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The polity is a social organism, of course, meaning that it adds up to more than the sum of its parts, a body of politics, if you will, just as each of us adds up to more than just our bodies. It’s alive as we are alive. We have needs. We have intentions in the service of those needs. Those intentions animate us and turn us in one direction or another to stay alive, and even more than that, to thrive.

The American polity is not thriving. It has been incrementally failing to meet its needs for quite a while now, playing games with itself to pretend that it is okay while its institutional organs and economic operations decay. It turns this way and that way ever more desperately, over-steering like a drunk on the highway. It is drunk on the untruths it tells itself in the service of playing games to avoid meeting its real needs. Narratives are not truths.

Here is a primary question we might ask ourselves: do we want to live in a healthy society? Do we want to thrive? If so, what are the narratives standing in the way of turning us in the direction?

Let’s start with health care, so called, since the failure to do anything about the current disastrous system is so fresh. What’s the narrative there? That “providers” (doctors and hospitals) can team up with banking operations called “insurance companies” to fairly allocate “services” to the broad population with a little help from the government. No, that’s actually not how it works. The three “players” actually engage in a massive racketeering matrix — that is, they extract enormous sums of money dishonestly from the public they pretend to serve and they do it twice: once by extortionary fees and again by taxes paid to subsidize mitigating the effects of the racketeering.

The public has its own narrative, which is that there is no connection between their medical problems and the way they live. The fact is that they eat too much poisonous food because it’s tasty and fun, and they do that because the habits-of-life that they have complicitly allowed to ev0lve in this country offers them paltry rewards otherwise. They dwell in ugly, punishing surroundings, spend too much time and waste too much money driving cars around it in isolation, and have gone along with every effort to dismantle the armatures of common social exchange that afford what might be called a human dimension of everyday living.

So, the medical racket ends up being nearly 20 percent of the economy, while the public gets fatter, sicker, and more anxiously depressed. And there is no sign that we want to disrupt the narratives.

A related narrative: the US economy is “recovering” — supposedly from a mysterious speed-bump that made it swerve off the road in 2008. No, that’s not it. The US economy has entered a permanent state of contraction because we can’t afford the fossil fuel energy it takes to continue expanding our techno-industrial activities (and there are no plausible adequate substitutes for the fossil fuels). We tried to cover up this state of affairs by borrowing money from the future, issuing bonds to “create money,” and now we’ve reached the end of that racket because it’s clear we can’t pay back the old bonded debt and have no prospect for “making good” on issuing new bonded debt. Recently, we have been issuing new debt mainly to pay back the old, and any twelve-year-old can see where that leads.

Reality wants us to manage the contraction of that failing economy, and because that is difficult and requires changing familiar, comfortable arrangements, we just pretend that we can keep expanding the old system. Of course, all the work-arounds and games only increase the fragility of the system and set us up for a kind of sudden failure that could literally destroy civilized society.

Another popular narrative of the moment — a dominant preoccupation among the “educated” elites these days — is that we can change human nature, especially human sexuality and all the social behaviors that derive from mammals existing in two sexes. This set of narratives is deeply entwined with fashion and status-seeking, with the greatest status currently being conferred upon those opting out from being either one sex or the other, along with the biological imperatives associated with one or the other. This has been identified by the essayist Hugo Salinas Price as an updated form of Gnosticism and is now the official reigning ideology of the college campuses. Some call it “cultural Marxism,” but it is really a form of religion. It offers colorful distraction from the more difficult adult tasks of managing contraction and rebuilding the political economy with its social armatures.

So, these conditions might prompt us to ask the more general question: how much longer do we, as a polity, want to pretend that narratives are the same as the truth? As I’ve averred previously, I think reality itself has to force the issue by delivering circumstances so compelling that it is no longer possible to keep telling yourself the same old stories. And that reckoning is not far off.


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  1. shotho July 31, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    One of Mr. K’s wisest and most thoughtful articles, free of timelines. I would only suggest that the “great reckoning” is already here and has been for some time. It’s only becoming apparent now and will continue to unfold more clearly in the coming years.

    • DA July 31, 2017 at 10:05 am #

      Agreed on both counts. The great reckoning has been unfolding right before our eyes for some time now and we’ve been too foolish to recognize it for what it is.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 10:15 am #

        If the great reckoning has been unfolding right before our eyes for some time and we’ve been too foolish to recognize it for what it is why would we change?

        I defy anyone to give a realistic answer to this question.

        • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:23 am #

          Anyone that has seen a mother or father age knows the answer to that one. WE WILL DIE BEFORE WE CHANGE!!!!!!

          • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

            Painful and true seawolf.

        • DA July 31, 2017 at 10:30 am #

          You’re right on that count. We won’t change. History has proven over and over again that societies in the midst of catastrophic collapse foolishly double down on the lunacy that got them there in the first place rather than come to grips with the painful change that might possibly save them, or at least minimize their collapse. But at this point, that ship has sailed as well. We’re committed to our current course of (in)action now, no matter what the consequences.

        • venuspluto67 July 31, 2017 at 10:38 am #

          Frantic, red-hot money-printing by the world’s big central banks have made it possible for very many people to ignore the unfolding reality. This “solution” is highly flawed because the imbalance such an excess creates will at some point be a whole new problem in and of itself, or some “Black Swan” event will throw the system into disarray. I think this will actually happen quite sooner than most folks here realize.

          • DA July 31, 2017 at 11:44 am #

            I suspect you’re right.

          • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

            Agreed. The fun will come when that digital wealth reaches its intrinsic value and the fights begin over who has to take the hit. Of course everyone will get hit, it’s a matter of who will get hit more. That is when things will start getting real interesting. That’s the main act. Until then, it’s all warm up bands and posturing.

          • ejhr August 1, 2017 at 6:24 am #

            It won’t be the money that causes the great contraction. The money is just numbers in accounts. Easy to wipe out, they have people fooled into giving them worth. We need money but only what runs the real economy. We could wipe out the financial economy in a day*. So a homeowner’s mortgage would cease to exist, effectively paid off. There would be no foreclosures.The banks won’t need the assets. As JFK writes, reality will see to the changes required.

            * the Government could buy all the debts, or it could force the banks to write them off their books. Easy done, look at the $29 Trillion the fed send out to remedy affairs during 2008-2010 crisis. Not a dollar of tax money was spent.

        • daytrip July 31, 2017 at 10:56 am #

          I would suggest cognitive dissonance for why we don’t change. Maybe that’s a start, maybe not. Can I change my answer? Google remedies for cognitive dissonance and there’s your answers. I can’t, gotta go to work in a sustainable food industry. Best of luck!

        • amb July 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

          Man is not capable of this type of significant change. He can’t predict consequences correctly; he is short-sighted and can’t project far enough into the future to predict the consequences of his actions or non-actions. This has been proven by the simple fact that all empires and civilizations on Earth have collapsed and faded into dust. The root of this is NOT political, economic or sociological. The root is the human spirit; the human mind. Until man knows himself, understands the basic structure and workings of the spirit and mind, we will continue to repeat our erroneous ways and continue to sabotage ourselves and forward progress. Forget politics, economics, sociology, the foolish and destructive religions of Earth, technology, etc. Until man looks inwards and sees and learns and begins operating off of the laws and axioms of the spirit and the mind… we are doomed to repeat history.

          • DA July 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

            True. All that and the failure to understand the implications of exponential growth.

      • Hands4u July 31, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        Sorry, but I find it difficult to resist- “I reckon the “reckoning” is already reeking havoc and has been on this wreck of society for some time”. Possibly a 4th Turning scenario that we use “fake news and fake truths” to rationalize some other possible future for ourselves and families, otherwise there doesn’t seem to be any hope.

    • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 10:21 am #

      “free of timelines.”

      “great reckoning” is already here and has been for some time. It’s only becoming apparent now and will continue

      Sooo, you might suggest that his earlier timelines were…accurate.

    • Precipitous Decline July 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

      The reckoning is indeed upon us. The real monkey hammering will happen in a few years when the fuel pumps run dry. The average person will freak, ask why the government isn’t helping them, and generally blame others for their situation. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. I thought we might be there already but demand destruction has helped to forestall the inevitable. More time to get gardens growing and cultivate plants and malleable minds is a welcome thing. I never thought I would think this way but given the current state of lack of accountability and moral decay in everything that this country once stood for, I will welcome this final decline into chaos. Jim can you talk about the Russian Sanctions debacle? It seems insane to me.

    • oilie July 31, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

      I disagree that the cause of our economic contraction is our inability to afford the fossil fuels that drive it. Think back to the mid 1950s – a relatively quiet time somewhat removed from the trials of two major wars and before the financialization of the economy. Adjusted for inflation, we are paying about the same price for fuels. A pox on the Fed for destroying the currency, but the attendant price increases are not the problem.

      • Calico July 31, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

        I agree with you. I also think talk about the government going bankrupt is silly, since at any time, they can print what ever is needed to repay debt. It is a shame that the central banks have managed to wedge themselves in so tightly with the treasury, but to say we can’t afford these parasites, seems a lack of imagination. I think we will hum along nicely until we can no longer rape and pillage the rest of the planet for the goods we need. I kind of think the deep state end game is global nuclear war with the US and Russia at the center. Sort of a planetary reset.

      • michael July 31, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

        I also agree. Proof: we live in a time of oversupply of everything.
        That’s also the reason why salesmanship and marketing is highly priced.

        Nobody makes a profit since there is too much of everything.
        If energy starvation were a problem output should also shrink leading to widespread shortages. Marketing will then no longer be a viable field.

  2. DurangoKid July 31, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    Maybe Trump was necessary to reveal the absurdities in our national narrative.

    • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 9:50 am #

      I hope you’re correct and that’s the lesson we get out of the Trump fiasco.

      However, I think it is much more likely that we will blame Trump for everything that goes wrong for the next decade and let the half-century (or more) of bad decisions and the squandering of our energy wealth off the hook by making him into the scapegoat.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 10:10 am #

        History books if there are people around to write them in the far future will observe that Trump came along and slammed shut the window of opportunity shut so meaningful change did not happen.

        History books can and do observe the truth but they do it long after the fact and when it no longer matters. For the next decade I’ll agree with you that he will become a scapegoat.

        • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 11:18 am #

          Do you think that window of opportunity was still open as of January 2017?

          • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:27 am #

            No it was closed, I’m busted, you got me. Yet in these discussions truth really is the window still always has a tiny crack showing at the bottom so it in not yet completely closed. It can yet be slammed down still harder so there is still a fight to fight from that perspective as there always is.

            Sadly that crack does not matter. For that crack to matter as I get to work today and perhaps pass a mile of oil trains, people would have to be pulling over and looking at them and shouting as a crowd. ‘what the fuck is up with this’. They would also have to be stopping at the I-90 homeless camp I shall also pass with food and work.

            It is not going to happen.

          • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 11:39 am #

            K-Dog, thanks for the book recommendation (David Williams, When the English Fall). I took a peek on Amazon and it looks like it will draw me in quickly.

            Your writing, relative to what surrounds it in these comments and even relative to what JHK writes above, is compelling. Are you a writer by trade or by hobby, or perhaps you just read enough good stuff that it rubs off on you?

          • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

            Let me guess: You are against Coal too. You would rather freeze so the planet can be saved. You are part of the problem. You don’t think you are, but then again, people never do.

          • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

            Janos, whether it is oil or coal or nuclear or hydro or wind or solar it doesn’t matter. In order to keep world GDP growing at some minimum percentage year over year you need to increase our energy consumption by roughly the same amount in percentage terms, maybe more because I think we’re hitting diminishing returns from the GDP growth effect as a result of even smartly-utilized energy consumption.

            No matter the source of the energy, the fact is that in order to grow the per-capita GDP you need to grow the per-capita energy consumption, and this requires us to dedicate a greater and greater share of the population and a greater and greater share of the available energy resources (no matter what they are) to the project of extracting, refining, and distributing energy products for the purposes of that consumption.

            Leaving topics like climate change to the side, for the moment, this is wholly unsustainable no matter how much oil/coal/uranium/whatever is underground, waiting to be extracted by cleverly-engineered methods. Something has got to give.

            And it’s giving. It’s been giving for at least a decade now but the financial books have been cooked to mask the fact that we are already in a collapse. It may not feel like it, and I’m guessing it may not be obvious for another 100 years or so when people look back in the rearview mirror that in fact 2017 was more than a decade into the back end of the curve heading down.

          • GreenAlba July 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

            “Let me guess: You are against Coal too. You would rather freeze so the planet can be saved. You are part of the problem. You don’t think you are, but then again, people never do.”

            Janos, do you actually think what you’re saying before you write? ‘The planet’ will be just fine after the human race has made itself extinct, whether by climate change, resource wars or just the playground willy-waving of the idiot twins Trump and Kim Jong Un. ‘The planet’ will be here until the sun destroys it before it burns itself out. That’s a while away.

            When people say ‘save the planet’, what they mean is ‘save the benign atmospheric and other conditions (real soil and adequate water supplies are also pretty difficult to manage without, even bees…) that have kept the human race surviving and thriving, in many places, for so many millennia.

            I don’t like freezing – nor do I like being roasted in abnormally not weather. And yet my country uses far less energy than your country per capita. The balance is swinging towards more energy being required for air conditioning than for heating – and yet the net effect of burning more fuel for air conditioning is to make the climate hotter, requiring ever more air conditioning. If coal is the answer, you’re asking all the wrong questions.

          • GreenAlba July 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            *hot* weather…

          • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

            Bruce, I am not a professional writer and thanks for the compliment. I have been commenting on this blog almost as long as homeland security has been and that has given me some of the skill I have. Once JHK emailed me with a suggestion on how I could improve and I took it to heart. Reading and writing improves the craft and I have been doing both.

          • DA August 1, 2017 at 8:19 am #

            Kibble for the K-Dog! Now about that barking all night…

          • benr August 3, 2017 at 11:18 am #

            Bruce energy consumptions is mostly up due to human population growth. if you actually look at technology the power consumption foot print has actually begun to shrink in relation to what we used to use with far less devices.
            Think LED lighting, LCD/led T.V.’s verses CRT or projection style t.v.’s new tech simply uses less power advances in house creating tech has also helped.

  3. karlosbasak July 31, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Jim and friends,

    Carless Karlos here – Perhaps I’m just virtue signaling, but I think I may be rising above signaling (walking the walk) with this length of NJ walk against pointless/destructive motoring and fracking pipelines in the suburban epi-center of the world—New Jersey.

    Believe it or not, even here there are some sane and conscious people who want to survive and see future generations do the same, and so they are living/farming sustainably and supporting a local-scale economy that can do the same. My next several stops will be at such places as I head southwards towards Cape May. More information on the event at jerseykarlos.com

    Love the Friday blog addition, you had too much to say huh Jim?

    – Jersey Karlos

    • sprawlcapital July 31, 2017 at 10:17 am #

      in the suburban epi-center of the world—New Jersey.
      ===========================================
      I’m sure that the suburbia of NJ is epic in its scope, but the fact remains that the sprawl capital of the world is the area around Des Moines, Iowa, my home town. That’s because every time an acre of open land gets paved over in central Iowa–that’s where DSM is–an acre of the best, rain-watered, incredibly rich, farmland on earth is lost forever.

      The number of square miles of suburban development in central Iowa may be exceeded by suburbs in other states, but the value of the Iowa land resource that is being destroyed by that “development” is not exceeded anywhere.

  4. jim e July 31, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    “And that reckoning is not far off.+

    youtube.com/watch?v=rYgy5gOy2ho&list=PLJNbijG2M7OzlkhyuvThgm90ZpFiHbZUu

    • daytrip July 31, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Nice! I thought of that, too! Great acoustic album, I’d like to learn them all. Ahh, acoustic guitar, something to do when the lights go out.

  5. seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    Bottom line is people elected a dick. They elected a dick because they thought a good strong dick could come in and kick ass. They elected a dick because when they were kids they were numerous big dicks in positions of power, and things were better then. Now that they have a dick in the White House, they can count on the president doing the “dick” thing to do whenever confronted with a problem. “What would a dick do?” That’s the only question that need ever be answered. “What would a dick do?”

    • Walter B July 31, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Electing a dick is what America has been doing since they murdered JFK my friend. Dick Johnson, Dick Nixon, Dick Carter, Dick, Dick, Dick, through Dick Obama. Heck the only other choice was murdering Dick Hillary wasn’t it? The American political system, ever since it was taken over by the murderers who profit from the manufacturer and sale of guns, bombs, tanks, missiles and so forth, morphed from a government of the people into the new Nazi machine. Corruption, moral deviancy, excess and murder for profit have become the American government’s way of operating just as Herr Hitler adopted after the Reich’s Chancellery fire. And when cornered and desperate as his evil empire died, Uncle Adolph enforced a policy of scorched Earth retreat which is exactly what the sellouts in DC are now implementing as they turn and feed on their own, US the American public. There will be no last minute reprieve, there will be no pulling up from the dive into the dirt, there will be knight in shining armor to save the American dream turned American nightmare. Profiteering through fraud, resource squandering and raping of those who do they work and create the value cannot result in anything but destruction. Just wait, you shall see the chronically greedy do not become magically ungreedy and it cannot take much longer before it is apparent even to the debunkers.

      • Eldorado July 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

        Pretty much right, but it goes back beyond that, to at least 1944. That’s when FDR dumped his incumbent VP Henry Wallace from the ticket in favor of the dick Harry Truman. Wallace would have become President in 1945, and we might have had a chance at a better world.

        • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

          So true. The Military Industrial Complex first big move. Get rid of the president that oversaw the creation of the atomic bomb and replace him with a twit who knows nothing about it.

    • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      ““What would a dick do?””

      WWDD?

      • Walter B July 31, 2017 at 10:35 am #

        Exactly, that is a good way to look at it for what options does a dick even have anyway? They either piss on you, screw you or just dangle there growing ranker with each passing moment. A perfect analogy for the American, if not the World politicians and other assorted parasites.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

      At least he may have some love, however confused, for the Nation of his birth. One cannot say the same for the Democrats. And Hillary is just the Devil herself. What does your support for her say about you?

      • Walter B July 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        Anyone and everyone who supports or who supported the Clinton Murder Cartel had damned well better hope that there is NO God or NO karma or NO what goes around comes around. I cannot believe that humanity has actually decayed to the point that murder is somehow now acceptable when done for profit.

        • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

          Why, television has been priming people to accept murder as normal for fifty years. Murder is part of the television narrative. That it would be accepted as normal was only a matter of time.

          We should actually take pride that we had to watch thousands of murders before we began to accept it as normal and that it took so many years before we did. Even then we might have remained in harmony with our creation but virtual reality came along to permanently blur the line between the fake and the real.

      • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

        “And Hillary is just the Devil herself. What does your support for her say about you?”
        That I’m a Satanist?

  6. DrTomSchmidt July 31, 2017 at 9:48 am #

    This set of narratives is deeply entwined with fashion and status-seeking, with the greatest status currently being conferred upon those opting out from being either one sex or the other, along with the biological imperatives associated with one or the other. This has been identified by the essayist Hugo Salinas Price as an updated form of Gnosticism and is now the official reigning ideology of the college campuses.

    It’s not Gnosticism. It’s a revival of the cult of Cybele, which required ecstatic young men to castrate themselves as the final act of becoming priests. Someone oughta look up what that cult actually thought and taught and compare it to modern trans-fascination.

    • DrTomSchmidt July 31, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      From Wikipedia, on the Priests of Cybele: “Attis” may have been a name or title of Cybele’s priests or priest-kings in ancient Phrygia.[104] Most myths of the deified Attis present him as founder of Cybele’s Galli priesthood but in Servius’ account, written during the Roman Imperial era, Attis castrates a king to escape his unwanted sexual attentions, and is castrated in turn by the dying king. Cybele’s priests find Attis at the base of a pine tree; he dies and they bury him, emasculate themselves in his memory, and celebrate him in their rites to the goddess. This account might attempt to explain the nature, origin and structure of Pessinus’ theocracy.[105] A Hellenistic poet refers to Cybele’s priests in the feminine, as Gallai.[106] The Roman poet Catullus refers to Attis in the masculine until his emasculation, and in the feminine thereafter.[107] Various Roman sources refer to the Galli as a middle or third gender (medium genus or tertium sexus).[108] The Galli’s voluntary emasculation in service of the goddess was thought to give them powers of prophecy.[109]”

      So there you have it. We need prophets to,guide us through the end of the era of cheap energy, and we think
      Cybelian priests can lead us in that regard. Of course, by removing themselves from the breeding population in the rich West they also do something to address resource depletion.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      And Abortion is a revival of the Cult of Moloch. These two cults are the end result of the glorification of women – a glorification they obviously don’t deserve. Add in the Cult of Hecate or nastiness for the sake of nastiness. It is their divine duty to hate men you see. And the men who cater to such creatures emasculate themselves, metaphorically and increasingly, literally.

      • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

        Catholicism is a revival of The Cult of Moloch.

        • pequiste July 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

          Do not forget that other “holy family” Osiris, Isis and Horus.

          • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

            Brama, Vishnu, Shiva.

        • sophia July 31, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

          Can you please elaborate?

