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It hasn’t been a great month for America’s electric car fantasy. Elon Musk’s Tesla company — the symbolic beating heart of the fantasy — is whirling around the drain with its share price plummeting 22 percent, its bonds downgraded by Moody’s to junk status, a failure to produce its “affordable” ($36,000 — Ha!) Model 3 at commercial scale, a massive recall of earlier S Model sedans for a steering defect, and the spectacular fiery crash in Silicon Valley last week of an X model that may have been operating in automatic mode (the authorities can’t determine that based on what’s left), and which killed the driver.

Oh, and an experimental self-driving Uber car (Volvo brand) ran over and killed a lady crossing the street with her bicycle in Tempe, Arizona, two weeks ago. Don’t blame Elon for that.

There’s a lot to like about electric cars, of course, if, say, you’re a Google executive floating through life in a techno-narcissism bubble, or a Hollywood actor with wooly grandiose notions of saving the planet while simultaneously signaling your wealth and your “green” virtue cred. Teslas supposedly handle beautifully, ride very quietly, have great low-end power, and decent range of over 200 miles. The engine has something like twenty moving parts, is very long-lasting, and is easy to repair or change out if necessary.

Are they actually “green and clean?” Bwaahaaaaa….! Are you kidding? First, there’s the energy embedded in producing the car: mining and smelting the ores, manufacturing the plastics, running the assembly line, etc. That embedded energy amounts to about 22 percent of the energy consumed by the car over a ten-year lifetime. Then there’s the cost of actually powering the car day-by-day. The electricity around the USA is produced mostly by burning coal, natural gas, or by nuclear fission, all of which produce harmful emissions or byproducts. But the illusion that the power just comes out of a plug in the wall (for just pennies a day!) is a powerful one for the credulous public. The cherry-on-top is the fantasy that before much longer all that electric power will come from “renewables,” solar and wind, and we can leave the whole fossil fuel mess behind us. We say that to ourselves as a sort of prayer, and it has exactly that value.

There are at least a couple of other holes in story, big-picture wise. One is that electric mass motoring — switching out the whole liquid fuel fleet for an all-electric fleet — won’t pencil out economically. We probably started the project forty years too late to even be able to test it at scale, because economic events are now moving so quickly in the direction of global austerity that the putative middle-class customer base for electric cars will barely exist in the near future. Americans especially nowadays are so financially stressed that they can’t qualify for car loans — and that is mainly how cars are bought in this land. The industry has strained mightily to bend the rules so that these days it’s even possible to get a seven-year loan for a used car whose collateral value will dissipate long before the loan is paid back. Hard to see how they can take that much further.

The usual answer for that is that you won’t need to own a car because the nation will be served by self-driving electric Uber-style cars-on-demand, which will supposedly require far fewer cars in all. That really doesn’t answer some big questions, such as: how might commuting work in our big metroplex cities? Even if you posit multiple occupancy vehicles, it still represents a whole lot of car trips. Oh, you say, everybody will just work from home. Really? I don’t think so — though I wouldn’t rule out an end to corporate organization of work as we’ve known it, and if that happens, we will be a nation of farmers and artisans again, that is, a World Made By Hand. Also consider, if the car companies only need to make and sell a fraction of the vehicles they sell now, the whole industry will collapse.

Another hole in the story is the universal assumption that the USA must remain a land of mandatory car dependency, hostage to the fiasco of our suburban infrastructure. I understand why we’re attached to it. We spent most of the 20th century building all that shit, and squandered most our wealth on it. It’s comfortably familiar, even if it’s actually a miserable environment for everyday life. But none of those monetary and psychological investments negate the fact that suburbia has outlived its limited and rather perverse usefulness.

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  1. George March 30, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    “We’re so far from having any intelligent public debate about these issues that the events now spooling out will completely blindside the nation.”

    Meanwhile, the 1% is so spooked by these events, they’re spinning all manner of distractions in what will surely turn out to be an utterly futile attempt to preserve some semblance of their status. Take just one of these as an example: Russia. The “spinners” are so busy dizzying themselves with countless eddies of analysis, they’re forgetting that while they were distracting us with other distractions, Putin was busying the Russian MoD with the development of actual weapons systems that work (as opposed to the F-35 project that’ probably little more than a ploy to allow well-connected defense contractors to raid the Treasury). It’s very likely that a “miscalculation” will occur that will result in somebody getting a very black eye. And if that’s all that happens, we should consider ourselves very lucky.

    Oh, and then there’s this New Silk Road initiative. And don’t you know the Wall Street Ilk is supremely frustrated that they can’t manage the margins associated with those ventures! LOL!

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      “And don’t you know the Wall Street Ilk is supremely frustrated that they can’t manage the margins associated with those ventures”.

      There’s skim in EVERYTHING.

  2. venuspluto67 March 30, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Thomas A. Lewis writing on DailyImpact.net once referred to the electric-car fantasy as the equivalent of “diet cheesecake”. That pretty much sums it up.

  3. patrickd March 30, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    “We’re so far from having any intelligent public debate about these issues that the events now spooling out will completely blindside the nation.”

    The events might actually blind us, like the flash from nuclear bombs over our cities. Blind us, then cook us…

    The electric car fantasy is just one of the many unrealities that keep US Americans diverted from the reality that the US PTB’s (powers that be) are robbing and murdering all over the planet, including in the US, killing and stealing. The PTB’s only lie, so of course they say and promote the techo-narcissitic fantasy narrative, which US Americans love to hear. Anything to keep them from marching in the street demanding the necks of US Federal Government war criminals.

    US Americans need to be talking about what kind of government we need to set up to replace the current oligarchy. The democracy fantasy, however, is real to most everyone in the US. I mean, half the nation votes! How absurd is that??? The oligarchy loves that! They get to keep stealing, killing and stealing, lying and stealing, tricking and stealing, bombing and stealing, and well, just simple stealing!

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:19 am #

      ” They get to keep stealing, killing and stealing, lying and stealing, tricking and stealing, bombing and stealing, and well, just simple stealing!”

      That’s just for starters.

      Don’t get me started on the Complete List!

  4. KK March 30, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    “… the universal assumption that the USA must remain a land of mandatory car dependency…”

    Yes. Unfortunately.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      “Another hole in the story is the universal assumption that the USA must remain a land of mandatory car dependency, hostage to the fiasco of our suburban infrastructure. I understand why we’re attached to it. We spent most of the 20th century building all that shit, and squandered most our wealth on it. It’s comfortably familiar, even if it’s actually a miserable environment for everyday life. But none of those monetary and psychological investments negate the fact that suburbia has outlived its limited and rather perverse usefulness.”

      Although Kunstler and I disagree about the future of Great Cities, I remain committed to nyc (with alternatives in place at the Beach, Mexico, and another alternative geography as a hedge).

      • tahoe1780 March 30, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        and a bunker in New Zealand? youtu.be/zqIt93dDG1M

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:04 am #

          “another alternative geography as a hedge”.

      • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        Oh wow. This just continues on from last week with the host trying to blow some reality back at some of the dreamers faces. People, our way of life in fifty years will be totally different than it is now. The basic structure of people’s lives in 2100 will be different, who knows now how but definitely smaller in scope and more localized due to the decline in transportation options. Liberals, the government is not the answer to this. I cannot imagine a poorer option to handling the social changes necessary in the next fifty years than counting on the current cast of miscreants in the Deep State in DC. Or NYC! The liberal element counts on the government to solve the problems we face, ha! You cannot be that blind. The conservatives want to back out of our lives totally, which is a joke in itself, they are just as committed to the Deep State as the Left. But we will need a central focus to the country to hold it together. Try to imagine what is coming in reaction to the increasing changes. More power allocated to the Feds to solve the problems but less effect because there are no political solutions to the oncoming Long Emergency. When solutions are not forthcoming, the divisions will widen as the finger pointing and search for the guilty starts. I foresee a division in the country, maybe just political as demographic divisions split the nation apart, or violent revolution as die hards fight to the death. The forces keeping us together are weakening and the divisive forces are strengthening. During past crises like this, the cohesive forces have rallied by “Wagging the Dog”. There is a reason the US has gone to war every twenty years or so during its history, Rally around the flag boys. War is no longer an option with MAD in place and terroristic military dispersion the name of the game. Nukes and whack a mole does not work well. So what happens when the war option does not exist? Divisions will continue to grow, and I guess we will see to what end. When politics are the main theater, the human element does not perform well. As cohesion Founders, localization will become the theme of the moment.

        As duly predicted wih TLE and WMBH.

      • Jigplate March 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

        I have spent 32 years babysitting the children of New York City’s permanent underclass, and I have absolutely no confidence in that city’s future. There are far more of these people than you think, and when the long emergency really gets rolling , these people are going to howl.

        • malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

          howl or starve?

        • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:03 am #

          Absolutely outstanding comment!!! Bravo!! Bravo!! And look at that class that has EXPLODED!!! All over the streets in downtown LA and now moving quickly into the upper class bucolic neighborhoods! TENT CITY.

          Katie Hopkins from the UK I have been following for a number of years and I highly recommend everyone see her videos over on what is now called CensorTube. The good old days of open commenting and posting videos that shine a light on the hellish destruction of liberalism in Europe and here is no more.

          The boys and girls at CensorTube are doing what the powers that be in Sweden Germany The UK are doing. That is go after the truth tellers and LOCK THEM

          But I digress. Her latest trip with videos on CensorTube and on Tucker Carlson the other night is A OH. MY. GOD!!!BUBONIC PLAGUE ASTOUNDING!!! Huge Rat cities!! You never seen so many rats!! I’m not talking the human ones. And the waves of trash and the streets sidewalks so slick from shit and pee!!

          She talked extensively about her fact finding trips in the Bombay South Africa Haiti all the other shit holes that the 1965 immigration act started letting in and she was blunt.

          “Tucker all the places I just said I’ve been and shown on your show in the past pales in comparison to what I documented out in Los Angeles. Let me read this pertaining to the Bubonic Plague right before the outbreak. What London looked like.”

          She read from a book written by a famous British writer from back then (his name slips me. Right on the tip of my tongue!) at the end of her reading she said, and that, that is what I’ve documented.

          “This is no longer a large homeless problem. We are way beyond that. This is a soon to explode modem day dystopian plague. It will take a large contingent of your Army to go in and move everyone out to one of many abandoned military bases that are out there. “.

          “This, this is what liberalism brings. This is the face of it. Dead bodies you stumble over. Streets sidewalks slippery with human excrement. Billions of blow flies. On and on it goes for miles. “

          Tucker said so much of the footage is so bad they could not run it due to certain laws but you can see it all at Katie Hopkins on CensorTube. And her segment with Tucker on CensorTube.

          • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

            “She read from a book written by a famous British writer from back then (his name slips me”

            You might be referring to “The Journal of the Plague Years” by Daniel Defoe….

  5. robert magill March 30, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    #1.
    This becomes another elitist sham unless for each new electric vehicle put into service, a gas guzzler is destroyed (not just traded down the food chain to live forever like ’59 Chevies in Cuba.

    #2.
    Electric vehicles as best sellers spells doom for the America market because China and Russia hold close to 50% of the worlds Cobalt and the US has none. Unless a miracle makes iron ion work as a sub. we’re out of luck.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      There is only one thing that will “spark” the electric car revolution.

      $10/gallon gas

  6. dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Interesting mention of Volvo’s Uber. I’ll take a chance and tell a car story on CFN, here goes:

    Back in the 60’s , I drove a Volvo 122S. I bought it because the original owner found smaller cars useless, so I paid $1600 almost new. The good luck which proceeded was just due to dumb luck. Suddenly every young woman in nyc wanted to be with me. It turns out that all of them nyc young beauties had figured me very sophisticated and urbane.

    I got another story about a van, but won’t chance it here.

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      I get the same feeling about the EVs and chic little mini cars now. Very hip in all the lefty enclaves, but of not much practical use anywhere else.

      • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        O.K. I will tell it.

        The best Beauty Magnet I ever owned was a van that I drove out to the West Coast. Late ’60s. Women hitching everywhere. I even figured out how to cook over an open fire to get them in my sleeping bag.

        • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 11:40 am #

          Very resourceful! Those were the days!

        • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

          Uh oh Danny boy.

          How many of those beauties are ready to sue you today for harassment?

    • snarkmatic9000 March 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      We also drove a 122s, bought in 1970 3 years old, driven for over 10 years and 220k miles, best car we ever had. If a car maker made one that functional and well built now they’d be overwhelmed with interest.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      The latest info indicates that Uber may have switched off the protective radar shield. Lawsuits here we come.

    • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

      “I got another story about a van, but won’t chance it here.”

      Rape van? The Statute of Limitations might preclude the story?

  7. dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:28 am #

    “The industry has strained mightily to bend the rules so that these days it’s even possible to get a seven-year loan for a used car whose collateral value will dissipate long before the loan is paid back. Hard to see how they can take that much further.” – Kunstler

    They can write loans that go to infinity. The loans immediately get rolled in paper (“Collateralized”) and stuffed back into pension investments and the like.

    The pensioners eat the losses.

    Then they die.

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Excellent points!

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      First they go on welfare. Then they die. Social security will not suffice.

  8. Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Very timely post Jim. Electric cars suffer from the same incentives as oil eventually will: in order to make them profitably, they must be priced out of reach for most of the buying public. In order to make them cheap, they simply won’t be profitable enough to produce, absent the usual practice for fledgling industries; aka, subsidies and/or mercantilist trade policies. And both would come at the direct expense of the current fully mature industry/technology in oil and the internal combustion engine. A very tough trade off indeed for a culture that has already destroyed and gives no indication whatsoever of desiring to revive any competing mass transportation infrastructures that might now provide an alternative to all this madness. Add to that fact that pretty much everywhere west of the Mississippi is completely dependent on the car culture not just for getting around, but actual survival itself, and we’ve painted ourselves into a pretty dire predicament indeed! Like it or not, we’re riding this mother down with the technology that brung us all the way to the bottom, not matter what.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      “any competing mass transportation infrastructures”

      Someone steal the subway?

      • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 10:40 am #

        They’re only in big cities. NOt too many subways out west here. Or realistic bus lines either, for the most part.

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:43 am #

          whew!

          Lot’s of things been stolen lately, so just checkin’

          Privatized, yet?

      • tahoe1780 March 30, 2018 at 10:57 am #

        This is interesting. Being implemented in Dubai now, I believe.

        youtu.be/IDgh29SqZzE

        youtu.be/EXs2Cb4KvPY

      • Peter VE March 30, 2018 at 11:19 am #

        The subway hasn’t been stolen, just the money to keep up with maintenance, and it costs 5 times what the rest of the world pays to build more lines (at least in NYC).

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:36 am #

          To repeat:

          There’s skim in Everything.

      • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

        DB, you are fortunate to live in an area where somebody a century or so ago had the foresight to build NY subways. NY is the exception.

    • lbs March 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      Your economics of auto manufacturing makes no sense. Autos are a very low profit margin business. Profits have little bearing on how affordable they are, the cost of building them is the dominant factor. If your contention is that they cost too much to build to be affordable for ordinary people, that would be a coherent asseftion.

    • SpeedyBB April 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

      Quote from some woman considering herself among the ‘movers & shakers’ when Prez ManBaby first got in: ‘The most urgent issue is how to stop Elon Musk’.

      I frankly found it puzzling.

      Maybe I shouldn’t have.

  9. Georges1202 March 30, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Ah, the old Jim is back! – not a single mention of the whoremongering ass keeping the seat warm in D.C. or Russia! Well done.

    Yes the entire misallocated project of 20th century America is beginning to crumble. What is it? – 50% of Americans cannot deal with a $450 surprise expense now? They have been systematically drained of anything resembling liquidity by the voracious rich, who are not through by any means – just check out what will happen to the VA once the motherfucking Koch Brothers get their mitts on it.

    And Uber – can anyone think of a more obnoxious company besides Goldman Sachs? Good riddance (hopefully)

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:37 am #

      “And Uber – can anyone think of a more obnoxious company besides Goldman Sachs?”

      sure

      There’s a company set up with 2 staff members. It is in the District of the Congressman who directed the P.R. restore.

      How’s it workin’ out for the Puerto Ricans?

      • Georges1202 March 30, 2018 at 10:54 am #

        They have a chance to reboot themselves out of the insanity of international finance. There is strong interest of a cryptocurrrency based economy emerging. Job #1 will be to divorce themselves from the US – obviously no benefit whatsoever from that partnership.

        Watch Puerto Rico carefully – from almost total destruction may come a new way of doing things in this God-awful new century of ours.

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:07 am #

          Lots of friends buying house for themselves in PR now.

          Great surfing in Rincon!

    • shastatodd March 30, 2018 at 11:21 am #

      “Ah, the old Jim is back! – not a single mention of the whoremongering ass keeping the seat warm in D.C. or Russia! Well done.”

      yeah and thank you! i had given up, but someone on the fb peak oil group mentioned this week was a return to our finite planet roots, with a timely commentary on the “green” electric car techno-narcissism and the “intelligence” of the status seeking idiots who buy them (jay hanson would be proud!).

      i recently read the fed’s balance sheet increases at 2.2 million a minute… this makes me wonder if these electric cars can fly or will they also fall when they go off the cliff?

      • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

        The GOP is now proposing a balanced budget amendment ha! When Pigs fly, so to speak.

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill March 31, 2018 at 9:27 am #

          Yeah. Even if they did pass such a bill they would try to word it so it only applies when Dems are in control. Thus far, all of their talk about fiscal responsibility only applies to the other guy. Just like everything else they talk about. Talking the talk is easy, walking the walk? Well…just call Uber…

          Meanwhile, I won’t even talk about Dems and their endless pursuit of finding racism and misogyny in EVERYTHING these days. They make me want to puke. Violently.

          It appears our cultures’ obsession with youth has materialized. All of the adults have died off and the children have taken over.

  10. pequiste March 30, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    And while all this nonsense about electric and self-driving cars is being promulgated, Elon Musk keeps receiving fat government subsidies and other perks for his troubles. Think about the rich grants for electric storage systems, launch capability at U.S. government facilities, and lots of free, loving media exposure; so no skin off of his nose. Just a yuge net worth and fame..the ultimate measures of success and happiness in our time.

    As for the lumpen – try and take a passenger train from Atlanta to Miami. Ha ha ha.

    Jokes on u.s.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      “Elon Musk keeps receiving fat government subsidies and other perks for his troubles. Think about the rich grants for electric storage systems, launch capability at U.S. government facilities, and lots of free, loving media exposure; so no skin off of his nose. Just a yuge net worth and fame..the ultimate measures of success and happiness in our time.”

      there’s the Grift…

      …maybe we create a Thread just exposing the Rackets?

  11. thenuttyneutron March 30, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Maybe we will go back to the original semi-autonomous mode of travel a.k.a. the horse.

    If we could somehow genetically engineer a smart dog breed to be the same size as a horse with a long life span, it would be just great. The animal could double as a space heater for people in the north. You would just have to feed it small animals and nixtamal corn.

    *sarc* or we just learn to walk to work and live closer to it.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:47 am #

      “we just learn to walk to work and live closer to it.”

      NYC! NYC! NYC! NYC! NYC! NYC!

      I LOVE NY!

      • snarkmatic9000 March 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        You may not love it so much when the lights go out and it’s falling down around your ears… read Koppel’s book.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

        Your fortress in Manhattan is not impregnable. We will besiege you. Relieved by boat? We will blockade you. By air? We will do something else…..!

        • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

          Always with the drama!

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

      I remember in TLE, JHK suggested that when the build the next generation of mass transportation they ought to build tracks between the rails for the horses to pull the cars. Sad truth.

  12. akmofo March 30, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    I really like some of the German engineered electric bikes coming to market these days. But I’m waiting for the Chinese or anyone else to reduce the cost of these electric bicycles from the current $6,000 price range to about $600. Seems a very doable project and one that someone like Elon Musk should have probably tackled first. In some cities I know, like Tel Aviv, electric bicycles now dominate the streets. Though there be lots of bike lanes, no bike highways, yet. A combination of a Metro rail system and e-bike commuting is something worth considering. Less cars on the roads, more people on the streets, promotes higher density living.

    Kalkhoff Integrale 8 Electric Bike
    youtu.be/iAIjw_pUQfA

  13. wm5135 March 30, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    “We probably started the project forty years too late…….” JHK

    if memory serves, there was some debate about energy forty years ago. Thirty six years ago it was MORNING IN AMERICA and all rational debate evaporated from U.S. society, public and political.

    Maybe we can drown this bs in a bathtub?

