hopium. Then everything will work out.

      • elysianfield July 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

        Janos,
        Around my neck of the woods, they use opium, have no hopium, and avoid soapium….

        • Georges1202 July 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

          No shortage of Dopium in this sparkling time of ours.

  28. mow July 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Trump and Putin are going to have a one armed pushup contest behind closed doors.

  29. sprawlcapital July 13, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    I’ve noticed that, back when America was great, there were companies with serious names. A few:

    United States Steel
    Carnegie Steel
    Pennsylvania Railroad
    New York Central Railroad
    American Telephone and Telegraph
    Western Electric
    General Electric
    Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
    Aluminum Corporation of America (ALCOA)
    American Locomotive Company (ALCO)
    Reynolds Aluminum

    Now fashion–also called goupthink–dictates that every new company must have a cute, clever name. Some examples:

    Google
    Yahoo
    Pinterest
    Trivago
    Redit
    Monster
    Indeed
    Apple
    Instagram
    Amazon

    Notice that the old company names were descriptive. They told us what each company produced or what service it provided.

    The new “cute” names of the new companies do not provide any information about what the company sells.

    I call this not progress, but a fall from greatness.

    • Georges1202 July 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      Also, there was a tolerance for syllables and words back then. Madonna started this horseshit.

    • 100th Avatar July 13, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

      Amazon isn’t cute

      A——->Z is the smile.

      But it’s a jungle in between

    • Exscotticus July 13, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

      Has anyone taken Covfefe, Inc. yet?

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

      Interesting point.
      AOL decided that AO was not like IBM and ABC so went with 3 letters.

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

      redDit

  30. janet July 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    But the work that all those guys did back then didn’t vanish. Rather it’s being done overseas. All those devices we use are being made somewhere, just not here. — volodya

    Volodya, the work is being done, but it is not being done by human beings overseas. Robotic automation has come a long way in the past few decades where robots are used in manufacturing setups for applications like welding and machine handling in automotive industry. Industrial robots are widely used in the foundry — iron and aluminium cast industries, including pouring, extraction, fettling, and handling.

    And, volodya, for most of those companies that sent factories overseas in the 1980s, the decade of greed, I’ll bet the owners were anti-union, anti-working man Reagan Republicans, not pro-union Democrats.

    Robotics is why I support UBI. Pay for it in two ways: Cut the defense budget in half and tax the rich. Make the defense department accountable for the billions they cannot account for and cut their budget more and more until they are able to be accountable. Then stop cutting and focus on efficiency and anti-corruption efforts in the defense contractor MIC. Hire people like Q to make them accountable.

  31. FincaInTheMountains July 13, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    EXCLUSIVE!!!

    Mugshot of indicted Russians in Mueller’s custody!!!

    ic.pics.livejournal.com/irwi99/26701685/162081/162081_original.jpg

    WANTED and still at large:

    Sergei Shoigu, commander of Russian Nuclear Strategic Forces

    todaynews24h.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Russian-Defense-Minister-Sergei-Shoigu.jpg

    • janet July 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      All it takes is a bit of extraordinary rendition and the Russians will find themselves in custody. Those who have been indicted by Mueller better not travel outside Russia.

      WASHINGTON — Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States.

      Working closely with an American cousin who heads the New York investment management firm Columbus Nova, Vekselberg backed a $1.6 million lobbying campaign to aid Russian interests in Washington. His cousin Andrew Intrater served as CEO of a Vekselberg company on that project, and the two men have collaborated on numerous other investments involving Vekselberg’s extensive holdings.

      Now, Intrater’s investment firm is wrestling with the fallout from financial sanctions the U.S. Treasury Department lodged in April against Vekselberg, one of a group of oligarchs tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      • Exscotticus July 15, 2018 at 11:48 am #

        >>> All it takes is a bit of extraordinary rendition and the Russians will find themselves in custody.

        At which point Russia will start abducting American oligarchs.

        What’s your big plan then?

  32. janet July 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    Trump and Putin are going to have a one armed pushup contest behind closed doors. –mow

    Is that part of Trump’s annual performance review? Will Putin or the translator give us the results?

  33. jhk should check the income these tattoo artist are generating. it’s the new middle class job guys. piles of cash. if i was the robbing type i’d be knocking these shops over every week right before they make their Bank run. Gotta hire one of these sweet white women looking to make ends meet for their kids, no one is more innocent than a little lady at the wheel of a minivan. small bills, too, harder to trace.

    ironically the best way to launder this is through other tattoo shop’s revenue streams, opioids like crushed fentanyl cut with a little baking soda. don’t try to knock these places over without serious backup, they all believe in the 2nd amendment. bring a monkey mask for the cameras, shoot your own exclusive for instagram so you can capture the revenue stream

    • pequiste July 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

      A bizness model even the most demure SJW or Wall Street pirate could believe in, TG&ITOLDSP.

      “Leave the (tattoo) gun, take the cannolis” With apologies to Clemenza.

      youtube.com/watch?v=yHzh0PvMWTI

  34. Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Love the acerbic tone and wit this morning, Jim! Needless to say, the observations are spot on as usual too. As to billionaire tatt art opportunities: I could see this playing out first as a smart phone app, which would connect to and drive a virtual printer type device (virtual tatter), which would apply said tatt to the body part in question sans human intervention; thus, once again, bypassing costly and messy human labor and eventually brick and mortar as well (the home virtual “tatter” would eventually be marketed for increased sales (at huge markup, of course!), which anyone who’s anyone would simply have to have, as going tattless would instantly brand one’s self as an outcast and social pariah), as going out to public tatt kiosks would be quickly be branded as “low – i.e., working – class.” You’re thinking like an MBA now, Jim! All the world’s a virtual market and we are all but its humble virtual marketeers! Actually producing stuff is just so 20th century!

  35. Laura Louzader July 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    On a hopeful note, there seem to be far fewer inked people than what I saw a decade back, and fewer people are borrowing against the equity in their houses. Young people are now apprehensive about their career prospects and most sensible home owners were scared straight by the housing collapse of the past decade, which isn’t really over yet. I have run into a number of people in my neighborhood, mostly older people, who have lost their homes to foreclosure, one just a couple of years ago- a home she owned for 30 years, but lost to reckless cc spending and equity stripping.

    Regarding the ease with which investment capital flows into frivolous endeavors while shunning heavy industry, is a symptom of the capital impairment due to interest rate repression going on a decade now. The extremely low interest rates make the long- term investment required for enterprises such as auto manufacturing and new power generation, or the development of untried technologies, far too risky in proportion to the potential returns. Nobody is going to park money for a decade or longer in capital-intensive enterprise with a long take out, and that has a high risk of failure, when they can scrape an easy profit almost overnight in the “hot” issue de jour. Hence, Facebook will spend $19 Billion to acquire a phone app that will be outdated in months, while Flibe Energy struggles to raise the $5 Million or so needed to get its LFTR design reviewed by the NRC. The investment community is not interested in anything that ties up capital for decades in an era of artificially low interest rates…. and narrowing prospects for long term economic growth.

    • volodya July 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

      Fascinating take on the situation. I see interest rates as the economy’s blood pressure. Too low and it means a sick economy.

      I’ve heard two contending views. One is that central banks – like the Fed – suppressed interest rates in the last ten years to keep Wall Street’s various scams and ponzis afloat.

      The other is that the Fed has a very limited ability to influence market interest rates and so doesn’t set rates but rather follows market rates and pegs Fed rates accordingly.

      Either way, whether it’s the Fed leading or following, miniscule interest rates bode ill.

      Maybe given that low interest rates suggest fragility in the system of production-consumption ie the real economy, maybe the investors you refer to are unwilling to risk money in projects with years long time lines. Maybe with more robust interest rates suggestive of a more robust economy, they’d be more amenable to capital intensive projects instead of the hot bet of the day.

    • GreenAlba July 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

      “Nobody is going to park money for a decade or longer in capital-intensive enterprise with a long take out, and that has a high risk of failure, when they can scrape an easy profit almost overnight in the “hot” issue de jour. ”

      This is why the Germans have the manufacturing base that they have. They have always invested for the long haul. UK banks want a quick return, as do many of those who borrow from them.

      After the war, people of my parents’ generation used to say ‘we won the war, but the Germans won the peace’ because everything was destroyed and they started again with new capital investment, so had more efficient plants, whereas we bumbled on with what we had, improving piecemeal but never reaching their levels of productivity.

      But nevertheless, they are willing to put in the time, whether for training or for investment, and they’ve reaped the dividends. And now everyone hates them for it.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

        Suckers! Hitler told you that you would lose your Empire if you fought Germany again. Roosevelt, that vicious crip, made you pay back every pence and farthing. And during the War, didn’t even let you defend your holdings in Southeast Asia as your efforts were needed elsewhere. So ships were left to be sunk by Japanese fighter bombers, soldiers left to be taken and beheaded, White women left to be imprisoned and raped. Churchill? Nothing but a Cuck!

        • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

          And shortly after the War, the vast shipments of Negroes began despite Churchill’s protests (he was at least that much of a Man). Hitler offered you Brotherhood and the Co-Rulership of the World, but you chose the Mud instead. The “Moral Choice”, right?

          Fie (whatever that means exactly) on such morality, a morality that leads to death. Christ in contrast said, I give you life and life more abundantly.

          • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

            vast shipments of Negroes ???? from Africa?

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

            The British West Indies, with Jamaica as the big one.

          • Tate July 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            A new immigration out of Africa is being discussed. Russia is going to welcome 15,000 African refugees.

            unz.com/akarlin/refugees-welcome/

            Yes, Russia! Can you believe it? Has Putin finally regained his marbles & realized that multiculturalism is a virtue, especially from the vibrant peoples of Africa? The potential new immigrants will be visiting the Stavropol territory to assess local conditions. Each family will invest up to $100,000 of their own money… What? Wait a minute. Who are these ‘Africans’? The story continues:

            “If the regional authorities approve of it, more than 15,000 Boer farmers may be from South Africa for farming, whose living conditions have become unacceptable in their homeland. It is also planned that in the case of the success of the first batch of settlers, other Boers may settle in the Crimea, the Krasnodar Territory and the North Caucasus republics.”

            But why would these farmers ever want to leave the land of their fathers & grandfathers stretching back over 300 years? The statistics tell the tale:

            “Being a White South African farmer is the single most dangerous profession in the world these days. The murder rate is around 300/100,000 per year (~150 killed out of a population of ~50,000). This makes it about 4x as dangerous as living in the world’s most murderous country (El Salvador) and 3x as dangerous as living in the world’s most murderous major city (Caracas). Many of the murders are horrific and drawn out, involving the use of torture. In the veldt at nighttime, nobody hears your screams.”

            It sounds like being a Boer farmer is even more dangerous than being a Philadelphia bus driver. I’d want to get out too.

        • GreenAlba July 14, 2018 at 10:09 am #

          I’m post-imperial (and contra-imperial, as it happens) so your ‘your’ is misplaced.

          Happy to have paid back every penny and farthing, though. Don’t like being beholden to people, especially if their friendship isn’t all it seems.