          • seawolf77 August 1, 2017 at 7:44 am #

            Moloch demanded child sacrifice. He is famous for the huge metal bull with out stretched hands where you placed the baby and it rolled into the fire. That is what’s called a holocaust. The Jews hijacked the word. The Catholic faith is God the Father sending his only son to be sacrificed for mankind’s sins. They’re both child sacrifice, with different time scales, one an adult with free will and the other a newborn baby.

          • SpeedyBB August 3, 2017 at 2:27 am #

            The Hindu Trinity, in brief:

            Brahma = the Creator. The one who generates worlds.

            Vishnu = the Sustainer. Through his power life and energy continue to flow.

            Shiva = the Destroyer, annihilating creation – BUT – he is also termed ‘the Transformer’, and it occurred to me that with all those Indian nationals working in Silicon Valley this notion may well have been the origin of the concept of ‘creative destruction’.

            The Shaivites are an interesting bunch.

      • GreenAlba July 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

        Oh dear, Janos. It’s all becoming clear. Nothing wrong with you that the love of a good woman won’t fix 🙂 You need to let go…

        Seriously, it never fails to amaze people outside the US how the same people who go on about abortion as if it were the worst thing ever (I’m not a fan per se, but I don’t think it’s up to me to oblige anyone to bring a child into the world that they can’t take care of), rant endlessly about being ‘pro-life’, but they’re actually so ‘pro-life’ they don’t mind millions of people in a so-called civilised country going without proper healthcare and they very often don’t mind at all if drones sent from that civilised country drop bombs on people doing nothing more sinister than attending a family wedding. Pro-life means nothing if it doesn’t include all lives (that includes black, white, brown, male and female). If your pro-lifery doesn’t include all of those you’re racist, misogynist or both.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

          Quite so if that were the case. But as I’m an American National Socialist, it isn’t. I’m for universal health care for my people. People of other nations and races can fix their own problems (or not!) since they’re so great (according to you people).

          I’d be against abortion in most cases for everyone, but again, other people have to find their own way. We will ban it except for serious deformity or disability in the fetus or serious risk to the mother.

          People like you are all about turning green Alba brown. Enemies of the British race. And the enemy within is always the most deadly

          • sophia August 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

            But Janos, in general, most of the people who are against abortion are quite in favor of our wars of invasion an bombing of civilians. It causes me to have a very cynical attitude toward their supposedly pro life stance.

          • seawolf77 August 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

            Exactly. Not to mention they’re also railing against the cruelty of dog fighting while they stuffing their pie holes with hamburgers and chicken wings and pulled pork.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

            Sophia: That may or not be true, but even if it is, is that an argument in favor of abortion? I think not.

            Clinton and her brood (of which Seawolf is a member) believe in both abortion and mass bombing of civilian populations.

          • seawolf77 August 2, 2017 at 8:19 am #

            It’s an argument for consistency.

  7. Henry July 31, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    I can’t stand our form of society today. I think about the title of the book called “The Sociopathic Society” and I think that is a correct thesis; We can hardly be called a society; it’s more of a big incoherent dog eat dog system we live in. Civil society in America, people caring for one another and talking to one another, has practically broken down.

    I can’t stand that my world being confined to Home, Road, Work, Home, grocery store, Road, Work, Home. I can’t stand the isolation, I can’t stand that most people have nothing important to say to one another, I can’t stand ugly buildings and their fluorescent lighting, I can’t stand the pragmatic immoral indifference of the adult population to $70000 a year for college tuition, Health care extortion, corporate tyranny, abusive and comically incompetent schools (all of them), Endless wars killing millions to drive value into lockheed martin stock making the world a less safe place to live in, ect. ect. ect. (in other words: Anything that fucking matters is off limits!)

    And when I try to talk to middle class adults and wealthy ones and professors about this they give me the look “Hey, don’t talk about this stuff; everything is great be optimistic. You are a weirdo for even bringing this up. If you think the world is such a bad place then maybe you should work harder at school”.

    Well, I’m in my early twenties and let me tell you older folk that I’m not looking forward to joining this “system” and I’d rather have this thing destabilize/blowup then live in this for the rest of my life.

    For past three generations, the compensation for living in this horror system was great material wealth, but what if that is taken away? What if you destroy culture, civil relation, security, friendships and leave nothing in its place?

    Get ready folk! The next economic crash is when the shit is really gonna hit the fan! Most people are hanging on by their finger tips; another crash will kick those finger tip off completely. Just hope my mostly mindless college mates don’t ruin any of the possible changes that have to take place with “social justice”, “peoples movements”, and by being “Revolutionaries” with a capitol R!

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      When I was a kid, there was hardly anyone I knew who’s father went to college. Yet we all had houses and lives and cars and camp. Today, not even college is a sure ticket. Many BA’s and BS’s are waiting tables and wrenching cars and have $100,000 student loans outstanding.

      • Walter B July 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

        Promoting college attendance was never about preparation of the young for inclusion into society but was and remains about huge incomes for those who profit from the “higher” education system. If it was supposed to be functional, it would have followed the example set by the European system that includes functional training for electricians, plumbers, masons, and all sorts of other skilled individuals that always add value to any society in which they are working.

        • ozone July 31, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

          Walter,
          Your proper, paid-for cynicism* is well-founded in reality, rather than some think-tank “narrative”. I always find that very refreshing. So, thanks.

          *We would rather not pay the price to be handed the sobriquet of ‘cynic’, but the very act of living forces one to cough up that hard-bitten tax eventually. …That would be the price of observing Reality, rather than hoping and searching to find the spoor of a unicorn.

      • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

        Indeed. From 1977-2017–40 years, who among the young doesnt go to college, if they are White or Yellow??
        Yet QOL has collapsed, for many.

    • beantownbill. July 31, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Henry, you remind me of me when I was your age. I saw how twisted society was, even then. I can’t make your frustration go away, but what I can do for you is tell you how I dealt with things then, and got to live a rewarding life. You may think times are different now than in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, but let me assure you, only the outward appearance of things is not the same. IOW, it’s a matter of style, not substance. Do you really believe our unhealthy society just spontaneously sprang up 10 years ago?

      I grew up in a rather unhappy family with some extreme events, so I moved out of state to attend a college in Ohio. I knew I could never return to live in my childhood house. I majored in science, but unfortunately was not in a position to work in my chosen field because it wasn’t possible for me to attend graduate school, and my field required a Ph.D. So I was stuck: no place in which to go and no job to go there.

      Sorry to leave you in the lurch, Henry, but I am pretty busy now, and my story could get rather long, so I will post some further comments to you later; it’s not fair to take up too much bandwidth.

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Henry,

      I feel your pain. What you are saying resonates with many of us. Many of us have felt what you do now.

      My advice, buy into the system long enough so you can get out of it. Prey it does not all blow before you accomplish that goal and never forget what you are doing is only collecting resources so you can get out and live a decent life.

      • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

        Henry,
        I have only one word of advice…”plastics”….

    • Walter B July 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      That’s interesting Henry, you say that “most people are hanging on by their fingertips”, because those are the exact words that one of our State Senators spoke to me last year during a conversation he and I were having. He went on to say, “Walt, they are hoping that things are going to get better, but they are not going to. They are going to get worse, much worse and you and I are going to have a lot of hard days dealing with it.” And we are, though the majority of the regular people are in total denial or even ignorance of the facts. It is better that they are for it is not easy to deal with the problems when the train is running down the track right at you and you see it coming.

  8. K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    “How much longer do we, as a polity, want to pretend that narratives are the same as the truth? “

    The answer is forever. As collapse quickens narratives will become ever more crazy strange and divorced from reality. The unpopular truth will become more unpopular because the window to deal with the truth has closed and that fact makes the ugly truth even more reprehensible.

    Again this week I see the just world fallacy playing out. The truth that there is no cosmic force that make masses of deluded people suddenly smart is hard to accept because accepting the terrible truth of their perennial ignorance means we are about to go the way of the Dodo bird. The universe does not care if we live or die and regardless of all the Disney cartoon fantasies of renewable energies which may be dancing in you head nothing is being done or will be done to establish a sustainable future. Most of America does not even know what sustainable means. That fact will not be changing.

    Reality will not force the issue and present circumstances ‘so compelling’ enlightenment must happen. Rather the opposite will happen. People always believe what they want to believe and they will simply be more passionate about their delusions. The deceptive voice of media authority plays a pied-piper tune and they won’t be changing that tune before we are dead. That would be like an oil tanker stopping on a dime and ownership would have to change before it could happen and it won’t.

    How will we die. Some of us will wind up hanging from trees like JHK described in ‘The Witch of Hebron” or the new most excellent collapse novel does “When the Engilish Fall” which I read Saturday. Most will simply starve.

    Even with a media atmosphere committed to truth which we don’t have the horse of American polity would have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the well of truth and then that horse would not drink.

    If you like JHK’s ‘World Made by Hand’ series you will like When the Engilish Fall.

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      There are a group of men that have to die before anything changes. They’re all getting up there now. I’d say the group I’m talking about are all white, 68 years old or older, and if you asked them a set of 10 questions on policy, their answers would be verbatim. They like hard asses. Many of them still smoke cigarettes. They view progressive conversations like science fiction. You might as well suggest a banking system based on sea shells. They have the vast majority of the assets in this country.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        As long as the clueless maintain power the rest of us can get as smart as we want and it simply won’t matter. The clueless own the media and their fake truths are repeated to believability and your real truths are not.

        Hating on the over 68 all white crowd is pointless. Their place will be taken by another group with no more enlightenment than they.
        I see plenty of young people smoking cigarettes and they all started after the negative health effects about cigarettes became known. That should tell you that generations do not improve in time.

        As civilization travels down the arc of collapse generations become more decadent and unfocused until like ’roundup’ sprayed on a field of weeds reality kills everything.

        • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:59 am #

          I’m not hating on anyone, I’m stating a fact. The older people get, the more conservative they get. That’s a fact. Now with people living into their 100’s, they can get way more conservative now that they have the years to do it.

          • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:32 am #

            That fact has also scared me. I do not feel I am getting more conservative but the hard facts of reality are harder to ignore with passing years. Sometimes youth will call conservative those things they don’t like. I know I did.

            Those who made it to 100 in days past were often on the unique side and not the fuddy duddies we fear.

    • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 10:33 am #

      ” Most will simply starve”

      Probably, but it could be argued that they will die of cholera, mayhem or suicide before they could starve.

    • messianicdruid July 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      “The truth that there is no cosmic force that make masses of deluded people suddenly smart is hard to accept because accepting the terrible truth of their perennial ignorance means we are about to go the way of the Dodo bird.”

      “Repent [ change mind ] or perish” is not new, but it is mostly ignored. We are warned about pride, lust and greed. Cause and effect.

      theorganicprepper.ca/forbes-says-self-reliant-homesteaders-delusional-mooching-off-civil-society-073…

  9. venuspluto67 July 31, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    And that reckoning is not far off.

    I will dare field a prediction: There’s going to be a major socio-political-economic quake of some kind during the second half of August or the first half of September. I will be very surprised if I am 100% wrong about that.

    For some insight into our messed-up food system, I recommend the documentary-movie King Corn, which shines a light of inquiry on our destructive system of industrial agriculture and the maize-corn mono-cropping which is the heart and soul of it.

    And since you opened the transgender can of worms, I agree that the whole “76 genders” thing is a big socio-cultural clusterfuck. But people with the condition that is diagnosed as “gender dysphoria” are one-half of one percent of the population at most, and I really don’t think it hurts or demeans us as a society to show these people some compassion and understanding. However one chooses to define “compassion and understanding”, I really don’t think that socially pressuring them into living as their assigned-at-birth gender is the answer.

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      I recall seeing a church or something in ‘King Corn’ that was on land five feet above the land around the church. Being there for a hundred years or so the church land had not been farmed and thus had not eroded away. The rest of Iowa has lost five feet.

      I agree, everybody here should see ‘King Corn’!

      • messianicdruid July 31, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

        I heard it was 6 feet.

        Is it all erosion? Does the crop take anything out of the ground that might need replacing?

        • Farmer McGregor July 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

          It does indeed: there are mineral constituents taken up from the soil and transported away. A great deal of it ends up in the mountains of manure at the feed lots (CAFOs) where it is considered a hazardous waste byproduct.

          Incidentally, it is the continual ‘mining’ of minerals –without replacing them — from our agricultural soils that renders most grocery store food less nutritious. One of the significant advantages to buying organic produce is that the farmers are required to build soil fertility using natural methods like making compost and adding mineral amendments; chemical fertilizer is strictly forbidden. Organicly grown produce has been repeatedly proven to have higher trace mineral content, and thus higher nutrient levels.

          • messianicdruid July 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

            Thank You for that clarification.

      • venuspluto67 July 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

        The thing I remember most from KC is the funeral-dirge-like choral singing as the documentarians are harvesting their one-acre corn-crop. It really reinforced the message “Is this really a good idea?”

        • venuspluto67 July 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

          Sorry, I’m really using the word “really” too much today! 😀

    • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      ““gender dysphoria” ”

      Modern day equivalent of “Restless Leg Syndrome”…. Give it a name, build a false consensus around the issue…cash in.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:35 am #

        Yes, soon we will be marketed a pill which will make everyone who takes it want to suck dick. Male and female alike. The disclaimer will warn of possible heart trouble of course. Perhaps men walking with young boys eating huge candy bars in a park alongside a lake will be shown.

      • GreenAlba July 31, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

        “Modern day equivalent of “Restless Leg Syndrome”…. Give it a name, build a false consensus around the issue…cash in.”

        My husband occasionally suffers from restless leg syndrome (I know – I sleep beside him when it plays up). He also suffers from Type 2 diabetes and psoriasis. They’re all real. He has no patience with unscientific nonsense. He’s a doctor of 40 years’ experience.

        Nobody makes any money out of his restless leg syndrome (but this is the UK, not the US!). I wasn’t even aware that people sought treatment for it (he certainly doesn’t). Some people do suffer from real things that you may not understand. Some of them just get on with it, live their lives and get on with their work.

        • Harmony of Pen and Sword August 1, 2017 at 1:17 am #

          GreenAlba – I like this comment. Because we all have different subjective experiences, there is no definitive way to know what pain is like for someone else. I can understand how “gender dysphoria” doesn’t make sense to someone who hasn’t dealt with it (whether it is in one’s head or not, it still is an issue that affects the person).

          I’ve used “gender dysphoria” to describe ways that I’ve felt and I do use the term “trans” to describe myself. However, I agree with many of the sentiments on this blog that the new terms and ideas that have come up are causing trouble. Something I try to talk to people about is how it is incumbent upon anyone asserting such an uncommon identity to fit it into the society rather than the other way around. People outside of such an experience might not understand or care, and trans people need to be strong and accept that. When someone says the wrong pronoun or anything like that, I let it go and don’t cause trouble. Because it is not worth it. That person is temporary in my life and I have others who recognize me for how I want to be.

          I share the same concerns of many people on these boards. I wish I could get the other gay and trans people around me to understand the dangers we’re facing and to see the distractions all around. The co-opting of the culture for money is evident all around. I went to a pride celebration in June and there was corporate sponsors everywhere. Such companies want to encourage these identities because they can associate it with whatever they are selling. Just gotta be smart and realize not everyone is going to accept, understand, or like you!

          thanks

          • sophia August 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

            I wish more trans folk were level headed like you. I don’t think it is reasonable to expect people that you don’t know well to conform to a gender pronoun that isn’t real on a physical level. I see gender dysphoria, to be perhaps simplistic about it, as a mismatch between an inner subjective reality and the outer physical one. In my mind, the physical trumps the subjective-emotional,at least when interacting with society.

          • Sandero August 2, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

            I din’t care how someone identifies their gender… But there are things which confuse me. What IS the relationship between gender and chromosomes… or genitals? Does having male genitals make one feel male? or how does one with them not feel male?

            But more importantly…. how the eff does anyone know what a gender feels like…. as in I was born in the wrong body? I am male and haven’t a clue what it feels like to be / think / feel as a female does. Or what do clothes, or make up,… or hair have to do with this? How does one want to be treated
            “genderwise”? What’s the difference?

            I never understood the deal with xdressers either… There are plenty of married ones and I think most are “hetero” ir make CDs are attracted sexually to females… but need to dress as one.

            This gender bender types are so confusing to me and understandably to many others…

          • Elrond Hubbard August 3, 2017 at 11:29 am #

            Sandero: “What IS the relationship between gender and chromosomes… or genitals?”

            That’s complex, to say the least, and I’m no developmental biologist. But you might try watching/listening to Robert Sapolsky’s intro lectures (they’re available on YouTube) or read his book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Basically, brains and genitals are two different parts of the body, and it’s possible for them to go their separate ways and not be in sync with each other.

            Sandero: “Does having male genitals make one feel male?”

            What you feel like seems to be a matter of the brain, not the genitals. There was a tragic case of a boy whose penis was destroyed in infancy due to a botched circumcision, and a specialist recommended he be raised as a girl instead. He received sex reassignment surgery before he was two years old and was never told what had happened, but around age nine he began to insist he was a boy, not a girl. Ultimately he committed suicide in adulthood.

            The David Reimer case demonstrates vividly that trying to surgically reassign sex for someone who hasn’t chosen that reassignment with clear and mature judgement is reckless at best, ruinous at worst. But David Reimer wasn’t transsexual; he was just very unlucky in infancy, and then subjected to ill-advised procedures that made things far worse for him. People who actually are transsexual can benefit from sex reassignment surgery; their bodies feel less foreign to them.

            Sandero: “But more importantly…. how the eff does anyone know what a gender feels like….”

            Beats me. I gather it’s a matter of your own body feeling foreign to you. But gender identity runs so deep that coming to grips with these issues must be slow and difficult for anyone.

        • elysianfield August 1, 2017 at 10:45 am #

          Alba,
          Of course “restless leg”, nervous twitch, itchy ass, and other manifestations of the human condition exist…. In the US, however, an Industry can be developed around the mundane, and eventually monetized….and maybe even hit the lottery (become defined as a disability).

          ” He has no patience with unscientific nonsense. He’s a doctor of 40 years’ experience.

          Nobody makes any money out of his restless leg syndrome (but this is the UK, not the US!). I wasn’t even aware that people sought treatment for it (he certainly doesn’t).”

          My point, exactly….

    • Harmony of Pen and Sword August 1, 2017 at 12:56 am #

      venuspluto67- glad to read your thoughtful comment. I’ve been reading this blog for a while and created an account to reply here. I think JHK has some interesting ideas on the trans issue.

      Seeing some of the other comments on this blog, I’m somewhat reluctant to say I think of myself and would be described by others as a transwoman. I agree with Venus that there aren’t tons of genders outside of male and female. Sometimes I do wonder how much of my being trans is due to outside messages. However, I consider myself to be a pretty smart and self-aware person. All I know is that I was in a very dark place living as male and was 100% on a path towards self-destruction. Maybe some people would say I’d be better off that way, but I’d like to think that’s where the compassion and understanding come into to play.

      There are plenty of insecurities that come with doing what I need to in order to feel like/pass as a woman. Sometimes I think it is sad, but other times I feel completely alive and empowered. It is very hard to explain and not many people go through it, which makes me think that it is a real thing.

      I worry deeply about a SHTF situation because of my trans status. Prepping is part of my life and I try to encourage my gay and trans lefty friends to get prepared, too. Of course, I take daily medication. Being without it wouldn’t kill me, but I feel like I would lose what makes me as much of a woman as I can possibly be. In that sort of world, there wouldn’t be much room to dedicate to asserting your identity.

      I in no way regret my choices, but I do try to see reality for what it is. The truth is, I am not the same as a biological (“real” if we’re being harsh) woman. Saying something like that would get my “LGBT” card taken away in some of my circles, but I know it is the truth. I hope I’ve given you all some idea of my point of view.

      I plan on continuing to read this blog. I loved World Made by Hand –
      it got me started on thinking about the fragility of the world and what I could do to get prepared.

      thanks

      • Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 9:35 am #

        Harmony of Pen and Sword: It’s good of you to brave the trolls — there isn’t a lot of sympathy for trans people on this board, or maybe I should say there’s highly negative sympathy from certain quarters.

        If I were in your position, which I’m not, I wouldn’t worry about biology any more than I could help. The brain, and therefore the mind, is every bit as biological as one’s visible sexual characteristics and frankly, sometime biology fails us. The real question is whether the people or the society around you treat you as less than a person, or pass laws to dictate your behavior, because non-conformity makes them uncomfortable. Unfortunately, as things get worse people’s horizons contract and they become less tolerant of the unfamiliar or challenging. Best wishes.

        • Harmony of Pen and Sword August 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

          Elrond – glad to be here as long as I am welcome.

          Your point on biology is well-founded. That’s why I think extreme measures such as SRS surgery should be considered only with a great deal of care and attention to the consequences. For me, it is not something I will ever do. Again, I recognize that I am not the same as a “biological” woman, so for me to undergo such an intensive procedure for uncertain results simply is not worth it. With taking hormones, doctors can at least monitor what is going on and take steps to correct any problems if need be. I understand the perspective that some have of even that intervention as being “against nature,” but I know it has helped me a great deal and hasn’t affected my health.

