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The Clash of Civilizations

T he big turnout in Paris was bracing but it also might reveal a sad fallacy of Western idealism: that good intentions will safeguard soft targets. The world war underway is not anything like the last two. Against neo-medieval barbarism, the West looks pretty squishy. All of the West is one big fat soft target.

Recriminations are flying — as if this was something like a Dancing with the Stars contest — to the effect that the Charlie Hebdo massacre should not be labeled as “France’s 9/11.” It’s a matter of proportion, they say: only 12 dead versus 2977 dead, plus, don’t forget, the shock of two skyscrapers pancaking into the morning bustle of lower Manhattan. Interesting to see how the West tortures itself psychologically into a state of neurasthenic fecklessness.

The automatic cries for “unity,” only beg the question: for or against what? The same cries went up in the USA after the Ferguson, Missouri, riots and the Eric Garner grand jury commotion, pretty much disconnected from the reality of ghetto estrangement, as if unity meant brunch together. The demonstrators quickly reminded everybody that Homey don’t play brunch. If French politicians think that some magical overnight state of fraternité will congeal between the alienated Islamic masses and the rest of the citizenry, they’re liable to be disappointed. If anything, mutual distrust is only hardening on each side, and, anyway, I think that is not the kind of unity they have in mind. Over in Germany, they don’t have to travel very far psychologically to recall the awful efficiency of Hitler in purifying the social scene according to some dark cthonic principle that remains essentially unexplained even after all these years and ten thousand books on the subject. It happened that he picked on a group that wasn’t disturbing the peace in any way; if anything, the Jews were busier than anyone contributing to Western culture, knowledge, and science.

It is at least well-understood that there are seasons in history, but they seem to have a mysterious, implacable dynamism that mere humans can only hope to ride like great waves, hoping to not get crushed. In the background of the present disturbances are not only the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, but the imminent collapse of the machinery that boosted up the greater Islamic economy of our time: the oil engine. It was oil and oil alone that allowed the populations of the Islamic world to blossom in a forbidding desert in the late 20th century, and that orgy of wealth is coming to an end. So will the ability of that region to support the populations now occupying it.

The violent outreach of Islamic wrath is actually a symptom of the region’s death throes, already obvious in the disintegration of one nation-state after another across North Africa and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia will only be one of the last dominoes to fall because it is so stoutly girded by desperate American support. The current theory is that Saudi Arabia can ride out $40-a-barrel oil because of its built-up cash reserves. But that seems mostly a schematic idea. Long before Saudi Arabia goes absolutely broke, it will face terrible internal political strife between the clans and the princes who happen not to be descendants of Muhammad ibn Saud — which represent only 15,000 of the roughly 29 million in the kingdom, and only about 2,000 of those actually in the power loop. King Abdullah is past 90 years old, a mere bit of fragile baling wire holding the whole thing together. Islamic violence is fierce as it is because the Islamic world is actually losing its mojo.

These are the stresses that are boiling over into the West these days. The West itself faces desperately terminal problems around its oil supply, too, mostly having to do with 100 years of the relationship between oil and finance in debt creation. The banking armature that is the dwelling place of all that debt is coming apart just as surely as the 20th century Muslim nation-states that were largely a creation of the West. The long war underway is a race to the bottom where the human project has to re-set the terms of a life above savagery.

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  1. seawolf77 January 12, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    IMHO this clash has been created and managed by the Vatican. Father Guido Sarducci immortalized this in his “Find the Pope in the Pizza” sketch in SNL. The simple fact is when you drill down every atrocity, every abomination, every crime there is the Papacy. They are the greatest torturers, the greatest slavers, the greatest pedophiles, the greatest thieves, the greatest banksters, the greatest gangsters, the greatest spies, the greatest manipulators of mankind in world history. There is no greater evil in the world.

    • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      Interesting comment, Seawolf. Are you serious?

