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Russia hysteria has become a full-blown national psychosis at a moment in history when a separate array of troubles poses the real threat to America’s well-being. Most of these have to do with the country’s swan dive into bankruptcy, but meeting them honestly would force uncomfortable choices on the grifters and caitiffs in congress. Meanwhile, the Treasury Dept is burning through its dwindling cash reserves, and all government activities will face a shutdown at the end of the summer unless congress votes to raise the debt ceiling — which may be way harder than passing the stupid Russia sanctions bill.

That bill, vaingloriously called The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act will only blow up in America’s face. This country’s actual trade with Russia is negligible, but the bill aims to interrupt and punish Europe’s trade, centering on oil and natural gas, which they need desperately. Mainly, the US bill seeks to interrupt a gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that would bypass several of the Baltic Nations currently being used by America — under the NATO banner — as staging areas for unnecessary and provocative war games on Russia’s borders.

Germany is certain to not stand for it, and like it or not, they are the straw that stirs the European drink. The sanctions pretend to seek to isolate Russia, but the effect will only be to isolate the United States. Europe will laugh at the measure as impinging on their sovereign prerogatives to trade as they please. And Russia can turn around and sell all the natural gas it wants to customers in Asia. Left undiscussed in the moronic American media is the American gas industry’s hidden role in pushing the sanctions so it can sell liquefied gas overseas — which would only end up raising the price for American gas customers to heat their homes.

The stupid bill pretends to be a lever for improving relations between the US and Russia, but is actually designed to make relations much worse. In the meantime, the US Deep State military and intelligence matrix is engineering new crises and confrontations for absolutely no good reason. For instance, shoveling arms to Ukraine so it can step up conflict in the eastern Donbass region bordering Russia. The sanctions bill will also make it impossible for the US and Russia to coordinate an end to the conflict in Syria. Anyway, Deep State strategists in the State, Defense, and Intel departments are tacitly determined to create another failed state by insuring continuing chaos there.

Another interesting unanticipated consequence of the sanctions bill is that it will only intensify Russia’s effort, already well underway, to provide for itself many of the products it currently imports. Import replacement, as the process is called, is actually the same dynamic that led to the rise of the USA as a great industrial power in the 19th century, so the bill only prompts Russia to diversify and strengthen its economy.

So what exactly was Mr. Trump thinking when he signed the “deeply flawed” (his words) Russian Sanctions bill coughed up like a hairball by congress? It’s a ridiculous piece of legislation from any angle. It limits the president’s own established prerogatives for negotiating with foreign nations (probably unconstitutionally), and will only provoke economic warfare (at least) against the US that can easily lead to shattering global trade relations entirely. Some observers say he had to sign it because the vote for it in congress was so overwhelming (419 to 3) that they would only override a Trump veto. But the veto would have had, at least, symbolic value in the Jacksonian spirit that Trump pretended to want to emulate at the outset of his term. Perhaps he sees the Deep State endgame and is tired of resisting.

On the home front, Russia paranoia is at the center of Robert Mueller’s intensifying probe of Trump and his political associates as he calls a federal grand jury to hear testimony — which implies that he some lined up. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for prosecutorial mischief, for instance going after every business transaction Trump made as a private citizen before he ran for president, and coercing Trump intimates into immunization deals in exchange for testimony, real or cooked-up, to enable the establishment’s ultimate goal of shoving Trump out.

The “Russian meddling in our election” story hasn’t produced any credible evidence after a full year — and speaking to foreign diplomats is not a crime — but the Russian meddling juggernaut rolls on perfectly well, and might accomplish its ends, without it. Just repeating “Russian meddling” five thousand times on CNN has surely induced many poorly-informed citizens to believe that Russia changed the numbers in American voting machines though, in fact, voting machines are not connected to the Internet.

All of this psychotic political behavior screams for the rise of a new party, or more than one new party, composed of men and women who have not lost their minds. I’m sure they’re out there. Plenty of traces on the Internet attest to the existence of a higher and better political consciousness in this country. It just hasn’t found a way to congeal. Yet.


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  1. shotho August 4, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    It is surprising that there hasn’t been a serious attempt to form a third party that could really challenge the two dominant ones. I realize that collusion between the two, back when McCain-Feingold, was passed, makes it financially difficult for such a thing to happen. But, now, there is so much festering anger and despair with our entire system that it must be a propitious moment to see a serious attempt for a nationalist party or some such affair.

    • DurangoKid August 4, 2017 at 10:27 am #

      In a weird sense, Trump is a third party. Presumably, the system was originally engineered to prevent Trumps from getting a toehold in electoral politics. Only the right sort of man need apply. All others shall defer to their betters. What happened? It seems one lone nut had enough of what it takes to jump the fence, i.e., money and media. Obviously the message was secondary. Trump succeeded in spite of his “message”. As much as the establishment hated him, the media fascination gave him the leg up he needed.

      If Trump serves as a sort of existence theorem, one might wonder if a socialist with huge pots of money could do the same thing. The effect on the media might even be greater than Trump’s. If they hate Trump they’ll certainly abhor a socialist, which could work even better. To have the NYT or WaPo foaming at the mouth and wetting themselves on a daily basis seems to be the ideal endorsement. And the decades of polling data indicate the American people have longed for a socialist even if they don’t know it. All we need is a anti-capitalist bombast with too much money to ignore. Kind of like Hugo Chavez only richer. That would stir things up.

      • shotho August 4, 2017 at 10:38 am #

        I think you’re on to something; Sanders would probably have given Trump a run for his money. And, when the world’s financial system implodes, the time for a socialist to appeal would have arrived.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:39 am #

        Exactly right. The released transcripts now effectively isolate him, and Rock Meteor Joe Scarborough even suggested the White House leaked it. Between the Senate and the House he’s got what 5 people with him out of 635 or something like that. It’s like office politics. First you marginalize him, then you mock him, then you isolate him, then you kill him. republicans are furious Trump did this to them. And what is with the Hitleresque rallies. Talk about creepy.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

        The Trump Party. Got a nice ring to it. Kind of like the Bull Moose Party.

    • sophia August 4, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      There was. Ross Perot. And he was not the airhead that Trump is.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        His ears were impressive. Like Obama’s.

        • sophia August 4, 2017 at 11:56 am #

          Obama got his white grandfather’s ears.

      • Calico August 4, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

        How can you say that Trump is an airhead? Does he dress differently than you? Are his mannerisms different? Is he the wrong color? A lot has been said about his hair… Perhaps he is too fat? Or did you hear that from Rachel Maddow, and let it sink in without any thought of your own?

        • sophia August 4, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

          I am disappointed in Trump as he does not seem able to fight for anything. He should quit tweeting and have some presidential addresses to the people. I suppose he might get shot, but at this juncture, we need a hero who will risk his life for the people.

          I call him an airhead because he does waffle a lot, but it would be forgivable if he sunk his teeth into anything.

          I have not seen Rachel Maddow for years. Don’t own a TV and my internet connection is quite slow.

    • Anon1970 August 4, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      The last serious attempt at a third party occurred at the time Ross Perot ran for president or shortly thereafter. It was not successful. As a practical matter, the US is a two party country and the big money supports candidates from one of the two major parties.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:31 am #

        The big money play both side, like puts and calls. If there were three, it’d get more expensive.

        • Calico August 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

          I doubt they are paying with their own money anyway. So what is expense to them? Anyway no end of people ready to throw money at a cause they don’t fully understand so long as it embodies enough party catch phrases. And really, if you think the existing parties are infiltrated and corrupted by big money, how long till a third party joins ranks? A week? A month?

      • sharonsj August 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

        When Jesse Ventura ran as an Independent, he discovered he could get matching campaign funds–but only when the election was over.

        When a homeless black man filed to run for the Senate, the media questioned where he got the money–but never asked why the filing fee was $30,000 in the first place. How many ordinary people, even with jobs, have that kind of money?

        And lest you forget, Ralph Nader was tied to a chair outside so he couldn’t join in the presidential debates (which are controlled by both parties. They also continually refuse to include all third parties.

        The entire system is rigged, so the only way to demolish it is from within.

        • routersurfer August 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

          Yes it is. Our politics have become controlled by political parties no the Constitution or law.

      • Majella August 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

        More like candidates from BOTH parties – they hedge their bets.

    • tnroe August 4, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      The 2 major parties are never going to allow third parties into the debates or make any adjustments to fix the spoiler effect. From the point of view of the Democrats now, second place everywhere is better than third place anywhere.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:12 am #

        The electoral map would be 10 times more interesting with a third party.

      • chipshot August 4, 2017 at 11:13 am #

        The rise of social media, the decline of msm, and the growing influence of millennials make it more possible than ever for 3rd parties to gain viability w/out huge sums of $$.

        Would love to see a Sustainability or Progressive Party.
        Better happen soon, we’re running out of time.

      • sophia August 4, 2017 at 11:59 am #

        That’s defeatist nonsense. When the people are ready, the 3rd party will appear. But what exactly will they be ready for? That’s the question!

        • tnroe August 4, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

          Well OK… I should have said the 2 major parties will continue to BLOCK third parties. So far they have generally succeeded in keeping them out of debates and off the ballots. The best a third party can do in the current winner-takes-all election system is split votes and spoil elections which undermines the point of the election process. I do hope the 2 parties eventually fail to continue blocking other parties.

          • sophia August 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm #

            No, they split the parties and spoil the elections because too few people are willing to stick their necks out and vote third party. They are free to do so, and in this election and with Ron Paul, in many areas they actually got a significant percentage of votes.

            There were about 5 candidates for president on the ballot. Quit whining and vote for them!

        • ozone August 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

          “When the people are ready, the 3rd party will appear. But what exactly will they be ready for? That’s the question!”

          sophia,
          The simple answer to that would be: A serious path to survival, or a wretched death. (No better motivation could be had.)

      • K-Dog August 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

        Not something the two parties have to worry about. The deep state will do the dirty work and if a third party starts to come together the major players will get the treatment and their lives will become very uncomfortable until they comply.

        Cell phones and computers, electronic identity and electronic money all manipulated by taxpayers money. The myth that all believe is that technology connects people. The truth is it separates and isolates them on islands where their lives can be made private hells and everybody else adrift in their own electronic world is non the wiser.

        Start a third party and your credit cards will be cancelled.

        We live on placid islands of ignorance adrift in the immense black sea of a dawning dark age.

        • wholy1 August 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

          Ross Perot was purported to have quit his former third-party run because of threats to his family, probably from ops associated with the Sick Cheney [“dark side”] wet-worker org.

    • DARoberts August 6, 2017 at 6:46 am #

      A third party? Hell, I’d be happy with two parties, as opposed to the facade of two parties we have today.

  2. SteveO August 4, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    [i]”But the veto would have had, at least, symbolic value in the Jacksonian spirit that Trump pretended to want to emulate at the outset of his term. Perhaps he sees the Deep State endgame and is tired of resisting.”[/i]

    A veto override would have meant that Trump “lost”. He’s all about winning and would rather accept a “deeply flawed” law than being a “loser”.

    • Elrond Hubbard August 4, 2017 at 9:47 am #

      Correct.

      • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 10:04 am #

        Incorrect. This is the play. This is the corner he finds himself backed into. Charybdis or Scylla? If he vetoes, going against EVERYONE in congress, even his own, at least nominally, party, well then, he is obviously with the Russians. The play is being dictated. He may be the all star QB, but the tacit power holders are running the routes. Wake up.

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:16 am #

          Now you’re comparing him to Odysseus. For this choice? Jesus you’re deranged.

          • SteveO August 4, 2017 at 10:46 am #

            No doubt. 100th is giving Trump far too much credit.

          • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 11:11 am #

            Fools lost in the weeds. Heavy breathing from mouths agape. It’s a common idiom long divorced from Homer.

            Nevertheless, I don’t let my personal aversions towards Trump get in the way of paying attention. If you’ve bothered to pay attention you’d see how repetitive underestimation by his adversaries allows him to Come out on top. The rather silent battle with Russia and Putin has been going on for a long time now. Many administrations. As an upheaval in energy control comes closer to fruition, so do the threats. We have a truly stupid populace that gets dragged into war after war, and the blood is on the stupid people’s hands. Your stupid bloody hands, not mine. You’re the people that get onboard when CNN tells you to. Chomsky calls it “manufacturing consent” because calling it “getting the stupid voters behind you” was too offensive.

          • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:29 am #

            Well at least you didn’t think it was Sting.

    • rollie August 4, 2017 at 11:37 am #

      Signing a bill while complaining about it is what a little bitch does. “Blasting Congress” in the press is the snarling of a kicked dog.

      Also it lacks clarity of principle and purpose. If the bill’s so bad then why is your name now on it, for all history, in favor of it? It’s now Trump’s Russia Sanctions Law. Or if you’re gonna sign it, then presumably that means it’s awesome and you should STFU.

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

      Trump is not the President the Republicans have dreamed about for 8 years, but he will do. Also, don’t underestimate the hold that Congress has over him. Ryan and Mitchell can keep the removal forces at bay as long as Trump signs whatever his put in front of him.

      • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

        “they” put in front of him.

  3. Elrond Hubbard August 4, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    Ontario women to get free access to abortion pill starting Aug. 10
    The pill will be available to women with a valid health card and prescription

    cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/abortion-pill-mifegymiso-1.4233611

    “The Ontario government says it is giving women in the province more choice over their reproductive health by covering the cost of Mifegymiso, commonly referred to as an abortion pill, starting on Aug.10.

    “Mifegymiso, also known by the name RU-486, is a two-drug combination of mifepristone and misoprostol that can be used to terminate a pregnancy up to 49 days.

    “It was approved in July 2015 after a lengthy study by Health Canada. It has slowly become available for distribution in Canada since then.

    “The Ontario government pledged in its spring budget to publicly fund the medication but hadn’t indicated when that would happen or any other details until now. Status of Women Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris announced Thursday that women with a valid health card and a prescription from their doctor or nurse practitioner will be able to get it for free at pharmacies that carry it starting next week.

    “At least 150 health-care providers with the ability to prescribe medication have completed the training offered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, according to the province’s health ministry.

    “Pharmacists will bill the ministry $337.25 for the drug, which includes the mark-up and dispensing fee.”

    Health care for nothin’ and abortions for free. Are you for 86?

    • Anon1970 August 4, 2017 at 10:37 am #

      Abortions are cheaper for the province than paying for an unwanted child for the next 18 years.

      • John Howard August 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

        18 years? It’s the end of life that gets really costly. Also college and prescription pills for life.

    • sophia August 4, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      What is 86?

      • rollie August 4, 2017 at 11:23 am #

        It’s a pun on RU486 – Google it if it doesn’t ring a bell!

      • Elrond Hubbard August 4, 2017 at 11:26 am #

        The drug combination is designated as RU-486.

        Also: “When used as a verb, eighty-six, eighty-sixed, 86, 86ed, or 86’d is American English slang for getting rid of something, ejecting someone, or refusing service.” (Wikipedia)

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:44 am #

          Should have been RU-469.

          • goat1001 August 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

            Ha Ha!!!

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:54 am #

          Restaurant Lingo
          Regardless of whether it was the first to coin the phrase, the restaurant business in the 1930s was one of the main incubators for its usage and development. Believed to be slang for the word “nix,” it was initially used as a way of saying that the kitchen was out of something, as revealed in Walter Winchell’s 1933 newspaper column that featured a “glossary of soda-fountain lingo” used in restaurants during that time, according to Snopes. It later evolved into a code that restaurants and bars used when they wanted to cut someone off, because they were either rude, broke, or drunk, as in “86 that chump at the end of the bar.”