          I am lucky to be married to someone who accepts my identity and appreciates my body for what it is at this point. Maybe other trans people feel pressure to do more, but that is where I think outside influences come into play. There is almost a competitive aspect among trans people regarding medical interventions and I think it is so harmful. People have to decide for themselves as any step one takes will have a profound influence on the rest of their lives. I thought long and hard about my choices and I am committed to them for the long haul. Sadly, many trans people jump into things too quickly because of group pressure and external messages.\\

          Just my perspective – probably in the minority with in the trans community.

          thanks

        • SpeedyBB August 3, 2017 at 11:13 am #

          Just last week one of the worthies who contributes relentlessly to the Comments section used the word ‘faggots’ as a pejorative.

          I marveled.

          It will apparently take the ‘final solution’ of human biology for attitudes to change; I remember well the chorus of ‘You’re an old fascist and you’re going to die before we do’ from Vietnam war protestors (among whom I counted myself – eventually escaping Federal charges, as a political exile).

          Alas many of the 25-year-olds of that era have morphed into the stubborn and backward-looking citizens who still call folks ‘faggots’, in a pretend-intellectual exchange.

      • sophia August 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

        Outside the scope of this blog I would like to have good long talk with someone like you. I’m curious about what makes you tick and you are not hysterical and unreachable by logic, as many are.

        • Harmony of Pen and Sword August 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

          Sophia – thank you, I would certainly be happy to have a conversation with you on the trans topic. If you feel comfortable providing a link or other method of contact we can see if it is possible.

          We all have to live in the real world, and the fact is asserting a trans identity is an uphill battle. I like who I am, but I am not about to pretend that the world needs to bend to the will of one person or even a very small group. That said, I do think trans people have a right to exist and to be treated respectfully. Again, it is very difficult for me to discuss this with other LGBT people as they do tend to be extreme and unable to bridge the gap with others outside the immediate bubble.

          thanks

          • sophia August 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

            Let me ask you a couple of questions. If they are too personal, let me know. To whom are you married, i.e., to whom are you attracted, male or female?

            What is the history of your feelings?

    • John Howard August 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

      Pressuring transgenders to live as their actual sex is not the answer to what?

  10. Georges1202 July 31, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Celebrating my 1-year anniversary getting away from the US and its toxicity. Over here in Switzerland it is amazing just what effect a healthy society can have on its citizens. There is not that constant backdrop of anxiety – the people here know that if the worst happens there is a safety-net (a real one) that will not let them fall through the cracks. I haven’t heard even a single medical horror story. The idea of someone going bankrupt because they needed an appendectomy is unheard of. Medicine is seen as a way to keep people well, not a huge money-extraction gizmo.

    Things work and they work well. Yes, it is hideously expensive here, but as in many of the more progressive countries now, it is ok – you actually get something back for your money. It just feels right.

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      Americans think they live in paradise, think they are the best in everything, think they have the greatest system in the world. Then they travel and find out they’re not hot shit on a silver platter, but rather cold buggars on a paper plate.

      • 100th Avatar July 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

        Beggars? There you go again with your anal sex fixation. Creep.

        • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

          That’s bugger, not buggar, you booger brain. Keep eatin em boogers, they’re obviously makin you smertar.

          • 100th Avatar July 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

            You’d know, creep

        • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

          Inter tribal conflict, 101.

    • 100th Avatar July 31, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

      Switzerland is living off the largesse of the US and its neighbors. Always has. Also the sinister corporations that fund your quality of life:
      Nestle
      Novartis
      Glencore
      Roche
      Cargill

      • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

        Thanks. And Narco $?

      • onehunglo July 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

        ah, 100th, you very wise one indeed!!!

        Roche perfect example “family” run Swiss business….

        with purchase of Genentech, Roche enjoy generous grants from National Institute of Health, depleting U.S. manufacturing, and selling over $1 billion in Tamiflu to government only to have product expire and destroyed.

        ….and most of all, legendary career lobbyist Evan Morris enjoy pay 3.1 million cash for luxury house before being busted for fraud…
        huffingtonpost.com/entry/evan-morris-lobbyist-suicide_us_55f3833be4b077ca094f44d0

        then he do what any self respect career lobbyist do when busted….buy friends rounds of drinks at luxury golf club, walk out to fire pit, and shoot himself in head….

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

  11. elpuma2003 July 31, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    You keep pushing the narrative that oil is limited. That is a myth. The official account of declining hydrocarbon discoveries a perpetuated lie. Peak oil is a fallacy.

    In fact, it is one of the biggest myths of this, or any other, century. Oil is abiotic. It is abundant.

    The oil industry is a racket akin to, say, the diamond industry…. controlled extraction, controlled refinement, controlled distribution, controlled pricing, controlled dissemination of information. It is nothing more than another (tax) burden by which the state controls individual wealth/expansion/contraction/growth/sovereignty etc.

    The oil industry is THE mother of all rackets.

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 10:56 am #

      While I agree oil is a racket, what proof do you offer that oil is abiotic? What improved was the geophysics, the ability to see into the ground and determine if oil was there. No more dry holes. Someone said it best not too long ago. Fracking is in itself proof we’re near the end. The Iraq War is proof we’re near the end. What proof do you have oil is abiotic?

      • Hands4u July 31, 2017 at 11:18 am #

        I would hypothesize that it may be abiotic but in terms of millions of years since energy of the sun is constantly “cooking” the earth.

      • elpuma2003 July 31, 2017 at 11:50 am #

        in the same amount of time that you took to respond to my comment, you could easily research the abiotic oil theory…. which I urge you to do for yourself, rather than have me summarize my findings. While you’re doing this, ask yourself why you so easily believe in the “official” narrative of peak oil. It’s not that different from the same group that subscribes to the “global warming” hypothesis.

        The factors contributing to the collapse of middle America, etc., as JHK so eloquently describes each week have more to do with profound economic factors relating to the distribution, and redistribution, of capital.

        I do however agree that our health-care system is a racket. There is no doubt about that. As JHK accurately observes, we live in ” a matrix of rackets” in this great country…. a phenomenon unobserved in any history, anwhere, at anytime.

        • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 11:53 am #

          What a gyp. You got nada and you come here and make that claim.

        • GreenAlba July 31, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

          “It’s not that different from the same group that subscribes to the “global warming” hypothesis”

          Ah, you mean the 97% of scientists and 100% of scientific academies that are somehow less well informed than your good self.

          LOL 🙂 Why is the US so full of anti-science dingbats and conspiracy theorists? Your education system has a lot to answer for.

          Why don’t you publish your findings in a peer-reviewed journal? I’d read that willingly.

      • benr August 3, 2017 at 11:46 am #

        Seawolf a city in California called Santa Clarita had oil pumps that went “dry” meaning it cost more to get the oil out of the ground then the returns from selling it in the mid 70’s. Flash forward to 2012 and oil started seeping into the local streams again meaning somehow the oil had replenished and was again percolating up.
        I would like to add that a massive earthquake hit the area in 1994 and as far back as 1971.

        The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm reported they believed they had proven that fossils from animals and plants are not necessary for crude oil and natural gas to be generated.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenic_petroleum_origin

        Interesting to read and think about.

    • chipshot July 31, 2017 at 11:15 am #

      Oil may be abundant, but affordable, inexpensive oil is anything but abundant.

      The poles, deep oceans, and even Mars could be full of oil, but we’ll
      never be able to afford getting it.

    • Farmer McGregor July 31, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      “Oil is abiotic. It is abundant. ” –elpuma2003

      Seriously? Is that why all of the old abandoned oil fields are still pumping (Not!) — because the oil regenerates?

      Believing such hogwash is delusional, but certainly more comfortable than accepting hard truth…

      • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

        Even if oil regenerates, the pace of that regeneration could be slow enough to not be able to keep up with how fast we can pull the easiest-to-extract stuff out of the ground.

        People need to let go of this idea that the amount of oil underground is all that relevant to peak oil production and peak energy-per-capita consumption per day.

      • benr August 3, 2017 at 11:49 am #

        I have seen it for myself and described it in a post above.
        With some insight it could also be a pocket released from a fairly large earthquake in 1994.
        Just remember a one time Humans just knew the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth.

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      “The oil industry is THE mother of all rackets.”

      And they are obviously paying you.

    • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

      How much abundance of oil that may or may not be underground is less important than how fast we can pull it out and refine it into usable petroleum products.

      The oil underground may even be infinite, but we are still limited in how much we can pull out and refine on a daily basis by how large a portion of our population we choose to dedicate to the tasks of oil extraction, refinement, and distribution, as well as how much energy we devote to these same processes.

      • messianicdruid July 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

        We should not be burning oil at all, unless there is no other energy option. Peak Oxygen!

        • Bruce E July 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

          The energy options that don’t burn chemicals and liberate CO2 by consuming oxygen (nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, geothermal) all require a minimum amount of burning (primarily oil) to set up before they start producing energy.

          It’s not **what** we burn (at the end of the day all non-oil energy production technologies are predicated upon burning oil), it’s **how much** we burn, and more-importantly the **annual growth rate** of that burn.

          We are already starting to hit the limits of per-capita energy consumption growth, which means the end of per-capita GDP growth and productivity, and we’ll be on the down-slope long before we run out of oil or oxygen…

    • sophia July 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

      Even if you’re right about that, it does not follow that it is abundant, or that we can’t mine it faster than it can be replaced. The Ogallala aquifer is also replaceable. Come back in 10,000 years. Or think of deforestation. Yes, trees are renewable too.

    • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

      Please support your post about oil being limitless.

  12. Dumbedup July 31, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    We are post-capitalism and don’t want to admit it. It was bound to happen. Short of some form of cheap or unlimited energy supply we have reached the end of the techno-industrial age except that we can make things smaller. We have been working on alternative energy for more than 70 years and have nothing to show for it. There has been no significant change in our understanding of the universe and physics since the 1930s – save quantum theory which has advanced very little in terms of real world application. I doubt we will survive long enough to see any such development – if any such development is even possible.

    Despite the fact that few people have actually read the books or know very little about Ayn Rand, we subscribe to the notion (lie), propagated by her philosophy that profit is the greatest virtue. So long as we cling to that idea we will pretend and extend until we cannot; we will engage in the mass delusion that we can make the world better by persuading a gullible public into believing that our snake oil is better than the other; that we simply cannot be happy if we do not have that new iPhone.

    The false narrative that has been expanded and foisted on us is no better explained than in the phrase, “the virtue of selfishness.” That somehow, by behaving according to our nature instead of rising above that nature, we will be more prosperous and virtuous. The narrative goes further and claims that Government regulation is unnecessary because markets are rational. We are urged to ignore the fact that capitalism has victims, and that the trade-off for free markets is that it’s practitioners must mitigate the damage. The issue we face now, especially in healthcare, is not whether government serves as the arbiter or regulator, but whom government serves. It is clear to any thinking person In whose favor those rules are made and applied. I am continually surprised, even though I know better, how blindly the American people follow that particular pied piper into the sea.

    • daytrip July 31, 2017 at 11:27 am #

      I agree that it “ain’t all about money”, but there’s competition between countries, rivals who need to be bested, technologically, etc., etc.. How do you remedy that, world government? Good luck with that! It’s a catch .22. But yeah, I’m in the camp of voluntary simplicity, Buddhist economics (Schumacher?) but that’s something that is easier to do when you’re in a community of like-minded folks who aren’t rubbing your nose in the fact that they just got back from a European vacation, etc. Turn off the tv, there’s a start. Apathy is a killer (had to say that).

    • michael July 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

      Yes we are post capitalism in the sense that free markets have been abandoned, competition between firms limited and the Darwinian selection of the fittest companies abrogated.

      Firms that should go bankrupt are kept alive for the sake of preserving
      jobs. Firms that do go bankrupt are allowed to simply disburden themselves of their debt and to continue debt free (and thus with a significant competitive advantage) instead of being sold off in pieces
      to the competitors.

      Capitalism does work and survival of the fittest in a free market with sufficient competition ensures that the best and most efficient processes prevail.

      Capitalism also entails that the corporations work for the benefit of their owners (share holders) mostly by means of dividends. This process also has been completely perverted. During the runup to the year 2000 climax the emphasis has shfted on stock price appreciation (with full consent of the shareholders).

      The most efficient way to induce immediate stock price appreciation is by means of cooking the books in some form or other (stock option expense accounting, non GAAP results etc.). If company management did not do this effectively they were criticized for lack of “communication skills” by the share holders. Note that you cannot pay dividends by means of accounting chicanery.

      In passing management found out that they could anything they pleased as long as the stock price goes up. Absurd golden parachute clauses in employment contracts, outrageous salaries, vast stock grants, repricing of stock options to low points in the stock price and other looting of company finances all had no relevance given an appreciating stock price. This of course is a testament to a galactic sized stupidity on the part of individual shareholders.

      Another problem is that the individual shareholder no longer amounts to much, institutional shareholders (e.g. mutual funds) predominate and those face conflicts of interest. Example: a mutual fund manager works for an investment bank which has bamboozled a not too bright CEO into a corporate takeover (e.g.: Hewlett Packard takever of Compaq Computer). The investment bank(s) structuring the deal stand to make hundreds of millions in fees. Clearly the stock analysts of the bank will sing the praise of this takeover and this mutual fund manager (as well as most others to grease this system) will vote for the deal even though they know that it is disastrous.

      The mutual fund manager can then rebalance the fund in accordance with his true assessment of the merits of the deal.

      What we end up with is a situation riddled with conflicts of interest and beset with a looter class of upper management in symbiosis with investment banks which no longer works for the interests of the shareholders. I have a hard time calling such a system capitalism.

      • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

        So Capitalism works. When and where?

  13. BackRowHeckler July 31, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    You know Jim, it seems there might be enough nominal stored up wealth here in the USA to keep this place going on lies and bullshit for a long time, maybe forever. As far as bad food goes, I’m your number one culprit. In an hour or so I’m headed to this hotdog stand that just opened in town, 3 steamed Chili dogs — with chopped onions and brown mustard — for $9. I know these dogs will kill me but they’re so good and tasty I can’t resist. Like a frequent poster here, Buckstud, pointed out a few months ago, you have to die from something, and overindulgence in All American hotdogs ain’t a bad way to go, IMO.

    brh

    • DA July 31, 2017 at 11:48 am #

      Well they sound good anyway. Mondo breakfast burritos are the local delicacy of death in these parts. I have to ration the things, or I’d eat them until I blew up. Fortunately, they’re not cheap at 6 bucks a whack.

      • volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

        You can make most junkfood yourself at home a ton cheaper than what you pay in a restaurant. As you say 6 bucks is too much. When you tally up the time you piss away going to and from, you’re not saving a lot of time either.

        I’m not a food Nazi. I love burgers and all the bad stuff. I started cooking burgers at home in an iron pan. Easy as anything and tasted better than the sludge you get at fast food joints. Bought burrito kits at the grocery. Much cheaper than going out. Tally it up after a year. You won’t be rich but you’ll have stash and maybe after five years you’ll have a nice pile.

        Same deal with coffee. Starbucks etc a ripoff. Way too much money. Cheap to make at home/get a thermos.

        • DA July 31, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

          I make my own stuff mostly, but the local’s really have a way with the breakfast burritos. I’ll bet they’re easily 1,500 calories apiece.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

      They provide the fuel that keeps you a true believer in Truth, Justice, and the American Way – as if those three were connected.
      If you ate yogurt, you would start to have different thoughts, perhaps ones closer to reality.

      • volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

        Yogurt makes me fart.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

          Classic! The yogurt is attempting to purify your clogged system. You misinterpret the yogurt as the problem instead of seeing its action as the beginning of the solution. It’s like people who complain that stopping the killing of baby seals will put people out of work.

          • DA July 31, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

            Janos is a foody?!? Say it isn’t so! I never would have guessed! LOL! So tell the truth, is it just because it’s (yogurt) white? 😉

          • capt spaulding July 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

            Janos can intellectualize anything and make it seem logical. You know, like facism and jism have something in common.

      • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

        “If you ate yogurt, you would start to have different thoughts”

        Yeah, suicide among them…there is no joy in yogurt…reported health benefits aside.

        • ozone July 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

          e.,
          Now, that’s funny — I don’t care who you are. (Larry the Cable Guy? I think?) 😉

          I never understood the attraction either. But maybe, if you’ve got little else of high nutrition to eat, fermented protein from milk might be damn satisfying and fulfill a craving, including the calcium and boatloads of minerals absorbed by the plants that the ruminants turn into a rich food. Consider, Mongolians love their fermented horse milk (gak!) and they seem pretty healthy and resilient in their nomadic, grazing lifestyle. A rough ‘n’ tough existence, but self-sufficient to be sure.

          So far, I guess we’ve got a lot of alternative choices, so the plain ol’ uk!gurt gets a pass from me. Things (and tastes) may change with various availabilities, as is usual.

          • SpeedyBB August 3, 2017 at 11:31 am #

            Just a thought…

            It isn’t that eating crap like mystery meat, all dollied up with chemical wonderment, will eventually kill you. It’s that on a day-to-day basis it will make you feel bad, uneasy, heavy, as your gastrointestinal system attempts to work with it. Think of it as a perpetual hangover.

            Eat better = feel better.

            Pretty simple, I’d say. Cheaper too. Particularly when all that nastiness ruminating inside you starts to demand high-priced medical attention.

            Sorry for the sermon.

            No I’m not.

    • volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      I got 3 packs of hotdogs at 2 bucks a pack. Can’t remember the brand. I eat them usually two or three at a time, ketchup-mustard-relish, with hash browns. And beer. Mmmmmm… have to die sometime.

      • DA July 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

        Mustard, mayo, and onions (cooked or not) for me please! Kraut optional as well.

        • volodya July 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

          Kraut is good. Sriracha sauce is good on burgers.

          Janos a foody? It ain’t so. The yogurt stuff is somehow connected to the racism thing. Maybe because it’s white? Dunno.

          • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

            Ignatius used to sell hot dogs. 12 inches of pure pleasure.

          • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

            Kraut is ez to make at home.

          • elysianfield July 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

            12 inches of pure pleasure.”

            Wolfie,
            Something rarely heard on a long cruise….

          • Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 11:20 am #

            volodya: “The yogurt stuff is somehow connected to the racism thing.”

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_foundations_theory

            Cognitive scientists have identified five elements of people’s moral thinking: care vs. harm; fairness vs. cheating: loyalty/betrayal; authority/subversion; and purity vs. disgust. The political left and right can be characterized largely by how much emphasis they place on each.

            Whatever his other opinions, my guess is Janos is maxed out on the latter three. In his mind, both yogurt and his idea of the white race are associated with purity. Which is interesting when you consider that yogurt is cow extract that has been half-digested by bacteria, but whatever.

      • S M Tenneshaw July 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

        “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” ? W.C. Fields

        • DA July 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

          Had to give it up. Started looking and acting too much like the old curmudgeon Fields. Feel MUCH better too!

          • S M Tenneshaw July 31, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

            Moderation works for me – one beer a day. It must be healthy – all the Comcast health tips say so. 😉

          • DA July 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

            That was my trouble. Couldn’t drink just one.

        • SpeedyBB August 3, 2017 at 11:32 am #

          And you see how that poor slob ended up.

    • Dumbedup August 2, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      So long as you drop dead from a heart attack. More likely you will develop diabetes, congestive heart failure or cancer in which case you will drain several hundred thousand dollars from your health insurance pool, medicare or medicaid so that a doctor can smugly think to himself how great he is for having prolonged your life for a few weeks or months …

      I plan to drop dead on the golf course. I’ve told my buddies that if I collapse and am unresponsive they can take their time.

      … hit the ball, drag , hit the ball, drag ….

    • Harmony of Pen and Sword August 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

      Chili Dogs sound really good. I live near a cheesesteak place and the temptation is always there. Like you, I like to let go and enjoy the indulgence from time to time.

    • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      The 1% will hang on for a long time. Maybe a decade or two for the rest. See everyone in hell.

  14. BackRowHeckler July 31, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    What happened to Q?

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:46 am #

      His enlistment must have been up.

    • volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      If I remember right his name is Ken Fisher/Fischer and lives in Jersey. Hate to look at the obits. Maybe he just got bored.

      • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

        Did he have a blog or some webpage?

    • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      He has gone to the realm of the lute and the lyre. Don’t worry: you don’t have to go there. Your heaven will be an eternal baseball game, complete with Franks and cheap beer.

      • volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

        Maybe we’re ALL in Elysium and we’re already dead.

      • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

        Ignatius O’Reilly enjoyed playing the lute. He found it soothed his valve, while simultaneously annoying his infirmed mother. He would hear the stove door open, the long pause, the clanking of the Ripple’s glass bottle hitting the metal grate after she had drank, and smiled to himself. He enjoyed tormenting her. He felt strongly it contributed to keeping her mind fit. It was his very duty to torment her. He proudly accepted the responsibility. He noticed the tiny yellowish brown stain on his sheet and shrugged. He belched loudly and rolled back over on his back, the lute balanced precariously on his immense belly. He strummed a chord and sang a ditty about an Irish miscreant.
        “SHUTUP” His neighbor screamed and threw an old shoe at his mother’s house.
        Enraged, Ignatius slid the lute off his belly and ponderously rolled over to his feet and opened his bedroom window.
        “How dare you tell me to shut up! You should be lashed to within an inch of your life!”

      • San Jose July 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

        Janos,

        Do you know for a fact that Q passed away?

        Jen in San Jose

        • malthuss July 31, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

          Lots of obituaries, in that name, in NJ. One on a noted bankster.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 31, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

          No.