          Let’s see how the ‘highest level of special’ works out. Lay your bets here…

          thecut.com/2018/07/trump-u-s-u-k-relationship-the-highest-level-of-special.html

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Thing is, interest rates don’t just happen, they’re set by (well connected) people for a reason. They’re artificially low to enable the US.Gov to maintain the illusion of debt sustainability and to provide life support for an economy which is now utterly debt dependent. So the idea that interest rates can ever resume normality again (pitiful Fed assertions aside) is almost certainly false. Describing the problem is just the first step. Diagnosing the problem and its underlying causes, nevermind prescribing fixes that would actually work, is a whole ‘nother thing altogether. 2008 sealed our fates. Obama caving to Wall St and the big banks was the final indication that the fix is in. However long it takes to fully unfold, there will be no recovery this time. At which time the halloweed “investment community” might just have to pull their collective heads out of their asses and realize that they’ve got more “pointed” concerns to worry about.

      • volodya July 14, 2018 at 10:49 am #

        That’s a common view and one that I think is correct. The well-connected do their damndest to manipulate affairs to their own advantage. But I suspect that fucking about with interest rates is akin to fucking about with the force of gravity. You can maybe think you’re defying gravity by constructing an airplane. But you can’t stay aloft forever. Gravity wins in the end.

        Suppressing interest rates is just a way of forestalling the inevitable. Without the economic mainstays of cheap energy and a manufacturing sector that employed tens of millions, the system the well-connected devised in the last two generations is an arrangement without a future.

    • michael July 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      Low rates of interest extend investment horizons, high ones shorten them. It’s about the most elementary fact of finance there is.

  36. tucsonspur July 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    I’m chuckling and all atwitter. Rope a dope with hope and change is a long way off. Last I heard, Peter Strzok is still employed at the FBI.
    Strzok struck out yesterday, but the Dems still wanted to give him a purple heart on top of their applause. Denied any bias.

    He had an ugly, defiant, smirking presence, most likely on display because of the Deep State Clinton cloak of protection. Put some lip gloss on that angry mouth and you’d have the picture perfect fright night poster.

    Twelve Russians and no Hillary. Little hope, no change. And Mueller still goes on, even with all the bias exposed.

    • 100th Avatar July 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

      How does this schmuck and the backflipping dancing negligent discharger have a job?

      What an embarrassment of an agency.

    • pequiste July 13, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      I was thinking the same thing.

      One look at his “Fuck you, Congressman Cocksucker” face and I knew he had been given solid “protection” from up above.

      • tucsonspur July 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

        His look exactly, captured with curses.

  37. PeteAtomic July 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    The Dow Jones is over 25K right now. Happy days everybody 🙂

    JP Morgan just posted earnings over 8 billion USD. Mueller is indicting 12 members of Russia’s GRU today, too for interference in the 2016 election.

    So, everything is going according to plan everybody.

    🙂

  38. Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    When the world was young and men were weak, and the fiends of the night walked free,
    I strove with Set by fire and steel and the juice of the upas-tree;
    Now that I sleep in the mount’s black heart, and the ages take their toll,
    Forget ye him who fought with the Snake to save the human soul?

    REH

    Now the fiends of the night again walk free, vast tattoed blobs of indeterminate gender. Again we must fight the Snake, with fire and steel and the juice of upas-tree. Yea, the juice of upas-tree.

    • tucsonspur July 13, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      As a long time fight fan I post:

      Through the California mountains
      And many a wooded vale
      The wind from seaward whispers
      The name of the Nonpareil
      O’er many a peak snow covered
      O’er many a woodland fair
      The sea-breeze murmurs the wonderful tale
      Of the lad from County Clare.
      But never the wind from seaward
      And never the brooks of the vale
      Can speak the half of the glory,
      The due of the Nonpareil.

      Champion of all Champions,
      Greatest in all times’ bound,
      The lad who held Fitzsimmons
      For thirteen gory rounds.
      But the ring’s red history passes
      To a swiftly roving tale,
      And there’s few who now remember
      The name of the Nonpareil.
      But here’s to the greatest of fighters,
      To a name that never shall fail,
      To the name of the first Jack Dempsey
      The wonderful Nonpareil.

      REH

      • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

        Shake the hand that shook the hand that shook the hand (etc) of the Great John L Sullivan.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          The soundtrack to the first Conan movie contains some of the finest music ever written.

        • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

          This stuffs for you, Vlad the Impaler

          Frank Galton said…Yale University Press…Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial

          On Easter Sunday, 1475, the dead body of a two-year-old boy named Simon was found in the cellar of a Jewish family’s house in Trent, Italy. Town magistrates arrested all eighteen Jewish men and one Jewish woman living in Trent on the charge of ritual murder—the killing of a Christian child in order to use his blood in Jewish religious rites. Under judicial torture and imprisonment, the men confessed and were condemned to death; their womenfolk, who had been kept under house arrest with their children, denounced the men under torture and eventually converted to Christianity.
          yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300068726/trent-1475

          Jewish Chronicle, 16 February 2007

          A new book published in Italian by a Bar-Ilan professor of Jewish history is stridently calling for the re-opening of what the civilised among us considered to be a closed file: the truth about the ritual murder of a boy, Simonino, allegedly committed by the Jews of Trento in 1475 in order to use his blood for baking matzot.

          The trial that followed ended with the extermination of the entire Jewish community, following confessions extracted under torture, and the beatification of Simonino.

          Toaff ’s book is an insult to the intelligence, an outrageous, sophisticated mosaic of half truths, insinuations, belief in the trustworthiness of confessions extracted under torture…
          pressreader.com/uk/the-jewish-chronicle/20070216/282565898675024

          “belief in the trustworthiness of confessions extracted under torture”

          Corkonian said…That extract (Frank Galton) about the book on the alleged murder, the ‘blood libel’ intrigued me but was none too clear.
          Followed the link and indeed it was interesting, mostly for the fact that an Israeli professor, and son of a rabbi, lent some support to the theory. However it was the – eventually successful – efforts to silence him and pulp the book that I find fascinating. Explained by the standard justification of we fully support academic freedom and free speech. Well, except when we don’t agree with what has been said.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

            Sir Richard Burton investigated this and came to believe that there was a secret Cult among the Jews that did this. Muslims he interviewed in Palestine believed it as well. No Muslim boys – only Christians.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

      You going all artsy fartsy on us now, Janos? I can only imagine the poetry reading events you might hold.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

        If that doesn’t move your soul, you may well not have one. To be fair: it’s been said that most good people love Lord of the Rings. Some good people don’t, it’s true. But without exception, All bad people hate it.

        Do you hate Lord of the Rings, Crotch?

  39. trypillian July 13, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    The self-indulgent Great One should be a purveyor of prophylactics. The presidential willy evidently has remained unscathed notwithstanding several lapses in pussy protocol. Now that’s a testimonial to believe in.

    • tucsonspur July 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      Are you saying “dilly dilly to his willy”?

  40. janet July 13, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    MORE COURT DOCUMENTATION OF TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION

    cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/07/13/gru.indictment.pdf

    Trump has repeated like a mantra there was “no collusion!” between his campaign and Russians trying to meddle in the 2016 US election.

    But in the shocking new 29-page document filed by the US Department of Justice against 12 Russian intelligence operatives for meddling in the 2016 election, there is one passage that brings to mind a moment when Trump publicly asked the Russians to do something — and privately, they turned around and did exactly what he’d requested.

    • Ol' Scratch July 13, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      OK, lil J-Bot, let’s go over this one more time, ‘K? When the guys on the inside have been corrupted, which they have, then 29 page documents asserting just about anything you can imagine can be conjured up “out of thin air,” just like DOJ’s buddies over at the Fed do every day. And Bob Mueller, who just happened to assume the helm of the FBI on Sep 4, 2001 – you remember that, exactly 7 days before… ahem… a little inside job later fortuitously labeled 9-11 – just might have some credibility and corruptibility issues following him around still. Terms like “company man,” bag man,” and “corporate fixer” come immediately to mind for me, but you might want to create your own in the spirit of the game.

      Long story short, quoting Bob Mueller and CNN ain’t exactly making an airtight case, especially on comment boards like this. But thanks for playing anyway. By the way, go ahead and lean over the cubicle and say hi to your many alter-egos/personas who post here from time to time weighing in in your defense. You’ll have a good time at the bot center and try not to work too late, ‘K? I think you’ll find that in the end working overtime for that paltry minimum wage just ain’t worth the damage it does to your health and sanity.

      • janet July 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

        A grand jury of Americans who have seen the evidence are not “conjuring up” anything. Let’s go over it again:

        New Mueller indictments come just hours after the pussy-grabber- in-chief called the Mueller probe, again, a “witch hunt.” Before these new indictments Mueller probe has already brought:

        * 79 criminal charges against

        * 20 people and

        * 3 companies with

        * 5 guilty pleas and

        * 1 individual sentenced

        No ham sandwiches. No whiches or witches at all. The American co-conspirators are yet to be named. Stay tuned.

  41. bob July 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    We have hope ,encouraged to have hope,the hope that evolves in beliefs ,ideology and doctrines of many persuasions. This is the hope of the dream that turns into a nightmare beyond imagination. Reality can be a bitch when it bites . The road ahead is going exponential into the abyss.

  42. pequiste July 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    Can someone, anyone, please, please, please, help me with the most awful question raised by JHK in this missive?

    Why in Allah’s/God’s/Satan’s name is another. or any, Jenner/Kardashian issue given ANY time in any media for any reason?

    Every day, on just about all mainstream internet sources, are stories about these vacuous Kardashian and Jenner persons. Sometimes two stories about one of these individuals. Every fucking day! This has been going on for years.

    Whether it is the vile sow who was formerly married to the lawyer Kardashian; or the talentless, huge-assed whore married to the Hip Hop star ( and who JHK conjectures may run for high office in 2024); the vapid Kardashian (who looks frighteningly akin to dear-departed Dan Blocker) who dates NBA playas exclusively; to this “model” who wants a “Go Fund Me” page to become a billionaire. Why and how do such parasites get the cultural acclaim they do??

    Is this not the face of any semblance of an economy or business, as it was traditionally understood; but also the veritable Sigh of the END of the once great and wonderful American Culture (Shrek movie sequels not withstanding.).

    I would like to get any analysis and insight I can concerning this cancerous conundrum, from my acerbic, cynical, incisive, and sarcastic virtual friends and general Commentariat of the CFN.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 13, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

      Money. Inside every woman there’s a fat assed materialistic whore trying to get out. Good woman keep their monster under control – at least in front of the neighbors. But now Medusa, Medea, Madonna, Gaga, Hecate, the Sphinx, Kim, Lil Kim, Kylie, the Gorgon – all the feminine monsters have been unleashed to corrupt our girls.

      • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

        Did Al Einstein marry his first cousin?

        • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 2:20 am #

          Does a bear shit in outer space? He would if you brought him out there.

      • elysianfield July 14, 2018 at 1:33 am #

        “… Inside every woman there’s a fat assed materialistic whore trying to get out.”

        Janos,
        In my neck of the woods, most have succeeded….

        • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 2:23 am #

          But Kim augmented her natural assets with science. That’s a far cry from just eating Doritos and Bonbons. But yes, it’s the best they can do. She’s the superstar, they’re just wannabes who can only eat and desire.

  43. FincaInTheMountains July 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    Trump and the Queen: attempts of coup d’état and nuclear war

    Until now, I feared that Trump, in the name of preventing the heat-up of the cold civil war, would again try to make a deal with Hillary Clinton and Bastinda would cheat him again.