          Prohibition Era Raids
          This possible origin stems from the Prohibition era at a bar called Chumley’s located at 86 Bedford Street in New York City. To survive, many speakeasies had the police on somewhat of a payroll so that they might be warned of a raid. In the case of Chumley’s, it is said that police would call and tell the bartender to 86 his customers, which meant that 1) a raid was about to happen and 2) that they should all exit via the 86 Bedford door while the police would approach at the entrance on Pamela Court.

          Take Out the Trash, U.S. Navy Style
          Another plausible explanation for the saying is brought you by the U.S. Navy’s Allowance Type (AT) coding system that was used to identify and classify the status of inventory. The code AT-6 was assigned to inventory that was designated for disposal, specifically after World War II as the Navy decommissioned many of its warships and went through the process of cleaning out its storerooms where they kept spare parts. During this process, any parts that were labeled AT-6 were considered trash and thrown out. It is easy to see phonetically how this could result in the term “86” and the idea of throwing something away to become synonymous.

          Calm Down, Cowboy
          Up until the 1980s, whiskey came in 100 or 86 proof. When a bartender noticed that a patron had drank too much of the 100 proof, they would scale back and serve them the 86 proof. According to some theories, in bar lingo, that person would have been “86’d.”

          Eight Feet Long, Six Feet Under
          Perhaps the birth of this phrase occurred in death? The last time you can be “86’d” might be when they put you under the ground, as most standard graves are eight feet long and six feet deep.

          Origins

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      And this matters why? Because men want to control the reproductive life of women?

    • aibohphobia August 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

      It IS a curious turn of events. Here in BC, there is also the MAID legislation (Medical Assistance In Dying). MAID at least makes financial sense, as 90% of health care expenses occur in the last year of life–So it is in the interest of the State to provide people with trouble-free means to kill themselves.

      But the RU-486 benefit is a mystery. Canada’s population is dwindling. Why would Canada pay for a benefit that prevents future taxpayers?

      –All this completely without consideration to ethics, morals, or religious beliefs, which no one is paying attention to these days, anyway…

      • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

        Canada’s just a region now, run as a province of the Globalists. And they want a maximum of 500 million people in the world. So it does make sense. See the Georgia Guide Stones.

  4. robert magill August 4, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    (So what exactly was Mr. Trump thinking when he signed the “deeply flawed” (his words) Russian Sanctions bill coughed up like a hairball by congress?)

    I think it’s a red herring on Trump’s part to convince us that we have dealt firmly with those damn Russians at last. The real game, of course, is China and the Russian sideshow had gotten in the way.’ Russians are coming’ has worked since Harry Truman ( called that “little man” by Gore Vidal) started it up all those bloody years ago.
    Trump may be working toward a Labor Day surprise and needed a “beard’ to confuse the Russian haters.

  5. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    In my opinion, Trump wants to recreate a Republican party in which Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will not have a place, and calls on Democrats who are not happy with Hillary Clinton and Co to join the Republican Party.

    Trump Mocks Investigations: ‘Are There Any Russians Here Tonight?’

    More than eight months after winning the election, President Donald Trump on Thursday declared Hillary Clinton’s defeat “the greatest loss in the history of American politics,” while painting the Russia investigation as a “total fabrication” by Democrats to distract from their failure to win the White House and lack of message.

    nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-investigations-are-there-any-russians-here-tonight-n789426

    • rollie August 4, 2017 at 11:47 am #

      Have to agree with the man on that. I wish people could see beyond the two flavors of pro-Trump and anti-Trump. Gosh, could it be that Trump’s an asshole, yet Hillary really IS a crook?

  6. seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    Russian owns Trump Like Don Corleone swooping in and recruiting Luca Brasi or Michael and Al Neri. They own him now. Russian money was Trump’s life support when Atlantic City went belly up. Russians buy many of his branded condos. Apparently Russia owning an American President does not bother his base. This is probably because they feel Russiatosis is the purported media obsession with the story. Alas it is not. It is the selective and comprehensive amnesia of everyone in the Trump campaign when it came to their dealings with Russia.

    • DA August 4, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      As opposed to the unholy crescent of Wall St, London, and Tel Aviv owning everyone else? All US pols are owned by someone. We’d be far better off looking at that first, but of course that will never happen.

      • zizzybalooba August 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

        DA, well put. It’s amazing how many Democrats don’t smell their dirty laundry.

    • SteveO August 4, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      “Apparently Russia owning an American President does not bother his base.”

      He promised his base whatever they wanted (just like Reagan). Add to that, he kicked the 30 year Fox News project of demonizing the Clintons to next level with “lock her up”. His base will buy (or forgive) anything he says now matter how outrageous. Like religious zealots, the more they presented with contradictory evidence, the angrier they get.

      Mueller is Democratic operative placed by Hillary Clinton and Obama.
      The Russians don’t have anything on him.
      The sky is brown and the grass is blue.

      Anything.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:10 am #

        Then why all the lies, obfuscation and amnesia? For shit and fried eggs?

        • SteveO August 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

          It’s the way his mind works. He doesn’t like reality, so he creates one he likes better. The fact that he has been “the smartest guy in the room” while running his business makes the tendency worse. Anyone who tells him he’s wrong gets summarily fired.

      • Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

        “Like religious zealots, the more they [are] presented with contradictory evidence the angrier they get.”

        Actually this describes the liberals well. Their news is fake and their ‘narratives’ are fake. Because they are educated they must be intelligent and the rest are ignorant dupes of a demagogue because they don’t or won’t acknowledge self-evident truth. But who was angry after Brexit and who is mounting a Resistance against a democratically elected president?

        Here is one part of the fantasy. How exactly did the Russians interfere in the election? And why is nobody talking about Hilary Clinton?

  7. 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    There is a higher and better political consciousness out there. The apparatchiks of the deep state have followed the Frankfurt School’s Theory, its critical plan to a T. Now the collapse comes, and there are no more pillars left standing, only their many arms… the many, many arms of the leviathan. The plan ultimately calls for the dialectic. The change in power, but this part they won’t abide, not this way, not when the power is theirs.

  8. manysummits August 4, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Jim !

    I always enjoy reading your thoughts – and of course your way of putting things lightens the load, so to speak.

    I read your book “The Long Emergency” long ago, and for me it is still definitive – and added a phrase to the English language.

    I know you and especially perhaps your readers – are focused on debt and money – and these are without a debt important and consequential.

    But !

    I think a change is in order.

    Money – or rather its pursuit – the focus of so many – its accumulation, and the measures of its flow in the ‘economy’ – is actually not economics – it is ‘chrematistics’ – a Greek word used by Aristotle in opposition to Aristotle’s use of the Greek word ‘oikonomia’ – which is real down to Earth economics – by definition sustainable – which our present system is not.

    Chrematistics is not even found in conventional dictionaries anymore, but in essence there is a recognizable word that is essentially the same thing in our modern world – and it is called “capitalism”.

    The heat wave in Europe as we write is a foretaste of things to come – southern Europe may well be all but uninhabitable by 2100, and the heat will be everywhere onerous, including here in the Americas.

    We need a new economics Jim – and any third or fourth party – a PEOPLES’ Party, if you will, must I think embrace this as a central part of their platform – as well as dealing en mass with the many known existential risks which face us all – and the black swan risks which we are by definition unaware of.

    I was wondering if you might consider shifting the focus of your blogcasts ?

    As for debt – well – I was a geologist – a field geologist – oil & gas – by training and profession – and even once, for year, a certified and practicing stockbroker – now – just an environmentalist – trying to provide a future for my son, who is almost thirteen years old.

    Back to debt & money:

    There is a saying from the world of money:

    ‘If you owe the bank a million – you are in trouble’

    ‘if you owe the bank, say, a trillion – the bank is in trouble’.

    Better an ‘economic’ collapse – really a capitalist collapse – than an Earth System Change of State – which could literally render us extinct, along with a significant percentage of our fellow travelers in what has been for several million years an Ice Age World.

    Regards,

    Mike D in Calgary

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:30 am #

      I heard it different.
      If you owe the bank a million, they own you, but if you owe them a million, you own them.

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

      This has been the mildest summer in a decade in the SE United States. Highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, and lows in the upper 60s to low 70s.

  9. Zoltar August 4, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Check out “Americans Against the Republican and Democratic Parties” on Facebook.
    It’s a start.

    • sophia August 4, 2017 at 10:51 am #

      It’s about damn time. I’ve been waiting for 25 years.

      • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        “Workers of the world, disperse!”

        Less centralization is best.

  10. swmnguy August 4, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    This only looks like anti-Russian hysteria. For some, it might truly be. But this sanctions charade is coming from a far darker place. Beyond the grave, even.

    This is an attempt to drive a wedge between Russia and the E.U., in line with Zbigniew Brzezinski’s outdated (and indeed, repudiated by himself not long before he died, if that’s what he did rather than just climb back into his coffin) “Grand Chessboard” strategy.

    It’s telling of the intellectual poverty rampant in today’s America that the only over-arching global strategy we have is a madman’s 25 year-old lunacy.

    Find a .pdf file of the damn thing online; by no means should you pay for it. But read “The Grand Chessboard.” It’s terrifying. The premise is that there are only 2 options for the US; either become a globe-dominating Empire, or be utterly destroyed. If you accept that premise you’re down the rabbit-hole already.

    To become the global Empire, the US has to dominate Eurasia. The US can’t just invade; not enough guys, gear, or will. So instead the US has to divide, weaken and break up the three major rivals to US dominance over Eurasia; Russia, China, and the E.U. To do this, the US has to create failed states infested with murderous maniacs on the perimeter of those rivals, on top of deposits of strategic resources (energy mostly, not not only) and the trade routes to get those resources to market; and exert leverage on the fracture points in the societies of those rivals.

    In that context, US behavior in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan, Ukraine, Chechnya, Iran, the -stan nations, and China’s Xinjiang Province and the South China Sea make sense. Well, not “sense” exactly, but the motives come clear.

    Brzezinski repudiated his own strategy not long ago, because US military capabilities have been so dramatically deteriorated by the grinding Wars of Empire, other nations have opposed US measures more energetically than predicted, and our 3 main rivals don’t hate each other as much as Brzezinski had hoped, or hated them himself.

    This sanctions measure is a product of an intellectually bankrupt nation bereft of ideas. The point appears to be to force the E.U. to choose between Russia and the US. The premise appears to be that the E.U. is so beholden to and dependent on the US that moving away from the US is at most an empty threat and when the time for real action comes, the E.U. will turn on Russia and embrace the US at any cost.

    That may have been an accurate prediction a few years ago. I’m not so sure now. America’s decline has accelerated rapidly just over the past election cycle. Throughout history, when a warlike people start feeling sorry for themselves, very bad things result, and America’s self-pity party has kicked into hyperdrive. The notion that NATO is an organization in which the US selflessly and altruistically makes sacrifices to help ungrateful snobbish freeloading Europe is wrong on so many counts it’s hard to know where to begin, and anyone indulging in such self-pitying fantasy is probably impervious to observation and reason anyway.

    With US abuse of alliances and partnerships, the global banking system, petro-dollar reserve currency status, and now a campaign of outright rudeness and insults, it’s getting easier every day for the E.U. to rebalance its relationships, moving closer to Russia for energy needs and to China for trade. The E.U. really has no military enemies, so America’s greatest capability has less appeal than Americans are led to believe.

    These are death-spasms of an Empire whose collapse is picking up speed.

    • newworld August 4, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Very well said. I always say, conservatives will never ever leave the year 1945. The various left wing cults have their various years of brain amber but when it comes to policy of empire as of now the conservative one wins out.

      • DA August 4, 2017 at 10:52 am #

        Nice analysis and nice comment. The so-called “left wing” in the US long ago sold out to the neo-cons in the interests of winning elections and partaking in the federal government theft rackets. The social issues are merely a distraction.

        • S M Tenneshaw August 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm #

          You mean Caitlyn Jenner is not as all-important as Rachel Madcow says she is? Is MSNBS (gasp!) lying to us?

      • sophia August 4, 2017 at 10:56 am #

        The intensely irriatting thing is that people like you, apparently self described as a liberal, have completely missed that your faction has been coopted by the neocons and you are now warmongers, and you don’t care. This is why I said yesterday that I have rejected my demographic as they have lost their moral compass.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:27 am #

        It was their finest moment, birthed the CIA, Israel, and the Dulles brothers.

    • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      Europe, at least the non-Anglo portions, historically moved in the Mediterranean sphere. This is their natural world: the Levant, the Maghreb, the Anatolian. Then comes Eastern Europe, and near Asia
      And the Middle East. This is where they live. This is the crucible, not the post WWII construct dictated by the US. The apogee of this construct is already behind us. It doesn’t work. It was built on money and bombs and threats and cheap trinkets and infotainment. No substance.

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      Become? We’ve been empire building since the Spanish-American War. History moves in cycles over 100s of years not decades. The key is to establish multi-generational mastery over these long term moves. That is coming to fruition because America’s political dynasties are more powerful and synergistic now than at any time in our history. In general, individuals only see these cylces through the short lens of an 80 year lifetime. But when you are a member of a family whose influence spans multiple lifetimes you see things differently. That doesn’t mean you will succeed but it does give one a different perspective.

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

        There are many entities that see over time, but only one that weaves time and that is the Catholic Church.

  11. newworld August 4, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    I assume the deep state is in the pay of China and/or the Saudis with tacit agreement with the Israeli lobby. Clintons have taken big money from both.

    The Chinese have a saying, “Sitting on a hill watching two tigers fight.”, and here we are.

    • windward August 4, 2017 at 11:01 am #

      The Chinese say “If you sit long on the riverbank, you will see the bodies of your enemies floating by.”

    • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 11:22 am #

      Nerwirrld, you smart one indeed!

      Chinese also say be no afraid of growring srowry, be afraid of standing stirr,

      Let not your heart be trubbered
      May god be with you

      -onenohung

      • capt spaulding August 4, 2017 at 10:53 pm #

        Excellent parody Avatar.

  12. seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Nostradamus wrote: “The False Trumpet concealing madness will cause Byzantium to change its laws. From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards. The trumpet shakes with great discord. An agreement broken: lifting the face to heaven: the bloody mouth will swim with blood; the face anointed with milk and honey lies on the ground.”

    I always like to check in on Nostra Dumb Ass during interesting times.

    • capt spaulding August 4, 2017 at 10:44 am #

      I dreamed I was talking to Nostradamus one time. He kept saying “I know, I know”.

    • JimInFlorida August 4, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

      In my opinion, much of that has already come to pass.

      I’d say that the False Trumpet is Islam and it DID change Byzantium when it become Istanbul.

      The Man from Egypt who tried to bring his country into the 20th century and bring secular sanity to the body-politic was Gamel Abdel Nasser.

      The trumpet that shook with discord was the engineered fall of the Soviet Union..

      The agreement broken was ZOG-NATO’s betrayal of the agreement with Moscow regarding the outcome of the former Warsaw Pact.

      Not sure what the Bloody Mouth represents. Bush Lied, Millions Died???

      The face annointed with milk and honey is the face of ZOG Amerika and our credibility lies in the gutter. And that may translate into national dissolution and mass discord.

      Hell, it could mean anything. How do we know that Nostradamus wasn’t getting stoned on the Soma juice?

  13. thwack August 4, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    The “Russian meddling in our election” story hasn’t produced any credible evidence after a full year —

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

    “meddling?”

    Is that even a real charge that would be used in a court of law?

    Is that word, or the word “tampering” ever used in a document to convict a person of a crime?

    There is something very niggardly about these words they are choosing to use for their description of this alleged crime?

    For example, remember the Tylenol poisoning cases that were never solved?