      • BackRowHeckler July 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

        There’s really no such thing as ‘cheap beer’, Vlad, with one exception. Remember back in the day ‘Peils Big Mouths’ which cost about $1.50 for a case of 24? Then again that was when $1.50 really meant something! In order to choke it down you had to get it super cold, just above freezing. Now there is such a thing as warm beer, which is to be shunned even if you’re dying of thirst.

        brh

        • benr August 3, 2017 at 11:57 am #

          Guinness ain’t to shabby warm.

    • onehunglo July 31, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

      onehunglo report Q tip move on to that great big ear canal in sky….

      Q provide many here with belly laugh, albeit devoid of logic, reason, and insight….

      may legendary Q be forever immortalized in the electron imprint of clusterfuck blogosphere, where nothing is real….

      that ok.

      let not you heart be troubled.

      may God be with you.

      -onehunglo

  15. volodya July 31, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Talking about expired narratives, Michael Moore is going on about how Americans are liberal on the issues. Who gives a shit.

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Michael Moore would make a good Ignatius O’Reilly.

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

      Michael did figure out Trump was going to win before the election. He may not always be right but he is no idiot.

      • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

        Mike is cool. No one ever batted 1000

  16. robert magill July 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    All of the above is totally spot on if focused exclusively on us…USA , us. The energy has leaked out of what was always a dicey operating system based on the kind of crass Yankee materialism and cupidity that helped bring on our Civil War. (note: Slavery was well down the list.)
    The energy has not gone from the planet, however, it has just flowed Eastward. All the Russia baiting is not only phony; it’s stupid. While we huff and puff wasting what little reserves we have, China is thriving. Making friends faster than they abandon us and actually doing good by them. Unheard of ! What kind of way is that to build an Empire? Or just maybe…

    • SpeedyBB August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am #

      No it’s true. I spent April and part of May in Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, and was repeatedly amazed at the buoyancy of the people and the get-go attitudes. Clean, prosperous, hard-working society, boring as could be but wow.

      Grandchildren of the Little Red Guard idiots with their idiotic Little Red Books – driving Buicks, shopping at opulent supermarkets (thirty kinds of honey!), sporting the latest duds (bad taste but so what).

      That was an eye-opener, particularly when compared with the sullen, gloomy, fearful, envious and nihilistic atmosphere in most western cities these days.

      China really is thriving. When the crash comes – who knows. But at the moment it’s got the world in its teeth.

      • benr August 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

        Except that their children are more spoiled entitled and stuck to their screens than even American kids.
        China has huge problems their kids are very rude, cheat at school, are very lazy, and have zero common sense or ability to think outside the box.
        I have hosted 20 or thirty of them over the years and they have actually caused my over all view of China to really worsen.

  17. mow July 31, 2017 at 1:54 pm #

    We keep you alive to serve this ship .

    So row well and live.

    • ozone July 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

      mow,
      Good one!
      (BTW, is that a Ben Hur movie quote? If it ain’t, it shoulda been…)

      • routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

        Mow, nailed it. Yes, Ben Hur.

  18. michael July 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Our leaders have no interest in truth or reality which in any case are of little utility for their purposes (the single one to remain in power). Their only concern is if the the narrative is accepted.

    If reality conflicts with the narrative and the divergence becomes obvious a new narrative is advanced and this process is repeated as often as needed.

    This works because the public does not care and the means of propaganda have reached a considerable degree of perfection.

    The only time the concept of truth enters into the mind of the current leadership is if that truth is its own criminal behaviour which needs to be concealed.

  19. tucsonspur July 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    The grease ball put himself behind the eight ball.

    THE MOOCH IS OUT!

  20. pequiste July 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    The dysfunctional “American” narratives we have today: gender fluidity, sports hero culture, overseas contingency operations, bringing “them” Democracy, among many others, are courtesy of 50 years of the indoctrination by New Left ideology at colleges and universities; the seeming unipolar control of mass media – T.V., cinema and print; and the laziness of the American people.

    Too late have we noticed that the vast majority, lumpenproles, elite and the lost are loving their enslavement to handouts, I.T. systems, and debt.

    But the real world, yet contrived, narrative of “The Mooch” is in its own right beautiful. He must have told new White House Chief of Staff Kelly – “va fangool!” AYE.

  21. John Howard July 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    Trump is changing the transgender narrative. He knows it is not only a distraction but is going to bankrupt health care if we don’t stop it.

    Next step is the big one: banning male pregnancy and female impregnation and voiding all same sex marriages.

    Qshtick probably finally saw the writing on the wall. Maybe someone else will step up to tell me why we should say that boys might be able to be pregnant someday?

    • ozone July 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      Moe Howard,
      That would be in the category of “narrative”, plain and simple. What is the purpose of this particular narrative (although I regret asking, even as I do). Uck, the rank stupidity of these ‘issues’ appalls me as the distractive bullshit that it always turns out to be.

      • John Howard August 2, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

        What is the question? Did you read my comment before replying?

  22. 100th Avatar July 31, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    “They dwell in ugly, punishing surroundings, spend too much time and waste too much money driving cars around it in isolation, and have gone along with every effort to dismantle the armatures of common social exchange that afford what might be called a human dimension of everyday living.”

    Ialdobaoth’s prison has many dimensions. Humanity and its “societies” and societal constructs create mental prisons within the material prison.

    Changing humanity, forcibly evolving humanity is a short cut, a short cut that leads to the same material prison-plane nonetheless.

    Ascetics thrive within no matter whenever.

  23. lbs July 31, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    One quibble: I do not believe we are in a state of economic contraction due to scarcity of fossil fuels. I believe where we are in human history is still in the heart of the fossil fuel era, a period of astounding advances in science, living standards, and the arts, enabled by the availability of a cheap, abundant source of energy. (Which unfortunately is nonrenewable). Where Kunstler says we are now is a place I agree we are likely to be down the road, perhaps 20 years from now, perhaps 100. I think what’s happening is that as a futurist, Kunstler would like his predictions to be validated, and so he sees them coming to fruition even before they actually have. Patience, folks.

    • John Howard July 31, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

      Yeah, he seems to want transgenderism to get worse and worse until it kills us, rather than call for a ban on male pregnancy that would stop the stupid distraction.

    • seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      I’m not sure the numbers back that contention up. I for one take umbrage with what you’re saying. Just about every country in the world is past their peak. After fracking, America regained her past peak of 10 million barrels a day, her peak in 1970. Now we know after fracking that’s it. America is tapped out. We don’t know how long it will take, but most say 10 years. That means it will not be a nice smooth downhill ride like it was in 1970. It will be 10 million barrels back down to 5 million barrels a day by 2022.
      eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=pet&s=mcrfpus1&f=m

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

        That did not stop the approval of a massive pipeline threatening Native American land. A pipeline so big it could carry all the oil America uses in a day at once. Too bad protest could not have been maintained long enough to keep it from being built because once depletion had set in the real reason the pipeline was being built could not have been kept hidden as it has been.

        Or am I the only one that has figured out that DAPL is actually a leg of the Keystone. It is really simple math so I’m sure someone else has figured it out.

  24. badberries July 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Here’s a personal tid-bit regarding the racket known as health care insurance. A few weeks ago the lovely and talented Ms. Badberries had a case of “the vapors”, she was under stress at work and suddenly felt lightheaded and had to sit on the floor at work.

    Her co-workers called 911 and an ambulance was dispatched. Now keep in mind, my wife is a nurse…she was taking training in the greater hospital campus area…anyway, they trundled her off to the ER whereat she was diagnosed with “Vapors”..actually some medical phrase which escapes me.

    Time goes by and yesterday she received the bill for her 1/4 mile ambulance ride…..$1200.00….. are you shitting me!? WTF!!?

    • John Howard July 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Don’t pay it.

    • Anon1970 July 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm #

      My insurance company was billed $1500 in late 2008 for my ambulance ride. My co-pay was $50. Now, the same trip would come with a co-pay of $250. Most of the cost probably covered the cost of the “Saturday night specials” who don’t pay anything at all.

  25. FincaInTheMountains July 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Letter from New York: Trump and Occupy Wall Street

    I did not go yesterday to the demonstration, because I ran into Trump’s supporters by accident, on the way to the church, where I am not every week because of the Sunday news. But after the service, I returned to the Tompkins Park to find out the news and found out that the demonstration happened, but not too many participants, because the demonstration was organized spontaneously, or rather based on the network methods of Infowars, the site of the long-standing supporter of Trump Alex Jones.

    He actually called on Trump supporters on Friday to protest against former CIA director John Brennan, who last Tuesday called for the overthrow of Trump, to put it mildly not by constitutional methods, if the US president dismissed the special prosecutor Robert Mueller by 100 percent constitutional methods.

    This conflict of methods is beneficial to Trump, and the transfer of events into an unconstitutional plane, inevitable due to Clinton’s large number of paid provocateurs, at this stage is not good for him.

    Therefore, outbursts of spontaneous indignation Trump extinguishes with all his might, and Clinton, on the contrary, stimulates with the help of the paid provocateurs, and in this case I think, too, something similar happened.

    But when I escaped to church, I saw from the corner of my eye an insane Ukrainian (Tompkins is on the border of the Ukrainian district), who himself approached these pretty formidable peasants and began to shout to them that your Trump would soon be imprisoned for espionage in favor of Russia .

    What happened next is pretty remarkable and I will definitely describe it later, but it took about ten minutes and I was late to the show. But I do not regret, because during this episode it turned out that the backbone of those who support Trump are those who came to New York during the Occupy Wall Street movement and stayed. But they remained connected with the assets of this movement, which returned to their corresponding states, and in my opinion this is the most subjective factor and avant-garde, which lacks a collective agitator and organizer.

    And this what Steve Bannon in my opinion means when he says that he is a Leninist, especially if you consider that a significant part of the victims of the subprime mortgage crisis were soldiers and especially officers who left the army when everyone started doing things there through their ass.

  26. seawolf77 July 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Narratives are not truths, but they are stories, and the most important factor in determining if you like the story is do you like the narrator? In the story of life, the narrator is a king or president or mayor. I don’t think we like Trump the narrator.

  27. FincaInTheMountains July 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    The Byzantium combination

    Yeltsin – for so many years pretended to be an alcoholic and a fool, and then boom – and Putin is a successor.

    Yeltsin playing Clinton like a fiddle:

    youtube.com/watch?v=YhZwnaSjSm8

    Yeltsin threatens Clinton with nuclear war from China:

    youtube.com/watch?v=DKNJQG7Pcgc

    (US President Bill) Clinton allowed himself to pressure Russia.
    He must have, for a minute, a second, a half-minute, forgotten what Russia is. That Russia is equipped with a full arsenal of nuclear weapons. He forgot about this. And so he decided to flex his muscles, as we say.

    And I want to say, through you (the media): Clinton, don’t forget what world you live in. You didn’t, and you won’t dictate to the whole world how to live, how to labour, how to work, how to relax and so forth. No, once again no. This multipolar world is based on the things we discussed with Jiang Zemin, President of the Chinese People’s Republic – we will dictate to the world how to live, and not only him.

    Don’t judge your presidents too harshly!

    • FincaInTheMountains July 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      Dear Americans, let’s face it: your notorious foreign policy establishment has totally fucked up: while having all cards in Russia stacked up in their favor, they managed to completely overlook the restoration of Russian military might and its nuclear forces which happened right under their noses!

      Madam Clinton may be a brilliant thief and mafia boss, but she is totally incompetent as a Nation’s leader.

      And now they’re doing all possible to cover their mistakes and prevent President Trump from correcting them!

      • messianicdruid July 31, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

        “Even without considering the stellar historical record of Washington not only meddling but bombing and regime-changing vast swathes of the planet — from Iraq and Libya to the current threats against Iran, Venezuela and North Korea — the Russia-gate hysteria about meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is a non-story, by now thoroughly debunked.

        The heart of the matter is, once again, energy wars.”

        Nuclear @ energy wars.

        sgt.report/sgtreport-the-corporate-propaganda-antidote-silver-gold-truth-liberty-freedom/2017/7/31/i…

      • fineline July 31, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

        A “narrative” if I ever heard one.

        “Narratives are not truths.” JH KUNSTLER

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

      Yelsen did some pretty serious pretending. According to Putin he was very good at taking responsibility despite being a grape.

  28. FincaInTheMountains July 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    Nuclear @ energy wars == messianicdruid

    On the surface – yes. Deep down, it is definitely a war of religious, I would even say fanatical, character.

  29. onehunglo July 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

    ah, jhk, you very wise indeed!!!

    however, onehunglo remiss if not point out you predicted “day of reckoning” have been many many year and still no reckoning!!!

    why you always refer to “we”????

    nation made of individuals, who reside in community, who reside in state, who reside in nation, who reside on planet, who reside in universe….

    there is no “we”…..

    many individuals continue to prosper and build out local means of nice existence….

    why you not illustrate them???

    that ok.

    let not you heart be troubled.

    may God be with you.

    -onehunglo

  30. ozone July 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    “Reality wants us to manage the contraction of that failing economy, and because that is difficult and requires changing familiar, comfortable arrangements, we just pretend that we can keep expanding the old system. Of course, all the work-arounds and games only increase the fragility of the system and set us up for a kind of sudden failure that could literally destroy civilized society.” — JHK

    As has been contended by many (most?) of the comments attendant to this trenchant post of the Kunstlerian bibliography, things/events are coming to a saturation/over-balance point in a big hurry.

    In this context, I refer to an article that outlines the *historic* over-reaches and culminates in a SUDDEN collapse, that TPTB never see coming (because they’ve *without fail* doubled down on the expert “solutions” that didn’t solve a thing, but only extended the time period of the rot and made things progressively worse). Appropriately, the title is “The Race Against Time”. It’s important to understand the concept of a sudden collapse, and K-dog’s advice to “use” the system as it exists to build up a stock of resiliency, *while we may*, is the call of pragmatism (as repellent as that word is to die-easy idealists).

    A bit:
    “For many years, I’ve said that we’ll know that the unravelling will be very near when the creators of the abuse begin to realise that the hegemony is nearing its end and is due for a reversal.

    Recently, two events have occurred that suggest that this part of the process has begun.

    First, the EU has launched public consultation to get the pulse of the people of Europe on their War on Cash programme (which they term, “de-cashing”).

    The findings, even though the questions were phrased to make it difficult to oppose the concept, indicate that more than 99% of respondents see no benefit in de-cashing. Further, 87% regard the use of cash as an essential personal freedom.

    Although the people of Europe have tolerated one hit after another from Brussels, de-cashing may well prove to be their Waterloo.

    As this was occurring, across the pond in the US, the military performed a study to learn how much further they can push the world with their present level of aggression and have determined that “the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II,” and has been dramatically expanded in recent decades, “is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing.”

    It’s often assumed that empires tend to expand until a point at which they subside, but this is not the case. Very much like a market bubble, they tend to reach a dramatic peak just before they collapse. Almost invariably, those who are the last to understand that the end is near are those who are at the very apex of power. Therefore, rather than back off their programme of hegemony, they expand it right until economic collapse destroys it. Like heroin addiction, greater amounts of the drug are injected, right until the fatal overdose takes its toll.”
    — Jeff Thomas via The International Man

    Now I think the windup of “buy my blab-sheet on how to stash your shit all over the globe” is essentially, ludicrous. However, the historical view (or, how-it-always-goes-in-the-sphere-of-human-realities) is an informative warning.

    What to do? Well, isn’t that always determined by two things? Local resources (including remoteness or adjacency) and pure luck? (Some things can be mitigated by some forethought, but one can’t think of all the coming events, dictated by obvious realities, nor Black Swans.)
    So………. Good Luck, and as the author says, keep your powder dry until it crumbles *for real*.

    • janet July 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

      “keep your powder dry until [the economy] crumbles *for real*. –ozone

      When the economy crumbles, dry powder will be useless. Powder cannot be eaten. Powder will not save you.

      The narrative that says keep your powder dry, so you can save yourself by killing other human beings… that is a narrative that is not true.

      Might makes right is another untrue narrative. It is time to get real about our narratives and not promote dry powder narratives that give a false sense of trust.

      Trust is not gained by threatening others with death. If you are perceived as a threat, you will not be trusted. And trust is what you will need if you want to survive. Keep your communities vibrant. No dry powder needed.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

        You have powder on the brain and are off on a weird irritating tangent. To get you on the right track you need to repeat.

        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.
        Keep your pinto beans dry.

        ten times.

      • ozone July 31, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

        Something it is that doesn’t understand basic idioms.

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:28 pm #

      And complicating things is living with other people who do not see the need for remoteness, garden land, and small community connections.

      My advice is exactly what I am doing now. I’m earning and saving and if the creek don’t rise I can reposition myself in time. For now though I must be close to the city. Remember Ozone, a few years I was behind the curve just trying to get by. Now I’m doing well and have the luxury of being able to plan ahead. For me right now the plan says maintain my ‘worldly’ success, earn and get that powder to keep dry. Land costs money. Then plan the bugout.

      • ozone July 31, 2017 at 11:56 pm #

        I remember, and understand (and internalize) the balances required.

    • ozone August 1, 2017 at 12:01 am #

      Sorry. Article link:

      zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-31/race-against-time

    • BackRowHeckler August 1, 2017 at 12:09 am #

      I think you’re pretty well situated up where you’re at, Oz. (Q no longer being with us, I’ll ended that sentence with a proposition)

      Close enough to ‘civilization’, at the same time tactically remote and hidden away in that forgotten corner of Mass. Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires are some of the best places on Earth.

      I don’t know how much thought and planning went into your move up there P, but you chose your location well.

      brh

      • ozone August 1, 2017 at 9:50 am #

        BRH,
        Pure luck and wanting to get the hell out of a rapidly-building BOOM that came along with a rapidly-increasing tax bill. A 6% increase every year, over 6 years; they tried to make it palatable for those that use the plastic card for everything and don’t like the “math stuff”. Sorry, I can calculate 6X6; 36% in 6 years?? Nononono… time to get TF OUT!

        If you factor in the real estate crazy prices of 2003-2004 it was a good time to sell before reality set in and things blew up just a bit later. Luck combined with an eye on the things that “couldn’t go on forever”.

        • DA August 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

          The exponential function strikes again! A 6% increase applied year over year (1.06 ^ 6) for 6 years is actually a 41.9% increase.

          • ozone August 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

            Dayum, DA,
            Right you is! (Forgot to factor that; “Yez gots yer 6% increase *this* year, and next year, it’s 6% of that *total*.” Doh! Mmmm, doooooghnuts.)

          • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:46 am #

            That’s just gright.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

        Like Lovecraft’s frail antiquarian, I found myself making journeys around New England. Again and again I had the same experience: even in minor cities, the works of architecture and engineering were like those created by a race of Gods. All the more so compared to the currents swarthy denizens that now infest what was the home of the Creators. Lowell, Providence, Laurence, Worcester and of course Ozone’s own Springfield. I had an hour to kill between trains and I walked around downtown Springfield. The glory that confronted me was beyond belief. But there few strollers – even in the day time, the downtown was almost all peopled by those with the Innsmouth Look – African version.

        What happened to the Builder Race? Perhaps they took too much pride in their works, and not enough in themselves and their families? As an old Spartan replied as to the state of his fields: We take care of ourselves. That’s why we have these fields to begin with.

        The questioner meant slavery of course. But we have machines now and don’t need to enslave anyone anymore. Yet we do. And we still don’t take care of ourselves either.

    • Dumbedup August 2, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      I think most people have a romantic notion of survival. They envision communities where people collaborate to grow food, purify water and dispose of waste. The truth is, your chances to survive a collapse for more than a few days to a week are very slim. Nobody seems to appreciate either the process or the result of a collapse. It will come “like a thief in the night” and it will be merciless.

  31. janet July 31, 2017 at 11:28 pm #

    Bernie Sanders’s Presidential race ended a year ago, but his campaign never did. Since the election, he has staged events in Michigan, Mississippi, Maine, West Virginia, Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Montana, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, and Illinois. At every one, he speaks about the suffering of small-town Americans, and his belief that the Democrats can help them.

    From West Virginia, Bernie Sanders headed to Covington, Kentucky, in an area where the opioid epidemic has been particularly devastating. What had gone so badly in people’s lives that they were turning to heroin and opioids?

    “There is something going on in West Virginia and Kentucky which is unbelievable, which is what sociologists call the illnesses of despair,” Sanders told me. He had been to parts of West Virginia where there were very few jobs, “fewer that pay a living wage,” and there was a steep psychic cost.

    “There is a lot of pain. And we’ve got to understand that reality. And then tell these people that their problems are not caused by some Mexican making eight dollars an hour picking strawberries.”

    • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

      Are you off your meds again?

      Bernie Sanders’s Presidential race ended a year ago, but his campaign never did.

      If that were true troll, he would be our president.

      • K-Dog July 31, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

        Rather than deal with trolls I’ll say goodnight.

        • ozone August 1, 2017 at 12:00 am #

          …or wade through trifling all-hat-and-no-cattle narratives…

    • nsa July 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

      Jan the Tran is on to something here. Why settle for a slow witted senile jooie tool like the loathsome Trumpstein when you can have the real deal…….an authentic senile jooie Trotskyite like your vile Bernie.

    • BackRowHeckler July 31, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

      The so called opium epidemic is raging in Sanders home state of Vermont. He doesn’t have to go to WVirginia or Kentucky to find it.

