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The political insanity roiling the USA only gets worse, with no end in sight. On Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass), made the astonishing statement on CNN that “the American people wanted a confrontation, not a conversation,” between Presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

Really? We wanted a mud wrestling bout and all we got was some lousy chit-chat? Next time, maybe Mr. Trump will bring a fungo bat to the room and “tune up” his counterpart — a popular negotiating technique from the rough-and-tumble New York City construction scene back in Mr. Trump’s halcyon days. Some people you just can’t reason with, especially the hell-spawned man-beast who personally directed Russian “meddling” and “interference” in our election and stole certain victory from president-designee Hillary. (I know this because The New York Times and The Washington Post said so.)

Another astonishment: in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would not recognize Crimea as part of Russia and would demand the return of the region to Ukraine. Not to put too fine a point on it, Mr. Pompeo is pissing up a rope on that one. Russia will not give up its warm-water naval bases on the Black Sea anymore than the US will return its San Diego naval installation to Mexico, and Mr. Pompeo knows it. So do the posturing idiots on the senate committee, who apparently forgot that our own government officials fomented the 2014 Ukrainian coup that prompted Russia to annex Crimea and its military assets in the first place.

How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum? The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.

On balance, and just for now, I’m more disturbed by the side represented by the Democratic Party, aka the “progressives” or “the Resistance,” because they are responsible for politicizing the FBI before, during, and after the 2016 election and that was a dastardly act of institutional debauchery in an agency with the power to destroy the lives and careers of American citizens. The product of that corruption is a dangerous manufactured hysteria inciting hostility and aggression against another nation that could lead to a war that humanity will not recover from.

Nobody in that group of rogue FBI agents and their Department of Justice enablers has had to answer for any of this, especially those whose misdeeds have been identified in detail by the DOJ’s own Inspector General. Am I the only one in the country wondering why they have not been called to a grand jury? That is generally how the rule of law works when evidence of criminal misbehavior comes to light and a formal inquiry must determine whether indictments are warranted. You’d think The New York Times or The WashPo would want to ask Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein why he has not assigned a federal prosecutor to walk these cases into grand juries. What is he waiting for? What are the papers waiting for?

Mr. Trump seems completely over his head in all this. The permanent Washington bureaucracy and all its handmaidens on K Street and news media are determined to expel him from the Deep State’s craw like a lump of under-chewed hanger steak so they can get back to business-as-usual, namely asset-stripping what’s left in the nation that’s not nailed down. Mr. Trump lacks even the most rudimentary rhetorical skills to defend his legitimacy in office, and obviously his enemies deny that there’s anything legitimate about him, not least his presence in their swamp.

Nobody can say where all this is tending, but if we do not stumble into some version of World War Three before Christmas, I foresee a drawn-out, bloody house-cleaning in American leadership that will make the French Revolution look like a simple civic colonic.


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  1. Martymcfly July 27, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    I don’t expect, or want, World War III this year, or a Dow Jones Industrial around 4,000, but a house cleaning in American leadership does have a certain appeal.

    • robert magill July 27, 2018 at 8:29 am #

      I understand your concern but really, what or whom of merit would replace that current leadership. I see nothing on the horizon to suggest improvement. It reminds me of an effort many of us made to “throw the bums out”, a noble effort that worked but introduced Newt Gingrich and his motley crew.

      • Martymcfly July 27, 2018 at 10:02 am #

        There’s a lot of truth to that. But I do think I would take Gingrich over Trump or Clinton. And I hoped Bloomberg would run in 2016; there are rumors he might be considering it in 2020.

      • Walter B July 27, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        Ah Robert, the leadership (or lack thereof) issue once again! Yes there is no doubt that while a very few leaders of character do still exist, the totally corrupt and dysfunctional system into which one would be thrust would chew them up like sausage in a grinder. Whether Mr. Trump is good, bad, or something in between, the way he has been assaulted by the grinder in DC is ample evidence that a demented machine will not be righted by any attempt to correct it, either from without or from within.

        • DrTomSchmidt July 27, 2018 at 10:56 am #

          That’s right. It’s flying apart at the seams. Best is to let it fly apart and let leadership at lower levels lead.

          Ostrogoth Italy was wealthier than late-Roman Italy because it didn’t have to pay taxes to support imperial infrastructure. One fourth of Federal taxes go to support the military. If the empire and its supporting government collapsed and disappeared, your well-being might improve by 25% overnight.

  2. SpeedyBB July 27, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    From the other side of the planet it is truly an astonishing and unreal spectacle. Am I mistaken to conclude that not only is the electorate being played (up to and including the so-called ‘intelligentsia’) but citizens are eagerly willing to be played – by the mass media, politicians and most of all the social media.

    It looks like a sad, potentially lethal make-believe. It also looks from afar like nobody in charge has any notion of what they are doing, or should say. Just playing it by ear.

    I’ve been around since 1940 but have never witnessed anything like this before.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 27, 2018 at 8:49 am #

      Your assessment seems correct. The U.S. has been a youth obsessed culture for decades. It appears we have reached the pinnacle of that obsession by having no adults to speak of in any role of significance, public or private. The few adults we do have are like people over 30 in Logan’s Run. Hiding. Disgusted. Embarrassed. Scurrying to become an expat before they get locked into the asylum. For the adults fully realize this gets worse, a ot worse, before it ever gets better. If it ever does.

      • Tate July 27, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        The ‘youth obsessed culture’ is the natural outgrowth & expression of the egalitarian ideal which underpins our society. Egalitarianism in its leveling impulse seeks to erase all distinctions of sex, wealth, class, condition, ethnicity, talent, and yes, of age & experience.

        The drive to level these distinctions sometimes creates conflict, as we see when talent is both promoted & discouraged concurrently, resulting in a mixed meritocracy. A pure meritocracy would reward talent alone, being blind to all distinctions of birth. But clearly, this doesn’t happen. And it doesn’t happen because, no matter how much policy heads would have it otherwise, Nature is NOT blind to distinctions of birth.

        And sometimes, the leveling impulse combines with some other cultural force to create something even more powerful. In the case of youth culture, its creation is the convergence of that leveling impulse with our Anglo-American worship of unrestrained commerce.

        People tend to spend freely when they’re young; this is normal. But then in our society, that normal proclivity gets super-charged from our advertising media & entertainment channels. The normal restraints once imposed by a culture of respect for the virtues of forbearance, moderation, prudence, saving, self-sacrifice, & thrift are lost. These are all values associated with age & wisdom, but they are now not much in style. Even old people try to emulate the young. No wonder we no longer have leaders worthy of the name.

  3. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    “I believe that the USA is facing what could be the worst crisis in its history: the lawfully elected President is being openly delegitimized and that, in turn, delegitimizes the electoral process which brought him to power and, of course, it also excoriates the “deplorables” who dared vote for him: the majority of the American people.

    The process which is taking place before our eyes splits the people of the USA into two main categories: first, the Neocons and those whom the US media has successfully brainwashed and, second, everybody else. That second group, by the way, is very diverse and it includes not only bona fide Trump supporters (many of whom have also been zombified in their own way), but also paleo-conservatives, libertarians, antiwar activists, (real) progressives and many other groups. I am also guessing that a lot of folks in the military are watching in horror as their armed forces and their country are being wrecked by the Neocons and their supporters. Basically, those who felt “I want my country back” and who hoped that Trump would make that happen are now horrified by what is taking place.

    I believe that what we are seeing is a massive and deliberate attack by the Neocons and their deep state against the political system and the people of the United States.”

    thesaker.is/the-putin-trump-helsinki-summit-the-action-is-in-the-reaction/

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 27, 2018 at 9:06 am #

      First off the quote that a majority of the Americans voted for Trump is incorrect. Not that I voted for either turd offered in the last election. But Trump won with an electoral college win, not a majority.

      Meanwhile, Trump, who’s only region is money and stroking his own ego, is trying to load the SCOTUS with Christian whackjobs. So those of us in that diverse gray area you mention who aren’t Christian or NeoCon are going to get screwed either way.

      • shotho July 27, 2018 at 9:10 am #

        What causes you to think that Christians are out to “screw” you?

        • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 27, 2018 at 9:16 am #

          2000 years of history?

          • Kafkaesque July 27, 2018 at 10:32 am #

            Lol, nicely played

            Now, here’s the drill…
            Trump seeks asylum–no actual one would have him–in either Israel or Russia, roommate of another Snow(job) den
            Seriously there will be blood

          • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

            In other words, we have here an enemy of Western Civilization. So why would we care what he has to say? His ideas about “helping” are really just to finish us off.

          • Walter B July 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

            Over the course of those 2000 years TOTT, countless millions have called themselves “Christian” that were not Christian at all. I seriously doubt that many even know what Christian means, but simply by taking the title to oneself does not make it so. No one that is truly Christian can cheat, screw, or otherwise degrade his or her fellow humans in any way. If your response is that then there have never BEEN any Christians under that definition, I would correct your statement by simply stating that, yes there have been, but not nearly as many as one might think. Many shall be called and few will be chosen.

      • Ishabaka July 27, 2018 at 11:25 am #

        Bingo! The last thing the Supreme Court needs is a Christian wackjob. Here’s hoping Trump nominates a Jewish, Muslim, Buddist, Pagan, or even Whirling Dervish wackjob – celebrate diversity!!

        • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 11:40 am #

          LOL. Well said.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

          A society cannot exist without a core of common values. Buddhists and Muslim Judges MUST also rule against abortion if they would not deny their faith.

          • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

            Radical individualism in a tribalizing society can’t work.

        • aibohphobia July 27, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

          “Christian wackjob..” Hmmm. That’s really a very troubling phrase. It would be more troubling without the ‘wackjob’ appendage, but lets just add that to all the others on your list, for flavor sampling purposes.

          To be clear, you would prefer one of the following to a ‘Christian wackjob:’

          Jewish wackjob — expect even-handed treatment for all Muslims

          Muslim wackjob — expect cases favoring Sharia law

          Buddhist wackjob– Might set fire to him/herself if court goes against him/her.

          Pagan wackjob — Sorry, can’t think of how a Pagan would be bad.

          Whirling Dervish Wackjob – The WD’s are a sect of Islam, so you have double representation for Muslims here. That said, a Whirling Dervish wackjob would probably be at least as good as the Pagan wackjob, since being part of a despised minority religion tends to weed out the insincere. A WDW would not be any dizzier than any other current wackjob member of the Wackjob Supreme Court.

          Of course, now that Christianity is a minority religion in the US, maybe a Christian Wackjob wouldn’t be so bad.

          For me, it would depend on which exact Christian Wackjob we are talking about–But since we have all, as a country, decided not to judge individuals based on their personal merits, I guess that would be irrelevant…

        • My Point of View July 27, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          Ishabaka, it’s long past time for an atheist on the SCOTUS since we are 20% of the USA …. and growing.

          • Tate July 27, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

            Fair enough, but if we’re going there, let’s reduce the number of jews on the court to ta-dah! zero. Unless Breyer is an atheist of course, which would fulfill your requirement.

        • ozone July 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

          Leave your goddamn god out of my law of man!
          If you *really* believe in an afterlife judgement, let it all be sorted out then and there. ….If this doesn’t sit too well with you, then your faith is weak and a skirt to hide your authoritarian bent behind. Wanting to direct how everyone else should conduct their lives is the rod and staff of all organized religious bullshit and the bane of every critical and independent thinker on the planet.

          • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

            Bring it ‘Zoner!

    • jloughrey July 28, 2018 at 3:37 am #

      The electoral process that brought Trump to power was already delegitimized by the DNC, which rigged the primaries for Hillary. Our so-called democratic elections have been rigged and corrupted for decades, including the unconstitutional Supreme Court appointment of George W. Bush as president. And we know how that turned out.

  4. shotho July 27, 2018 at 9:06 am #

    Does anyone else wish that we had Putin as our leader. Of course, he’s something of a thuggish lout, but so what? He’s a brilliant politician for his country; right leader at the right time. And, what’s more, the feckless and drunk Yeltsin knew it and picked him up out of nowhere. Maybe the great man theory of history goes too far, but in Putin’s case I think he’s up to the job. We haven’t had a leader as prescient and far-ranging as Putin in a long, long time. Russia, as a rival to the USA, is far from being a threat, but allied with China or Germany – watch out!

    • Georges1202 July 27, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      The barrel’s bottom has been scraped ever so clean with the ‘election’ of the numbnutted fool pretending to run the country. Now we wish for conniving spooks from Russia.

      Things can get worse, but you wonder how.

      • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 27, 2018 at 9:55 am #

        Boy, you’d sure hope so. But I have faith in my fellow Americans to sponge of the slimes hiding in the grooves of the woodgrain and bring forth their next savior. Proving that, yes, we can go much lower down the sewer drain.

    • Sun Tzu July 27, 2018 at 11:31 am #

      By appearances, Putin seems to be genuinely working for the best interests of Russia and Russians.

      No luck for us in the USA. Everyone in Washington DC is out for their own interests. We really have no representation at all.

      • VCS July 27, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

        Bullshit. Putin runs a kleptocracy that benefits a small number of oligarchs.

        • Georges1202 July 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

          Putin must wake up every day like it is Christmas. Imagine the arch-enemy US handing him a perfect imbecile like Trump.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          No, he threw the alien kleptocrats out. Why do you think “America” hates him so much? When the Communists ruled, the same people loved Russia.

          • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

            What Janos said.

    • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      >>> And, what’s more, the feckless and drunk Yeltsin knew it

      Yeltsin wasn’t entirely feckless; he had simply exhausted all his political capital—like an expendable first-stage rocket that does all the heavy lifting and then gets cast aside for its troubles (enjoy this analogy because SpaceX has gone and ruined it).

    • Luhrenloup July 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

      Putin is a brilliant tactician, respectful in his approach to other leaders, an honored statesman, i.e. a grown-up man in a field of egotistical sycophantic power devotees.

  5. sprawlcapital July 27, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    . . . our own government officials fomented the 2014 Ukrainian coup that prompted Russia to annex Crimea and its military assets in the first place.
    ================================

    To the public of 2018, sadly, 2014 is ancient history.

    This has been discussed here before, but I want to recommend for late summer reading the books by Stephen Kinzer, particularly Overthrow and The Brothers.

    Kinzer wrote with the goal of making change, at long last, in the way Americans think about foreign policy. With troops stationed, in some 170 countries, not to metion CIA activities who knows where, it’s time to move away from an interventionist foreign policy. We are not the indispensable country; based on the evidence Kinzer presents, the exact opposite is true. Read these books and judge for yourself.

    • sprawlcapital July 27, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      With troops stationed, in some 170 countries . . . [delete comma]

  6. akmofo July 27, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    “I know this because The New York Times and The Washington Post said so.” — JHK
    ==

    James, I disagree, the New York Times and Washington Post, and most all of the “mainstream” media propaganda outlets are not the nation, and do not represent the nation. These media propaganda outlets are in fact foreign agencies/agents and those that are hired by them are working for hostile foreign agendas.

    The real story is not Russia, but China. Of-course, with few exceptions many of the gov mafia, especially of the Socialist/Communist variety, are also owned and controlled by China, so instead of investigating Chinese connections to the US informational/cultural and political landscape, we are instead witness to deflection tactics by the “Russia investigation”.

    We are not dealing with national insanity, but rather with the machinations of a highly influential clique of corrupt Chinese hired agents doing their best to cover the tracks of their long standing (decades upon decades) treasonous criminality.

    • JohnAZ July 27, 2018 at 10:12 am #

      You are spot on. How is Russia going to hurt our economy when theirs is the size of Italy’s? China, however, is putting the pedal to the metal to overtake and tear down our no. 1 position. Enabled by, Ta-da, Us. Thirty years of Deep State BS and trade balance favoritism has enabled China to attain its present position. Why? Because the Deep State, especially the liberal end of it, hates the USA more than the Russians or the Chinese.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      Alex Jones does this too – replaces the Jews with the Chinese. Of course the two seemed to be allied, so there’s that much truth in it. Thus Trump allying with Russia makes even more sense.

      • akmofo July 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

        Man, are you a stupid nazi fsck. When you look at Killary you have to see Bill, and you remember what Bill Clinton did? Let me clue you in. He did nothing for Israel but force on it territorial concessions to Jihadi terrorists as he legitimized their Jihadi terror state. But Bill Clinton’s real job was to enable China have most favored nation trading status. This decimated American manufacturing jobs and unions. Bill Clinton and Killary are Chinese agents. So is the gov mafia connected to them, from Obama, Rice, Brennan, Clapper, Hayden, Reid, Comey, McCabe, Mueller, Rosenstein, to Hollywood and hundreds of other less known names.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm #

          And they own Hollywood too, right? And the ADL? Chinese. As is the SPLC. Almost all American Rabbis are Chinese now too.

          • Tate July 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

            Gee, I had no idee. Let you heart not be troubled.

          • akmofo July 27, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

            Like a braindead nazi parrot, the only sentence you know to say is “the Jews did it!”

            What are American Rabbis to do with US gov mafia agents vis-a-vis China?

            As for the ADL, I’ve said it many times before, that’s a Vatican/CIA operation masquerading as an advocacy group. The ADL has ZERO support among Jews, not does it support any Jewish communities or individual Jews in distress. It is purely a Vatican/CIA NWO propaganda outfit.

            And yeah, google: Chinese owned Hollywood studios
            What’s not Chinese is Japanese, aka, Sony.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

            The Nazi parrot who squawks, “The Jews did it” is far wiser than the Jewish parrot who squawks, “The Jews dindu nuthin”.

          • akmofo July 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm #

            There’s no wisdom in lies, only malice. You’re a child of malevolence. As such, your only reward from god will be the cold loneliness of eternal darkness.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

            Why? Because the Jews (the Chinese) are God? Literally God as your Kabbalah says?

            I don’t think so. And I will not serve.

          • akmofo July 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

            It’s not about will, Yan, it’s about simple mechanics: action and reaction. You rebel against god, but really all you’re doing is heading further and further into darkness.

            My Kabbalah? Nice try, Yan. I always instinctively knew the Talmud is a Roman forgery, just like Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity is a Roman forgery.

            And now I accidentally found the corroboration to what I always knew:
            youtu.be/DK_cYPAtQ-U?t=8m40s

            Amazing how the universe works.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 9:55 pm #

            A Roman forgery? Not a Chinese one? Or are you saying the Romans were Chinese? Remember, Whites don’t exist…..

  7. AKlein July 27, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    While I certainly think that our host, JHK, has really put together some exquisite language to describe our current situation, I do take exception to one point. JHK writes,”Mr. Trump seems completely over his head in all this.” I disagree. I think Trump is doing very well. He ignores his detractors and runs (for the most part) his own show. Which is exactly what he should do – ignore them for the troublemakers they are. That said, I do think Mr. Trump’s agenda could be better – a lot better. But I think is handling these clowns pretty well.

    • Martymcfly July 27, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      Interesting idea. I can’t figure out if Trump really has this great talent, or is just incredibly lucky.

      • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

        You could say he fits the right “ecological niche” to deal, even as he is nasty on his own. He’s like the T-Rex in those Jurassic Park films that comes in out of nowhere to take out the raptors about to eat your ass.

  8. michael July 27, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    The conditions described are repugnant and contemptible and surely a burden to live under for every reasonably normal human being. But they are not nearly as bad as it can get.

    Think about the distortions of reality under communism and how long that lasted.

    It can get a lot worse and a corollary to that is that the current state need not collapse anytime soon. Instead you may look forward to a slow steady and drawn out deterioration and descent into increasing evil.

    This latest generation (aged 20 or younger) has been on this trajectory for its entire life. What real progress has there been in the last 20 years in the western world?

    Worse still their expectations have been increased to the maximum by clever psychological conditioning of commerce and advertising and most have eagerly embraced materialism.

    They will live a hellish live indeed.

    • SpeedyBB July 27, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      You’re on the money there, pal. Ripe for revolt. (I won’t say ‘revolution’ because that would be too intellectual for them.)

      Present the ‘good life’ in front of their noses. And then whisk it all away from them in a flash.

      Keep them [legally] doped up on ‘mood enhancer’ crap from Big Med.

      If we are not asking for serious trouble down the road I would be quite surprised.

    • Ishabaka July 27, 2018 at 11:28 am #

      The conditions described are so repugnant and contemptible that one billion souls would come to the USA tomorrow – if they could!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

        Yeah really. Communism? Or the simple human reality of races unable to create viable civilizations. They want to come here and take everything we have – like a swarm of locusts. As the Bible says, the Locusts have no King, yet they advance in ranks nonetheless.