    If they ever catch the person who did it, would they be charged with “meddling?”

    or “tampering?”

    Those don’t sound like serious enough words to describe killing people?

    Just sayin

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 10:34 am #

      So the emails are nothing. The unrelenting lies is nothing. The Russian money flowing to Trump is nothing. The meetings to conspire against an American presidential candidate is nothing. The back channel setup is nothing. I mean what do we have to do, see Putin sodomize Trump on Pay per View?

      • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 10:37 am #

        You’d pay, handsomely. Creep.

      • James Howard Kunstler August 4, 2017 at 10:42 am #

        Look, Russia has not been the communist USSR for nearly thirty years now. Whatever you think of Trump — clown, vulgarian, moron — he was entitled to do business with people in a foreign land, one that we are not at war with. Moreover, your accusation raises the question ‘what did Russia actually do or try to do,’ which nobody has answered credibly. There is still no evidence that Russia hacked Hillary and the DNC — but if they did, the result was only to make public truthful information about the low dealings of those players, which i consider a public service. Even if they were rooting for Trump to win, that’s not illegal, nor does it constitute “meddling.” Want to see meddling? Google an image of the cover of the July 15 1995 Time Magazine. Cover story title” “The Secret Story of How American Advisors Helped Yeltsin Win.”

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:22 am #

          I’m on board with espionage goes on all the time. What I’m not on board with is the Trump Campaign working with Russia i.e. aiding and abetting Russian espionage. That is illegal. It violates election laws. As far as his business dealings, if they’re are no sanctions he is entitled to do business anywhere he likes. But even a modicum of research demonstrates that a big chunk of his money, especially since the Atlantic City debacle, comes from Russia. Now if he were to sell everything, pay off all his debts, then I’m on board with him being president. That aside I have a real problem with him on the world stage and owing Russia for his very existence.

          • volodya August 4, 2017 at 11:53 am #

            They’ve been “investigating” for a year. If there was something there, it would’ve leaked.

            Just because somebody sez something is so, it doesn’t make it so, especially when the somebodies are the incompetent, lawless, lying sacks of shit running intel agencies. Remember Iraqi WMDs?

        • Elrond Hubbard August 4, 2017 at 11:52 am #

          The basic dynamic of American governance is to pit power against itself via the separation of powers — “one man’s ambition checks another’s”. But ‘men’ don’t hold power in the USA — factions do, namely the two major parties. The Republicans and Democrats have divided the field between themselves, and successfully resisted or co-opted all rivals since the 1860s at least.

          Real crimes against the polity don’t get punished. Under the constitution, Congress has sole authority over the monetary power but Reagan got away with usurping it in Iran-Contra, for example. What does get punished is offenses against the two-party duopoly. In a quarter of a millennium under separation of powers, the only president successfully forced from office got kicked out not because he harmed the constitution, but because he suborned a two-bit burglary to dig up dirt on the opposing party. Even J. Edgar Hoover of all people knew he could never get away with that, but Nixon went for it and went down in history as a result.

          In short, if Trump gets forced out it’ll be because of the damage he’s doing to the real power structure, namely the two parties. History suggests they’re more likely to shit him out than vice versa.

          • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

            Watergate was the second coup de etat’ in just over 10 years. That is what is going on here. Trump is playing a part, like Mussolini and Hitler. That’s what the Hitlereque rallies are: A veiled threat to order.

        • capt spaulding August 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

          I respectfully disagree JHK. In my mind, anyone who thinks Putin and his crew are misjudged, maligned innocents, is wrong. You can’t trust half the countries in the world, much less one which is ruled by a dictator. I’m not trying to say that our country is so wonderful, however Putin has pretty much shown his stripes, and anybody who thinks he is somehow a misunderstood victim is kidding themselves. I wouldn’t buy a pencil from that asshole, much less trust him on anything else. To me, Putin is no different than Trump, up for anything that aggrandizes him or enriches him. I wouldn’t give a wet fart for either one of ’em.

          • Jeremy August 4, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

            Putin is a dictator?

            Ha ha.

            You’re a dick!

          • Jeremy August 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

            Captain – You personify why the US is known as “Dumbfuckistan” to the rest of the world!

            Ha ha – you dummy!

          • janet August 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

            I agree, captain, that Putin is a dictator. He orders critics and journalists assassinated. He interferes in elections, and not just in the USA.

            Putin steals from the Russian people and keeps the stolen Russian wealth outside of Russia. To ignore what Putin’s Russia is doing is to ignore realpolitik.

          • capt spaulding August 4, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

            You seem to see things differently Jeremy. Maybe because your head is so far up your ass.

      • PeteAtomic August 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

        Google what Seymour Hersh has said about the situation. He is claiming that the FBI has the evidence that Seth Rich was the DNC leak.

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

      This is a political investigation. It will become criminal if they find conspiracy, perjury, sedition, voter fraud or some sort of quid pro quo.

      The French investigated Russian “interference” in their recent election. It took them 3 weeks to announce there was no evidence and to discontinue the investigation.

  14. K-Dog August 4, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    All of this psychotic political behavior screams for the rise of a new party, or more than one new party, composed of men and women who have not lost their minds. I’m sure they’re out there.

    Always the optimist, our host has made the assumption is that there are those who have not lost their minds. A reasonable assumption in a land so large but there has to be a mind in an American noggin to in the first place before it can be lost. That is the problem.

    99 in a 100 Americans have been brainwashed to believe in unbridled capitalism and the endgame of that is tyranny. They are also totally technically obsessed and think that technology can solve all problems. They think North Dakota is on top of a huge lake of oil and that it is possible for America with its endless resources to be great again.

    With so many people so full of shit a new political party can’t happen.

    Plenty of traces on the Internet attest to the existence of a higher and better political consciousness in this country. It just hasn’t found a way to congeal. Yet.

    So what, the point is it can’t congeal. Alexei Nikolaevich had the bleeding disease and imperial Russia fell in part because he had this disease. All Americans also now have a bleeding disease and there will be no congealing into a new political party. The deep state will prevent it. It is a matter of national security. Only the phony choices of the Red and Blue teams will be allowed.

    A thought experiment. How many people do we have thinking about peak oil in America, 10,000? In a country of over 300,000,000 that is one in 30,000 people. Those who have not lost their minds are like a few raindrops lost in a thunderstorm. Raindrops that don’t matter and which will be lost in the deluge of insanity our nation is now flooded with should anyone try and fight the deep state to form a new party.

    • shotho August 4, 2017 at 10:52 am #

      Anyone so ignorant as to be believe that the Czarist Empire fell apart because of a child’s illness has forfeited the right to credibility.

      • K-Dog August 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

        Rasputin dumfuck!

        • Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

          From the very little I know about it the Rasputin legend is said to be a good example of what happens when countries go temporarily insane. Peter Hitchens used it to illustrate a column of his last year. I can’t remember what piece of contemporary nonsense he was writing about. Probably poison gas in Syria or this Russian nonsense.

          The other historical example he used of countries going insane is the odd episode of Marie Antoinette and the necklace. Its Wikipedia entry is unusual in being both interesting and informative. From memory it features gross dishonesty on the part of a few, gross gullibility on the part of a few others (including an infatuated bishop) and mass hysteria on the part of, er, the masses. Marie Antoinette was the innocent woman at the centre.

      • K-Dog August 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

        Really I could have waited for someone else to reply but your misdirection is outrageous.

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      K, and an education system that has been so dumbed down (see my handle) by layer after layer of bureaucracy and “standards” that it’s high schools and colleges no longer teach critical thinking skills – because, you know – that does not produce Amazon warehouse workers.

      • K-Dog August 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

        Candy Crush (the game) is all that is needed for Amazon warehouse workers. The more educated class of workers; the ones about 4 miles away from me at their South Lake Union Campus need a bit more than that but they are still drones and don’t need much in the way of critical thinking.

        Traditionally immigration has provided an educated class and now the demand for education in America by the rest of the world has driven up the cost of our education so high we can’t grow our own.

        You are right. The education system is a big issue and no amount of ‘standards testing‘ ever makes anyone smarter. It sidelines the original purpose of education and does nothing but waste class time.

        • malthuss August 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

          Immigration before and after 1965 are two very different species.

          ‘A semi-literate European immigrant at least had potential IQ power that was passed onto the next generation – further generations were able to perform spectacularly making the U.S. the most prosperous nation that ever existed.

          This is something MOST non-Whites will never, ever be able do to – they’re parasites here to take what the White man created! Why they need to be purged from White homelands – with the “leaders” who allowed them entry.

          This country was founded on White DNA, on White sensibilities; White societies are orderly, one of the very reasons they’re so successful.

          Our nation was not created for Africans, Hispanics, Asians or any other non-White.
          How many successful Whites, if the surface is scratched, are descended from dirt-poor European immigrants who worked life-long menial jobs like dogs so the next generation could succeed?
          There are two big problems with non-White immigration:
          1. They are not us. Hence they are failed people from failed states.
          1. They will pass on their low IQs to succeeding generations ensuring a life-long position in America’s non-tax-paying underclass with no chance of success in a First World, high-tech society.
          As for Asian immigration, see reason #1. They are colonists and do not belong in White homelands.’

          • thwack August 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

            This country was founded on White DNA, on White sensibilities; White societies are orderly, one of the very reasons they’re so successful.

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

            Yet here you are, with a whole bunch of other white people, tapping away, day after day, about how this whole white enterprise is gonna collapse?

            How *successful* is that?

            If your people came here from Europe it means they were failures in Europe; so if you are a white person currently failing right now, don’t go to no Howard Cosell, or Jimmy The Greek to find someone to blame…

            just look in the mirror.

        • ozone August 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

          “Traditionally immigration has provided an educated class and now the demand for education in America by the rest of the world has driven up the cost of our education so high we can’t grow our own.”

          K-dog,
          To use that new-old expression of incredulity: Say whuuuut??
          Of course I agree with your contention here, but there’s nothing stopping home-grown guerilla education from happening in this country besides bone-deep laziness and a foolish dependence on Big Daddy Warbucks taking care of us lumpen. “Yeah, I don’t like that thinking stuff; thinking’s hard.”

          There’s no reason that communities can’t set their own standards *with their own resources* for educating their own kids. If the kids are actually taught how to think critically and solve complicated mathematical, geographical and communication problems (as well as a nice rounding in the sciences and arts), who really gives a shit if they can’t get into some overpriced university because they can’t pass some standardized bullshit test (although they likely could, and handily at that)?

          Y’see, “everybody” (meaning your local board of ed.) wants them matching funds from the feds, which means you’ve got to teach the chilluns the fed’rul way. I say, do what you can with what you’ve got (meaning, get a teacher that really wants to teach for a living — in both senses) and those kids that want to learn, will learn, those that don’t better find an alternative way to get by on whatever their natural talents may be. …And by all means, encourage and help those that have a burning desire to go that route.

          Creativity in this regard (and every other) won’t be seriously considered until a lot of shit has hit the fan……… and the fan is no longer operational. (Which would include all those agencies that actively and by ‘legal’ mandate prevent creative workarounds at the present time.)

          …And our ‘resident’ porcupine just bumbled through the “yard” again in the search for clover and tender blackberry shoots. 🙂
          (Sorry, that’s just nice to see.)

  15. Anon1970 August 4, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    “The “Russian meddling in our election” story…” What about the meddling of Victoria Nuland and Hillary Clinton in the affairs of Ukraine in 2014? There would have been no Orange revolution without their support. Did anyone at the State Department really believe that Russia would allow Ukraine to join NATO and have a NATO military base in Crimea?

    • DA August 4, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      Bingo! Which is almost certainly what all the current hysteria is about. A smokescreen to obscure previous shenanigans by the Clintonoids of an actual serious nature.

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      What about it? Where are the email trains where Chelsea Clinton is meeting with Ukrainian Government Agents? It’s boogers and juju beans.

      • sophia August 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        What an obtuse reply. What has it to do with Chelsea. She was busy running their money laundering operation anyway. How about answering the question. Why is it OK for our state dept to be on the ground in Kiev during a coup against a president and spending 5 billion on it?

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

          This answer is not annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand. It is spot on. Donald Trump Jr, the president’s son and business runner, was caught along with his brother in law and campaign manager meeting with Russian agents. That is an undisputed fact. We say it, and they say it. Now show me the parallel to the Clinton’s daughter.

          • Anon1970 August 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

            Forget about Clinton’s daughter. What about Bill Clinton’s huge speaking fee ($500,000?) for giving a speech in Moscow a few years back. Then there were the Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation. Were the Russians trying to buy influence with the Clintons as other countries were doing at the same time? Mrs. Clinton went from First Lady to US Senator from NY to Secretary of State to Presidential candidate. Let’s face it. Our political system is corrupt and it was made more corrupt by the Citizens United decision in 2010. As the old saying goes, “A fish rots from the head down.” In our case, it was the Supreme Court that issued a rotten decision in 2010 and now we all have to live with it.

          • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

            Anon, has GoogleMaps ever taken you off the main highway and onto some forlorn state route so as to shave off 17 minutes or so? Driving these state routes, have you ever come across the homes of grass farmers? They’re usually deteriorating 1960 ranch style homes with preposterously large lawns on the larger setbacks from these busy, yet rather lonely, roads. They’re typically quite a distance away from any meaningful civilization. Have you ever said to yourself, “who the hell lives here?” Driving further you enter for what passes for a village. There’s a pharmacy, a wal-mart, and then a strip-mall with the obligatory Tractor Supply, Topps 1 China Buffet, and a Mexican restaurant called Nueva Cocina. In that same sketchy strip mall, there’s a bar, a real seedy joint. A place where chronic drunks, sex offenders, and tattooed trash spend their time for lack of jobs and lack of clear thought, or both. They bitch poor man’s tripe. This is where you’ll find Seawolf, when not mowing the lawn in that home we talked about. Have pity.

          • sophia August 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

            There doesn’t have to be a parallel with the Clinton daughter. But the Clinton Foundation was run by her and its a shady organization.

  16. tnroe August 4, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    You had me until your overly simplistic statement about US voting machines not connected to the Internet.

    • routersurfer August 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

      Last election I worked they did connect to a phone jack by a modem. So in a way they did connect to a network. As for being hackable. My noncompetitive contracts are still on place…….

  17. elpuma2003 August 4, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    This article echoes JHK’s themes underlying all of his posts. Read it and spread it to anyone that can read…

    dailyreckoning.com/fed-enabled-corporate-kingpins-scalp-billions/

    • Dumbedup August 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      No doubt about it – racketeering at its finest. And all perfectly legal. Then they trot down to Bankruptcy Court and discharge all the debt which ultimately comes back to consumers in the form of higher prices and/or the erosion of the value of the money in their pockets. Only people with money in the stock market are benefiting and if a crash comes there will be hell to pay. Dylan Ratigan refers to this process as an “extraction.” It is a complicated set of rules which allow the wealthy to become more wealthy by essentially taking from the middle class. They don’t even attempt to add wealth with new and innovative products or services. They have conceded the finiteness of the system so now it is just about stealing from others by a system they control.

      • malthuss August 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

        if?

      • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:36 am #

        More like a consolidation. The entire US “market economy” an be viewed as giant Hoover vacuum cleaner operation; Hoovering up wealth from the grassroots level in all spheres of economic activity and concentrating it at the .01% level, where it becomes monetized and financialized, never to be redistributed again. So when, for example, viewing pictures online of the palatial estates of these cocksuckers, the proper mindset is to see that all this was purchased with money literally stolen (albeit “legally”) from the working classes the world over. The fact that the working classes were mostly complicit in this theft and celebrate their gains only heightens the irony.