    But Trump seems to have learned his lesson, and Trump’s head of legal team, very popular former NYC mayor, who was very effective in leading the rebuilding of the city after 911, Rudy Giuliani seems to have headed for the exposure of Hillary Clinton’s coup d’etat, which happened 6 months before Trump became president.

    yahoo.com/news/giuliani-possibility-fbi-had-multiple-031002832.html

    And this attempted coup was directed against President Obama, who wanted to hand over power to Bernie Sanders, and Trump was then just messing under Bastinda’s feet, the Great and Terrible and by the way it seems then realizing that he had no chances and prepared himself and his family a spare airfield in Scotland, UK, where he is now.

    And it seems very likely that his meeting with the Queen is not accidental at the moment when Giuliani, using the results of interrogation by the Congress of FBI deputy director Peter Strzok, like a bulldog clung to the investigation of the special prosecutor Mueller.

    It may very well be that the Queen has the most direct relation to the fact that Peter Strzok is being interrogated in the US Congress, and not he is questioning US President Donald Trump in the torture chambers down the FBI basement.

    And this interrogation of Peter Strzok was led by the future Speaker of the House congressman Jim Jordan from Ohio, where yesterday was demonstratively arrested and, in the absence of her lawyer, warned about responsibility for giving false testimony porn star Stormy Daniels, who was the formal reason for another recent attempted coup d’état, the first result of which was the bombing of Syria, which almost turned into a nuclear war.

    Let me remind you that then Russia officially warned the US that the ships launching missiles at Syria will become legitimate targets for retaliatory attacks, and nevertheless on Friday, April 13, Trump, pale as death, ordered the bombing of Syria.

    True, a few days before Trump’s personal attorney was arrested together with his wife and child, and the wife and child of Donald Trump himself were forced to flee the Trump Tower, where a fire broke out right under their apartment.

    And in this regard, I am working on the study about how the previous attempt at coup d’etat by Hillary Clinton almost ended in a nuclear war in the spring of 2015.

    P.S. It seems that Trump either asked the Queen to get rid of Gingema (Theresa May) as soon as possible, or offered her his help in this noble cause.

  44. Tate July 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    youtube.com/watch?v=F6alE5NJG4g

    • malthuss July 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

      Why is Petersen pushed so?

  45. janet July 13, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Republicans got their asses whupped by Peter S. yesterday. So today they said they are not eager for another ass whupping. The GOP now says they are unwilling to force Page to testify publicly — despite earlier indications that they would.

    “I think that at this point, public testimony is not on the horizon,” said Meadows with his tail between his legs, adding that a public hearing is “not something I would advocate for.”

    Lesson learned. They were schooled by Peter S. when they could not point to a single official investigative act influenced by bias. Defeat. Republican fail.

  46. janet July 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    Long story short, quoting Bob Mueller and CNN ain’t exactly making an airtight case — Ol’ Scratch

    CNN? LOL? Try the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. People are going to prison because names are named and the charges are backed by evidence. Putin might turn over the 26 Russians in handcuffs to Trump during their meeting. Or they may just be afraid to ever leave Russia without getting arrested. They are having trouble accessing the funds they have looted now.

    Thanks for playing.

    Did you even look at the document?

    cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/07/13/gru.indictment.pdf

  47. FincaInTheMountains July 13, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

    The Nuclear War of 2015 that Never Was

    A couple of years ago I found a number of interesting articles on the Internet about the fact that in March 2015 there was an attempt to deal a preemptive nuclear strike against the Russian Federation. During the research of this issue and sources, I found even more information about this event. Below I’ll try to bring them all in as much detail as possible.

    In the spring of 2014, the war began in the Donbass, after an illegal armed coup in Ukraine. Relations between the West and the Russian Federation have deteriorated sharply, although they began to deteriorate even earlier in 2012, when the Magnitsky Act was enacted and the sanctions from the West began.

    Too many mistakenly believe that the sanctions began only after the annexation of the Crimea in response to the actions of the Russian Federation.

    The concept of a preventive nuclear strike in the United States has been developed for a long time by military analysts. For those who do not know what it is I will describe briefly.

    This concept presupposes a limited strike by the Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) from the minimum distance from the point of launch of ballistic missiles to the targets, presumably from underwater carriers. The launching distance is 3500 km. Technical details of such attack, I found on the website of the Military Review.

    So, the marine component of the US nuclear triad is about 50% of the entire US nuclear arsenal and consists of Trident II ballistic missiles. The main carriers are the Ohio-class submarines.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio-class_submarine

    The impact is supposed to be applied to the locations of the deployment of enemy nuclear forces, with a goal to disabling them and reducing the number of missiles launched by the enemy in retaliation. With the remaining missiles, according to American analysts, the missile defense systems deployed in Europe and the US will be able to cope.

    The missile defense system deployed in Europe assumes the interception of ballistic missiles at the beginning of their flight trajectory. Missile defense in the United States after the separation of the combat blocks of missiles. In particular, GBI (Ground-Based Interceptor) is supposed to be used for interception at the mid and final stages of flight, and THAAD on the final. In the effectiveness of the latest in the interception of ICBMs, I have very strong doubts.

    However, even the European system for a guaranteed defeat of one warhead requires 5 to 7 anti-missiles per one Topol-M warhead. And this is in the case that the warheads are not maneuvering. (They are).

    So, why until the fall of 2015 such an attack was possible? It’s simple. The existing system of early detection of launches of ballistic missiles created back in the USSR in this period of time was not workable.

    Here is a quote from the newspaper Kommersant:

    The satellite system for detecting launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles Oko-1, created in the Soviet Union, has ceased to exist at the moment. According to Kommersant, the last two satellites of the system, having worked beyond the expected service life of five to seven years, by the beginning of January 2015 were out of order.

    Thus, after removing the Oko-1 and before the launch of the Tundra, there will not be a single satellite in the missile attack warning system.

    And what does this mean in practice? After launching an ICBM from a minimum distance from US and British submarines, the missiles will be detected by radar only after they have risen to a certain height. I do not remember the precise calculations given in the Military Review, but the country’s leadership will only have a few minutes to decide on the retaliatory strike. If, in these few minutes, for example, you try to make a coup attempt, then everything can be successfully completed for the attacking side.

    In addition, to launch the missiles there still time needed for pre-launch preparations. And liquid-fuel missiles need filling up. Although it seems that now they have found a way to keep them constantly refilled.

    To be continued…

    • janet July 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

      “the country’s leadership will only have a few minutes to decide on the retaliatory strike.” –finca

      Which is why the concept of “mutually assured destruction” is no longer a deterrent. Trump lied about North Korea. They are not denuclearizing. They are going forward and increasing their nuclear arsenal. Trump got played by little rocket man, same way he is getting played by Putin.

  48. janet July 13, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

    try not to work too late, ‘K??

    Paragraph 44 of today’s indictment: Trump’s conspiracy with Russian military intelligence (GRU) in a cyberattack to subvert American elections.

    • janet July 13, 2018 at 11:18 pm #

      The GRU is involved in things like Russia’s takeover of Crimea, assassinations, sabotage, and other “direct action” operations. In Trump the GRU has a willing collaborator because Trump is a traitor. No American citizen will be present in Trump’s meeting with Putin… just the way they like it.

  49. FincaInTheMountains July 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

    The Nuclear War of 2015 that Never Was

    1. March 11 – The disappearance of Putin

    March 11, 2015 Signing of the Union Treaty between Russia and South Ossetia breaks apart. Putin then suddenly disappeared for a long time. Rumors of his death had already begun.

    Most likely at this time he was in the command bunker in the Urals.

    2. March 12 – Traffic intercept

    Intercepted network traffic from the strategic command center of the US nuclear forces to the command center of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of Great Britain.

    On the image in green normal routes are marked, and in red a modified one. As we see traffic suddenly went through Ukraine, specifically through RT.NTL.KIV.UA. Server of Rostelecom? Or Russia Today?

    dyn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/v5.png

    Trace from Houston, TX to Atomic Weapons Establishment at 03:22 Mar 12, 2015
    1 *
    2 173.193.118.140 ae12.dar02.sr02.hou02.networklayer.com 2.948
    3 50.97.18.246 ae9.bbr02.sr02.hou02.networklayer.com 0.3
    4 173.192.18.220 ae3.bbr02.eq01.dal03.networklayer.com 8.133
    5 173.192.18.135 ae1.bbr01.tl01.atl01.networklayer.com 28.524
    6 173.192.18.152 ae0.bbr01.eq01.wdc02.networklayer.com 42.033
    7 173.192.18.195 ae7.bbr02.eq01.wdc02.networklayer.com 40.167
    8 50.97.18.215 ae0.bbr01.eq01.ams02.networklayer.com 118.838
    9 50.97.18.217 ae0.bbr02.xn01.fra01.networklayer.com 124.983
    10 50.97.18.218 ae7.bbr01.xn01.fra01.networklayer.com 124.133
    11 80.81.194.177 edge-3-2-5-231.kiev.ucomline.net 154.988
    12 87.245.247.157 ae2-241.RT.NTL.KIV.UA.retn.net 155.174
    13 87.245.233.238 ae2-10.RT.TC2.LON.UK.retn.net 158.221
    14 195.66.224.10 linx1.ukcore.bt.net 161.442
    15 194.72.31.130 (BTnet inter-pop routes, GB) 166.986
    16 62.172.103.89 core1-pos1-1.birmingham.ukcore.bt.net 163.205
    17 62.6.196.70 vhsaccess1-pos7-0.birmingham.fixed.bt.net 164.139
    18 132.153.3.254 (Atomic Weapons Establishment, GB) 177.4

    Presumably during the traffic intercept, additional evidence was gathered (orders for the UK Navy) and data on attack plans

    To be continued…

  50. FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 12:19 am #

    The Nuclear War of 2015 that Never Was

    3. March 14 – Concentration of NATO troops

    On March 14, an article on one of the American conspiracy site says that a nuclear war can begin any day.

    The article says that thanks to alleged special operation of the FSB, supported by Kaspersky, managed to intercept data that the United Kingdom planning to inflict a limited nuclear strike on Russia “after March 15”

    According to some data, this site is a drain flap for US Navy intelligence. Most of the data on it is possible disinformation. But in this case, as we saw above data on interception of data is a fact.

    March 15 on the website NewsCom.md comes out its Russian translation (the link has already been deleted)

    The article describes in some detail, albeit amateurishly, a lot of interesting information – from the concentration of NATO troops on the border between Russia and Norway before the activation of the notorious Perimeter system.

    The troops were already deployed on March 10. A little belated article.

    4. March 15 – Obama can not stop the war

    On March 15, the same conspiracy site reports that Obama met with Russian spies and told them that he can not stop the war.

    At the moment, President Putin has no confidence that President Obama in general controls his military forces and, on March 17, Moscow begins to fill bomb shelters with everything necessary in case of war.

    Russia is preparing for war.

    To be continued…

  51. Pucker July 14, 2018 at 1:16 am #

    It was about the same time of the mechanical bull riding fad in the US that the Soviet Union collapsed and alien abductions of white people peaked.

    • elysianfield July 14, 2018 at 1:42 am #

      “alien abductions of white people peaked.”