        • Billy Hill July 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

          Indeed, visit Baltimore soon. Doing genealogical research at Baltimore Cemetery, in the deep hood. The Wire does not come close.

          Imagine the present denizens in the area simply disappearing, to be replaced by Japanese.

          Behold the shining City on a Hill.

  9. JohnAZ July 27, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Everyone that is ready to write off Trump better wake up and look around. This man, almost by himself, has challenged the rotten POS that is the Deep State. He stood, by himself, in the way of the institution of socialism in this country with its inherent downfall. What has he stood for? Getting things out of the way of American business at all levels and removing the impediments that have crippled American centered businesses for the past 30 years. The more of the Swamp that he destroys in DC will just add more ability to the US to be the source of manufacturing and jobs it needs to be. The increased size of the economy will allow the US to be more resilient in the face of the changes coming in the next fifty years. That may be his greatest legacy. GDP up 4.1% annual rate in the second quarter. The only thing left to tickle our funny bones is how the Dems are going to declare that it is Obama’s economy.

    • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      @JohnAZ,

      Trump has numerous leadership deficiencies. But he also has the only virtue that really matters: a genuine commitment to follow through on all his campaign promises.

      Take Obama for example. He promised to go after the banksters that sank the entire world economy. Then Obama took office and Wall Street pwned him. He needed Wall Street to save the economy, so he wasn’t about to rile the markets with Muelleresque adventurism into the shady doings of the financial sector (imagine if pit bull Mueller was doing something useful like investigating Wall Street instead of Trump-Russia collusion phantasms).

      And RINOs are even worse! Legions of them promising to simply NOT BE LIBERALS, and then they take office and the liberal media owns them all (Please! I’ll do anything you want! Just don’t label me a racist in print…).

      There was a time when the mere threat of being “ismed” by the media was all it took. The MSM had become like a corporate trust, and I applaud Trump for knocking them down a peg. The MSM doesn’t “serve the American people”; they serve themselves and their own agenda.

      I can’t think of any other American leader who could stand up to the nonstop withering barrage of attacks from the left. John Gotti is not the Teflon Don; Trump is the Teflon Don.

      If the rest of the world wants to elect poet laureates to office then that’s their choice. I’ll take a guy who simply keeps his promises and gets it done. When I want to listen to poetry, I know where to find it.

      • Sean Coleman July 27, 2018 at 11:18 am #

        Ireland elected a poet (albeit not a good one) as president: the diminutive Michael D. Higgins. He has all the required progressive views and he eulogized Castro on his death. The rule in the previous decade or two was you had to be a woman to fill this largely ceremonial post. First there was nodding, posh Mary Robinson, a feminist and a liberal who afterwards went on to get a top job in the UN. Last time I saw her on the television she was being introduced as a ‘climate warrior’. After her came Mary McAlese, who thinks her calling in life is to make the Catholic Church liberal.

        • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 11:29 am #

          The left spins this all as a question of character, but in reality it’s all about policy. If Trump would simply buckle under liberal demands like a good little RINO, then the left would still despise and ridicule him, but the media would be significantly less vocal about it. You wouldn’t get the daily Trump-bashing news articles. I didn’t read today’s, but I’m certain it’s there, and that they’re freaking over something Trump said or didn’t say, did or didn’t do.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

          Yes, that piece of crap Robinson once excoriated American Whites in the Southwest as “racists” because they didn’t want to be overrun by the Mexes.

      • Eoin July 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

        “Nobody can say where all this is tending, but if we do not stumble into some version of World War Three before Christmas, I foresee a drawn-out, bloody house-cleaning in American leadership that will make the French Revolution look like a simple civic colonic.” JHK

        Yes, and let’s not forget that the MOB, having once tasted blood, begins to consume itself- starting with its leaders. Arming oneself against the “gubbmint” has always been a fools errand. For myself, it was always the mob that was of concern. In 18th century France, the contest was not winnable.
        Things have changed.

        @EXSCOTTICUS
        Found this link today, a 48 page missive on the career exploits of Herr Mueller, authored by Rep. Louie Gohmert. Rep. Gohmert is not the most eloquent speaker in the legislature, but the guy certainly can draft a report.

        1zwchz1jbsr61f1c4mgf0abl-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gohmert_Mueller_UNMASKED…

        • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

          @Eoin thanks for that. Gohmert provided one of the more memorable moments during Peter Strzok’s testimony.

          “Have you no shame?” the liberal apologists rhetorically asked, as meanwhile they shielded a lying adulterer who conspired to undermine a national election.

  10. Walter B July 27, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    In response to your question, “How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum”, put me at the top of the list. Please! This pathetic charade has grown past the point of ridiculous and is, as you often note, insulting or should be to any creature that can walk upright and speak even the simplest of sentences. Is this some form of demented attempt to drive us all to chewing through our own wrists to escape the insanity? If so, it may be working.

    If the American public is actually demanding violence in this issue, perhaps the violence they would even pay to see would be a series of steel cage death matches between the US Senate members verses the Congress, the democrats verses the republicans, or just about any of the denizens of Washington DC against one another. The hell with “foreign” enemies, all of the real enemies are all right here. Are you ready to rumble?

    • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 11:03 am #

      Any creature that can walk upright and speak even the simplest of sentences.

      Not so, the Dunning-Kruger effect protects them with a shield of protection amplified by narcissism in broken arrogant souls who possess slightly more cognitive function.

      It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood……………

      Spell dog backwards and what do you have! Damn right!

    • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      I’m totally down with the steel cage congress critter matches, Walter. Now that’s a pay per view actually worth paying depreciated dollars for!

      • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 11:32 am #

        Trump Vs. a Kodiak bear. I’ll sit up-breeze from the cage with a bag of Salmon-Jerky. A nice fresh new bag with lots of salmon fishy smell.

        Beef Jerky, Tukey Jerky, Salmon Jerky. I’ve seen it. A bit pricey but it would be a one time event. The bear can sniff the air and then any movement, for a brief instant, could be mistaken as a flash of midnight sun off the golden fin of a salmon.

        Would that seal my fate or would such persuasion earn a pass? I’m sure doing this is something you could relate too, and all I’d be doing is munching on some dried smoked salmon.

        • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 11:57 am #

          With the loser providing the next round of Jerky, literally.

          • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

            I’ll stick with the name brands.

            Trump as ‘hangar steak‘ does not appeal to me. That lump would be fatty, tough and under-chewed no matter how much you masticated his ass.

        • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

          Kodiak bear vs. Trump.
          That’s like transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox vs. a legitimate woman. Not fair at all and doesn’t address our problems.

    • JustSaying July 27, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      thesaker.is/the-putin-trump-helsinki-summit-the-action-is-in-the-reaction/

      The political cartoons are very enlightening:

      colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4330355.html

    • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

      Does not God say that he will strengthen the hand of the righteous? Replace elections with duels and let the Devil take the hindmost!

  11. Paulo July 27, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    I call brainwashed. Trump states he is draining a swamp, but is himself a swamp creature of the highest order. Most of his supporters at his rallies would not be permitted to clean his gold plated toilet. Plus, he is absolutely stupid in anything that is not based on grifting and con. He is a brilliant con artist, that is obvious.

    They say you can judge a person by his friends and the people around them. Does anything more need to be said? He has no friends, betrays everyone who he has to, and has hired other idiots and grifters to support him and run damage control. I am awaiting the testimony of Hope Hicks when she confrims Cohen’s statements. There is a reason she left Donald’s side. The bus is bearing down on her.

    Unfortunately, the bus is bearing down on the entire country.

    • DrGonzo July 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      Yup. You nailed it.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill July 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

      I’ll second the “you nailed it.”

  12. Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum?

    Color me disgusted and contemptuous to the highest degree possible, Jim! What really amazes me at this point is that the numbnuts in DC have the unmitigated gall to “demand” anything of anyone else in the world. The US political establishment is surviving on the feverish crack pipe dreams of 1990’s US hegemony, all of which went up in smoke with the laughably transparent 9-11 scam and its equally transparently phony Global War of Terror(TM), and was further reinforced with the 2008-9 financial crash and subsequent bankster bailouts. Everything since then has been a nightmarish hallucination viewed through the looking glass darkly.

    • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      Same as it always was.

      Disgusted? Scratch take some time off then. We all know harvesting souls is no cakewalk even with your experience in these matters but get with the dealing with the details already. You are in them you know.

      The crack pipe of greed is good and big hair followed by the twin tower triumph of terror and the muskification of cognitive ability by digital electronics and Kurzweillian techno-gnostic dreams. A never ending train wreck, and from you point of view, what’s not to love?

      Problem is it just keeps coming at you and you need a vacation!

      • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 11:54 am #

        I do indeed! Trouble is vacations are beaucoup expensive these days [we’re rapidly approaching the capitalists’ wet dream state, where everything you do has a cash register/card reader attached to it], so mostly I just take daycations here and there to unplug a little bit at a time at home. It’s quite miserable being locked in this slow burning hell we’ve created, even if I am nominally in charge of it.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

        Death Takes a Vacation was a great movie.

    • Sean Coleman July 27, 2018 at 11:20 am #

      I wasn’t aware there was another side in the political spectrum. Just Trump and the Deprobables on one side and the Enlightened Ones on the other.

    • JustSaying July 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

      You left out Afghanistan, and the destruction of Iraq, Libya, and Syria. And now the Neocons want to take on Russia and Iran!

      It really has been an ugly century.

      • ozone July 27, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

        JustSaying,
        Ugly indeed. Tied with a cruel and delusional arrogance and we arrive here with the “leadership” we’ve been deserving of for many a hegemonic year. Hubris then Nemesis. Our government and its attendant “agencies” have become the enemy of the world and everything in it. When megalomania calls the shots, madness and violent division are its fruits.

      • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

        And getting fuglier by the moment!

  13. Yuri Sowryteski July 27, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    8 succinct paragraphs, all fit well with my understanding of US society. I was under the impression that “Progressives” may or may not include themselves in the D party; that the D party has made it clear they will not include progressive goals in the party agenda.

    Yes, before 2016, progressives were united with democrats, and you may be right that they still are. I wonder if you agree with any progressive points of policy?

    Just for someone interested in who has what policy goals, and not so interested in your party affiliation, or political school, or who you do or don’t like as a candidate or official of any government. I know, such people are a minority of no consequence, but please humor us – you may not get asked such a question here again.

  14. FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Moscow … how much in the sound of this word for the Russian heart or travel from Moscow to Zheleznogorsk

    I must say that Moscow this time lit it up for me, and no matter how much I resisted, how much I shouted that I quit smoking, but still I had to use a couple of cigarettes.

    But I found out how, after arriving in Sheremetevo-2 at 11:20 am, to go to Zheleznogorsk without enjoying the beauties of Moscow completely, or reducing this enjoyment to the absolute minimum.

    If you quickly got your luggage then, having passed through the green corridor, you can easily leave the international zone at 12:15 and, without losing time, turn left and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, and then, coming out of the elevator, turn right, then at 12:30 you can be in aero-express driving to the Belorussky railway station. Arriving in Moscow at 1:10, you need to go to the metro station “Belorusskaya Koltsevaya” and at 1:30 you will be in Kursk, where you will calmly leave Moscow at 14:10 on the fast train and at 18:20 arrive in Oryol, unless of course you took a chance and, hoping for Aeroflot, bought a ticket for the train in advance.

    If you did not do that, you will not be able to buy tickets for 1000 and you will have to buy 1 class for 3000. Arriving in Oryol, you either need to take a taxi and for 300 rubles get to the bus station where you will most likely catch the bus leaving for Zheleznogorsk at 18: 50 (only tickets worth 266 rubles should be bought again in advance), or sit at the train station and leave for Zheleznogorsk by train for 21:00 for 200 rubles.

    Total 400 aero-express + 50 metro + 1000 “Swallow” + 200 train = 1650 rubles
    And to me, as a result of lighting up, about which I will not talk, this road cost 7,500 rubles and many, many nerve cells.

    But I talked to the people, and was amazed at the unanimity with which all those whom I met do not accept Medvedev and his ministers. The pension reform is in the background and even if Medvedev abolishes it, he must leave anyway. I do not know if public apologies can help the cause, but in my opinion, only Medvedev’s kneeling for 10 hours at the entrance to the Lenin’s Mausoleum begging for forgiveness can calm down the revolutionary situation.

    P.S. Sorry for the off top, but I just was too excited not to share my impressions from the travel.

    • Tate July 27, 2018 at 11:41 am #

      This is why I rarely travel. It may broaden the mind, but it also thins the wallet.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 11:44 am #

        Sincerely, I am more concerned about the nerve cells.

        • Eoin July 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

          Yes, travel is much worse than smoking, and less socially responsible as well !

    • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      NIce. In his latest, Dmitry Orlov revealed he’s moved back home as well. Sounds like Russia is getting along pretty well these days, American hysteria notwithstanding. The coming American collapse is going to be epic. Let’s just hope the Russians and Chinese are a little more benevolent towards us in the aftermath than we were (and are) towards the Russians after theirs. I just wonder who will come in and secure the nukes from the rabid curs in DC? Probably time to start thinking about that.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 11:46 am #

        Not sure I am ready to do that, not if I am able to grow a lot of fur on my chest and back for inevitably coming winter season.

      • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

        Please, spell my name backwards, make Dmitry stay there!

        • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

          Why? Too much truth for you, God-K? Contrary to popular opinion, in your case, you really should learn to bite the hand that feeds more often.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

        Remember, Putin tricked the Oligarchs (all but one of them Jews) – they though he was onboard. He played them and then betrayed them for the Good of the People. Is Trump another such Hero?

    • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      How are Russian cigarettes? I feel bad for the Chinese, they have the worse sawdust cigarettes and those people smoke like a chimney. I smoke American Spirits. I won’t touch even a Marlboro.

      • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

        They are no longer made but Russian Balkan Sobranie were the best, and most expensive in the world. Half was a hollow tube to cool the smoke which came from a green blend with a delightful taste. I once had a pack and it was an experience like no other. Longer than average in a yellow paper they cost me as much thirty years ago as a pack taxed to sinfully stratospheric heights doe in WA state now.

        • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

          Does

        • Walter B July 27, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

          Ah Dog, an issue I can finally go toe to toe against you with! Have you ever tasted Three Castles brand tobacco from England? They made the most exquisite, delicate, wonderful tobacco for roll you own that you could ever want. I have not been able to find the tobacco for decades, not that I would be a cigarette smoker even if I did, but I would certainly stock up and enjoy one from time to time. I do not credit the English for much, but their restrictions, at least in the olden days, of what tobacco could consist of were the best in the world, IMHO.

        • ozone July 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

          Nossir, me Boyos,
          As a former hardcore tobacco user, the Mexican Delicado Ovalado straights are far and away the richest, smoothest and most satisfying smoke I ever did have! (With sort of a “sweet” aftertaste.) So good were they that I once had to bring back a *case* of them to give a single pack to everyone that was jonesing for them! As I dis-remember, there were 40 cartons (12 packs per carton) in a case. The distributor could hardly believe I actually wanted to purchase a case, but was delighted when I did.
          Smoke ’em if you got ’em…

          kkare.com/delicados-ovalados-white-cigarettes-soft-box-p-3164.html

          • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

            If I knew the right questions, I’m positive you guys could give me some great answers on any number of topics. Ozone, I’m going to check with my local gourmet tobacco store and see if perhaps they could order me a pack to save back for special occasions. Smoke ’em if you got em! Thanks fellas.

        • SpeedyBB July 29, 2018 at 2:33 am #

          You have tweaked a nerve, K-Dog. I remember when, after several years off them, I purchased a packed of Sobranie Black Russian and, upon firing one up, thought “What the fuck is this?”

          The rich, mellow, stinky and undoubtedly lethal mixture was gone. On the website Sobranie claimed nothing had changed but my suspicion was that somebody blew the whistle on how much poison those delicious ones were putting out and they switched the mixes. Others on the web agreed.

          They were like nothing else in the world. You would walk into a room where one had been smoked three days previously and the aroma would linger.

          There are websites on some of those strange botanical varieties of dark tobacco grown in eastern Europe (I’m thinking Rumania, Bulgaria, maybe Hungary). Anybody know of anything imparting the flavor of the old Black Russians?

  15. malthuss July 27, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Where is the stock collapse?
    When does the sub prime auto, house, whatever stop fixing USA economy?

    • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      Stocks are where all that easy money is residing. But just like 2008, the unpayable debt bubble will eventually pop and bring it all down, especially if they start raising interest rates in earnest. Rock and a hard place.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        Not as long as the Flying Monkeys, like they did in 2008 with Lehman Brothers, will start using the economy to settle political scores.

      • Epicur July 27, 2018 at 11:59 am #

        “But just like 2008, the unpayable debt bubble will eventually pop and bring it all down…”

        While in a bear market/panic/collapse/whatever they “take them all out and shoot them,” the occasion of which you speak will be a buying opportunity, once again. This nation of 300+ million is not going away yet and people must still be housed and fed and somebody will probably make a profit doing it (assuming we don’t follow Venezuela, which I reckon to be highly unlikely).

        There will be changes as to winners and losers according to who gets control of the levers of power, but I don’t believe we will see the gotterdammerung for a while yet.

        • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:37 pm #

          I don’t believe this will be the end quite yet either, but every collapse/consolidation should be rightly viewed as a further tightening of the screw on an already rickety economy patched together with the proverbial bailing wire and spit.

  16. DrTomSchmidt July 27, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum?

    Well, not me. I only feel disgust for the Federal politicians. The people who have the largest effect on my life are local politicians. I can vote for these people and the opinions of others in states like Texas and California have no bearing, so my local politicians are a bit better on serving their constituents. I despise Andrew Cuomo, but he has certainly done a few things in NY State with an eye to the benefit of the state and its citizens, not just to partisan interest. I cannot think of a single Federal politician who approaches Cuomo, and I disagree with much of what he has done.

    • Sean Coleman July 27, 2018 at 11:22 am #

      What little (very little) I know about local politics there I have learnt from Colin Flaherty’s videos and he does not talk kindly about local politicians either. Or the media, either national or local.

  17. elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    “”Mr. Trump will bring a fungo bat to the room and “tune up” his counterpart ”

    “Tune up”…I love that phrase…right up there with “Do that thing…”

  18. teddyboy46 July 27, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    we are at a interesting place in history. Us Baby Boomers were never going to sell out to the Man, and then we did. Now the Millennials say they are going to sell out to the man but on their terms. I wish them a lot of luck. They just may pull it off as they have nothing to lose. The Baby Boomers were the last generation on the Gravy Train.

  19. Epicur July 27, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    “How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum?”

    …raises hand.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

      The Turks tried to surrender but Lawrence’s Bedouin cavalry just cut their hands off.

  20. JustSaying July 27, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    ..The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age…

    We truly are a confederacy of dunces!

  21. RobH July 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

    I wish the Deep State could hack up the Golden Furball and we could get back to peak oil and collapse

    This he said she said he said shit is boring

  22. Luhrenloup July 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    . . . and AG Jeff Sessions chuckled as he repeated the audience mantra, “Lock her up! I heard that a long time over the last campaign.”

    Sounds like Nero’s violin being tuned to me.

  23. wm5135 July 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    “Mr. Trump lacks even the most rudimentary rhetorical skills to defend his legitimacy in office”

    Mr. Kunstler a slightly different view is that Mr. Trump has the rhetorical skill to keep the balance of the population believing that Russia, China, the browns and thefollowers of the Prophet are what is causing their dismay. Mr. Trump could easily with his bombast point out that it is those genteel folks in the gated communities near to them that are the root of their plunge into poverty. He could openly state and provide proof, the Treasury is after under the mantle of the executive, that the offshoring of profits and dining at the federal trough by the corporate elite is what has caused the problems. Mr. Trump is keeping this thing from really getting out of hand. There is enough hate filled anger and raw ignorance out there to create a staggering implosion.

    Disgust and contempt? You betcha!

    • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      Trump is extraordinarily eloquent to ordinary people. He agrees with Kunstler about the ravages of political correctness. He is one the “terrible simplifiers” long predicted by Mumford and others. If some don’t like them, then they should have acted sooner to make change. They didn’t or not enough of them did to be effective. So since Change must come, a different kind of Man has stepped forward. There will be more after him. He’s not the Man on the White Horse, the Man of both Lightening and Sun, the Savior of our Race – but he may well be a forerunner.

      • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

        Well put. Dare I say it, a harbinger.

        • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

          Energy can not be created or destroyed. Since energy has built up in the system (Obama could have attempted to dispersed this energy and equalized it and he didn’t) we were given Trump. Now this energy is chaotic and hence we get Trump/Pepe – a Chaos god. (lower case g = a lower deity)

      • SpeedyBB July 29, 2018 at 2:45 am #

        You mean ‘lightning’. Prez ManBaby is about as light as one could possibly get. Any lighter and he’d just disappear in an orange blur.

  24. DurangoKid July 27, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    On Putin’s “annexation” of the Crimea, there’s a bit more to that than geopolitics or a simple land grab. Of course Russia desires a warm water port. Who doesn’t? Consider for a moment that if Russia didn’t retain the Crimea, who would? Ukraine, of course, and by extension the US. How does that serve global stability? We also have to consider who is living in the Crimea. Lots of Russian speaking Russians. When asked if they’d rather return to mother Russia or be abandoned to a pack of rabid dogs, they overwhelmingly responded, “Russia, please.” So, the “annexation” took place without firing a shot. Well, maybe a few. Now compare that with the US invasion of Iraq, their insurgence in Syria, fumbling in Afghanistan, meddling in Venezuela, etc. Both Russia and the Crimea seem to be pretty happy with the outcome. Of course there’s no pleasing the nut-jobs in the Ukraine, so they don’t really count. Who’s left complaining?

    • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

      Actually, there’s nothing to consider. Crimea in particular, and Russia in general, is none of the US government’s business. PERIOD!

  25. wm5135 July 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    Took a little more than $3.00 in debt to buy each dollar of growth last year, better bundle that up and make some CDOs out of that.

    Being in the vicinity of a person who has recently acquired majority at eighteen years of age I will state once again that most citizens have no idea of the amorality of the citizens twelve to twenty five years of age. This amorality encompasses their entire beings at all levels.

    I say vicinity because having reached the age of majority i have been removed from the society which the young creature maintains. The parents who have bred this group will not revolt and neither will their darlings. All hope is lost.

    unfortunately i’m to young to be this damned old

    • elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

      “age I will state once again that most citizens have no idea of the amorality of the citizens twelve to twenty five years of age. This amorality encompasses their entire beings at all levels.”

      Wm,
      Interesting perspective…please elaborate.

      • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

        “Feels not Reals” is their mantra. They are passionate and easily led. Not a good combination. They seem to be easily confused in equating easy information to knowledge. See David Hogg’s cursed filled rant about his parents not knowing how to use iphones so how would they know how to use their democracy. Their music sucks, their drugs suck, and they lack a desire or need for the higher self. The flip side of this being that the ones that do break through are going to be and already are really fine citizens as a result of having such a high degree of shit to wade through. Many of them have already had their baptism by fire.

        • BornToKillPeace July 27, 2018 at 5:28 pm #

          The youth (if you can call a 25 year old youth) seem similar to my understanding of boomers at their age. They are hippies, birchers, well wishers, burn-it-all-downers, and the silent majority trying to live their lives. There are major differences in their acculturation though. What might have taken a decade or five years to ferment within the collective consciousness now occurs in six months or less through the internet. Instagram/Facebook leads to higher levels of narcissism. Debt serfdom from day one has led to a lack of bonding amongst their peers in the form of marriages and home ownership; these things that contribute to notions of responsibility, closeness, and place. Social media has also encouraged a lack of closeness in seeing all the options one is suppose to have. There is a recent study somewhere that suggests the “unhappiness index” in young women has increased 25% since the advent of social media. This leads to more radical feminism. You know the old saying, if mom isn’t happy than no one is happy. The youth are dealing with overwhelming levels of cognitive dissonance on top of being mostly unskilled and uneducated. A dangerous combination. On top of all of this, they were born into a world with 9/11 and the 2008/09 financial collapse. Granted, living through both those events sure as hell beats getting drafted for infantry in Vietnam out of high school. I can attest to how those two events messed with my head. I was in my first month of sophomore year when 9/11 occurred and saw right through it. It very much changed my path in life to realize as a 15 year old that your government is attempting to instill a police state. I know I made some destructive decisions along the way as a weaker willed young man. I graduated college in 2008 and people weren’t hiring.

          • Walter B July 27, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

            You are scaring the shit out of me my friend, even though I understand it to be a good thing. Your insight and observations frighten me because I am supposed to be the only loony that sees this all happening right in front of our eyes. You say you were a sophomore when 911 was perpetrated. Imagine how I felt at 9 when I saw JFK murdered by our own demented government on national television! All that being said, it is grand to not only NOT be alone in my observations, but to have the company of at least one of those that will follow us see it all as well. If there was only some way we could put this insight into a good and proper use, you know, as in to call them out for what they have done. Would that be a good thing or a place we should not go? I am not certain. Will the truth set us free or destroy us all? Or maybe even bring on worse treatment than it already has?

          • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

            Mr. Walter B,
            There is nothing to fear. This is our karma, individually and collectively. We are in the quickening – perhaps what was implied by the 2012 apocalypse idea. I have seen your comments regarding trusting in the nature and being of Christ. Those comments have put a smile on my face. He (It) is asking us to come home to him from this 3-D plane. We are being asked to move past and into the 4,5,etc-D to be closer to his heaven. I have asked Jesus to take the wheel and felt the light. The important thing is for those of us who can see to not allow ourselves to be mired by the lower energies and lower deities. Even if we are taken out in this realm in a fiery of violence, hatred, and malice, we will be protected and blessed if we know the road to take.
            Blessings to you and yours.

          • Walter B July 28, 2018 at 10:09 pm #

            And to you too BTKP. What frightens me is the possibility that I have been correct in my assessments of where we stand in time, and the sadness of the reality of so many souls that simply will not get it. The rest of what you say is all duplicated within the pages of my own charted ideas and course and I thank you for sharing your feelings.

            A year or two ago I read The Book of Thomas and was relating the words from within it that the Kingdom of God is within us and around us as well to a friend as my 6 or so year old daughter overheard what I was saying. Later that evening, she came to where I was sitting and asked me where God lived. I repeated the words that I had spoken earlier. She turned her head toward the ceiling, reached upwards with both her hands with eyes closed and then starting giggling. I asked her why she was laughing and she told me because God was tickling her fingers. I did not, nor can I to this day, discount that what she told me was the actual truth and have no reason not to go to my last day believing it to be exactly as she spoke. All may believe what they choose to believe and get no argument from me, but as far as I have come to know, He is there, He has sent One to us to show us the Way, and I am committed to spending the time that I have left in following the example set as best as I can. Peace and love friend, be well.

          • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

            Walter,
            Thank you for responding and leaving that beautiful recollection. I came back here to see if perhaps our discussion had continued. I agree as well that all may believe or not believe as they choose. God is not a topic such as politics and needn’t be approached as such. When one has come across the realization(s) in their own lifetime and found the same to be true for certain others, then the time for discussion can occur. Looking back on my young boyhood I can recall having insights to what I may now refer to as notions towards Christian mysticism. I can not be sure as to why I have been witness to inner and outer experiences that led me to this day. My parents are gentle people and perhaps this is one of the reasons. They allowed me to be intuitive in my interests and practices as well as setting reasonable and healthy boundaries. For as long as I can remember I have looked at the world with a fascination to the past as if it were a key or riddle to something. Always wondering what occurred on the land below my feet hundreds or thousands of years before. Knowing that Indians lived on the land I live on. Wondering about their diversity of thought and belief about the universe. (But I’m a “Nazi” as they say so what do I know.)
            Sometimes this leads to odd synchronicities where only by “chance” I stumble across a note of information or artifact of sorts regarding a historical practice or folkway that I have been thinking about days or weeks prior intently.

            The paternal has been kicking in for me strongly this last couple of years. Perfectly natural I suppose. When I vision into the future and the conditions of today, it does not pain me for my own sake. If I pass tomorrow, life has been well worth it. What saddens me is that perhaps the conditions of today imposed by the elites for their material benefit are potentially robbing many of my age for the well being of family and children. The women of my age were and are being lied to and it is causing them great pain. As to myself, being a bachelor is not so bad.
            Be wishes, til next time.

    • Rulo Deschamps July 27, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

      They have seen the example from above, from their elders, and concluded the only way to exist in this dystopia is to do anything and say anything in order to get the cheese. It may work for the most talented backstabbers and liars of the demographic, but in a world of exploding populations and disappearing resources, office park politics (“let’s keep our jobs, and have all the manufacturing jobs to China so it’s the other guys, the factory floor guys, who suffer”) will not suffice to grant them a place under the sun. Only strength, skill and intelligence will, and as much as I sound an old fart saying this, I’ll say it anyway, those bright young things staring at their screens don’t seem to have much of any of the 3. If you meant amorality more of a sexual type, there’s that too, but it’s not relevant to me. It’s the lying and the thieving that bother me, not the fucking.

      • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

        Rulo, you are right in your assessment. Life is a school or a prison; freewill is our birthright and we must choose. The fucking doesn’t “matter” indeed, but it does open us our to forces in the invisible realm that will use our energy and light against us.

        • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

          *open us up to forces..

  26. FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

    The Young but the Early

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Risky Road Show

    usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-07-27/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-risky-road-show

    What is the brave new world she is going to build for us all?

    • Exscotticus July 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

      I notice she’s adopted Obama’s penchant for using the quintessentially folksy term: folks. She’s hoping to sell socialism to the “folks” in the midwest (whom her party formerly called “deplorables”).

      • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

        I notice how she uses all Hillary’s hypnotic tricks trying to keep Bernie under her witching spell:

        youtube.com/watch?v=RG9N4ZP5MQA

      • aibohphobia July 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

        If Garrison Keillor couldn’t do it with Prairie Home Companion, no one can!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

        Someone needs to get a picture of her riding her pony as a girl. That should ruin her with her base. I’m advocating for a meme of her with her donkey teeth jumping out of her head and chasing people.

        • BornToKillPeace July 28, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

          Last night I had a dream that I was at a Sanders rally and PC punks attacked me on sight. I didn’t speak a word but they knew that I was not on their side. They were like weak demons who could sniff me out immediately.

          • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

            I went to a “poetry slam” and found myself in a coven of Lesbian Separatist Witches. The event was held in a church that they have taken over – shades of Innsmouth. Now I keep seeing them on the bus. One was lingering around me at the station, sniffing my aura. Another one was working as a signature taker – Against Trump! She came over to me and I said no thanks. As she walked away, she was taking notes – no doubt a description of my person.

  27. darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    I have gradually and reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that there is no practical solution to the situation the human race has created for itself. As I read the commentary of the various alt news blogs(I long ago opted out of the MSM), the thousands of observations and proposed solutions meld into one long, continuous hum, like that of a hive of bees, but amplified into something unnatural. Would that we were as harmless to our planet as are bees! Beneficent, harmless creatures who apparently have never thought of dominating any part of their world, or exploiting any other species. Humans on the other hand are selfish, self centered, arrogant(either aggressively or passively), and proud. All excellent traits to bring us to the brink of self-annihilation. There are more qualifications to be sure, but the above are sufficient to make the point.

    It has worked after a fashion(If one does not look too closely at the amount of individual suffering involved with the process) as long as our numbers remained relatively small and there remained frontiers in which to expand. Whoops! No more land. Oh no! No more oil. I know this will stir up a portion of the hive who swear they have been burning gasoline made from replenishable abiotic oil in their cars for years, but no matter. The problem of our numbers remains, Malthus was correct in the final analysis, and we have overshot the planet’s carrying capacity.

    The most influential beings on the planet(read: rich or well-connected) are not influenced by the propaganda they dispense to the masses, so they have been reading the handwriting on the wall for decades. They know there will be a major correction in population, whether it happens naturally(diseases, accelerated climate fluctuations, major volcanic activity, etc.) or given a jump start by some timely stimuli cooked up by themselves. Since the naturally occurring reductions can’t be relied upon to happen quickly enough to ensure that the planet’s dwindling resources will be reserved for the favored ones(read: rich or well-connected), plans have been implemented to effect the inevitable die off quickly enough to be effective.

    The favored tool is economic. It is not the only tool, but it is the major catalyst to set the world ablaze and each of the individual billions of expendibles at each other’s throats. No one will be loving, charitable or concerned for their neighbors while starving, and an economic collapse, well timed and engineered will come down as fast and efficiently as a pair of well known twin towers.

    Many will scoff at this scenario as being unrealistic since it will be so violent as to endanger the elite themselves. I think they have calculated that desperate times call for desperate measures, and that if the measures were not taken, they would eventually be overwhelmed by the masses and suffer the fate of the French aristocracy of the eighteenth century. And they are right! They are also thinking logically that if the many must die so that the few can live, they may as well be among the living as the dead. And furthermore, since they are obviously better endowed to successfully repopulate the earth following the reduction, they are the natural choice to survive.

    The point I am trying to make is that the political circus that envelops the world, and especially the USA, and is insanely inflamed daily by the media is a farce of gigantic proportions, a play with multitudes of actors who may or may not be aware they are playing roles and to what effect, while the people behind the scenes are readying the economic hammer to crush the western world into a million pieces. And, by extension, the rest of the globe. Commerce will stop on a dime, and the genocide will begin. Anyone unprepared for this will very likely perish in a matter of a few weeks. Even the average prepper will not live much longer than that. One effect will be that most or all of the hoarded ammunition will be expended in the effort to stay alive. This will be another positive result from the perspective of the elite who will be watching the smoke from their bunkers.

    My advice? I don’t have any, except to just relax and amuse yourself with the ridiculous show while it still plays. You are paying for it with your taxes, so you may as well get something from it besides the shaft the government provides at no extra charge.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 27, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

      while the people behind the scenes are readying the economic hammer to crush the western world into a million pieces

      Don’t you think their navel will come untied from the effort?

      • darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

        Is that the best you can do in the way of comic relief, Finca?

        Try again.

    • elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      “plans have been implemented to effect the inevitable die off quickly enough to be effective.”

      Darrell,
      I share some of your worldview regarding our future. However, History has shown us time and time again that we do not need “theys or thems” to effect our dysfunction…we do not require a grand conspiracy to end up in a ditch…basic human qualities will provide and suffice.

      • Epicur July 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

        “…we do not require a grand conspiracy to end up in a ditch…basic human qualities will provide and suffice.”

        And that’s the truth – prepare accordingly.

      • darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

        Agreed; I have allowed as much in my comments. I suspect the agency of powerful men and women because of the existence of The Federal Reserve, the EU, the BIS, etc. I strongly suspect they would use those tools to crash the economies in case it became necessary, in their opinions. I do not know how to otherwise logically explain the mountain of debt these agencies have constructed through their policies.

        • messianicdruid July 27, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

          And the blame will be placed firmly around the [ red ] necks of those who have been warning about it for decades.

        • elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

          ” I do not know how to otherwise logically explain the mountain of debt these agencies have constructed through their policies.”

          Darrell,
          Greed, sloth and ego.

          • darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 9:29 pm #

            “Greed, sloth and ego”

            Greed and ego are givens. Sloth, I would guess is not a common attribute of the wealthy. At any rate, I expect the wealthy individual to be smarter than the average man. The average man makes mistakes in his finances that the wealthy does not(as a general rule). So, I would imagine that a consortium of these people would be careful enough to build stability in their operations to ensure a perpetual shearing of the sheep. Unless, of course, there are(for one reason or another)too many sheep.

            That is why the mountain of debt. Not an oversight, not a mere miscalculation, but a solution to a very big problem.

    • K-Dog July 27, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

      You have given this some thought!

    • Epicur July 27, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

      “I have gradually and reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that there is no practical solution to the situation the human race has created for itself.”

      No, but we didn’t so much “create” it as evolve into it.

      Surely, there are plenty of “elites” hoping to ride out the troubles in their bugout holes, but there are plenty more competent people who are not going to throw up their hands and die. They may not be competent to prevent the troubles, but they are competent to survive and intend to do so.

      I propose and alternate course:

      First, understand that most of the people in the USA are dependent on the wheels of commerce turning in some form for their daily bread. Very few are hard core survivalists who can live off grid, although more than a few have some bullets, beans, and rice set aside for a rainy day. When the economy locks up (I won’t bother to say “if”), the government must and will invoke its emergency powers to clamp down on looting and get supplies flowing – the people will demand it and agree to it. Most people with guns and supplies will be on the government’s side for the very reason you mention – they can’t hold out forever.

      The USA is overflowing with water, fuel, and food. Most people who are not causing trouble in the near term will get by (not saying there won’t be casualties). In the longer term (a few years, maybe), people who do not contribute to the “general welfare” will not do well.

      The economic trouble will make things get dicey worldwide. The USA will not have the same reasons or resources to play “World Police” that it had in past years and wars will flare up all over (see link to Peter Zeihan, below). As long as the US avoids a total nuclear exchange with Russia or China we are in the catbird seat.

      Eventually diseases will wreak havoc, probably man-made ones, but maybe just because no one reacts to outbreaks. That is when things will get interesting. In all probability the USA (whoever is in charge) will have the technical ability to come up with vaccines, but probably not until a large number of troublesome and unproductive people have died.

      Once the world’s population has “adjusted” life will go on.

      Peter Zeihan has some predictions about where the wars will occur. This is worth watching. “The end of the world and other opportunities”

      youtube.com/watch?v=u0eJK4Avk2M

      • Epicur July 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

        The first 25 minutes of the Zeihan talk sets background, discussing the future wars starts at 25:03

    • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 5:59 pm #

      What about storming their redoubts? Why such supine surrender? The slave only become noble in revolt. Neither an Eloi nor Morlock be, but a Man.

      • darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

        Indeed! Whoever has the means should do just what you suggest. The strongest of this type will be the stock upon which to rebuild. My concern is how do the decendants learn from our mistakes? How does Homo sapiens become wise enough to become as harmless as a dove, while retaining the wisdom of the serpent? That is our challenge.

        • messianicdruid July 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

          “How does Homo sapiens become wise enough to become as harmless as a dove, while retaining the wisdom of the serpent?”

          Learn to listen.

          whatabeginning.com/Misc/Wonders/P.htm

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

            Yeah cuz the Old Testament is full of people as peaceful as doves. We came to this Promised Land of America, and found it full of blasphemers and idolaters, Philistines and Amorites. The Lord told us do what we did before, this time on a larger scale. We did. A rush and push and the Land was Ours.

            And remember, the first duty of the Conqueror is to bear the hatred of the Conquered. Either that, or drive them out. Or put them all to the sword. We kept them so we have to bear their hatred forever. Why the confusion? Now they want us to apologize for defeating them. Then they’ll drive us out or put us to the sword. See how that works?

          • elysianfield July 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

            “And remember, the first duty of the Conqueror is to bear the hatred of the Conquered”

            Janos,
            So much wisdom from one so relatively young…thank the Jesuits for your classical education? I am envious.

          • messianicdruid July 29, 2018 at 9:28 am #

            “A rush and push and the Land was Ours.”

            The land is not ours. It was never “theirs”. It is the Creator’s. We are stewards. If you want to discuss who is/was the better steward, fine. But do it without projection.

          • elysianfield July 29, 2018 at 11:28 am #

            Janos,
            Uplink I expressed my admiration for a particular quote. It occurred to me later, however(and to my horror) that the quote might have come from Star Trek, Game of Thrones, or some other drivel, and that I attributed your remark to a quality education.

            It appears, however, that a study of William the Conqueror, in his handling of his minor royalty, might have been the genesis of the remark.

            I apologize for my moment of doubt…

          • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

            As far as I know, it was original with me. But of course, none of us are isolated. For example, “The first duty” part I consciously cribbed from Napoleon as in, “The first duty of the soldier is endurance.”

            Of course I’m not disputing your Will the Conqueror find. It may well be true. Just saying that I don’t remember ever hearing it.

            Messi: That’s not the way the World works. Satan is Rex Mundi – that’s what Christ said. Render unto him what is his….