  18. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    And under all that noise Trump put at the head of the FBI a man who defended Chris Christie from Bastinda

    Hillary in desperation gave a command to leak information that special prosecutor Mueller impaneled the Grand Jury.

    But in order to understand the significance of these events, we must remember how the New York was flooded with hurricane Sandy, during which an explosion of electrical transformers evaporated German gold.

    And it has completely disappeared.

  19. Walter B August 4, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    I wish that people would stop being concerned with the US government not raising the debt limit every time it comes time for it to be needed because they always have raised it and they always will regardless of the theatrics that are played out beforehand. Even if they don’t it will not stop them from printing out massive amounts of cash and handing it out freely to achieve their goals. I understand that only about 1% of we Americans ever serve in the armed forces, but those of us who did and who still have friends and family who do, are able to get a lot insight on how our government deals with cash on a large scale.

    I was retelling a few tales to a general friend of mine last night that I was told by a family member who just got back from his third deployment, his second to Afghanistan. His first hand accounts of massive amounts of US dollars being handed out to Afghans and to SF teams to get the jobs done were dwarfed by my general’s tales of his time in the ME and millions upon millions if not billions of cash handouts going back decades now. The amounts are so mind boggling that surely the idea of taxation to fund these handouts is ridiculous at best. They are simply printing it up out of thin air, plain and simple. While none of us truly understands how this can go on ad infinitum, as long as the minions are still accepting pictures of dead presidents as payment for services, is surely will and the supply will never run out.

    As far as the Germans not accepting the US BS sanctions goes, if you recall that old ditty that goes “Hitler has only got one ball…”? Well the Germans have NO balls at all and as long as they allow themselves to be ruled by the World’s Ugliest Prostitute, well, they have no hope nor a say about their fate. They will just STFU and work so that the Greeks, Italians, Spaniards and everybody else can lie on the beaches and fornicate.

    Collapse remains the only future.

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      The dollar is down for the 5th straight month. The red headed step child of investing, precious metals, has even displayed a pulse. Maybe Trump is the snowflake. In his famous words “Time will tell.” Or was that Mick Jagger?

      • Walter B August 4, 2017 at 11:36 am #

        I’ve never seen the two in the same place at the same time, perhaps there is only one?

    • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

      Yes, sadly we broke them after WW2. Even today, everywhere you go are reminders of the “Holocaust” and how unspeakably evil they are. They seek non-existence and the Muslims have answered the call.

  20. volodya August 4, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Robert Magill is right, Russia really is a sideshow and China really is the story.

    It should be obvious by now, China is using North Korea as the horn to horn the US out of NE Asia. Day-by-day, with each of Kid Kimchee’s missile launches, the US reveals its impotence.

    Will there be war on the Korean peninsula? There might. Will it be a horrifically expensive affair for everyone including China? It surely will.

    But it might be a risk that the Chinese are willing to take and a price the Chinese are willing to pay. If history is any guide it will be a war the US will lose. The US couldn’t even prevail over the shambles that was Saddam’s Iraq.

    Maybe the Chinese are betting that a massively expensive war will finally get the US out of their back yard for good and reduce it to a regional power, if that.

    IMO the best, least expensive course for the US would be to not give the Chinese the war that could reduce the US to drooling national senility. The rational course for the US is to marshal its remaining resources. Bug out. Do it now.

    • janet August 4, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Agree.

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 11:50 am #

      The Trump Russia thing is something far more sinister. In the immortal words of Janos they are white and the Chinese are yellow. Is Russia going to be our ally because we are the same race, or is Russia going to be China’s ally because they share the same continent? Is Russia going to extend American hegemony, or aid in its demise? It’s all very cloak and dagger. That it reached into our presidential elections is astounding. I think it’s an indication of how close the event is.

      • DA August 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

        Well, if the Russians intend to assist in ending American hegemony (they can only assist, since The US government is already doing a fine job of it with or without anyone’s help), then I say by all means feel free to meddle. The amazing thing is that that anyone in their right mind could possibly think that Russia and Putin could possibly pose a larger threat than HRC and her rabid Clintonoids. Sinister? We rejected that last November. Not that what we got instead looks to be a whole lot better at this point.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

        Quite right I am: If Western Civilization is to have any future, the White Race must survive. And that means the last two great Western Powers must cooperate, or better yet, become friends. Lindbergh said the same thing long ago about Germany. We didn’t listen. As Hitler warned the English before the WW2: if you fight us again, you will lose your Empire. So it was. We’re in England’s position now.

        • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:23 am #

          The White Race will survive just fine among the .01%. It’s the rest of the white race – which no doubt includes you and I – that will be getting eliminated; aka, “sacrificed for the greater good.” You see the race problem just fine Janos, trouble is that’s all you see! The real problem’s MUCH bigger than that!

          • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

            If we’re not around, what does it matter? All problems belong to some one or some group. If they cease to exist, so do the problems. You’re putting the cart before the horse. Very common. Study more existentialism, please. The 1 gives the zeroes meaning. And moral problems are for the living. Ditto all other kinds of problems.

    • thwack August 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      “It should be obvious by now, China is using North Korea as the horn to horn the US out of NE Asia.”

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

      Typical white man overthinking and projecting as per the usual…

      Look,

      its real simple.

      North Korea is where China was 67 years ago; white people trying to isolate and sanction them; so why should China support that behavior?

      When China looks at North Korea, THEY SEE THEMSELVES 67 YEARS AGO.

      The other “secret” white people don’t talk about is the fact that when JAPAN invaded and occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, it was the Koreans in the NORTH who were the patriots and revolutionaries, who fought the japs.

      It was the NORTH KOREAN who looked the jap in the eye and told him the truth.

      The South Korean was too busy coonin and goonin, skinnin and grinnin; buck dancing, sucking jap cock…

      *vomit*

      All the house Koriggers, uncle toms, sellouts, and coon Koreans who helped the japs oppress Koreans, where in the SOUTH.

      Thats why they hate each other so much.

      and,

      and,

      don’t forget,

      ALL the Asians hate the japanese because the japanese tried to function as white people.

      *If you didn’t know now you know*

      nigger

      • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

        Cool.

      • thwack August 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

        Oh yeah, I almost forgot, SOUTH Koreans are addicted to plastic surgery; the kind designed to make them look LESS Korean.

        The North Koreans have Juche,

        what do the South Koreans have?

        They have plastic surgery thats says:

        “I cannot stand myself, nor can I stand anyone else who;

        looks

        like

        me.”

        Fuck em; and erybody look like em

        • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

          Wow! they’re the plastic surgery capital of the world 20 procedures per 1,000 people, almost double America’s 13 per 1,000.

    • nsa August 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

      You are delusional and should take a 357 to your ZioVision box. There is zero chance of a war with either China or Korea for one simple obvious reason…….nothing in it for conniving jooies who are not into wasting their useful idiot’s assets.

    • zizzybalooba August 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

      volodya, how about a little polonium in fatboy’s kimchi?

  21. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    Like Afghanistan in the eighties looks like Russia has stepped into it again. “Ivan” never seems to learn. == Buck Stud
    kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-little-maoists/#comment-252062

    ISIS virtually ceased to exist. Al Baghdadi apparently is killed by the Russian air strike. ISIS is not interesting to anyone anymore. The united anti-Russian front in the Middle East ceased to exist in fact. Turkey, for example, now purchases Russian S-400s, even though six months ago it appeared that it would never do it, and together with Russia, Syria and Iran, establishes de-escalation zones.

    Iraq is preparing to buy Russian tanks, although a year ago they were ready to swear on Qur’an that it would never happen. However, the use of Russian tanks in Syria somehow miraculously changed this attitude.

    Qatar shared the gas markets of Europe and Asia with Russia within swap arrangements. The large anti-Russian Middle East split into two coalitions, which clearly take into account Russia’s factor in declaring war on each other. That is, the changes in the Middle East are fundamental.

    Europe and the US are ready to start a trade war because of “anti-Russian sanctions.” Moreover, Warsaw is ready to bury the current model of the European Union because of the new and bright Washington carrots and is preparing to challenge the place of the first and favorite Washington’s wife from Berlin. “Euro-Atlantic solidarity” over the past three or four months was covered with such cracks that if someone had suggested such a thing a year ago, no one would have believed it, and only twirled a finger at his temple.

    In fact, we are now witnessing not just the struggle of the two world groups for global power in the world, but the process is much more complicated: change of one global model of the world order that stemmed from the confrontation of the two world systems that developed after the Second World War into a new multi-polar.

    And the landmarks of the change of epochs are not expressed by the battles at Waterloo or Stalingrad, but by coming to the world political scene first Vladimir Putin, then by Xi Jinping, and now Donald Trump.

    As Comrade Stalin put it, cadres decide everything. That’s why it will be possible to say that the American sanctions or some other phantom are threatening Russia, only in one case – when the fact of loading of ammunition and fuel into the T-90 tanks and Tu-160 bombers will become available to the widest public in the West.

  22. 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    I read a story about affairs in the gaming industry. Usual complaints about not having enough indentured Indians slavishly writing code for their blockbuster holiday game release because of Trump. Apparently one of the games involves an immersive experience as a villain in the Star Wars franchise. People will experience why the “Empire” is not considered evil by many, and why they support the order. “Maybe the ‘Rebels’ are not the good guys after all”. Seems Americans will come around to their reality through virtual fiction.

    • malthuss August 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

      Are indians [dot not feather] living better?

  23. sophia August 4, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    100th avatar at 11:11,

    Yes, yes, yes. And the worst of it is the stupids are the high IQ, academics and professionals.

    Do we have a choice about sharing karma with them?

    • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

      If you wanted to live on an iceberg.

  24. Jeremy August 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    sp. “… he some lined up.”

    … some one …

  25. My Point of View August 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    No sir, it’s not a national psychosis. The issues are real and it will bring Trump to ruin. He deserves it; he’s one of the worse pricks out there.

    Trump can’t get American banks to finance his schemes. Maybe FOUR yuuuuuge bankruptcies flavors their distaste for the orange disaster.

    Trump no doubt has large loans from Russia’s crooked banks, he owes them. A lot. The art of the deal was for Trump to lift the sanctions, which have hurt Russia bigly, and in return his dead loans would be marked PAID. It’s standard procedure for Russia and their intel crowd to get people hooked on financial and sexual schemes, then play them.

    Mueller has now gone to the Grand Jury process. Trump’s days are numbered at POTUS. The sooner he goes the better all of us will be.

    Before someone tells his promises to drain the swamp were sincere, oh please, give that shit a break, he had no intention of doing any such thing. All he wanted to do was muck with the tax codes to save his heirs a billion in taxes. That’s all he was ever after. Greed. Me. Me. Me. Me.

    • seawolf77 August 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

      Trump couldn’t get Las Vegas to bet on him. Trump couldn’t get the NFL to bet on him.

      • My Point of View August 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

        True, and sadly millions of rubes did bet on him last November and now we’re all going to lose.

        • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

          If you have to “bet” and you *know* you will lose, do you bet a million bucks or do you “bet” ten bucks?

  26. My Point of View August 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    “…screams for the rise of a new party, or more than one, composed of men and women who have not lost their minds. I’m sure they’re out there. Plenty of traces on the Internet attest to the existence of a higher and better political consciousness in this country. It just hasn’t found a way to congeal. Yet.”

    Not going to happen. Not as long as we have the Citizens United ruling by the SCOTUS to allow unlimited dark money into elections. The deck has been stacked against us, one piece at a time, slowly, so we wouldn’t notice it. Vegas casinos are way generous compared to the thick shit sandwich the very wealthy are dealing us.

    As it now stands, most of our Federal, State and Local governments are driven by the Kochtopus set of organizations and billionaire donors whose main goal is killing the New Deal, Great Society, safety net and at least privatizing Social Security before outright killing it. The name for this is Social Darwinism but I call it the GOP’s YOYO Plan. YOYO as in You’re On Your Own, and heaven help you.

    No ‘new party’ has a fart’s chance in a hurricane of surviving against the tornado of money and lies from far right fascists, as evidenced by Bannon and Miller in the white house filling the vacant skull of Trump with their bullshit.

    Thoughts of a new party are wishful thinking until some BIG money is behind it to counter the Koch Bros organizations. Koch’s=GOP Death Panel.

    ifg.org/kochtopus/

    washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/a-rare-look-inside-the-koch-brothers-political-empire/…

    rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924

    • messianicdruid August 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

      “You’re On Your Own, and heaven help you.”

      It is what it is.

    • MrTibbs August 5, 2017 at 1:02 am #

      Atlas Shrugged.

      -T

      They Call Me Mr. Tibbs.

    • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:18 am #

      Any “new party” that BIG money would get behind would be nothing more than a more virulent form of the current parties. That’s just the nature of the beast.

      • MrTibbs August 5, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

        No political party is required, as the levers of power are distributed among knowledge and production members, as prescribed by the founders of the Constitutional Republic.

        Makes me sad for the rest……

        -T

        They Call Me Mr. Tibbs.

  27. San Jose August 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    A note on the August “Eyesore of the Month.” You’re right Jim, that building doesn’t look like it would weather an earthquake.

    It doesn’t look like a building I’d want to even be in–remember that in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety comes before other needs.

    In San Francisco, they are building a boondoggle in the form of a transit center amidst a lot of high rises, and adjacent to our infamous Millennium Tower. Just last week they announced that the tower has sunk ANOTHER inch in the past year–and no you can’t play marbles in the higher echelons of the building because of the tilt. I walked around the Millennium Tower a few weeks ago and the cracking, sinking sidewalks are a sight to behold. The doorman said that he has tourists taking pictures of the tower entry all day long. They should have anchored the foundation in bedrock. Duh.

    The tower developers are blaming the transit center–and all the digging associated with it. The transit building is really ugly–maybe it was designed to look like a big, curvy cloud? It’s the opposite of Calatrava’s gorgeous transit hub in NYC.

    What with all the fires in London and Dubai, it’s not a good summer for residential high rises.

    Jen in San Jose

  28. fineline August 4, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Maybe we will have a citizens epiphany where we realize we dont need any parties, but we must think and participate in the government rather than 80% of us blindly voting the party line every few years.

    Maybe Kunstler and Orlov will have an epiphany and realize that Trump did collude with the Russians and that is why he will not now or never show his tax returns.

    IMHO,Trump never had any business running for president anyway. We the people need big strong government to restrain capitalist sociopaths like Trump and Tillerson and most of the cabinet .
    But instead we are now under their thumb, largely as a perversion of the two party system, that controls every vote in the electoral college keeping any sane and reasonable people out

  29. pentrus August 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    I doubt that third parties will likely arise as long as the present two exist. Unless you mean a different party arising out of the ashes of the economic and social meltdown that we seemed hell-bent-for-leather to achieve in the next few months or years. I am afraid that a third or fourth party will be fascist in nature, or will subscribe to some religious idiocy which will used to foist their beliefs on the rest of the electorate.

    Maybe many don’t think that sounds too bad compared to the kleptocrats we currently have in office. But, I am afraid that in a year or two we may be referring to these times as the “good ‘ol days”.

    • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:15 am #

      Any prospective third party will likely morph slowly out of the current two, a la Sanders in 2016. Although there’s certainly an equal chance that such developments, especially combined with another false flag 9-11 type event, could result in an official crackdown from either quarter and a suspension of politics and civil liberties as usual altogether. I’m betting on the latter. Politics has pretty much already been revealed as a carnival sideshow, so that indicates an end game of sorts is probably in sight. The overseas war is about to come home, as the enemies of the state now realize that’s where the greatest resistance lies.