    Carlin – “you get a front row seat”

  14. Walter B March 30, 2018 at 10:53 am #

    When I was a young teenager I saw a TV program about American’s “love affair” with the automobile. I was so upset and scarred by the idea that I grew up to be quite the opposite. For me transportation was always something that took me from where I was to someplace I had to go to accomplish something. I was never entertained or soothed by motion of transportation in any way. If I happen to discuss this with people, most of them look at me like I was a leper, and even come out and say that there is something wrong with me. Out here in Hunterdon County New Jersey, many, especially those who have too much income to waste, collect cars like Saudis collect harem girls. One fellow on top of a mountain across the river even had to build a huge Butler building to house his herd of “collectible” and expensive toys. I hear he has been forced to sell them all because of the bad economy, but there are plenty more of these people, mostly men, that simply MUST have as many as possible. I cannot understand the disease or explain it other than the possibility that advertising works and the misconception that he who dies with the most toys wins. Whatever the cause, in the end Americans spend far too much time, at least IMHO, driving around like demented, angry fools going from place to place, from event to event, accomplishing nothing other than making a lot of rich men a lot richer. Perhaps that is the true reason.

    Between their driving and texting needs, if it all craps out, I seriously doubt that many of them will be able to survive a World Made By Hand. A World Made By Thumbs perhaps, but most of them lack the necessary skills, talents, and motivation to be very useful in any way. Sorry.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      Wishing your fellows all the best I see.

      or a little bitter, perhaps?

      • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 11:37 am #

        No, really I am more than blessed myself, in fact beyond anything a man could possible need. But I see far too many really angry, very stressed out people, especially on the roads these days. I really wish they could settle down, so many need to do so in a big way.

        I do not know if I am living in the Capitol of Road Rage, but it seems to be so. For many years now I have been fortunate enough to been able to develop a set of driving habits that has isolated me from all of the terror around me on the roads. I drive at the speed limit whatever it may be and always keep to the right. Every time someone comes racing up behind me and jumps on my bumper I pull over and let them pass and honestly and sincerely wish them a safe ride and a great day. About half of the flip me off and mouth obscenities at me as they pass, but I smile and wave politely. It is the only way I have found to avoid being caught up in the stress and anger I see displayed at me, or anyone that gets in their way. I have become THE most courteous driver on the road, mostly for my benefit, not necessarily for theirs, because as I have aged I have found that the stress is just too damaging to my insides. Bad enough that I have to take it on as a Committeeman twice a month.

        If you have ever found yourself lying there dying, (at least you thought you were), then you may realize that all of the crap that we humans collect has very little value after all. What does in fact count is what is inside and is what we share with our families, friends and fellow humans when we stop thinking about ourselves only and concentrate on caring about a greater good.

        • ozone March 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

          “If you have ever found yourself lying there dying, (at least you thought you were), then you may realize that all of the crap that we humans collect has very little value after all. What does in fact count is what is inside and is what we share with our families, friends and fellow humans when we stop thinking about ourselves only and concentrate on caring about a greater good.”

          WalterB,
          Good comment, and actually, very germane to JHK’s topic, IMO.
          I have come to the same conclusions, and have limited my crap collection to things that might be handy for persons in the future. 😉 (Even though I don’t really know who that might be, it won’t matter, because I won’t be around to distribute it.)

          And I do the driving thing the same way you do (not being crazy and extending simple courtesy at all times); it generates a few smiles sometimes as well. Good will can’t be bought, but I’ve found it can be easily gifted.

          • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            And it only takes one return out of very many acts of kindness to make it all worthwhile friend. I make it a point to pull into the left lane on a four lane county highway I ride often, when I see up ahead, a vehicle waiting to pull out into the roadway. One time, a school bus saw what I did and pulled out and I was given the biggest smile and energetic wave of thanks as I passed by. It really made the rest of my day wonderful and I actually found myself getting a bit choked up as I passed and was so rewarded. His Word is not so much words as it is a Lifestyle and which has far greater rewards than a paltry paycheck.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

          The Bridegroom cometh in the Middle of the Night. Cursed are those servants whom he finds asleep. But blessed are those whom he finds awake.

          • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

            Amen

    • Georges1202 March 30, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      I just completed a year and a half in Switzerland without a car. Wasn’t all that difficult as the transportation system here is without equal. It can be done and now I know I can do it without any withdrawal symptoms.

      • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:03 am #

        I tried a trip through the Swiss Alps as a college man. The one phrase that I memorized was “Je desire rente un Veloz-Solet”

      • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

        G

        I hear you. I have wondered why this country does not seem able to build high speed rail nationally and good commuter systems in the cities. One should be able to go city center to city center and get to a mile from your home from anywhere else in the country. Why have others in the world been able to make this happen. We are a wealthy country but act like we are destitute. ???

        • Walter B March 31, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

          One reason that we have such a garbage mass transportation system compared to Europe and a lot of the rest of the world is that they were all pretty much decimated after 1945 and were vastly rebuilt with a lot more modern technologies that existed before. The American system was started during the Civil War and added onto, and added onto and added onto a little bit here a little bit there. This Add On Infrastructure was something I was able to point out specifically to my wife on a recent overnighter to AC, NJ. From the 44th floor of the Tropicana, we had a 180 degree view of the island facing the Bay. You could see how construction has been added on piecemeal with some really ancient structures (and the garbage that runs underneath them) butting up to buildings recently constructed. The war may have destroyed everything, but it certainly allowed for a fresh start.

          Of course, American mass transportation was sold out to the auto makers for sure, where personal profit from sales and service can buy enough politicians to last a lifetime. There is no profit in public transportation other than the dirt bag brothers, cousins, and nephews at the high paying top management jobs.

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

            “One reason that we have such a garbage mass transportation system compared to Europe and a lot of the rest of the world is that they were all pretty much decimated after 1945 and were vastly rebuilt with a lot more modern technologies that existed before. The American system was started during the Civil War and added onto, and added onto and added onto a little bit here a little bit there.”

            Actually there’s a similar difference between the UK system and that which prevails on mainland Europe. The UK system was the earliest and was built piecemeal by private investors during the railway mania period, making and losing fortunes.

            This meant, for example, that there were irrational ‘decisions’ like two competing lines going to the same place. It also means we have delights like the Carlisle to Settle line which includes the Ribblesdale Viaduct (and which would never make it through planning now because it’s not efficient) and the Fort William to Mallaig line (where the ‘Harry Potter’ train runs). Other beautiful heritage lines exist only because of ‘Friends of the ……Line’ societies that love their local railway and have fought to keep it open.

            In the 60s thousands of miles of railway lines were famously axed by Beeching for reasons of ‘efficiency’.

            On mainland Europe, on the other hand, railways were built later, with the benefit of experience and were properly planned from inception, by the state, which I’m afraid is why they are so efficient and a pleasure to use.

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

            And I love the idea that I could get on a train in Edinburgh and make my way through England, France and Spain, all the way to Morocco, without going near a single airport.

            Travelling, rather than bunny-hopping.

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

            It would cost me way more than a flight, though, sadly, although it would be kinder to subsequent generations.

          • Walter B March 31, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

            Sitting all cramped up in an aluminum can with firecrackers strapped to your wings breathing in damned bad air at 32,000 feet is one of, if not THE most ridiculous ways to be transported. I refused to do it again decades ago. A twin engine Beechcraft at reasonable altitude with a combat veteran pilot – mucho improveo. Train would be THE wonderful way to go if it were not so ridiculously priced and so dammed slow (at least here in the US Northeast ) and I blame that all on the government. It is just another way that they have sold us all out.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

      You never gravitated to NY? The City is only place in America that I know of where your attitude may be common. Many never learn to drive at all since it is not needed and a tradition has grown that is in stark contrast with the rest of America.

      • Walter B March 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

        NYC has a number of very cool advantages of living such as no need to own an automobile and the convenience of having anything and everything you could want at your fingertips. Of course it takes a serious healthy cash flow to be able to afford one of the highest costs of living on the planet, but if you can swing it, it is convenient, no doubt. My oldest friend just moved out from the Upper West Side to Las Vegas after living the past six years in the most crowded place around, yet where a person can remain so alone that it nearly drove him crazy.

        Let us all hope that the electricity and the food supply keep rolling inward or the residents of West New York are going to need some serious firearms and ammunition to defend their shore once the host is dead and those that rely upon it must seek new suppliers for their needs. It could certainly get interesting even 60 miles to the West out here by me. But that is all just fantasy, right Jim?

  15. K-Dog March 30, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Out here you’d not know that the electric car is not going to take off. I’d see a dozen, now it’s more than that, every day. There’s a lot to like about electric cars and a lot of the people who can afford to like them live in Seattle.

    Electric cars are the natural knee jerk reaction to the world just gets better and better and the belief in an inexorable rise of prosperity and progress. The fantasy of infinite replacement where an emerging shortage of anything can be simply replaced by new technology is a lot behind why people like electric cars. Infinite replacement being a religious principle of the technically bewitched in the church of infinite growth.

    I’d have liked the range NOT to have improved and would have liked the world to adapt to the limited range of electrics. To do more with less and be happy about it, but that’s my ‘what’s to like’ about electric cars. Cities would have had to fight sprawl because of the limited range. A big problem with cars in general was that they gave too much mobility. Had they only facilitated the operation of society that would have been one thing but they totally transformed into into the stumbling headless beast we now know. An electric which ‘worked’ but which had limited range would have been an improvement for America.

    I’d have debated that electrics had an important part of the future and some people will I imagine, but no longer I. We are on a downhill slide approaching a cliff and nothing is going to stop our slide into the abyss.

    It is reported that Trump pulls troops from Syria like it was a planned move and not because Putin has solidly put Assad back in power in the south of Syria. (Did we even have any troops there or was that a lie too?) America has become an irrelevant fifth wheel in the area andSyria is but one example.

    It becomes obvious looking around the world that American influence is in deep decline. The world passes America by but nobody talks about it. Faux pride, fear, and the avoidance of pain silences all. Genocide in the north of Syria does not make American news. America does not have the power, or the desire, or moral authority to stop Turkey from murdering Kurds so we pretend it does not happen. Out of sight and out of mind.

    “It should hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the situation that the Turkish backed jihadists would eventually capture the region. The Turkish Air force has been flying freely over the skies of northern Aleppo without Washington, YPG’s benefactor uttering a single word, despite being a close NATO ally with Ankara. This says a lot about who Washington cares for in Syria.”

    It says we prefer a pussy grabbing president over one who leads is what it says. The reason being this situation produces just the right balance between chaos and normal operation for some powerful people to make a pile of money apparently.

    A debate about electric cars will happen between those who believe that America has a future and those who do not. Technical merits be dammed. This is about attitudes and soft-pedaling technical merits in the discussion is not so wrong since our nation has only the fantasy of a future before it and not an actual future where technical issues would matter anyway.

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Personally, I hate electronics.

      When electricity was introduced on a wide-scale, people went out and bought electric ties. Worse yet, the sought electric medical treatments. People were treated with X-rays!

      The guiding principle is that “once Monetized everything turns to Shit”.

      • Eoin March 30, 2018 at 11:37 am #

        I’ve got an idea !
        Howza ’bout a new blog called “dannyboy goes to Clusterfuck Nation ? It’ll be based on a 1% poseur , from NYC, who is too lazy, or vacuous, to start his own blog. So, So, he makes about twenty posts per hour to a really fine blog that many people care about and enjoy; but his comments are apropos of nothing more than what HE wants to talk about………, all about him ,SEE? The funny part is that …., well there is no funny part; it’s kinda like Sinefeld- a show about nothing.
        I’ll be right back…….., Doctors at the door with a delivery.

        Get a blog dannyboy.

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:41 am #

          Good luck with the Doctor. Doc makes house calls (Doctors at the door with a delivery.)

          Is he treating your case of Bitterness?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

            This is what you get for boasting about being rich – a disease of nouveau riche. It’s a “religion” of Old Money not to do so.

            Btw, survival experts strongly warn against 3rd World refuges. The PR’s are going to be coming after rich gringos when things get bad. Their own native elite will be hard pressed themselves and will have no sympathy or aid to extend to foreigners. Don’t go unless you have a special situation – like being married into the People.

        • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:43 am #

          Eoin,

          I’ll be gone before you get back.

          My preference is to be friendly.

          Sorry to hear of your condition.

          Your friend,
          dannyboy

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

        Yes, love of money is the root of all evil. George Bernard Shaw gave it a twist and said, Lack of money is the root of all evil. That’s true too, but the first is the first cause and the second a secondary cause. Love of money leads to the lack of it for others – who are not morally superior because they lack it. That was and is a Marxist lie.

    • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      Good Doggy, and smart too! The assault that the US through NATO (Turkey) is now waging on Syria is something that we should not only be denouncing as aggressive evil violence, but watching carefully as it will surely turn into a really, really bad idea if it continues.

      • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 1:54 am #

        nytimes.com/2015/11/29/magazine/a-dream-of-utopia-in-hell.html

        The world should weep. The American propaganda machine currently is masking the atrocities by making a big deal of the alleged downing of a Turkish Jet. That will prime the public for justifiable retribution should any news of the atrocities of our NATO ally leak out. The fools believe anything you tell them.

        Northern Syria ruled by militant feminist anarchists. That the world could not abide that so our pussy grabber now helps the even bigger pussy grabber Erdogan grab all the pussy in Northern Syria he wants.

        thekurdishproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Picture2_71.jpg

        Later Assad will reclaim the region after it has been emptied.

    • ozone March 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

      K-dog,
      The US military and ummmm, contractors are busy securing the eastern oil fields in Syria for the continuance of the car and killing cultures. I smell more IED’s in the near future for the World Straddlers.
      Most unfortunately, I think Trump is lying about ‘pulling out’. Either that, or he’s believing his own bullshit; which is his usual M.O. and S.O.P.
      US Def. Sec., Mattis, sez different.

      • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

        When Mr. Trump took office it seemed to me and a lot of others that he very well might be deposed of, impeached, or even JFK’d. Being that nothing has happened in this regard at least so far, I would suggest that he has avoided demise by not only going along with the endless war for profit, but by has in fact ramped up the effort.

        • SpeedyBB April 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

          Prez ManBaby, having ventured into the casino business in Atlantic City,must have had more than a few ‘sit-downs’ with the enduring Sicilian element in that area of influence.

          That he was able to walk out of the room under his own power is clear evidence that he is more than willing to accommodate superior force, when necessary.

          And do what he is told to do.

      • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 1:06 am #

        I don’t believe that. Part of the Syrian clusterfuck is that Syria was way past peak and became an oil importer before things went to shit. No oil is a big part of the reason why things went to shit. That contractor bullshit is propaganda.

        Kurdish Genocide by the Ottoman Empire

        Leading up to and during World War I, the Ottoman Empire conducted a number of genocidal campaigns against the Christian minorities living within Turkey as well as other provinces under its control. The most well-known is the Armenian genocide. There were also lesser known, but no less brutal, genocide campaigns against the Assyrian Christians in Northern Iraq.

        After World War I, the newly declared Turkish Republic leader Kemal Atatürk repudiated the Treaty of Sèvres which proposed a referendum be conducted in the Kurdish homeland. As a result, conflict continued between the Turkish military and the Kurds. This conflict still exists today, as the Turkish Kurdistan area has been depopulated, thousands of villages have been destroyed and a state of martial law has been implemented.

        That is background, this is now.

        First, thousands of civilians have been forced to abandon their houses and their city under the bombardment of Turkish forces. Second, so far hundreds of innocent people of Afrin including woman and children have died as the result of Erdogan’s bombing without warning of the city centre and main residential areas. Erdogan is one of the most disastrous and dictatorial presidents ever seen in the history of Turkey. The Turkish military junta has committed atrocities against the people of Afrin, with mass murder, the reported use of chemical weapons and a programme of ethnic cleaning. That the world stands by and does nothing will be most painful memory of the people of Afrin for generations.

        That I got from the Kurdistan Tribune.

        • ozone March 31, 2018 at 8:35 am #

          K-dog,
          “The US is reportedly establishing an at-Tanf-like military garrison in the Omar oil fields area in the province of Deir Ezzor. Considering the US attempt to maintain a military presence in Syria for as long as possible, Washington may see the Syrian oil and gas resources as useful tool to gain an additional financial revenue from its occupation of the eastern part of the country.”

          veteranstoday.com/2018/03/21/syrian-war-report-march-20-2018-u-s-building-military-garrison-to-contr…

          Yes, consider the source, but they do go on to mention the Turkish cleansing of Kurds across the northern Syrian border and make a surface attempt to identify the players in that particular clusterfuck.

          The good ol’ USA has been hopping their pet ‘rebels’ all around the area to justify a continued presence in Syria. I think that’s been well established, whether we disagree on end-strategy or not.

          Now, back to the waste, alarm and desperation of cars and their culture!

          • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

            Kurds being cleaned! How delightful. Are we air-dropping pallets of Irish Spring Soap to them to help them out? What are they using for water?

            The Omar Oil Fields were captured by Kurdish forces at the end October and the people being ‘cleaned’ by the Turks are the same as who took control of the oilfield. I suspect they don’t smell so good three days or so after being cleaned. Probably don’t feel so refreshed after their long dirt naps either. Probably having a lot of trouble waking up too.

            Two sightings of black hawk helicopters does not pump oil.

            For the allegation of sucking oil out through the back door to be true America would have to be participating in the current genocide. Instead of pretending it is not happening.

            Now, back to the waste, alarm and desperation of cars and their culture!

          • ozone April 1, 2018 at 11:28 am #

            K-dog,
            “…US-backed rebels defeat ISIL fighters…”

            Did you miss that detail somehow? The US-backed REBELS, are rebelling against the legitimate (and sovereign) Syrian state. Having control of (what remains of) the gas and oilfields provides LEVERAGE for the nose of the US camel to poke under the tent of eventual negotiations. (It’s also been called “Balkanization” or “divide and conquer”.) Please recall that the rebel-backing (supplies, money, training) US was never invited to join in the murdering clusterfuck in the first place, and are more than willing to sacrifice one cat’s paw for another depending on which way the bodies fall, or if discovery of such mendacity is imminent. It’s just corporate business and these brown-tinged animals are expendable anyway.

            Are the Turks engaging in genocide? Well, duh, it’s what they do. They are quite obviously not interested in making friends, nor were they ever.

        • Walter B March 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

          There can be little doubt that genocide of a number of peoples is on the menu. For what purpose it is hard to see. But it is happening nonetheless.

          • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

            If you do a bit of research on the dams on the Tigris–Euphrates rivers and how the water is being diverted into Turkey you would not find the reason hard to see at all. The word is theft.

            Iraq is about to become a sandbox as barren and as dry as central Saudi Arabia. This means the population of Iraq has to die. That or Turkey would have to stop taking and expanding their dam system to take more water. America not having the authority, moral or otherwise to stop Turkey we put the whole mess out of sight and out of mind and let Kurds die.

            Again.

          • ozone April 1, 2018 at 11:06 am #

            K-dog,
            Of a certainty; it’s always about resource theft.
            But the Kurds trusting the word of the American military, YET AGAIN? That’s simply a refusal to learn from brutal experience.

  16. Peter VE March 30, 2018 at 11:14 am #

    On a similar topic: I just came across a post by Gail the Actuary from a couple years back looking at the actual performance of electric systems when renewable sources are added. From her analysis, once renewables reach about 10-15% of installed capacity, they begin to induce too much distortion in the system, and the ROI for all types of generation drops below replacement cost. This leads to failure of the entire system.
    All the propaganda about the low cost of renewables leave out any cost for an electrical storage system, an obvious gap. Of course, Musk will save us with his Powerwalls!

    • ozone March 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      Peter VE,
      I’ve always been puzzled about this storage glitch. Other than medical 24/7 needs, why is constant availability considered absolutely necessary? I’d be perfectly fine with running an electrically powered operation when output from [say] a solar field was at peak. Adjust accordingly. Kingly and Queenly convenience is overrated and wasteful. Sometimes you just have to slow down and take things as they come and how they are.

      • SpeedyBB April 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

        I do remember while living in frugal Japan in the 1960s how amazed I was to learn that my office-worker sister and her engineer husband would leave the central air conditioning going full-blast all day while they were at work (downtown Dallas) so the house would be fresh and cool when they arrived back in the late afternoon.

        I kept my mouth shut though as that was commonplace behavior – and I did not want them to know I was such a weirdo.

        That sort of “energy-entitlement” is tragically difficult to break through.