      Pucker,
      In my neck of the woods a fair number were thus chosen…there were many probing questions as a result.

  52. Pucker July 14, 2018 at 1:39 am #

    Should I introduce “Crooked Hillary” to my chiropractor?

  53. janet July 14, 2018 at 2:00 am #

    Mueller caught the witches!

    cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2018/images/07/13/gru.indictment.pdf

  54. Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 2:26 am #

    Great “interview” (attack) with “journalist” Emily Maitless of the BBC attacking a Hungarian politician about immigrants. He shuts her down cold. Her face is hideously contorted with rage while he is calm and logical, even as she continuously interrupts him. It’s male vs female, reason vs emotion, good vs evil. One can imagine a conversation between Alba and I would be very similar.

    youtube.com/watch?v=ICuiwl0mXhQ

    • Tate July 14, 2018 at 11:28 am #

      Thank God for Hungary & Poland (& now Austria & Italy.) Europe is waking up. The (((Emily Maitlises))) don’t like it.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Yes, she tries to derail the conversation with the refugee dodge, a difference (even if true) that doesn’t make a different in terms of Hungarian identity – naturally his main concern as they are his people and he has sworn to protect them. And if they were refugees, they are bound to go to the nearest safe country. That would have been Turkey for many of them. But of course, the Left doesn’t care about rules and regulations. They’re only a weapon to beat us over the head with. Now that the refugee scam has been disclosed, they’ll just come up with a new gambit.

      Ditto the African boat people. They should be towed back to the nearest port – say Tunis. A couple of weeks ago, an Irish naval vessel just picked up a huge load and dumped them on Italy. Salvini changed the regs to exclude foreign naval vessels not just NGOs. Imagine just picking up a huge load of trash, loading it into a truck, and dumping it on your neighbors lawn. That’s what Ireland did.

    • malthuss July 14, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      Why do you watch? It is a s–t show.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

        Because it’s how normal men should be dealing with Leftist hysterics. If you know you’re right and they’re simply high verbal IQ gymnasts dedicated to destruction, they have no power over you.

  55. EvelynV July 14, 2018 at 3:28 am #

    I often send JHK’s blog articles to select people, if for no other reason because of his enjoyable word salads.

    Spoiler alert to JHK, don’t read the rest of this comment.

    Today’s piece was sappy and the lamest of his I’ve ever read. I would be embarrassed to pass it along to the same people who never seek him out on their own but only read what I feed them of his writing. I’m trying to keep their opinions of him as high as I can. This one today could have undone two years of pains taken selectivity and cherry picking.

    • malthuss July 14, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

      Jimmy has been predicting collapse. He is right but his timing is wrong.
      Many of us underestimated the power of the press [at the Federal Reserve].

  56. Chris at Fernglade Farm July 14, 2018 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Jim,

    I would like to express my appreciation for your “Ask me Anything” podcast as I really enjoyed it. And yes, it is very difficult to speak for 35 minutes continuously and remain coherent, which you have done.

    Your humour this week was also much appreciated. Ah yes, nothing’s as silly as a billionaire burning through their cash stores at alarming rates. Incidentally where is that much hyped Model 3? Manufacturing is much harder than it looks.

    And I’d also have to suggest that money ain’t worth what it used to be worth, if cosmetics can make someone a billionaire.

    You may not be aware but financial trouble is brewing down under. A few years back some of the banks appear to have gone feral and issued out a large percentage of interest only loans for homeowners (I can’t recall the exact numbers but it was somewhere in the vicinity of 40% of all loans). Now anybody who has read the Big Short by Michael Lewis, will surely be aware that an interest only loan is akin to a ‘rental with debt’. Honestly, that type of loan is possibly an option where the homeowner can’t afford to pay for the interest and the principal, or they believe that capital growth will save them. I believe that those interest only loans may have to be reapplied for en masse at some point in the future? That will surely be an interesting event.

    Incidentally for all of you lot laughing about people getting into those financial arrangements, I’d have to ask how many of you have vehicle finance arrangements with a final balloon payment? That my friends is also a financial shandy (a beer – lemonade mixed drink) which contains an element of interest only as well as interest and principal, for much the same reasons.

    Cheers

    Chris

  57. FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 8:15 am #

    The Nuclear War of 2015 that Never Was

    5. March 16 – Sudden order to put Russian Federation troops to combat readiness

    March 16, in the morning at 8.00 in Moscow, begins a sudden test of the combat readiness of the Western Military District and the Northern Fleet.

    In the maneuvers participate 55 combat ships, 40,000 men and 110 aircraft, including strategic. To make it clear – in the large-scale Soviet naval exercises “Ocean-83 on which the operations of the Navy were practiced in the global war, only 40 warships were involved. In fact, a large concentration of naval forces in the course of maneuvers was in Soviet history only once – in 1975, in a world-wide exercise “Ocean-75”.

    On March 16, Putin finally appeared, when the entire Russian Armed Forces were simply standing “on their ears”.

    6. March 17 – Arrest of the Commander of the First Strategic Communication Link of the US Navy

    And now – the most interesting.

    On March 17, US Navy captain Heather E. Cole, commander of the Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing 1, was removed from her post due to “not performed up to the high standards demanded of an officer in command”.

    In the official press release, it is said that since February 2015 an investigation has been carried out against her in connection with her incompatibility with her post.
    navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2015/03/17/tacamo-wing-co-fired-amid-investigation/

    Good question – what Captain Cole has to do with all this?

    And this is exactly due to the fact that it is her Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing 1 that is responsible for communication with US submarines on combat duty. This connection is carried out with the help of these wonderful birds – E-6 Mercury.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_E-6_Mercury

    It is a repeater with long-wave antennas and radio stations, and it is the only means by which it is possible to transmit a new combat order to the nuclear submarine.

    To be continued…

  58. FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    The Nuclear War of 2015 that Never Was

    7. March 19 – Article on the refusal of Captain Cole to execute the order to launch “authorization” of a limited nuclear strike against the Russian Federation

    On March 19 the same conspiracy site published an article that says this:

    The report notes that on Monday, March 16, Captain Cole received an order from the Pentagon to launch the authorization of a “limited” nuclear strike on Russia, which could not be launched due to Permissive Action Link (PAL).

    PAL is a security device for nuclear weapons, the purpose of which is to prevent unauthorized launching or detonation of nuclear weapons.

    Experts in this report explain that the critical failure to authorize a nuclear strike on Russia, in this case was because of the security measure that was taken at the time ordered by former US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, before his dismissal the previous month for his refusal to take part in this attack against Russia.

    This report further explains that Defense Minister Carter was not aware of PAL security changes by former Defense Minister Hagel. Thus, Captain Cole interrupted this planned nuclear attack.

    In addition to this, there are interesting observations of radio amateurs during that period. In particular, NATO switched to DEFCON 2 (this level precedes the maximum combat readiness) judging by the call sign on the radio air. Some claimed to have heard that a pair of F-18s had been shot down somewhere in the north (remember that this was all at the time when all Russian troops were put on alert). Presumably in the same period, the American aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt fled from the Russian submarines.

    During the same period, exercises were conducted throughout the US testing the national system for warning the population of a nuclear attack.

    Later on the Internet there were articles that Russian intelligence found out about the planned attack even earlier, and the launch date of the ICBM on March 16 was calculated by analyzing the astro-correction programs received from the British ICBMs with the help of a cyber weapon created in the NSA and modified by Russian specialists, which mentioned Snowden and which was applied against Iran. The latter is described in detail in the documentary film Zero Days. Information that the NSA’s cyber weapons fell into the hands of hackers and is sold by them at an open market was also on the net.

  59. Pucker July 14, 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Can anyone recommend any good, unbiased books about Putin? Thanks.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 11:31 am #

      I could refer you to essay I published here on February 23, 2017, which will hopefully shed a light on Putin from unknown angle:

      kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/fumbling-towards-collapse/#comment-294890


      First time Putin was trying to get to Mount Athos was in December 2001, a year and half after the disaster with the nuclear submarine “Kursk”, when he sat in Sochi with his finger on the red button, and prayed to God to rescue him from having to push it. Also around the same time began a series of “orange” revolutions in Ukraine, as well as preparations for the Rose Revolution in Georgia, and I think that Putin has already realized in 2001, that it would not settle by itself.

      And it was less than six months after 9/11 (the beginning of World War IV?), a year before the United States withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and the terrorist attack on Dubrovka, but inevitability of both was clear to Putin already in December 2001. So the desire of the head of Orthodox Russia to pray on Mount Athos, was more than understandable.

  60. volodya July 14, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    The timing of these indictments looks just a tetch suspect given the up-coming Putin meeting. Couldn’t be a Deep State attempt to derail things could it? Nah…

    Does anyone know if the DNC server was ever examined by the FBI?

    • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      Ole horse face was waiting ‘til end of World Cup..

  61. FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    The World Cup may be coming to an end, but geopolitical Soccer goes on

    Trump was secretly invited to Buckingham Palace and he watched along with Elizabeth II the battle of Old Good England with the Fourth Reich of Angela Merkel.

    Unfortunately, Boris Johnson, who was also invited to a secret meeting of the First Persons, screams so loud when the inventors of Soccer forget that the goal of the game is to roll the ball into the opponent’s gates, that this meeting is no longer a secret.

    Reich wins again – 2:0 !!!

    The Queen offers to pass on to Putin materials about the recruiting of Gorbachev by Helmut Kohl in the late 1980s if the Reich wins hands down.

    Trump tried to say something about the Nord Stream-2, but the Fourth Reich still won hands down.

    This is the self-confidence of continental Europe, which once again leads the Reich to a catastrophe.

    But first, the British will have to deal with the spy of the European Union, who managed to get to the post of Prime Minister of Good Old England.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      At the suggestion of Boris Johnson, decided to call Theresa May and congratulate her on the victory of the European Union!

  62. Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Root (like a pig?) for the last White Men standing. They need your support. Somehow your support sends them energy, energy which will help them win.

    amren.com/commentary/2018/07/will-croatia-destroy-the-narrative/

    Sports are ridiculous but the ridiculous take them seriously. Thus the media uses them to push the narrative of the Great Replacement of Whites by Non-Whites. Thus when Whites win, it’s a white pie in their pig faces.

    • malthuss July 14, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

      I saw a clip of the recent soccer crowd…1000s of people bobbing up n down, almost in unison, in this animal like frenzy.

      • pequiste July 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

        I still don’t get the whole thing…humans becoming corybantic and even violent over men running around in shorts chasing after a ball?

        • Janos Skorenzy July 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

          It’s imitation tribalism and even religion for some. Thus the soccer hooligans are on the right track as they transition back to the real thing.

        • malthuss July 14, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

          adrenaline.

    • Tate July 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Whether it sends them energy or not, many of us will have to watch. Let’s pray that Croatia won’t have to ‘eat crow.’

    • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

      Face it Janos, you’re a eunuch. A cuck.

      Why yo hate women so much.

      They seem to prefer the men, the genuine kind.

      Was it Plato?

      Sports, studies, music?

      • Janos Skorenzy July 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

        I love women just the way I love Ice Cream or a cat loves a mouse. But I certainly don’t want a mouse voting or a tub of ice cream sitting in Congress. It would just go to waste sitting there, probably melt and make a mess.