    • Rulo Deschamps July 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm #

      Spot on, darrell. Sad to see it end this way, with our “enlightened” and “intelligent” species becoming the cancer of the Earth. I’m a beekeeper, glad you brought up those incredible creatures, but being bees is not what I’d want for our species. I’d love for each of us to be an individual, not a part of the colony. To exercise freedom AND responsibility, to be a stoic. Reading online comments truly sounds like a bee hum. Nobody wants to hear the kind of thing you’re saying here. Imagine a politician trying to get elected on a platform of “consume less, embrace poverty, have fewer children”. The reason bee hives prosper and don’t fuck up the world around is they don’t have to elect or approve of the Queen. All of this is in their DNA, they are not “they”, they are their ancestors and descendants. Perfect, except for no freedom, no individuality. I thought we were meant for more. Maybe I listened to too much Brahms, read too much Borges… the works of the best amongst us spoke of a spark of divinity that we obviously don’t have. Or maybe it’s there, but the spoiled Earth has no time to wait for it – we’ll destroy most of it and then become a race of cloned, few hermits in a ruined Earth, each of us being replaced by his successor, Rulo 34 by Rulo 35 and so on, including their pets, as Houellebecq envisions. Or, more likely, every last one of us will perish in a nuclear winter. All of this I accept, but live a happy life, or reasonably grief free one, myself. Working the land and sweating a lot is an antidote to depression, at least in my case.

      • darrell dullnig July 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

        Rulo, you and I are likely brothers in the spirit. Yes, the best of music and literature will create the impression among the impressionable that we have a destiny somewhat above the level of the brutes. That, however is probably only our romantic selves reaching for the stars we cannot touch; a dream. Man is a mysterious creature, and I believe, destined to remain a mystery. And yes, working hard until the sweat runs into your eyes is perhaps the best physical and mental therapy that exists.

        Peace to you!

        D2

    • malthuss July 27, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      The problem of our numbers remains, Malthus was correct in the final analysis, and we have overshot the planet’s carrying capacity.

      This is the other Malthus. 7 billion people live.

      • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

        7.635M (closer to 8.0M) I think I read on NakCap sometime this week. Yes indeed, that is the problem of problems. TOO MANY HUMANS!!!

    • Eoin July 28, 2018 at 12:25 am #

      I’ve got some advice,

      Three swallows of good Irish whiskey, or a triple cognac, followed , or accompanied, by three high quality unfiltered cigarettes.

      Saecula Saeculorem
      Amen.

  28. Wxtwxtr July 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    “The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.”

    I’ll reply: So says a member of The Chattering Classes, bewailing that The Chattering Classes are making shit up, then The Chattering Classes, pretending it’s NEWS, scream the headlines to the sky, agitating the Proles, who Orwell said will never start The Revolution anyway, and then The Chattering Classes arrogate to themselves the claim of ‘writing history’ which is just The Chattering Classes chattering to each other.

    I have serious doubts about the future of a species that would tolerate that pretense as ‘our culture’.

    No, you’re not the only one arguing for the ‘Dept of Just Us’ and the ‘Faking Bogus Investigations’ to be abolished. A free society cannot survive when a group of criminals gives itself legitimacy to commit crimes for the purpose of turning ‘our’ ‘country’ into the TPSTS – Total Police Surveillance Terror State. Which will soon turn into another USSR, a failed (tax) livestock management scheme.

    Isn’t it time to recognize that a couple centuries of biz-guv incest has produced a world where most ‘Governments’ are merely the ‘Rent-A-Cops’ of the ‘mere merchants’ that have grown into the interlocking directorate of a transnational World Corporate Communist Empire. With the Mockingbird Minitru Mouthpieces (legacy media) chattering it’s endless aggrandizement. The SlimTimes and the ComPost not a part of that? Where’s my ROFL? Who’s too trusting?

    I’m afraid you were right all along. The only reform or reset is The World Made By Hand.

  29. Robert White July 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

    Orange Jesus Cheeto-head-in-Cheese will threaten thermonuclear hot World War Three against Iran in order to circumvent the bad press he is undoubtedly going to get next week when the FAANG stocks continue to implode way past a 10% ‘correction’. Assuming that WW3 is going to be the end result of this administration’s incompetency going forward is a reasonable assumption in light of the fact that the only thing holding Wall Street up right now are the FAANG stocks which are plummeting in concert with the divisive politics that fomented trade wars between conventional trading partners.

    The USA needs desperately to restructure on currency, regulation of banks, and the way it conducts business in our contemporary world.
    The USA will not benefit whatsoever from any sort of hot war going forward due to the fact that Wall Street is going to crash outright before Iran is ever bombed to cover it up.

    Violence is not the answer to hyperinflation.

    RW

    • libertysghost July 27, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      He won’t start WWIII bombing Iran, so why bother tangling that absurdist prediction up with the economic discussion? I wish there was a way to place bets on here tied to comment predictions.;-)

      On the economic predictions…Peter Schiff, is that You?

      Geopolitically i believe a no fly zone in Syria…That would have corrected the QE to infinity currency and market distortions for sure.

      • Robert White July 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

        If any sort of worldwide conflagration manifests the USA will follow the directive of Israel and NATO will bomb Iran first. Strategically, there is no other way any hot war will start. Israel places their safety above that of America. Bottom line is that once Wall Street starts to head South the plan is to hit Iran first, and then they will be dealing with the concomitant fallout from that secondarily.

        Peter Schiff was raised on Economics and I was raised on Finance & Accounting. Peter Schiff’s predictions are spot on IMHO. My predictions are even better than that.

        Mark my words in stone if you would like but this ship is going down with Captain Cheeto at the helm.

        RW

        • Janos Skorenzy July 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

          Iran has made it clear that they make no distinction between Israel and the Zionist Occupied America. If Israel attacks, America will be attacked. And if America attacks, Israel will be attacked. Needless to say, their pov is an accurate albeit unpleasant one.

      • ozone July 27, 2018 at 9:47 pm #

        Believe nothing until it is officially denied…

        zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-27/mattis-rejects-viral-australian-report-possible-us-iran-strike

        Of course, the oil spigot does have a bit to do with this nonsensical non-starter of neutering “the world’s largest sponsor of terr’ism”. As in, “Wouldn’t be prudent…” and “No more joy-ride for you Yankee Sailor Boy”.

    • elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

      “Orange Jesus Cheeto-head-in-Cheese will threaten thermonuclear hot World War Three against Iran in order to circumvent the bad press he is undoubtedly going to get next week :

      RW,
      OR…he will do what he said he would do during the election…you know, that “election promise” thang…and renegotiate the “deal”….

      • libertysghost July 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

        A side effect of negotiating new deals with the “ruthless/insane” dictators and rulers of the world, is the vanishing boogeyman “aura” the mockingbird stenograhers in the “press” spent decades narratively shaping in service of their “neo” masters and brethren.

        IF, and it’s a work in process and progress, “Little Kim” and tge “US” actually follow through and NK, SK, Japan etc all see the just rewards of a relatively free peninsula of the Korean variety, more has changed in a “blink of an eye” sense than just that one event.

        Imagine if a group of nations can see rewards from a “new deal” with Iran?

        This would be quite damaging to the military/banking/intelligencia “complex” and their “expert” class of servants. The cascading crisis of legitimacy in all corners of power would quicken immensely over the short term IMO.

        I’ve argued before, that while the world appears in chaps, we are closer to achieving something akin to “world peace” than we’ve been in lifetimes for sure.
        Legacy power will of course fight it with all its power…but that power is diminishing rapidly for good reason.

        IF it happened beginning with a “Trump”…all the more fast the irony we can pick off our Cheeto stained fingers in celebration. Jajjajajja

        • bhnj13 July 29, 2018 at 12:39 am #

          You bring up a good point about Trump’s possible success in Korea. It may be a little premature and at the moment both koreas still have their guns aimed at each other but a peaceful or more peaceful future (without US troops by the tens of thousands propping it up!) may be at hand in that corner of the world.

          Unfortunately I think that is one of the few counterpoints to the wider geopolitical trend of de-globalization. I think this will be one of the defining characteristics of the coming years. The EU is in serious trouble, Trump is questioning the whole idea of NATO (which very well may be because he just doesn’t understand what NATO is?). Populism and nationalism are on the rise. There are many more failed states today than there were 10 years ago (Somalia’s got a lot of company now lol) As poorer and warmer regions of the world continue to produce millions of displaced people, walls will inevitably go up and barriers will rise. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a violent process but it probably will be knowing us humans…

          I think we are likely at the apex of “world peace” right about now. I’m not a believer in world peace as a concept to be honest here but I know what you mean. And we are close to that ideal. The global community though, planetary oneness, is starting to disintegrate. Civilizations have gone through periods like this throughout history and now our global civilization is going through the break up and contraction phase of life.

  30. Dumbedup July 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

    “How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum? The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.”

    I absolutely do feel that way. There is nothing dignified or statesman like about our politics. There has not been since the election of 1796 but at least Adams and Jefferson were not trying to fleece their own citizens.

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

    “On balance, and just for now, I’m more disturbed by the side represented by the Democratic Party, aka the “progressives” or “the Resistance,” because they are responsible for politicizing the FBI before, during, and after the 2016 election and that was a dastardly act of institutional debauchery in an agency with the power to destroy the lives and careers of American citizens. The product of that corruption is a dangerous manufactured hysteria inciting hostility and aggression against another nation that could lead to a war that humanity will not recover from.”

    Whoaa …. you will have to explain that more. It was Hillary’s side (neo-corporate liberals) of the Democratic Party not Bernie Sanders Progressives that politicized the FBI.

    • libertysghost July 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      Does that mean “progressive” is the same as “socialist” then, in context of your Bernie reference. He says he is a socialist…his supporters say they are “progressives”…this mean it’s become synonymous?

      Some of the people JHK says weaponized the FBI do label tgemselves “progressive” quite often…i think that’s the point of his reference.

    • In America there is Right, Left, Huh?, and Not.

  31. “US economy grows 4.1%, the fastest pace since 2014 ”

    … And there weren’t any major hurricanes

    … And there weren’t major military engagements

    … And there wasn’t a drought

    Even so,

    We did expel record numbers of illegal aliens, moving us one step closer to sensible population control policy

    And we did raise tariffs

    So in conclusion, it was a pretty good year

    • malthuss July 27, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

      Debt grows. The White world can only compete with the Yellow world on their terms.
      Slave labor. Poverty. Horrible conditions.

      • Dumbedup July 30, 2018 at 9:41 am #

        Great insight. A free market system in a Democracy cannot keep pace with totalitarian managed economies in a global economy without running up debt. They will always undercut us on wages.

  32. hugho July 27, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Thank you Jim and posters for some good comments. Jim I do wish you would not put a date on when the shtf. The real issue here is the looming collapse of this civilization. Collapse is baked into the cake. Unlimited growth on a finite planet etc but read any book on the history of collapsed regimes and there are common threads. The spectrum of collapse includes political, social,economic, financial, environmental factors which Jim as well as many others have covered. Any one of those factors can trigger the collapse. There are lots of feedback loops in play here. That we are in some sort of political collapse is obvious and whether it triggers a greater societal collapse is unknown and of course unpredictable. We could limp along for years or many decades before the structure falls apart. There are lots of historical examples mirroring our current predicament. It was said of the Bourbon Dynasty in pre – revolution France that “They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.” Does this sound like Trump and the clueless Dems?The Bourbons elites were hammered in the Revolution but amazingly showed up later in the 19th century. The real driving force in the coming collapse will be driven by the availability of cheap fossil energy, an invisible factor to most pundits. As cheap energy disappears so will globalization, financial legerdemain, food production,financialization etc. Trump and his crowd will likely just be a forgotten footnote in a much bigger process, that us unless he does something really crazy like pushing the red button.Not much for the slobs like us to do

    • Rulo Deschamps July 27, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Good post. The Spanish Empire limped along quite a bit, too, after their glory days of the 16th. Cheap energy availability continues to be the key, as JHK has pointed out for many years. Some forms of cheap, dirty energy could be available for a while. I honestly don’t know. I agree we are running out, I just don’t know how much is left.

      • malthuss July 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

        I am against free energy. People use energy to destroy.

    • Ol' Scratch July 27, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      The dates do make it more fun in a kitschy kind of way. I read them more as a figure of speech, even though one of these days one of them will surprise the shit out of us.

  33. wm5135 July 27, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    elysianfield the Summer of Love and the love generation would have gained the praise of Cotton Mather were he looking at the young people I spoke about. You are aware of the hookup sites and sites where, not sure how to put words to this, hedonism is freely marketed? There are groups on the net pursuing propagators of malevolence toward children with an eye to putting an end to child abuse. I fear that they are attempting to close the door after all of the live stock is in the field.

    i will use the word children, children are actively giving themselve away, as young as fourteen years of age, to every licentious whim that comes their way, Know a young man or woman with a smart phone?

    The collection of data is a matter of ignorant indifference to the youth in our society. The collection of data and the ability of authorities to reach out and touch someone will render this group of citizens encapable of moving freely or holding any perspectives outside of those that are sanctioned by whichever group happens to hold power. at any given moment.

    The education that has been provided to this group has been sold as “pass the test” and that is what they have done. There is not even any attempt to retain knowledge in the mainstream. I know there are young citizens who do not fit this mold – the future belongs to them. The everyday target of marketing who grew up with the drivel of afternoon television does not have the toolkit for rational thought and analysis.

    This has not happened by accident. This is the outcome of social engineering that was already in place when I was in high school. I affectionately refer to my high school as “The Home of Social Engineering”. When the gutting of a society is planned what need is there for intellectually robust citizens. Keep em greedy with an insatiable undefined desire, leave them prey to every path to poor health and provide them with guns, and let them solve your problems for you.

    Let us take the story of the Nazarean, only as a mythological tale, to set the stage. The crowd called out for wickedness and sent the truth to the cat of nine tails and hung him on a hilltop as evidence that wickedness was the course of everyday life. Does not matter what one desires if it is not the truth. When every thread that weaves the fabric of your existence is rotten how will it carry the weight of reform?

    • elysianfield July 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

      Wm,
      A dark tale, told in cruel detail. You can read how bad things have become, but without actually experiencing (boots on the ground) outrages, the understanding is muted. We Baby Boomers certainly got the best of it…military power, economic power, relatively effective education…still a bit of morality taught in the churches…no internet, relatively benign TV programs…single worker households. The list is long… the results of the culture change? As you describe.

  34. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    General Winfield Scott And Trist may have bribed Santa Anna to sell out Mexico? Santa Anna may have been a bit of a Trojan Horse? The Americans had a very low opinion of the Mexicans. General Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor consistently beat the crap out of the Mexican armies despite being out numbered by the Mexicans 4-to-1 with the Mexicans on defense. General Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor seemed to know the Mexicans’ every move? It may have been a sell out by General Santa Anna? General Santa Anna may have been a Hillary Clinton?

    • Pucker July 27, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

      If he had been in the Internet Age, Mexican General Santa Anna would have had his own private server in his bathroom at his hacienda as a drop box for information that he was selling to the gringos to fund The Santa Anna Foundation.

  35. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

    Why did Hi..Tyler consider the Russians as “Sub,,,hum..ans”? Aren’t the Russians the descendants of Norsemen known as the “Rus” who settled in modern day Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia?

    • akmofo July 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

      The Russians are descendants of the Hebrew tribe Dan. The Dan tribe made their way from Israel to Sardinia (Rulership of Dan) to Denmark (Mark of Dan) and then south along the Dan named rivers of the Danube the Don and the Dnieper. As such, Russians are closely related to Jews.

      Even the name Europa owes its origins to the Hebews. Europa was a Hebrew princess from the ancient city of Tyre (Tira= Heb: fortress) who was abducted by Zeus and taken to the island of Crete, where she gave birth to Minos and the Minoan/Greek civilization.

      • messianicdruid July 28, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

        “As such, Russians are closely related to Jews.”

        That’s like saying most basketballs are like beach balls.

        • akmofo July 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

          Not sure why that bothers you. Ultimately, we are all related. If we all had such understanding and collective consciousness, I think the world would be a better place.

          • messianicdruid July 29, 2018 at 9:55 am #

            I see more problems resulting from the assumption that everyone is the same [ all balls are round ] than I do from accepting the fact that everyone is different.

          • akmofo July 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

            Bullshit! Nobody said we are the same. What was said is that we are related. Closely related. And that is a good thing!

            The issue with you is that you’re propagandized by deliberate Vatican/Roman lies deliberate misrepresentations and deliberate concealment of truth and of history. So that anything that contradicts the fake Vatican/Roman propaganda narrative, automatically elicits a hostile emotional reaction in you. The hostility is palpable even across the interweb. The reaction is classic pavlovian conditioning. The same Vatican/Nazi nonsense that we constantly see in Janos.

            Again, you centainly

          • akmofo July 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

            Our Ancient History:
            youtu.be/TV5pigE9I9c

  36. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Alex Jones says that “the Chicoms are making their global move against Christianity.”

    What is he talking about?

  37. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

    Russia’s arch-nemesis, Benjamin Disraeli, was a Rothschild agent.

    Webster Hubbell fucked Hillary.

  38. Pucker July 27, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    “Red leader Lenin returned to Russia in “the sealed train”, bringing with him sacks of gold given to him by the German banker Max Warburg; whose brother Paul was the chief architect behind the 1913 founding of the Federal Reserve System (Central Bank of the United States). Warburg and the German government knew that a revolution would undermine the Russian government and ultimately knock Russia out of the war. But Warburg’s motives were less than “patriotic”. Financiers such as the Warburg Brothers, the Rothschild Clan, John D Rockefeller, JP Morgan and Jacob Schiff coveted control over Russia’s vast territory and resources. They saw the mighty Empire as the chief obstacle to their ultimate vision of global economic integration; an ambitious idea which, even back then, was openly discussed within the elite circles of London, Paris and New York.”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

  39. jloughrey July 28, 2018 at 3:46 am #

    Am I the only one who longs for Jim to return to his roots? Granted, the geopolitical situation across the globe is blowing up, but so is our climate. The earth is literally burning up, with record-breaking heat waves and wild fires across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Meanwhile, our world leaders and mainstream media fiddle while the world burns. “The Long Emergency” is about the convergence of peak oil and climate change, along with the overuse of fossil fuels, resulting in the environmental catastrophe now unfolding before our eyes. I would be curious to see our gracious host revisit these issues, given our current predicament.

    • JohnAZ July 28, 2018 at 6:53 am #

      TLE was also about the futility of trying to replace fossil fuels with alternatives. The Deep State does not give one whit about global warming, the Dem component using it as a power grab, the Conservative wing ignoring it. The problem remains the same, how do we replace the transportation needs of the world with non CO2 generating alternatives. Peak oil philosophy makes a solution imperative, as of now, no satisfactory solution exists. That is what was wrong with the Paris pact, there were no enforceable changes to the current state of affairs.

      The philosophy of the US government is reaction not pro action. Our founding fathers were so afraid of the British monarchy that their new government was made relatively powerless. We react to crises, we are not good at putting together plans for prevention of problems. Because of this, Peak Oil and its effects on society will only get a reactive response from Washington. What will fix increasing levels of CO2? Peak oil! Hopefully, we will not fall off a climate change cliff before the effects of Peak Oil hits. Either way, adaptation will be the key. As always in natural history, the species who can adapt to a changing environment survives.

      • For Arizonans, that means moving. Loading up the RV, burning fossil fuels in a northward dash, to settle in places with the familiar accoutrements of Bed Bath and Beyond and Walmart, all ready made by central american migrants

      • bhnj13 July 29, 2018 at 12:54 am #

        It will have to be done at a more local level, towns counties, states, groups of states. There is so much work to do and we cannot expect any help from the feds, none. We’ll never get our shit together as a country in time to be proactive about climate change so we’re going to have to react and adapt locally. There will be no grand plan, not in this country. Those days are over which brings us back to Jim’s initial commentary.

    • budizwiser July 29, 2018 at 8:21 am #

      Am I the only one who longs for Jim to return to his roots?

      Mr K, your banal generalities espoused of late come off as sophomoric attempts to appear insightful.

      Your opinions only matter when they are supported by specific facts. I can understand your frustrations – but “phoning in” cheesy allegations of political intrigue is damaging your brand.

      Simply telling readers you know about bad people does not rise to the level of journalism you’re capable of. Either do your homework, and thoughtfully regurgitate some real facts – or wait until some creativity returns to your cranium……..