  17. beantownbill. March 30, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    ok, so I’ve been negligent on conducting due diligence on alternate energy, but I think there’re other sources for creating electricity besides coal. What about fuel cells, or solar energy satellites? Yes, I know that sounds like pie-in-the sky, but the technology is either here or about to be.

    But, realistically, these alternatives probably won’t come into existence because TPTB have their own energy agenda, and the public, for oft-discussed reasons, haven’t got the wherewithal to insist we go in another direction. In short, we may well end up in a world made by hand, and that is where I agree with JHK. However, it won’t be mainly because of techno-narcissism, it’ll be because of shortcomings in homo sapiens’ nature.

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 11:36 am #

      Most alternative energy sources are great ideas in a laboratory setting, but they don’t scale well, either technically, economically, or both. And most hide their true costs behind current industrial capabilities, which would be impacted even more by current energy supply disruptions. No matter how you slice it, oil was the low hanging fruit of energy sources. Replacing it won’t be easy or pain free in the least.

      • cbeard March 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

        It won’t be easy or pain free because of greed and stupidity. I realize that with current technology, solar, wind, hydro power etc. can’t totally replace coal, natural gas and other traditional sources. Unless they perfect fusion generated nuclear power, I believe nuclear is too dangerous to be used at all. If solar panels, wind turbines and such weren’t so expensive and could be installed on every home or business, not letting big power conglomerates erect acres of solar panels in order to sell at exorbitant pricing, power that after the initial expense of the panels and converters is essentially free. It wouldn’t replace the need for power generation, but it could severely curtail it. But then you have capitalism and the need for maximum monetary profit for companies and shareholders to fuck up the whole equation. Profits and obscene compensation for CEO types must be maintained at all costs. A world made by hand is sounding better and better.

      • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

        Ol’ scratch

        The primary problem of electricity replacing our Happy Motoring needs is that battery technology just is not where it needs to be. And the availability of lithium and cobalt will not ramp up to produce all the vehicles required. And most of the reserves are in countries that do not like us much. Not to mention that by the time electric cars become readily available, no one hardly will be able to purchase one.

  18. wm5135 March 30, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    WalterB i am as mystified about the “clothes make the man” perspective as you indicate you are about the “love affair” with the automobile. I know that quite a few humans believe that an inanimate object, ” a clinking clattering collection of caliginous junk”, imparts a value to them they do not possess. I am sure that the skill set that most of our fellows possess can be connected to this mind set. The general consensus seems to be that an over weight mid level mangager, with bad health, in a six hundred dollar suit is more valuable to society than a journeyman electrician in a pair of Dickies.

    The electrician probably owns the Dickies while the six hundred dollar suit is owned by the credit card issuer.

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      Six hundred dollar suit? That would be for a very marginal manager indeed. Suits are status symbols these days, just like everything else. Six hundred dollars would signal that your heart wasn’t really in it and your performance appraisals would likely reflect that as well. But point taken. I’ll take the Dickies and Carhartt crowd anyday.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

        If you don’t wear Dickies, you are a Dick. Do you wear Dickies? Or a cheap polyester suit? Gabardine? Zoot?

        • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

          I like Carhartt, although the quality’s been slipping since they off-shored production. I wouldn’t be caught dead – literally – in a suit of any kind. How about you. Sackcloth, I’m guessing? Hidden under a white hood and bed sheet?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

            I wear a suit of armor underneath my new used clothes, always of medium quality but kept spotlessly clean. The armor is old and creaks. Sometimes I have to stop and oil it. Always carry a bit around with me.

    • Walter B March 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Indeed wm, the number of pitfalls available to a man increases exponentially with the increase in his disposable income. My Son-In-Law did some bodyguard work for a client that took him shopping where he bought a $50,000.00 sport coat! Unfortunately for the rich guy, he was divorced a year or two later after being caught cheating on his wife and I say unfortunately because she has the money, $300M in one account alone! In the end, we are all only mortal and while chasing the buck may seem to work for some people, I have come to believe otherwise. Call me the fool if you wish, but I do not want to wake up dead one morning and find myself having to explain to a higher authority why I had to live an exorbitant lifestyle while so many around me have little to nothing at all.

  19. chipshot March 30, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Jim,

    You just made a great case for why we need to move towards scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (and e-trikes) in place of the cars and trucks we’ve been using. Yet you’ve rejected that when I’ve suggested it before.

    Regardless of all the inconveniences and logistical difficulties, such as dealing w weather, traveling at much slower speeds, and transporting large items, these two and three wheel vehicles might be not only the best option, but the only one.

    We’ll never be able to afford mass transit for the masses, and it’ll take decades to reconfigure our living arrangements into walkable communities. And electric cars will never the solution, especially in a timely manner. What other solution is so affordable and environmentally sustainable as scooter, mopeds and e-bikes?

    • dannyboy March 30, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      “reconfigure our living arrangements into walkable communities.”

      I LOVE NY!

      (Did I mention that I served on the Board of “Big Apple Greeters”, where we walked visitors are the ‘hoods?)

      • cbeard March 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

        Big cities are nice to visit for various reasons. But, I for one would never, ever consider living there. I admit I am a bit of a misanthrope.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      Golf carts are now allowed on some streets in some cities. Maximum speed of 20 or 30 mph.

      • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

        We had one old local coot that used to drive her Rascal Scooter (complete with old-fashioned bike flag) on the street to the grocery store. Totally illegal, but the cops gave her a pass anyway. One encounter with her and you immediately knew why.

        • ozone March 31, 2018 at 8:50 am #

          Gettin’ on the Interstate on the trusty Rascal. Hey, she’s got her Sunday hat and the oxygen tank — what’s the problem? When finally cornered she tries an es-cape from the po-leese. Still mulling over the possibility of Rascal lanes on the freeway…

          youtube.com/watch?v=JXl1ByDxA4E

  20. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    I would be extremely careful in using such terms as “techno-narcissism bubble” since it creates a false impression that scientific and technological development of the humanity ran into some kind of a brick wall.

    It is true that since 1968 – the landing of Apollo on the Moon – the scientific and technological development has radically slowed down, but it is mostly due to ideological, political, military-strategic and. to some extent, economic reasons (for instance desire of the US to maintain a petro-dollar standard).

    A new method of energy generation, which is called nuclear relativistic technologies (NRT), was developed in Russia in the early 2000. The principle of NRT is to combine a nuclear reactor with a compact elementary particle accelerator. The result is a nuclear relativistic power station – without the supercritical mass of fissile products and therefore absolutely explosion-proof. It will be able to work on uranium from the dumps of radiochemical plants, natural uranium-238, and thorium.

    And it will be able to “burn” all the nasty byproducts of the nuclear reaction into short-lived isotopes, which today we do not know what to do with – radioactive waste and irradiated nuclear fuel, and also completely process long-lived products – actinides of fuel elements of submarines and old nuclear power plants. That will reduce the volume of radioactive waste by several orders of magnitudes and solve the problem of shortage of uranium-235 for nuclear power plants. (!! Very critical !!).

    At the heart of NRT is the Bogomolov particle accelerator on the return wave, an ultra-compact proton accelerator with energies on the order of 10 GeV (giga-electron-volt). The classical accelerator for each GeV at the output needs 1 kilometer of length (4 GeV is 10 kilometers).

    A 4 GeV Bogomolov accelerator is easily placed in the cargo compartment of the An-124 Ruslan cargo plane. This is an old Soviet development, the invention of Alexei Bogomolov.

    Bogomolov accelerator was part of the Soviet response to Reagan “Star Wars” program – the dimensions of the railway car, on board the big cargo plane, it becomes a nuclear detector at a great distance and can destroy it with a beam of protons. If placed in the arsenal of naval aviation, it would effectively nullify the entire US aircraft carrier fleet since it could remotely initiate a chain reaction in carrier’s nuclear power plant.

    The patent for its invention belongs to Russia; the author of accelerator is Alexei Sergeyevich Bogomolov. The technology was tested in Dubna and Protvino (Moscow region), with a series of experiments.

    The Russian group also worked under a contract with US Central Intelligence Agency in one of the directions of this technology.

    Officially, the contract was called “Inspection of unauthorized transportation of nuclear materials”, that is, the technology could be used to solve security tasks – identifying nuclear weapons that are illegally attempted to be smuggled for terrorist attacks. It can also be used to track the transportation of any nuclear material. And it is possible and for the creation of safe nuclear power plants.

    In the summer of 2010 all the developments were handed over to the Americans. Now Americans are creating a system in Los Alamos.

    After Obama came to power he appointed a man from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ernest Moniz, a specialist in particle accelerators, as US Secretary of Energy. I consider this step to be a significant for attentive observer, it explains everything.

    I hope that within the new military-strategic balance in the world due to hypersonic anti-ship Kinzhal missiles, the restrictions for development of NRT technology has lost any sense (as well as super-expensive US aircraft carrier fleet)

    • snarkmatic9000 March 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      Horseshit. My son is a nuclear physicist who worked on the RHIC Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the largest of it’s type in the world, with several Russian scientists at Brookhaven National Labs. Idiots with no physics background may read FITM’s absolute claptrap and fantasies and actually believe it.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        US patent 3651417

        Google it, smart ass.

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      Even so, I don’t imagine we’ll be seeing this in vehicles or in households anytime soon. Remember, all usable energy is concentrated and local. Otherwise, we’d have every manner of fool coming on here (as they have many times before) claiming that the sun’s and the universe’s supplies of energy are virtually limitless. Which, of course, they are. But they’re also irrelevant.

      • FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        Tell me that when you run out of Uranium-235 to run 50 blocks on the East coast.

        • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

          Exactly my point, numbnut. You don’t just ring up the corner deli when you run out of highly enriched uranium. Takes a whole lot of time, money, and natural resources to produce it somewhere else first. You been hittin’ the bong again today? Maybe with an isotope or two just for fun?

          • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

            Maybe we can by it back from the Russians.

  21. Neoagrarian March 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Given a choice between World Made By Hand and World Made By Tentacle, I think I’d opt for the former.

  22. dolph9 March 30, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Electric cars simply don’t solve America’s problems. We know this to be true, but we are a nation of hollywood, science fiction, sports, and marketing, so we are gullible and can be marketed fantasy as a version of reality.

    Personally, when I’m on the go, I want the fuel right there with me. No chance I’m going long distances with just a battery.

    • malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

      USAs big problems include ‘Endless War’ and ‘Endless new un americans.’

  23. amb March 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Let’s go back to horses and carriages. If those buggy whip companies can hold out just a little longer they’ll be back in business.

    Don’t worry, it will all work out. I always does. Or doesn’t.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      How deep in horses–t will we be if this conversion happened. Maybe find someway to convert horse manure to fuel?

  24. Robert White March 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    At the center of every debate about contemporary civilization we have an overpopulation conundrum. Modern civilization has collapsed before our very eyes, but just as that manifested financially in March of 08, we see the evidence of the interconnectedness in all facets of everyday life from transportation to housing & infrastructure. And that evidence suggests that population overgrowth was initiated via financialization & securitization schemes borne out of the Chicago School of Economics which is now known to be a failed school of thought that was based on a synthetic analysis of globalization & finance from a vantage point of Neoliberalism & USA-centric Petrodollar supremacy.

    Today, we know that the collapse of the failed model of Macroeconomics has ushered in alternatives to the monopoly system of USA Reserve Currency Status & Petrodollar supremacy. Today, we have the competing BRICS & Petro-Yuan which just fired up last week, and just as that fired up increased competition on a global scale we are evidencing global positioning for supremacy of financial systems via the USA Military Industrial Complex and their global adversaries in the Russian Federation, China, & North Korea.

    At this juncture in civilization our shared concerns should be centered on defusing adversarial positioning for Thermonuclear ‘Hot’ World War Three between this current collective of partisan zealots based around the globe. Our current objectives should be to assert superordinate goals of cooperation between fractious partisanship worldwide. Globally, we are aware of our shared ecosystems and the urgency to maintain their viability in the face of global fallout from war. Our current responsibility cannot be shirked as our collective existence depends on our collective ability to foster sustainable relations rather than manifestations of strife.

    The Hegelian Death Spiral of Neoliberalism is here, and adopting the antiquated model of war is unjustified based on complete destruction & devastation of planet Earth and its viability as a habitable place for life. As stewards of life we are tasked not to destroy it outright in ignorance.

    RW

    • K-Dog March 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      An overpopulation conundrum?

      It is no conundrum and is easily explained. That is the truth. The hard part is accepting that contrary to not understanding it, nobody cares. Humans can understand just about anything. Caring about things that matter. That’s another matter entirely.

      RW Do you perhaps drive a Subaru Outback with the back end plastered with save the planet bumper stickers? Perhaps a faded ‘Bernie’ or two in the mix with a really faded out Obama? The kind of faded Maroon Subaru Outback that does the speed limit in the fast lane and is passed by everyone else?

      Kumbaya?

      • Robert White March 30, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

        I am a dedicated General Motors adherent, K-Dog. I drive like Indian Larry when not stuck in traffic, and I’m always first off the line as I typically hole-shot anyone off the line. Furthermore, I don’t eat Granola(tm) nor do I sing ‘Kumbaya’ with the hippies & flowerchildren.

        My favorite Top Fuel drag racer is Shirley Muldowney.

        RW

        • San Jose March 30, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

          No way could I abide “driving” in a self-driving car. Too slow. I drive like I’m being chased by a tidal wave. Because I have a “sleeper car” (2004 Honda Odyssey) and I look all sweet and nice, I am invisible to traffic cops!

          The only time I got a speeding ticket was driving my husband’s Acura Integra.

          Jen in San Jose

          • Robert White March 30, 2018 at 7:58 pm #

            I can’t 55 either, Jen.

            😉

            RW

    • Ol' Scratch March 30, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Great post RW. Unfortunately, for those of us who are conspiratorially inclined, the idea that TPTB are actively seeking the WWIII hot war of which you speak seems almost certain now. Just today, the US’ pitiful little lapdog, Little Britain, continued with her obvious and increasingly dangerous provocations toward Russia.

      rt.com/news/422811-britain-plane-russia-provocation/

      • Robert White March 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

        May et al. are caught between a rock and a hard place IMO. Everyone in the EU is freaking out BIG time over playing monkey-in-the-middle between the USA & Russian Federation. Please read this article from _the Saker_ that was also posted on ZH the other day. Read the comments section and you will see that most are very worried.

        thesaker.is/what-happened-to-the-west-I-was-born-in/?inmoderation

        This article speaks volumes about the war hysteria manifesting all over the world right now, Ol’ Scratch. Also, there is a clear difference between EU sentiment & USA sentiment which is likely due to proximity to ground zero in Europe. I’m still trying to wrap my brains around the differences between the EU sentiment and USA sentiment. Europe got pummeled during the Second World War whereas the USA did not experience any assault on the homeland. Most differences between USA sentiment & EU sentiment can be explained via proximity to Russia.

        Heck, I’m a CANUCK and I’m getting worried too, eh.

        cheers, RW

    • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      Well said. All immigration to America must end if we are to have any kind of viable future at all.

      • malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:42 pm #

        THATS NOT HAPPENING–SO WHAT IS OUR FUTURE?

  25. trypillian March 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    There is a 10-15 year delay from co2 being emitted until it transforms into atmospheric heat absorption. The impoverished masses with electric cars and ‘going green’ does not realize there is no immediate benefit. The wild weather experienced now is only the beginning of an exponential increase in frequency, duration and intensity. The monetary meltdown in progress will synchronize neatly with literal perfect storms. This extreme weather will destroy infrastructure as you know it. Flooding, heat waves, no electricity or gas will do in the pretense of suburbia. Unfortunately nuclear reactors will be inundated releasing megatons of ionizing radiation to finalize things.

  26. PeteAtomic March 30, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Great blog post this week, Jim. This is the heart of the matter. Civilizations which can not rectify how & where they get the energy to run their advanced state, will not continue to be advanced.

    Urban planning seems to largely continue running on the same philosophies it has had post-WWII. Sprawl outward, continually outward, with the accompanying expensive highway and road nets to accompany that growth.

    This won’t last. Or at least, when the costs become so high that maintaining the transport web threatens the hobbyhorses of dozens of other social welfare sacred cows, a real conversation then happens. I don’t know.

    The general pattern of change in the US is what I would call the “disaster response”. That is, when a flood demolishes a large city (NOLA), or a bridge collapses (Minneapolis), then only after the fact a conversation happens. However, not much before, or by those who are ignored.

    So if my theory is correct, oil prices would need to become so debilitating that food prices and consumer gas prices have had already severely torpedoed the economy, before serious thought comes on line post-crisis.

    So essentially I think that any serious conversation by policy makers will be too late.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      Serious conversation by policy makers, in this country? Sounds like an oxymoron to me!

      • PeteAtomic March 30, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

        yeah, totally.

        It seems like the more and more serious problems are both becoming & accumulating, that the discussions are becoming more and more irrelevant and non-important.

        Russia, anybody? How ’bout which toilet to use? what’s the CNN headline right now (?) “Sources say officer in fatal shooting to be fired” , tertiary issues….

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

        They have to get elected. That means pandering to the morons called “voters”. And begging for funds from scumbag money men.

        There is no hope but in Fascism. Pray for the advent of the Man on the White Horse, be He Christ or Kalki, or merely His empowered representative.

        • PeteAtomic March 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

          No, I’d prefer neighbors working together than a fascist strongman.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

            Psychologists have determined that factions begin to form within twenty minutes of strangers being in the same room together.

          • thwack March 31, 2018 at 9:44 am #

            “Beware the beast man, for he is the devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home, and yours. Shun him… for he is the harbinger of death.” –Don Cornelius

          • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

            No that was the Lawgiver in Planet of the Apes. Cornelius was reading a scroll. No Don about it.

        • michael April 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

          Before that though we may look forward to the arrival of the gang of four on colorful horses one which is pale to behold.

    • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      “essentially I think that any serious conversation by policy makers will be too late.”

      Exactly. Even if “wishes were fishes” you could not in any way impact the death spiral.

      We’ve bought the ticket, now we will take the ride…HST (paraphrased)

  27. PeteAtomic March 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    I think a way to a solution, or the beginnings of the end to a set of solutions, is for communities to get real serious about providing for an authentic localized economy.

    It’s an enormous topic, and it includes completely reforming our “zoning” ridiculousness for example, and a host of many issues.

    I could go on and on about the topic, but I run out of time.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      You are right, localization is the future, I believe. The birth pangs of this will be monumental. The Elite will fight it with all their power. The decentralization will start at the international level, it is occurring now. The nationalization of the US and Britain is happening in front of our eyes. And others are following as the evils of globalism present themselves. In the US, seccesionalists are starting to exert power, California, New York, Colorado are three examples where local issues are becoming dominant over national. I think dissolution is inevitable as people become more and more convinced that Federal level administration hurts more than it helps. And it will be based on much deeper issues than just hating the President. When local economies start to function again, i.e. Quit buying from Walmart and Amazon and buy locally, the decentralization of the USA will begin. And then and only then, will America become Great Again. This is not partisan either, when the end of the elite led globalist lunacy starts to end Liberals and Conservatives will join together to throw out the bums.

  28. capt spaulding March 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    I have to agree with JHK as he wrote in “The Geography Of Nowhere”, When he says that the suburbs were made for the car. Seems to me that the only places made for public transportation are the cities, and even there, many things like the old neighborhood groceries, and other local services have closed down. It would be pretty difficult to restructure the suburbs so they would be livable. We have spent a very long time building ourselves into this fix, and it’s hard to imagine an easy way out of it. The political parties would be of no use in the endeavour. The Democrats turned into a bunch of limp-dicks, and the Republican’s answer to everything is to cut taxes and deregulate regardless of the problem. There are probably solutions to the difficulties we face, but the question is, with the increasing problems we have with peak oil, global warming, and a few other minor details, will there be enough time to do what needs to be done? Looking around with the cynicism born of age, I doubt it.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

      There are probably solutions to the difficulties we face

      I am not so sure, and computerizing everything will remove the last vestiges of creativity that is needed.
      Thanks for the tip on Rise of the Robots, a huge eye opener.

  29. BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    Ya the other night I was listening to a local am radio talk show ‘legal talk’, the subject came up about the woman in Arizona run down and killed by one of these self driving cars; one lawyer said if you even so much manufactuted a nut or a bolt for that car you are going to be sued, the whole industry top to bottom, including Uber itself, is going to be sued into insolvency.

    And this is just one case. Wait till a little kid, say, playing in his front yard, get run over by one of these electronic techno marvels. The shit is going to hit the fan in a big way, as they say.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

      There was talk about robot superhighways, shipping in the stuff from China that landed in Mexico up to the United States real fast, with no people or borders or customs.