      Junkies are amongst Sanders biggest supporters in the Green Mountain State. They line up behind the old hippies and lefties from Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Boston and North Hampton who’ve moved into Vermont over the past 50 years and taken over the politics of the state, leaving Yankee natives unrepresented and out in the cold.

      Sanders himself came up north out of the Bronx and has done pretty well for himself pedaling his 1930s style socialism. Have you ever noticed, lefty politics pays pretty good for the people on top? (the Castro’s with their $3 billion is Spanish and German banks, Sanders with his 3 houses) Orwell saw thru this BS in his book Animal Farm 70 years ago.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:08 am #

        Yet Vermont has some of the most “liberal” gun laws in the United States, with open carry allowed. So Yankees must have kept some power.

        • BackRowHeckler August 1, 2017 at 12:16 am #

          Well, Vermont is about 95% white, with very little violent crime. There are plenty of guns in Vermont, and plenty of poor people but, unlike Chicago, Baltimore and a thousand other places, they aren’t using their firearms to shoot one another in the streets.

          brh

          • malthuss August 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

            pretty well for himself–uh, very well.

  32. Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    yahoo.com/news/m/48a5d207-b663-3a2c-b724-9b13b6833b8a/ss_transgender-man-gives-birth.html

    Q disparaged John Howard, but his concerns are hereby vindicated.

    • John Howard August 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

      That’s a female that gave birth, so that’s just fake news and damaging propaganda.

      Trans men have a right to be pregnant Transwomen don’t.

  33. janet August 1, 2017 at 12:27 am #

    John Oliver on Alex Jones. Hilarious 22 min. video

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=WyGq6cjcc3Q

    Alex Jones is a Republican con man, but very entertaining.

  34. Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:34 am #

    People maybe don’t even know what the 88 is.

    Of they think it means “Heil Hitler” – because “H” is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so “88” is “HH.”

    It’s from volume I, chapter 8 of Mein Kampf – a passage with 88 words.

    What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe. Every thought and every idea, every doctrine and all knowledge, must serve this purpose. And everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility.

    Janos: The more you know. If a Black, Hispanic, or East Asian said this, no one would have a problem with it. People have a problem with because they’re Anti-White – whether they know it or not. Unconsciously they may be trying to get along with the Dark Powers of this World – which have pronounced a sentence of death for our race.

    • DA August 1, 2017 at 8:16 am #

      Well then, you have to admit that it’s (mostly) white’s own actions that have led to their demise here in the US. Rich white plantation owners who imported black slaves in the 19th century and rich white capitalists who imported European mutt races and Hispanics in the 20th and 21st for the crass purpose of economic exploitation. All while the racial demographics of the extremely rich and powerful changed hardly at all. That tells me that the problem is a whole lot less about race or ethnicity and a whole lot more about the psychopathy of the rich and powerful.

      Racial purity is a powerful sales pitch because it’s highly identifiable and easily exploited among the already exploited. Hiding behind your wealth is a much easier proposition on any number of counts, especially when the poor and downtrodden, being too naive to see the larger picture, envy your position and want become what you are and have what you have, rather than simply settle for creating a more fair and equitable system. In short: a racially pure society based on current wealth inequities would be just as odious as the one we live in now, albeit the economic shell game being played would be a great deal more transparent toall of the players.

      • ozone August 1, 2017 at 9:41 am #

        DA,
        “Racial purity is a powerful sales pitch/”narrative” because it’s highly identifiable and easily exploited among the already exploited.”

        • DA August 1, 2017 at 10:08 am #

          True that. Narrative strikes its ugly head once more. Not that Janos is completely wrong about the problems inherent in mixing races and cultures, it’s just that I see that as a second order problem, which is being greedily exploited by the first order problem, which is that a handful of wealthy people, mostly white and of various ethnicities, are doing everything in their means to consolidate their gains in a winner take all society and world. When their version of a “final solution” comes (which is actually already playing out), there will be no racial bounds to their reign of terror.

          • messianicdruid August 2, 2017 at 1:30 am #

            A hundred [ C ] words to say ‘classism’.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

        Well that a narrative in and of itself: The dispossession and death of the White Race is just something that is “happening”. An unintended consequence of Global Capitalism. But when told, shown, and proven – many of its adherents still won’t renounce it. In other words, they don’t care at all – certainly not enough to go against the Dark Powers, even to the extent of struggling against them in their own minds. Thus we go down. Life in this world is struggle. And a race that won’t fight for its own territory and existence will lose them in the end.

        And of course the narrative is false. There’s absolutely no economic reason for allowing the Muslim invasion of Europe. These people, illiterate in their own languages, are never going to support White Europeans in their old age. And even if they were more capable on average, there’s no jobs for them anyway. It is simply a naked assault on the White Race and Western Culture. Nothing “economic” about it. And to the extent the desire to help these people is sincere, it would have been far more economic to help them in their own lands.

        • DA August 1, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

          Not “just happening,” happening purposely. The “race” is for wealth and power now, and ultimately has very little to do with skin color, at least at this point in time. Wealth and power is essentially its own “racial class” now, superseding all other trivial measures of class identity, and Western Culture has transformed itself into Global Culture, which is to say Global Financial Predatory Capitalist Culture, while no one was paying attention, quaint notions of “nationhood, freedom, and racial purity” notwithstanding. Freedom? Freedom to be financially exploited every waking moment for the rest of our miserable lives. Nothing economic about it? My dear Janos, it’s nothing but economic these days!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

            Sure. I meant economic as in an efficient and cost effective way of helping them. Obviously they have been brought into Europe as Jihadis. This is certainly an efficient and cost effective way to take down White Western Europe.

    • robert magill August 1, 2017 at 8:40 am #

      [ What we must fight for is to safeguard the existence and reproduction of our race and our people, the sustenance of our children and the purity of our blood, the freedom and independence of the fatherland, so that our people may mature for the fulfillment of the mission allotted it by the creator of the universe. Every thought and every idea, every doctrine and all knowledge, must serve this purpose. And everything must be examined from this point of view and used or rejected according to its utility. ]

      Pure Eugenics which Adolph borrowed from the American and UK founders and which America continued to support even after WWll !

      • DA August 1, 2017 at 10:11 am #

        And supported behind the scenes even during the war. Unfortunately, the Nazi death camps provided PR so horrendous that the movement had to remain underground in the hands of the CIA, albeit just barely.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

        So perhaps you like to mock unfortunate sub-standard Whites? But when we agree that they exist, and propose to do something about it, you are simply horrified? What cant! Are you also against the Chinese trying to improve themselves or just us? Do you just hate your own people or are you against ALL excellence wherever it arises? Or is the mockery of those beneath you just too intoxicating to renounce? An addict afraid of losing his supply in other words.

      • malthuss August 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

        Where are the eugenicists now?

        • JimInFlorida August 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

          The eugenicists are singing forever in the, “I Told You So,” chorus in the Heavens.

          The Glorious Call and Response of, “I Told You So,” followed by, “You Should Have Listened to Us.”

          But, the Devil’s Chorus of Evil challenges in characteristic Diminished Fifths, “Mudshark!” and Minor Seconds call out the Unutterable Names of the Guilty on Earth. The Sowers of the Evil Seed and THOSE who profit from trading in such seed.

        • John Howard August 2, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

          They became libertarian transhumanists and crypto eugenics.

  35. PeteAtomic August 1, 2017 at 12:58 am #

    economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/wild-wild-trump-is-putting-bond-market-to-deep-slee…

    I found that article to be pretty humorous for a number of reasons. Apparently Trump is behind the lack of bond market growth, because in part, of “wild tweeting”. LOL

    The guy passed out at his desk was a good addition, too 🙂
    maybe how many people feel working in the financial industry.

  36. janet August 1, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    “Americans are liberal on the issues. Who gives a shit.” –volodya

    White working class people in flyover country are liberal on the issues. They were conned by Trump, who is now betraying them. They would be better represented by Hillary… who doe not have a dick and has not murdered anyone.

    • messianicdruid August 1, 2017 at 9:03 am #

      “White working class people in flyover country are liberal on the issues.”

      Read the title at the top of this page.

    • seawolf77 August 1, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      I’m not sure where you get that impression. To the contrary, they are conservative because they have to be.

      • ozone August 1, 2017 at 9:37 am #

        seawolf,
        Well, it’s a narrative that’s only useful from a government propaganda perspective. — So, considering the source… there ya go!

        • janet August 1, 2017 at 10:53 am #

          WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal outlook on what is morally acceptable, as their views on 10 of 19 moral issues that Gallup measures are the most left-leaning or permissive they have been to date. The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. At the same time, record lows say the death penalty and medical testing on animals are morally acceptable.

          gallup.com/poll/210542/americans-hold-record-liberal-views-moral-issues.aspx

          • seawolf77 August 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

            OK gotcha. Yes that is true. I love a blogger with facts, or as conservatives like to call it “fake news.” You know turnabout is fair play. We ridiculed FOX to death, right? It became a joke. That’s all the Trump Campaign did: demonize our news stations. He turned CNN and MSNBC into the liberal FOX’s.

          • messianicdruid August 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

            Do not come into this courtroom and pretend to equate your statistical ANALysis with [ fly-0ver ] conservatism.

            Your statisTICKS suck.

          • seawolf77 August 2, 2017 at 8:42 am #

            Just like Trump. He is now quoting statistics he used to rail against as being false. Crawl back under that rock and then drop it on you.

      • janet August 1, 2017 at 10:55 am #

        WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to express an increasingly liberal outlook on what is morally acceptable, as their views on 10 of 19 moral issues that Gallup measures are the most left-leaning or permissive they have been to date. The percentages of U.S. adults who believe birth control, divorce, sex between unmarried people, gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage, doctor-assisted suicide, pornography and polygamy are morally acceptable practices have tied record highs or set new ones this year. At the same time, record lows say the death penalty and medical testing on animals are morally acceptable.

        gallup.com/poll/210542/americans-hold-record-liberal-views-moral-issues.aspx

  37. FincaInTheMountains August 1, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Expulsion of 755 US diplomats put an end to plans to arrange a Color Revolution in Russia

    The intrigue with 755 American diplomats continues: 4 days ago The New York Times quite rightly wrote that the expulsion of American diplomats is only the beginning of a response to American rudeness and Russia is looking for other opportunities to challenge the US.

    nytimes.com/2017/07/28/world/europe/us-russia-sanctions.html?_r=0

    But the day before yesterday NYT reprinted the same article, and from this reprint follows that they made a mistake in translating Putin’s statements and 755 employees of the US diplomatic mission in Russia who would have to stop working in it, includes Russian citizens who were hired by the US embassy and consulates in Russia.

    nytimes.com/2017/07/30/world/europe/russia-sanctions-us-diplomats-expelled.html

    And consequently the number of American “diplomats” who will have to leave Russia by September 1 will be significantly less than 755 heads and bayonets, depending on the point of view.

    And a hint of such an opportunity to interpret the Russian “response” to the law on anti-Russian, but in fact anti-Trump, sanctions, which a couple of days ago went to the desk of the US president, is contained in an interview with Vladimir Putin. Although in the initial statement of the Russian Federation spoke about the equalization of the number of Russia’s employees in the US and the US in Russia, which does not allow to doubt that 1116-455 = 661, and this is the case when from the American point of view 661 is much larger than 755.

    Personally, I think that the expulsion of 755 US diplomats puts an end to plans to arrange a Color Revolution in Russia, since 455 diplomats will be loaded up to the gills with the routine and compulsory work of the embassy and they will no longer have the opportunity to run around NGOs.

    Therefore, now there are secret negotiations between Russia and anti-Trump America, and Trump hardly participates in them, since in this situation he can participate in them only as an ally of Russia, and not of anti-Trump United States. So the Congress and the Senate got into a mud, voting this law almost unanimously and giving Russia the opportunity to respond very promptly to New Year’s congratulations by Hillary Clinton before this law is signed or vetoed by Trump.

    Which particularly manifested itself when the representatives of the European Union wanted to discuss this law with Trump, he immediately sent them to … the Senate and / or Congress.

  38. volodya August 1, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Seems that the Deep State stuck an appendage in the form of General Kelly into the White House. I wonder who made the “suggestion” to Trump.

    • janet August 1, 2017 at 10:50 am #

      Somebody had to do it. The US Marine was a good choice.

  39. volodya August 1, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    KDog, this liberal vs conservative thing, or to put it another way, the educated and enlightened vs the uneducated and unenlightened, or to put it another way, the diseased, cum-spattered Hollywood degenerate vs the wholesome, clean-living, pious church goer, or to put it another way, the America haters vs the proud American patriot, proved its utility as a diversion for the few decades it took a relative handful of super-wealthy and connected thieves to loot the vaults and demolish the American economy.

    But, as you said a while back, Kansas isn’t buying that bullshit anymore. They’re seeing thorough the smokescreens. Maybe Americans are liberal on the issues. Groovy. But how the fuck does that help make the rent? Surgically altered men in dresses and hormonally ravaged women with beards are a miniscule percentage of the population. A woman might need an abortion once in her life. MAYBE. But she needs to eat everyday, preferably more than once a day.

    Michael Moore may be a smart guy but he needs to refocus his attention.

    • janet August 1, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      “Maybe Americans are liberal on the issues. Groovy.” –volodya

      Not maybe. It’s a fact, Jack. Right out of the working class mouths in flyover country. Truth.

    • K-Dog August 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

      Diseased cum spattered Hollywood degenerates. I take it those would be among those who would rather have someone else pay the rent. I saw what you wrote waiting for lunch today in downtown Bellevue, a place with a ‘Hollywood’ feel. Parked next to the Teslas, Jags and other Benzes among people who think life is fine and hunky dory. It is for them no question about that. I can’t imagine any of these people worrying about Kansas. Here the good times are rolling.

  40. janet August 1, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    The truth is in real world performance. The Tesla solar roof now has a price and a warranty. Although Elon Musk joked that he wasn’t going to make the warranty for the tiles infinity, it turns out that he changed his mind. “We offer the best warranty in the industry—the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first,” a Tesla rep said.

    The Tesla solar roof is made of tempered glass, which makes them three times stronger than things like slate or asphalt tiles, according to Tesla. They are also half as heavy as other roofing methods.

    On an entire roof, the tiles will be a mix of non-active and active solar tiles. And while Consumer Reports found that a solar roof needs to be $24.50 per square foot to compete with other kinds of roofs, the Tesla solar roof comes in at $21.85 with 35 percent of the roof being active solar.

    Too much magic? Ha ha ha. You ain’t seen nothing yet. Narratives are stories. Solar energy is real.

    • JimInFlorida August 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      I’d like to know the reliability of the supply chains which provide the exotic materials for Musk’s magic solar panels.

      Yeah, his Lithium batteries are awesome but, he’s depending on some shady countries to provide the Lithium. Plus, Lithium batteries are NOT easily recyclable! It’s more economical to throw them into the landfill.

      In JHK’s World Made By Hand, any batteries still working will be lead acid units. The Lithium batteries and solar PV panels will be long gone.

      • DA August 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

        Good article and commentary on battery technology resource bottlenecks over on NakCap today:

        nakedcapitalism.com/2017/08/the-two-capitalisms-electric-batteries-as-a-case-study-in-us-magical-thi…

      • K-Dog August 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

        I wish I had a company making Edison cells. That would feel good.

      • janet August 1, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

        Silicon. An exotic material found in sand. Think we have a shortage of sand?

        Battery technology is moving away from your dead horse, lithium, but you can continue to beat it.

        • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 9:17 am #

          Jane(t), you ignorant slut.

          Silicon is plentiful but, these new technologies REQUIRE exotic ores that are either scarce or, must come from questionable sources!

          The lithium battery is hardly a dead horse. You are thinking of the time-tested lead-acid battery. In the World Made By Hand, it will be the ONLY energy storage device that can be made and maintained in an era of material scarcity.

    • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 10:05 am #

      From this article the price is $42 a square foot and he is targeting high end roof materials i.e. premium.
      bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-02/tesla-completes-its-first-solar-roof-installs

    • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 10:07 am #

      I found your article and it says this:
      To help put the cost into perspective, a Tesla Solar Roof for a home needing 3,000 square feet of roofing would cost more than $65,000 if 35% of the tiles were solar. According to Consumer Reports, a slate-tile roof for a home the same size would cost about $45,000, and an asphalt roof would be about $20,000.

      businessinsider.com/how-much-tesla-solar-roof-costs-2017-5

    • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 10:20 am #

      The kicker: Telsa stock had doubled in the last 10 months and the company now has a market cap bigger than General Motors.

  41. volodya August 1, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Narratives are not truths indeed. The narrative I tell myself is that people have been making wine and beer for about ten thousand years because of the disease hazards in the water supply. See, the alcohol acts as a disinfectant. That’s what I tell myself. It sounds good and has an air of plausibility. If I didn’t like beer and wine I’d have no need of the narrative. I just like beer and wine. Don’t know why but it makes grub taste better. Especially of the burger-fajita-burrito variety. But, for reasons that elude me, not for breakfast.

    Is alcohol bad for you? Too much of it for sure. Some admonitions have the ring of truth. Like don’t smoke. People that smoke cough their brains out. That in itself tells you something.

    But I’m frankly sick of the coffee gives you heart disease, wine gives you cancer, everything gives you dementia crap. If it sounds like people are talking out of their asses, they probably are.

    • janet August 1, 2017 at 11:09 am #

      Probably? Sometimes the narratives are true. For example, Trump’s collusion with Russia. Turns out Trump himself dictated his son’s message that the meeting with Russian lawyers was about adoption, which was a blatant lie, and adds to the mounting evidence of obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offense, not a narrative.

      • janet August 1, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        Trump would confess his crimes with waterboarding, but impeachment and removal from office is more likely.

      • messianicdruid August 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

        You need to follow Schumer and Washingtoncom.post’s lead and abandon the Russia narrative, you’re just digging a deeper hole.

    • seawolf77 August 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      “That’s what I love about you Wyatt, you can talk yourself into anything.” Doc Holliday

  42. janet August 1, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    “If a Black, Hispanic, or East Asian said [those 88 racist words]. –janos

    But no one of any other race has said those 88 words. A white man said it, so you are stuck with that legacy and with an eternal and well-deserved reproach. This is not hatred of whites, just reproach of those 88 words.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

      La Raza (The Race) says it with even more economy: For our Race everything and for other races, nothing.

      • janet August 1, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

        La Raza no longer exists. To mark its 50th anniversary la raza changed its name to UnidosUS, and wants all communities, white, black, red, yellow, to come together because as they say, there is strength in unity. They are for hispanics. They are for whites. They are for Blacks, etc. they are not against non-hispanics.

        unidosus.org/about-us/faqs/

        • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 4:15 am #

          So you admit that La Raza was a racial advocacy group now? That you were taken in? Duped by their duplicity? Or were you lying? And if they were duplicitous before, why should they be trusted now? Ditto for you if you were lying.

  43. FincaInTheMountains August 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    American anti-Russian sanctions adopted by the Congress are aimed at NATO?

    In Germany, the anti-Russian sanctions of Washington were called “illegal”

    Berlin seems to have seriously rebelled against the Big Brother. Statements by high-ranking German politicians about the illegality of new US sanctions against Russia are following from the capital of Germany one by one.

    Americans can not punish German companies

    The next representative of the German political elite, or rather, the opponent, who publicly opposed the US-approved anti-Russian sanctions, was the Minister of Economy and Energy of Germany, Brigitte Zipris. In an interview with “Local” newspaper, she called them “illegal” and urged Brussels to pursue a more aggressive trade policy of the united Europe.

    Sounds like a war of everybody against everybody. That is what happens when instead of conducting people’s business, the Congress seems busy settling political scores.

    • janet August 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

      “The congress seems busy settling political scores.” –finca

      The blame goes to Trump, not congress. Trump determines the priorities and sets the agenda. The congress passes legilation and approriates funds.

      It is Trump who will sign the sanctions against Russia, even though he has the power to veto. Trump is the responsible one, not congress.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

        You know better than this!

        After being scared shitless by a threat to share Steve Scalise fate into passing a bill with veto-proof majority, Senate and Congress own the mess now.

        No wonder that the Senate passed the Bill 98 to 2 on the day of Republican Whip Steve Scalise shooting

      • messianicdruid August 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

        I don’t believe he understands the control over Executive Branch prerogatives that he would be signing away. It is unconstitutional for CONgress to limit the responses of a sitting [ or past ] Presidents Executive Orders.

  44. volodya August 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    One of the preposterisms (JHK calls them “narratives”) that has wide currency among those segments of society that have this superiority complex, is that the southern border doesn’t matter. Well, it matters to Big Ag and Big Biz and anyone that wants a servile, desperate work-force willing to work for peanuts. That was the whole idea of leaving the border unguarded.

    But just imagine that the millions of illegal immigrants coming through that border were teachers and lawyers instead of semi-literate lower classes of Latin America. That border wall, much laughed at by the greatly – cough – “educated”, would be two miles high by now. Organized and politically powerful American teachers and lawyers would have got it built yesterday. And the likes of Obama, adopting poses and postures of great learning and judiciousness, would have seen to it.

    • DA August 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

      Bingo!

    • Sean Coleman August 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

      I have the same ‘narrative’ with tea, which I understand made it possible, for the same disinfectant properties, for people to live in large cities. I once heard it on the television (in a serious programme) and I really like lots of strong-ish tea (leaf tea, not teabags, with milk).