      If so, are you aware that the Reformers (reformationists?) — once the printing press took the bible out of the exclusive domain of the Catholic clergy — figured out that the pope “sits in the seat of the antichrist”? The Vatican’s response was to assign certain Jesuit scholars to come up with a way of getting the attention off of the papacy.

      The end result of that effort is what some scholars call “the futurist interpretation of biblical prophecy” where the antichrist character is some singular dude who will someday show up on the scene, rather than an ongoing position of evil authority present among us. Note that the apostle John, late in the first century AD, wrote that “the antichrist is already with us”. The doctrine of the Rapture is part of this scheme, also labeled ‘dispensationalism’, which was greatly popularized among protestants through the Scofield reference bible.

      Sadly, this has permeated modern western institutional Christianity, including some Catholics, such that ‘believers’ believe that they won’t have to endure the “great tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” spoken of by J. of Nazareth.

      Personally, I am convinced that another name for The Great Tribulation is The Long Emergency. And there are going to be a lot of very disappointed ‘believers’ when they find themselves having to endure it. (See II Peter 3:3-4)

      • seawolf77 January 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

        I am of the same opinion. The Great Tribulation begins in that moment when the world realizes what most of us on this site already know, that the world is running out of its most vital commodity.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

        The Rapture idea has only been around a hundred years or so. It is thoroughly rejected by the Church, both Traditionalists and the false Novus Ordo.

        Exegesis has always identified the Anti-Christ as man who would embody evil – see Jerome, Augustine, etc.

    • Sololeum January 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Read the Koran seawolf – you will like it, just the sort of light reading only a real hater can appreciate…

    • Frankiti January 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      The church is a body for another crazy middle eastern religion (and they are all crazy) that invaded and mutated in the west. Before muslims hit europe, christians did, and they brought dark ages. Humanity needs to go back to the true western tradition; philosophy, thought, science… and abandon the lunacy of middle eastern thought. And, as the author mentions, some of the early practitioners (and early overcomers) of crazy middle eastern religion moved on and became contributors to science, thought, and “culture” (whatever that may be) in the west. Just when christianlunacy began to dissipate, yet another crazy ME religion followed on its heels. 2 down, one more to go.

    • nickel January 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Yes seawolf, we are aware of your… peculiar and informed view of the world.
      Stalin was a jesuit priest.
      Hitler was a jesuit priest
      Mao was a jesuit priest.
      Pol Pot was … actually, pope Pol VI
      Idi Amin Dada was a jesuit priest
      Tamerlane was a jesuit priest
      Vlad the Impaler was a jesuit priest
      Attila was a jesuit priest
      the slave trade was run by carmelite nuns
      Charles Manson was a jesuit priest
      Osama bin Laden was a jesuit priest
      Goldman Sachs are… a bunch of franciscan monks

      • Q. Shtik January 13, 2015 at 2:13 am #

        My kind of humor.

      • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 9:21 am #

        You forgot Mother Theresa Is a skank Jesuit priest in drag.

  2. Superfishal January 12, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    “The violent outreach of Islamic wrath is actually a symptom of the region’s death throes, already obvious in the disintegration of one nation-state after another across North Africa and the Middle East.”

    Really? And what was the violent outreach say in The Barbery Wars?
    Black September? King Davids time? There seems to be no clearer example between good and evil than in today’s times….it’s time to wake up. It all started with Issac and Ishmael…it is astounding that those so educated can be so naive to what is going on…
    Read;
    David Jeremiah- What in the World is going on.

    • cornpone2014 January 12, 2015 at 10:00 am #

      “the Third Lens of Scripture

      Right, makes perfect sense

    • Greg Knepp January 12, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Interesting comment. King David understood the concept of total war – that the enemy must be wiped out entirely. So in love was he with combat that he and his army actually hired themselves out to the Philistines when no other opportunities to do battle availed.

      His predecessor, King Saul, was an excellent leader but lacked David’s blood lust. The power behind the thrown, the prophet Samuel, preferred David as a more effective tool for the conquest of the land.