      So they might well still use them on these if they get built. And they obviously want this very badly. And what they want tends to get done.

      • malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:39 pm #

        Robots over people. Rich killing poor.
        Chemtrails in the sky. O my.

    • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:55 am #

      It’s gonna be open season for calling for all the electric car folks scalps!!

  30. BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    Oz, BTBill, Rip, and any othe New England Comrades, time to put in the peas right now.

    Times a waistin!

    brh

    • ozone March 30, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      BRH,
      Wa’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?
      Still got 4-6 inches of snow in most places here-abouts. No peas will yet be planted!
      Tip: Agway sells a variety called “Wando” that are very heat tolerant. Not quite as sweet as others, but very prolific. Nothing beats fresh peas; they’re vegetable candy! (You can eat the flowers and tendril shoots too.)

      • stelmosfire March 30, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

        I concur O3, still too cold for peas even down here in the valley. Drop ’em in now and they could rot in the ground. Being up in the “High Country” you are still 2-3 weeks behind us. I figure another coupla’ weeks anyway.

        • BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

          Well that’s what youse guys get for living in Mass.

          Down here in CT, ’bout 30 miles south of you Stelmose and 35 miles SE of Oz, snow is melted, ground is soft, soil is warming up. Really, what a difference a few degrees latitude makes.

          Down here in the land of milk and honey.

          brh

        • BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 11:29 pm #

          Stelmose, Oz, wednesday afternoon April 4 I’ll most likely be at Cambridge Brew House for a few tall ones in celebraton of spring. Latest thing here is the females want to get hypnotized — I don’t know why, its always something — and the hypnotist is in Westfield. I said Ok I’ll drive you up if we can stop and get some brews on the way back — and you drive home. So I thinks its a deal.

          brh

      • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:53 am #

        Same here in NW Montana. Outside of Eureka. 5 miles from the “Canadian Border.”

  31. BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

    That ‘fiery crash’ Jim mentions, involving a Tesla in Silicon Valley, killing the driver, did not make national news.

    Not newsworthy? Or perhaps more like the man beaten to death on a street in NJ yesterday by a pack of 8 ‘teens’. Better not to reveal who the ‘teens’ were. Why stir up trouble?

    brh

    • malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

      One of 12, with some of his own;

      The latest BLM celebrity in Sacramento, Stephon Clark, might be the worst one yet.

      He had done time for robbery, drugs, guns, all the typical stuff.

      He was described in one paper as a “stay at home dad,” but that’s because he had gotten out of jail a month earlier for beating up his “fiancee,” who is a prostitute. He had also been arrested for pimping and at least one earlier domestic violence and child endangerment case.

      So that cute picture of him with his keeeeeids? He was beating up and pimping out their mother.

      I haven’t heard a word about either his mother or his father, but he allegedly has 11 brothers and sisters.

      According to the family’s autopsy, he was shot 8 times “in the back,” even though the video shows him walking towards the officers. The county’s autopsy is waiting for the results of the drug screening to come back.

      If you want some Friday afternoon entertainment, watch this video of his brother “Stevonte” bringing some vibrant diversity to the Sacramento city council.

      youtube.com/watch?v=5kyRhBOsm4Y

      • BackRowHeckler March 30, 2018 at 11:18 pm #

        I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

        According to CNN, Stephon Clark was an Eagle Scout, and was chased down and shot by cops after helping a little old lady cross the street.

        Malth, are you sure you got it right?

        brh

  32. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm #

    My son is a nuclear physicist who worked on the RHIC Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the largest of it’s type in the world, with several Russian scientists at Brookhaven National Labs.

    Quantum mechanics is still incomprehensible to the most … scientists!

    Once Richard Feynman said – “Everyone who says that he understood the quantum theory – either a liar or a madman.”

    And you will be surprised, but over the past 90 years … the situation has not changed!

    A survey of 16 questions was issued to 33 physicists, philosophers and mathematicians in July 2011 at the conference “Quantum Physics and Nature of Reality” in Austria.

    The poll tried to establish the opinion of professionals on the fundamental foundations of the theory – such as its probabilistic nature and the influence of measurements on the state of the quantum system.

    For example, respondents were divided almost in half when answering the question “How do you think the properties of objects are pre-determined and do not depend on measurements?” 52% answered “yes, in some cases,” and 48% said “no”.

    Albert Einstein, on the contrary, was convinced that “God does not play dice with the Universe.” He believed that under the probability of quantum mechanics still lies some hidden determinism, which says that the current state of a particle can always be derived analytically from its previous states, and everything in this world has its own reason.

    64% of physicists indicated that Einstein was wrong, 6% said that “in the end, Einstein’s point of view turned out to be correct.” And another 12% said that “in the end, Einstein’s point of view turned out to be wrong” 🙂

    Another 12% indicated that “let’s wait and see”.

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

      Find

      I have the same fascination with the physics today. I do not believe anyone understands the subjects being talked about mathematically today. Man cannot understand eternity, let alone time as a variable in space time. Time may not exist? Quantum mechanics, nothing is for sure? How long is a day in God’s time frame? Does time disappear when we die? Looking at galaxies 13 billion years old, near the time of the Big Bang. The Big Bang, where did it come from, who created the stuff that started the Big Bang. How do you stuff an infinity of mass into zero space?

      Here is a question: if we are looking out 13+ billion years and seeing galaxies in all direction from Earth does that mean earth location is the origin of the Big Bang. If we are looking at matter from a few million years after the Big Bang then it should be near the location of the Big Bang. So if it is observable in all directions, does that mean that the Big Bang originated everywhere? Or here?

      A few thoughts for Passover and Easter. Happy holiday, you’all.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

        Good question. Someone here must know if it is known.

        • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

          Janos,
          Take heed!

          “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.~ Donald R.

      • tucsonspur March 30, 2018 at 6:40 pm #

        Earth location is not the origin of the Big Bang. Others can elucidate further.

        On the infinite masses and such, I recommend books like Penrose’s “Cycles of Time”. Brian Greene has some good stuff and there’s also Julian Barbour’s “The End of Time”.

        • tucsonspur March 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          Let me just add that Penrose’s book explains his theory of “Conformal Cyclic Cosmology”, and actually considers pre Big Bang activity.

          And everywhere is the most accurate.

      • thwack March 31, 2018 at 7:11 am #

        Maybe its time to discard the Big Bang concept and instead study the Nocturnal Emission Theory?

    • michael March 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

      >>For example, respondents were divided almost in half when answering the question “How do you think the properties of objects are pre-determined and do not depend on measurements?” 52% answered “yes, in some cases,” and 48% said “no”.<<

      No comment needed.

    • Robert White March 31, 2018 at 11:34 am #

      I fully understand Quantum Mechanics and utilize all the principles of QM whenever I practice Remote Viewing which, ultimately, can be fully explained as ‘Spooky Action at a Distance’ within the formal framework of QM.

      Feynman was not a Remote Viewer, and neither was Einstein.

      RW

  33. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    The great thing about the quantum computer is, when you ask it how much will be 2 + 2 the answer will be 3.7456 with probability of .048923.

    It would be indispensable for running the Pentagon accounting system and calculating how many light years are remaining for putting F-35 in serial production.

  34. tahoe1780 March 30, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    Got a new term for you, CROCI – Carbon Removed On Carbon Invested. Everything we want to build, including EVs, adds CO2 to the atmosphere in its manufacture. In fact, high mileage EVs can add 68% more CO2 than standard ICE vehicles. ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/life-cycle-ev-emissions#.Wr6cni7wbIU

    At a time when we desperately want to be removing CO2, every EV, solar panel, wind turbine, etc. will be adding more, and only reducing the amount that would be emitted by the systems they replace over an extended time.

  35. ricksinger March 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    Ah, JHK. So glad to hear your writer’s voice that you are feeling much better. Back to reality again.

  36. tucsonspur March 30, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Wearin’ the zoot suit, rollin’ with ZZ. Let all the bullshit blast out the tailpipes. Be cool, fool. Blast off with that Rocket ’88. Or whatever.

    google.com/search?ei=6ay-Wu6BBs_mjwO55LX4Cg&q=zoot+suit+photos&oq=zoot+suit+photos&gs…..0j0i22i30k1l2.8063.11106.0.13897.7.7.0.0.0.0.147.936.0j7.7.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..0.7.934…0i67k1.0.oSF9_fcyyvg

    Here’s ZZ:
    youtube.com/watch?v=JIrhcOIYfA8

  37. bukowskisghost March 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Intelligent …….no problem , most of us who post here are

    Public …… never to be trusted

    Debate…… not really, us folks in the USA like war

    It’s all good.

  38. janet March 30, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    The Big Bang, where did it come from, who created the stuff that started the Big Bang. –John AZ

    John AZ, perhaps there was no Big Bang. The Big Bang theory requires the existence of dark matter—mysterious particles that have never been observed in the laboratory, despite huge experiments to find them. Multiple lines of evidence, especially observations of the motions of galaxies, show that this dark matter does not exist.

    In the Big Bang theory, the universe is supposed to start off completely smooth and homogenous. But as telescopes have peered farther into space, huger and huger structures of galaxies have been discovered, which are too large to have been formed in the time since the Big Bang.

    The inflation that was supposed to have occurred during the Big Bang should have smoothed out any large-scale asymmetries in the universe. The Cosmic Background Radiation (CBR) should be perfectly symmetrical. The CBR in fact shows strong evidence of asymmetries from one side of the sky to the other that, although small, could not have been produced by the ultra-symmetric “inflation” that hypothetically occurred in the Big Bang.

    The Big Bang theory is now far more complex and speculative than the Ptolemaic epicycles that were destroyed by the Scientific Revolution. Each contradiction with observation is taken as a mere “anomaly” that does not undermine the theory as a whole. Strong peer pressure is applied against many of those who question the theory.

    It’s as if researchers are saying ‘I can see the Emperor’s elbow through his New Clothes,’ ‘I can see the Emperor’s knee though his New Clothes’ and so on. It is time to say: ‘The Emperor is not wearing any clothes.’ The Big Bang theory has no correct predictions.

    Personally, I think the Jains have the right take on cosmology. Jainism believes that universe and all its substances are eternal (everlasting). All substances continually undergo changes. Previous forms give way to new ones without loosing their own inherent qualities. Jains believe that the universe is without beginning or end. The universe did not begin at any time and it will not end at any time. There is no need of some almighty to create or manage the affairs of the universe. The universe runs on its own accord by its own cosmic laws (laws of nature).

    • FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

      The Big Bang theory requires the existence of dark matter—mysterious particles that have never been observed in the laboratory, despite huge experiments to find them

      It also requires the existence of a SECOND CREATOR – other than the Father of Christ – that’s was Hillary’s Sect believes in,

      The Second Coming of Satan

      Russia has tested new nuclear missile that NATO calls ‘Satan 2’

      abcnews.go.com/International/russia-tested-nuclear-missile/story?id=54123222

      • thwack March 31, 2018 at 6:56 am #

        what color is it?

        Not that it matters or anything…

        Im just sayin

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

      You identify the universe as having its own rules to run by. Ah, where did those rules come from. Science can go back as far as it wants, there is always something that was there before. Again, we cannot conceive of a situation where time does not exist. Eternity is meaningless. Eternal life is a concept that we cannot understand.

      • janet March 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm #

        “where did those rules come from” –John AZ

        You could answer from a Creator, which does not solve anything. It is a regression ad infinitum. Who created the Creator? If you answer the Creator has always been and requires no Creator, then you are essentially affirming the Jains: the universe has always been and there was no creation and will be no end.

        • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

          A fun mental and spiritual exercise. Have there been infinite creators? The universe runs by an ordered process, nature itself is ordered, e.g. DNA orders life progression. You mentioned dark matter and its effect on the structure of the universe. I noticed that if you look at that structure , it is fibrous and looks like a structure of many organs like the skin. Maybe we have vertical integration, i.e. The same structuring creates living structures as the universe, and who knows maybe into the subatomic structures i.e. String theory. It is mind boggling, and I again will say we cannot comprehend it all.

          All flowers and plant structures are in multiples of three or five, petals, sepals, leaf patterns. Life is glorious and it is wonderful to contemplate the grandness of it all. I just happen to blame all of it on an entity called “I AM”.

          • akmofo March 30, 2018 at 10:47 pm #

            Again, the translation/interpretation from the Hebrew is inaccurate:

            I AM THAT I AM
            I EXIST THEREFORE I EXIST
            I WILL BE THAT THAT I WILL BE

            And you can ponder of the implications from there.

        • akmofo March 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

          Bravo, Janet! The TaNaKh specifically describes the events of foremost importance in the Genesis story as God “fattening” of the world. It describes a process of separation and of filling. There was no creation involved. The word ‘creation’ does not exist in Hebrew. The closest word to creation would be ‘yatzar’, and even that simply means ‘to form’ or ‘to fashion’.

          Again, there was no creation, there was only the revelation to man of a new reality.

          All the various Vatican translations of the TaNaKh that are abouts today completely miss Hebrew thinking and Hebrew logic. The translations are Greek interpretations and are completely backwards. And it’s amazing how stupidly wrong and inaccurate these interpretations are, you have to wonder if this is done on purpose. Since I don’t believe in accidents or coincidences, I believe that is indeed so.

        • thwack March 31, 2018 at 7:05 am #

          You could answer from a Creator, which does not solve anything. It is a regression ad infinitum. Who created the Creator?

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

          Well Janet, where do your inane comments come from?

          Do the pixels and electrons randomly and spontaneously self assemble into the ridiculous and annoying comments you make here?

          Or is there some kind of a mind with a plan and purpose behind it?

          • Walter B March 31, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

            Is it wise to cast pearls before swine?

    • stelmosfire March 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

      Speaking of dark matter or the lack thereof, this galaxy could be a white supremacists utopia ;o)

      earthsky.org/space/ngc-1052-df2-galaxy-without-dark-matter?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaig…

    • michael March 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

      We do not know enough to have definitive answers.
      Some humility is required.

  39. malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

    UK LEADER APOLOGIZES FOR HIS ANTISEMITISM,

    BBC or Heeb BC?

    bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43523445

  40. malthuss March 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    I got this from someone, true or half true?

    The dollar is terminal–not because of the Chinese–but because of the $220 trillion in unfunded liabilities our government has. The problem with valuation based on Chinese oil use is that 70% of it is based on the health of the US consumer market.

    If I had to guess, the US Treasury department is preparing for an eventual mass devaluation of the US dollar with development of some sort of constitutionally controlled crypto-currency replacement that will become the global standard.
    The full faith and credit of a constitutional US government far surpasses any other organization on earth with regard to trust. The factions of the left will probably call them “Trump Dollars”, but fail in effort to push other currencies to dominance.

    A cram-down is coming.

    China, Japan, South Korea India, et al are far more leveraged on the backs of their citizens than the US. They all still heavily depend on the good graces of US consumption. The cram-down will result in a return to feudalism for much of Asia where only the top .01% will be protected from a worldwide collapse.

    Communists will never share the assets of the people with the actual people.

    The US, on the other hand, can rebound comparatively quickly from a deep collapse if we stay on the current track of building domestic production as promoted by the Trump administration. The collapse will be harsh and painful as debt restructuring and washout will effect everything. Settlement will largely be based on who has title. Banks will be working hard on foreclosing on as much stuff as they can to retain their capital base.

    • AKlein March 31, 2018 at 7:06 am #

      Malthuss, what you relate as having been told is an interesting scenario. But, here are a couple of observations; “They all still heavily depend on the good graces of US consumption.” I’ve heard this over the years many times. Does this assertion actually hold water? I’ll bet Africa would love to step into providing “consumption” if we can’t provide that rare service! I mean, consumption is only valuable if you can pay for what you consume. It the ability to consume, and consume in mass quantities, some kind of special trait that only the US possesses? Second observation. Why would the US want to rebound? The .01% in the US are not troubled by the need to rebound. They control everything already, so “mission accomplished”. And, as far as I can tell, the .01%, wherever they are, are the US, at least in term of who makes the rules and crafts the decisions. Basically, the scenario is a romantic, nostalgic playscript, where we, i.e. the US, wins out over the rest of the world, again. Alas, it’s maybe a nice theme for a movie or a serial.

      I would very much like to hear what other CFNers have to say about the scenario.

      • ozone March 31, 2018 at 9:31 am #

        AKlein,
        I would say that the above scenario will certainly be *attempted*, post collapse, but having seen the double-dealing and mendacity of the policy makers of the U.S., the rest of the world will resist (with extreme prejudice) any such advances and overtures.

        IMHO, a futile strategy/delusion that would end in disaster and unending, justifiable rancor.

        Ps. I agree that the .01% are already right where they want to be; thus the desperation to maintain the status quo by political and military “fixing”. The whack-a-mole machine is speeding up however. More whackings will be inaccurate/late as time rolls on. …Events are in charge… (guess who?)

  41. janet March 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

    Dan Pickering, co-president of Tudor, Pickering, Holt and Co and CIO, said the electric vehicle and ride sharing phenomena should flatten out global oil demand by the mid-2030s.

    “Everybody’s got a prognostication on when oil’s going to peak. My view is 2035. I view it as more of a plateau than a peak,” he said. “I think the way you get there is through massive efficiencies and electric vehicles. The mandates don’t start happening until then globally. It’s hard to see how it happens much faster than that unless there’s some crazy economic slowdown or some major technological breakthrough.”

    • JohnAZ March 30, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

      Janet, these experts are all over the map with their predictions. My family has mineral rights to a fracking well in Texas and the model of production described by JHK matches the diminishing returns of this well. They are currently talking about sinking the vertical shaft from 5000 ft. To 10000 ft and fracking the new level. The life of this well was about six years and most of the production was during the first two. Bottom line though is the upper strata are drying out. I believe that fracking everywhere is very time limited and subject to diminishing returns especially as the wells move away from the sweet spots. So I think the forecasts are beyond rosy, they are out and out falsehoods to keep the Deep State and the rest of us in the dark.

      Saudi Arabia is making noise about wanting to invest in manufacturing. In 1972, the ship I was on visited Bahrain who was in a heyday of oil production. In the 90’s an article caught my eye that Bahrain was searching for foreign investment because its oil had peaked and was running out. Just imagine Saudi Arabia running out of oil. Remember 1973?

      Electric cars need to cost 15000 or less to even think about replacing the gas cars. Plus the battery pack lasts 100000 miles and costs a lot to replace. Electric cars will always be a fancy of the elite and the rest of us will be on transit or hoofing it.

    • martydav March 31, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      Pickering vs. Art Berman, a geological consultant with 37 years of experience in petroleum exploration:

      “Shale is not a revolution–it’s a retirement party.”

      peakprosperity.com/podcast/113680/art-berman-not-future-remains-all-about-oil

  42. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

    Regarding Boris Reading of Dostoyevsky

    British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, as a dead cat, thrown at the dinner table, used the comparison of the World Cup in Russia with the Nazi Olympics in Berlin and called for boycotting it.

    Also in a speech to foreign diplomats, he compared the case of Skripal with Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” in the sense that “everyone is sure about the guilty party, and the only question is whether he admits or he will be caught”.

    In response to the insolent insults of Boris Johnson, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova at yesterday’s briefing reminded how British officials, in contrast to the representatives of the USSR, stood cheering for Hitler at the stadium in Berlin, and advising the British diplomat to read Dostoevsky more closely, quoted an excerpt from the monologue of Porfiry Petrovich: “Unlike you (Boris Johnson), we read Dostoevsky, we love him and we know him. So, the quotation of Fyodor Mikhalovich: ” From a hundred rabbits you can’t make a horse, a hundred suspicions don’t make a proof, as the English proverb says, but that’s only from the rational point of view—you can’t help being partial, for after all a lawyer is only human “.

    bartleby.com/318/62.html

    But two days before that, immediately after the insults, unpardonable in Russia, which had lost 30 million in the fight against Hitler, she announced the upcoming briefing with that kind of intention that she was going to announce a criminal case against Boris Johnson for the murder of the Skripal’s family, and was going to as a literary quest to pronounce the phrase: So you poisoned them, sir! .

    And it turned out very menacingly on her part, at the level of analogy with the heroes of the “Dead season”, where also it was a question of chemical weapons.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Season

    But yesterday the resultant literary sophistication of Madame Zakharova did not at all correspond to the initial threat in her voice, and this led me to think that it was so, but the day before yesterday someone in the West powerful enough concluded an agreement with Putin’s representatives on the inadmissibility of such a turn of events, and they decided to hit the brakes.