  30. pequiste August 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    With all of the continual psychotic, paranoid, hallucinatory Russia talk and images; I have developed an awful earworm:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Lcdmq07u2T8

    The Chinese would be laughing their asses off with all of this U.S.A. versus Russia sabre rattling except they are currently having for themselves a nasty little bout of border dispute with the Indians (dot not feather.)

  31. FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    American intrigues from 30 thousand feet

    Trump certainly had his hands twisted, and this began from the shooting of his closest friend and the “Whip” of the Republican Party Scalise, which took place 5 hours before the first vote in the Senate of the notorious law on anti-Russian sanctions.

    And it happened on the birthday of Trump – nothing to add here. After that, the removal of Barack Obama from power on June 12, 2016 and taking of Bernie Sanders’ nieces as hostages to force Bernie to endorse Hillary Clinton at the Convention of the Democratic Party look more than the inventions of a crazy blogger and a rumor at the Convention.

    Moreover, this rumor forced more than 400 delegates to leave the Convention, demonstratively taping over their mouths. And TV showed it to the whole world, as well as a makeup on the face of Bernie Sanders not too carefully covering his bruises and his weeping brother, on his behalf, transferring Sanders’ votes to Hillary Clinton.

    And after that, Russian Gate blooms and smells, according to which the Russian hackers in coordinated efforts with Donald Trump discredited Hillary Clinton’s credibility.

    Had Trump postponed signing it, politicians on both sides of the aisle would have held it up as an example of collusion.

    forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2017/08/02/as-trump-signs-russian-sanctions-law-market-yawns-and-germans-…

    That is, for congressmen and senators, or rather those who hold them by the balls, was not enough to vote for this law, and one can only admire the 5 lawmakers, who despite everything, voted against it. US lawmakers had to shoulder this responsibility on Trump, in order to later accuse him of deteriorating relations with Russia, and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev became the pioneer of this campaign. The stylistic analysis of his speech says that it was written by Hillary Clinton in person and the American media accusing Trump of signing this law to some extent use the speech of the Russian Prime Minister as a guideline.

    And the Russian citizens meanwhile are sure that they, not wanting to understand American politics, defend justice and peace in the world from American imperialism, despite the fact that Russia from the social point of view is undoubtedly one of the most backward and reactionary states, confidently moving from feudalism to slavery.

    With their contemptuous unwillingness to understand the American serpentarium, they create an operational space for Dmitry Medvedev, who is clearly preparing to become Russia’s leader and lead it along with Russian citizens to where Hillary Clinton will tell him.

    And all this is superimposed on the simple fact that all these intrigues in the United States are ripples on the water, and in the depths of it there is a struggle between the Enemy of the Human Race and the One who sacrificed himself for the salvation of the people, and on the surface of American politics periodically appears the Hand, the Foot and the Hoof of the struggler.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

      Russia from the social point of view is undoubtedly one of the most backward and reactionary states, confidently moving from feudalism to slavery.

      I guess I owe an explanation to this one:

      In the US by law, any debt, a percentage on which exceeds 11 percent per year, is not necessary to return at all, and in Russia, “microfinance” organizations are at every step.

      And those are essentially slave-owning offices.

  32. tucsonspur August 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    “The ‘Russian meddling in our election’ story hasn’t produced any credible evidence after a full year”. JHK

    I think it depends on what you mean by meddling and credible.
    There certainly seems to be enough, let’s call it information, out there to indicate meddling at least.

    You look at the sources, like the FBI for example, and determine their credibility as best you can. The following article is just one example out of many that indicate “credible meddling” by the Russians.

    businessinsider.com/evidence-russia-meddled-in-us-election-2017-6

    • tucsonspur August 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      About 3/4 through the article is a section titled, “As many as 39 state election systems targeted”, which sheds additional credible light.

  33. Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    There are a couple of echoes of Michael Hudson here to my ear. Firstly he also argued that it was 19th C protection that made the US economy, and secondly he also saw the Ukraine crisis as an attempt to set the EU against Russia: “Let’s you and Russia fight.”

    Imagine the reaction from the Resistance (which includes nearly all the mainstream media I assume – all of them on this side of the Atlantic anyway) if Trump had voted against the bill. It would have been further proof of his hilarious incompetency. The alternative stand-up comedians would have more material for their know-all audiences.

    That’s two really stupid things he has donefrom my standpoint as someone who does not follow the news: this and the shocking decision to launch missiles against a Syrian air force base on tendentious and unproven claims that Assad used poison gas.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      the shocking decision to launch missiles against a Syrian air force base on tendentious and unproven claims that Assad used poison gas

      Actually, that was a collusion between Trump and Putin, Trump was on the verge of being arrested by the FBI using “special protocols”.

      • Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

        All I could make out from the Irish media coverage was that Trump’s daughter had been upset by the footage and made dad do it. It is certainly very possible that he was caught up in a brief wave of hysteria. After all, Merkel was caught up in a bigger one in September 2015 with the photo of the drowned child and made an uncharacteristically rash decision to open the borders.

        What were the ‘special protocols’?

        • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

          What were the ‘special protocols’?

          Listen [carefully] to John Carlin on PBS:

          youtube.com/watch?v=OYohmp8k9BY&t=226

          All I could make out from the Irish media coverage was that Trump’s daughter had been upset by the footage and made dad do it.

          Cover story.

          • Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

            I saw the link in the post below but I must have missed where Carlin or Douglas mention the use of special protocols to arrest Trump. Where in the video is this? Carlinin particular just says what a great organization the FBI is. They strike me as being just as incompetent as the others and caught up in a delusional moral crusade against the President.

          • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

            Listen, Sean, have a patience to go through a 15 minutes video, please, or you want me to put you to the exact second where the word “protocols” is used?

          • Sean Coleman August 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

            ‘Carlin in particular’ should read ‘Douglas in particular’ of course. Listening to her is wasting my valuable time, and it is half past eleven here in Killarney.

            To be honest I was reading while listening.

            I heard the words protocols towards the end but this was just about the protocols that govern the valuable work of the FBI and make them such a successful, professional and politically neutral organization and immune to mass hysteria.

            If you can give me the exact place in the video I’d be obliged.

          • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

            Sean, when you see an inebriated and crazed homeless person screaming at the sidewalk, do you take on the role of the sidewalk? At most, a conversation, if any, should be limited to perhaps pointing the person in the direction of help. Best not to engage the loonies, for the dignity of all parties.

          • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

            What’s the point?

            Matthew 11:15 Whoever has ears, let them hear. You, obviously, don’t.

          • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

            Regrettably, everyone hears, no real choice, but nobody wants to listen, and that’s by choice.

          • Sean Coleman August 5, 2017 at 6:14 am #

            100th Avatar

            I think you are right. Finca does not point out where Carlin says it and I don’t think he does. When Finca said to “listen [carefully]” he gives a clue.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 4, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      And the second half of this period began with attempts to remove him from power without any impeachment.

      So, a week ago, on April 5, 2017, on one of the main Clinton channel PBS, a former employee of the Obama’s Justice Department, John Carlin, in accurate but unambiguous terms, told the amazed public that professional investigators of the FBI’s national security department are ready to use special protocols, allowing to arrest the President who cooperates with the enemies of the United States.

      kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/a-matter-of-mercy/#comment-301927

      youtube.com/watch?v=OYohmp8k9BY&t=226

    • Janos Skorenzy August 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

      Watched a show about Irish wildlife. The resurgent Pine Martens are driving back the Grey Squirrel invaders allowing the native Red Squirrels a chance at survival. Thus the Pine Marten is a Black Swan to the Greys, but a Savior to the Reds.

      Will the human Natives of the British Isles find a Pine Marten of their own to save them from the Brown Invaders?

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_pine_marten

      The Reds evolved with the Pine Marten and are thus adapted to survive their predation. The Greys are not.

      • 100th Avatar August 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

        The greys are just seizing opportunity, as the reds are at a pub crying in their beer, getting sentimental on the road of nostalgia… before they eventually come to blows. The reds, after sucking back a few, simply regard the other as an eejit. It’s congenital. Just can’t help it.

  34. Pucker August 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    I guess that we’ll never know what The Clinton Foundation was all about and those Special Access Programs on Hillary’s private server?

  35. janet August 4, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

    The FBI has evidence of Russian targeting of every part of the US political system, from political parties to policy think-tanks to state election systems. This will come out in legal proceedings against Trump. The Russians pissed all over the US 2016 election, with help from Trump… Trump likes golden showers and Putin has video proof of that… compromat.

    • thwack August 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

      The FBI has evidence of Russian targeting of every part of the US political system,

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

      Uh oh?

      looks like we have a new niggardly word to describe the CRIMES the Russians committed?

      *targeting*

      be afraid, be very afraid…

      lol

      • janet August 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

        Yes, the Russians Targeted very specific races… down to the county level … But in only select races that happened to be pro-Republican, probably with Collusion from stateside Trump partisans. If a foreign power had intervened to the benefit of Hillary and she thereby became an illegitimate president, you probably would not be laughing.

    • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:08 am #

      Poor janet. Still hiding under the bed screaming “The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” All while the real enemies of the US state continue to steal with impunity right under our noses behind a thin veneer of self-professed “patriotism.” The professional racketeer class thanks you for your hysterical rants. Useful idiot indeed!

  36. PeteAtomic August 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    I almost detect a faint hint of…..wait for it………..*Optimism* inherent in this article there Mr. Jim.
    🙂

    • MrTibbs August 5, 2017 at 12:59 am #

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asceticism

      In the New Republic, members thrive within, with “less is more” without.

      In the New Republic, all good people in the arena enjoy resuming the restoration of the Constitutional republic from JFK’s point of interruption, can see for miles and miles, and enjoy Liberty in building out properties and the local means of production, with the capability to sow, nurture, grow, harvest, store, cook, engineer, design, program, automate, construct, process, raise, teach, counsel, hunt, defend, provide, debate, organize, compose, perform, worship, dance, laugh, love, celebrate, and sustain.

      We are the sheepdogs.
      And we are old fashioned and sentimental.
      And we belong to the longest serving Civil Rights organization in the Republic.
      And we don’t require others for border protection or building bridges.
      And members are made by undying love, devotion, and loyalty to the Constitution.
      And we are happy to participate in the proper pursuit and offering of due process under the Constitution to the NETWORK globalist class charlatans who sold out the old republic in their lust for power and the love of money.
      And we are ready for what’s next.
      Sent from the New Republic.

      They Call Me Mr. Tibbs.

      -T

  37. Pucker August 5, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    FBI Anon….

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=puqhrUiHdd0&feature=youtu.be

  38. Being There August 5, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Yes, I so agree.

    This may actually be the break between the US and it’s “ally” Europe who we are trying to undermine every step of the way, incl. drowning them in refugees from the ME which we are turning into the ashbin of history…..for what? Oil? Peace for Israel?

    What good is any of that when we imagine we can win a “limited nuclear war with Russia” as the Neocons like to push.
    Pirvatizing war as a business is a very bad idea and soon it will be run by A.I. which is beginning to create a new language the programmers don’t understand…..mhmmm what could possibly go wrong. The stock market, the only game in town is also run by A.I.

    If we ended the monopolistic oligopoly here, (or at least counter-balancing it) we could be coming up with better ideas that the world might embrace, but no….Rentier and monopoly are the only choice in this lockdown we call freedom and libertah…..

    So here we go barrel-assing our way down the bathtub drain, the Republicans wanted to see happen to the govt.
    Indeed the govt is the public sector….hope our ride will be survivable.

    • DA August 5, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      The Return on Investment of nukes has proven to be abysmal, so they’ve been adapted to the next-gen 21st century technique of use as instruments of terror, false flag or otherwise. All out launches seem increasingly unlikely (gauche!) at this point, with limited tactical uses increasingly likely. The US should be very wary in that regard, as our massive population centers on the east coast present an almost irresistibly inviting target for Russian subs to launch nuclear tipped “tsunami starter” torpedoes. As the US has very capably demonstrated over the past 70 years, the era of “big wars” and “big weapons” is long since over, replaced with small wars and smaller weapons employed much more widely and creatively, leveraging the fact that fully integrated technological-based societies are vulnerable to even very small disruptions.

  39. volodya August 5, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    DA, zizzy et al,

    DA is right, for many reasons the era of US hegemony is done. The Russians are no threat no matter the strident insistence of our supposedly educated thinking classes.

    If you’re looking for a historical turning of the page, look further east. That’s where things are happening. And the Chinese could turn out the lights in North Korea tomorrow if they wanted. But they don’t want to.

    IF US foreign policy were smart, which it ain’t, the US would vacate wherever American bases are sitting around wasting money in Asia. Pack it all up and go home.

    WW2 was a long time ago. The Communist menace as an ideological opposite is done. The US no longer has the industrial capacity nor the national will to fight a major war nor maintain military facilities far from home.

    But China is no friend. They’re not run-of-the-mill globalists. America as the source of money and know-how served its purpose. The Chinese have ambitions of their own and they want the US out of the way. Bye-bye stupid White people.

    Fatboy and the Chinese would trumpet a glorious victory against Yankee imperialism. Let ’em. But then there’s a really big problem: America would be an ocean away and what better legitimizes the Chinese and N. Korean regimes than the close proximity of American forces?

    And there’s no ethnic or linguistic affinity between Koreans and Chinese. These are made-to-order adversaries. So now the Chinese have a nutcase leading a nuclear armed North Korea on their borders.

    Something nasty in Fatboy’s kimchee could happen. But I think the poisoner will more likely be someone in the North Korean inner circle that’s getting paranoid that he’s on a liquidation list.

    My bet is that shortly after the US sez bye-bye to the region, China acts sooner rather than later to clamp down on Fatboy.

    And then, the Chinese inner circles, not having the US as the imperial enemy, start looking at one another. IMO the best guarantee of US security is to get out. They’ll soon enough be fighting each other.

    • beantownbill. August 5, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      I would like to see a series of historical hegemony maps rather than country maps – it might be beneficial. I mean, how many large empires have there been in the last 2,000 years? Let’s see, off the top of my head, the East and West Roman Empires, the Holy Roman Empire, the Muslim empiret (whatever it was called), the Ottoman Empire, the British empire, the Austria-Hungary empire. I’m sure I left many out.

      So what happened to each of them? What is the quality of their citizens’ lives now? I ask because I wonder what the ultimate benefits of empire are besides war, conquest, and death. Is there a net positive, IOW? If not, it may be a good thing that our hegemonious dreams aren’t realized. We live in a beautiful continent that provides much of what we need, and what we don’t have we can trade for.

      The irrationality of our current actions never ceases to astound me.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

        Orthodox Church teaches that the appearance of the Roman Empire was one of the providential preparations to Incarnation of the mission of Christ.

      • DA August 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

        This one’s kind of neat: youtube.com/watch?v=ymI5Uv5cGU4

        I saw a really good info-graphic on one of the online magazine sites a few years back, but neglected to save the link. I’ll look around for it again when I get the chance.

        • DA August 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

          Gives a nice chronological perspective to the US’s rather puny place in world history as well.

      • volodya August 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

        The west Roman empire died 1500 yrs ago, the east Roman empire 500 yrs ago, the Ottoman 100 yrs ago, same with the Hapsburg, the Brits went down the loo by degrees in the last 100 yrs. Some of it is ancient history IOW.

        But if you want an indication as to where things are at now, look at the environs of Rome, Istanbul, London, Budapest and Vienna. Some of those places are a shambles, just a shadow of what they once were. But not all of them. You might also look at NYC and Washington.

        I omitted the Holy Roman Empire because as the saying goes it was neither holy nor Roman nor empire.

        What were the benefits: you got a restless contingent of young men to go make trouble elsewhere and foisted your overpopulation problems onto other people and places.