      The Old Testament is quite realistic, often disturbingly so. It lacks the fuzzy magic of the New Testament.

      • Q. Shtik January 12, 2015 at 11:50 am #

        The power behind the [thrown], – Greg

        ================

        Whew, I couldn’t make up shit like this if I tried.

        • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

          Q,
          You barely beat me to it (thrown-throne).
          Good call.

          • Greg Knepp January 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

            That’s what this world needs, by God – more copy editors!

        • Don January 12, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

          I think he was trying to distinguish between a football team that relies on passing as opposed to running the ball.

      • hineshammer January 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

        The Old Testament is quite realistic, often disturbingly so. – Greg

        Realistic? Really? Which part, the universe being created in six days? Adam and Eve and the snake and whatnot? Jonah and the whale? The parting of the Red Sea? Etc.

        Since when did CFN become a bible forum? Sheesh

        • Greg Knepp January 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

          This week’s topic deals with hostilities in the Middle East. Superfishal brought up King David. While I neither endorse nor, in fact, fully understand Superfishal’s comment, he has a valid point in introducing the Middle East’s deeper history to the conversation.

          Apparently I’ve stepped on some toes here [the copy editing overshoot in the above comments may have more to do with objectionable content rather than a simple misspelling] but I cling to the view that the Old Testament is crucial to understanding the mindsets, cultural and political institutions, and histories of the formative civilizations of the ancient ME.Their problems are our problems, their triumphs are our’s as well. There are other ancient texts that demand scrutiny as well but I’ll table that for now.

          Yes, there is plenty of analogy, grand metaphor, poetry and mythology in the OT. But it is often in these weirder areas of the text that the greater truths are buried. Of course it takes an open and educated mind to unearth them. We accept our own mildewed biases unquestioningly, but are threatened by the cultural conventions of other peoples from distant times and places. We are the ape that refuses to learn.

          I thank you for being direct in your comment, and not hiding behind a bullshit copy edit.

          • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

            Greg, I agree completely with you that the OT is a rich source of wisdom and insight concerning the strengths, weaknesses and general foibles of humanity. Much to be learned there as well, as you say, from other scriptures.

            “A generation comes and a generation goes but the earth remains”.

            BTW, no offense intended by the copy editing, it’s just that I start wanting to channel Q when I see a booboo.

            — (another) Greg

          • hineshammer January 13, 2015 at 4:30 am #

            I kind of like Q’s editing, but I am somewhat of a grammar geek. BTW, “ours” is a possessive pronoun so the apostrophe is an incorrect appendage.

      • MisterDarling January 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

        “King David understood the concept of total war”-Greg.

        David waged war in a way that was very conventional for that time… But there’s a very practical reason why wars of total ethnic cleansing (re: ‘Book of Numbers’ and so on) went out of style [*] – about the time that the first true Empire arose.


        [*] Except at the margins. It never went out of style there, for all the good it did.

        • Greg Knepp January 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

          It’s seems that David was the last of the old-style tribal warriors as well as the first true king – that is, the first one that had an actual kingdom with a capital city, palace, bureaucracy ,etc..

          His son, Solomon, was more the emperor, dealing diplomatically with his neighboring states, while sucking resources from friend and foe alike. Characteristically, the whole thing fell apart with Solomon’s death, as the tribes rebelled against the grandiose state with its outrageous tax demands.

          A familiar refrain…

      • Subvert January 12, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

        What do you expect from a religion whose chosen single deity was once their god of WAR when they were pantheists? Yep, Yahweh was the Hebrew god of war when they were pantheistic. He is depicted with a shield and a handful of lightning or spears and labeled as their god of war on his ancient statues. Odd that they chose that single god to the “the one true god” eh? Why not the god of fertility, or rain (living as they did, in a desert) or any other god in the pantheon?

        Read the “Ishmael” trilogy by Daniel Quinn if you want to know the true origins of “our culture” (based on one particular style of agriculture that requires war for expansion). Unless you know the big picture, any attempt to figure these puzzles out will be futile.