    And today Trump’s promise to pull US troops out of Syria pours water on the same mill, but a search in a Russian plane in London’s airport indicates that not everyone agrees to calm the shitstorm down.

    But they do not have much strength left, barely enough for small provocations, they lose points after points, and only the arrogance remains high enough.

    rt.com/news/422811-britain-plane-russia-provocation/

    The struggle continues, but the situation is somewhat better than I thought

    • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      “you can’t help being partial, for after all a lawyer is only human “.

      Komaraden Finc,
      Some, but not all….

  43. K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 12:51 am #

    “How long shall we go on making demands upon the gods, as if we were still unable to support ourselves? How long shall we continue to fill with grain the market-places of our great cities? How long must the people gather it in for us? How long shall many ships convey the requisites for a single meal, bringing them from no single sea? The bull is filled when he feeds over a few acres; and one forest is large enough for a herd of elephants. Man, however, draws sustenance both from the earth and from the sea.” <- Seneca

    • tucsonspur March 31, 2018 at 3:48 am #

      How Long is a Chinese name.

      “If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.”

      “Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

  44. Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:07 am #

    amren.com/news/2018/03/students-call-thomas-jefferson-icon-of-white-supremacists/

    So his statue will be coming down too. He owned slaves. That’s all they know and all they want to know. Slippery slope? Like hell. It’s a fucking cliff – and the Elite have given the Antifa and the Left the green light to drive us off.

    • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 3:49 am #

      Yes, she is a disgusting racist. Racist people are unpleasant people, don’t you think?

      • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

        There are many definitions of that word. Needless to say, you are only choosing the worst and most hateful – and thus you are helping to push us off the cliff. Maybe you don’t mean to – just like you don’t mean to put people out of work with your IT stuff. But what you “mean” doesn’t matter. You’re doing it. You don’t know yourself very well, do you? You prefer Leftist ideology to Life. There is no Life worth living without a History, Tradition, and Nation. And all that means being part of a People. And that means preferring them to all others.

        Everything you have is predicated on the Conquest of this Continent by men who are as I describe them, racists who put their race first. I don’t see you giving up those fruits of the Conquest.

    • thwack March 31, 2018 at 6:47 am #

      he also engage in sexual intercourse with his14 year old female slaves.

      Just sayin

      • malthuss March 31, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

        and you would nt? [have teen sex slaves, given the chance].

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      The idiots do not seem to realize that this one Universal man with his pen laid the cornerstone for the representative democracy we have today. The extreme Left hates this country as it is today and want it torn down. Why? Who knows? If they succeed in destroying the US, probably the last Shinng Light on the Hill will be extinguished before the end times.

      Jefferson was a man, a product of his times. Judging him by today’s standards borders on insanity. Celebrate the man for his accomplishments and do not condemn him for his faults. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Deal with the evils of today, there are so many to be had.

  45. tucsonspur March 31, 2018 at 3:35 am #

    Check out this black shit Beau Brummell wannabe. Notice the sign in the fur coat picture.

    foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/03/30/howard-university-student-allegedly-stole-429000-in-financial-aid-t…

    The fur coat will go with the right necktie.

    • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      Absolutely beyond disgusting!!! Hang his ass!!!

    • PeteAtomic March 31, 2018 at 9:43 am #

      he’ll make a star employee for the federal gov’t, or maybe some big multinational corporation 🙂

  46. tucsonspur March 31, 2018 at 4:06 am #

    Looks like Ingraham thought she had Hogg by the short hairs. Now it seems that he has her by the c… hairs.

    yahoo.com/entertainment/m/9524b3d6-e5c6-3857-ab54-a480e933d09e/david-hogg-tells-cnn-why-he.html

    “Twerp takes down Fox news anchor.” Hogg stirs the storm, advertisers continue to flee, and it just could happen.

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      Alison Camarota and Laura Ingraham. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      She apologized. Why do they always apologize. No one is ever forgiven for going against Big Brother or his little brother, Hogg.

      That the whole system is backing up this strutting little fool beyond reprehensible. Of course he didn’t accept her apology. What did she think he would do? She empowered him. Of course she may have been forced to by Fox. Ritual humiliation.

  47. thwack March 31, 2018 at 6:52 am #

    In the latest police shooting of “an unarmed black man”; the 2 cops were 8 for 20.

    It was night time and Im not sure what the range was but,

    Is that considered good shooting?

    Also, were cops more accurate back in the days when they carried revolvers with only 6 shots?

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:33 am #

      Consider that cops are real people not Robocops. Panic and reluctance to shoot at another human. Many stories in combat of soldiers never firing a shot in battle. Yes there are power driven bad cops, but not many and condemning the good guys for a small percentage of jerks is senseless. BLM has been successful identifying the problem, it now needs to look within, avoid the Democratic Party traps and start moving forward.

  48. JustSaying March 31, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    Musk is just another delusional propped up oligarch. You can only avoid reality for so long until it bites you in the butt!

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-30/death-liberal-world-order

  49. Chris at Fernglade Farm March 31, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    Hi Jim,

    Just wanted to put my ten cents in on electric cars. They ain’t gonna happen!

    There you go, and I feel much better now.

    Mate, I’ve lived in a solar powered off grid house since 2010, and I’m way down in the sunny south eastern corner of Australia at about 37.5 degrees latitude south. During winter, the solar panels will generate on average about two hours of peak sunlight per day. And that is it. There is no more to be had for neither love nor money. And we have learned to live with that limitation. If plants aren’t growing then you sure can’t make much solar electricity from PV panels. Seems obvious, but folks don’t understand that. The technology is good, but it is no replacement for fossil fuels.

    There is absolutely no way at all that such a renewable energy system could provide enough energy to run a vehicle and the losses in such a system would be horrendous. An electric vehicle as they currently stand requires something like about 200Wh per Km and that sure does add up quickly if you have to drive anywhere. I know of a guy in Queensland that runs a Nissan Leaf on an off grid solar PV system, but the system that he has is huge and also hugely expensive. And he is the only person I’ve ever heard that pulled that trick off. Plus he picked up the car itself for a giveaway price because the manufacturer appeared to be having troubles selling the expensive beast.

    A few years ago I installed a 600W wind turbine because I thought that that would be a good idea to boost the available winter energy. You know what I learned from that – it is not very windy here. If the wind isn’t pushing you consistently hard, then it is not going to produce more than a mouse farts worth of electrical energy. I replaced that failed project with more solar PV panels which produced more electricity in one morning than that turbine did in two months. It doesn’t look good to me.

    Anyway, I take this stuff seriously and we grow a lot of our own produce, and continue to grow more and also greater diversity of plants every single year. It takes a long time to learn how to grow edible plants and be any good at all at that task. And to learn how to live with less than your means is a tough business in anyone’s language.

    Sorry, I’m guilty of banging on from time to time, and I appear to have done that again here! ;-)! Hope you are well and that you garden is starting to wake up from its winter hibernation.

    PS: Just wanted to add how much I enjoyed reading your ‘World made by hand’ series of books. I had trouble putting them down and in true bad influence style (that’s you I’m writing about!) I was occasionally delayed over a coffee and muffin reading your books when I was meant to be elsewhere earning a living! Nice one. Have you considered writing a fifth book to the series?

    Cheers

    Chris

    • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:19 am #

      Outstanding comment!!!! I’ve been down in your area!! It pisses me off to see what the Aussie Gov is doing to it’s fine citizens by letting in Muslims!! Wife and I have watched soooo many videos about the problem over on CensorTube. What we call YouTube. 🙂 and it’s a huge problem.

      Just like in the U.K. and “Western Europe.” We have spent soooo many hours watching videos on it all. It hurts us so bad! So deep! Because over 28 years of marriage we have traveled to so many wonderful places down under and Europe. And made many life long friends we stay in touch with via Skype.

      We are leaving for Hungary Poland Austria For a another 6 week trip in 1 month. We travel a good 6 to 8 month out of each year.

      • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:22 am #

        MM

        I agree with you, I do not understand the willingness of Western Civilization to destroy itself.

        • Robert White March 31, 2018 at 11:51 am #

          Old Wall Street maxim…’Kill or be killed’.

          Wall Street destroyed Western civilization when Greenspan was allowed to institute the ‘Greenspan Put’ so that mean reversion never occurred to correct the unfree market capitalism monopolies that the Neoliberal/Neocon order was reliant upon for survival. Too-BIG-to-fail was created by the Greenspan Put which, in turn, destroyed the market correcting process of mean reversion.

          Today, markets are propped up artificially, and the stock market is at least 50% overvalued. The only companies that are continuing to prop up the stock markets are the FAANG stocks which are imploding as we write here on this blog.

          Complexity Theory can fully explain why Western civilization has destroyed itself.

          RW

        • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          Our own native Blacks will do the trick if you let them – and seeing them as equals is letting them. Because then you have to adjust reality when they fail and fall below White standards. And keep adjusting it. Sooner or later, helped by White and Jewish enablers, they will come out on top. Of course it’s not going to turn out that way, but only because other peoples are going to beat them to it – like the Mexicans.

          Your Conservatism is just an older Liberalism. Instead of going over the cliff at 90 mph, you prefer a sedate 30. As James Burnham said long ago, Liberalism is the Death Song of Western Civilization. And the essence of it is not choosing your own. Universalism in other words. And you are guilty. It takes a lot to cleanse oneself of this sin. Many years. You might as well get on it.

      • ozone April 1, 2018 at 9:34 am #

        MM,
        Nice job of poisoning the posting of the Ferndale Farms guy.
        (I notice he did not reply to your incendiary opinion of the muzzies — as compared to your fine expression of Christianity no doubt. And no, you probably have not made a new Skype “friend”.)
        One small piece of advice: Tend to your own country’s/state’s knitting and let others tend to theirs.

      • Chris at Fernglade Farm April 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

        Hi MontanaMan,

        Greetings. How the heck did we get from talking about electric cars to Muslims? Far out. Anyway, I don’t much like immigration policy as it currently stands, and not because of the types of people coming to the country. Some of my mates are immigrants and they are lovely people. I have issues because it is an economic policy which through the laws of supply and demand tend to oversupply labour which drives wages down. But those economic policies also tend to drive up asset prices due to the same demand and supply issues. Them assets I’m speaking about are: houses; shares / equities; and bonds. This means that there are winners and losers with that immigration economic policy.

        If you can afford to travel for ‘a good 6 to 8 month’ then I’m putting you square into the winners camp, because travel takes a lot of money. As a suggestion you might consider being a bit more thoughtful about skiting about the benefits that you have achieved from those same immigration economic policies. From what I can see, most of the politicians tend to also want the same sort of wealth.

        I read about Montana a few years ago in Jared Diamond’s book ‘Collapse’. He didn’t paint a good picture of the state of the environment there, and as another suggestion, have you considered putting some of your wealth into the soil? I’m a lot younger than you and don’t have access to much wealth at all, but I’m doing that task here and the results are pretty good.

        Good luck!

        Chris

  50. MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:10 am #

    Absolutely outstanding article!!!! Thank you Mr Kunslter once again for exposing the flat out lies con games put out by the extreme far left enviro wackos!!! Bravo!! Bravo!! Bravo!!

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:19 am #

      Peak oil will limit the damage done by human combustion. It will take a long time to reduce the CO2 percentage when animals and plants come into balance again, and it will not be pleasant.

      • capt spaulding March 31, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        Some people postulate trigger points in the environment that will activate all kinds of disasters, from rising seas to increasingly violent weather, etc. Trigger points have been compared to tipping a boat on it’s side slowly until it reaches the midway point, whereupon it collapses suddenly and catastrophically. The problem is, no one knows which combination of events will cause it to happen.

  51. MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Wife and I have traveled all over the U.K. and Europe. And I can personally testify to the train travel. It is ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING!! We have travel from the most southern part of England which is “Lizard Point” which is a village about half-a-mile south of Lizard village in the civil parish of Landewednack.

    Lizard Point is, is as far south you can go and stay on dry land. Then all the up north to the other end of “Great Britain to Dunnet Head, Scotland. Gaelic is heavily spoken here. HEAVILY. It’s a gorgeous peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland.

    We have traveled via train all over France Germany Hungary Austria Italy Belgium etc. we have made many trips to Europe over the years. It really is to bad our city to city train travel is dead. My parents told me many stories how great it was back in the 30s 40s 50s.

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      When I was a boy in the 50’s you could go place to place via train like we do today via the highways. The Interstate system started the down slide of the railroads and the demise of the automobile in the next fifty years will bring them back. Why? Because Man has no choice, And they will be regular trains, not high speed as they just cost too much. The idiocy of today’s society will slow down accordingly.

      But these may be the dreams of a man approaching old age.

      • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

        I could not agree more with your entire comment!!!

    • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

      “Gaelic is heavily spoken here. HEAVILY. It’s a gorgeous peninsula in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland.”

      I don’t know who you were speaking to, MM, but Caithness isn’t a Gaelic-speaking area, although they’ve opened a primary

      heraldscotland.com/opinion/13116569.The_Highland_Line__Gaelic___s_making_new_inroads_in_Caithness/

      “Other areas in the likes of Argyll and Perthshire had lost Gaelic but remained proud of their linguistic tradition. However the legacy in Caithness was one of hostility.”

      “By the beginning of the 19th century Caithness was still a mainly Gaelic-speaking county, amongst 50.1% of its 22,609 inhabitants spoke the language. “But by the end of the century Gaelic was in terminal decline. By 1891 the population of Caithness had grown to 37,177, but the number of Gaelic speakers there had decreased to just 4,068.”

      “The decline continued: “In 1931 only 633 speakers were recorded, while census results between 1951 and 2001 reported almost negligible numbers. No locality had any number of speakers worth mentioning.”

      Maybe the Caithness Scots tongue confused you, MM, but it wouldn’t have been Gaelic.

      Or maybe you were HEAVILY influenced by the local whisky – or too busy looking out for stray Muslims to pay attention.

      • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

        *opened a Gaelic-medium primary school to try to revitalise it – for 19 children!*

  52. MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    Electric vehicles. No thanks. Not gonna work on hauling loads on our family farms here in Montana or North Dakota etc. and especially on large scale dryland farm scale.

    Talking 10 thousand acres and bigger. We farm on a sizable scale. Let’s just say. I will keep my Ford F-350 Diesel 4×4 Lariat.

    In fact we would go back to not only horse travel but to large teams of horses and leather for farming. We would have to do it to be able to do any kind of farming on a sizable scale to feed the masses. And even then we couldn’t do it.

    Most folks really don’t have a clue, not a clue just how close they are to starving. Then mass food riots in cities / Subrubs. But folks like us that live out on a very large farm and farm on a dryland large scale know. We know just how how dangerous and bloody it will get. God help the city, urban dwellers.

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      And within days, maybe hours. A huge problem is that the skills set needed for the WMBH does not exist anymore and a large percentage of the population will starve. Women’s lib will disappear as physical strength will be a premium again. Men and women will have need for each other again. Could be that spiritually humans will be in a better place.

      The skills set still lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

      • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

        “Could be that spiritually humans will be in a better place.”

        Or it could just go back to being a good place to be a man, with a dependent wife. ‘Dependent’ means you can do what you like and what’s she going to do? Not necessarily a spiritually better place.

        Witness Ireland in 1975 – that’s not even 45 years ago. A ‘traditional’ society under the yoke of men and the Catholic church. What Janos wants.

        independent.ie/life/when-a-wife-was-her-mans-chattel-30871468.html

        “Four decades ago, on New Year’s Day 1975, the first International Women’s Year kicked off, sponsored by the United Nations. Had it happened five or ten years earlier the event would have been blithely ignored by Ireland’s overwhelmingly male ruling class, but we had recently joined the EEC and Europe insisted the State make an effort to at least appear vaguely interested.”

        “If a husband and wife shared a passport, he could travel on it alone, while his wife could only do so with his permission.”

        “Women were also effectively barred from jury duty because only property owners qualified, and virtually all family homes and business premises were in the names of men. Worse, a married woman had no right to a half-share of the family home, *even if she was the sole breadwinner*.

        “Women had no right to get a barring order against a violent partner. The stark choice for the victim was to go home to the aggressor or find somewhere else to hide out.”

        “Criminal Conversation, which enshrined in law that a wife was the property of her husband, had been abolished in England in 1857 but remained on the Irish statute books.”

        “In this country a wife was regarded as a chattel, just as a thoroughbred mare or cow…”

        *a married woman had no right to a half-share of the family home, even if she was the sole breadwinner*. Just let that sink in.

        Very spiritual, I’m sure. But I obviously understand why some men hanker after the old days. Personally, I’m just glad I’m old – and that my little grandson isn’t a granddaughter. Because we’re going back further than 1975 Ireland.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

          Yes, your system has failed because it was opposed to Nature. Women want to be dominated – that’s why so many are converting to Islam and/or dating Muslim men. They want to be with the Victors.

          Why the wonder? You believe Humans are animals, right? And in other species, the males compete for the females and the females pick the winner, right? So what is your problem? Philosophical regret? It’s not to late to return to the True Faith. In Truth, we have an animal PART, but it is not the whole of us. Thus a compromise position is call for: Women should be dominated, but with Love. That’s what they want – and what all Harlequin Romance Covers and Texts indicate.

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

            You haven’t addressed my post, Janos. Not one iota of it.

            I say that as if it were a surprise…

            “Women want to be dominated – that’s why so many are converting to Islam and/or dating Muslim men.”

            There is nothing I can do about your silly fantasies either.

            “and what all Harlequin Romance Covers and Texts indicate.”

            LOL. I can see why you would only want to consort with silly women who read Mills and Boon, though.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

            Feminism is hatred of the Feminine and ENVY of the Masculine. One can sympathize since the Masculine is higher, but it still leads to an utter distortion of the personality and destruction of society.

            Remember, to whom much is given much is asked. If women make good use of their “talents”, they may come out ahead spiritually. You have to play the hand you are dealt. If you play it well, you may win or come out ahead of someone who drew a great hand and played it poorly. Men have to love their wives unto death – as Christ loved the Church. Women don’t have to die for their husbands – or even love them. They just have to be reasonably obedient. It’s a good deal. Or would you prefer to be raped by a naked barbarian or pirate with an open shirt a la some of the more sordid female romances? Or are we going to pretend rape fantasies aren’t par for the course in female sexuality?

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

            “Feminism is hatred of the Feminine and ENVY of the Masculine. ”

            Your feminism might be. Most feminism is no such thing.

            “They just have to be reasonably obedient.”

            Not in a civilised society they don’t. Obviously in your fantasies they do.

            “Or would you prefer to be raped by a naked barbarian or pirate with an open shirt a la some of the more sordid female romances?”

            You seem to have read rather more of such tripe than I have, Janos. I am only on this planet for a short time and don’t have time to waste on utter drivel.

            “Or are we going to pretend rape fantasies aren’t par for the course in female sexuality”

            You’ll have to ask someone who fantasises about rape, and that wouldn’t be me. However, I don’t think either of us would want societies based on what men fantasise about, if you take current pornographic tastes as evidence. Some of it’s too nasty to even put into words. Not that I partake, but I’ve taken the trouble to read a few books on the subject. Try not to confuse fantasy and reality, Janos, It rarely ends well.

          • GreenAlba March 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

            And you still haven’t addressed one iota of my initial post.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

            So many women don’t have these fantasies? How little you know about your fellow Women – no more than you do about Men it would seem. You’ve chosen Ideology over Life – a common sin (a missing of the mark) these days.

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:03 am #

            Janos

            I know an evader when I see one. Even the right-wing women on this site have a right to know what rights you intend to leave them. So that they can choose whether to hang around or take that high window.

            Now, I’ve given you some concrete examples of life for women in 1975 Ireland. I’m still waiting to hear which of those concrete examples will be concretely incorporated into your New Deal. And which will be even worse. The devil (that’s you) is in the detail. So you need to actually list those aspects of life in which women will have no say. And no vote. Waffle is just waffle.

            Waiting for you to answer actual questions is a tiresome task. I’m off to do some work and my grandson’s due round before long to get his Easter egg, but you’re still in bed anyway because it’s night time over your way. But when I get back I’m expecting some concrete answers. Thanks.

            By the way, a man who has a wife who is a lapdog is diminished as a man because all he has is a lapdog. Any moron can negotiate the minutiae of life with a lapdog, so he doesn’t need any interpersonal skills whatsoever. That’s why your plan is so popular among the interpersonally unskilled.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

            Good women, women who really love men, are always against other women. Vast herds of women voters are simply a harbinger of doom since they are mental children, easily duped and controlled. Queen Victoria, a good woman, was horrified at the idea of women being given the right to vote. She knew their votes would just be a matter of popular opinion, good looks, current scandals etc. She never dreamed about the “gibs” for single mothers and crap like that. We’ve fallen lower than she could ever have conceived.