        You folks don’t care much for sports but you sure try to get us addicted to them. One ethos for you and another (lower) one for us.

        Studies? Music? In other words, real men don’t care about such things? Yup, that’s what you push, Pusher.

        • Tate July 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

          Is that what makes him tick? I thought maybe he was thwack.

          Then he should have stopped at 18th.

        • 100th Avatar July 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

          Again, not sure who the “you” you’re referring to are. Perhaps another manifestation of your racist paranoia.

          You, or at least the you of the shtick you present here, laments white women going off with blacks and browns. I just want you to consider that you’re not the balanced man, at least the one the ancients aspired to be: equal parts student, artist, and athlete.
          Your hatred of sports, and non submissive women in general, belies your effeminate nature. I’m sure you prefer “bookish” or “intellectual”, but no, you’re a keyboard toughie at most, or, just a puss, and a total turn-off to ice cream, mice, and ladies.

          Organized sports are entertainment. No doubt. Escapism. An alternate reality.

          An art form when conducted by the best at the top of their craft.

          Just like the Jane Austen novels you read in secret

  63. twomartinilunch July 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    I was a regular reader of CFN for years. In fact, I often could not really focus on work until I read your Monday updates. I heard you speak countless times and have many of your books that you personally autographed for me after a speaking engagement. But that changed some time ago, not sure when, but you seemed to careen of the tracks and become more reactionary and an avid embracer of conspiracy theories. You really were onto something with “Geography of Nowhere” and “Home from Nowhere.” Really fantastic books. I read them and would yell at my lovely wife and / or children “Listen to this” or “Let me read this to you, it’s great” But I digress. This column is the kind of sarcasm and cynicism that I found so refreshing from you….a long time ago. Once in a Blue Moon I will go to your website and look at an update. For what it is worth. I have heard this from others as well.

    • pequiste July 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      At a minimum have another two martinis. On second thought make it three. Shaken not stirred.

      You might feel a little less aghast at the cynicism and more appreciative of the biweekly insight JHK provides via velvet wordsmithing into the vast criminal insane asylum that is the crepuscular U.S.A.

    • 100th Avatar July 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

      I remember when the blog was kunstlercast and comments were apropos to the podcast episode.

      Sooner or later you realize that the development pattern is never going to really change without a major shift in society.

      He bet on that being oil.
      Then the finance attached to oil.

      Still building burbs and strip malls and f150s and throw away Ryan homes.

      Like it’s all AOK

      Then you realize it’s the society. It doesn’t care.
      Tattoos, Kardashian lip gloss, and a full tank of gas

  64. johngalt July 14, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    The END march of Self-Organizing Criticality.
    got-truth.com/docs/The%20END%20march%20of%20Self-Organizing%20Criticality.pdf
    -JG-

  65. Pucker July 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    I think that the relationship between the impulse to build a bunker or cave to hide in and the concomitant desire to reap destruction is interesting.

    “Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked, “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down.
    This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.
    That’s when it hit me: At least as far as these gentlemen were concerned, this was a talk about the future of technology. “

    cnbc.com/2018/07/11/survival-of-the-richest-the-wealthy-are-plotting-to-leave-us-behind.html

    • Pucker July 14, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

      Noah built an Ark. The Silicon Valley IT tycoons build bunkers or caves.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

        That’s exactly where the Red Project comes in handy!

        Viva la Trump!

    • elysianfield July 15, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      “In the hundreds of cases I have looked at , i can count on one hand the number of times the police have told someone the simple , direct , plain , honest , and fair truth”

      Kesa,
      You see it every day on the TeeVee…the interrogation scene;

      “You gotta tell us how you killed him…we’re the only one’s who can help you now…we’re the only friends you got….”

      It sounds counter-intuitive…and it is.

      But, of course, “fair” has nothing to do with it.

      My avoidance of lawyers is due to two things;
      Abhorrence of a lack of control,
      Open-ended expense.

      My consultation is of a civil nature.

      But the consequences will be anything but “civil”.

    • Epicur July 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

      “I think that the relationship between the impulse to build a bunker or cave to hide in and the concomitant desire to reap destruction is interesting. ”

      Personally, I think that bio defense should be the main concern of people in the US and most of the “first world”. You need protection so that you can hold out while vaccines are developed when the plagues begin.

      It will not be possible to stop rogues from loosing man made diseases, but the tech guys will develop rapid responses. How many, among who, and where the deaths will occur in the meantime will have a lot to do with the course of the future. An inner city would not be my choice of domicile; nor would large cities in South America, Africa, and South/Southeast Asia.

  66. KesaAnna July 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

    ” I’ve spent my long life avoiding situations where a lawyer might be required…but in four days I have scheduled a paid consultation with one (…sob). ”

    I have no doubt that you have spent your life avoiding lawyers , but for rather different reasons I suspect.

    In the hundreds of cases I have looked at , i can count on one hand the number of times the police have told someone the simple , direct , plain , honest , and fair truth ;

    ” You should NOT talk to us. It is NOT in YOUR best interests. ”

    What is so hard about that , assuming they are really on the level ?

    The Miranda warning ?

    Pfft ! Even very well educated people , perceptive , and clued -in to the subtleties and pitfalls of language , typically fail to pick up on the fact that ,

    ” You should NOT talk to us. It is NOT in YOUR best interests. ”

    is what the Miranda warning says . Because the language is so oblique and obtuse.

    As you would already know.

    granted , I don’t much like lawyers myself.

    but if lawyers are sharks , police are piranha.

    • janet July 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

      If lawyers are sharks, police are piranha, and royalty are leeches.

  67. malthuss July 14, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    GREEN ALBA!!!!

    “POLICE ARREST 900 SYRIANS IN ENGLAND AND WALES for crimes including rape and child abuse” [one year]
    “shocking police figures released for england and wales have shown nearly 900 syrians have been arrested in just one year.

    among those arrested are four syrian immigrants have been charged after two 14-year-old girls were allegedly sexually assaulted – just yards from newcastle united’s stadium.

    the uk government is working to resettle up to 20,000 syrian refugees in the uk by the end of the parliament in 2020, under its syrian vulnerable person resettlement scheme.

    official statistics show that 1,602 people had been resettled in the uk under the scheme by the end of march 2016.

    according to parliamentary research paper it is possible for syrians to claim asylum upon arrival or after-entry to the uk.” [continues]

    express.co.uk/news/uk/695066/police-arrest-900-syrians-in-england-and-wales-for-rape-death-threats-a…
    ………

    Flanders said…
    Why didn’t Genghis Kahn think of this? We’ll go invade their countries, call it asylum, ravage the benefits system, rape and pillage their young kids – and then accuse them of racism. The dumb European males will never figure it out.

    “Migrant boys abuse and rape 5 young girls in Denmark – Migrant mother thinks racism is behind their arrest”

    “The boys plead not guilty and no action has yet been brought in the cases. The girls had to perform oral sex and others were raped. The youngest of the girls were only 13-years-old.

    One of the boy’s mothers says ‘racism’ is behind the accusations.

    “I cry when I think of him. I only have him. He is really sweet and polite, and he does not bother (..) Suddenly, the police comes and takes him. Now I want to understand why. I think it’s strange. Perhaps she [the victim] is racist or has something against foreigners,” the mother says.”

    voiceofeurope.com/2018/07/migrant-boys-abuse-and-rape-5-young-girls-in-denmark-migrant-mother-thinks…

    • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      Should I address you as ‘MALTHUSS!!!!’? I wouldn’t want to get the protocol wrong.

      Right. I had a look at your Express article. It’s a corker. It’s so good it could be used in a Media Studies class to demonstrate how you shouldn’t look at headlines and believe they’re telling you something accurate.

      In addition to reading the article myself and noting the usual tabloid fake news tactics, I looked for some other sources. Totally coincidentally, I came across one I’d expect you to have some sympathy with, since it is (a) American and (b) a site for godly people.

      mnnonline.org/news/900-refugee-arrests-truth-behind-numbers/

      They seem to share my scepticism. They mention ‘the truth behind the numbers’ and that ‘headlines like these can be misleading and create unnecessary fear’.

      “Most of the arrests that have taken place are because people don’t have proper documentation because they are refugees, or because they rode the bus without paying the fare, it is stuff like that for the vast majority of what is reported as 900 arrests.”

      So, ‘Among those arrested are four Syrian immigrants have been charged after two 14-year-old girls were allegedly sexually assaulted – just yards from Newcastle United’s stadium.’

      Four out of 900? How many sexual assaults by home-grown Brits do you think happened in that year?

      About 5 or 6 years ago, in Edinburgh, two Polish men abducted a young Australian women and raped her on and off for a full day, before she escaped.

      Here are the lurid tabloid details:

      dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/evil-rapist-pair-condemned-for-bringing-1039278

      Here’s another Polish one from 2014:

      bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-29713221

      Now, (a) I note that these Polish men were white and quite probably of Catholic origin, yet (b) I am not even remotely tempted to think that a penchant for rape is a particular characteristic of white men, Polish men or Catholics.

      I would only add that any asylum seeker proven to be guilty of a serious crime should go to prison in the normal way and be told he/she will not be given permanent asylum. Asylum seekers in the UK are in any case only give leave to stay 5 years in the first instance, in the hope that the situation in their country of origin may have improved sufficiently in those 5 years for them to be able to return home.

      And I repeat, Malthuss, you need to get out more.

  68. Tate July 15, 2018 at 1:06 am #

    Fucking Brits are all butt-hurt because 1) Donald Trump & Melania didn’t give a bow & curtsey when they met the Queen. 2) Then he sat in Churchill’s chair!!! Omigod!!! What next?! Giving Prance Charles a wedgie? Look at all the disrespect they showed him. What do you expect?

    • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 7:58 am #

      They’re a visiting head of another state and his wife – why would they bow or curtsy when they’re not her ‘subjects’?

      I didn’t even read about it. I did see a brief video of him walking a bit clumsily in front of the Queen when they were inspecting the royal guard, but if you watch the footage, she motions him to walk ahead and then they get in a bit of a mutual fankle because he’s so much taller than her and he seems not to know if she’s beside him or behind him.

      youtube.com/watch?v=tyBKS-rV4eE

      But dipsy people on both sides of the Pond will find nonsense to fill their heads with if they don’t have more important things to think about.

      This ‘fucking Brit’ found the whole visit eminently ignorable. Likewise the silly blimp floating over London. Manners should be expected on both sides.

      Who cares where he plants his large backside?

      • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:05 am #

        I’m more concerned about his inexcusable interference in our internal political affairs.

        And this whole visit has been one of the most ridiculous own goals by Theresa May, who couldn’t wait to kow-tow to him the minute he was elected, because of Brexit desperation.

        Once they’re out, I hope the Tories don’t get near power again for a generation. They’re unfit to govern.

      • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:49 am #

        And Chris at Fernglade is right, you’re a bizarrely angry person.

        And with your views on women as walking wombs and old women as bonfire fodder, one can only be thankful not to be your mother or wife.

        • Chris at Fernglade Farm July 16, 2018 at 8:27 am #

          Hi GreenAlba,

          Thanks for the support. It may do Mr Tate well to note that generally whenever a specific group of folks get hated upon for whatever reason, well, its usually indicative of a dysfunctional social dynamic. The real risk in fostering such a worldview is that you can never be quite sure when your own lucky numbers will turn up and you then become the focus of hate and blame.It is a risky path to trod and I’d have to suggest that the Golden Rule of ‘do unto others’ can come into play. 😉

          Chris

      • Tate July 15, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        “… one can only be thankful not to be your mother or wife.”