  40. Pucker July 28, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    American meddling….

    “Adding to Russia’s woes was an ‘Afghan style’ guerilla war which broke out in the Russian territory of Chechnya. Foreign Islamic terrorists joined well-armed domestic guerillas in demanding “independence” from Russia. With so many regions and ethnicities based in the Asian portion of Russia, this separatist movement had to be suppressed. If history is any indication, it is likely that the clandestine services of Saudi Arabia were arming and training the Chechen “freedom fighters”. Of course, the Saudis don’t do anything without the approval of America’s own clandestine services. Russia’s “ethnicities problem” was, and still is, a situation which the Globalists Globalists have always worked to exploit. You know, the old “Divide & Conquer” routine? The chief strategist behind this insidious pressure tactic was Lev Dobriansky, a Georgetown Professor notorious for his pathological hatred of Russia. In 1967, Dobriansky (CFR) published The Vulnerable Russians, in which he advocated in favor of fomenting ethnic tension within the USSR. He referred to the diverse ethnic makeup of the Caucuses / Central Asian Russia as “weak spots”. (1) It is very telling that Dobriansky, a friend of Brzezinski’s, chose the word “Russians” instead of “Soviets” as part of the book’s title. These types of Dobrianskyish-Brzezinskish proxy wars remain an important “ethnic weapon” in the West’s arsenal. Proxy wars allow the West to wage war through the buffering layers of Saudi Intelligence and their mercenary “rebels”; leaving no evidence as to who is actually pulling the strings. “Don’t look at me. It’s the Chechens!”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

  41. FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    American Educational System and the Crisis of Scientific Method

    All the late Soviet nomenklatura bowed to the US as to an idol, and tried to transfer to Russia everything, whether appropriate or not.

    But the problem is that the American education system in modern Russia can not take root. First of all, this is because the American education system is not self-sufficient and in no way provided the remarkable scientific and technological progress that happened in the USA in the 20th century.

    Moreover, this system of education is undoubtedly responsible for that terrible cultural crisis that the US is currently experiencing and which they are exporting to all other countries of Pax Americana.

    From some point of view, the education system in the US simply does not exist, and students are trained by the same methods as the dogs in the circus.

    This is even called – training.

    I must say that in this way trained professionals perfectly cope with any problems that can be solved within the scope of their training. But they simply can not find problems in the existing system of knowledge, critically rethink it. These shortcomings were covered by a continuous inflow of brains from European countries, shaken by wars and revolutions, brains created by another tradition and another education system – “If somebody is the best, we bring him to America”.

    European geniuses in the United States received excellent opportunities to express their talents, virtually unlimited financial and material resources for the implementation of their ideas, venture capital, an American inventive genius and remarkably trained specialists, greedy for new technologies, are ready to immediately pick up these ideas and bring them to serial production.

    This system worked for a long time, but recently it began to malfunction.

    After the victory in the Cold War, the Americans imagined that they no longer needed anyone and hit into hard-core nationalism.

    Firstly, they stopped trusting European specialists, using them as a rule in subsidiary work. Secondly, in an effort to consolidate their cultural influence, the US began exporting its educational methods to conquered European countries that somehow got into Pax Americana, thus undermining sources of brain imports.

    In particular, this influence was manifested already in the late USSR, when, under the influence of the United States, which managed to brainwash the late-Soviet nomenklatura, the requirements for candidate and doctoral dissertations began to change. If in the Stalin era and up to the 1970s the Ph.D. thesis assumed a certain significant factor of novelty, and the doctoral creation of a new scientific direction, then in the late 1970s and 1980s, these requirements were gradually transformed for a candidate’s degree into a purely qualifying ability to demonstrate the presence a certain level of knowledge, and for the doctoral ability to compile and write monographs.

    Despite the fact that these negative processes undoubtedly contributed to slowing down the pace of scientific and technological progress and the crisis of the scientific method throughout the whole of mankind, they also contributed to the strengthening of the relative power of the US by weakening their geopolitical competitors, which created the effect of positive feedback and deepening of the crisis.

    In particular, I was struck by the difference in the teaching of such apolitical science as physics. In the USSR physics was taught historically:

    first we were told how the classical universe is organized, including the laws of Newton, Coulomb and Maxwell, then explained that all the laws of classical mechanics are insufficient to understand this universe and that the second law of thermodynamics reigns over everything. Then we were shown the contradictions of classical physics with electrodynamics and suggested forgetting all the fundamental principles and learning the basics of the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

    And each time a complete picture of the Universe was created in which each time a small hole was found, looking into which one could see another even more beautiful Universe.

    As a result, thinking was developed that sought out these holes in any theory, in any picture of the world and allowed to create new pictures of the world.

    In the United States, physics is taught in a completely different way: the current scientific worldview is declared perfect, and the whole previous history of science as a succession of iterations and intellectual somersaults that approximates this perfection. Which in the future will only be further specified in details, but no holes are foreseen.

    At the same time, if in Russia scientific achievements in full accordance with the scientific method formulated during the construction of the dome of St. Sophia were implicitly viewed as revelations from above, and scientists as possessors of a gift that can not be evaluated by any formal methods other than the ability to solve complex and nontrivial tasks, then in the US the ability to solve problems is considered a derivative of speed and ability to remember.

    That is, a person is viewed as a kind of computer, and the task of the education system is to select individuals with the maximum speed and memory capacity.

    This desire to formalize the assessment of human abilities has reached its apotheosis in exams on the system of multiple choice, developed in Princeton and known in Russia as the Unified State Exam.

  42. Pucker July 28, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    “Brzezinski then laments the problem in accomplishing these ambitious goals: “America may find it difficult to fashion consensus on foreign policy, except in the circumstance of a truly massive external threat.” (5) (emphasis added) And further adds: ”The attitude of the American public toward the projection of power has been ambivalent. The public supported America’s engagement in World War II because of the shock effect of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.” (6) So, in simpler terms, what Z-Big is telegraphing to his fellow Ruling Class CFR members and Globalist ‘wannabees’ is this: “Friends! Listen up! We have got to seize control of Central Asia before any other group of nations (Pakistan-China-Russsia etc) can gain influence there. The problem is that the American people don’t want another war. But should the proper monster emerge, and in the event that there is another Pearl Harbor, the sheep will then support my Central Asian geo-strategy.” (author’s words, not Brzezinski’s) . Just two years after Brzezinski’s cryptic writing, a group of heavyweight “neo-conservatives” (Israel Firsters) issued a similar message. In a report entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses, the study group known as “The Project for the New American Century” (PNAC) openly called for America to dominate the Middle East and overthrow the government of Iraq. Like Brzezinski, the neo-con Globalists also lamented the political challenge of winning popular support for foreign military adventures. And again, just like Brzezinski, the specter of another Pearl Harbor was raised. The report foretells of a chilling event thusly: “The process of transformation (taking over the Middle East) is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event –like a new Pearl Harbor.” (7) The cabal’s ringleaders included William Kristol, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Robert Kagan (CFR members all). Each will assume high office when the smirking buffoon and allegedly “recovered” alcoholic, George W Bush, becomes the new White House front man in January 2001. (Flash Forward: Kagan’s wife, Victoria Nuland (Nudelman), will play a major role in bringing about the overthrow of a pro-Russian Ukrainian President in 2014; an event which was to trigger the controversy in Crimea)”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

    • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      Victoria Nuland, contrary to popular opinion, did not play the role in initiating the coup that overthrew President Yanukovych in 2014 she is accredited with – Angela Merkel’s Germany did a full year before the joint American-European plan was scheduled to kick into action, prompting “Fuck the EU” famous phrase by Victoria Nuland.

      The Fourth Reich has a vile habit of hiding behind America’s back.

  43. BackRowHeckler July 28, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    What’s really discouraging here in southern New England is, as ‘brick and mortar’ stores are being abandoned wholesale like historic main streets were abandoned 50 years ago, same way, more strip mall like edifices are still being built, gobbling up meadows, orchards, farmland and any green spaces that survived earlier (c1950-1975) development onslaughts. It seems like the only thing we know how to do here is plow up the remaining land and build squat, ugly commercial building surrounded by acres and acres of paved parking lots.

    when I read Jim’s TLC about a dozen years ago, even tho I didn’t look forward to the social and economic chaos that would result in diminished supplies of petroleum, I thought at least it would slow down this so called ‘suburban development’ that was eating up the whole state.

    Now we find out a little way west of here, along the Farmington River, land that has been farmed continuously since the late 17th century has been sold to developers. The plan: 500 apartments, retail, and restaurants.

    I can tell you right now these shops and restaurants will fail before not too long, and the apartment complex itself will devolve eventually into a Section 8 ghetto. But the town of only 8500 people is eager for the fees and taxes the project will generate.

    A project like this will cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars, where does the money come from? And if there is cash available for certain losers like this one, how close are we really to any sort of economic collapse or readjustment?

    brh

    • malthuss July 28, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      The plan: 500 apartments, retail, and restaurants.
      See, You tube, ‘stack and pack’ housing.
      Agenda 21.
      Destroy the middle class and QOL.

      The time is now time to get out of the Agenda 21 hunger games mega city kill grid prison cell

      The Fullerton Informer / you tube.

    • SpeedyBB July 29, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      The mindlessness of the property market – everywhere in the world – is beyond amazing. Of course a builder has to keep the faith when he is shooting for a project that will not yield a nickel of return for, say, four or five years, but will be a steady drain of funds all the way forward. But when you look around at the shuttered malls and other outlets, and see how they continue to build them, it is astonishing.

      I feel sorry for people who have sunk their life savings into condos, particularly in third-world countries where money costs so much money. In the USA you borrow at 1.5% and you don’t care how long your units stay empty – you can wait the market out. When you’re paying 12% interest and up you have to build fast (& shoddy, usually), advertise like hell, with promos & gimmicks, and you can still go bust.

      All the high-rises in Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok and other ‘estuary cities’ are basically resting on piles sunk into the mud. There’s no bedrock until you get 200m below the surface. All the piping in the building is CVC these days, so as the edifice begins to subside cracks will inevitably appear in the sewage and water pipes. Poopoo will seep into the walls. Try and fix that.

      If I was cynical I would invest heavily into spray perfume aerosol makers. They are doing a real hot turnover.

  44. janet July 28, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    “…the “progressives” or “the Resistance,” because they are responsible for politicizing the FBI before, during, and after the 2016 election and that was a dastardly act of institutional debauchery in an agency with the power to destroy the lives and careers of American citizens. The product of that corruption is a dangerous manufactured hysteria inciting hostility and aggression against another nation that could lead to a war that humanity will not recover from.

    Nobody in that group of rogue FBI agents and their Department of Justice enablers has had to answer for any of this, especially those whose misdeeds have been identified in detail by the DOJ’s own Inspector General.“

    JHK has jumped the shark with hyperbole that is over the top. Someone with an opinion expressed his opinion, privately, in an email to his lover. The Republicans tried to blow it up into what it was not… and failed. Now because the DOJ IG report found a private email expressing a personal opinion (which did not stop Trump) we are facing WW3?

    Good god. Hyperbole much. JHK has become the very political correctness police he supposedly despises. Maybe it is desperation… because Bernie’s revolution continues, the old guard like Crowley & Feinstein & Biden & Obama & Pelosi are being thrown out… the Resistance is gaining strength.

    • BackRowHeckler July 28, 2018 at 11:00 am #

      Bernie’s revolution?

      The guy is pushing 80!

      i saw a recent photo of him at his mansion on Lake Champlain; it looks like he should be applying for the job as Crypt Keeper, not leading a revolution.

      brh

      • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 11:11 am #

        Janet probably means Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s with her “carbon tax” planning to make electricity almost as expensive and inaccessible for deplorables, as current medical care.

      • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        The problem with Alexandria is not that she’s a socialist, but rather that she’s another unprincipled careerist using “socialist” ideas to promote her personal accession to power.

        • JohnAZ July 28, 2018 at 11:45 am #

          Alexandria espouses the rhetoric of the Progressive movement, listening to her sounding like Memorex. Not an original idea to be had. Not a single coherent realistic thought. I.e. The perfect spokesman for the idiocy of the far Left. Fox News did a man on the street set of interviews in her district asking one question, where is the money going to come from to give away all the free stuff. There was not a coherent answer. Reminds me of the snake oil salesman of the 1800’s, my medicine will cure all your ills. The USA has been touted as a rational sensible republic, but that vision is dying quickly. It is difficult to understand what is happening to the “horsesense” of the country. Maybe people are realizing that tough times are coming and they are grasping at any straw the maelstrom throws their way, being led by the under financed indulged millennial generation.

          Hopefully, continued improvement of the nation’s economic health will quench some of the idiocy raising its head. People who think they can get everything for free without working for it do not make a good foundation for any human organization.

          • K-Dog July 28, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

            I think you guys are all just afraid of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she is different. She scares you.

            I’m guessing she likes dogs. I could be wrong.

  45. volodya July 28, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    You have to notice that the supposed bi-coastal intellectual class doesn’t ask itself where their attempts to extricate Trump lead to, how it changes the political and cultural landscape.

    Because, as sure as we sit here, it alters the collective behavioral genome and not in a good way. It now is apparently allowed for the ruling oligarchy and its Deep State enforcers to unseat a duly elected Chief Magistrate for no other reason than his ideas. Never mind intellectual shortcomings, advanced age, a calamitous personal life, business disasters, lack of experience in governing. These count for shit. Trump’s sin was to give voice and legitimacy and validation to a great mass of people whose economic interests were hurt by long-standing government policy.

    You have to notice also the disingenuous expeditions from the coastlines by self-proclaimed researchers into the hinterlands where people actually did the unthinkable and declined to go along with elite consensus. You read their wide-eyed articles in main-stream media ripe with condescension for ruined people and communities, especially ones that look to the naked eye to be majority White. It’s not only condescension but also contempt, the people the researchers talk to are portrayed as fearful of economic and cultural change, deficient in their education, suspicious of foreigners, ignorant of the wonderful new world of open borders and free movement of people and money.

    What’s always missing in these deeply learned analyses is how the previously unthinkable and impermissible has been made thinkable and permissible. If one societal group can defend its collective interests by flouting long-standing law and practice, then it opens the door to others. If the economic elite can pull strings in law enforcement and intelligence institutions to reverse the results of an election, then pray tell, what measures become off-limits?

    Keep your eye on the colonels, especially those guys that came up from the trailer-parks, especially those whose military careers were side-lined but who nonetheless possess a repertoire of leadership and operational skills honed by decades in the field. If it becomes permissible for Deep State organizations to act illegally then the law is a dead document, the use of extra-legal force by fly-over NGOs ie those with guns, perhaps led by current or former military men, gets put on the table, if for no other reason than to restore the constitutional order.

    Never mind the constitutional order, the motive could be no more complicated than to remove the boot of an exploitative governing aristocracy. If the regime uses its power to work against the interests of the soldier boy and his kin-folk, then why on earth would the soldier boy defend said regime? Why would he not take measures against it, just as the regime took measures against him and his interests?

    The continental land area of the USA is by itself an empire, like the long-expired Roman Empire, comprised of smaller political units. In the case of Rome they were sometimes provinces, sometimes vassal kingdoms. But empires fail, without fail. No exceptions. They tend to disassemble into their constituent pieces. What the greatly learned are not seeing, or refuse to see, his how they themselves are hastening the demise.

    • elysianfield July 28, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Volodya,
      This post exceeds your usual excellence.

      • volodya July 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

        Thanks, you’re too kind.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      This is why Pence was chosen. They are the Old Americans and they are the pissed off Saxons. They are bricks in the Wall, with most of the smart ones having defected to the Enemy. Pence hates Gays and they are terrified of him. That should bother me but it doesn’t. Things are too far gone. I don’t like these people that much either but I can pass for one of them. What more can one ask at this late date?

    • K-Dog July 28, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

      Interesting.

      But two things.

      Trump’s sin was to give voice and legitimacy and validation to a great mass of people whose economic interests were hurt by long-standing government policy.

      You know this is smoke and mirrors and everything public not nailed down is moving into private bank accounts. The people who voted for him are more screwed than ever. Hey everybody lets take Americas example. America put a billionaire in charge of things to make sure everybody gets fed. A wolf in charge of the hen-house. At least somebody is going to get fed.

      colonels, especially those guys that came up from the trailer-parks

      The same tenuous belief that logic and reason is behind the bumpings and random bounces that got us to where we are now seems to be at play. Why should mister trailer-park be more enlightened than anyone else?

    • PeteAtomic July 29, 2018 at 12:21 am #

      Wow dynamite. Very well thought out and written post

  46. malthuss July 28, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Anonymous …

    OT: Here’s a recent article from amren on black violence in London.

    amren.com/news/2018/07/this-war-wont-end-london-gang-murders-on-the-rise/

    ‘This War Won’t End’: London Gang Murders on the Rise
    Andy Hughes, Sky News, July 25, 2018

    Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital.

    Sky News has spent months speaking with London’s fiercest gangs as part of an investigation into this year’s increase in gang-related violence.

    Our freedom of information requests reveal almost half of murder victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men — way out of proportion to London’s population, in which 13% are black. This is a stark contrast to everywhere else in the UK, where the racial and age profile of murder victims and suspects reflects the demographic in those areas.

    In our Line 18 special report, gang members from 410 in Brixton and the Woolwich Boys in southeast London warn Sky News they will continue their street war — and they don’t see an end to violence in the capital.

    One gang member told Sky News: “This is the only life we know, we just have to keep doing it — there’s nothing else for us to do. “This war isn’t going to end. How can it? It’s too deep now.”

    London’s gang war has had a drastic effect on the capital’s murder statistics. There were 80 London murders in the first half of 2018, with more than 1,300 stabbings. The overwhelming majority of these are gang-related.

    One of the many gang-related murders in London this year was the shooting of Rhyhiem Barton in May. The 17-year-old was gunned down in Kennington in south London.

    The teenager was the lead rapper for drill group Moscow17 and he starred in music videos with hundreds of thousands of views on social media — making him a target for rival gangs.

    On the day he was murdered, Rhyhiem was coaching football with family friend and mentor Sayce Holmes-Lewis.

    Mr Holmes-Lewis, who runs sports youth project Mentivity, which steers teenagers away from joining a gang, said: “Rhyhiem was a good kid but made some bad decisions and got mixed in with the wrong crowd.

    “Music was an expression for him, but the wrong expression, and it made him a target for rival gangs.

    “The tragic thing is he had just started to talk to me about leaving that life, but it was too late. I felt like I had lost my own son.”

    Metropolitan Police figures released last week show there has been a 16% rise in knife crime in London and at least 51 people have been stabbed to death.

    London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said more needs to be done to steer young men away from a life of violence.

    Mr Khan told Sky News: “I have met lots of young people who want to get rich quick. “They see someone on their estate, someone they know with a nice watch, nice trainers, nice car — and they want a bit of that.

    “We need to make sure young people know that if you work hard there is a helping hand and that you can fulfill your potential. Too many people haven’t got that helping hand even though they are working hard.

    “We need to explain to young people that there is a consequence if you get rich quick unlawfully — you can be a victim of crime, you can end up in prison. There needs to be an alternative to a career in crime.”

    Other than the locale, the problem is identical to that of any groid-infested American city. Here there was no slavery, no Jim Crow, or any of the other things orcs bitch about, yet they behave in the same savage African manner.

    Notice the similarities to any article on duh biolence in the USA:

    Black thugs portrayed as victims? Check.

    A murdered thug “turning his life around,” “he was a good kid,” etc.? Check.

    A politician calling for more programs (“helping hand”)? Check.

    Gee, just like America, and with equally dismal results!

  47. malthuss July 28, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Meanwhile the push from the left to erase history,

    nt a memo Thursday to Austin City Council suggesting which streets and popular public areas should be renamed after persons of color rather than controversial figures.

    The AEO wants to change the names of roughly a dozen local sites the names of which are linked to the Confederacy, the Civil War and slavery. Among the requested changes is the popular Barton Springs Pool, named after a slave owner named William Barton who settled on Comanche land. He was considered a “Daniel Boone of Texas.”

    Despite Barton Springs being one of the more public areas they hope to rename, the AEO has more of an issue with seven specific roads that may be lesser-known.
    • Confederate Avenue // pays tribute to the Confederate States of America
    • Dixie Drive // named after the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America
    • Littlefield Street // named after a Confederate Army major
    • Plantation Road // acknowledges how owners kept slaves who worked on and maintained the property
    • Reagan Hill Drive // rumored to be named after John H. Reagan, postmaster general for the Confederate States of America
    • Sneed Cove // named after a Confederate provost marshal who owned nearly two dozen slaves
    • Tom Green Street // named after a General in the Civil War
    The memo also notes some “medium priority” sites, including Barton Springs Pool. Others include Lamar Boulevard (named after Mirabeau Lamar, who served as president of the Republic of Texas), Waller Creek, Pease Park and Burnet Road.

    The call for change comes after Austin City Council asked the AEO last October to examine the city’s streets, parks and landmarks to see which one had ties to America’s controversial history.
    Since then, the city has renamed its Robert E. Lee Road to Azie Morton Road. Rather than come up with a snarky change like San Antonio’s new L.E.E. High School, the city decided to pay tribute to Morton, the country’s first (and so far only) African-American treasury secretary. Jeff David Road was also renamed after Will Holland, an African-American Medal of Honor recipient.