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

            Janos, the good Queen Victoria was affronted by the idea of all men voting.

            The rest of your post is just fantasmagorical idiocy.

        • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

          And the fully staffed hard core feminist Swedish Government has brought it down to nothing. Flooded the country with a sect of the most dangerous barbaric religious nuts Our earth has ever seen. Muslims.

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:16 am #

            “And the fully staffed hard core feminist Swedish Government has brought it down to nothing. ”

            government.se/opinion-pieces/2017/03/sweden-and-immigrants-mostly-get-on-well/

            washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/02/24/no-sweden-isnt-hiding-an-immigrant-crime-problem-t…

            “Last weekend at a Florida campaign rally, the president of the United States made vague claims intimating that Sweden has an immigrant violence problem. Research we have conducted shows that this is not true. In fact, criticism of Sweden is based on common misconceptions and mishandled information.

            “The president’s comments were originally inspired by a Fox News report on a video propaganda piece released by Ami Horowitz, which alleges that Sweden faces a spate of Muslim immigrant violence and that Swedish authorities are covering this up. The video misuses quotes from Swedish police to suggest that official crime statistics in Sweden are being purposely withheld. After President Trump’s comments, several right-wing media outlets doubled down on these claims. This is a feedback loop based on what are now called “alternative facts.”

            “Actually, compared to the U.S., the government of Sweden is a model in making data accessible and actions transparent. Its official statistics are some of the most complete and readily accessible in the world. Since 1766, Swedish law on freedom of the press has included a principle of public access (Offentlighetsprincipen), which grants public access to all government documents upon request unless they fall under secrecy restrictions. This law is the oldest piece of freedom of information legislation in the world.

            “By contrast, the Trump administration has been actively working to remove much of the U.S. government’s publicly available information, from climate data to budgeting information and data gathered by the USDA, the EPA, and the CDC.”

            Always best to take care where you go to for your ‘facts’.

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:19 am #

            The Queen’s taking a bit of a risk here, isn’t she?

            There could be a bomb in that cake. Or a scimitar.

            telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/31/bake-offs-nadiya-hussain-reveals-racist-abuse-has-faced-since/

            Imagine Madge consorting with a dangerous barbaric religious nut. Won’t somebody tell her?

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 5:53 am #

            ‘Our earth’ has seen Christian ‘heretics’ burned, hanged, disembowelled, their backs broken and their eyes poked out. By ‘Christians’.

            So, do be careful using expressions like ‘has ever seen’.

            Conflating ordinary Muslims with militant Islamist Jihadis is the oldest trick in the book. Your president’s tricks aren’t new.

            You might as well conflate ordinary ‘men’ with psychopaths, because most psychopaths are men.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

            Erdogan of Turkey: There is no radical Islam. There is only Islam.

            You simply haven’t studied the Koran and Hadith and are pontificating about things you know nothing about. The Jihad is central to Islam and always was as per Mohammad in the Hadiths and Allah in the Koran.

            If I may: you are confusing piety with being “radical”. Most Muslims are nominal, just like most Christians. Or most Irishmen. But the ones who felt really strongly, would support the IRA. Donations were gathered in a variety of ways, including pubs, both in Ireland and the Diaspora. Those who felt very strongly, would do and given even more. Those who felt the strongest of all, would carry out the Actions.

            So it’s not an either/or but a continuum of feeling, leading to action at the extreme end. Hope that clarifies things for you.

          • GreenAlba April 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

            Why would I accept that Erdogan speaks for all Muslims?

            “If I may: you are confusing piety with being “radical”. ”

            You may propose as you like; I may dispose as I choose.

            If, as some suggest, it is the Muslim religion per se which is a danger, then piety would matter. Pious Muslims are not those who act out Jihadi fantasies. And yet there are many pious Muslims.

            The point at issue was in fact the situation in Sweden. As I have pointed out before, the Swedish government is so fed up with lies spread by people of your ilk with agendas, that they have made the relevant information available to anyone.

            government.se/articles/2017/02/facts-about-migration-and-crime-in-sweden/

            And regarding your own country, you still need to remember that right-wing extremists are the main danger, not Muslims.
            They are the ones whose radicalisation you need to prevent.

            independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/terrorism-right-wing-america-muslims-islam-white-s…

            “A joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media centre, and news outlet Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting took a look at the 201 designated terrorism incidents within the US from 2008 to 2016.

            “The results: “right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents” as terror acts associated with those identified as “Islamist domestic terrorism”.

            And re refugees…

            snopes.com/news/2017/06/07/threat-extremists-more/

            “…when it comes to extremist violence perpetrated by refugees, the numbers are unequivocal. In the four decades between 1975 and 2015, only 20 individuals who arrived in the U.S. as refugees either attempted or carried out a terrorist attack – resulting in three deaths. And, of most relevance to President Donald Trump’s proposed immigration ban, all three of those killings were perpetrated by anti-Castro refugees.

            “Not a single death has resulted from terrorist activity by a Muslim extremist refugee.”

    • Robert White March 31, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      Change the fuel source on your farms to ammonia so that you can power all the machinery with livestock urine and close the loop on waste product outputs per farm. All the farmers have to do is collect up the urine and then process it with current technology that is not overtly expensive compared to carbon based fuels.

      RW

      • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

        ” All the farmers have to do is collect up the urine”

        RW,
        Visualize the poor of India catching the hot steaming issue of their animals, right from the source. You do know that this is a labor-intensive activity? Most large-animals micturate in the field…without very expensive infrastructure, (concrete-floored barns, feeding systems) the urine would be unobtainable. Visualize a guy with a bucket chasing a cow….

        • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

          Some yogis drink their own urine. I told that to a Hare Krishna and he said, Bah, cow urine is what you want.

          • capt spaulding March 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

            Gandhi was known to drink a glass of his own urine first thing in the morning.

          • MontanaMan March 31, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

            Lol ah Jesus!!! Lol

        • Robert White March 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

          Scientists in India have demonstrated how to get electricity from cow pies/meadow muffins. Girls in Africa have demonstrated power generation from urine. Collecting urine is practical in large urban areas.

          If I had a farm I would power my entire farm off of solar & urine.
          Converting gasoline engines to ammonia costs about $1000.00 USD per truck. Collecting cow urine & horse urine in a commercial barn is no big deal IMO. Just a matter of infrastructure planning & building.

          RW

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      Think about breaking that farm up. It will be far too big for a World Made by Hand. Give each of your kids a portion. In old Europe, they often could only give the eldest son the land because to break it up would be to make the portions to small to live on. Primogeniture. The rest had to work under him or find their own way.

      Do you grow anything besides Wheat?

    • michael March 31, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

      Why should there be starvation?

      There will be two types of people: those who eat and therefore are not hungry and those who are eaten and therefore do not need food.

  53. janet March 31, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Women’s lib will disappear as physical strength will be a premium again.

    The resurrected Jesus Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene.

    “But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.”
    — Luke 24:11

    The men refused to listen to her story. She was publicly smeared as a whore. And when she emerged as a celebrated advocate, powerful men tried to silence her because she threatened their status.

    Nevertheless she persisted.

    #MeToo

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      Power, gender ethnocentrism two of mankinds biggest weaknesses, sins in theological vernacular.

      The Council of Nicaea was a victory for the male component of Christianity. Mary was turned into a prostitute, females were barred from conducting the rites of the Church and the wonderous male dominated church led us into the Dark Ages. Females should be incensed and wanting to fix the problem. NOT!

      Here we go again. Instead of women trying to work out a role balancing social structure, they want all the power for themselves. Mankinds weakness shows itself again.

      I personally believe there is no answer to this. Power vacuums around the world refill quickly with many volunteers slaughtering themselves to get the power. And every segment of society is culpable.

      Easter week is a good time to remember tha Jesus’ main message was anti-power. The rise of elitism in the world today is evidence that His message is losing.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

        Christ’s teaching was hierarchical. He simply asked the Great to be servants of the little people. From that people get communism – because they haven’t understood and don’t want to understand.

        God is Power as well as Goodness, Light, Love, and Truth. To get closer to him is to get more of all of those things. To say Anti-Power is just another way of saying Anti-God. Men naturally love powerful things: dogs, horses, cars, planes, athletes, etc. They want to be powerful. Women are attracted by power and want to be with it and/or be it. All this is natural

        Conclusion: The two kinds of Power, Natural and Supernatural tend to be opposed in the human person because of our fallen nature. Thus we are asked to choose the spiritual. But we may well get the other as well – a test in other words. To say just “give up power” is confused at best. To actually do it would be nihilism.

  54. janet March 31, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    “Plus he picked up the car itself for a giveaway price because the manufacturer appeared to be having troubles selling the expensive beast.” –Chris

    You can get a Nissan Leaf from Carmax.com for $9,998 (no haggle price) with only 48,000 miles on it and two new tires. No need to buy an “expensive beast” if all you want is to go to town and back.

  55. volodya March 31, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    The bien pensant college educated with their allegedly superior analytical skills seemingly have a great deal of difficulty comprehending what every 3rd world peasant farmer understands in his bones, that you cannot expend more calories than you harvest, whether you’re harvesting grain or harvesting oil or other fossil fuel or nuclear power or solar or wind or whatever. If you expend more than you harvest, it’s curtains, bye-bye. It’s an arrangement without a future.

    What JHK is saying when he sez that auto-loan terms don’t pencil out, is that we are trying to do what elementary physics doesn’t permit, that is to conjure energy out of thin air. Or, alternatively, as in the case of electric vehicles, we’re closing our eyes to the energy embedded in their manufacture. Calling a product “green” doesn’t make it so and a “green” product that’s unaffordable is useless.

    Auto financings that typically extend for nearly a decade is a monetary expression of the fact that either the total harvest is insufficient to accommodate our collective aspirations or that the harvest isn’t being distributed in sufficient quantity to the car buyer. No more 48 months, nope, the caloric surplus accruing to the borrower is nowhere near enough to allow such a repayment plan. Borrowers and lenders and auto-makers, in this current economic regime of smoke, mirrors, lies, bullshit and nonsense, are trying to hide from some basic facts of life. But facts, especially those prevailing in the physical world, are exceedingly stubborn things.

  56. janet March 31, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Or, alternatively, as in the case of electric vehicles, we’re closing our eyes to the energy embedded in their manufacture. Calling a product “green” doesn’t make it so and a “green” product that’s unaffordable is useless. –volodya

    You are ignoring the embedded manufacturing energy expended in gasoline powered cars. It’s kind of a wash isn’t it, and therefore a stupid point to raise.

    What makes the electric car green is that it can be recharged with energy from the sun, something a gasoline engine car cannot do. I’m surprised an ordinary mule skinner like you couldn’t figure out either of the two points I just made: 1) embedded energy is moot and 2) solar recharge not possible on gasoline powered cars.

    Besides, the maintenance costs on an electric car with only 21 moving parts is much less than a gasoline powered car.

    • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

      Until it is time to replace the battery pack. The rare elements involved make this very expensive.

      JHK message is that electric, especially autonomous cars are not the answer to the US Happy Motoring problem that confronts us. We are allowing the grand poobahs of high tech to pull the wool over our eyes. Reality is going to smack them between the eyes down the road. The reason that these folks seem to favor the rise of the Elite is- they are the Elite.

      Another example of Peak Oil occurred during the 1800’s. The desire to light the night created a renewable resource for light energy, whale oil. Whoops, the ascent of demand for that resource just about drove whales to extinction before kerosene evolved.

      Petroleum is not renewable. Electricity will replace fossil fuels as the primary energy source, we have no choice. It’s Power in power out ratio is not near what oil is, thus energy availability will decline. Let alone the use of oil for synthetics and agriculture. And we are burning it faster and faster, what a horrible thing, creating CO2 pollution and changing the climate. Is it just me or does this sound like collective insanity?

      • ozone April 1, 2018 at 10:33 am #

        “Petroleum is not renewable. Electricity will replace fossil fuels as the primary energy source, we have no choice. It’s Power in power out ratio is not near what oil is, thus energy availability will decline. Let alone the use of oil for synthetics and agriculture. And we are burning it faster and faster, what a horrible thing, creating CO2 pollution and changing the climate. Is it just me or does this sound like collective insanity?”

        John AZ,
        It’s not just you.

    • Chris at Fernglade Farm April 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

      Hi janet,

      Thanks for the shout out. Well down under, electric cars aren’t much seen and I read that they (including hybrids) make up only about 1% of the national vehicle fleet. That’s not much, so they’re not really available second hand.

      Interestingly too, the guy I know picked up the car new from the dealer, but clearly things may be different in the USA. Your population is 15 times bigger and that probably makes a difference.

      I have to ask you two questions:
      1) Do you have a solar power system currently installed and operating? and
      2) Do you own or operate an electric vehicle?

      Those are big questions and I’ll get to them in a second.

      Our petrol (your gas) costs about $5.50 gallon. A tank of that stuff will hold about 10 gallons and that’ll take you about 400 miles in my little Suzuki buzz box.

      Just looking at some rough calculations on the back of an envelope, I reckon if you wanted to travel about 30 miles per day in your electric vehicle, you’ll need a 6kW solar power system that does nothing else other than charging your electric vehicle. And I really mean nothing else at all, because with renewables you gotta plan for the worst day of generation, although don’t want to much talk about that. Now I’m as green as they come and I note that when the sun don’t shine or the PV panels are covered in snow, then that system don’t generate much power at all. I can almost see and hear your brain in action saying no worries, I’ll get my power then from nuclear, coal, hydro, wind, or gas. But you don’t really know from where (or maybe you do?). And when any really dirty power is connected to the grid, sure as shit that the suppliers are going to supply you with whatever is cheapest and that usually isn’t renewable sources.

      The thing is, if you wanted to try that same solar trick off the grid, I reckon that is going to set you back about $25k – $30k. I ask you this: Are you spending all that mad cash just so you can save a couple of bucks at the pump?

      I didn’t think so. If you want to travel further, then you’ve gotta spend even more mad cash.

      What do you reckon about that? I reckon this renewable energy stuff is pretty good, but it is no substitute for fossil fuels.

      Chris

  57. janet March 31, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    “a “green” product that’s unaffordable is useless.” –volodya

    You can get an electric car, a 2013 Nissan Leaf for $7,750 with 41,000 miles on it. Here is the link:

    carfax.com/Used-2013-Nissan-Leaf_z3384?partner=IMT_5&gclid=CLi-7In7ltoCFQaYxQIdWTEKPw&gcls…

    Works for getting around town. No need for the latest and greatest. The new Nissan Leafs with bigger batteries are having problems with loss of battery power. The older ones like this 2013 are tested and more reliable.

    • janet March 31, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

      Scroll down. There is a 2013 with 51,000 miles for $6,999. The claim that electric cars are “expensive” is a shibboleth.

      • JohnAZ March 31, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

        The lack of the price reducing learning curve with electric cars will keep them at higher price levels. They are a false hope.

  58. Newton Finn March 31, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    As I see life in my declining years, humanity seems to be suffering from a flagging of the human spirit. Our species has faced daunting and demoralizing problems since we crawled out of the caves or trees, yet suddenly the issues confronting us seem insurmountable. We swim in dystopias, relish them, and consider the smallest expression of the faintest hope for the future to be disingenuous, ignorant, or naive. As I prepare to depart from this beautiful blue dot, it is this almost total loss of confidence, boldness, and courage that disturbs me more than any of the formidable challenges that confront us. The only antidote I’ve found is to take a trip on a “time machine,” an imaginary voyage back to a period when human beings still were strong and daring enough to believe that their story would go on and eventually lead to a better world. For those few readers of JHK who may share my sentiments, let me suggest the vehicle that has worked for me, twin works of utter genius written toward the end of the 19th Century: “Looking Backward” and its sequel, “Equality,” written by Edward Bellamy. I believe that both are free on the net and know that both are available for a pittance from used book dealers.

    • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

      Newton,
      A question. Is your/our dystopian viewpoint a result of the well understood pathology of old age…or the less considered wisdom that old age sometimes proffers?

      • Newton Finn April 1, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

        When you get to the root of it, I believe that we CHOOSE to believe in utopia or dystopia. And that choice can be made at any age. As you indicate, wisdom can come with age, but so can senility. As dire as present conditions may be, no one knows what lies in the future. NO ONE. William James tells an interesting story about coming to a mountain pass in a blizzard, and knowing that if you remain standing still you will freeze to death, but if you fail to make the jump over the chasm, you will plummet to your death. James’ observation is that what one chooses to believe at this point can be a key factor in whether one lives or dies. Remain in place, frozen by fear, and you freeze. Attempt some half-hearted leap, thinking you won’t make it, and you won’t. The only viable option is to believe that you CAN make that leap, WILL make that leap, and then put all you have into jumping over the chasm. And even if you don’t make it, James believes that this is surely the noblest way to go out. You’ve probably read it, but if you haven’t, his “Will to Believe” is one of the greatest essays ever written by an American author, and it couldn’t be more timely than it is for us right now.

        • elysianfield April 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

          Newton,
          Well, then, I choose to believe in the old adage “garbage in/garbage out.” The young Hogg(In our Gun Control discussions) may chose to believe he knows what he is talking about, he may choose to believe in his status as a motivator, he may even choose to believe that he is other than a useful idiot.

          If our inputs are false, then our beliefs mean little in respect to reality.

          Sorry, but I have not read the essay you reference.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      I loved Looking Backwards. A Socialism where humans are not considered equal and where women choose Men of good genetic stock to marry. I don’t like the title of that other one. I hope he didn’t believe in racial equality and the destruction of the nation state.

      There is no factual equality after all, except as a mathematical and legal abstraction – both very important. And spiritually as well, if you believe in that. Any destruction or impediment of human excellence is a sin.

      • Newton Finn April 1, 2018 at 11:50 am #

        Janos, “Equality” makes some interesting modifications and expansions of the original “Looking Backward” vision, but IMHO the additional material strengthens, rather than weakens, Bellamy’s utopia. The nation state remains pivotal in the economic order, and other nations have followed, in their own ways flowing from their histories and cultures, the revolutionary American model. The result is a peaceful assemblage of independent nations devoted to the welfare of their respective populations. Self-sufficiency has largely trumped globalization in the economic arena. As for the race issue, Bellamy deftly resolves it by indicating that once every citizen held an equal share in the output of the nation, there was no reason or pressure to integrate, and while many in the races enjoyed fellowship together because of personal inclination, those who wanted to remain largely with their own communities were entirely free to do so. I guess another thing that Bellamy predicted accurately–along with the radio, television, airplanes, electric cars, credit cards, environmental restoration, green energy, etc.–was the philosophy of the Black Power movement that emerged in the 60s and 70s. Let me respectfully suggest that you give “Equality” a go and judge for yourself.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          Fantastic! Seriously, thanks. I didn’t know about the sequel and I never have seen it in the old books shops. I’m going to order it.

  59. janet March 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    “Whoops, the ascent of demand for that resource just about drove whales to extinction …”— John AZ

    Whales are a red herring. Whales ca become extinct. Solar energy is not subject to extinction if demand increases. Space-based solar provides 24/7/365 energy, even at night, even on the most cloudy days… limitless, clean… not renewable but should be around for a few Billion years longer than oil and whales both.

  60. Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

    What’s next? This:

    amren.com/news/2018/03/vicki-momberg-south-africa-becomes-the-ussr-of-race/

    Women goes to prison for using the K word – their N word. Meanwhile Blacks say the most terrible things about Whites – and their Leaders threaten genocide, all without penalty. Anarcho-Tyranny: one law for some, another law or no law for others. This is what’s coming if Kdog and his Kin get their way. Racism is only something Whites can do after all. Black Racism – or love for their own people – is fine. See? They are held to different standards, a far more lenient and humane one. They are allowed to love themselves. Whites are not. It can only end in utter disaster for our People.

    The woman was just robbed in a smash and grab while sitting in her car. No one cares about that of course. Nor do they really care about the torture, rape and murder of the Boer farmers. Not really (add italics). But a White saying anything bad about Blacks? That’s wrong! That’s the ultimate Evil because Whites are second class Citizens now in South Africa. Liberals want Whites to be second class citizens everywhere.

    • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      Kdog and his Kin get their way. Racism is only something Whites can do after all.