      I mentioned Frank Luntz below. HIs Wiki page (therefore caution required) says, I think, that he works with focus groups and says that people’s understanding of current affairs is 80% emotion and 20% thought. I think 80% is on the low side, and that is for the non-thinking ‘thinking classes’.

    • capt spaulding August 2, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      If people are concerned about the current state of lawlessness in Mexico, just wait until they become the majority in this country. The bad guys move right along with the rest of the population. Mexico will not defeat us militarily, they will simply out breed us. The same way the Muslims are doing in France. I read somewhere that they are the majority population in Marseilles already.

  45. malthuss August 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    The comments here have gone way downhill.

    • capt spaulding August 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

      Ah, you very wise Malthus. Confucius say: Crosseyed teacher cannot control pupils.

      • onehunglo August 1, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

        ah, capn stubing, onehunglo detect element of sarcasm……

        sarcasm result of puzzlement which is beginning of wisdom:
        youtube.com/watch?v=W2yIkDVs0cA&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-&index=39

        when student is ready, master will appear….

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

        • malthuss August 2, 2017 at 10:33 am #

          prank you.

        • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:42 am #

          Did you get your handle from “The Big Lebowski”? Carl Hungus or something.

      • malthuss August 2, 2017 at 10:34 am #

        Is the Cross eyed [fixed that] one me or Jim K?

        • capt spaulding August 2, 2017 at 11:05 am #

          Neither of you. It was just a chance to make a joke. Nothing more.

          • onehunglo August 3, 2017 at 10:18 pm #

            ah, capn stubing, you wisdom transcend space and time…..

            let not you heart be troubled.

            may God be with you.

            -onehunglo

  46. bibliomaniac August 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    I think Freidrich Hegel said it best when he declared that “we learn from history that we do not learn from history.”

    He also had a remark about narratives: “To be independent of public opinion is the first formal condition of achieving anything great.”

    Many of us (myself included) are so overwhelmed with the conflicting narratives of the media that we have begun to feel hopeless about any chance for change in this country.

    I think we are seeing the end of capitalism, certainly–at least in the vicious form that we are now experiencing–a form that puts a price on everything, but values nothing.

    • Sean Coleman August 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

      Can you or anyone else here tell me what is meant by fake news. I get the impression that the term was formulated, or adopted, by Trump’s team because the news (or the ‘narratives’) reported by the media is completely biased and lacking objectivity. It was then hijacked by the media and turned against Trump, beginning with the dispute about the numbers at his inauguration. I also have the impression that it is in thid latter sense that it is understood by most people, ie ridiculous claims made by the President.

      • bibliomaniac August 1, 2017 at 9:55 pm #

        Sean–there is a fascinating book on this subject entitled “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters” by Tom Nichols.

        According to Nichols, there certainly is an ongoing campaign against established fact. For instance, the earth really is getting hotter, yet many corporations (especially Exxon and the Koch Bros) try to discredit the facts so that they can keep pumping out fossil fuels. Even Trump has been know to say that global warming is a Chinese hoax. Fake narratives, conspiracy theories, and hatred of fearful facts seem to arise particularly in times of turmoil.

        People fear change, and will believe almost anything it it helps them to think they have an inside track on reality or are just as smart as the next guy. I pity us all when it comes to the planet.

        • Sean Coleman August 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

          I wouldn’t mind leafing through that book, but more to gauge the author and why he believes what he believes than to gain insight.

          AGW, I am convinced, is a mass delusion. Any warming taking place will be overwhelmingly down to natural causes. But is the climate warming up? Despite the alarming predictions of the warmists temperatures dropped sharply a few years ago. Perhaps they have picked up again in the last while but can the figures be trusted? The trouble is that you would need an almost infinite amount of time to check it all out. The next best thing is to find writers you can trust, for their intelligence, judgement and integrity.

          “Fake narratives” seems to be used as a label to describe ideas which buck the consensus. I am increasingly of the view that the mainstream consensus is built on fake foundations. That is why I ask what people understand by fake news.

          I linked a couple of weeks ago to an excellent two-part essay by the late Richard Webster entitled Flat Earth News, where he uses a review of the book of the same name by journalist Nick Davies to explore the evangelical Victorian roots of campaigning journalism (the extraordinary career of editor WT Stead) and how Davies, who apparently dissects the manifold shortcomings of modern journalism, himself fell victim to a contemporary witch hunt.

      • DA August 2, 2017 at 6:38 am #

        Luntz is a right wing master propagandist whose fame reached its apogee during the W years. Most of his political observations are simply common sense, so his notoriety is a bit over-wrought in my opinion. Besides, Obama completely usurped and improved upon the Republican Revolution in the course of his 8 years at the top, so Luntz, Norquist, Rove, et al are pretty much historical footnotes these days. Alas, it happens to the best of them. And the dumb-ass Shrub turned out to be right as well. History will be his final judge, and in light of Obama and now Trump after him, W is looking better and better everyday.

        • Sean Coleman August 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

          Thanks for the information about Luntz but I really want to know what people make of fake news.

          • sophia August 3, 2017 at 12:17 am #

            Sean, my understanding is that fake news was a dig at alternative, mostly internet blogs and news sites who go off narrative, and that it was started by either the Washington Post or another major eastern rag.

      • Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

        Don’t get hung up on the meaning of “fake news” — the term isn’t intended to convey meaning in good faith. Trump deploys it as a universal solvent to undermine meaning, to his own advantage. In this he has been highly successful. Even those who attempt to turn the phrase against him in criticizing his copious lies and diversions end up helping him to undermine the very idea of an objective reality against which Trump can be measured (and, needless to say, found wanting).

        By sowing controversy anywhere and everywhere, Trump reaps a harvest of fear, uncertainty and doubt that undermines principled resistance and makes his followers more pliable to his needs. That’s what “fake news” actually is.

        • sophia August 3, 2017 at 12:20 am #

          Oh for heaven’s sake, it is the left and liberal groups who are sewing discord and controversy. They are unhealthily obsessed.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 3, 2017 at 10:42 am #

            sophia, if only everyone agreed with you, there would be no “discord” or “controversy”. While you’re waiting for that to happen, consider whether the left actually mean what they say. I assure you, they do, and they care about it.

            And I further assure you that Donald Trump does not care whether he means what he says or not. Truth, lies and bullshit are all one equally-useful stew to him, to a degree that is rare even by politicians’ standards.

      • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am #

        I think you’re overthinking this. What the Trump team did was political jui jitsu. What the left did to FOX News, ridiculing it as completely biased, was turned on CNN and MSNBC to discredit everything they reported and paint it in the same light as how FOX News is perceived. BIASED.

  47. tucsonspur August 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    The nation may still be saved under Trump. At least it may be able to hold on a bit longer to some remnant of what it was decades ago.
    There will be no retrocession of the times gone by.

    Somewhat predictable or unpredictable forces seem likely to overwhelm us eventually, given our poisonous polity and ridiculous aversion to reality.

    The following is just one example of what the Left has done to the nation. There is no doubt about it, no false narrative. It speaks the hard, cold truth.

    insider.foxnews.com/2017/07/31/portland-oregon-sanctuary-city-case-man-deported-20-times-arrested-se…

  48. Sean Coleman August 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Did JHK get the ‘narrative’ idea from Frank Luntz’s recent comments that Trump had lost the narrative? I had never heard of Luntz until they quoted him on Dewi Llwyd ar Bore Sul on Radio Cymru (where conventional progressive commentators gather each sunday to ritually point their fingers and laugh at Trump.

    I hate this ‘the people need a narrative’ mantra. Another one is ’emotional intelligence’: the Irish are emotionally intelligent, it seems. But their capacity for collective (or individual) thought is abysmal.

    As for Scaramucci (or whatever his name is) were his foul-mouthed comments made off the record? This is what I had thought was the case but all the recent newspaper reports here imply he came out and said them in public. Can anyone clarify please?

    • Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      Don’t hate the mantra, hate the game. Human beings are narrative-driven creatures; stories are our basic way of making meaning. Whatever story is most powerful at any given time typically is the one that determines the course of power, at least until the story loses its potency by falling too far out of line with people’s perceived reality; that’s the point we’re at now. The next storyline is now up for grabs.

      Scaramucci came out of hedge funds, and, it seems he was bitten by a basic difference between the financial world he was familiar with, and the world of Washington. When speaking to financial reporters, remarks made are considered “off the record” unless otherwise agreed, whereas the opposite is the case inside the Beltway. Thus Scaramucci gave an ill-advised, obscenity-laced interview about his White House colleagues to Ryan Lizza, and was likely nonplussed to see his words published by The New Yorker shortly thereafter.

      Now he’s fired, divorce-bound, and a laughingstock. This happened in week 28 of the Trump administration, with 181 more to go. Bottoms up!

      • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:40 am #

        I hate to tell you but that whole episode was manufactured. If they didn’t do it that way, people would have started questioning Trump’s military bias, which is strong.

  49. K-Dog August 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    When O. J. Put on the glove that would not fit that was a narrative.

  50. Pucker August 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Negro slaves would have known that their Masters would poison them when they became too old to work. They probably decided not to worry about it? I guess that they decided not to sweat the small stuff?

  51. Pucker August 1, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    Do you know why they didn’t release the Zapruder Film until March 1975?

    Because it clearly shows that the head shot that killed JFK came from the front rather than from the School Book Depository behind JFK.

  52. FincaInTheMountains August 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    The battle of the Titans does not subside. When making a forecast for the New Year, I thought that Trump would prove more resolute. But so far the situation remains extremely unstable.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/forecast-2017-wheels-finally-come-off/#comment-288839

    However, given the strength shown by the Clintonoids after the election and the continuing leapfrog in the administration of the White House, Trump’s attack on opponents is expected by the end of September.

    If he won’t dare, then by the beginning of next year he himself is likely to be 25th.
    But it’s not only and not so much about Trump. He would never be able to win by accident, and the forces that put him into the White House, are forces to be reckoned with.

    Therefore, I continue to believe that only the victory and strengthening of Trump can cancel the catastrophic scenario for the United States.

    In Europe, even more problems. There at once three lines of rigid contradictions which allow now to speak about unity of the Europe in pure nominal form. The struggle between the rich old Europe and the poor newer EU members is exacerbated. Against this background, there was a fierce competition between Germany and France, where Macron, and Britain behind him, in every possible way tries to eliminate Germany’s leadership and prevent it from becoming the center of the Fourth Reich. Finally, the escalation of the contradictions between the US and Europe, primarily Germany, also threatens an intra-European split.

    In Russia it is no much better. And it’s not a question of the traditional surge of political bacchanalia ahead of the elections. In the 2011th we have already seen all this. The problem is more serious. Because of the almost-accepted new US sanctions, a big layer of elite and near-elite circles will feel a loss at a pocketbook. And if this group manages to consolidate, the consequences will be serious. They will be purged, but the damage for the country will be significant.

    Even China is not consolidated, although practically does not take the dirty laundry out, but there are serious contradictions between the security agencies and the Imperials of the North and the traders of the South. The problem is not for one year or even for the next decade, but the situation is already affecting the effectiveness of decision-making.

    Thus, by the beginning of decisive events, all centers of power are cracking from internal contradictions.

    In fact, all are betting that someone else would be first to fall and whose resources could be used to stretch the existence of still standing.

    And the fact that the finale (what kind?!) is coming close, is felt literally in everything.

    • onehunglo August 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

      ah, finc, you very wise indeed!!!

      “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
      – Albert Einstein.

      Y = career politicians x career lobbyists x globalist mainstream media x career unelected Deep State bureaucrats x Hollywood elites x unprosecuted corruption

      “God integrates empirically.”
      – Albert Einstein.

      Y = old republic NETWORK globalism = THE SWAMP.

      …….Whatever shall we do??
      1. Obey God’s Commandments, including the 11th.
      2. Have a good story to tell.
      3. Take someone along and enjoy the ride.
      4. Ask God for help.
      5. Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
      youtube.com/watch?v=WdogzkMB68w&list=PLl55Zh3U2VW7YD-JKHT0vYIk1ZCrK7c4-&index=180

      ……Don’t believe in a Creator??
      Then enjoy existence until the end.
      funwithdad.net/funwithdad1m.htm

      -onehunglo

  53. Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Woudst thou become the father of a god?

    dailystormer.com/a-response-to-black-pigeons-video-on-human-genetic-engineering/

    The beautiful ones are not yet born. Ve get too soon oldt and too late schmart. Junior won’t have that problem, but he may have other ones – like what to do with the rest of us. But dare we Not go forward? The Chinese will in any case. We can’t lose this mine shaft gap race to the top of our genetic potential.

    • malthuss August 2, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      The talk is 16 minutes long, with a dull page of prose.

  54. janet August 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

    “Do not come into this courtroom and pretend to equate your statistical ANALysis with [ fly-0ver ] conservatism. Your statisTICKS suck.” — messianicdruid

    Cute! But irrelevant. A Gallop poll in which flyover conservatives answer questions and the answers are added up (using addition, not statistics) does not qualify as analysis. It is simply reporting the results of liberal America, and the results say a record number of Americans are liberal. It doesn’t take away from your conservatism. But you already know you are in a minority surrounded by liberals. This is good because it gives you ready targets to condemn to hell, or rather to signal to that your God has decided to sentence them to hell for all eternity. Scary, not.

    • janet August 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

      I would not have anything to do with a false god anyway. The god described in the christian holy bible is perverse, cruel, and full of hate, destoying the whole earth with floods, then threatening fire next time. Such a false god is an inhuman monster, a destoyer of life. I will not give such a false god the time of day. Only sick people could worship such an evil, jealous, and destructive god.

      • messianicdruid August 2, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

        “This is good because it gives you ready targets to condemn to hell, or rather to signal to that your God has decided to sentence them to hell for all eternity.”

        gold-silver.us/forum/showthread.php?95865-Eternal-Punishment-is-Against-The-Law

        I condemn no one. God is no tyrant, as you seem to believe. Quit being ignorant.

        • sophia August 3, 2017 at 12:29 am #

          Gotta side with Janet on this one.

          • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

            Eternal Punishment is Against God’s Law, and since Creator God does not break His own law, the source of this teaching must come from another. God is being misrepresented and you two are perpetuating it.

            “…the whole earth…” was not destroyed with floods, and the “fire being threatened next time” is figurative of having the Law imposed upon sinners without their consent, forewarned is forearmed.

            If we would judge ourselves we would not be condemned. The Law is freely available for us to consider our ways and make the changes needed to comply with the new government about to be implemented on this planet. God’s Ambassadors move freely among you and will assist your understanding [ finding a competent one is sometimes a challenge ].

    • Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      janet: “A Gallop poll”…

      Phooey, I left my two ends of coconuts at home, so I have nothing to bang together. Just make the cloppity-clop sounds yourselves.

  55. Janos Skorenzy August 1, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    rightalerts.com/lesbian-couple-chemically-castrates-their-adopted-11-year-old-boy/

    What punishment would fit this crime? Be creative. Pretend the cruel and unusual clause is null along with the rest of the Constitution – just as Leftists desire.

    • K-Dog August 2, 2017 at 12:41 am #

      No cruelty but they need to go to prison for a two digit number of years.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 3:44 am #

        Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. And what else are these High Priestesses but devotees of Cybele, looking to create a boy over in their own botched image?

    • seawolf77 August 2, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      This is more Janos fake news. Like Liberian slavery.

      • malthuss August 2, 2017 at 10:36 am #

        screw you, nitwit.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

        I proved Liberian slavery to you, idiot. You just refuse to learn. You are so proud but actually have much to be humble about.

        • 100th Avatar August 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

          Seawolf is a cheap single-tune music box. The same tinny braying, the same lewdly expressed hatred of Trump. Wound up every Monday and Friday with a subsequent release involving metaphor of sex acts, scatology, and the monotonous bitching of a poor man.

        • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 8:58 am #

          You proved butt kiss.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

            Sea Poof strikes again!

        • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:05 am #

          Only a fudge packer would know the word scatology. Fudge pack away, you sniveling little driveler, but be aware knowledge comes through the holes in your head.

    • sophia August 3, 2017 at 12:33 am #

      What about doctors who do this?

  56. FincaInTheMountains August 2, 2017 at 6:34 am #

    There are 1116 Americans with a diplomatic passport in Russia, and in the United States there are 455 Russians with a diplomatic passport (the figures are not exact and I brought them for simplicity of explanation).

    Now the 455 includes diplomats, residents, and technicians, whom embassies employ among local people, and who are not included in this number, but if Russia prohibits locals to work at the American Embassy, then the electricians at the American Embassy will also have to have a diplomatic passport and will be included in these 455.

    They will be taking away seats in this quota from residents and diplomats, who after that will remain well, say at 400 (actually even less), and the American diplomats will have to clean after themselves.

  57. FincaInTheMountains August 2, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Trump discovers Mystical meteorological factor of Russian winter

    The Russians have great fighters in the cold. They use the cold to their advantage. I mean, they’ve won five wars where the armies that went against them froze to death. It’s pretty amazing.

    bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40672418

    In the Western world there is an idiomatic expression “Russian winter”. This expression does not mean skiing or sledding, but an attempt to cover up mistakes in the planning of military incursions by Western armies into Russia and their subsequent failure. These systematic failures, of course, cannot be explained only by a weather factor, however simple list of cases of “Russian Winter” makes you wonder, especially that such “incompetent” generals had to cover their mistakes as Swedish king Karl XII, nicknamed Swedish Alexander the Great, Napoleon and Hitler.

    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/enter-jeb-and-hil/#comment-240749

  58. pequiste August 2, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    I don’t know anymore which narratives are right, wrong, truth, falsehood, up or down, fantasy or fact.

    But I am sure that the metanarratives of hyper-finance capitalism; Yzlam; and Artifical Intelligence, make each and every day an adventure in astonishment, disgust, and paranoia.

    • JimInFlorida August 2, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      You have to go back to America’s Last Known Good Configuration to find the correct narrative and correct priorities of right, wrong, etc.

      I would suggest 1953 (before Brown v Board of Education) or, at the very latest, 1962. The last year before the social engineers laid siege to the University of Alabama and polluted it. From that infection point spread the fatal disease of New Leftism that killed America.

      A dead tree can stand for many years and not fall.

    • ozone August 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

      pequiste,
      Just for some much-needed variety, here’s a historical narrative from Albert Bates that contends that the Mayan people (who still exist in great numbers) aren’t as stupid and backward as condescending “Civilized Westerners” would like to think. (You may reach a different opinion, but I think it’s quite profound… from a survival and resource mis-allocation perspective, you understand.)

      peaksurfer.blogspot.com/2017/07/maya-theater-states.html

  59. seawolf77 August 2, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    There is no free market for sick people. That’s the bottom line. The whole idea of insurance is collect from everyone and spread the cost of the sick around. The whole idea of capitalism is to increase profits. The most expedient way to do this is to throw sick people to the wolves and deny as many services as you can defend in court. That is just a plain stupid system.

  60. volodya August 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    KDog, yeah, for sure, the engorgement of some people is pretty obvious. “Hollywood” for lack of a better word, is one of those.

    Hollywood is a messenger. They give us the “narrative”. America has been gutted and boned. The perps, that is the gutters and boners, did exceedingly well. And why? Because Hollywood sez the gutters and boners accept the “narrative”, no matter how preposterous, their prosperity and supremacy being a natural outcome. Hollywood happily rubs shoulders with and lauds the gutters and boners.

    Hollywood people, as mouthpieces for the absurd, trumpet their own moral and intellectual superiority and that of those that clawed their way to the apex. And also the reverse, the inferiority of those that got run over. And also the natural and implicit “justice” of this outcome.

    But it’s empty, a cover story to justify what can’t be justified. They say that natural and physical logic can be contravened. But we know better. It can’t be.

    It’s a joke really, an upside-downing of things. Hollywood, the most dissolute and contemptible, a grossly distended bubble of narcissism, as societal arbiter. You can’t make this shit up, the Kardashianization of the moral universe.

    Codes of conduct? They’ll lay it down. But to Hollywood, anything goes, as JHK sez, and nothing matters. Why? Because Hollywood has money and they pay people off.

    For a while the Hollywood fashion was to go to Africa to shop for a kid, to bolster career and self-image? Did it look unseemly, kids as commodities? Who sez? You? Who are you to say? They tell you, you don’t tell them. Could you go to Africa to do the same? No, you don’t have the money. Is there any outrage that doesn’t pass muster? No, as long as it’s ok with Hollywood.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      And the same people own the Newspapers as own Hollywood. If only Americans had realized this in time to avoid tearing Western Civilization to shreds. The Big Lie was Hitler’s term for Jewish media tactics. The Jews turned it around and said it was what Hitler did. Americans believed “their” newspapers and the die was cast.

      The “white privilege” conspiracy theory is the exact type of Big Lie Adolf Hitler documents the Jews of engaging in in Mein Kampf. To this day, with no sense of irony (why Jews are losing the post-modern culture war), Jews continue to Big Lie by Big Lying about what Hitler said about the Big Lie!