    After resolving the high priority roads, the AEO suggests that City Council address both the racial and gender disparities among public roads.

    Confederate Name Changes by CBS Austin Webteam on Scribd

    • elysianfield July 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      “like San Antonio’s new L.E.E. High School”

      Malthuss,

      As I have before mentioned, I attended San Antonio’s (then) Robert E. Lee High School in the very early ’60’s. When there, there was in the parking lot, three flag poles…one for the American Flag, one for the Flag of the State of Texas, and…the Confederate Battle Flag…the Stars and Bars flying on the third.

      Now that the name has been changed to LEE High School…I feel better… somewhat cleansed of guilt.

    • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      Yeah that a really weird take on things. If this catches on, guys will be getting coconspirator wives who will then have affairs with rich guys.

  48. Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    Important article from a Brother from another Mother. JS

    The New York Times published an important article a few days ago, admitting that genetic equality was a lie.

    Over 99 percent of our DNA is identical in all humans, but researchers focused on the remaining 1 percent and found thousands of DNA variants that are correlated with educational attainment. This information can be combined into a single number, called a polygenic score. In Americans with European ancestry, just over 10 percent of people with a low polygenic score completed college, compared with 55 percent of people with a high polygenic score. This genetic disparity in college completion is as big as the disparity between rich and poor students in America.

    Of course, the NYT tries to put a “progressive” spin on this fact.

    How can the power of the genomic revolution be harnessed to create a more equal society?

    Discovering specific DNA variants that are correlated with education can help us in two ways.

    First, these genetic results reveal the injustice of our so-called meritocracy. As a nation, we justify stark inequalities with the idea that people who stayed in school deserve more than people who didn’t finish high school or college — more money, more security, more health, more life.

    But success in our educational system is partially a result of genetic luck. No one earned his or her DNA sequence, yet some of us are benefiting enormously from it. By showing us the links between genes and educational success, this new study reminds us that everyone should share in our national prosperity, regardless of which genetic variants he or she happens to inherit.

    Although the author doesn’t make it explicit, this amounts to a genetic argument for Communism. It says hard-working people don’t deserve the prosperity their hard work brings them; they just lucked out with their “hard working” genes. This justifies taking their wealth and redistributing it to those cursed with “lazy genes” or “hard work disinclination genes”.

    This is a diabolical Anti-Life ideology that abnegates all personal effort and all moral choice. If you made an effort, if you made the right choice, it was only because were gifted with the genes that made it possible. Nothing you do is meritorious.

    Evolution, the Life process, rewards those with the attributes that lead to success; but Equality mongers think that the Life process has somehow got it wrong; and we should systematically seek out failure and reward it wherever we can, plundering the successful to finance misfits and losers.

    Of course, it is in relation to race differences or immigration policy that genetic inequality really gets interesting. If we can find polygenic markers that predict educational and economic success, why not apply it to prospective immigrants? And are these “polygenic markers” equally distributed among races?

    Alas, progressive science can’t help us out here, it seems.

    Because researchers focused on differences within an ancestrally homogeneous group of people, their results have no implications for understanding racial disparities in education. Also, when researchers looked at African-Americans, the genetic variants only minimally predicted educational outcomes.

    They deliberately limited their research to white people. To avoid stumbling on unpleasant truths? And when a few negroes were looked at, the predictive process somehow broke down. Too few “polygenic markers” to count?

    Even assuming this was not a lie, wouldn’t it prove that race was real? If the process works for white people but not blacks, that proves there is some significant genetic difference between white people and blacks, does it not?

    And note the cute phrasing used to talk about race without acknowledging that race exists: “ancestrally homogeneous”. We could use that phrase too. Of course, it could be deconstructed in exactly the same way that “race” has been deconstructed by challenging its boundary definitions and arguing that blurred boundaries render the concept meaningless. But the fact that researchers constantly feel the need to come up with coy synonyms for race indicates that the words point to some significant underlying reality.

    Overall, this article amounts to the taking up of a fallback position for the Left, a retreat from an indefensible frontier as the forces of reality advance on their Castles of Illusion. But the fallback point isn’t defensible either. Reality is what it is; and research will eventually uncover it. Sooner or later, someone will look into the differences between non-ancestrally homogeneous groups. And then the walls of the castle will crumble too.

    JS: It’s called “winning”. We’re going to tear down your Cathedral of Lies. No Society that treated James Watson that way deserves to continue. And you will not use the truth against us either. It’s not our “fault” that we are among the best and deserve to rule. No more White Man’s burden stuff. That was used against us. We are a People who shall dwell alone – in splendor and glory while you shiver in the cold and squalor with the jackals.

  49. Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5987507/Baby-boy-kidnapped-set-fire-left-dead-railroad-tracks.html

    Blacks show up at the door, mace a woman in the face, take her baby down to the railroad tracks and set him on fire. He dies. Have you heard about this? If the races were reversed, it would be not only national but international news.

    In Louisiana. And the woman lived in a trailer. Does that make it alright then, Liberals? I thought you were the friends of the poor! Oh, only when they’re the right color or if White, have the right beliefs and no pride, perhaps?

    The killer was a Black woman, apparently. She was with two Black men. No motive has been given. What could justify something like this? The two women were friends of Facebook. So there may be more to the story.

    • malthuss July 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

      SBPDL reports that The mother bis charged with murder.
      they have a thread on the baby.

  50. janet July 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

    “where is the money going to come from to give away all the free stuff.“ —johnaz

    Were you around in the 1950s?

    Here is the answer to your question:

    1) reduce the war budget to Eisenhower administration levels and

    2) increase the marginal tax rate to 94%, the Eisenhower administration levels.

    • Reduce the population growth by limiting immigrants

      • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

        Too late! They’re here and breeding on our dime now. We must form a Deportation Force. All veterans of this coming War will be paid in gold and silver, and given forty acres, a mule, a dog, and a wife. And yes, they get to keep their battle rifle. A return to Yeomanry!

        • elysianfield July 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

          “We must form a Deportation Force. All veterans of this coming War will be paid in gold and silver, and given forty acres, a mule, a dog, and a wife. And yes, they get to keep their battle rifle. A return to Yeomanry!”

          Janos,
          Sign me up…after I receive pics of the dog….

          • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

            Don’t worry. Dogs can be sent back if they’re a bad match. You have to keep the wife though, but Vets can trade them among themselves before any babies complicate matters. Like boys with playing cards. Heroes have rights!

          • SpeedyBB July 29, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

            I suggest pictures of the wife AND the dog, labeled plainly so you can tell which is which.

      • janet July 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

        Reduce population growth by not having more kids, free vasectomies, abortion on demand, and free contraceptives.

        • Janet, those ARE the existing population control imperatives and they were all working FINE.

          ALL net population growth can be attributable to IMMIGRANTS.

          Population control = immigrant control, period.

          The only concession I’m willing to make at this very overdue hour is one-for-one citizenship exchanges, monetized. That’s right- put a fair value on it, and STOP giving it away in lotteries, on demand, etc.

          • malthuss July 29, 2018 at 11:11 am #

            Abort citizens babies, bring in anti civilization.
            I have been to Mexico.
            I have heard about Congo.

  51. Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    The Catholic Me Too Movement goes into high gear. This is huge, but Just the Tip O the Iceberg. Top O the Morning to Ye, Sean Me Lad!

    yahoo.com/news/pope-accepts-mccarrick-resignation-cardinal-following-sex-abuse-111155824.html

    Will our beloved Irish Curmudgeon continue to hide his head in his bowler hat, muttering about Paul Shanley, the beloved of Cthulu? Or will he admit the obvious: that he was wrong?

    • Look, I was raised Catholic. There is nothing so bad that God and penitence can’t forgive. That is why congregations are filled with secretly self-loathing monsters among the assorted dimwits. For them, atonement in “Good works” is paramount, for example, throwing into the collection plate to fund immigrant shelters and support centers. The gratitude of the less fortunate (poorer) members of the Southern American society are all Catholic. Putting themselves (and their children) in “God’s hands” is about all they know how to do (besides clean toilets and pick lettuce)

      • malthuss July 29, 2018 at 11:12 am #

        The Hare Krishna movement has similar. Buy ones way into Heaven with $$$$.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

        Are there two Irish Curmudgeons on this site? Or more?

        • malthuss July 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

          see Tates post on invasion of Spain.

    • Sean Coleman July 30, 2018 at 7:08 am #

      Janos

      Thanks for the information. If true he is a disgrace, but why is it the tip of an iceberg?

      This appears to be a gay thing between an adult and teenagers. I would be amazed if any allegations involving young children are involved, although I haven’t had the time to look into it.

      A week ago you linked to an article on the ‘Remnant’ Catholic website about an abuse case in Chile. The article was silly and irresponsible (at best) in claiming (this is from memory so I am open to correction) that the priest’s bishop knew about the abuse and covered him up and that the Pope was treading dangerously in standing by the bishop. As far as I know there is absolutely no evidence to support two of the three elements (re the bishop and the Pope). It also appears that the first ‘allegator’ now lives in America (how was he allowed in?) and made his claims decades after the abuse was said to have taken place (the priest could not be prosecuted because of a statue of limitations).

      It also appears that the abuse began when the ‘allegator’ was 15 and ended when he was 23!

      You will also recall that I agreed that most of the abuse cases in the RC Church seem to involve homosexuals. I certainly do not excuse it as just the thought of such practices is revolting. Nevertheless, do you argue that these are equally as wicked as the rape of small children?

      I am reading Sins Of The Press by David J Pierre Jr, who has investigated the Boston scandal and other American ones. This book (so far) looks at the hypocrisy of the Boston Globe, which had in earlier years given a platform to various writers promoting (inter alia – and there is a lot) very dubious relationship advice to young people and defending the reputations of homosexual abusers of young children: “this is an anti-gay witch hunt!”.

      You can read the articles which seem to relate to this book on Pierre’s website, themediareport.com.

      I managed to find a full video of Spotlight on YT last week. Perhaps it had not been found and deleted because it had Spanish subtitles. These came in handy when trying to decipher what the actors were saying when not slurring their words and talking with their mouths full. (I went to the cinema in Dublin 30 years ago after coming to Ireland – I was born and lived in Sarf-East London until then, begorrah – and I didn’t have a clue what the American cast was saying. I looked around and nobody else had a problem.) I stopped watching films years ago but I notice that Hollywood persists with this silly cliche. I suppose it is meant to lend them a blue-collar, salt of the earth authenticity.

      How can anyone think of journalists anywhere, be they national or local, as anything other than prejudiced liberal ideologues? (Pierre argues that the Boston Globe was virulently against the Church since at least the 70s.) They all want to make history in the mould of Watergate and won’t do their jobs properly and report the facts. (Richard Webster’s two part article Flat Earth News is essential to understand the significance of this.)

  52. messianicdruid July 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    My other brother said, “At any rate, I expect the wealthy individual to be smarter than the average man. The average man makes mistakes in his finances that the wealthy does not(as a general rule).“

    When people are not taught about money they remain ignorant, not stupid. Most of finances is information. Not being privy to information is part of a business model for those who profit from partial truths, exaggerations and lies.

    • elysianfield July 28, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

      MD,
      Thank you, I was going to comment on that post.

      Ever heard of the “Idle Rich”?

      • messianicdruid July 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

        Yes I have.

        “The principal problem would seem to be that in present day economies, a great many luxuries and amusements, which properly belong in a secondary economy, are sold so as to acquire the necessities of life generated in the primary economy. There are artists and authors and musicians who earn their daily crust through their art. This means that it has become a matter of necessity for people to make and sell luxuries. And it never ought to be necessary to perform such unnecessary work. If such a thing is happening, it is most likely because monopoly producers of the necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter, etc.) are selling them at such high prices that they are obliging consumers to work far harder than they would if prices were reduced through competition to something approaching costs of production. While monopolies exist, and prices remain sky high, the result is that a great deal of social idle time ends up in the pockets of monopolists, who spend it buying the luxuries and amusements that others are obliged to make, in what is called a ‘trickle-down economy’. The result is a society with idle and super-rich people at one end, and toiling poor people at the other, and a great many people in the middle trying desperately to move from poverty to wealth by any means possible.“

        endgame.co.uk/idletheory/idle/evolution/human/economic/index.html

  53. FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    But empires fail, without fail. No exceptions. == Volodya

    Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives

    Wikileaks, who chose these James Madison’s words as their motto, did reveal one carefully hidden secret – the intellectual wretchedness of American diplomacy.

    search.wikileaks.org/plusd/#by_A

    Well, Soviet diplomats were also not intellectual giants – in MGIMO – Moscow State Institute of International Relations – as is known, for 5 years, they explained that you do not to piss on your fingers while visiting the washroom.

    But there, at least, the desire to save hard currency for the subsequent exchange for desired Western goodies in the Moscow foreign currency shops Beryozka did not allow the higher nervous activity to finally die down.

    Meanwhile, the course of political science and international relations in American universities, apparently, begins with lobotomy.

    It’s just amazing, but as it turned out, first the State Department pays Russian journalists for propaganda stories, and then the American diplomats give this propaganda as terrible secrets to their home department.

    And if they would do it just to make a quick buck, but they really believe that all this garbage, which they invented themselves, is the ultimate truth. And then, on this basis, relations are built between the two nuclear powers that can destroy each other many times over!!!

    Really, to be caught in its own propaganda!

    The only thing that gives me hope is that the relationship between Russia and the US goes past Hillary Clinton and goes directly through the presidential administration (or maybe even directly from one White House to another)

    Well, rightly so – how can you talk about something with a person who believes that you do not have a soul?! Such insults can not be ignored – the Soviet Union sucked it up when it was called an evil empire, and see what happened.

    politico.com/blogs/ben-smith/2008/01/hillary-putin-doesnt-have-a-soul-005126

    What do I do? The second crash of the Empire in my life, I just will not survive.

  54. Pucker July 28, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

    Wolf Blitzer never said anything about this…

    ““Concurrent with NATO expansion and the CFR-Oligarch financial rape, a host of well funded NGO’s (Non Governmental Organizations) were setting up shop in the new Russia, as well as in the former Republics of the defunct Soviet Union. Billions of dollars were pumped into these subversive organizations with high-sounding names. George Soros, the US State Department, the CIA, and the Oligarchs were all supporting this effort. Any Russian school child now knows this today; but tell it to some ‘Boobus Ignoramus Americanus” and he may call you a “commie” or, worse yet, a “conspiracy theorist.”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

    • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

      You nailed it, Pucker

      One of the problem with the RussiaGate is that the Western politicians, who are well aware what was going on in Russia in the 1990s, now all the time project their own actions back then to today’s Putin Russia.

      They just see it as a 180 degrees turnaround.

    • JohnAZ July 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

      Fascinating statement. This says that a conspiracy here in the 1990’s started the Deep State as we know it today and deeply involved the power structure of pre-Putin Russia. Another observation, could it be that Putin’s main aim is to eliminate this group of organizations (globalists) from Russia. He threw Soros out. Maybe the globalists gave up on Russia and turned their attention to their next victim, the US. Here goes, maybe Trump with his fighting the Deep State and the globalists is the Putin of the US and will throw the SOBs out of here.

      • ozone July 29, 2018 at 9:31 am #

        “…maybe Trump with his fighting the Deep State and the globalists is the Putin of the US and will throw the SOBs out of here.”

        Riiight.
        This from someone who lives in a state that’s in a rapid process of desertification. There’s going to be very little left to “protect and defend” soonish. (Not a big fan of “shooting the messenger”, but these opinions, nay, delusions are beginning to smack of someone suffering from dehydration.)

        I’d say you have LOCAL concerns to be attending to. How are the air conditioning and aquifers holding out?

  55. Pucker July 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    Why do they (Z-Big, CFR, the Neocons, etc.) care about playing Z-Big’s “The Great Game” against the Russians?

    I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Central Asia, although the Central Asian Muslims do seem to make the best lamb barbecue. I should probably pay one of those funny-looking Muslim blokes in their small, square hats to teach me how to butcher and barbeque the lamb and to make the flat bread?

    • Pucker July 28, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

      Is it “Sport” for the elite plutocracy? Like playing Polo, or golf?

      • FincaInTheMountains July 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

        Both White and Red projects view Russia pretty neutrally and only the Black project has its paramount goal destroying the Orthodox Christianity.

        It is an old religious matter.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

          The Jews were shaking down Ukrainian peasants down for all they were worth at the behest of the Polish Lords. Sometimes they wouldn’t let them open up their Churches on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Jews, the Orthodox peasants had powerful friends known as Cossacks – and they paid dearly for their foolish arrogance and greed. The Polish Lords were safe in their castles hundreds of miles away but their henchmen were vulnerable, so vulnerable….

          Remember, they didn’t have to put themselves in the middle of vicious conflict between Civilizations. They chose to get in the middle of it. Even before the Cossacks came, Ukrainian death squads would sometimes strike them at night, but even this wasn’t enough to dissuade them. So stronger measure were applied.

      • Janos Skorenzy July 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

        High level fags often have a girl’s nickname given to them by other fags. Cardinal McCarrick’s nick name was Blanche. Too bad someone didn’t say, Keep it in your pants, Blanche.

  56. Pucker July 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

    “In 2001 came the horrific terrorist attacks of 9/ 11 in New York and DC. As was the case with 1998 African embassy bombings, the new American President, George Bush (43), was quick to finger Afghanistan’s guest, Osama Bin Laden, for the attacks. Bin Laden denied any role in the airplane attacks which killed nearly 3000 people. From his Central Asian hideout, Bin Laden issued a statement saying: “I was not involved in the September 11 attacks nor did I have knowledge of the attacks. There exists a government within a government within the United States. That secret government must be asked as to who carried out the attacks.” (2) The Globalists had their “Pearl Harbor” moment, and the excuse needed to resume “The Great Game” in Afghanistan. The Israel First “Neo-Conservative” faction of America’s Ruling Class also seized upon the attacks as the pretext for invading Iraq, Israel’s enemy.”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

    • ozone July 29, 2018 at 9:41 am #

      “…There exists a government within a government within the United States. That secret government must be asked as to who carried out the attacks.”

      No such question was ever asked. In fact, said secret gov’t. hollered (in print and teevee), “We’ll ask the questions here, because we know things you do not!” (Oh boy, did they *ever*!)

      No need to wonder why we now live in a state of unending fear and suspicion. I’d say it worked like a charm; a fearful public is an easily controlled and manipulated public.

    • K-Dog July 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

      You remember the puffs of smoke zipping down the sides of the building at 100 mph ahead of the collapsing floors before those puffs were all edited out of all the media footage don’t you! The mention of work on the towers to prepare them from the event removed media mention before an echo could be heard.

      That people, most of them could not see the obviously cognitive dissonant evidence still blows me away even though I now fully understand the reason.

      The classic selective attention demo.

      There is a corollary to the big lie. The lie repeated enough becomes the truth. The truth, spoken sporadically, will be ignored.

      It is not that the unexamined life is not worth living. That is bullshit. Some people who don’t examine their life are doing just fine. In fact some who do not examine their life at all, thrive like bees in a field of flowers.

      The problem is your unexamined life is going to be lived by someone else’s rules. Hundreds of thousands of years of hunter-gather existence resulted in the skill and desire of some to manipulate others and for those manipulated others to not know they are even being manipulated under particular circumstances.

      It is a complex social dance and not about intelligence though having a lot of it can help to transcend the restrictive and instinctive social behavioral templates we carry around. Templates burned into our genes. Templates that force us to be deliberately stupid around dominance and control in situations where we are powerless. A passivity that kept your seed alive through countless generations of tyrants.

      The Dunning–Kruger effect combines with selective attention to make you think you are more free than you really are, and without it you would go mad.

  57. Pucker July 29, 2018 at 12:33 am #

    I wonder why the corrupt, incompetent drunk Yeltsin selected Putin as his successor?

    “Putin has also made Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s classic Gulag Archipelago mandatory reading for Russian High School students. (16). How ironic that most students in “anti Communist” America will never hear of Stalin’s atrocities while Russian kids will! Prior to his death in 2008, the anti-Communist literary legend praised Putin’s accomplishments: “Putin inherited a ransacked and bewildered country, with a poor and demoralized people, and he started to do what was possible, a slow and gradual restoration. These efforts were not noticed, nor appreciated, immediately. In any case, one is hard-pressed to find examples in history when steps by one country to restore its strength were met favorably by other governments.” (17) By the final year of Putin’s initial Presidential tenure, 2008, Russia was strong and revitalized. Russia’s recovery was impressive enough to win the International Committee’s selection process to host the 2012 Winter Olympic Games. That would never have been possible under the ruinous reign of Yeltsin and the Oligarchs.”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

    • K-Dog July 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

      “Putin has also made Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s classic Gulag Archipelago mandatory reading for Russian High School students. (16). How ironic that most students in “anti Communist” America will never hear of Stalin’s atrocities while Russian kids will!