        As far as the British Empire goes, where do people want to immigrate? The US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, ie English speaking successor states with common law traditions and a 1,000 year bedrock of British culture and customs. Not all imperialism ends up totally bad.

        • beantownbill. August 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

          So in that vein, we can say America was the heir of the British empire, continuing its traditions. And we could make a case that the British empire is still extant, in the form of the United States. And, therefore, we could extend further all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians. Now we’re talking civilizations, not hegemonies.

          Hegemonies are transitory compared to the history of civilizations. This reflects back to what you were saying about us staying out of Asia, which is mostly an Eastern civilization. It’s bad enough to clash with another hegemony, but it’s an other order of magnitude of trouble when civilizations clash. Verrry interesting.

          • volodya August 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

            Maybe you could make the case that the US is a continuation of the British empire but personally I wouldn’t . The US fought a fairly nasty war that turned out as much civil war as revolution to get rid of rule from London. I think you’re right, there’s a distinction between civilizations and empire. I think that what the British did was to found new countries, even if they did it inadvertently, when they planted the flag and proclaimed these new colonies. You can argue that the new countries adopted enough of the mother country culture etc to be part of that civilizational tradition.

            It’s boneheaded on so many levels for the US to be extending its presence in so many places especially in the far east which has, as you say, different civilizational roots.

        • DA August 6, 2017 at 11:03 am #

          Excellent info graphic on the Roman Empire. Vox was the site I couldn’t recall:

          vox.com/2014/8/19/5942585/40-maps-that-explain-the-roman-empire

          And Maps that Explain the Middle East: vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

          And the link to the entire Maps that Explain series:

          vox.com/search?page=3&q=maps+that+explain

    • DA August 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

      We’ve reached the farcical state of US history, where literally everyone in the world other than most US citizens realize that it’s game over for the US empire. We’re the proverbial aging bully living on the myth of our past successes; drunk, flabby, incoherent, and knocking on death’s door due to our suicidal lifestyle. Hopefully the final death throws will be quick and relatively painless, but it doesn’t look like the world will be that lucky. Both the Chinese and the Russians are playing the long game for now, indicative of their much longer, more robust historical cultural heritages and mindful of the dangers the US MIC still presents, but at some point in the not too distant future the US will have to be put down like the rabid dog it’s become. There are simply no credible indicators that the US oligarchy will have it any other way, nor is there any indication that the so-called “democratic” political process works as anything more than entertainment anymore.

      • FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

        game over for the US empire

        Not sure that under current conditions world would be able to survive the demise of the American Empire.

        Wouldn’t be great if George W. Bush could remain for 2 more terms or Barack Obama wouldn’t have struck a deal with Hillary Clinton giving her the US foreign policy in 2008?

        • DA August 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

          Remains to be seen, doesn’t it?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

        Clintons from the get go took a hard turn toward disintegration of the Russian Federation into multiple small pieces starting with the Chechen war in late 1990s.

        Putin worked with W just fine.

  40. Elrond Hubbard August 5, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    OPINION: Canada needs to come to terms with the migration crisis Trump is creating: Neil Macdonald
    Hundreds of Haitians are crossing the border, gambling Canada won’t be as pitiless as Trump and his officials

    cbc.ca/news/opinion/haitian-asylum-seekers-1.4236104

    “The most tempting, obvious epithet for the enthusiasm with which the Trump administration is scaring displaced Haitians out of the United States is shameful. Utterly, debasingly, shameful.

    “But you might as well scold a dog for farting. Trump and his cohort are shameless.

    “They’re most likely proposing toasts, grinning and backslapping; waves of (black) foreigners are fleeing America, voluntarily. Even better, they’re landing up in Canada. Prissy, hectoring, self-righteous Canada.

    “It’s a beautiful thing. Let the refugee-lovers up there have them. We’re making America great again.

    “Never mind, of course, that these particular Haitians were effectively invited to the United States in 2010, after an earthquake tore apart their benighted, insanely poor, deforested, violent nation, killing hundreds of thousands, leaving their national capital a deathscape of crushed cinder blocks and rebar and crumpled tin roofs and corpses, to say nothing of the diseases unleashed, which included a cholera outbreak created by, of all people, UN peacekeepers sent to protect them. …

    “These people had nothing, or less than nothing, to return to.

    “Canada, sensibly, has invited those Haitians originally granted temporary refuge to apply for permanent residence on compassionate or humanitarian grounds, and has granted most such requests.

    “The American government is taking a blunter, more Trumpian approach. It is now warning Haitians admitted to the country after the disaster they can stay until January, but no longer. After that, it’s deportation time.

    “So, every day, hundreds take taxis to the Quebec border, where they walk across, seeking to be arrested and absorbed into the Canadian legal system, which, they’re gambling, won’t be as pitiless as Trump and his officials.”

    • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Right – you guys want qualified minorities not Statue of Liberty type huddled trash.

      Solution? Let’s work together to stop the invaders at their Southern point of entry into the United States. Canada can provide troops and financial assistance. We do have a treaty of mutual defense after all.

      Needless to say, this isn’t what you want since you want us overwhelmed a la the Cloward Piven scheme. But who cares what evil people want? Mine is the rational solution if a sincere person asked the same question in good faith.

      • Q. tip August 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

        The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

        -Q

        • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

          But your naam (Sk) is different – Why? If you are the real Q, what is the biggest influence you’ve had on my writing style? The real Q will know this. Otherwise you are an imposter and the real Q abides in the Realm of the Lute and the Lyre.

          • Q. tip August 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

            Janos, my friend, by far the biggest influence has been the interjection of sarcasm, wit, eloquence, and grace.

            -Q

          • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

            Not what I was looking for. And the real you never says things like “Janos, my friend” – just not your style. What Technical mistake in my writing did you correct, a correction I accepted? My improved use is present right in this post.

    • KesaAnna August 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

      “It’s a beautiful thing. Let the refugee-lovers up there have them. ”

      You’re welcome ?

      • KesaAnna August 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

        ” You’re welcome . ” Seems like the only appropriate response…..

        You couldn’t possibly be COMPLAINING about being GIVEN MORE of what you claim you WANT anyway ?

        That would suggest your motives are something other than humanitarian , not at all humanitarian.

  41. Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/scandal-neocon-psychopath-mcmaster-gave-national-security-clearance-to-susan-…

    Trump can’t stay on defense. No one ever wins a fight that way. He must strike Rice and McMaster down.

    • FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      Remember, remember the fifth of November

  42. janet August 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Janos, do you know Frances Piven? She is pro-America, a centrist who has worked to get more of the poor to get registered to vote and to participate in the electoral process.

    You are anti-democracy, janos so you oppose dear Ms. Piven… And Howard Zinn… And Saul Alinsky… And Bill Ayer… And all those who fight for a democratic principle. Democracy rests on inclusive participation and inclusive voting by an entire population.

    And so, it’s so strange, really, that efforts of this kind by Frances Piven can be characterized by people like Glenn Beck as adocating violent and bloody revolution.

    Janos, you are wrong about Frances and other patriotic small “d” democrats. They are not violent. Liberals want to commit voting, not violence.

    • JimInFlorida August 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

      Janet, you sound EXACTLY like a fox that is arguing on behalf of other foxes to invade the hen house and exercise squatters’ rights! Your sick idea of Diversity is to have foxes, raccoons, wolves, dogs, etc. move in with the hens.

      Yes, Frances Fox Piven (a Jew) worked hard to get foxes more access to the hen house and the right to vote on who gets the eggs. To recycle Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s question to Neel Kashkari (Cash n’ Carry)…..

      “We know you’re working hard but, who are you working for???”

      Yes, Janos and I are against YOUR kind of perverse Jewish democracy. We are against those who DO NOT BELONG HERE. The interests of your friends are in direct conflict with those who DO BELONG HERE i.e. Whites.

      Satan and his Global Synagogue are winning the war through peace and encouraging Whites to peacefully surrender. So, your last sentence is correct but, for evil reasons.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

        Bathe your mind in this Divine Beauty.

        remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/3325-light-in-this-darkness-a-real-nun-s-stor…

        With the destruction of the human element in the Church, there is little for the Faithful to do now but retreat and invoke Grace from above. Prophecy predicted the betrayal of Europe to Islam and the utter corruption of the Hierarchy – but predicts a miraculous revival in the 11th hour.

        • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 11:00 am #

          I won’t return to The Faith until the entire Vatican is scourged with the whip of Christ and returned to its Last Known Good Configuration i.e. as it was under Pope Pius X.

          The Church may lose 80% of its members that way but, I’d consider that a glorious blessing.

          In the meantime, Traditional Catholics may have to consider Venerable Tradition as their “Pope” since the Chair of St. Peter is occupied by the anti-Christ’s Vicar. That may be difficult since “Venerable Tradition” has to be defined and the means to live it must be established in a contained society.

          I like the Vedic ideas that God can be found in locations deemed sacred and natural. NOT necessarily in man-made structures. Ashrams and monasteries are sacred by their holiness and NOT by simply being established as such.

          BTW, “Pope” Francis is a crypto-Jew and his connection to Jewish NGO’s is too strong to say otherwise. His works betray his heritage and agenda.

          • malthuss August 7, 2017 at 1:31 am #

            Have you read Franklin Jones [aka Bubba?].

  43. KesaAnna August 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    ” It is surprising that there hasn’t been a serious attempt to form a third party that could really challenge the two dominant ones. ”

    the myth is that criminal justice is essentially defensive, reactive, and neutral.

    You have to kill somebody, rape somebody , deal drugs, or rob a bank , to wind up in prison and / or with a debilitating criminal record.

    It is a myth. ‘

    Criminal justice is essentially aggressive and political.

    20,000 + federal laws does not mean you have to do something , it means they can charge you with something whenever they see fit.

    The police are not a defensive, reactive force , but a political force , no less than the Gestapo , the Stasi,, or the NkVD .

    Blacks typically know all of this.

    — And people who are naive enough to think they can create a third party.

    Third party members quickly learn that if you spit on the sidewalk you get arrested.
    If you leave out one comma or period in your tax return you get audited.
    Every time some lawyer in the justice department gets a bright idea you have to haul a truck load of records down there at your own expense.

    No, they don’t summarily shoot people like the Gestapo or NKVD.
    Instead , it is the death of a thousand cuts, which is arguably worse.

    Only two political parties have dominated the continent for over a hundred years ? There isn’t something wrong with that picture ?

    Opponents of Trump , on both the left and the right , like to represent themselves as caring and empathetic .

    But when they characterize people who voted for Trump as ” dupes ” and “rubes ” and “deplorables ” they show their real feelings.

    Sort of like, according to the U.S. Census, only 7 percent of Southerners were slave owners . But they habitually characterize the 90 percent who fought , suffered, and died for the Confederacy as proto – Nazis , no matter how much evidence you present to the contrary.

    And, yes, they know what labeling a person a Nazi is going to do to that persons life.

    They revel in ruining anyone who wants to march to a different drummer.

    Your elections have been rigged for a long time.

    • RIB August 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      Okay Okay Okay…….I confess……….the guy elected dog catcher in my town is named Boris Badnenov and his lady friend is Natasha Fatale. Now, do I get a blindfold and a cigarette?

      • Q. tip August 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm #

        ….only if you voted for Trump.

        -Q

      • KesaAnna August 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

        well, if you lived in America , and didn’t have your head shoved up your ass , you would know they don’t generally do the cigarette and blindfold thing ( unless they are sure that it won’t get much press ) . that would be too honest and too humane.

        see Elrond or Janet , for example, in leasons on how to appear humanitarian and egalitarian while actually fucking over millions.

        • Elrond Hubbard August 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

          Please explain how I, personally, am fucking over millions. Keep in mind that I’m a member of the Green Party and hold today’s Democrats (from afar, natch) in contempt.

          When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ. That didn’t work either.

  44. Pucker August 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    The only thing holding up the US Empire is the US Dollar’s reserve currency status, right? If they can’t print fiat money with abandon, then they can’t pay the contractors and bribe vassal states, right?

    • pequiste August 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

      Hey Puck,

      Don’t forget about a U.S.A. military-intelligence structure that has a defense budget of give-or-take $600 BILLION plus a varied and elaborate intel component that gets, say $55 BILLION (the military Intel budget of roughly $20 BILLION is included in the lavish D.O.D annual grant from the government.)

      Empire is thus supported by the Petro-dollar, U.S. reserve currency status and the muscle to back it up.

      Most everyone is quite jealous of the current arrangement and it is precisely that resentment harbored in both friends and enemies alike that is most dangerous.

    • RIB August 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

      Question: Can the U.S. print money if it’s no longer the world’s rerserve currency?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

        Sure, why not?

        Venezuela and Zimbabwe do it all the time:

        Toilet paper – a reward to Venezuelan soldiers.

        ic.pics.livejournal.com/crimsonalter/13842643/138537/138537_1000.jpg

        The trick is to export inflation and import the toilet paper, and those idiots to the exact opposite.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm #

        Riba or Interest is forbidden in Muslim economics. But our money is Fertile! – as fertile as our women are infertile.

  45. Pucker August 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    What result if the Chinese have hoarded enough gold and one weekend they declare a new currency backed by gold and then announce to the world that they’ll pay $5,000 for an ounce of physical gold?

    Won’t people then dump paper gold contracts and demand physical gold to redeem it with the Chinese at the hirer price? Wouldn’t the US Dollar then crash?

    • Pucker August 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      …higher price….

    • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 11:19 am #

      That’s not how gold works. Ideally, gold exists as partial backing for currency and escrow for international trade. It would be foolish for China to offer $5K when they can buy it at current prices.

      ONLY when China has, say, 80% of the known above-ground gold in their hands, THEN they can SET the price and THEN issue sound currency that is backed by that $5K gold in their vaults. The objective is to use the gold to leverage a new currency. Not to use their existing currency to buy gold.

      The Dollar hasn’t been backed by anything real or physical in decades. We can’t kite enough fictitious capital anymore to cover it. The U.S. dollar is now backed by artificially created DEMAND. That DEMAND doesn’t have to produce anything. It only needs to be used to fulfill contracts. It only has to move between parties.

      The dollar’s biggest growth assets are social friction, cultural agitation, global terrorism, domestic terrorism (regulatory harassment), narcotics, and Police State action. White Flight is a mature asset but, still has plenty of growth left to exploit.

      • malthuss August 7, 2017 at 1:31 am #

        Gold does not leave China.

  46. FincaInTheMountains August 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Washington Post: Despite “Putin’s lies”, the United States has always wished only the best for Russia

    After the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. tried to help Russians

    washingtonpost.com/opinions/after-the-fall-of-the-soviet-union-the-us-tried-to-help-russians/2015/05…

    There was no such thing of course between the US and Russia, the Washington Post is brazenly lying, but the very fact that it is lying in this way indicates that the question of “who lost Russia” again popped up in American society.

    Demographic losses in Russia in the years of privatization by the patterns of American economists amounted to 30 million people. Probably only Hitler could brag about such massive extermination of Russians.

    Not for nothing Putin calls this the largest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.

  47. Janos Skorenzy August 5, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    In the New Order I will be known as Hegemon Charles. I will have concubines and dancing girls by the dozen – but they will not distract me from my duties of ferreting out evil and punishing the wicked. This I pledge to you. The good will be rewarded in due measure by being left alone a la Tibbs. They will live Savage lives of independence. Notice how he doesn’t say that anymore. I will make him though, doubt it not.

  48. nsa August 6, 2017 at 1:05 am #

    Hey Puck, Is it too soon to start worrying about the pending Y3K disaster?

    • routersurfer August 6, 2017 at 11:11 pm #

      Y3K will not be a problem. Y10K or Y100K will be. Programmers……. you have to love them.