      “But it remained for the Jews, with their unqualified capacity for falsehood, and their fighting comrades, the Marxists, to impute responsibility for the downfall precisely to the man who alone had shown a superhuman will and energy in his effort to prevent the catastrophe which he had foreseen and to save the nation from that hour of complete overthrow and shame. By placing responsibility for the loss of the world war on the shoulders of Ludendorff they took away the weapon of moral right from the only adversary dangerous enough to be likely to succeed in bringing the betrayers of the Fatherland to Justice.
      All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

      It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.” – Mein Kampf. Vol I, ch. X

      Told all y’all. Now comes the existential question: Are you people going to rectify you false beliefs now that I have proven them wrong? Obviously someone who supports Hillary won’t – such people have lost all integrity. But if you any soul left, you must now change you viewpoint.

      • 100th Avatar August 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

        Expert lying AKA marketing

  61. volodya August 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    Sean Coleman, don’t know how old you are but back in the day, during the years of the Cold War, there was hardly anything other than Fake News. We were hip deep in it. But in those days we called it NBC, ABC, CBS. And, oh yeah, Pravda. It was hard to be more full of shit than Pravda.

    We also called it propaganda and disinformation. Like now, Washington and Moscow were the great cloacas.

    The younger set say “fake news” nowadays with a roll of the eyes. They think it makes them look weary and world-wise.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 2, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      During the Soviet period a guy comes up to a news stand selling various Soviet papers, such as “Soviet Russia”, “Pravda” (“The Truth”), and “Trud” (“Labor”)

      — Do you have “Soviet Russia”?
      — Sold out

      — What about “The Truth”?
      — Finished.

      — What’s there left then?
      — “Labor” for 3 kopecks

      Ha, ha – does it accurately describe the current American reality – just substitute “Soviet Russia” with “US” and 3 kopecks with 5 cents.

  62. FincaInTheMountains August 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill, But Lays Out His Concerns About the Law

    President calls sanctions act ‘significantly flawed’

    President Donald Trump Wednesday signed a Russia sanctions bill Congress forced on him, adding a statement saying the administration will carry out the law but with reservations about its impact and the constitutionality of some provisions.

    In a statement that accompanied the notice that he signed the legislation into law, Trump laid out a list of concerns, saying it encroaches on presidential authority, it may hurt U.S. ability to work with allies and that it could have unintended consequences for American companies.

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-02/trump-is-said-to-add-concerns-in-signing-russia-sanctions-law

  63. volodya August 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Capt Spaulding, this is with respect to your post on Mexification of the US.

    One of the interesting things about the collapse of the western Roman empire in the fifth Century is that the barbarian incursions are invisible from an archeological perspective.

    Ancient writers talked about barbarian bands led by this or that Germanic chieftain. The problem is that it’s not attested to in the physical record. From all appearances life continued as before.

    What does this tell us? It tells us that people from beyond the Rhine and Danube crossed over and settled in the Empire for a long time prior to what is generally seen as the collapse in 476 AD. The problem is that they kept their old ethnic affiliations even as they did what everyone else was doing, farming and raising sheep and cattle. AND enlisting in the Roman Army. They weren’t assimilated IOW.

    There came a point where long-established barbarian groups in the Empire, who really didn’t want to serve Roman overlords, said screw this noise. In 476 AD a half-Hun-half Germanic tribal chief and Roman Army officer named Odoacar, told the last boy emperor Romulus Augustulus to buzz off.

    That was it, the end. Tribal bands all over modern day France, Spain, Germany, Italy etc, said that’s it, we have to look after ourselves.

    If the latter Roman Empire was lousy, what followed after the fall was a thousand years of even worse.

    These are historic lessons for the US. Borders matter. Ethnic affiliation matters. Integration and assimilation matter. What happened to the Roman Empire in the west is the lesson. The Democrats, with their politics of identity politics and ethnic division, are complete fucking morons. That’s what history tells us.

    And it tell us to enforce the damned borders.

    • JimInFlorida August 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

      It’s a bit late to enforce the borders. The skin has been breached for decades. The infection is established and the cancer well advanced. Close the borders, repeal Hart-Cellar, and block ALL 3rd World immigration, yes. But, we have a body-politic already suffering toxic shock. It cannot stop there.

      While protecting the borders, the White body-politic must administer a societal version of chemotherapy to either force non-Whites and Muslims into remission or, to leave entirely. Where localized uprisings take place against the treatment, the social equivalent of radiation therapy will have to be applied.

      Who will be White America’s oncologist?

    • capt spaulding August 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Volodya. I’m not a Trump fan, but I agree with him as far as controlling immigration. It’s an area where I think the Republicans are right. I would not be in favor of 11 million Norwegians coming here any more than Mexicans. The bottom line is, we have enough people here already. I think that this is common sense. There is a finite number of people that you can let in your house, and I think we have reached our limit. I agree completely with your opinion on the subject, and I wish more people would use their heads and consider the implications of what is going on at the present. Respectfully, Capt Spaulding.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

        Naw, you still don’t get it. Eleven million real White Norwegians would be a boon from Heaven. All immigrants aren’t created equal. There is no equal. There is appropriate though. And High and Low. Trump proposes we only let in qualified people – a step in the right direction.

        • pequiste August 3, 2017 at 12:27 am #

          I dunno about those Norwegians. There is a bunch of them in (used to be wonderful) Minnesota, and they can’t get enough of those Somali refugees, Jewish congressional representation and Sharia law.

          A better bet would be to invite the Boers of South Africa to emigrate to the U.S.A. They would make a difference as they are masters of many skills: mining; farming; manufacture; business plus they know exactly what kind of enemies that are the Africans and especially the British.

          • capt spaulding August 3, 2017 at 11:12 am #

            Eleven million Norwegians would be a disaster. The price of Copenhagen snoose would skyrocket, and you couldn’t buy lutefisk to save your soul.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

            The genetic raw material is good though – that’s the point. We can make the young healthy again.

    • capt spaulding August 3, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      I am reminded of the marches in the Southwest a couple of years ago. There were so many Mexican flags displayed that the organizers had to tell the marchers to cool it. I lived in Southern California for a number of years, and I can tell you that most Mexicans aren’t interested in assimilation. They mostly remain loyal to Mexico and are not willing to give up their ethnicity and just become Americans. If you were an “Anglo”, you would be crazy to drive in the barrio section of San Bernardino. If you did, you would be at risk of losing your life or at the very least, beaten to a pulp. There are people living in the barrios who have never seen an Anglo, except on television.

  64. 100th Avatar August 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    Hugo Salinas is freewheeling all over the map with his concept of Gnosticism. Just a mess with dates, people, and events.

    He should stick to peddling Mexican silver.

    The Gnostics, after all, believed that the material world is a hell.
    That is a reality not denied by them. Mr. Salinas wants people looking for heaven in the material, in wealth, in his shiny coins.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

      They didn’t all believe the same thing. Some hated the physical world and were extreme ascetics. Some didn’t think it was real – and therefore were libertines since nothing mattered. Many considered Jehovah morally suspect – which of course is true.

      Kunstler is right that the weird sexual stuff has a gnostic feel to it, born of utter disrespect for the physical world and its laws. But likewise, the same could be said for trying to cram all different kinds of people into a single country – prerequisite to eliminating all borders. Nothing is more natural than borders and limitations. Somehow our Green friends take Man out of the equation though supposedly the Earth is their religion. But actually, they’re Idealogues and Gnostics.

      • 100th Avatar August 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

        You’re referring to the Sodomites, not the Seawolf variety, but the historical variety. They defiled their bodily prisons, their unworthy material confines. Their link to Gnosticism is tenuous, almost akin to the misinterpretation of the gluttons with philosophical Epicureanism.

        I agree with JHK, but I prefer HIS theory of technonarcissism with respect to humanity’s contemporaneous attempts at defeating the natural. Reassignment, gene-splicing, augmentation, CRISPR, all brought to you via technology, not Gnosticism. Salinas, a billionaire in a lawless nation of impoverished resents a populace that threatens this order.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

          amazon.com/Defending-Higher-Law-Same-Sex-Homosexual/dp/187790533X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8�…

          This is a fascinating book that tells the story of an amazing man named Harry Hay, who was at the foundation of many of today’s movements. Seduced when he was a teenager, his seducer told him that, “Now you’ll have friends everywhere and never be lonely”. Communist, Pagan, NAMBLA, etc – his vision of Life was one where forms where mutable and sex the agent of change. Kind of like a Gay, Communist Henry Miller. Male and Female where just words or at best tendencies open to change. Marriage obviously had no meaning in his Vision. Children? If they happened, they should be raised by the state or a commune.

          Rightly or wrongly, the authors found his vision to be profoundly gnostic, a mysticism alien to the West or Christianity.

          • 100th Avatar August 3, 2017 at 7:13 am #

            Let’s just be honest here. The problem IS Cultural Marxism. It is real, it exists. It is not some bogeyman in the altright’s collective imagination. Now, in polite conversation, one can’t call it Cultutal Marxism, because the very term has been coopted to mean a trigger word and hate speech and so on. So they call it Gnosticism. Gnostics were quasi-christians and Europeans, and it’s acceptable to hate on them. It’s cultural Marxism, cultural Marxism, cultural Marxism.

          • malthuss August 3, 2017 at 10:35 am #

            What about Cecil Rhodes? Who was he and what was his agenda?

            Harry Hay, what ‘movements’ did he start?

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

            As Mr Kunstler said, it functions as a religion for many people. If you’ve ever met hardcore Marxists or Lyndon LaRouche people, you realize that they have the same glassy eyed look as religious cultists. In one sense of the word, this doesn’t make sense. But in terms of giving meaning to lost people, the function is the same.

            And there is a mystical aspect to the deeper levels of this. Many ancient cults used sex to worship the Divine. We have returned to that – and often in a twisted sense a la the Cult of the Great Mother.

            We agree: the Problem is Cultural Marxism. But Cultural Marxism now goes far beyond Marx or economics.

    • capt spaulding August 3, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      If you didn’t believe in Gnosticism would that make you an AgGnostic?

  65. tucsonspur August 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Trump is like a bomber pilot, careening through the flak. He knows both the goal and the target. Making America Great Again and the Left, respectively.

    He drops a salvo on inimical immigration with the RAISE act. (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment.)
    Bulls eye! Blow those bloodsuckers to hell!

    Roar on, Golden One, on through that fulgurant of flak, on through the yak yak guns of the Left, spewing lame, liberal logorrhea!

    • 100th Avatar August 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

      But Obama wants Deval. Another Chicagoan.

    • sophia August 3, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      But he signed the bill to increase sanctions on Russia which even the Germans are calling illegal, while “complaining” about it. So, he will not fight. And we needed a fighter. And we tolerated some of his imperfections and crassness because we thought he was a fighter.

  66. salpicon August 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    Change the Narrative, Change Your Destiny: How James Baldwin Read His Way Out of Harlem and into Literary Greatness – Brain Pickings
    brainpickings.org/2015/04/10/a-rap-on-race-james-baldwin-reading/

  67. janet August 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    There is a finite number of people that you can let in your house —caapt spaulding

    Check population density for the USA. Our house is huge, with a few aging occupants in a few rooms, but the house is in disrepair and desperately needs more immigrants from every part of the world.

    • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      Jane(t), you ignorant slut. You really stepped into it.

      Your solution is to double down on the very causes of our national toxic shock! Bringing in more 3rd World animals into an already broken house is like moving Somalis into ghetto Detroit! Or moving more Blacks into cities already experiencing White Flight.

      “Our house is huge….” blah blah blah. You just PROVED my past comments about how JEWS are so generous at giving away what does not belong to them. Jews work very hard to give away Whitey’s living space and then condemn us for complaining.

  68. Elrond Hubbard August 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

    Montreal’s Olympic Stadium used to house surge in asylum seekers crossing from U.S.
    Outreach worker estimates more than 1,000 migrants travelled from U.S. to Canada in July alone

    cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/olympic-stadium-houses-asylum-seekers-1.4231808

    “A temporary welcome centre has been opened at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal to house a new wave of asylum seekers coming from the United States to Quebec, many of them Haitians.

    “‘We’ve never seen this before,’ said Francine Dupuis, spokesperson for PRAIDA, the provincial government organization that helps claimants in their first months.

    “‘It’s really quite a bit more intense than what we’re used to.’

    “On Wednesday, asylum seekers were taken to the Olympic Stadium by bus. Among them were children and pregnant women.

    “In the past, PRAIDA has worked with a Montreal YMCA to temporarily provide newcomers with housing and support, but the recent surge of Haitians crossing the border from the United States has strained PRAIDA’s existing resources and forced it to open several new centres, including one at the Olympic Stadium.

    “Between 100 and 450 cots have been set up in the Olympic Stadium. The asylum seekers will be housed in the area with concession stands just on the border of the actual arena. It’s a windowless, concrete hallway.”

    • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 7:24 am #

      Canadian cucks, the lot of them. Unfortunately, ZOG-U.S. is no better.

      Yes, round them up but, commandeer all available cargo ships, outfit them to take on these 3rd World immigrants, and SHIP THEM BACK! Nobody asked for them, nobody wanted them, and neither the U.S. nor Canada should be obligated to accept this invasion.

      BTW, if a baby to these immigrants is born, it must NOT be granted automatic citizenship. That insanity must be repealed at any cost.

      • Elrond Hubbard August 3, 2017 at 10:57 am #

        JiF: feel free to make your case regarding Canada’s immigration policy to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship the Honourable Ahmed Hussen.

        • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

          Wow… Canada is DETERMINED to commit suicide.

          First they elect a faggy PM in Justin Trudeau and he, in turn, appoints somebody who in DIRECT CONFLICT with the well-being of White Canadians.

          Cucked countries like Canada are laboring under a psychosis that believes they are capable of bringing in barbarians and transforming them into civilized Western people. It is a delusional attempt to find self-validation by way of self-pollution; followed by redemption and restoration.

          It is classic psychosis and people like that end up in insane asylums.

          • Elrond Hubbard August 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

            You spin an interesting storyline, JiF. But as we know, narratives are not facts.

            If we want to bring facts into play, let’s make a bet right now and facts will determine the outcome. I’ll wager a dozen of what you like that the United States will tear itself to pieces in a mass psychosis of ethnic strife before Canada does. If you believe what you’re saying, you should be jumping at this opportunity — after all, we had a terrorist bombing campaign by Québec separatists within living memory. (It was put down by the current, ‘faggy’ PM’s father, who declared martial law to restore order. I didn’t vote for Justin Trudeau myself, but he does have a model to emulate. Which of President Trump’s sons would you choose to lead America through the fires of insurrection?)

            Yet despite Canada’s own recent history, I’m happy with my wager because I can see how far down that road the U.S. already is. And your rhetoric is helping me win my wager as well. What do you say?

          • JimInFlorida August 4, 2017 at 8:10 am #

            Well Mr. Elrond, you gave me some good stuff to think about.

            I’ll have to be a Devil’s Advocate on behalf of narratives. A narrative is a collection of statements that reflect a VIEW of the facts. A narrative incorporates the situation around the fact.

            Facts are not always isolated and single-dimensional realities. It’s one thing to point at a brick and say, “That’s a brick.” and stop there. It’s another to step back and see that the brick was used to break a window! NOW we have a narrative and the narrative is more important than trying to isolate the brick for itself as “fact.”

            That said, I’ll have to agree about Canada staying together while the U.S. tears itself apart. Canada was not founded on rebellion and does not romanticize it. It seems more willing to tolerate abuses done to it and there remains ample space for Whites to relocate away from its self-inflicted wounds.

            The ability to relocate and acquiesce is NOT a virtue! They are fortunate circumstances that will enable Canada to survive UNTIL the Day comes that Whites cannot shy away from the non-White infection any longer.

            In that day, Canadians may remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s lament about how they burned in the camps. Wishing they had fought back when they had the chance. Let’s bring it forward to 2017…

            What would things have been like if every Canadian Diversity Agent, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

            Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Toronto, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?…

            The Organs of Diversity would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Justin Trudeau’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

  69. pequiste August 3, 2017 at 12:12 am #

    Here is a paradigmatic contemporary narrative from the corporat-state controlled infotainment matrix that had me dazzled –

    The national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued a “travel advisory” for their folks going to the state of Missouri:

    msn.com/en-us/news/us/naacp-issues-first-ever-travel-advisory-for-a-state-missouri/ar-AApjKh4?li=BBn…

    Too much harassment and violence against minorities from the police and politicians it seems for the organization.

    I wonder if the NAACP will issue similar travel advisories to their folks visiting Chicago, Memphis, and Detroit ( among other such garden spots) from the dangers posed to Colored people from crime, violence, and murder by other Colored people?

  70. Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 12:52 am #

    The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her; on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit.”
    St. Ignatius of Loyola

    • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 7:04 am #

      St. Ignatius didn’t have to face the power of a White Knight Police State that automatically takes the side of a woman in a dispute. No matter how ridiculous her accusations against a man.

      The good saint never saw 3rd Wave Feminism; backed with the barrel of a government gun. MGTOW is the only way for straight men to survive in these dark times.

      • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:25 am #

        Exactly. That is the heart of conservatism. Conservatives think they know the right way to live and want you to live that way too. Liberals don’t care how you live, as long as you let me live the way I want. Where does this come from? Where does this conception that they know the right way to live? Motherhood, plain and simple. That “Mother knows best” horse shit. I will make a prediction. Only a conservative woman will ever be elected president. It will never, ever be a democrat. How do I know? You had the most qualified candidate in history lose to a con man clown, a failed businessman who was manufactured by the elite.

        • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

          Liberals can’t stand the idea of White Nations staying White and prosperous – or even Conservative Whites having freedom of religion and association.

          • seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

            WTF???

        • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

          “Liberals don’t care how you live, as long as you let me live the way I want.”

          If you wanted hire someone to take half of the money I earned to buy guns and shoot me with them could I spend half of the money I have left to get myself some b0dy armor?

        • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

          I don’t want ANY WOMAN as POTUS. Every single country in modern times that had a woman at the top declined and suffered setbacks.

          Maggie Thatcher as Exhibit “A” for selling out Britain.
          Angela Merkel, too.

      • janet August 3, 2017 at 11:34 am #

        Racist, misogynist, and anti–semitic…

        • janet August 3, 2017 at 11:38 am #

          Clarification: I am referring to JiF as being the trifecta: racist, misogynist, and anti-semitic.

          • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

            I’m honored to be told I am completely SANE and routinely slay the Three Sacred Cows to prove it..

            In short, “racism” is merely White self-preservation. In that context, “racism” is RIGHT and morally CORRECT.

            Misogyny is the refusal to bow to the Harpies of feminism and gynocentrism. MGTOW is Freedom. SO….shut up janet; get me a beer and make me a club sandwich.

            Anti-Semitism dares to point out AND CRITICIZE what Jews themselves have promoted! Forget Mein Kampf. Read Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post where rabbis make NO SECRET of their social engineering agenda and hatred of the White Goy.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

            The Dark Triad! How does this relate with the other dark triad that women like so much in men?

  71. tucsonspur August 3, 2017 at 2:47 am #

    This woman rode the beast into—eternity? Some of the comments said “boobs aren’t air bags” and that MSNBC reported she helped rig our elections.

    Many a blast will be thrown back for this babe, despite the negative comments.

    See her, ride with her:

    yahoo.com/news/m/f69fc8b6-2448-3a0a-8e79-2639831fa262/ss_%E2%80%98sexiest-motorcyclist%E2%80%99-on.h…

  72. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    For every Russian – 20 Yankees!

    US Senate inadvertently arranged a merry holiday for the Russian public. Nobody gives a shit if economic situation will get a little worse, but everybody is exuberant regarding the decision to expel 750 Americans.

    And let the Forbes lie that Trump signed the law on sanctions under the threat of impeachment, which was laid out to him by Republican leaders in Congress and Senate Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

    In fact, Trump called his old friend Vladimir Shamanov, whom he met in Moscow during one of the beauty contests, said that this law would be the best gift to the Russian paratroopers on their day.

    68.media.tumblr.com/7932aedda8a5a33acce3214911097080/tumblr_ou3pbji8Dz1w4xuivo1_1280.jpg

    “No one but us,” thought President Trump and signed the law!

    General Shamanov – The Butcher of Chechnya
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Shamanov

    upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/66/Robert_H._Foglesong%2C_President_Bush%2C_and_Gen._Vladim…

  73. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    Seth Rich Murder Was Ordered by CIA Chief Brennan

    youtube.com/watch?v=7K_uBfXcWdU&t=78

  74. seawolf77 August 3, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    Are we sick of winning yet? Or are we sick of the lying? The air has never been so redolent with mendacity. Trump lies like he breathes.

    • janet August 3, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      When Mueller forces Trump to testify under oath about his collusion with Russia.his lies then become perjury and his presidency is over. Until then he will continue to lie every day.

  75. sophia August 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Elrond,

    Not sure why sometimes there is not a reply button.

    “sophia, if only everyone agreed with you, there would be no “discord” or “controversy”. While you’re waiting for that to happen, consider whether the left actually mean what they say. I assure you, they do, and they care about it.
    And I further assure you that Donald Trump does not care whether he means what he says or not. Truth, lies and bullshit are all one equally-useful stew to him, to a degree that is rare even by politicians’ standards.”

    First sentence: a time waster. That would be true of anyone and to some extent we all think that way. What I’m saying is that when I look out at the discourse going on among people, the folk, I see that the liberals are sewing a lot of discord. The more rightward people are bemused to aghast. They tend to keep quiet and slink away. If they express their opinion, the vitriol is hurricane force and will blow them down. Disagreement is not allowed. That is why the left is now living in reality bubbles of their own devise.
    And Trump is no more insincere than Hillary. That none of them are sincere is what should trouble us. But we’re too busy engaging in class war and class hatred to be bothered finding out common interests.