        The feeling is mutual.

        • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

          colon-hyphen-closing bracket…

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

            Let’s try this.)):-]

            That’s my version of a smile.

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm #

            Wow! That looks like a Donald Trump smile!

            Winning!!!

        • malthuss July 15, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

          gawd—too bad its sunday and so few will see this, please repost tomorrow, early.

  69. Tate July 15, 2018 at 1:09 am #

    These old hags that rule these Europeans: Merkel, May & the Queen, others as well. In the Middle Ages they knew what to do with the old hags. Burnt them up they did right crisply.

    • Chris at Fernglade Farm July 15, 2018 at 4:37 am #

      Tate,
      I don’t get your anger. Anyway, whatever, mate I hate to be the one to tell you, but your final sentence lacks a certain grammatical correctness.

      “Burnt them up” should read “Burn them up”. Burnt is the incorrect tense, and is generally used to refer to a past event. You don’t ‘burnt’ something up, you burn it up.

      “they did right crisply”. Mate, nobody does anything right crisply. That sounds to me like a reference to doing something to a potato chip or crisp, and who does that?

      In order for you to be grammatically correct your sentence should read: “Burn them up, to a crisp”.

      Next time, young man, I suggest you proof read your comments. And don’t do it again. 😉

      Chris

      • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 6:54 am #

        So, Chris, does that mean that you agree with Tate in principle, just do not agree syntactically?

        • Chris at Fernglade Farm July 16, 2018 at 8:16 am #

          Hi Finca,

          Hehe! Nice try. 😉 I expressed no specific opinion on the matter. However, I did raise a general concern as to the overall state of emotions displayed by Mr Tate. It should be pointed out that such emotions are really his concern.

          Chris

      • pequiste July 15, 2018 at 10:05 am #

        I get Tate’s take on the situation perfectly.

        The last sentence, which you have issues with, has an awkward and rather knavish “Middle English” construction (and sound) that fits perfectly with the historical reference to entertainments that included the British classic of being hung, drawn & quartered and the Spaniard’s auto-da-fe (and excuse the omission of any diacritical marks).

        youtube.com/watch?v=1dURiTR5vg4

        Anyway, a better spectacle, and more complete catharsis, for the proles than watching any of the World Cup boys-in-shorts silliness methinks.

        youtube.com/watch?v=U4S7viMBmPw

      • elysianfield July 15, 2018 at 11:43 am #

        ” Burnt them up they did right crisply”

        Chris,
        Tate was “waxing colloquial”…repeat the sentence with a heavy “cockney” accent…OY!

        • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

          Personally I’m hearing Mummerset rather than cockney.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummerset

          And a comma might help.

          • elysianfield July 15, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

            Alba,
            Got it. You might consider, however, the ellipses as a fictional comma….

          • GreenAlba July 16, 2018 at 7:54 am #

            EF

            I can’t believe someone expressed, even facetiously, admiration for those who burned people (sorry, not people, women) alive and we’re discussing regional dialects and grammar. Only on CFN, eh…

        • Chris at Fernglade Farm July 16, 2018 at 8:17 am #

          Hi elysian,

          Thanks for the insight! Yes, that does sound right to the ear doesn’t it?

          Chris

      • Tate July 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

        I’m not angry. I just haven’t learnt how to put on those smiley face thingys. The clue that it should be ‘burnt’ is the auxiliary verb ‘did,’ Chris old man.

        • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

          colon, hyphen, closing bracket

          And don’t put a full stop right beside it without a space or it won’t work.

          You’re welcome 🙂 .

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

            Thanks, but methinks I’ll continue to do without. Just not my style. Aw heck, I’ll give it a try :-] .

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

            Nope, nopey nope nope.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

            curved bracket, not square

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

            I’m sure you’ll get it before I totally crack the HTML.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

            : then – then ) No spaces.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

            Everyone looks better when they’re smiling 🙂

        • Chris at Fernglade Farm July 16, 2018 at 8:21 am #

          Hi Tate,

          That idea about the emoticons hadn’t occurred to me as a possibility 😉

          Anyway, you forced me to look up what an auxiliary verb is. Thanks for the education. Hey old dogs can learn new tricks, you know!

          Chris

  70. akmofo July 15, 2018 at 7:47 am #

    An ?amazing conversation between Kevin Shipp and Greg Hunter regards Hillary Clinton and the vast number of co-conspirators involved in the coverup of her criminal behaviour.

    youtu.be/rilN9M0oLhI

    The question becomes why are these people risking themselves for her and who really are these people? That is, what’s their overriding group connection to each other?

    • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 7:55 am #

      Hillary Clinton has been the shadow ruler of the USA since 1993. Of course, she had to share this power with George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but not the entirety of it.

      Her Flying Monkeys still control the majority of US Financial resources.

      Flying Monkey Bill Gates
      Flying Monkey George Soros
      Flying Monkey Eric Schmidt
      Flying Monkey Jeff Bezos
      Flying Monkey Warren Buffet

      ……..

      • akmofo July 15, 2018 at 8:22 am #

        The vast amount of money she received for campaigns was foreign money from foreign governments (Russia, Iran, Britain, Australia, etc.). Thus the overriding connection I speak of, is that of a foreign power. My top guess is that she and her husband were/are both originally Russian agents. But there’s more to it than that. The Vatican propaganda outlets (CNN, ABC, CBC, MSNBC, BBC, CBC, etc.) are all covering for her and these as I well know are all German/EU/Vatican Nazi propaganda fronts. Which brings out an interesting but very likely possibility that the commie Russians and the nazi Germans are in alliance with the nexus of this alliance being the Vatican.

        • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 8:27 am #

          Just name it, Mofo, The Fourth Reich

          • akmofo July 15, 2018 at 8:48 am #

            Yup, a very problematic prospect given the meat grinder that is their history. These are entities that are fundamentally anti-democratic and constantly strive to silence debate and eliminate the opposition. Very very bad news for us all.

    • malthuss July 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

      KS is big on pizzagate?

  71. FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Pre-thunderstorm stress in the US is growing

    The dual nature of power in the United States becomes more and more obvious, while hatred between the people and all kinds of elites is just off the scale.

    And the deputy director of the DOJ Rosenstein, and the deputy director of FBI Strzok behaved in such a manner during the interrogation in Congress that they became the banner of this ongoing coup d’état.

    Theoretically, Hilary probably should put a contract on both of them, so that they do not draw to themselves the sympathies of fucked-up democrats with their impudence.

    And I must say that I could not imagine such impudence during the interrogation in the Congress, and, judging by the reaction of the majority of Americans, they did not expect anything like that as either.

    Here is a video analyzing the body language of this pair:

    youtube.com/watch?v=8FM5DRjq9ZY

    The layout is as follows:

    For Trump is FOX5, and that’s not all. For Rosenstein and Strzok, the rest of the published media.

    For Trump, the Army and the Navy.

    For Rosenstein, the top of FBI, part of the CIA and similar all other special services, but without much enthusiasm.

    Behind the Trump is business.
    For Rosenstein, the Washington bureaucracy.

    But the most important that behind Rosenstein are the Hollywood crowd, liberal professors and all kinds of jazz hangouts – all those who were so loved in the USSR, and Trump has nothing to oppose this terrible, as it turned out, force.

  72. GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    Exscotticus
    ”Hybrids still use fossil fuels!”
    Of course they do. Did you think I didn’t know what ‘hybrid’ means? I mentioned, to pre-empt such a point, that I’ve never been in one while it’s been using diesel. They’ve been on the go on my bus route since 2011. Here’s my actual no. 10 bus, the first route to go hybrid, celebrating its first birthday way back in 2012 and making its way through Georgian central Edinburgh:
    intelligenttransport.com/transport-news/8542/happy-first-birthday-to-lothian-buses-greener-5-million…
    The fleet has been converting apace in the intervening years and – look! – it’s started to go all-electric, as of last September, although in this case I haven’t yet had the pleasure:
    lothianbuses.com/news/2017/09/lothian-introduce-the-first-all-electric-buses-to-edinburgh/
    Getting back to your gleeful ‘hybrids still use fossil fuels!’, you should take my word when I tell you no hybrid bus has been running on diesel while I’ve been on it – and that’s a lot – because you might call me an early adopter. Back in the years between 1970 and 1975 I clocked up an aggregate 12 months or so, in student holidays etc. getting up at 4am, picking up an electric vehicle pretty much like this:
    picclick.co.uk/Royal-Mail-Post-a-Photo-Postcard-Central-Midlands-Co-op-273190131048.html
    …(spot the battery between the wheels) loading it up with 800-1000 pints of milk in glass bottles and driving around for 6-7 hours depositing it on the doorsteps of the good burghers of the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. So, you can take it as read that I know when the vehicle I’m in is running on electricity or diesel. Perhaps you’ve not been so fortunate.
    Incidentally, since this site is also concerned with sustainability, I came back to the dairy with the same crates loaded with empties picked up from the punters’ doorsteps. These empties were then cleaned, sterilised and filled up with more milk. Perhaps that was my early introduction to a better way of doing things, since it’s the way it happened since I was a baby.
    “And even if your buses were all-electric, they’d still depend on fossil fuels indirectly in myriad ways. The “externalities” in creating those hybrids are still significant. Do you actually read what JHK writes?”
    Do you always assume people are stupid? Do you think I didn’t know about embedded CO2, just for starters, before reading JHK? Really?
    When I said we should pay the external costs of what we consume, that’s what I meant. I didn’t think I needed to spell out the processes upstream of retail sale and operation, but clearly it would seem you do need things spelled out. The point, though, about electric vehicles – and hybrid vehicles operating on electricity – is that they’re not damaging children’s and vulnerable adults’ lungs while they’re operating. So they’re already better.
    “Wow what a silly point. And are all those people going to the exact same place? No? Apples and oranges.”
    Wow, what a silly point. All the people on the bus are going to places along the bus route. If they all went by car, that would entail way more emissions (including embedded emissions). It’s not rocket science.
    “By that logic, public transit users should be more than happy to subsidize private motorists, as it reduces overcrowding on mass transit.”
    Wow, an even sillier point. So 5 people in five entire cars are being immensely helpful by saving two and a half double seats in a bus so five extra people might have to stand (thus lowering the per capita emissions because there are more people in the bus). And by adding to traffic congestion with their five cars so that the bus has to stop and start more. And the kids in the playground have to breathe in the emissions from five extra cars. Hmmm…
    Work out the per capita marginal and average energy consumption for the bus journey and the same for the car journey (most people go to work with one person in their car) and do the same for all costs in energy and material, and get back to me.
    In any case, I’m not suggesting you be obliged to subsidise public transport – I only responded in the first place to point out that others are subsidising your environmental freeloading. If you don’t think having less congested roads is a good thing per se, then don’t support public transport. I’m not making you. Maybe you like traffic jams. But I still think you should pay for your external costs and so, initially (see below*), should the users of public transport. This is about as un-socialist as it gets, since it’s entirely about personal responsibility, which I thought was a conservative thing. I’m conservative too – but in the sense of, you know, conserving, so we’re not stealing everything from our children and grandchildren.
    *If those costs are cross-subsidised in some way because society thinks it’s useful, for example, for poor people to be able to get to work, that’s society’s choice, but it doesn’t affect the initial proper pricing of the good or service.
    “Does that include you paying fines for the flatulance out of your arse? Eight billion humans expel quite a bit of greenhouse gas.“
    They do, but since they all expel the same, roughly speaking, they pretty much cancel out each other’s externalities, so it’s probably not worth charging them. And it’s not exactly a consumer choice, so it won’t affect behaviour. However, since methane is 26 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than CO2, it would make sense, for example, if those humans (in aggregate) ate a heck of a lot less cow. Not that I don’t entirely admire those farmers on this website who’ve shared their experiences, but that’s not the same as huge agri-businesses chopping down the Amazon rainforest to grow beef (double whammy).
    “Shouldn’t families with children pay more for their kids “externalities”
    Logically, of course they should. But they’d be doing it anyway if they paid for the external costs of everything they consumed. Please don’t tell me you’re finding this concept difficult to understand. Complicated to implement, I grant you, but basically it’s obvious, especially, I’d have thought, to a person who genuinely believes in personal responsibility over ‘socialism’.
    “Pay up and stop bitching about it!”
    I’m more than happy to pay the external costs of everything I consume. Why would I not? But it’s more important for me to restrict my consumption in the first place. I can’t undo my carbon emissions just by paying money. But supply and demand curves are a thing, so if people pay the full costs of their consumption they will consume less. And the environmental costs they pay should be used to mitigate the effects of their consumption.
    “Almost everyone everywhere significantly benefits from roads and fossil-fuel powered vehicles and power plants, either directly or indirectly. Forcing motorists to pay more while Amazonians don’t strikes me as typical socialist “egalitarianism”.
    Who said Amazonians shouldn’t? They should be paying all costs via the purchase price paid to Amazon, who should be paying the full external costs of all their operations. As should everyone else.
    Note that none of the above precludes other ‘socialistic’ policies that socialistically minded societies might wish to implement in particular or general cases to mitigate the effects of proper pricing.
    An example: if a domestic water supply is metered, then we might consider it unfortunate that a poor family with a couple of disabled children – or older relatives – have prohibitive water costs because of their particular needs.
    While the price of the water should include all externalities, there’s nothing to stop that society subsidising that family via another mechanism, should it be able and willing to do so. But that’s a different matter and where that ‘socialistic’ impulse comes in. Just as food being properly priced doesn’t preclude the existence of food stamps. That’s a societal choice.
    ?

    • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      Apologies for the lack of space between paras – haven’t quite got this HTML thing right yet.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 8:32 am #

        But, apparently, you got a pretty good hang of a space-eating meaningless bs, didn’t you?

        • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:50 am #

          I take it you’ve had an irony bypass, Finca.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:51 am #

            Given that sustainable transport is rather more relevant to this actual website than ‘coloured projects’.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 8:53 am #

            And you’ve published more treatises on this website than anyone else.

      • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

        Yes forgetting spaces and returns is easy to do. You will have a lot of italicized words scrunched against regular text. I still do it. But practice practice practice!

        • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

          The added expression is worth the toil.

          • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            ‘toil’ is a link in the above text. The green of the link does not contrast well with regular black of normal text.

        • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

          Thanks K-Dog. My mistake was deleting the spaces which were already there because I thought the para tag would do them automatically. It worked OK in that ‘try it out’ thingy I linked to earlier. We learn by our mistakes.

          I’m used to marking up sample book text for page designers, but the tags aren’t proper HTML – they just flag heading levels, text types, lists and so on and you can write anything within the brackets as long as it makes sense to them!

    • Tate July 15, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      tl;dr

      • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

        It wasn’t addressed to you 🙂

        And it would have been better with gaps, clearly.

        I’d say about two and a half average ‘Fincas’.

    • Exscotticus July 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

      @GreenAlba

      >>> Do you always assume people are stupid?

      Do you? Do you think we don’t know that mass transmit is more efficient at moving bodies around? The point is that you’re comparing all-else-being-equal alternatives. If we add a requirement that the light rail system has to stop at every single home in the nation, do you think it would be cheaper than cars? If we added all the requirements needed to make mass transit as flexible and convenient and resilient as autos, then your per-capita cost analysis would fail. Mass transit works very well in high density areas like cities; it doesn’t work well at all in suburban or rural areas where the lack of population density can’t support it.

      Socialist: No problem! Just force everyone into the cities—like Pol Pot—only in reverse! We need to anyway, because we have to make room for 10 billion more by 2050!

      >>> This is about as un-socialist as it gets, since it’s entirely about personal responsibility

      It’s one thing to charge motorists for the cost of their motoring lifestyle; it’s another thing to subsidize one lifestyle with the proceeds from another. Those are the dots you’re just not connecting. Socialists just can’t stop robbing Peter to pay Paul. In the case of mass transit, they want motorists to pay for it, justifying it with the same bogus per capita efficiency arguments you use.

      Do you own your own home? Fuck that! Wasteful! Everyone should live in one giant communal gymnasium. Way more efficient! And this friction of people getting hired and fired. Fuck that! Wasteful! The government will give you a test and assign you a job based on your skills and the needs of society.

      I don’t think you really want per capita efficiency arguments to trump freedom and lifestyle choices and other qualitative considerations.

      And while you virtue-signal to the world about how you recycle your own sweat or whatever, and LOVE paying taxes for the environment, the fact is that you’re not really saving anything. All you’re really doing is subsidizing the worst actors—all the people in all the other nations that couldn’t care less. Your taxes are subsidizing China and India and other nations who happily burn up your “saved” carbon credits in a haze of coal dust. Your high taxes simply send more jobs to these nations, who then build more coal-fired power plants. When will tax-and-spend socialists ever learn that taxes have unintended conseqences? That taxes rarely get the desired behavior they hope for?

      • Exscotticus July 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

        Ugh! The point is that you’re NOT comparing all-else-being-equal alternatives. Jeez can we get an edit option in this bitch?

      • GreenAlba July 16, 2018 at 10:00 am #

        Exscotticus

        You have a great line in straw men.

        For example:

        “Do you own your own home? Fuck that! Wasteful! Everyone should live in one giant communal gymnasium.”

        I have always owned my own home, since the age of about 27. I used to live in a modest, modern-and-uninspiring but entirely adequate terraced house on the hilly outskirts of the city. Now that I don’t need bedrooms for kids, I live in a reasonably elegant Victorian flat in town, not a giant communal gymnasium.

        Neither of these options would be your cup of tea and I’m not suggesting you live in either of them. And nobody’s suggesting you shouldn’t have a car.

        None of what you’ve said about all things not being equal changes the fact that good urban and suburban public transport benefits everyone. Supply and demand still being a thing, it helps keep the price of ‘gas’ down for your personal transport, for a start, and it keeps cars off the road, which at the very least makes your driving experience less unpleasant than it might be.

        And If giving a toss about the rest of the world is too ‘socialist’ for you, then carry on not giving a toss. No-one’s preventing you doing that either.

        And I’m sure you do recycle what you can anyway but don’t want to sound like a green pussy 🙂 .

        Recyling (like not consuming excessively) isn’t virtuous, it’s just helpful. And I’m sure that behind the bluster, you’re probably at least a bit happy to be helpful. Most people are when they’re not huffing and puffing on internet forums.

        • Exscotticus July 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

          @GreenAlba

          YOU accuse ME of straw men?! You go on and on about how mass transit is more efficient. Dude, Mr. Straw Man called and he wants his argument back! When did anyone ever say it wasn’t?

          >>> None of what you’ve said about all things not being equal changes the fact that good urban and suburban public transport benefits everyone.

          You haven’t made the case for why it’s OK to subsidize mass transit with the tax proceeds from motorists, why it’s OK to rob Peter to pay Paul. So far your arguments are: it’s more efficient and it helps motorists by reducing road traffic. Both are specious.

          That last point is ridiculously specious. How will a motorist driving from Cambridge to Oxford benefit from Londoners taking the underground from one part of London to another? They’re unrelated. Take away the underground and Londoners will not be flooding the roads between rural communities. You’re thinking solely in terms of commuting to London, but that’s hardly the only scenario.

          You don’t mind socialism when it benefits your particular ideology or lifestyle. But if this same socialist government made Londoners pay for roads they’ll never use, you’d freak. That’s just hypocrisy.

  73. FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    Rosenstein and Strzok – fine species of Supermen Nation of Natural Born Killers, the Clinton SS

    Kill Bill vol 2 Superman monologue:
    youtube.com/watch?v=eWTJIBGNId0

  74. janet July 15, 2018 at 11:42 am #

    I did see a brief video of him walking a bit clumsily in front of the Queen…

    In Trump’s defense, his clumsiness could be explained by a physical condition. He does have a history of bone spurs.

  75. Tate July 15, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Strzok. Now why do the Slavs throw in meaningless consonants in the middle of their words? Why couldn’t they leave out the ‘z’? The Poles are especially bad.

    • janet July 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      Why can’t conservatives accept differences, instead of trying for some kind of political correctness? Tate, why does your name have a meaningless silent vowel at the end?

      • Tate July 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

        If liberals really cared about differences, they wouldn’t try to force conservatives to accept those differences as inconsequentialities.

        • janet July 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

          Force? Who is trying to force anyone? Inconsequentialities? Not at all. Consequential and respectable.

          In the last few days we had a 91-year-old Mexican man hit with a brick by a woman and attacked by a group she lied to. Then a cop harassed a woman (an American citizen) because she was wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt at her birthday party. Conservatives use force (Border Patrol, ICE, police, etc.) because of their politically correct ideology, instead of accepting differences.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

            An old Mexican man was badly beaten by a Black woman with a brick. Another Hispanic caught her on camera and she has been brought to justice I believe – but not by the media which is covering for her because of her race. All race conflict must be between Blacks and Whites – with Whites always in in the wrong and always the aggressors. That is the narrative they (and you) live for.

          • Tate July 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

            Ah, a black woman. So the truth comes out now. Janet as usual in her dishonest way was trying to soft-soap the thing.

            Are you media, janet? You have the tell-tale flair. Do you wear the right amount of flair? Are you Jim Acosta?

    • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

      Strzok – a Polish Askhenazi?

      Another can of gasoline to Janos campfire.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        That is AshkeNazi

      • Janos Skorenzy July 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

        As Alex Jones just said, one of the most demonic faces ever to be seen on America TV. Jones, “Check his basement”. Do you disagree, Finc? Think he’s a nice man?

        • Tate July 15, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

          See if he’s ever been to Comet pizza. There may be a connection.

  76. janet July 15, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Hope and change are at hand, and the evidence is not just the rejection of Joe Crowley “in one district” (to quote Pelosi). Now Diane Feinstein has fallen.

    65% … De León

    7% … Feinstein

    Sixty percent of the vote was needed for the party to officially endorse a candidate. Feinstein got stomped.

    De León said: “Earning the endorsement of so many leaders and activists of the California Democratic Party isn’t just an honor and a privilege; today’s vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C. Through years of hard-won progress, we have proven to the world that California can forge a path for the rest of the nation.”

    Hope and change are at hand.