      Well my little deep stater many are amused at your ramblings, sometimes even I, but you need to work on consistency. Exaggeration can be great fun but to amuse there has to be an unbroken thread to reality. The more twisted the better but it has to be there or its not funny.

      Y
      amren.com/news/2018/03/students-call-thomas-jefferson-icon-of-white-supremacists/

      • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

        Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! My comment above this posted before I was finished. Continuing:

        amren.com/news/2018/03/students-call-thomas-jefferson-icon-of-white-supremacists/

        I went to your link and replied to you.

        “Yes, she is a disgusting racist. Racist people are unpleasant people, don’t you think?”

        I ASSumed JaLoni Amor was a woman. I may be wrong and I really don’t care, but he or she is not white of that I’m pretty sure.

        Some of the most hard core unapologetic racists I have ever met in my life were black.

        Next time you ramble on about ‘different standards’ try and have some standards yourself.

        Are we clear?

        Black white green it does not matter. Racists are disgusting.

        • K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

          Paws not cooperating. only, some of the most hard core unapologetic racists I have ever met in my life were black was supposed to be in bold.

          • capt spaulding March 31, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

            ‘Tis true, cultures the world over are racist. Look around you’ll see them. Ironically one group may be the subject of racism while denigrating another race themselves. I recall Mexicans in Southern California referring to Vietnamese people as Gooks.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

            What about the good side of racism – the love for one’s own people? There would never have been a United States if we hadn’t conquered the Indians after all and favor our own above them.

            I thought you were calling Thomas Jefferson a nasty racist, with “she” as either a typo or insult.

            In any case, it’s here to stay. The more you focus on our racism, the more you folks miss the racism of others – your allies against your own people. How fucked up is that?! You Jihad against White Racism is just handing the World over to more normal people who don’t hate themselves – but who will make you a 2nd class citizen in a heart beat.

            Never forget, Mandela called Whites fleeing Black Terror, “cowards”. Is there anything more evil that this – coming from a man who sang the “Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer” song at tribal gathering to the end of his life? Yet White lionized this monster. Please tell me you have at least renounced that.

    • thwack April 1, 2018 at 7:20 am #

      If any white person wants to hire me to be racist against blacks, (or chinks, or spics, or faggots…) Im available?

  61. Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    numbersusa.com/news/report-caravan-over-1300-central-americans-en-route-us

    An army is forming in the Southlands. This 1300 is merely an Advance Guard. If they succeed then millions will follow. No more sneaking in in little groups, paying off “coyotes” and being preyed on by all kinds of thugs and slavers. They will march into America, a la Camp of the Saints. This was Hillary’s Plan. She wanted to be a Mama Merkel. Trump has proven so weak that they are moving ahead with the Plan.

  62. pequiste March 31, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Uber’s self-driving taxi cabs are a hit!

    msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/arizona-police-release-video-of-fatal-self-driving-uber-accident/vi-BBKxy…

    Elon Musk’s Tesla cars have a problem?

    tesla.com/support/annual-and-recall-service

    High-tech happy motoring at its finest.

    Then just to add insult to injury, Under-Armour cannot protect online information, like their garments cannot protect the human body against a spectrum of real-world threats (but it sounds nice):

    wired.com/story/under-armour-myfitnesspal-hack-password-hashing/

  63. Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    amren.com/news/2018/03/sweden-withdraws-child-marriage-booklet-after-public-backlash/

    Remember boys and girls, Amren isn’t making this up. Much of their website is based on articles written by other people. If you want, you can go back to the original Swedish article. Don’t believe Elrond and Alba who try to make you think that Amren is just making up stuff. Their opinion pieces and editorial position are clearly marked as such.

    • Elrond Hubbard March 31, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

      It’s a day ending in ‘y’, so Janos must be slandering me again, and/or putting words in my mouth. Who had today in this week’s pool?

      Let the record reflect that I have never accused that website of making stuff up. I do think it’s a website by assholes, for assholes.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

        I’m glad, Elrond. Alba has implied as much though. If its not making stuff up, just reporting the horrors perpetrated against Whites, how can you be against them?

        Your own words implicate you, not mine.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

          He walked right into that one. He’s on the mat with little birds flying around his gulliver, sweetly tweeting tweet tweet.

  64. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    A new method of energy generation, which is called nuclear relativistic technologies (NRT), was developed in Russia in the early 2000. The principle of NRT is to combine a nuclear reactor with a compact elementary particle accelerator. The result is a nuclear relativistic power station – without the supercritical mass of fissile products and therefore absolutely explosion-proof. It will be able to work on uranium from the dumps of radiochemical plants, natural uranium-238, and thorium. == Finca

    If you have an inquiring mind and not interested ONLY in sex, lies, and videotapes, you may want to do a little cross-reference Google search between “Ernest Moniz”, the Obama’s Secretary of Energy, the “Linear Accelerator” and “Nuclear anti-terrorist safety”, as well as the name “Alexei Sergeyevich Bogomolov” in conjunction with “Backward Wave Linear Accelerator of Protons (Project BWLAP)” to understand that in US the matter is being taken very seriously.

    The missing link of BWLAP technology to abandon production of cheap energy through fission of normally non-fissionable materials like U-238 and Thorium without burning oil or coal, is missing in American Internet, but could be found on the Russian Net.

    I am convinced that the only stumbling block on a way to abandon, safe and cheap energy generation so far was ideological, political, military-strategic resistance of the same SECT that tries to overwrite the results of the US 2016 Presidential elections.

    Since Russia, now protected under the umbrella of its modernized Strategic Nuclear Forces could proceed with development of NRT, United States will be forced to do the same just for the reasons of normal economic competition.

    We live in truly revolutionary times.

  65. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

    The main result of the week

    The issue of the Skripal poisoning more and more begins to resemble the impromptu of Theresa May and Boris Johnson in connection with the capture of SAS military servicemen in East Ghouta, Syria, who acted their as terror training advisors, and seizure of the equipment for the production of chemical weapons, which supposedly could only belong to Assad and the Russian Federation, that helped him get rid of chemical weapons in 2013.

    And from this point of view, this case and the diplomatic war that has escalated from it are the minimal reaction of Dorian Gray to the prospect of his portrait appearing in Moscow in the form of SAS servicemen subjected to war-crime tribunal and under the weight of charges testifying to the visiting session of the Nuremberg Tribunal.

  66. K-Dog March 31, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    The tech babble is quite high this week. I expect the other end of the spectrum, mass media, is being kept equally fluffy. What witches brew simmers in the black pots of the black ops of control? Something wicked this way comes.

    I’m 4 nuclear fusion but if a breakthrough is alleged to cover up the evils of harpies running the show to play us then I wish I believed in magic instead so I could make a curse and pox them all.

  67. janet March 31, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    “Racism is only something Whites can do after all.” –janos

    White racists have had the power to legislate against Blacks, to redline neighborhoods, to deny jobs, to achieve segregation, to arrest and imprison innocent Blacks, or simply shoot them in their grandmother’s back yard for having a cell phone in their hand.

    Where I grew up the KKK was active. Signs on the city limits said: “Nigger don’t let the sun set on you.” “White only, no colored allowed”

    Blacks have never had the power to systematically enforce racism against whites. Even when Blacks have the political power in a jurisdiction, they are not vindictive or immoral like whites have been. They judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

    Systematic racism is only something whites have done. You are right about that.

    • capt spaulding March 31, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

      That’s bullshit. In countries like Romania, Gypsies are discriminated against regularly. In South America, the darker you are, the more you are looked down upon. I have many Latino friends from different countries, and they say the same thing. Down there, the lowest on the scale are black people, then the Indians, then all the way up the scale until you get to the blonde haired, blue eyed people, who are at the top.

      • janet March 31, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

        Exactly my point, captain.

        Gypsies are discriminated against regularly. By whites.

        In South America, the darker you are, the more you are looked down upon. By whites.

        The darker people, not having political power or not having control of the police forces or control of the judiciary, etc. cannot exercise systematic racism against whites.

        Whites are the majority. Whites have the power and the wealth. And now they are whining about being discriminated against?

        Here’s an idea for these poor, sad, whites: Get a job. Work harder. Do better. Don’t rely on the government so much. Stop having kids. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Go back to your own country.

        The gall of white people is incredible. Truly ah-mazing.

        Wakanda forever.

    • elysianfield March 31, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      ” Even when Blacks have the political power in a jurisdiction, they are not vindictive or immoral like whites have been. They judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. ”

      Janet.

      On this site you have posited many an outrageous, sometimes even ludicrous statement…but none more irresponsible nor ignorant as the above.

      Digitus Impudicus….

      • janet March 31, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

        Whites are the majority. Whites have the power and the wealth. And now they are whining about being discriminated against?

        Here’s an idea for these poor, sad, whites: Get a job. Work harder. Do better. Don’t rely on the government so much. Stop having kids. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Go back to your own country.

        The gall of white people is incredible. Truly ah-mazing.

        Take a look for yourself. Whites are the ones in power.

        The Faces of American Power

        nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/26/us/race-of-american-power.html

        Wakanda forever.

        • thwack April 1, 2018 at 7:08 am #

          What ever “Janet” is, Im pretty sure she’s NOT and American citizen

          She might even be an algorithm ?

    • thwack April 1, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      They judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

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

      Not always, sometimes we judge white women by how big her ass was.

      Just sayin

  68. Elrond Hubbard March 31, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    Fox News host takes time off as advertisers flee amid school shooting Twitter feud
    Parkland Fla., student David Hogg had urged advertisers to pull support of Laura Ingraham’s show

    cbc.ca/news/world/fox-news-laura-ingraham-david-hogg-twitter-parkland-shooting-1.4600934

    “Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

    “Eleven companies so far have pulled their ads after a pushback by Parkland student David Hogg, 17, who called for a boycott of her advertisers. …

    “On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted an apology ‘in the spirit of Holy Week,’ saying she was sorry for any hurt or upset she had caused Hogg or any of the ‘brave victims’ of Parkland.

    “But her apology did not stop companies from departing.”

    “In the spirit of Holy Week” is a very mild way of saying “My bosses want my head on a plate for endangering the network’s revenues, my career is over ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod!”. One might even call it inaccurate.

    Really, this is the lamest excuse since ‘hiking the Appalachian Trail‘. Wow. Bullies punch down, protesters punch up. And David Hogg landed himself a haymaker this week.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

      The Elite have made this kid into a god. Sites are forbidding any criticism of his golden words. And when people criticize him to his face, he pulls the “I’m just a kid, trick”. He not punching up, he’s been put above her. The whole thing is despicable in the extreme. I don’t know how you can stomach young Hogg. He the least likeable person I’ve ever seen. Most people seem to feel the same. One would have to be very far away from normal humanity to feel differently.

      • BackRowHeckler March 31, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

        that whole charade was funded by scum in Hollywood. Just today I learned Kevin Costner donated $50,000.

        brh

    • BackRowHeckler March 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

      Hey Elrond shouldn’t you be out toppling statues, on campus shutting down conservative speakers, or in Sacramento battling the police alongside BLM terrorists?

      In Gaza the rabble wait till Passover to cause trouble at the border, and in Cal. blacks take to the streets Easter weekend. See a pattern here?

      brh

  69. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    According to reports in the Bulgarian press, several days ago two German intelligence reports were sent to the US administration. They contain “serious” warnings that in the event of a missile strike by the US or NATO against Syrian or Russian targets in Syria, in response will be strikes against US military bases not only in Syria, but also in the neighboring countries.

    Another newspaper reported that Russian “Caliber” missiles and the S-400 system were ready to strike at targets that were already accurately determined.

    According to reports in the French press, Moscow decided to close Syria’s airspace for the US Air Force and NATO and it should be noted that this is an unprecedented Russian military decision taken by President Vladimir Putin in Syria in response to the Western diplomatic offensive. A source close to the Russian Foreign Ministry hinted that the decision was taken in coordination with Damascus and Tehran, and probably will lead to serious military steps on the part of the UAE.

    This whole Skripal poisoning/Diplomat War story to a large extent revealed strategic tendencies that have been maturing for a long time and are de facto putting the struggle of Western Colored Projects to the full display, the struggle which can no longer hide behind the struggle between countries and economic systems.

    • BackRowHeckler March 31, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

      This news might make Dems in Washington nervous. Sure they needed a scapegoat when they lost the election in ’16; they settled on Russian collusion, and its been nothing but Russia Russia Russia for the past 18 months. Of course they didn’t know how Russia would respond to these accusations, nor in their arrogance did they care. Now that arrogance may be taking on an apocalyptic hue.

      brh

  70. wm5135 April 1, 2018 at 12:52 am #

    Week after week this space is filled with comments bemoaning the sad state of the government of the United States. Let any group of CITIZENS make an attempt to address the lawlessness of the said government even when:

    “He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.”

    THEN ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IS PITCHED OUT THE WINDOW TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO

    “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….”

    Tyranny is Freedom – BULLSHIT! Boomers, it is the crash of arrogance making the BOOM. Indispensable? Kiss my nether eye!!!!!

    • K-Dog April 1, 2018 at 4:00 am #

      wm5135, bemoaning is all that can be done. Let any group of CITIZENS make an attempt to address the lawlessness of said government and they will be immediately identified as terrorist and brought to the top of the investigative/harassment search result list. Do you think Google is the only one with search technology?

      Facts of life.

      “It is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

      Is no longer true.

      First of all an army of keystroke (and other kinds of stroke) artists is laughable. Modern American generations, all of them, would be jokes as revolutionaries. Revolutionaries live in caves venture out at night to commit mayhem. Revolutionaries endure hardships while their revolutions gather momentum and popular support. Some die. Revolutionaries live off the land. They are capable of killing an animal, preparing it, and then eating it under primitive accommodations with a pocketknife. Contemporary Americans can’t do this.

      A modern American revolutionary movement would be betrayed as soon as their first member ordered bottled water delivered next day through Amazon. Absolutely this would happen, and the FBI would know about the transaction instantly. That the FBI would get to the cave before the Amazon bottled water did is an interesting question. If Amazon introduces drone technology, which they won’t, our revolutionaries would be certain not to die thirsty.

      Second of all there is this little thing called the war on terror wm5135. To conduct this war lists are made for purposes of getting paid (investigation) if you are a contractor or just doing your duty if you are enlisted. You just made a list. I don’t know if I am on the list you just made or not. I’m on plenty of my own, that I know without ANY shadow of doubt.

      Any American revolutionary movement will be quashed before it gets off the ground. Accidents happen and credit cards get canceled in blocks of 100. Complicate the lives of a few key players is all it takes and let the slings and arrows of an ‘exaggerated‘ normal life do the rest.

      Imagine an Internet in the early days of the Nazi Party. (My use of ‘Nazi’ here probably made an automated list to be sifted by bots later. No human intervention needed.) Consider the early days when the Nazi party was only 12 people.

      Hitler would have been put out of business right away. He probably would have wound up in an advertising agency sketching real-estate advertisement for Joseph Goebbels with lots of pretty pictures years later when WWII would have otherwise been going on. He’d have died a nobody and none the wiser that small tweaks in his reality were made decades earlier which prevented him from becoming the despot of the 20th century.

      I imagine it you rise high enough on ‘the radar’ and you are on a small plane it will crash, but it is really unnecessary to contemplate such woo-woo drama. Most of the time minor behind the scene manipulation is all it takes. Since most people can’t imagine being manipulated without them knowing about it, and since less than 1% could ever imagine our government doing such dirty deeds, their cookie crumbles before they even have a bite.

      Sort of like planning a picnic but waking up on the day of the picnic to find it rained out. Without the rain. Now you have to make other plans.

      So bemoan, it is all you can do.

      • K-Dog April 1, 2018 at 4:12 am #

        Hitler being fucked with by a 1920s INTERNET would make a great ‘Twilight Zone’ episode, it would be a real trip to the ‘Outer Limits’!

        • K-Dog April 1, 2018 at 4:18 am #

          I’d write in conversation with a Jewish friend as he lay dying. He could apologize that as a young man he had been like many and had blamed Jews for all the problems in the world. He could say how glad he was to have matured and learned better, taken personal responsibility, so that he could have such a good friend. It would be a hoot.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            Yeah Jews never do anything wrong. You really are a Good Boy after all.

          • K-Dog April 2, 2018 at 1:08 am #

            And you are no fan of Philip K. Dick. You are just a Dick.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

          Your contempt for Whites is palpable and that includes yourself of course. Since you adore Jews, they must not be White, right?

          You still cannot rise high enough to see everything-all-at-once. Occultists call it generating the tesseract. Thus one view contradicts the next and one Kdog is in conflict with the next one a day, hour, minute, or second later. Primitive people have one view and stick to it. You are higher than them of course, but weak Because of your height and mobility. Some people go high and stay in one place with one view. You are very mobile and very, very confused. And you will remain so until you generate the tesseract.

  71. FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    BREAKING!! BREAKING!!! BREAKING!!!!

    The US Military intelligence working with DOJ discovered who is the head of the American Deep State – it turned out to be Mikhail Gorbachev, who received such a sum of money for his betrayal that he bought all western banks and became richer than the Rothschilds, and Magomedov’s brothers are communication officers between him and Hillary Clinton

    Russian billionaire charged with embezzlement

    ft.com/content/0a562720-351b-11e8-8b98-2f31af407cc8

    Happy Fools Day!!

    • elysianfield April 1, 2018 at 11:33 am #

      Komaraden Finc,
      Excellent story to go along with the new “Wonder Weapons…ski” comments…Stormy Petrel, and all that….

      • FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

        Comrade Elysian,

        Just got your exceptional asses kicked out of Syria, didn’t you?

        Still think Putin’s bluffin’ ?

        • elysianfield April 1, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

          Komaraden Finc,
          ANYONE would have to be an idiot to commit against Mother Russia in a conventional capacity. I am not following what is occurring in that Theatre…if we are leaving Syria, then we should be gracious and offer Syria to the tender mercies of the Russians, who might have a better appreciation of human rights and straighten out the region.

          The ball is in your court….

  72. JohnAZ April 1, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    Just saw a report on caravans of Latinos forming up in Mexico, under Mexican government support, heading toward the US border to crash the border and take advantage of catch and release law. Well the proverbial fit is about to hit the Shan. If these people, I have heard as many as 1200, get what they want, you can kiss border integrity goodbye. Groups will start in Southern Mexico and build in number as they move north, it is predicted to grow into the millions if unchecked. The insanity of liberal led encouragement of southern border illegal immigration will tear apart what little cohesion exists in the country. What scares me is what our government has done in the past when the country is threatening dissolution. Wag the Dog!

    Just an idea. Open a gateway for the coming caravans in Tijuana-San Diego to enter California and let them have their dream of a no middle class all illegal immigrant population. They still have lots of room for their tent cities to expand. Figure out some way to stop ingress across the California border. Conservative elements in California are starting to fight back because they see where this is going to end up.

    People that want to see the change effects, come to the border and cross over to Mexico. Then come back.

  73. janet April 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    “became richer than the Rothschilds” –finca

    Putin is richer. Putin is a thief and a murderer.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      Putin is a thief and a murderer

      May be, but he’s definitely much more efficient than the folks in US DoD and Lockheed Martin who “appropriated” all F-35 development funds and left the Nation without a fighter-bomber at a crucial moment in history.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Russian tycoon Magomedov arrested on embezzlement charges

      Russian authorities on Saturday arrested billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov on charges of embezzling more than $35 million [from the public budget], in one of the highest-profile prosecutions of a Russian tycoon in years.

      reuters.com/article/us-russia-summa-corruption/russian-tycoon-magomedov-arrested-on-embezzlement-cha…

      Didn’t take Putin too long since elections to start cleaning the house. Medevedev’s next.

    • FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

      Russia and US are facing the same problems – too many smart-ass super-duper-gridy billionaire-embezzlers gauging the prices, like Amazon’s Bezos does.

      PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY’S ATTACK ON THE STEEL COMPANIES [OCTOBER 22, 1962]

      historycentral.com/documents/jfksteel.html

      Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

      Get em, Mr. Trump! Make them pay!!

    • michael April 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      Who here is so vile that he would not be a thief and murderer?

  74. Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

    voxday.blogspot.com/2018/03/several-months-prior.html

    The so called March for Our Lives demonstration was planned months before the so called shooting. Interesting, eh? What does that say about the shooting? Perhaps if it hadn’t worked out, there would have been another one, instead? And perhaps another young Hogg and another bald Hispanic Lesbo were waiting in the wings?

    Children have often been used in warfare, as in Cambodia, Africa, and Iran. No they are being used in the propaganda war against Western Man. Our sentimentality is our Achilles Heel.