  49. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    The nuclear bomb didn’t beat Japan — Stalin did

    Have 70 years of nuclear policy been based on a lie?

    businessinsider.com/the-nuclear-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did-2017-8

    This article is a good sign!

  50. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Trump’s chief strategist is a Stalinist? And Trump himself?

    The video is very remarkable and requires a separate analysis, because the skill with which it is made speaks a lot about those who are plotting the World War against Trump’s America and Putin’s Russia.

    I was shocked with what I was not ready to hear, even coming out of the mouth of the enemies of Trump and Putin:

    Namely, that Steve Bannon considers the current world conflict to be a continuation of the Second World War, or rather of the Great Patriotic War, since he considers Stalingrad rather than a landing in Normandy as the main battle of the Second World War, and at the same time associates himself with the Red Army led by Stalin.

    youtube.com/watch?v=s3Nw7o5Cob0

    • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      And WWII was merely a continuation of the first. So I guess you could say that we’re currently involved in the 100 Year Plus War. The same malevolent forces working behind the scenes that got us in the first world war and were instrumental in the US adopting the Federal Reserve banking con back in at the beginning of the 20th century are still involved (and more powerful than ever!) in promoting the Global War of Terror and the various foreclosures on entire nation states (soon to be joined by the US) in the interests of the Supra-National Globalist cabal. Putin is one of the few world leaders who still have the stones to resist the globalist tide. Question is: how much longer can he go it alone?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 9:19 am #

        American obsession with finances and central banking is not warranted by their real importance in the hierarchy of the top 6 priorities of the management of complex human systems: out of 6, money and finances occupies just the 4th place.

        Here are the 6 priorities:

        1. Information of worldview nature, or methodology, which, once adopted, allows one to build – individually and socially – their «standard automations» of identification of particular processes within the completeness and integrity of the World, and to define in their individual perception the hierarchical order of these processes in their mutual interconnection. This information is the foundation for the culture of thinking and for the completeness of control activities, including intra-social absolute power both on regional and global levels.

        2. Information of annalistic, chronological nature, in all domains of Culture and all domains of Knowledge. It allows one to see the direction in which processes are developing, and to correlate particular domains of Culture as a whole and of branches of Knowledge. To those whose worldview is based on the sense of proportion (measure, Russian: mera) and is conformable to the World, this information allows identifying particular processes while filtering the «chaotic» flow of facts and phenomena through the worldview «sieve» – subjective human measure of identification.

        3. Information of fact-descriptive nature: description of particular processes and their interconnections constitutes the substance of information of the third priority, which includes the faith-teachings of religious cults, secular ideologies, technologies and facts of all domains of science.

        4. Economic processes, as an instrument of influence subordinated to purely informational instruments of influence through finances (money), which embody a totally generalized type of information of economic nature.

        5. Genocide practices, affecting not only current generations, but also future generations to come, eliminating the genetically-based potential for acquisition and development by them of the cultural heredity of their ancestors. These practices include: nuclear blackmail – threat of use; alcohol, tobacco and other kinds of narcotics, food additives, all ecological pollutants, some medicines and vaccines – real use; «gene engineering» and «biotechnologies» – potential danger.

        6. Other instruments of influence, mainly by force – weapons in the traditional sense of this word: those killing and crippling human beings, destructing and exterminating material and technical objects of civilization, cultural monuments and bearers of their spirit.

        • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:44 am #

          They are when the real goal is subverting the nation state altogether. The US is just a vessel being used to attain a higher goal. It will be foreclosed upon and dispensed with after it has served its purpose.

  51. earltwitty August 6, 2017 at 8:25 am #

    The Republican party are the ones that interfered in the election according to investigative journalist Greg Palast who has been bombarding Twitter daily with statistics from each states voting results.Does anyone follow him or hear about this? Obviously the mainstream media(right or left) pays no attention to it. I find him very credible. #KKKobach #Crosscheck

    • pequiste August 6, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Fine investigative journalist that Greg Palast: “The Best Democracy That Money Can Buy.”

      Problem is that the “wire pullers” have nothing but money (gobs of it) and the most willing marionettes and slaves in every political position and party to get things done. Just about everywhere – well maybe the AYatolas of Iran and the Beloved Pudgy One in Best Korea are exceptions.

      Left and Right designators, let alone (D) and (R), after a name and position, are totally meaningless against the Really Big Money Party ($$$$)(hint: Rockefellers and Rothschilds.)

  52. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Osama bin Laden assassination ended the Cold War

    Six years have passed since the moment when the unit of NAVY SEALS, apparently directly reporting to President Obama, shot down the arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden. And they did it on the territory of Pakistan, officially friendly to the US. Besides, they did not get a license to shoot from the Pakistani leaders, in spite of, or maybe because bin Laden himself, as it turned out, was not hiding in the closed military city – an analogue of the American West Point.

    This alone shows that the decision to conduct this operation could only be taken at the level of the country’s leader, since by authorizing this assassination, President Obama took a truly fateful decision, with geostrategic consequences. In addition to the obvious complications with Pakistan, among other things, a nuclear power with operationally tactical means of delivery, it was this murder that ended the Cold War, the temperature of which was probably much hotter just before the end than during the Caribbean crisis.

    The fact is that Osama bin Laden was the tip of the weapons that some circles in the United States used to inflict a fatal blow to the USSR and Yugoslavia, and then, not without success, used against post-Soviet Serbia and Russia. I must say that these so-called campaigns carried a distinct anti-Orthodox and pro-Muslim, or rather pro-Salafi character. Suffice it to recall how President Clinton stopped the bombing of Iraq during the Ramadan celebration, but refused to stop bombing of Serbia on Easter, despite the very persistent recommendations of his advisers.

    And the occupation forces in Serbia KFOR did not try to prevent the barbaric destruction of cultural and artistic values of world significance in the Serbian Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo, the heart of the Serbian Orthodox culture since the 7th century, whose significance for Serbia is comparable perhaps only to Sergei-Posad for Russia .

    At the same time, we should not forget that a significant part of the Orthodox Serbs was destroyed and expelled from Kosovo during the Second World War by Albanian Muslims who actively collaborated with the German nazi invaders. And by the way, Russian Cossacks of SS Gruppenführer General Shkuro took part in this, despite the fact that it was the Serbs who sheltered them after the revolution. What actually created the problem, radically changing the national composition of Kosovo, since Joseph Broz Tito after the war, at the urging of his new British friends and against Joseph Stalin’s attempts to create the Orthodox Comintern, decided in the name of the interethnic peace in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia not to let the Orthodox Serbs return to Kosovo.

    It is easy to guess that Obama’s decision to kill the head of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan for a long time puts a cross on the cooperation of Islamists and the West against the Orthodox civilization, which began not even with Lord Palmerston and the Crimean War started by him, but rather with the murder of Paul I and the Prut campaign of Peter the Great.

    And all this takes place against the backdrop of the repeated strengthening of the power and influence of the American Orthodox Church, which began under George W. Bush, and today, one must think, does not go without the tacit approval of President Obama and President Trump.

    • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Hate to tell you Finca, but that entire photo op was almost certainly a false flag operation. That was either not bin Laden at all, or if it was, he was holed up in that house as a guest of the CIA and international spook community, having long since realized his true value as a person of ultimate propaganda value. The myth of bin Laden and 9-11 was a fairy tale carefully concocted during the 1990’s for the purposes of hoodwinking the rubes into supporting the GWoT. Hey, nobody said the spooks aren’t smart!

      • FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 9:31 am #

        Hate to tell you Finca, but that entire photo op was almost certainly a false flag operation

        That is certainly a Hillary’s line and sponsored by her large swath of “Anti-Bush”, “Anti-Obama” and now “Anti-Trump” conspiracy movement – Mr, Webster Tarpley is a good example of.

        • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:40 am #

          “Hillary’s line?” The Clintons have been in on all this from the very start.

          • FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 9:41 am #

            Really? Name me some.

          • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:48 am #

            OKC and Waco for a starters. Do your own homework!

          • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:51 am #

            Bill Bob was also the first Prez to turn over the keys to the Globalists, although that was likely inevitable either way. But he was certainly a very eager useful idiot.

          • malthuss August 6, 2017 at 10:41 am #

            Can we discuss Waco, tomorrow?

          • DA August 6, 2017 at 10:54 am #

            Why tomorrow?

  53. janet August 6, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    Earltwitty, Greg Palast is uncovering concrete evidence of Republican interference in election results, which combined with Mueller’s evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia and Putin, will provide the opportunity for American institutions to function as designed by the founders.

    • DA August 6, 2017 at 9:19 am #

      With Dems in charge again I presume? Surely you jest!

    • RIB August 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      I guess you’re too young to remember the Illinois popular vote in 1960 presidential election Janet. The Romans had a phrase for all this: Sic transit gloria mundi

    • ozone August 6, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      Geez, was the Dept. of Official State Propaganda “designed by the founders”? …And we further ask, is it functioning as the thought-stopper that the Dulles Bros. and their subsequent heirs and minions hoped it would be?

  54. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    OKC and Waco for a starters. Do your own homework! == DA

    No sure about OKC, but Waco was really Hillary’s handiwork in her duties of serving the Sect and sacrificing the Christian children.

  55. Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/feminists-claim-another-scalp-fox-news-host-eric-bolling-suspended-read-fired…

    The purge of White Men continues. We’re becoming Kulaks. Separating the sexes by putting White Women over White Men is one of the greatest victories of the Enemy.

    • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) is no longer an option but critical to the survival of Straight Men, regardless of race. However, Straight White Men are especially endangered. We certainly are the future Kulaks!

      There is an explosion of really good MGTOW videos on YouTube. The gynocentric sociopaths (CEO is Susan Wojcicki – a Jew) at the top of YouTube have demonetized MGTOW channels but, the idea is viral now and self-sustaining.

      If you want legitimate, “Diversity,” i.e. various views serving a noble idea, then it will be found in MGTOW videos on YouTube. There are videos for recently awakened Men, the Red Pill Rage phase, established MGTOW, the Monks, theories, the horror stories, stream of consciousness, and other relevant aspects.

      • Janos Skorenzy August 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

        Have you heard the furor over the Google Anti-Diversity manifesto? One would think it was the Nazi’s 25 point program or David Lane’s 88 points. They are most careful not to let you read it for yourself of course. Found it though: just a gentle, thoughtful critique from the pov of Classical Liberalism. The hate filled feminine screams to fire this man are thus put in perspective: he is more than vindicated. His only mistake is underestimating how far things have gone downhill, if indeed a mistake it was. My guess is it’s probably intentional.

        Here, Jim

        gizmodo.com/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-1797564320

        Apparently the ADL is now in charge of policing Youtube. Thanx guys. Good thinking.

        • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm #

          Thanx Janos for the heads up on Google and that one engineer’s frustration over Diversity Diktats.

          It was a bit laborious to read. This engineer needs to be introduced to MGTOW. All of the concepts he is struggling to get out would clarify and sharpen immediately once he is exposed to the MGTOW narrative. In this case, the narrative IS truth because it reflects the horrifying reality of White Men in the West. The “narrative” connects countless data points into a very clear and comprehensive picture. George Orwell pointed out that if the common vocabulary can be cleansed of crimethink i.e “sexism,” “racism” and other prohibited words, then it will be impossible to articulate the very ideas that this engineer was struggling to bring forth.

          Rather than go after biological differences, I would suggest that the engineer attack institutionalized feminism for its hostility towards men. He should point out the idea that men work best with other men. To bring women into male space for the sake of EEOC decrees only causes discord and distraction. For the sake of feminist diktats, the organization is weakened, male creativity is stifled, and the output is negatively affected.

        • sophia August 6, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

          It’s hard to believe things are this messed up. White men were already too afraid of women, now it will reach pathological levels. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say it’s a move to cause miscegenation. Because women prefer men who are not afraid of them.

          • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

            Men don’t fear women. We fear the all-powerful Police State that always stands behind the gynocracy. We are too attached to our possessions to be willing to lose it all in a glorious shoot out. Many men still haven’t taken the Red Pill yet, but, it’s growing exponentially. White Men are rapidly realizing that marriage and even relationships are TOTAL liabilities and offer NO BENEFIT whatsoever to the man.

            If you think about it, when a woman makes ANY accusation against a man, the Police State ALWAYS sides with her. If the man protests the injustice and resists arrest, he is either tased or shot. So, he either surrenders or shoots it out. 99% of White Men just surrender. One man who shoots it out is not enough to overthrow the gynocracy. Even if every man shoots it out, the all-powerful Police State can ramp up the tyranny to the Moon. There are countless laws on the books laying dormant for just that purpose. Kim Jong Un’s DPRK can’t begin to compare with ZOG Amerika if you look at the hardcore tyranny on the books just waiting to be activated in the U.S.

            But, since the above won’t happen, the best thing for White Men to do is go MGTOW. There is no other way. As for miscegenation, the word is now, “If you (White women) go Black, we’ll NEVER TAKE YOU BACK.”

          • thwack August 7, 2017 at 12:16 am #

            “If you (White women) go Black, we’ll NEVER TAKE YOU BACK.”

            *********

            Yes you will

            lol

            Think about it?

            What white guys like Jim are saying is that 1 black cock is equal to 40 white cocks; and thats not even counting that extra bone in our foot.

        • sophia August 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

          Reading the commentary below that screed was so disappointing. People are so disappointing. I’m going to become a hermit.

      • RIB August 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

        Once upon a time, the motto was “Unity is strength”. Now it’s diversity is strength” Go figure

  56. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    It seems obvious to me that the collapse of the USSR meant a transition from social progress to social regression, not only in the USSR, but throughout the world. In particular, a class of people (or, as they say in Russia, nonhumans) has emerged and gained strength in Russia, who consider themselves predators who have the right to hunt other people, and they have been living and thriving for 30 years due to the looting of the social benefits of the USSR, property donated by Conspirators as a bribe for tacit consent for the destruction of the USSR, freedom, organs and finally the lives of their fellow citizens.

    Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment wanted to become such a person when he said: “I have the right” and “If there is no God, then everything is possible!”, so this is an old story, and it was these inhuman people who poisoned the life in the USSR with their denunciations, and then, having destroyed the organism from within, they sat down to feast on its corpse.

    They do not need any state at all and it was Margaret Thatcher who meant them, saying that there should remain ONLY 15 million Russians. Boris Nemtsov was supposed to become the president of their Russia, but Boris Yeltsin, pretending to be an alcoholic, managed to rebuild the state (which was miraculous in these conditions) and instead of Nemtsov made Putin his successor, and his haters can now yell as much as they want, this is an immutable historical fact.

  57. Elrond Hubbard August 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Di soun in di city: Popularization of patois stirs up complex feelings for Toronto’s West Indian community
    After decades of West Indian immigration to the GTA, patois-peppered English has begun to feel like a distinctively Toronto thing. But the original speakers are undecided whether it’s a tribute or a travesty

    beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/popularization-of-patois-stirs-up-complex-feelings-for-toronto…

    “… In early 2015, just before he dropped his mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake released a short film, Jungle, in which he spoke with a faint Jamaican accent, mixing in a bit of patois, the distinctive vernacular of the country – a flavour that emerged on many tracks and came out even stronger in 2016’s Views. Many listeners, particularly in the United States, were perplexed: Why was the rapper with an African-American father and Jewish-Canadian mother suddenly speaking in a way that suggested he was from the islands? Most living here, though, recognized the sound. It’s just a GTA ting.