    As for me, I suppose I am a traitor to my class. I come from your class and it is only recently that I have come to reject it politically, as they have become morally bankrupt and full of credulity.

    • Elrond Hubbard August 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

      Sophia, when you complain that the left and liberals sow ‘discord and controversy’, it’s hard to tell if you have something in mind or if you just consider them to be carping. But now I have a clearer idea of the substance behind your complaint and you’re right, liberals and elements of the left have grown very brittle and authoritarian over time.

      thenorthstar.info/?p=11299

      I encountered that a fair bit during my student years, and more or less came out the other side. These days I dislike authoritarianism of any stripe, including that on the left, but I still have my principles and my priorities. I for one am perfectly fine with people disagreeing with me, but they had better be prepared for me to disagree right back, with both barrels.

      Finally, what do you consider ‘my class’ to be? I gather you think I’m an academic. That might have been my best destiny, but things didn’t work out that way. (Janos calls me a ‘commissar type’, but Janos can go piss up a rope.)

      • sophia August 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

        Class of white collar, managerial and professional jobs, usually liberal democrat in this case although of course there is the conservative wing. I, too, missed the boat on education. Went from the gifted class to the street. My family was so chaotic that I was homeless at 12 and had no guidance to get into college at all.
        I am mostly referring to the endless carping with a side order of hysteria.

  76. ozone August 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Personally, I’d be very careful about these, “Russia hacked the elections, thereby attacking freedumb and demockracy directly”, narratives. (Since they’re being pushed and double-down repeated by all the “usual suspects”, it makes these claims all the less credible.)

    Mike Whitney (amongst others):

    “Facts don’t matter in the Russia hacking case. They never have. The whole approach from Day 1 has been to drown the public with innuendo and baseless accusations, while the MSM Carnie barkers pretend that “Russia meddling” is already settled science and that only “Putin puppets” would ever doubt the veracity of the media’s loony claims. Got that?

    But facts do matter and so does evidence. And on that score we’re in luck because McGovern’s group, the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), released a blockbuster report last week that produced the first hard evidence that Russia most certainly DID NOT hack the DNC servers. It was a DNC insider. Here’s an excerpt from the VIPS article titled “Was the “Russian Hack” an Inside Job?”

    “Independent cyber-investigators have now …come up with verifiable evidence from metadata found in the record of the alleged Russian hack. They found that the purported “hack” of the DNC …was not a hack…(but) originated with a copy …by an insider. The data was leaked after being doctored with a cut-and-paste job to implicate Russia….

    Key among the findings of the independent forensic investigations is the conclusion that the DNC data was copied onto a storage device at a speed that far exceeds an Internet capability for a remote hack. Of equal importance, the forensics show that the copying and doctoring were performed on the East coast of the U.S.” (“Was the “Russian Hack” an Inside Job?“, CounterPunch)

    Capisce? There was no hack. Someone working inside the DNC (a disgruntled employee?) –who had access to the computers, and who worked on the East Coast– copied the data onto a storage device and transferred it to WikiLeaks. That’s what you call a “leak” not a “hack”. There was no hack. Russia was not involved. The official narrative is bullshit. End of story.”

    The irony of being trapped in one’s own narrative should be instructive… but it won’t be. My question: Will this Russian-collusion-and-interference web of lies, covered by yet more lies, end up consigned to the carefully guarded memory-hole that all the other blatant conspiracies have been stuffed into? (*I* speculate that will turn out to be the case, but anybody’s guess…)

    • ozone August 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

      More fun from Hillary and her trustworthy friends:

      counterpunch.org/2017/08/01/did-hillary-scapegoat-russia-to-save-her-campaign/

      …And that title is *the* issue/question no one seems to want addressed. Now why would that be?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

        Did Hillary Scapegoat Russia to Save Her Campaign?

        Are you kidding?

        Hillary in 2011 almost started a war between Japan and Russia by announcing that the US State Department no longer recognises Russian sovereignty over the Kuril Islands and US is ready to help Japan to solve this territory dispute by military means.

        Only interference of Mystic-Meteorological factor (Fukushima disaster) stopped the war then.

  77. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    Veto-proofed law on anti-Russian sanctions, which, among other things, significantly restricts Trump in foreign policy initiatives, went down on his desk after the opponents of the President in the Republican Party conspired with his worst enemies in the Democratic Party.

    This circumstance makes this law not only anti-Russian, but also anti-Trump. In this situation, the fact that Trump’s second meeting with Putin went without an American interpreter was supposed to drive the Clintonoids completely mad. But, strangely enough, after Trump went on the attack, this topic disappeared from public space, replaced by “slug-like Schiff” and the long-time enemy of Hillary Clinton and very popular in the US, former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, whom Trump wants to make the US Attorney General.

    Giuliani, after becoming Attorney General, no doubt will show “Kuzma’s mother”

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuzma%27s_mother

    not only to Hillary Clinton (as required by Trump), but also to Yates, and Comey, and Rice, who in fact allowed Trump’s wiretapping. And this will make the law on anti-Russian sanctions meaningless, since it will make it a direct consequence of the criminal actions of Hillary Clinton. And those who agreed on Friday to ignore Trump’s wishes and put an anti-Russian law on his desk will be able to fully appreciate the Russian proverb: “Do not dig a hole for another – you’ll get into it yourself”.

  78. Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Apparently, Emma Lazarus, the jewess who wrote the inscription inside Lady Liberty, saw the statue as the “MOTHER OF EXILES,” because historically, jews had been expelled over 100 times from different localities, some, more than once, “unfairly”, of course. The victimhood jews excel in and focus on perpetually, compelled her to say, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses … the wretched refuse” etc…

    In reality, Emma was a super-rich jew, from a family around since colonial times. Her father, deeply tied to sugar production, more in Brazil which was 90% of the slave trade vs America’s South, just 5% — It’s hard to imagine he wasn’t in the slave trade. Also, Emma herself was a hardcore zionist. She wanted a race-based homeland for jews only, and yet she wanted America to take in the “poor, huddled, masses”. Being very wealthy in JewYork, Emma had many hip and trendy writer friends, in the way rich girls do. But the bottom line here is, Emma was a racist and deeply connected to abusive slave holders, a total hypocrite with no moral right whatsoever to instruct Whites who they should allow into their country.

    This from a nameless Storm Brother – yet it has both knowledge and wisdom beyond the cognoscenti of our day. Oh doubt it not folks, we will rule with both Wisdom and Compassion – and a Rod of Iron.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

      A Rod of Iron up your Nazi ass.

      • malthuss August 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

        fuk u..JANOS offers facts. THE NEW COLOSSUS…screw it. n u.

  79. volodya August 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    The NY Times opinion page had a piece castigating Trump’s “savage assault on truth, honesty and candor” hilariously titled Feasting on False and Fake.

    Hilarious and ironic given the Time’s own feasting on false and fake narratives. But, to be fair, the NYT is just one of a pack of media organs dedicated to the propagation of phony fucking baloney some of which is the sexual cant that JHK refers to in his commentary.

    One of the mags had a front page title blaring “Intersex”. What do we make of it? It’s in keeping with “elite” narrative don’t you think, about fluidity of gender identity and sexual preference.

    This sex and gender stuff is part of a passel of idiocies stridently promoted by elite opinion makers like the NYT. Now, to us bozos who only know what our eyes tell us, naval ships are crowded, high-stress environments, packed with high explosives, highly inflammable fuel and complex technology. So, given all that, I guess it’s perfectly ok to have a couple hundred hormonal twenty-something men cooped up with women crewmates. Right? Nothing will happen, right? Tell me, what dick-heads cooked this up? And yes, yes, yes, of course, women fuck like men, see, because Cosmopolitan sez so. And so I’ve read that the next James Bond should be a woman. And why not? Women can do what men do, right? And besides, what about gender equity?

    Don’t be fooled, this shit is all diversion, they distract with mirage so as to not deal with reality. The writers of crap are in the upper echelons of peckers in a social and economic pecking order that has no hope in hell so disastrous are the economic and political contradictions built into it. But they enjoy their status and power and they’ll do what they must to hang onto it. Naysayers beware.

    So, a female James Bond. Is there a problem? There might be. Will the idea sell? See, a movie isn’t reality, they require a lot of money to create, movie goers can’t be compelled to watch, and if movie makers want to make money, they’ll require a willing suspension of disbelief on the part of the paying movie-goer. Bondian death-defying adventures require bones and muscle and connective tissue typically found in men. In the interests of financial self-preservation, they might want to think about that. The military establishment might want to think about the concept too.

    And, in the interest of societal and individual self-preservation, we might want to think about what our betters require us to think. Does it comport with reality? Because reality doesn’t bend.

  80. janet August 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    We need to increase the level of immigration from one million to TEN million per year. More than any country in the world, the USA is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special. We ought to pause and really think deeply about that. Open the borders.

    • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      If they each bring 329,000 Of whatever denomination of currency they are used to to pay off their portion of the national debt.

  81. Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    dailystormer.com/cnns-jim-acosta-thinks-that-the-poem-at-the-base-of-the-statue-of-liberty-is-a-law-…

    Check out Jim Acosta – this is the crap who presume to “inform” us. I don’t think he’s kidding either – he really doesn’t know anything. That makes him an effective and sincere propagandist for morons. Infinity immigration – the lower, darker, and more wretched the better. This is the Zeroeth Ammendment and was written in by Emma Lazarus – an unofficial Founding Flounderess.

    • malthuss August 3, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks—how did she get it attached to the statue?

      • Janos Skorenzy August 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

        Check the fundraising section. Of course, why was SHE asked. The whole thing was a Masonic enterprise – and they are always allied with the Jews. Certainly none of this has anything to do with the Christian tradition of America. I assume many had something to say at the time, but none of that is ever mentioned.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty

        In other news (eternities), Thoreau said, “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”

        Emerson said, “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. I was the first of books; as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”

        Malthus said, I don’t like the Old Testament or its Hindu equivalents.

        • malthuss August 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

          MalthusS, to you.

          Are you ‘Dicarlo’ at that site?

          If not, you plagiarized his text.

          Over there, comment, ‘give me your mud hut goat f—res, yearning for White air.’

  82. volodya August 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Ozone, I read what you did about the technical impossibility of a Russian hack of the DNC and of the virtual certainty of it being an inside job.

    But the reality is that the Deep state could give a shit. One angle is to mire the Trump administration mastodon in a tar-pit of endless investigative harassment and hope the damn thing suffocates.

    The Deep Staters bloody well know it wasn’t the Russians that hacked the DNC and that there was no collusion and everyone else does too.

    The collusion narrative was just a pretext for digging up whatever dirt they could find so that when the delegation knocks on the White House door to tell Donald to go home, they’ll have something to justify the coup. They’ll say go away Donald or else this turd gets dumped out into the papers. “Blackmail”, to use an indelicate term. They’ll hope that works.

    And if blackmail doesn’t work, and it probably won’t, it’ll be the impeachment angle. And if that doesn’t work, and it might not, then it’s the 25th amendment angle.

    In the end, they’ll oust him somehow. Matter of time.

    • ozone August 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

      “In the end, they’ll oust him somehow. Matter of time.”

      V.,
      Wanna bet? Got a silver dollar? 😉
      Sincerely though, that might be the crossing of the Rubicon (in their fuckin’ Jeeps, of course). That step too far might cause a smidge of civil unrest, or uncivil thrashing about, or some shit like that. How quickly *that* might be quelled is a bit besides the point. It would permanently destroy the credibility of the current ‘arrangement’ of government. From that point onward there would be no question that everything the central govt. does is not by common agreement or compromise, but by obvious and quite deliberate coercion, or overt threat of violence if you prefer. (At the present, that’s pretty well hidden; although hidden in plain sight.)

    • ozone August 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

      “The collusion narrative was just a pretext for digging up whatever dirt they could find so that when the delegation knocks on the White House door to tell Donald to go home, they’ll have something to justify the coup. They’ll say go away Donald or else this turd gets dumped out into the papers. “Blackmail”, to use an indelicate term. They’ll hope that works. ”

      I completely agree. (Plus, it’s a really good cover for not asking the poisonous, Democratic Party slaying, “did Hillary and her buddies cook this shit up?” question).

      But they’re also hoping that multiple layers of ‘narratives’ (lies) will be thick enough for the publick not to be able to see through it. The minions of the Deep State (which would include most of your D.C. politicos) are not known for their perspicacity in this regard. *HOWEVER*, if the publick retains [most of] their access to their screens, Starbucks and convenience, it’s not likely there will be much blowback. I guess timing *IS* everything.

      “…Well, we finally got to the West Coast broke,
      and I was so hungry, I thought I’d croak;
      So I rustled up a spud or two,
      and my wife cooked up a ‘tater stew
      …and we poooooured the kids full of it…
      …Mighty thin stew though…
      …Coulda read a magazine through it…
      I reckon if that stew’d been just a little bit thinner,
      Some of these here “politicians” might’a seen through it too….
      — Woody the Guthrie

  83. messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    Whatever happened to Robert Poli?

  84. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    I kind of think the deep state end game is global nuclear war with the US and Russia at the center. Sort of a planetary reset. == Calico

    Deep State – this mysterious subject of history, which is an alliance of forces belonging to different parties but united by hatred not only for Russia, but for President Trump as well as for those people who supported him in the elections, has been acting so insolently lately that even “Established” media in the United States began to regularly discuss its attempts to overthrow the Constitutionally elected President.

    And this is not far from the discussion of the attempts of the “Deep State” to start a war – the World War.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      My primary suspect remains the same – the Fourth Reich of Angela Merkel.

      By eliminating the two super-powers in mutually destructive war, the Fourth Reich will remain to rule the world, a delayed Hitler’s plan funded with untold trillions of NSDAP money – the result of 6 years of looting the Europe in 1939 – 1945, saved and grown by American Nazi collaborators.

      • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

        Dear Finca, do you agree with this assessment of PCR?

        “The result of this irresponsible, thoughtless, and reckless policy toward Russia was the announcement a few weeks ago (ignored by the US media) by the Russian high command that Russian military planners have concluded that Washington is preparing a surprise nuclear attack on Russia

        This is the most alarming event of my lifetime. Now that Washington’s criminally insane have convinced Russia that Russia is in Washington’s war plans, Russia has no alternative but to prepare to strike first.”

        • FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

          Currently, I am not aware of concrete, specific information of that nature.

          Contingency plans are being constantly worked out by both sides, part of the routine, normal defense planning.

        • FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

          The new Russian Military doctrine, accepted several years ago, allows a pre-emptive nuclear strike in case of an imminent danger to the Russian State, even if not-nuclear.

          That is a significant difference with the Soviet military doctrine, which allowed only retaliatory nuclear strike in case of enemy attack with nuclear weapons.

          • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

            Finca, please pass on my screen name to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. I will be more than happy to help them set up a truly credible deterrent that puts THE GUILTY in mortal danger, instead of the dumb masses.

            You already know my trademarked slogan. I’ll be happy to teach it to them.

            From Google translate:
            ????? ???????????? ??? ????????? ????? ?????. ??? ????? ??????.

          • JimInFlorida August 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

            Well, Cyrillic characters don’t work here.

            Let’s try this:
            Ubit’ milliarderov ili milliardy budut ubity. Eto ochen’ prosto.

    • ozone August 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

      “[The Deep State] has been acting so insolently lately that even “Established” media in the United States began to regularly discuss its attempts to overthrow the Constitutionally elected President.”

      Finca,
      Prove it/show me. I haven’t seen any such “regular discussion”. (Although I do not subscribe to the NYT, I doubt there’s any such discussion, as they are a wholly owned subsidiary *of* The Deep State.)

    • malthuss August 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm #

      A Rod of Iron up your Nazi ass.

  85. routersurfer August 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

    We want lies. We need stories that blame others. We really do not want to know the truth. Many will die for a dream. Live with truth? No. Too much pain. We are children that broke our most valuable gift in The Universal Lotto. Now we pay the price. No amount of prepping will help those that follow us. Open season on everyone over 30 soon.

    • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

      Are you saying the “over 30s” want lies or the “under 30s”. Most generations blame the ones before – is this where you ( personally ) coming from?

  86. janet August 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Mueller is now examining the evidence that will stand up in a court of law on three counts. Mueller will have an airtight case that ends with Trump in prison.

    1) Financial crimes involving Russia, Russian banks, and Russian oligarchs.

    2) Cooperation with Russian spy agencies to undermine an American election.

    3) Active and willful obstruction of justice to prevent investigation of his Russian criminal activity.

    Criminal collusion with Russian oligarchs and Russian spy agencies will be Trump’s downfall because his efforts to obstruct justice will fail. His attempts at coverup only strengthened invesyigative efforts to uncover the truth Trump does not want discovered.

    • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

      Will this set a precedent where Clinton [ a n d then Mueller ] are indicted?

  87. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    Quite frankly, I am convinced that Hillary Clinton and her flying monkeys hate America more that they hate Russia.

    There is just no other feasible logical explanation of their tireless effort to start a mutually devastating war between US and Russia – they got to represent the interests of the third party, and the only one that fit the bill is the alliance of Germany with Saudi Arabia, and I am not sure that Germany is the leading state in such alliance.

  88. janet August 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    I alone can fix it. Vote for me. I will repeal Obamacare on my first day as president.

    Now, 191 days later, Obamacare is still the Law of the Land. Another broken Trump promise.

    Mueller is on Trump’s case because laws have been broken and crimes have been committed that amount to Treason. Trump will answer in a court of law… UNDER OATH… and the Truth and nothing but the Truth, will come to light, so help me god.

  89. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Russian Prime Minister Medvedev exposing Trump as a weak leader, in fact exposes himself as an active participant in the Western Black Project of Hillary Clinton.

  90. FincaInTheMountains August 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

    Forbes spilled the beans: Trump was threatened that if he did not sign the law, it would be regarded as cooperation with Russia, who intervened in the inevitable coming to power of Hillary with all the ensuing consequences.

    And Trump himself did not intend to sign the law, so that the authors of this law and those who “stoked” for it bear responsibility for its consequences. And now, when the law is signed and Trump went on vacation, having first scolded this law and its authors in terms that hinted at the possibility of challenging it in the Supreme Court, among the authors of this law and those who “stoked” for it, panic began, and they shouted that in everything, in particular in the inevitable deterioration of relations with Russia, Trump is to blame.

    The citizens of Russia (as well as US) need to finally understand that the hybrid war they are watching on TV can and does occur between Russia and the US, but in real life this is not quite so.

    Or rather, not at all.

    Otherwise, in a couple of years they will remind the citizens of the USSR who, forgetting Eisenhower’s warning about which Soviet propaganda was tirelessly screaming, sincerely believed the Voice of America that the overthrow of President Nixon’s by the Deep State of the US was a triumph of Jeffersonian Democracy.

  91. sophia August 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Seawolf,

    If you cannot see the difference between watching animals get torn up for entertainment versus eating meat, you’ve got a problem, not least because you have just denounced most people and most who have ever lived as the equivalent of dog and cock fighters.

    I agree about the ugly child sacrifice at the heart of Christianity, but it is not only the Catholics. The Protestants are blood-obsessed as well, although not as much into the torture porn as the Catholics.

    Whereas the Orthodox do not actually believe that Christ’s death was required, if I’m not mistaken, and they focus on the voluntary nature of his accepting death, but not that the father required it. Slight difference.

    • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

      It was the High Priest and his councilors tha determined Christ’s death was required.

      • janet August 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

        Thou shalt have no other gods before me. You have just made Trump equivalent to Christ. Enjoy your eternity in hell.

        • messianicdruid August 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

          Hey, they were fulfilling prophecy, unbeknownst. Kinda like yourself.

          Are you saying your gods have determined Trump must go? Try to be coherent.

          • janet August 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

            “Are you saying…” asks messianicdruid

            I am not saying anything. Your god made the rules. You have violated your covenant with your god, beknownst or unbeknowst, and by the rules established by your god you must now be punished for your disobedience. Those are the rules. Bow down to your god and accept eternity in hellfire.

          • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 5:40 am #

            Keeping with the Gnosticism theme, this was a proclamation of Ialdabaoth. The demiurge and overlord of the material realm, AKA the “god” of the abrahamic bible, revealed its petty, violent, and aspirational nature to the trapped souls. Some decided to worship it. No wonder gnostics were a threat.

          • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 6:11 am #

            “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

            The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

            “This is the covenant I will make with them
            after that time, says the Lord.
            I will put my laws in their hearts,
            and I will write them on their minds.
            Then he adds:

            Their sins and lawless acts
            I will remember no more.
            And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”

            This is what Creator God is doing, not what I [ or anyone else ] is or is not doing. It is not of works [ or failures ] lest anyone should boast [ or have a perceived right to condemn ].

            A Call to Persevere in Faith

      • sophia August 4, 2017 at 9:34 am #

        Required by God or by them?

        • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 10:57 am #

          I think you are “staring out gnats and swallowing camels”.

          The leaders of Judaea were concerned that they would lose their positions if things didn’t calm down. So their requirement was to eliminate the problem.

          A blood sacrifice [ the life is in the blood ] was required to pay for sin. God paid it Himself since He required it.