      Pucker, do you realize how bad this is! The cat comes out of the bag. Russians will know all their history. They will even learn about Trotsky. Knowing their past with open eyes, and learning from it, they will lead the Russian Federation to long term health and prosperity by acknowledging reality and making appropriate decisions.

      Meaning America is totally fucked.

    • aibohphobia July 30, 2018 at 12:28 am #

      After moving to the US, Solzhenitsyn wrote a book that is very little known these days; An Open Letter to the Soviet Leaders. Here’s a link;

      amazon.com/Letter-leaders-Aleksandr-Isaevich-Solzhenit%CD%A1s%EF%B8%A1yn/dp/0060139137#customerRevie…

      In it, Solzhenitsyn recommends that Russia abandon its attempts to spread Communism through the world, focus on making things better for folks at home, and allow religion (specifically, the E Orthodox Church) back as a part of normal life.

      His suggestions have been followed so well that I wonder sometimes if a young Putin read the book and helped implement some of them.

      Solzhenitsyn was, I think, a Russian patriot in that everything he wrote had a goal of making Russia a better country for its own people. No wonder they eventually let him go home!

      • Sean Coleman July 30, 2018 at 7:29 am #

        I think it was in 1978, after a long silence, that he delivered his Harvard Address where he was very critical of the West. The reaction to this are interesting and I would like to find out a bit more. Put it this way: people were not impressed. (Was Jimmy Carter’s wife one of them?) Christopher Booker argued (‘The Seventies (1980)) that, from Solzhenitsyn’s point of view, there was essentially little difference between both the liberal Western and the Soviet models of modernity.

    • Sean Coleman July 30, 2018 at 7:31 am #

      I sometimes ponder this too. The sides have switched roles. The communists are in the West now.

  58. Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 1:49 am #

    They know. They may not like it, but they know. They just don’t like us knowing it. And the higher ups like it just fine, but don’t want us to. Humility is only for the underlings after all….

    nytimes.com/2018/07/24/opinion/dna-nature-genetics-education.html

    The Lie of Equality is coming to an end. Now comes the desperate attempts to spin it and to pretend that they always knew – and that they didn’t use this faux doctrine as a weapon against Whites for generations.

  59. FincaInTheMountains July 29, 2018 at 8:57 am #

    On the Periodization of History. The Modern World.

    After the death of the USSR, a number of researchers began talking about the change of the historical paradigm, globalization, the post-modern world of postmodernism, and so on.

    The most scandalous of them, an American of Japanese origin Francis Fukuyama, in 1992, declared the end of human history as the history of peoples and civilizations. Of course, in 1992, it seemed to many that nothing could stop the disintegration of traditional societies and the victorious procession on the planet of an “unconventional” society and its unquestionable hegemon, the United States of America.

    Only the discovery on Venus of intelligent but not democratically minded octopuses, who need atomic bombing to gain freedom, equality and democracy, gave a chance for the continuation of the history of mankind as the history of “intelligent” creatures and salvation from the world-wide boredom.

    Osama bin Laden very theatrically refuted Fukuyama’s theory, but it is unlikely that September 11, 2001 can be considered a constructive proposal for international cooperation. In addition, there is an opinion that these events were the result of the purely internal development of the special services and the US military-industrial complex, and Osama himself in the 1980s, as it is well known, was the main distributor of CIA funds in Afghanistan and the favorite pupil of the “great chess player” Zbigniew Brzezinski.

    In any case, human history continues, although the “end of modern history” has turned into a truism. It seems that the disintegration of the USSR really symbolized the transition to a fundamentally different developmental logic, and we are witnessing the end of historical cycles that are much longer than one hundred years. At the same time, historical analogies with Byzantium after the 4th Crusade are simply evident. From this point of view it is useful to see where the notion of “historical modernity” came from, what are “traditional” societies, how much the USSR can be considered a “traditional society”, and actually what long historical trends led to the emergence of the concept of “modern world” , the witnesses of the end of which we allegedly are.

    The first division of history into the ancient world, the Middle Ages and the history of the Modern World was suggested in 1895 by the ancestor of English historiography, Lord Acton, for the convenience of teaching. He offered to teach the New History from 1492 to the present, since “modern history begins about 400 years ago and differs from the previous history by obvious and specific features.” The conditional boundary between historical epochs around 1450-1500 has withstood over time and when transferred to other cultures. This suggests that in fact, during this period there was an event that determined the development of mankind for more than 500 years in advance.

    In 1492, America was discovered, around the same time, a series of wars between France and Spain began, the Tudors came to power in England, Martin Luther began his sermon in Germany, and Ivan the Great (Ivan the Terrible from Western point of view) refused to pay tribute to the Tatars in Russia. But the discovery of America had little impact on contemporaries, and the consequences of this discovery became important centuries after that. The Tudors were very significant for England, but this country at that time did not have such great influence. The rise of science and the industrial revolution, which is identified with the “new time” began at least a hundred years later, and new social relations in different countries were formed at different times. So in Germany and in Russia feudalism successfully fought for its existence even in the 20th century. The year 1500 is the heyday of the Renaissance, but if a man of the Renaissance, which has influenced all of humanity, ever existed, he appeared at least 100 years earlier.

    For Lord Acton, the most significant phenomenon was the emergence of Protestantism, which signed the death sentence of the Holy Roman Empire and thus contributed to the creation of nation-states in Western Europe. But Germany became a nation-state only in 1871, and nationalism after Hitler somehow lost its unconditional attractiveness.

    The only event that happened around this time, and was so significant that it could change the paradigm of the development of mankind for 500 years ahead is the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The Byzantine Empire – the second Rome, the link between the ancient world and rising from complete barbarism Western Europe, which was the source of statehood, laws, education and arts for more than 1000 years, weakened by the Fourth Crusade, suddenly disappeared. The Byzantine Church, which was the mother of the Russian Orthodox Church, became part of the Ottoman Empire, and it was this event that made Russia not just the main, but the only Christian state of the time. The capture of Constantinople by the troops of Sultan Mahmud put an end to the consequences of the 4th Crusade, securing the Great Schism between the West and the East.

    From an economic and geopolitical point of view, Byzantium, unlike the Iberian Peninsula and Palestine, was the only place where a relatively peaceful cultural exchange of Europeans with the Islamic world took place. The fall of Constantinople closed the way to the East, interrupting all trade relations with China and India and sending the research energy of not very humane Western Europeans to the American continent.

    It was this event that made Sir Francis Drake the Admiral of Her Majesty, and turned England into a British Empire that left Venice behind, which ironically organized the Fourth Crusade to increase its influence. The consequent conquest of America and the genocide of the population of the whole continent, left indelible scars on the consciousness of mankind, since then constantly worried by the question: “Whose land today is of interest to our pale-faced brethren?”

    It is the concern of this population of Germany with that question after the First World War that contributed to the growth of Adolf Hitler’s popularity.

    Surprisingly, the Catholic Church in 1453, like the United States in 1991, lost its geopolitical rival and the object of comparison, found itself the enemy in its former admirers and allies, the Renaissance turned into “nostalgia” for paganism and cultural de-Christianization, and the Catholic Reformation into secularism and de-Christianization political.

    From the foregoing it becomes clear that the main feature of the historical modernity and the construction of a “new and modern world” that began with the fall of Byzantium, and ended with the sudden, amazing disintegration of the anti-Christian Soviet empire, was the continuous fall of the influence of Eastern Christianity.

    From this point of view, the communist project of the USSR was the highest point of development of the main idea of the Renaissance – humanism, and the disintegration of the USSR and the subsequent geopolitical catastrophe may mark the beginning of the intellectual and spiritual upsurge of Orthodoxy and the restoration of the Christian Empire.

    The fact that in the Middle East, as 600 years ago, there is a war between “Western Christianity” and Islam, only confirms the conjecture that everything has returned to its starting point, and there is nothing new under the sun, and we are witnessing the completion a number of historical cycles, including very long ones.

    • JohnAZ July 29, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      Wow, a really great history. Couple of comments. The Roman church dominated the Middle Ages, they controlled the spiritual world, the economies of the feudal states, and Latin was left over as a universal language. The engineering and building elements of Rome built cathedrals and knowledge was passed into the monasteries. Fear of the church reigned dominant, the priests et al controlled everyone’s access to life and death. Papal power ran Western Europe. Then a miracle freed the land of fear of the church. A bigger fear! Bubonic plague killed a third of Europe and the supposed omnipotence of Rome could do nothing about it. The rapid reduction of population made control of the labor markets by the elites impossible and the seeds of the Decline of feudalism were sowed. Simply, people lost their fear of Rome. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Henry viii, The Medicis, are a few of the folks that thumbed their noses at Rome. An interesting sidelight that fascinates me is the development of the different Romance and the Germanic languages Which led to the formation of the nation states today. Was this just rebellion against the universalism of the church, dare I say it, was it nationalism’s birth?

      A second thought is the rise of nationalism in all the empires. Seems like all the empires rise in a fairly uniform ethnic environment. Then it is time for conquest of as many other ethnicities and the attempt to convert them all ( do I smell ethnocentrism). The commonality dissolves as remote areas attempt to reset their cultures. The reaction is a wave of nationalism by the central authority in an attempt to maintain control. It seems that this has never been successful permanently. Adaptability by diversity seems to be a requirement for species survival in nature and maybe this is a civilization level example of this. The evolutionary stasis afforded by empire building may be a anathema to human development. See Tower of Babel.

      Ah yes. The United States of America. The latest empire builder. Has the US by immigration and conquest resulted in the same end of empire status that has always happened in the past. Are we at the same point that the USSR was at during the 80’s, too much diversity. Is the recent rise of ethnically centrist (white) nationalism in the US a part of a set of death throes of the American empire? What is the central power going to do to try to hold the whole mess together? Will a republic be able to survive the ethic divisions, think Rome? What effect will the divisiveness have on the economy? If history repeats itself, the “United” States are on their way out.

      The central power is the Deep State, whose elements are allied with the globalists. Perhaps the downfall of the American Experiment is being orchestrated as we speak and Trump, with his nationalism, is a mighty bump in the road. Might explain the violent reaction by the diverse groups. If history prevails, bye bye.

  60. Pucker July 29, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    I didn’t realize that “Pussy Riot” was a Western NGO “Op”.

    “Pussy Riot was not actually a “band”. The girls were just a group of NGO agitators who would don bright colored ski masks while strumming on electric guitars which they knew not how to play. Their screaming “songs” consisted of loud obscenities calling for things like “gay rights”, the downfall of Putin, and for Russian housewives to stick their vacuum cleaner hoses up their vaginas.( 1) Pussy Riot is an offshoot of an NGO-funded Anarchist “art collective” known as VOINA, whose members (including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot –whose own parents threw her out!) had previously engaged in such outrageous “artistic” stunts as having a group sex session in a public museum (2) and painting an image of a huge penis on a draw bridge (which later “erected”). (3) Another “art project” involved the filming of a female member shoving a chicken carcass into her vagina and walking out of the market as the refrigerated creature’s legs dangled out from her canal like a breech birth. (4) The vandals of VOINA have also been known to spray urine-filled water guns, and throw urine-filled balloons, at police officers (5), disrupt court proceedings and smash up police cars. (6) Upon deliberately provoking their own arrests, VOINA cult members will scream about “police brutality” and then post online photos & videos of their “human rights” being violated by “Putin’s thugs”. The Western Yellow Press will then dutifully show the out-of-context images to their horrified worshippers (readers/ viewers). That’s how the NGO “protester” game is played! Contrary to the scripted image of a repressive Russia, members of VOINA and Pussy Riot endured only brief arrests and fines, at worst. In spite of being warned to stay away from the cathedrals, the Pussy Riot “band” continued to push the Moscow police. On February 21, 2012, members of the gang invaded Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The reader will recall the story of the Stalin-Kaganovich dynamite destruction of this historic Grand Cathedral in 1931. During the 1990’ s, it was rebuilt to the close specifications of its original glory. This new Cathedral holds special religious, cultural and historic meaning for Russian faithful. It was attacked for this very reason. As horrified worshippers and priests looked on, a flash mob of as many as a dozen VOINA radicals stormed the Christ Cathedral. Four of these deranged tools of the Globalist NGO’s (the Pussy Riot girls) then took to the alter itself. They mocked the stunned worshippers by kneeling and crossing themselves. As supporting members blasted their music from the side, the “singers” then belted out an obscene “protest prayer” aimed at Putin and Church Patriarch Kirill (the Russian Church’s version of the Pope). They screamed that Putin is “Shit! Shit! The Lord’s shit”. Patriarch Kirill was denounced as a “bitch” and Mother Mary was urged to “become a feminist.” (7) Now the patient Russians had tolerated enough! The lead “singers” were finally arrested and charged by the local authorities (not by Putin!), with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”

    M. S. King
    The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn’t Telling You About Russia

    • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      The youtube of Pussy Riot being whipped by Cossacks is one of the most beloved on the web.

      • K-Dog July 29, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

        Drawing a dick on a drawbridge and then watching it go up sounds kind of fun. You can’t say that is not true.

        • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

          Depends if the dick deserved it. Those Pussy Riot grrrls had it coming and how!

  61. ozone July 29, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    “How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum? The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.” — JHK

    I’ve been disgusted and contemptuous with our obviously “fixed” political machinery since the era of Clinton trade deals. Some very good propagandists were “working hard” and “looking forward to” bamboozling an easily gulled populace. The me-me-me, exceptional American meme had already been branded onto the American soul, so it wasn’t all that difficult.

    I predict that in a couple generations, when the “new dark age” and some truly biblical, catastrophic weather patterns become commonplace, the only “growth” industry will be constructing underground living and figuring out how best to grow crops in covered trenches where they won’t be handily destroyed by heavy weather. The only slightly dependable energy is going to come from that yellow ball that we spin toward each day.

    Can we prepare our kiddies to be *mentally* flexible and curious about work-arounds that happen to be anathema to the current status quo? I don’t know, but it certainly would be worth a tiny bit of effort, even though the political structure will [self-protectively] do what it can to prevent this. (The first thing that’s got to go is this worship of celebrity and money; that’s just the epitome of counter-productive. Get their faces out of those screens and engage in some dangerous investigation of nature and alone-with-my-thoughts-and-wonderings time. Plunking your sprats in front of “Dora the Explorer” ain’t gonna get it done, peeps.)

    • K-Dog July 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      “How many of you feel a gnawing disgust and contempt for both sides of the US political spectrum? The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.” — JHK

      The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” — HPL

      The endless pagan ritual progresses. When Cthulhu, rises from his dark house in the mighty city of R’lyeh and the earth is once again beneath his sway. Then and only then will compulsive jerks and pulls of dancing evil circling around campfires of human vanity end. Then only the sound of the wind will wrap the earth, and Cthulhu has no ears.

      • tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Colorful and fanciful, but there’s no need for such conjurations.

        Remember, although Coyote is not as horrific – he is real. And Coyote waits. Coyote always waits.

        “No new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace.”
        H. P. Lovecraft

        Well, maybe not…..

      • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

        Al contraire, Cthulu will teach us new ways to shout and new ways to kill. We will become like the Great Old Ones themselves reveling in the joy of the Sacrifice.

        No, wait. I’m supposed to be one of the good guys…..

        • tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

          Your alignment is not shaped by the stars. You know your realm and will rise against the dark forces on your own Bucephalus.

          “O my son, look thee out a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for thee.”

        • malthuss July 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

          Irish?

          Irish Savant.com

          all the news on the ‘shoes’

          • tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            Irish women’s relay team in 2012 – all white. In 2018, one white, three blacks. WTF and OFIA!

  62. FincaInTheMountains July 29, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    On the Periodization of History. The Modern World. (cont.)

    The English word “modern” applied to history means not at all modern, but the destruction of the Orthodox Empire, which was first Byzantium, and subsequently to some extent the Russian Empire.

    Therefore, the very desire to preserve the existence of Historical Russia is counter-modern by definition, since Historical Russia, both as a culture and as a civilization, even after 70 years of state atheism continued to remain Orthodox. And “modern modernity,” or rather, super-modern, is precisely Medvedev’s cabinet attempt to destroy Russia as a culture and civilization, turning the Russian state into a nation-state in which Orthodoxy is reduced to an article in the museum of ethnography.

    Unfortunately, and fortunately, the United States and the Anglo-Saxon world are saving Russia from this fate, constantly questioning the right of such Russia to exist, demanding evidence that such a juicy piece of real estate has the right to be governed by the people who not only deny the rights of 90 percent of their citizens to this property, but they can not even provide physical reproduction of the population, the absorption of migrants, and the cultural continuity of society.

    By the way, it’s not difficult to notice that some historical forces are constantly trying to shove Russia a choice between Nazism and Bolshevism in the completely Trotskyist sense of the word, evidently in connection with the fact that in both cases Russia ceases to be an Orthodox Civilization, and the Russian people, as a subject of history, created by the Greeks, for the transfer to subsequent generations of the sacred fire of the Good News (Gospel), ceases to exist.

    In this regard, it is not superfluous to recall that it was the US in the 20th century that twice (in the 1920s and 40s) not only helped Russia survive, but also in some ways assumed certain functions of the Orthodox Empire, in particular making an unprecedented contribution to the restoration of the intellectual power of the Orthodox Church.

    Indeed, it was the daughter of the ROC in the US – the American Orthodox Church, in the person of the outstanding Byzantinist scholar Father John Meyendorff, not only preserved the traditions of Russian church education, but also advanced these traditions far ahead, reminding the Orthodox, who forgot their history, of the role played by the tradition of Hesychasm and the followers of St. Gregory Palamas in the very appearance of both Russia and the Russian people.

    Moreover, it was the OCA (Orthodox Church of America) that managed to draw the world’s attention to this truly universal issue, creating prerequisites for restoring the historical prospects of mankind at a time when the collapse of the principles of modernism that resulted from the economic and intellectual plunder of Byzantium at the beginning of the Renaissance era.

    This is what makes it possible to deprive the notion of modernity and social progress of anti-Christian orientation and in this sense to reformulate the notion of modernization as a correspondence to the needs and capabilities of the modern mankind, not in spite of, but thanks to the Good News.

  63. elysianfield July 29, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs,
    It has been reported that there has occurred another multiple-victim shooting…this time in the “Chocolate City”…yes, New Orleans.

    Three dead…multiple victims wounded….the article did not state the race of the assailants…but there are clues….

    “They never stop killing each other” opined a witness. We who are sentient know that witness was referring to…Canadians.

    Yes, those bastards come down from the frozen North to roil in the flesh pots of our more diverse cities…trying to spend their ridiculous money (There is a duck printed on some!), soil our women, insult our men, and…yes…add to our tax burden with their wanton use of firearms (What IS it with Canadians and their firearms?)

    Enough with these terrorists…build the Northern Wall now!

    And…the link;

    godanriver.com/news/national/wire/dead-wounded-after-gunmen-in-new-orleans-fire-on-crowd/article_ce4…

  64. volodya July 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    K Dog, not sure that we got here via random bounces. Looks to me like some random events but also a whole lot of deliberation or “conspiracy”, albeit carried out in the full light of day with learned discussion and theorizing giving it respectability and academic cover.

    Remember how in the early stages they told us workers would re-train and move into higher value jobs and occupations that would appear by the millions as lower value jobs moved to China and Mexico. Quite the fairy tale that turned out to be.

    In any case, what difference does it make? Where were at now has got historical and societal momentum behind it, and each of the events, random or not, that got us here all carry consequence.

    The issue now is what those consequences are likely to be. As Kunstler sez, the priority of the economic elite and its enabling clerisy is to asset strip what remains on the bones of the economy. How this doesn’t end in mayhem is my question.

    • K-Dog July 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

      How this doesn’t end in mayhem is my question.

      False hope, a perennial belief in fuzzy-wuzzie endings where everything works out means that in the end it can’t possibly work out. fine False hope we have in abundance. The answer to your question is that it has to end in mayhem.

      Knowing this I am going to try and not participate in the mayhem if I am still around.

      workers would re-train and move into higher value jobs and occupations that would appear by the millions as lower value jobs moved to China and Mexico.