    • janet July 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      More evidence a blue wave is coming: During June’s highly contested primary races, California saw its highest voter turnout since 1998 with about 37 percent of the state’s registered voters casting ballots.

      Hope and change are at hand.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

        R u saying that the rest 63% were unregistered illegals? cool…

        • janet July 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

          It is not possible for an “illegal” to vote. Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity investigated and found not a single case of illegal voting. Trump lost by three million votes. He won in the electoral college, not because of popular support. He won’t be around much longer, even with Russian help.

          • Exscotticus July 16, 2018 at 12:30 am #

            >>> It is not possible for an “illegal” to vote

            Not only has there been election fraud, but people have been convicted for it. Contrast this with Mueller, who hasn’t notched a single conviction for Russian collusion, let alone collusion involving Trump.

            >>> Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity investigated and found not a single case of illegal voting.

            Trump’s attempts to investigate voter fraud were thwarted by states that refused to hand over election-related metrics. What are they hiding?

            Regardless, the news abounds with <a href="pnj.com/story/news/2018/04/09/ny-man-charged-voter-fraud-after-casting-pensacola-vote/500468002/&quo… of voter fraud. And for you to suggest that not even a fraction of the millions of illegals managed to vote is just laughable. They manage to get in, buy and register cars, buy homes, start businesses, but not vote? Oh and let’s not forget that you believe Russia hacked the election. But NO WAY did even a SINGLE illegal manage to vote.

  77. FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Now Diane Feinstein has fallen

    Dianne Feinstein, a recognized leader of US White Project, was responsible for power-sharing agreement between Obama and Hillary in 2008.

    What a shame!

    Proves one more time you can’t make any deals with SS!

    • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

      Finca, I hope it’s cheered you up that France has hammered Croatia. Not that I watched, before the disparagers of ‘men chasing a ball in shorts’ get stuck in, but I was keeping an occasional eye on the score as I had a tenner on France, so all good. I’ll go and collect my winnings from the kitchen table.

      • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

        Allez les bleus…

        • Tate July 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

          You mean Allez les noir.

          • GreenAlba July 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

            Bit late for les Noirs. Les Bleus ont gagné. Désolée…

          • janet July 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

            Accepting immigrants into your country has its advantages! Long live France, liberty, equality, fraternity, and Black and Muslim immigrants!

          • GreenAlba July 16, 2018 at 10:05 am #

            Sorry, I missed Tate’s racist allusion, as my world isn’t as black and white as his. I thought he was just less informed about the various national football strips 🙂 .

  78. volodya July 15, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    So I’m reading that the DNC servers, over which the twelve ham sandwiches were indicted, have disappeared.

    Oh dear, oh dear, what SHALL we do? Does this make the case against said ham sandwiches unprovable?

    Does it make the indictments look like a political move, an attempt to lend credence to Hill’s and Bill’s contention that the defeat was because of Russian interference, and that The Donald’s victory was therefore invalid?

    • janet July 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm #

      The ham sandwiches better stay put in Russia. For example, if they went to France for some dijon mustard they could be extradited to Trumpland for prosecution… if Putin doesn’t hand them over to Trump tomorrow.

  79. Janos Skorenzy July 15, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Vintage Anglin. Do not drive after reading. Janos Sackneusm

    We voted for a man who did not give a single fuck.

    Then when he came in a few problems happened and we were like “wait does this guy give a fuck or something?”

    Turns out that no, he does not – he never did. He just had some problems he had to deal with.

    Now, the man is a whirlwind.

    He is tearing across the entire planet, reshaping it in his own image – and his image is nothing other than the image that we projected onto him.

    Because he is no longer a man. He is an embodiment of the collective will of the American people, and of the entire white race.

    ABC News:

    Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America’s closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In an interview with “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union — comprising some of America’s oldest allies — when asked to identify his “biggest foe globally right now.”

    “Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive,” Mr. Trump said at his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland.

    This is after he said that Russia isn’t a foe.

    He is absolutely correct.

    Russia has shown no hostility towards him. The EU has shown nothing but disdain for him, going back even before he was the candidate. When he was still in the primaries, these faggots were attacking him – and all of WE THE PEOPLE by proxy – as pure evil.

    Russia wants to be friends.

    Tomorrow, history will change.

    The seeds of a new alliance will be planted – an alliance that will grow into a WHITE EMPIRE that that will conquer the stars.

    • janet July 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

      In your white empire how will people who have superior IQs, and Black or Brown skin, be treated?

      • Janos Skorenzy July 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

        With dignity and compassion. Can you imagine the agony of being born with a high IQ in a low IQ race like the Negro? I will personally carry their bags to the border or berth back to Africa.

        • janet July 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

          However much you want to dress up your racism, forcing people to emigrate is not compassionate or dignified treatment.

          Nor would it be if I were to carry your bags to the border to send you back to the Old World.

    • tucsonspur July 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      No, it doesn’t take a village, it takes a Man.

      Hail the Global Galahad of Gotham!

      This is no World for old, low energy men.

      Hail the Global German-Gael of Gotham!

      No kneeling for this Knight, who would make the Nations right.

      Hail the Global Great of Gotham!

      He stands for his own and is strong deep to the bone.

      Hail the Global Gadfly of Gotham!

    • K-Dog July 15, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      The Stars are Ours

      Hoo-yaa, a WHITE EMPIRE to span the planet. I’ll think bigger.

      • beantownbill. July 15, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

        Ah, yes, Andre Norton. A very good writer. Read her when I was a wee lad. She was a librarian in the Cleveland library system. Also wore under several other pseudonyms, including Andrew North.

        • beantownbill. July 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

          Also wrote…. damn autocorrect!

    • S M Tenneshaw July 15, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

      Don’t expect any genius breakthroughs with Putin. The whole point of Drumpf’s visit is the opportunity to suck him off.

  80. FincaInTheMountains July 15, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    About tomorrow’s summit

    The topic of Putin’s talks with Trump is as clear as it is unclear what the announced topic of these talks will be.

    The fact is that if Trump declares his true goal in these negotiations – the prevention of nuclear war, he will be devoured in Washington alive.

    The process of provoking the nuclear war the Clintonoids call a deterrent, and, on the basis of this nickname, it was declared a kind of deity that requires appropriate sacrifices, and the attempt to deprive this deity of sacrifices is considered a blasphemy.

    The beginning of this was put by the so-called X Article by George F. Kennan in February 1946, but it actually described the fuss that the Cold War ideologues bred around the socialist method of production in the USSR.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Article

    But this method of production has disappeared, but the fuss remains, and this forces us to attribute copyright to strategic deterrence as belonging to the US ambassador to Moscow, Averell Harriman, who after the death of Roosevelt began to publicly doubt that the United States in the Second World War fought on the right side of the front line.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Averell_Harriman

    It is from this root that the semantic exercises of Hillary Clinton have grown, which became clear right now, when the difficultly translatable word meddling became the key word in world politics, despite the fact that its little-knownness perfectly conceals the exposure of Hillary Clinton as manipulator of the 2016 elections.

    And from the touching unity of American liberal intellectuals with US special services in the process of falsifying the results of elections and fomenting nuclear war, I just can’t contain tears of emotion pouring from my eyes.

    Actually, this is exactly what Minister Lavrov said about the establishment of communication channels, since it is about establishing communication channels to deal with emergency situations arising from persistent attempts by Hillary Clinton to start a nuclear war and blame Trump for it.

    P.S. Meanwhile, Theresa May has completely gone bonkers with envy of Hillary Clinton and said that if the British Parliament does not kneel before her, she will cancel the results of the People’s referendum on Brexit.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/britains-may-warns-could-no-brexit-mail-sunday-225423684–business.html

  81. tucsonspur July 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    Can you imagine if Hillary had won, the increasing amounts of this toxic trash, invading the nation? Stop the invasion. Stop it dead. At the border. Shoot to kill. Better them than us. And no more baby shit.

    yahoo.com/news/officer-sustains-life-threatening-injuries-shooting-152322435.html

    • janet July 15, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

      I agree with Emma Lazarus. There is no fine print on the Statue of Liberty. America must remain open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

      The New Colossus

      Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
      Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
      Glows worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command
      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
      “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
      With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

      • pequiste July 15, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

        That ancient sign needs to be updated with a new message:

        “NO VACANCY”

        Because nearly 50 MILLION Americans need food stamps.
        Because one in four Americans receives Medicaid benefits.
        Because there are elderly citizens living on $800 a month Social Security benefits alone.
        Because there are many hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans, unemployed, teenagers and the dispossessed of all ages from coast to coast.
        Because the budget deficit is well over a trillion dollars and the national debt is over 20 trillion dollars.

        How many Americans receive government housing assistance Janet?

        census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-97.html

        Bring them all to your house Janet – you house, feed, and clothe them – there is no more room at the Inn if you haven’t noticed. Like many Americans I do not want to pay for another one. Unkle Sugar can’t afford it either.

        I like the idea of a cordon sanitaire. A minefield is very effective as a deterrent. Those overstaying Visas can be fined – a great revenue enhancer considering the federal government has a budget deficit of (hate to repeat it) over a trillion bucks. Illegal aliens committing any other crime should be rewarded with a nice extended visit to the Aleutian Islands for some punitive work.

        Using the latest LED technology for the New NO VACANCY sign is eco-friendly and can be seen for miles (although classic red neon is the very definition of retro cool as in when America was really great).

        I call for a complete immigration moratorium for the United States of America for the minimum duration of 25 years. That amount is indicated as a result of the global immigration problem at critical mass around the world.

        • janet July 15, 2018 at 10:15 pm #

          pequiste, the United States is a nation of immigrants; the country is made up of immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Immigrants play a vital role in the country’s economy.

          No, it’s more than that. Immigrants are a boon to the country’s economy. They tend to be hard-working and ambitious, bringing the best talents and skills to America and helping the country remain competitive. We should increase the number of immigrants arriving and they will work to pay off the national debt.

        • sprawlcapital July 16, 2018 at 9:20 am #

          No vacancy.

          You’ve got it right, PQ. Sorry, Janet.

  82. KesaAnna July 16, 2018 at 12:54 am #

    @ Janet

    ” If lawyers are sharks, police are piranha, and royalty are leeches. ”

    ” If lawyers are sharks, police are piranha …. ”

    agreement then ? I likes it.

    ” …. and royalty are leeches. ”

    Certainly.

    I won’t disagree.

    under feudalism , everyone — including them — was someones vassal.
    The obligation thing worked upward , but also downward , and sideways too.

    but 500 years of republicanism and Bolshevism swept all of that away.

    Take war for example ;

    Equality apparently means that they don’t fight their own battles any more , like Richard III did.

    How quaint.

    Instead they carpet bomb 5 year olds and call it a moral crusade.

    Isn’t progress grand ?

    So , certainly I won’t disagree , when you knock the outcomes of your own programs.

  83. FincaInTheMountains July 16, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Flying Monkeys, Attack!!!

    Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!

    twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1018738368753078273

    In my opinion, he specifically provokes them to revolt.
    Is there a body double in Helsinki, and Trump himself is in Washington secretly sitting in an ambush?!

    (I hope Hillary is not reading the ClusterFuckNation in 7 in the morning and can’t be warned by this! Only if Janet will rat us out)

    🙂

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