    “Caribbean culture has become so influential in the city that bits of the patois language and the accent that goes with it have filtered down to much of the rest of the population, including Drake, creating what both linguists and visitors to the city notice as a very distinctly suburban Toronto sound. South Asians in Mississauga respond to questions with ahlie as an affirmation or to state skepticism. Croatians in Malvern will say from time in reference to something that happened long ago. Somalis in Rexdale will greet each other with a wah gwan? rather than asking what’s up. …

    “The Caribbean diaspora in the city has slowly grown since immigration from the islands really took off in the 1960s. There are 627,590 people of Caribbean origin in Canada, and about half of them live in Toronto, according to the 2011 National Household Survey. Jamaicans make up by far the largest portion of the city’s black population. But in those early days, being dark-skinned in old, white Toronto the Good was historically more of a liability than a marker of pop-culture cool.”

    Don’t miss the video of late mayor Rob Ford (that bumbaclot) speaking Jafaikan.

  58. FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    Vladimir Putin, relying on the state rebuilt by his predecessor, tried to stop the social regression first as President, and then as Prime Minister, and the slave markets in Chechnya and Moscow ceased to exist (Cherkizon in Moscow was a slave market and I visited Moscow for a number of years and witnessed this).

    But he only changed the speed of social regression, but not a direction, and this is connected with that non-humans have nowhere to go, but grouped around Dmitry Medvedev, and threatening to crush the Russian economy, continue to defend their rights, which Raskolnikov spoke of in Dostoevsky’s great novel.

    These Russian predators recognized themselves as vassals of American predators, and, besides their desire to eat their own kind, there is also an ideology, which I call a Western Black Project.

    And when Dmitry Medvedev became the initiator of the American media campaign calling Trump a weakling, I made final conclusions about him. Among other things, it is Medvedev who does not have the moral right to throw this accusation at Trump, for it was he who, by obeying Joe Biden’s finger-click (that is, the same people who have been trying unsuccessfully to overthrow Trump for the last six months), after the first victory of Russia in Georgia, surrendered everything in Libya, forbidding Russian diplomats to vote in the UN Security Council against the no-fly zone, and six months later, Gaddafi’s weapons poured into Syria.

    And the US Ambassador to Libya Stevens covered this embrasure with his own body, and then Trump went on the attack and led other people to the USA, and Medvedev, after the next and far from final victory of Bastinda, in spite of President Putin’s clearly indicated desire to shield Trump, treacherously threw a blow in the back.

    • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

      Vladimir Putin should not have appointed Medvedev as PM. There HAD to have been some kind of shady agreement, since they are not on the same page.

      I wonder if Putin can somehow run Medvedev out of office before his term is up? I’ve always liked Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov. A REAL Russian. However, it seems that Putin and Zyuganov aren’t on the same page, either.

      Who SHOULD BE Russian PM?

      • FincaInTheMountains August 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

        Vladimir Putin should not have appointed Medvedev as PM.

        He was threatened with nuclear war in 2006 if he would run for the third term.

        In 2006, Russia was not ready yet.

        • JimInFlorida August 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

          Hopefully, Putin’s advisors read my comments on how to neutralize Washington’s nuclear blackmail. I think I read one time that Putin let it be known that the billionaires’ luxury bunkers are targeted for destruction if WW3 breaks out.

          He needs to let it be know that the billionaires, themselves, WILL PERSONALLY PAY FOR WW3 WITH THEIR LIVES. That includes PREEMPTIVE extermination if Washington pulls some stunt that could put Russia in mortal danger or force it to move in a way that puts it in danger.

          A baker’s dozen of dead billionaires in a 3-hour time window will let TPTB know that they will be next IF they don’t call off their fantasy of riding out nuclear war in their bunkers. Now HERE is where TERRORISM serves a noble purpose! They will DO and PAY whatever it takes to call off the war. Just to save their own hides.

          Kill The Billionaires or Billions Will Be Killed. It’s Just That Simple(TM).

  59. routersurfer August 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm #

    Jim, this is the farthest we have ever been apart in our views. Russia, has screwed with our elections. What the Hell!!! We have been screwing with their elections for decades. I am not sure if it had any effect on anyone’s election. From Radio Free _______ to rooms of high speed trolls for hire. No Virgins in this game. This binary view point of this subject seems strange to me. The world looks shades of gray to me. Not black or white. Peace.

    • RIB August 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      If they did screw with the ekections, well folks, that’s called Realpolitik,

      • routersurfer August 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

        I agree RIB. It is what it is.

  60. Mike Patrick August 6, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    Cheniere Energy is the company who is supposed to compete with Russia in Europe. I am sure they had a hand in crafting the legislation. Problem is, they only have one LNG tanker and they are $20 billion in debt, i.e., over-leveraged.
    There are simply not enough free LNG tankers to even make a dent in Europe’s NG demand. The US cannot deliver on its attempt to replace Gazprom. It would take many years for the US to build the tankers needed to supply Europe.
    I am surprised that no one has looked into the shallowness of the US proposal. Meanwhile, winter is coming in a few months.

    • tucsonspur August 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

      A little after the turn of the century, Europe imported about 45% of its gas needs from Russia. Now it’s down to about 30-32%. Nigeria, Qatar, and Libya contributed to the decline.

      LNG plants in the UK, Italy, and the Netherlands also contributed. But remember, you need an LNG regasification terminal to make use of the LNG, a tall order involving capital and site availability.

      Russia controls the game now and will control it in the future.
      Finland and Slovakia use 100% Russian gas. Poland and the Czech Republic about 90%, Germany 40%.

      Gazprom has also taken a share in the LNG market with the Sakhalin-II project.

      Putin also bypassed Ukraine with the Nord Stream pipeline.

      Along with Uranium and oil, call it the Putinization of Energy.

  61. janet August 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    RIB, diversity is strength. That has been our nation motto forever: E PLURIBUS UNUM

    One strong nation formed of acceptance of many different religions, races, cultures, etc.

    E Pluribus Unum

  62. BackRowHeckler August 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    Full disclosure: a few years ago I tried caviar for the first time. It was pretty good. And lately I’ve been reading some of Dr. Chekhov’s short stories. Some of them — ‘The Steppe’, ‘Peasants’, ‘Vanka’ — are precious gems.

    Good News, CFNers!

    Harvard has proudly announced, for the 1st time in its long history, more minority students have been admitted than white students. Whoo! Whoo! High fives all around!

    In a college established to provide Calvinist clergy for New England townships, Cotton Mather himself, if he showed up today, would be driven off campus, denounced as a racist, homophobe, sexist (do I have to list them all, you get the picture)

    Right now Harvard seems like a mighty institution, rock solid and unassailable. But so once did the Pennsylvania Railroad with its 300,000 employees, the NY Central RR, US Steel, the Soviet Union and Sears. Where are they now, my friends? Don’t be too surprised if Harvard doesn’t end up following these formerly august organizations down into the sinkhole of history.

    brh

    • BackRowHeckler August 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Western Civ has got to go!”

      Hey Hey, HO Ho, Western Civ has got to go!”

      • onehunglo August 6, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

        ah, brh, you very wise indeed!

        American genetic pool effectively reduce to lowest common denominator of idiocy, by globalist design….

        however, pockets of prosperity continue to grow in many area, led by people who reject genetic dumbing down….

        that ok.

        let not you heart be troubled.

        may God be with you.

        -onehunglo

  63. KesaAnna August 7, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    ” Please explain how I, personally, am fucking over millions. ”

    Given the blatantly condescending ( As you and I both know, if no one else ; , faked condescension ) way you last addressed me ,
    I very much doubt you are really interested in anything I have to say .

    So i think this is just another masked stratagem

    to put me on the hot seat , to make me do all the work, while you sit on your ass and play Grand Inquisitor .

    Which isn’t really fair .

    Not remotely fair you authoritarian rattlesnake in sheeps clothing.

    ” Please explain how I, personally, am fucking over millions. ”

    I have been grossly unfair in ascribing the welfare and fate of millions to your opinions , have I ?

    According to the U.S. governments own figures , 90% of those who fought for, suffered for , and got killed for, the Confederate States of America were not slave owners .

    But it does not seem to me that you have gone to any significant pains to point this out.

    ( Since, apparently, you went to Catholic school , I suppose you are familiar with sins of omission , unlike the many here who clearly judge something , Catholic dogma , they don’t know shit about. )

    No, just the opposite , you would lay the onus , the burden , of this negative , not just on the 7 % who do represent this negative ( and those in the north , and in the U.S . government , who WERE representative of this negative , and directly complicit in it )

    but as well on the 90% who did not, in fact , represent this negative .

    Further to stigmatize these people a hundred years later , and by association , anyone in the present who would defend them.

    I’ll point out again, many of these people suffered terribly, many of these people were ruined by the war, many of these people were shot , and a great many of these people had nothing to do , or scarce anything to do , with slavery.

    90% of them you son of a bitch.

    So, if anyones characterizations and condemnations are grossly unfair , indeed , evil and immoral , it is YOURS , you hateful , manipulative, exploitative , son of a bitch.

    I’m the bad guy for calling you a hateful son of a bitch ?

    But you are fine and dandy for excusing the ruin and killing of thousands of people over something they had nothing to do with ?

    uh huh.

    ” When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ. That didn’t work either. ”

    Well, if countless sociological anonymous self-report studies are to be believed , most people —

    that is , most Catholics — and most Buddhists — and most Atheists , think their childhoods and adolescences sucked.

    Children and teens get fucked over more than anybody ? That ‘s not news , or particularly unusual , or particularly particular to any group.

    i’ll return to that thought in a moment.

    ” When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ ”

    So you went to a lousy school , run by lousy adults ?

    Take a number pal, a great many of us who went to secular, secular humanist schools do not report a substantially different experience.

    ( And some, like myself, would report a far worse experience. )

    Or — if you didn’t go to a lousy school , then you are deliberately mis- stating things

    EVERYONE EXCEPT the Virgin Mary is tainted by original sin , so EVERYONE is personally responsible for the agonies of Christ.

    Are we to believe you are stupid and did not catch or understand that distinction ?

    ( the irony ; I’m to be criticized for giving you credit. )

    That’s a tyrannical, unreasonable , grossly unfair idea ?

    The opposite idea, that some peoples shit smells better than the ordinary kind , has worked out so much better ?

    ” When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ. ”

    Poor thing.

    I was born in , and spent the first ten years of my life in , the German Democratic Republic.
    My parents are Americans though, so I had to move here when I was Eleven.

    Then I had to go to a secular humanist- type school , where I was told — and also told by 99% of the student body , — and am still being told 30 years after the DDR became a historical footnote ,

    That I”M the cause, and the regime I “represent ” , are responsible for , all the “free” worlds problems !

    of course it went way , way, beyond being told something.

    If it really were a case only of words, and opinions, i would only ever have just laughed, shrugged my shoulders , and said, ” Ok, so you are full of shit. Lah De Dah. ”

    And all the abuse i suffered, and suffer to this day , NOT because I endorse the DDR , I do not.

    But actually simply because i refuse to lie and say my life there was worse , or substantially different , than here.

    So I’m not particularly impressed with , or intimidated by , your swipe at Catholicism. .

    Indeed, if that is the best you’ve got , I don’t think it much at all .

    Sounds to me like you have been rather distinctly sheltered and spoiled.

    Perhaps you could use some serious stigmatization yourself.

    ” When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ. ”

    Telling a kid that, if their lot in this life is bad, and very unlikely to change, that there is a hope of something better beyond mans rigged and arbitrary judgement and pronouncements ,

    is sooo much WORSE than telling them , ” Too bad, you are just plain fucked. ” ?

    Let’s say for the sake of argument that you did actually believe that , that you thought it true.

    that would be the greatest of reasons NOT to say so.

    In the lives of millions, or , if you prefer , in the lives of millions of individuals , the only possible outcome that could have is a fantastically cruel, and fantastically pointless ( , since it will not change anything in these cases ) outcome.

    Truth for the sake of a SPECULATIVE ( it can only be speculative , unless you claim to be psychic……..which is itself a religious claim ) better future ?

    But these people won’t live to see that better future , and won’t know the people who live in it.

    Granted, Christ himself said , ” The truth shall set you free. ” Except Christ ensconced that statement in the context of a possible positive afterlife.
    Not at all in the context of a future where we all become unknowing, unfeeling , dust.

    In that second context , all it can mean is , as I said, fantastically pointless cruelty for millions.

    As I have pointed out before here, even the Nazis were not that bad.
    They would not go so far as to say that the gas chambers of Belzec were the last word , the last court of appeal .

    I remember when i was 12 years old reading a hundred and one essays on how the schools were failing 12 year olds , this way, that way, and the other way.

    But they would be making improvements ! They would do this , and that, and the other thing !

    But then it occurred to me , ( and I do not think it a particularly novel thought ) by the time they can reasonably make these improvements , IF they can make them, I , and millions of other 12 year olds in the same year …….. will be 30 years old.

    Will they give us back time ?
    Or , perhaps, they will extend the same largess to 30 year olds ?

    Fast – forward 30 + years.
    The situation is the same , and the math is the same.
    Same essays, same math that leaves out time , or plays very funny games with time.

    So I wonder what exactly the fuck are you saying here in your ridiculing of Catholic dogma ?

    Assuming it is something other than cruelty and authoritarianism masked as something else ?

    ” When I was a kid, the priests and nuns did their best to convince me that I was personally responsible for the agonies of Christ. ”

    Again , you either went to a lousy school , run by lousy adults , which , again, is hardly exceptional in ANY group ,

    or —

    ” …the priests and nuns… ” is chalk and cheese.

    You know that Catholic dogma is the consensus opinion of several thousand people studying the same subject for 2,000 years.

    The Catholic Church is not this priest or that nun , or me.

    They just let me hang around, and I don’t think I would be particularly liked if I were more forthcoming about my opinions and my past.

    The one priest I was candid with , he was an American, and we are polite to each other , but the temperature is Arctic.

    I don’t exactly meet many East German Catholics , but even if I did, that was 40 years ago , and what i have suffered for their sakes I find does not bring us together , but creates an unbridgeable chasm. and in any case, as I have said before, my opinion of the Germans, generally, is that they are a race of control -freak jerks.

    ( In that sense, the Germans DID conquer the world. )

    All of this to say that while I love the Catholic Church , I scarcely identify it with myself or personalize it.
    You cannot wound my heart with it. If that is the idea, you are way off base.

  64. KesaAnna August 7, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    ” In a college established to provide Calvinist clergy for New England townships, Cotton Mather himself, if he showed up today, would be driven off campus, denounced as a racist, homophobe, sexist (do I have to list them all, you get the picture) ”

    Well, go back , say, a mere 250 years, and how many universities , or even minor colleges , anywhere in the world , were not founded by religious ?

    But the secularists are gonna show us how it’s done !

    Cameras everywhere and piss tests and permanent records on you but not on them , and nuclear weapons are such an improvement you know.

  65. FincaInTheMountains August 7, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    Practical Zoology and Constitutional Crisis in the USA

    Trump argues that if someone comes to the bear den and pokes it with a stick, then he should not expect butterflies to fly out from there. Moreover, he will have no one to blame but himself, if from a den, instead of a butterfly, a bear will come out and rip his head off.

    And the Congress argues that if after a stick is poked into a bear’s den comes out a bear then this means that it was not poked hard enough, and if you poke it harder, then the butterflies will still come out in their rainbow glory.

    In his tweet Trump says that relations between Russia and the United States are at all time and very dangerously low and the American people should thank the Congress for this, referring to the law on sanctions.

    And the congressmen are very offended by that and ask: “Do we have anything to do with it, if the Russians do not want to give back Crimea to Ukraine, and do not allow us to rule the world?”

    And EU watches with amusement how the stupid Yankees exercise in practical zoology.

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