      I never bought that line for a minute and anybody who would take the trouble to be a thinking person, and I’m contending that is a choice not a skill in this comment, would see through such a lie right away. Not hard at all, but you have to take the trouble to question authority and that switch by default is genetically turned off.

      Simply ask how? How are workers to re-train? Have a short conversation with yourself and you would see the notion sucks pretty quick. But people don’t have these easy, nothing hard about it, conversations. Knowing that in life they are bitched and knowing their place, they do their duty and don’t think.

      In any case, what difference does it make? I tend to agree on the big picture level but it is my ‘random bounces’ which make me agree our fates are so sealed overall. Authority does not question itself. Authority is mindless and merely looks for new resources to exploit with ever greater skill. That is the way it has been and that is the way it will be. Top dogs would have been at a disadvantage over the years if they wondered if what they did was right or wrong. Such dogs have been pretty much eliminated from the gene pool.

      Trump saying to himself ‘I think therefore I am‘ would result in a smoking crater 100 feet deep wherever he is and Trump would be hot dust.

      But on a personal level it matters and it will matter until I’m dead. If you were a North Sentinelese Islander who rejects all types of communication with all outsiders and who protects their island with murderous violence around the three mile exclusion zone; a native islander with an Indian government pass on murder, none of this would matter. They have an Island and jungle and sea to protect them. Life goes on.

      The rest of us have to figure out what to do but changing the eventual outcome won’t happen. Those who have the power are locked into doing what power does and can’t change because they are one standard deviation below any needed self-examination ability which could make any difference. Power and self-examination do not correlate naturally.

  65. janet July 29, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    “Well, ladies and germs, It has been reported that there has occurred another multiple-victim shooting…” —elysianfield

    And you believe the mainstream media? Of course you do. It is only “fake news” if Trump deems it so. Confirmation bias is alive and well.

  66. janet July 29, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    “Where is the money going to come from?” —johnaz

    “Reduce the population growth by limiting immigrants” — lil debbie

    “Increase immigration quotas” —janet

    I have to agree with Janet’s proposal to reduce defense budget and tax the rich (half million dollars or more) at 94% marginal tax rate. That would increase revenue.

    More immigrants increases revenue. Limiting immigrants does not increase revenue. History shows immigrants are a net positive and increase the size of the economic pie for all.

  67. janet July 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Immigrants built the United States. We are a nation of immigrants Irish, Chinese, Germans, etc. IMMIGRANTS ARE GREAT PEOPLE!

    “We need great people coming into our Country!” Trump tweeted Sunday”

  68. Tate July 29, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    Heartwarming video of the refugees who have succeeded in scaling the barrier fences into the Spanish exclave of Ceutu in Morocco (using rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, feces, etc.) & instantly acquiring Spanish citizenship thereby.

    As one commenter posted: “Now give us your daughters! We have hard penis! We deserve it!”

    youtube.com/watch?v=B8E7BBrWFDU

  69. FincaInTheMountains July 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    Saint Andrew against the Babylonian Whore

    The media is exaggerating the German origin of Trump’s father in every possible way, but they simply do not know that the medieval history of Germany has been distorted even more than the history of Russia. But family traditions as a rule did not become a victim of this manipulation, and I assure you that everything that the media are saying about this from the point of view of Trump and his family is just fake news.

    But even this is not so important because, due to certain circumstances, Trump at this stage of his religious life considers himself a Scotsman from the MacLeod clan, which was gloriously known in the British Isles, but recently glorified globally by the movie “Highlander” and the corresponding series.

    And he was named Donald in honor of the Orthodox Scottish saint Donald Ogilvy, who is associated not only with the clans Ogilvy and MacLeod, but also with Russia, since the heavenly patron of Scotland in the Irish Orthodoxy is Saint Andrew.

    But I did not call the post “Saint Donald against the Babylonian Whore”, fearing that such a title might attract a lot of attention, but most likely it will be misunderstood. But the fact that Andrew the First-Called is the heavenly patron of both Russia and Scotland is very symbolic, as well as the fact that on the day of the baptism of Rus, which could not take place without the active intervention of St. Andrew, the man named Donald achieved a serious victory on another side of the globe.

    Sometimes it seems that the Orthodox Viking Empire, killed at birth by the betrayal of Wilhelm the Bastard, like the city of Kitezh surfaced before our eyes to a withering howl of witches who anticipate the end of their millennial rule.

    And I do not know what this victory is, but the fact that it takes place is written in large letters on the forehead of Jim Jordan, a congressman from the largest state of Ohio, when he announced his intention to run for the post of Speaker of the House. In order to understand the significance of this event, it is necessary to recall some details of the election in 2012, after the victory in which the first black US president seriously expected to never again see the corrupted with hatred face of Hillary in the White House.

    God, how wrong he was!

    At the time, the current Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, was a vice presidential candidate for Mitt Romney, and Barak Obama, enduring 5 humiliating blows with books written by the leaders of the Democratic Party and former officials of his administration (including the head of the State Department, Hillary Clinton, and the chief of the Pentagon), flew off his reels when he learned that Bill Clinton at a rally of supporters of democrats recommended them to vote for Republican Mitt Romney.

    And Paul Ryan would certainly become vice president, if it were not for Hurricane Sandy, which drowned the states of New Jersey and New York, but allowed Barack Obama and Chris Christie to show bipartisan cooperation and their truly outstanding organizational skills.

    This is enough to show Paul Ryan’s affiliation to the glorious squad of the flying monkeys, but there is also the history of the bias to the Republican Speaker Boehner and the appointment of Paul Ryan as speaker of the Republicans in gratitude for his help in organizing the failure of Hillary Clinton’s interrogation by the US Congress in the case of the murder of the US ambassador in Libya Stevens.

    And closer to today, we need to recall the many circumstances surrounding the summit in Helsinki, where President Trump, whom his opponents suspect of working with Russian hackers who allegedly intervened in the US elections in 2016, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his opponents could not overhear their conversation and still do not know what they agreed on. Moreover, at a joint press conference, President Trump doubted that Russia had really interfered in the elections and that indictments to Russian citizens are something other than sabotaging his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

    And in response to this vile betrayal of their interests, seeing that such terrible misfortunes as peace and detente of the international relations can erupt at any moment, the American political establishment headed by the Babylonian Whore, also known as Bastinda, The Wicked Witch of the West, also known as Killary Clinton put into the battle such a powerful reserves as the porn star Stormy Daniels, who accuses Trump of fraud on the grounds that he paid her only $100 for refusing to publish the book “How I fucked Donald Trump,” at that time as a refusal to publish the book “How I fucked with the US president” cost a lot more than that.

    On this basis, the New York City prosecutors carried out a night raid on the office and apartment of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, handcuffed not only him but also his family members, and under the impression of these actions by New York prosecutors Trump lawyer Michael Cohen several days ago testified, that Trump knew in advance about the meeting of his son with Natalya Veselnitskaya, who supposedly offered him dirt on Hillary Clinton, also known as ….

    And you know, I talked with several American lawyers whose families vote Democrat for the last hundred years, and they all said that this case clearly showed that the Brave New World of Hillary Clinton is a nightmare, it’s …. well, you understood what they told me. After this accusation of Trump by the flying monkeys in that he was a fascist turned into a shaking of air, and yet they were forced to do it.

    Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul defended Trump, and now it becomes clear that the civil war in the US has taken the nature of the race for time: Tramp’s opponents try to squeeze out anything from the Michael Cohen before the November elections, which could be used as the grounds for impeachment, and Trump supporters Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows proposed to Congress to vote impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, and they made the proposal in the usual way, which gives the party leadership the opportunity to remove this issue from the vote, but if they make this proposal in a so-called privileged way, Congress will have to vote on this proposal within two days.

    And, judging by the reaction of the other congressmen, they got into the bull’s-eye, since such a vote a hundred days before the elections means a death sentence for those Republicans who vote against the impeachment of Rosenstein.

    I do not know what happened, but the vote was canceled, Congress begins the procedure of accusing Rosenstein in contempt of the Congress, and Jim Jordan has clearly received guarantees of the absence of obstacles from the establishment in his desire to become the Speaker of the House.

    Given that it was in his state Stormy Daniels was arrested and she was clearly explained how her cooperation with a lawyer sent by the Babylonian Whore might end, it is difficult to avoid the assumption that Jim Jordan’s careerism is the above-water part of the iceberg, around the underwater part of is fighting such mighty, truly apocalyptic forces as Saint Andrew and the Babylonian Whore.

    youtube.com/watch?v=llPLALYdU3w

    • tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Nice, Finca. Alan Dershowitz has pointed out that if it were Hillary’s offices broken into, the outcry from the ACLU and the Left would be stentorian. In this case their silence is deafening.

      I’m not sure, but I think it was another FBI agent who reviewed the seized material and shattered the attorney – client privilege to help in Bastinda’s and horse face Mueller’s legal war against Trump.

  70. tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    The rial is reeling and Rouhani is raging, as Trump “plays with the lion’s tail”. Watch the oil prices.

    jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-currency-extends-record-fall-as-US-sanctions-loom-563697

    Iranian dollar holders are partying like it was 1979.

    • ozone July 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      How are the air conditioning and aquifer holding out there in the land of the only folk who know what’s going on?

      • tucsonspur July 29, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

        So far today, I’m not being rained on, did I feel a drop?, but find myself being showered with compliments. However, the monsoons Have arrived and help against the heat.

        So far, so good. Our Fate flows with the River and lies in the Lake.

        • ozone July 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

          Good fortune to you then.
          According to my rude calculations, you’ve had approximately 1.4 inches of rain for the entire month of July. (Still got a couple days but it’s not looking too wet by the forecast lights.)

          Where are you getting your water? …And don’t say, “from the tap”.
          With a pretty well entrenched high pressure area over you, higher than average temps and not a whole lot in the way of humidity (that’s why everyone moves there for TB and rheumatiz relief), I don’t see much monsooniness in your future. I do see water wars and migration though. That could be fun.

  71. malthuss July 29, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

    Lad Janos, Lord Janos, Vlad Janos.

    Ann is a preacher for the RCC. She also calls us who see the chemtrails as crazy or something like that.

  72. ozone July 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

    V. and K-Dog,

    “How this doesn’t end in mayhem is my question.

    False hope, a perennial belief in fuzzy-wuzzie endings where everything works out means that in the end it can’t possibly work out. fine False hope we have in abundance. The answer to your question is that it has to end in mayhem.

    Knowing this I am going to try and not participate in the mayhem if I am still around.

    workers would re-train and move into higher value jobs and occupations that would appear by the millions as lower value jobs moved to China and Mexico.

    I never bought that line for a minute and anybody who would take the trouble to be a thinking person, and I’m contending that is a choice not a skill in this comment, would see through such a lie right away. Not hard at all, but you have to take the trouble to question authority and that switch by default is genetically turned off.”

    Now we’re getting somewhere! I *think* I understand K-doggies point that if our ancestors had not either ruled or submitted, their genes would not have been passed to us. Now, what I’d like to know, is who the hell jammed my switch into the “on” position? I don’t think I’d necessarily be “happier” with it off, but I’d probably be more “content”, or somewhat less anxious about what tomorrow brings. (Ignorance is bliss and all that.)

    The examination of what difference (or not) it makes to be aware is most intriguing. I think we might agree that the lust for power by those in authority always ends in a tsunami of calamity and stupidly “unforeseen” consequences, and the eternal question is how many will be taken for the ride down the shitter with them.

    Thanks for the howling that’s going to crack the world…..

    • ozone July 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

      Oh! I meant to add that since we’re constantly being lied to with malice aforethought and manipulated and distracted with half-truths, empty-calorie kibble and outright bullshit, how are we to determine the actual tipping points? Yes, it takes complicated combinations of them to overwhelm the scales of even a badly constructed status quo, but they still must be clearly identified and acknowledged. (And sometimes there just isn’t anywhere to jump to that’s not from the frying pan into the fire.) Hmm, you gots yer pyrrhic victory, and then you gots yer pointlessness of a fiercely fought defeat. Choices, choices, and none of them good.

      Forward, into the Past! Dark Ages… Ho-oh!

      • Janos Skorenzy July 29, 2018 at 8:22 pm #

        Well said minion, ye who think that the Government is Fascist.

      • ozone July 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm #

        Pointing at others for one’s own criminal acts and behavior is a tried and true tactic. Since he’s a willing participant in the constructs listed in the article below, it’s doubly amusing in this case — in point.

  73. ozone July 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    “The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age.” — JHK

    So who is it that would like for this condition to continue and why? Do you really want to know? Shhhh, not too loud!

    zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-27/paul-craig-roberts-exposes-all-pervasive-military-security-complex

    No, it’s not PCR; he just penned the preamble. This is worth the time to read IMHO.

    • FincaInTheMountains July 29, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

      At one time, the Allied Commander in Europe and US President Dwight Eisenhower managed to suppress the pro-Nazi coup of Truman and McCarthy by Constitutional means.

      True, he achieved this not without the help of the Russian MIG firm, which proved in the alley of MIGs that America does not have the means to deliver strategic nuclear munitions, and already then he warned that the main danger to democracy does not come from the Soviet Union, but from the US Military-Industrial Complex.

      Well, he was mistaken: as shown by the current Coup, the main danger comes not from the military-industrial complex, but from Militarized Media-Banking Complex, which in fact is not part of the US, but is part of the so-called Global Economy.

      The US Army and the US Military Industrial Complex, due to the fact that it is primarily an industry, rather support Trump, which puts the national interests of the US, including the interests of the US military-industrial complex above the interests of TNCs, NATO, the Global Economy and even above the interests of Goldman-Sachs.

  74. janet July 29, 2018 at 9:34 pm #

    “How are the air conditioning and aquifer holding out there in the land of the only folk who know what’s going on?” —ozone

    The aquifers are fine. Air conditioners are inefficient wasters of electricity and take humidity out of the air.

    Swamp coolers are the best thing in the Southwest. They are efficient simple, durable, and they humidify the air. Win-win.

    Janet in Green Valley

    • janet July 29, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

      Oh, ozone, when you burn your firewood in those cold New England winters, you are polluting the air.

      • elysianfield July 29, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

        Oh, ozone, when you burn your firewood in those cold New England winters, you are polluting the air.”

        Janet

        Ozone makes no more impact on air quality with his wood smoke than you with your flatulence. Enough commenting on this, as I am a serial violator on both counts.

        I should note, however, that the Left coast is largely on fire. Hundreds of thousands of acres, millions of cubic yards of biomass burnt. 10,000 Ozones, for 10,000 years would not approximate the pollution (that you would mitigate at his expense) that might occur each day of this fire season.

        Perspective.

  75. Q. Shtik July 29, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

    I have been going on and on for months now about the bike trip I’ve been planning to take this very month of July. I have accomplished it and kept an extensive travel log about it which I’d like to share with the readership here. The trip spanned 13 days inclusive, July 12 thru July 24. I plan to feed out my log entries in chronological order in increments that are not so long as to piss people off. The first, just below, covers July 12 and 13.

    Thurs July 12, 2018

    The day has finally arrived, the culmination of all my efforts from last Oct. to the present: the beginning of Ferris Q. Shtik’s Big Pee Wee for the aged.

    My intention was to get underway by 9AM but I was 32 mins late (so much excitement, so many last minute details). The day could not have been more perfect for a bike ride (actually a motorscooter not a motorcycle, a 650cc Suzuki Burgman), sunny with temps ranging from 74 to 86. And nobody did anything asinine…not even one close call.

    Miles covered this first day: 314. Stayed in a nice Lodge that I found thru Airbnb; $30 for one nite including Cont’l breakfast. Clean, air conditioned, TV, etc; The Trestle Pool Lodge, 5 miles from Pulaski, NY just off I-81 about 40 mins from the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Of all coincidences, the proprietors are from near me in NJ, and what a pair they were (Note to myself: I must get a picture of them before I leave…sort of a poor man’s American Gothic). Based on their effusive recommendation I drove 6 miles to Steph’s Place in Pulaski and had dinner.

    The paper place mat in front of me said “Where Old and New Friends Meet!” Had I been tasked with creating a more accurate, though less snappy, line for the place mat it would have been “Where chubby tattooed women serve up massive quantities of plain food cheap.”

    The place was popular with the old set. At 77+ years old I may have been the youngest person there.

    Fri July 13, 2018

    If yesterday was wonderful, today, the day this trip is all about, was less so. I learned first-hand how dependent we are on technology. In the Canadian hinterlands with many miles yet to go my cell phone screen announced that my data connection had been lost. Gone was the amazing GPS. I now had to rely on printouts of turn-by-turn directions which, thankfully, I had the foresight to bring with me. I rode the last 6 miles on Rapid Road from Westmeath and entered Spotswoods Landing.

    Westmeath is a barely existing town some 80 miles from Ottawa, Canada’s Capital city. The hub of this hamlet seems to be Kenny’s, a general store and 2-pump gas station with an impressive and varied inventory of just about everything, located at a 4-way Stop intersection.

    Spotswoods Landing itself, to my great dismay, had evolved in the 60-some years since I was here as a boy, from the river and forest primeval to a maze of sand and gravel car-width pathways with travel trailers and RVs set up in some un-obvious order all around. It is nestled at the bank of the Ottawa River on its Ontario side, the other side being Quebec Province. That other side of the river, where once there was no sign of habitation, is now lined with homes and cottages in either direction. In the ’50s we used a wooden rowboat with a 5 horse outboard while today high-powered fiberglass and aluminum boats abound.

    The owner of this whole operation is Lorne Spotswood, the most recent (he is 73) in a long line of Spotswoods that go back at this site to 1840. It was Lorne’s father who took serious steps to monetize the family’s unique location on the River (he had long since ceased operation of the 2-car ferry/barge when bridges were built). He tore down 3 log cabins that had wood stoves but no amenities whatsoever (no electric, plumbing or running water) and built in their place several rental cottages.

    It is well that I was able to hang tough and not allow my wife to scheme and weasel her way into MY great adventure as even these newer accommodations (with electric, running water, toilets, window AC, etc, but no TV) would never have met her high standards of comfort and interior decoration. The operative descriptor here is “hodgepodge.” Everything from the clothes rack with its jumble of hangers – wood, plastic and wire and no two alike – to its kitchen cabinets with their jelly jar and “Beck’s Official Beer of the 19th Hole” glasses. The “furniture” may have been acquired curbside on disposal days, if there had even been curbs, which there weren’t. An end table had the look of an 8th grade shop class project that earned the student a grade of C+. Further, there are horrendous quantities of mosquitoes constantly on the attack and some bug species that bug-ologists may not even be aware exist.

    • Q. Shtik July 29, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

      Being that its late in the evening at the end of a blog thread I may re-post the above entry on the new thread tomorrow or the next day.

  76. Pucker July 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

    According to the book, “The War Against Putin”, the Sulzberger family that controls the New York Times is CFR.

    “Trump said on Twitter that he and Sulzberger had discussed “the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”

    In a five-paragraph statement issued two hours after the tweet, Sulzberger said he had accepted Trump’s invitation for the July 20 meeting mainly to raise his concerns about the president’s “deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.”

  77. janet July 30, 2018 at 1:39 am #

    “Perspective” —elysianfield

    Yes, let’s get some perspective on hospital costs. Ozone’s smoke may smell good, but it’s not good for you. The biggest health threat from smoke is from fine particles, also called fine particulate matter or PM2.5. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they may cause burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses, such as bronchitis. Fine particles can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger asthma attacks. Fine particles can also trigger heart attacks, stroke, irregular heart rhythms, and heart failure, especially in people who are already at risk for these conditions.

    Perspective, indeed!

  78. janet July 30, 2018 at 2:36 am #

    Lil Debbie is on the losing side of the immigration debate:

    In the last few weeks a number of polls have shown Americans are opposed to Lil Debbie’s “limit immigrants” stand:

    A Pew Research Center report found Americans think Democrats would do a better job dealing with immigration than Republicans. Democrats have a 14 point advantage over Republicans on immigration policy.

    More than half of Americans — 58 percent — disapprove of how Trump has handled immigration matters, according to an early July Quinnipiac poll.

    A Reuters poll, similarly found 52 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump’s immigration agenda.

    • Q. Shtik July 30, 2018 at 11:05 am #

      an early July Quinnipiac poll. – janet

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

      I lived and worked 2 years near Quinnipiac U. (and Yale). They could not be more “librul” and although the science of polling is supposed to eliminate biases I have to believe a liberal bias creeps into their published results.

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