  75. Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Who here hates media whore Hogg?

    vdare.com/articles/john-derbyshire-on-david-hogg-and-the-new-childrens-crusade-where-are-muslim-slav…

    Most of the kids at the march were 49 year old women. Same old old cats who do all of these moronic marches. Women simply can’t be allowed to vote in the Next Civilization. It’s only reasonable.

  76. janet April 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    “and left the Nation without a fighter-bomber at a crucial moment in history.” –finca

    Finca, the USA is totally defenseless against the new classes of hypersonic weapons the Russians, Chinese, and Iranians have developed. Hypersonic is generally defined as a speed of Mach 5 or over 3,806 miles per hour.

    TRILLIONS of dollars wasted on “defense” and Trump is unable to keep America safe from attack. (Obama kept America safe from nuclear attack for eight years).

    Now, after only 14 months of Trump’s ignorance and incompetence, America is vulnerable again. MAVA seems to be Putin’s puppet’s real agenda. The 25th amendment is a remedy to Trump’s incompetent and treasonous behavior.

    The current generation of Trump’s missile detecting satellites and radars won’t be enough to detect the new generation of Russian, Chinese, and Iranian weapons. Money for “defense” is money down a rat hole, but Trump wants to throw more money at the biggest government bureaucracy in the world which cannot even account for BILLIONS of dollars in its budget. Trump is rewarding waste, fraud, and abuse of the American taxpayer.

    • JohnAZ April 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

      What a line of BS. You must spend a lot of time thinking up this tripe against Trump.

      Let’s see. Mutual Assured Destruction MAD. That has kept one side or the other from doing something stupid for thirty years. You State there is no defense against hypersonic missiles. There is no defense against any kind of ICBM. They played games with all kinds of missiles and anti missiles during thie seventies and eighties and all they got was MAD. We still lives with enough nukes between Russia and Us to blow each other up multiple times. These hypersonics sound like tactical rather than strategic, supporting land action. Other countries better pay attention to them, missiles are a cheap way to control a piece of the world power game.

      Obama kept us safe from nukes? The reason we seem to be having a second coming of the Cold War is a direct result of Obama’s reticence to face anyone down during his years. Your assertion is ludicrous. The balance of power in the world is just that, a balance of power. When one side becomes cowardly like the Obama years, the other side pushes back hard. See also, Hitler and Chamberlain.

      The cutbacks in defense capability has stemmed from the idiocy between the parties in 2011. Sequestration has succeeded in almost stopping both the defense department and domestic spending where it was needed. The downsizing of the defense department was not Obama’s fault, it was The Deep State doing its thing doing nothing as usual. Now here we are trying to get stuff repaired and restarted with huge defense outlays. DOD creates a super plane and puts all its chips on that plan. And by the way, the 35 fighter started during the Bush Obama years. The only thing that Trump has done is get a price break on the plane from Lockheed Martin. That must have happened when you were putting on your Trump hating glasses.

      NOKO has figured something out and the rest of the world is reacting to it. The effect of huge weapons systems can be dispatched by one nuclear missile. You think we are vulnerable again? We have never not been, period. Hypersonic delivery makes the missile defense systems less effective, or at least it seems so. Our vaunted missile defense is maybe 50% effective on a good day. The rest of all those missiles built just continue on to destroy all of us many times over.

      So Janet, MAVA is a huge figment of your imagination. The real attempt at decreasing the tensions with Russia et al might be to stop all you ludicrous Leftists from messing with Russia aggravants trying to get at Trump and just leave things alone, yes like Obama did.

      • JohnAZ April 1, 2018 at 10:29 pm #

        Another attempt at a Universal plane, used by the Navy and Air Force was the F111 used during the Vietnam Nam time. It was a flop, as it was the proverbial design by committee solution that the Deep State loves to come up with. I am afraid we may have another debacle with the 35, which again Trump had nothing to do with. Forty years later, we never seem to learn.

        • thwack April 2, 2018 at 7:09 am #

          They also got rid of guns and cannon thinking all kills would occur BVR…

          But if you miss with that missile, now you are in a knife fight with no knife, and that little MIG 17 will spank you.

  77. BackRowHeckler April 1, 2018 at 9:22 pm #

    Green Alba, if you’re looking in …

    there’s this bit of news from across the pond, for the 1st time ever murders in London are exceeding murders in NYC. Its mostly knife attacks, and weren’t knives and other sharp instruments banned across GB a few decades ago? Hey, at least theyre not getting shot, but I understand a knife wound can be harder to treat sometime than a gunshot wound!

    Is London still a 1st world city? I’m not talking about GDP or other economic statistics, but what London actually looks like on the ground, on the streets, and in the Lord Mayors office. How about that Imam at Piccadilly Circus, shouting at passersby thru a bullhorn, telling them their time has come and he will cut the head off every goddam Englishmen, and the weasly Englishmen scamper by gripping their briefcases, look of fear on their faces that you cannot see because their head is stuck up their asses?

    At any rate, congrats on passing out NYC in the murder dept.

    brh

    • janet April 1, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

      Stabbing victims seem to be non-white or Muslim: Promise Nkenda, 17, Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo, 18, Sabri Chibani, 19, and Abdikarim Hassan, 17… which makes me believe some white guy is behind the stabbings.

      Police need to start “stop and search” of white people in London to find their knives before they are used against the peaceful immigrants, non-white, and non-christian folk in London.

    • GreenAlba April 2, 2018 at 8:20 am #

      Brh

      If you’re here heckling…

      OK, I see that we have a multiple agenda here, so let’s start with the knife attacks (not particularly Muslim, as far as I’m aware).

      Now, if you’ve been paying attention you’ll know that I brought up the subject of knife attacks in London myself not long ago. It’s a growing problem and apparently one that’s exacerbated by social media in terms of what I’ve learned are called gang ‘postcode’ wars. The Tory policing cuts haven’t helped, of course, but Cressida Dick (who’s in charge of the Metropolitan police effort) is looking into the Scottish example because up here violent crime in our cities has been decimated, using a public health approach.

      I don’t live in London, despite what you seem to think, brh – I don’t even live in England. But I like the fact that people are looking to learn from the Scottish approach to such matters, because it really seems to work.

      I know you’re not remotely interested in it, because it doesn’t serve your agenda, but here’s the link again anyway. I hope it works for London too, but resources matter in all these situations and it’s always best to put the foot-miles in early before things get to the criminal stage in the first place.

      theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/22/met-police-chief-cressida-dickto-visit-scotland-for-ideas-to-red…

      You’re probably too young to remember – and why would you have been interested back then because it was nothing to do with colour? – but Glasgow had an international reputation for violent crime on sink (housing) estates back in the 60s. That reputation is long gone. Even though there were practically no black people then and few Asians, compared to now. Funny that, brh, you’d almost think it was about the approach rather than the colour.

      I can’t comment on the imam, as I don’t know anything about him, but you have to admit someone who talks about ‘the look of fear on their faces that you cannot see’ isn’t someone you’d look to for accurate, unbiased information, is he, brh?

      And thanks for the good wishes. I return my own congratulations on the reduction in crime in NY, which you seem to have achieved without getting rid of your non-white population. And I’m not just pleased because I have family there. You seem to be doing something right too. I believe Cressida D is coming to look at your methods too. That’s how sensible people operate who have important responsibilities – they get on with the job and don’t let themselves be distracted by people with ideological agendas. She should have got a move on more quickly, though, obviously.

  78. JohnAZ April 1, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    The main message here is that diversity does not work and breeds discord. Throughout history, different peoples trying to live together have ended up with one obliterating the other. The Great American Experiment has been an attempt to disprove this human axiom. How to legitimize a group of people to make themselves better than the ethnocentrism that divides them. I believe that God himself ordained America to try to be palatte on which a tolerant world could arise. As usual, mankind is failing and everyone is to blame. Racism, it is everywhere, from all directions. You super-liberals, you hate probably more than everyone, hating the common culture that you are trying to destroy. America will succeed only when the common culture successfully absorbs all its components. We are currently failing ate this badly. And I have a question for you liberals, who is going to be in charge when the battles are over. You? In all revolutions, the radical components that cause the wars, are the last groups killed by the moderates.

    • thwack April 2, 2018 at 12:00 am #

      Throughout history, different peoples trying to live together have ended up with one obliterating the other.

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

      But even when the people are the same, they still end up killing each other:

      Does Cain and Abel ring a bell?

      • JohnAZ April 2, 2018 at 1:02 am #

        Thwack

        My point exactly. People are never the same, our diversity in not only skin color or ethos. Families have diversity within themselves. Parents breed sibling rivalry. It may be in our blood, i.e. DNA. I say again, America is an experiment to see if this human trait can be overcome by some sort of goodness. We will see. Both sides’ hatred is currently failing the test. Both sides!!

        Cain and Abel the first sibling rivalry!

        Think about success. People will walk down the street and notice no difference between people, in all realms of society, no one will be any different, hiring will be done based solely on merit, no ethnic differences, neighborhoods will be totally integrated, no Irish, or Black, or Asian conclaves. Americans will talk about what is good for America, not Mexico, or China or White or Black. A culture will exist that does not favor anyone and supports the good of all and no one group has control. Religion is irrelavent, people worship the God they want, any way they want. Organizations for the segregated betterment of a group will not exist, no domineering will be tolerated. Sound good?

        We have a long way to go and hatred from all sides is currently destroying any semblance of the above. Happy Easter, everyone, celebrating the only person in the history of the world who had the right ideas.

        • thwack April 2, 2018 at 6:49 am #

          John,

          we need a common “American” culture base NOT on what you look like, but how you act (behavior)

          There should be constant discussion and dialogue to determine what this common culture is, and what it should be. Diversity should not mean you get to do what ever the fuck you want…?

          If I put on a Tee-shirt with the letters “USA” and an American flag, and I go walk the planet…

          what should people think when they see me coming?

          • GreenAlba April 2, 2018 at 9:05 am #

            “If I put on a Tee-shirt with the letters “USA” and an American flag, and I go walk the planet… what should people think when they see me coming?

            Many people outside the US aren’t so much into wearing flags on their tee-shirts so they may just roll their eyes. Also, a maple leaf does tend to get a better reception in some places because Canadians haven’t bombed so many countries over the years. The American flag means different things to different people.

            On your main point, though, I quite agree. And if people come to your country (or mine) as either immigrants or refugees, they should be told clearly (in their own language, if their English isn’t great) that it’s on the understanding that if they don’t toe the line in terms of the law and basic social norms, they will be sent back to where they came from.

            Like this nutter:

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Qatada

            Respecting basic social norms doesn’t mean you can’t wear a hijab if you want to, for example. These two ladies have both chosen to wear a head covering and we should respect their choices, even if we might disagree with their reasons.

            telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/31/bake-offs-nadiya-hussain-reveals-racist-abuse-has-faced-since/

            Obviously if you’re going to extradite people for criminal behaviour, you also have to make sure you don’t have a dodgy police force aiming to fit them up for spurious crimes – or a judiciary that’s going to send someone back to Somalia for a parking offence.

          • ozone April 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

            “If I put on a Tee-shirt with the letters “USA” and an American flag, and I go walk the planet…

            what should people think when they see me coming?”

            Since the acronym stands for: “Unlimited Supply of Assholes”, if they know what’s good for them, they should be thinking, “Oh just great, here comes another one; hide the wives, children, food and resources and listen for incoming ordinance.”
            Or,
            “Pack the shit and git!”

  79. janet April 1, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

    Trump is allowing the Russian navy to monitor the 400 fiber-optic cables that carry most of world’s calls, emails and texts, as well as $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions, making it easier for the Russians to tap or cut the cables.

    Trump is helping Russia in a way that can harm US military operations.

    In 2008 in Iraq, unmanned US surveillance flights nearly screeched to a halt one day at Balad Air Base not because of enemy mortar attacks or dusty winds. An anchor had snagged a cable hundreds of miles away from the base, situated in the “Sunni Triangle” northwest of Baghdad.

    The severed cable had linked controllers based in the United States with unmanned aircraft flying intelligence, surveillance and recognizance missions for coalition forces in the skies over Iraq, explained Ret. Air Force Col. Dave Lujan of Hampton, Virginia.

    Trump’s collusion with Russia is what treasonous collusion looks like. Hillary would never collaborate with the Russians or allow them to endanger our national security the way Trump is.

    “We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Andrew Lennon. As Commander-in-Chief and Putin-Puppet, Trump is allowing Russia to get away with this. Trump has never criticized Putin for anything. Impeach Traitor Trump.

    • JohnAZ April 1, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

      One cannot argue with you. What Trump collusion, none has been even indicated, collusion? how about a reset button and lots of Russian Uranium. For everything you come up with, someone will shoot you down. Arguing is senseless. Fini!

    • janet April 1, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

      Just stating the facts. In a most cordial manner.

  80. janet April 1, 2018 at 11:36 pm #

    “Just saw a report on caravans of Latinos forming up in Mexico…” –John AZ

    Check out the recent history of violence in places in Central America like Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, etc. due to American intervention. We created the violence, we supported it, we promoted it. Ronald Reagan had a lot of his cabinet criminally indicted for going against Congress to send arms to Central America.

    The refugee caravan “is a movement made of people who were forced to flee their Central American countries of origin due to persecution and violence. They are just motoring through Mexico.

    Since we sowed the wind in Central America. We are now reaping the whirlwind. Karma.

    • BackRowHeckler April 2, 2018 at 12:00 am #

      What whirlwind?

      these invaders will be stopped cold at the border and will form up into filthy refugee camps like those in Calais, France, with refugees desperate to get into GB. Then it will be Mexico’s problem, not ours.

      brh

      • JohnAZ April 2, 2018 at 1:12 am #

        Brh

        Obama’s catch and release will allow these groups to cross the border, turn themselves in and disappear into America to be added to the millions that are already hear. Remember a few years back when Obama announced catch and release and we had thousands of young people show up and cross the border. They are somewhere now, who knows where.

        And by they way, Trumps “rapist” remark stemmed from the young women and girls of that group who were repeated assaulted by the coyotes and male companions as they transited Mexico and then in the border towns on both side of the border. Many of the girls sent up by their parents trying to escape Central America were given birth control by their mothers because they knew what was coming. Trump did not lie or even exaggerate about this.

      • thwack April 2, 2018 at 6:22 am #

        and will form up into filthy refugee camps like those in Calais,

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

        well at least they won’t form up like Vultron and attack Mothra…

  81. K-Dog April 2, 2018 at 1:46 am #

    “Nature abhors a vacuum, and this is never truer than on the Syrian killing fields.

    With the Islamic State’s surviving fighters relegated to small pockets of the most austere bastions of the Syrian desert, the Turkish army likely sees an opportunity to capture Syria’s northern border, in order to project power, consolidate territory and expand its own sphere of influence throughout the near abroad.


    Afrin is the westernmost canton of what is often called by the Kurdish name Rojava; the other two cantons, Cizire and Kobane, were originally separated by ISIS-controlled territory, but by spring of 2016 they were linked; that August, Kurdish and Arab fighters in the SDF drove ISIS out of Manbij. The cantons are under the ideological leadership of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), but are run by a diverse, multiparty umbrella body known as TEV-DEM. In December 2016, to highlight its commitment to pluralism rather than Kurdish identity politics, Rojava changed its name to the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

    Until now, Afrin, which is famous mainly for olive-oil soap, has been one of the more stable parts of Syria; for this reason, despite a Turkish embargo, it became the destination of hundreds of thousands of refugees, who increased its population from 400,000 before the war to roughly 750,000 now. Afrin borders Turkey on the north and is surrounded on its other sides by Syrian government forces and rebel forces, including Al Qaeda. Like other parts of Rojava, Afrin is run democratically, with an emphasis on religious and ethnic pluralism, restorative justice, the liberation of women, ecology, and economic cooperatives.

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants an early exit of U.S. troops from Syria, two senior administration officials said on Friday, a stance that may put him at odds with U.S. military officials who see the fight against Islamic State as nowhere near complete.

    Putin has kicked ISIS to the curb so the fight against Islamic State as nowhere near complete is code for we really should do something to prevent a Kurdish Genocide but we can’t say that because we can’t piss Turkey, an ally, off.

    In 2011, Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the Monument to Humanity, a statue dedicated to fostering Armenian and Turkish relations, to be destroyed.

    A day after Easter and America pretends it does not have genocide for breakfast. That there continue to be plenty of sins to die for, of that I am sure.

    Were there to be a cosmic accounting I don’t think, Kurds? Oh that’s what Cheese is made from isn’t it? Would have a scent any creator would appreciate. Unless I suppose you imagine a creator who got bored and just left us alone to suffer and die. leaving this universe long ago to create another newer universe more to his/her liking.

    That is twisted.

  82. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2018 at 6:15 am #

    New York rumors

    As a preamble to the next post, in which I will try to sum up the results of the just concluded first stage of Trump’s presidency and even indirectly of world politics over the past 4 years.

    And one of the main results of this year and a half of Trump’s presidency is the final manifestation of the religious character of the world civil war that is taking place in the United States.

    Yesterday it was manifested in the changes that have occurred during this time with my acquaintances who are parishioners of the Trinity Cathedral of the city of New York.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archdiocesan_Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Trinity

    Those who wish can go to the link and get acquainted with the long list of celebrities associated with this church, but in this post the most important circumstance is that it was there on September 18, 1999, the naming of the leader of the American Archdiocese, Archbishop Demetrios of America had taken place, under whose direction Republican Convention in July 2016 prayed for the victory of Donald Trump.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbishop_Demetrios_of_America

    Orthodox prayer at the end of the Republican Convention:
    youtube.com/watch?v=r9rGDemz6Z4

    And yesterday my acquaintances from this church send me a lot of stories about the fact that every business day in the White House begins with a prayer and that the Americans transfer to Orthodoxy by entire parishes.

    I do not know if it’s true (I personally have big doubts about this), but I know for sure that when I was totally euphoric immediately after the unconditionally wonderful victory of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, I predicted precisely this precisely to these people, they made a laughing stock out of me.

    • janet April 2, 2018 at 8:40 am #

      Trump’s election on Nov. 8, 2016 was illegitimate due to his treasonous collusion with Russia to undermine American democracy. But his days are numbered. In the midterms his power will be taken from him. He has only passed one piece of significant legislation even with control of the House and Senate. He cannot harm America. He has only served to awaken the masses to unite against him.

  83. janet April 2, 2018 at 7:01 am #

    “…we had thousands of young people show up and cross the border. They are somewhere now, who knows where.” –John AZ

    They are working and paying taxes to support native-born citizens receiving Social Security, Medicare, etc. They are working in doctor’s offices, hospitals, factories, restaurants, etc. That is where they are… and that is what they are doing. I consider them citizens because they live here by their own choice. The word citizen means French: “inhabitant of a city or town,” from Anglo-French citesein, citezein “city- dweller, town-dweller” It doesn’t mean someone who is “documented”.

    • janet April 2, 2018 at 7:03 am #

      Border patrols (since 1924), border walls (since 1990s), etc. cannot stop people from coming here to contribute to our society. Thirty million “undocumented” are proof. If they are here working and paying taxes, they should be given citizenship. A blanket universal immediate amnesty.

    • thwack April 2, 2018 at 8:15 am #

      Janet,

      how much do they pay you to do this?

      Are they hiring?

      • janet April 2, 2018 at 8:27 am #

        Thwack, what color are you?

      • janet April 2, 2018 at 8:32 am #

        Janet, how much do they pay you to do this?

        Probably about the same as you get. High six figures. Checks come straight from Soros. No minimum number of posts required. Good benefits. Union representation. Pension. Job security. It’s a cush job, thwack. But what color are you?

  84. janet April 2, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    TRUMP UNILATERALLY STARTED A TRADE WAR

    Now China is showing the United States that it will make good on its trade threats. The Chinese government said that tariffs on about $3 billion worth of US imports are going into effect Monday, April 2, 2018, hitting 128 products ranging from pork, meat and fruit to steel pipes.

    • janet April 2, 2018 at 8:36 am #

      Trump’s actions hurt rural America. The US National Pork Producers Council warned last month that Trump’s anti-China measures would “have a significant negative impact on rural America.” It said the US pork industry sold $1.1 billion worth of products to China last year, making it the third largest export market.

  85. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    SPRING SHOCK: TRUMP HITS 50% APPROVAL

    rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_apr02

    Kremlin Says Donald Trump Has Invited Vladimir Putin to the White House

    thedailybeast.com/kremlin-says-donald-trump-has-invited-vladimir-putin-to-the-white-house

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