        PS – glad we have copy editors on here, aren’t you? LOL

        • Greg Knepp January 13, 2015 at 11:04 am #

          You’re right, Farming tends to play into the territorial nature of humankind, and territorial disputes often result in violence. No doubt warring tribes worship warring gods. Still, the god of the Old Testament is far more nuanced and multifaceted than your analysis allows.

          As for the ‘big picture’, I’m certain that if such a thing exists at all, it must be painted in very broad, very vague outlines. The devils and angels live in the details. Many a saint and scholar have fallen to the wayside by constructing big pictures that, while serving the conventions of a contented cadre for a season, wither in the light of close examination.

          The more I delve into the writings of the ancients, the more fractured the big picture becomes – though certain constant themes do emerge over the millennia.

          Modern commentaries seem to serve contemporary needs, and tend to reinforce the ideations of the authors’ prospective audiences. The authors, themselves, are unaware of these motives as they are too often unwitting slaves of their own political, social, and academic agendas. Objectivity is lost in cultural skirmishing.

          I’ve read numerous commentaries and would like to read the one you recommend as its reputation goes before it. However, when all is said and done, I’ve learned to trust my own thinking in these matters….with a grain of salt, of course, always with a grain of salt.

  3. AKlein January 12, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Both the Muslims and the West now have to seek new meaning to life itself. They should have paid more heed to the teachings of the Buddha.

    • venuspluto67 January 12, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      Well said. And well sad, on account of the unlikelihood of that. 🙁

    • BackRowHeckler January 12, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Buddhists in Burma are chasing down Muslims, burning Mosques, destroying Muslim homes.

      In their tribal loyalties, Buddhists are no different from anybody else.

      brh

      • AKlein January 12, 2015 at 11:26 am #

        Yes, many Buddhists are apostate (although that term really dies not apply to Buddhism.) They especially should follow the teachings of the Buddha.

        • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

          Exactly like that Christians should follow the teachings of Christ.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

          Quote me chapter and verse of the Canon, Pali or Sanskrit, Theravadin or Mahayana where he says anything like what you are implying.

          You wont find it. Buddha was born into the Warrior Caste and was trained as a warrior. He cast his teaching in warrior mode with much talk about conquering and overcoming. He knew the World was War and never asked Laymen to be pacifists. He actually brokered a few peace treaties between warring states, but affirmed the right of self defense.

          Pacifism was for those who renounced the World and for them alone.

          The Muslims are invaders – allowed in by Western influenced traitors. They must be driven out if Burma is to thrive or even survive. Why? Because their values are incompatible with Burmese Culture.

    • Jamyang January 12, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      Succinctly and sagely said. Thank you. True that about the samsara of many Burmese Buddhists, but the dharma remains, and your comment rightly referred to the teachings of Buddha, not his wayward followers. Dogma is ignorance and delusion, whereas karma is fixed, certain and inevitable. Peace.

      • Q. Shtik January 12, 2015 at 11:45 am #

        Jam, you make reference here to “the teachings of Buddha.” Immediately above AKlein makes reference to “the teachings of [the] Buddha.” Is Buddha a name like, say, Ralph, or is it a title like, say, [the] President of the United States. Which is correct and why?

        Buddha or
        the Buddha

        • AKlein January 12, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

          “Buddha” means “enlightened one” and is, in effect, a title, and in English reasonably takes a definite article – “the”. Interestingly and often unknown by non-Buddhists, the word “Buddha” can also take the indefinite article “a”. So one can legitimately say “a Buddha”. Buddhism itself does not provide for a single Buddha. In other words, there is not just one Buddha – in fact there are an infinite number of Buddhas. But when we talk of “the Buddha” we are (mostly) always referring to Shakyamuni, the sage of the Shakya clan – whose given name was Siddhartha Gautama. But ti answer your question both “Buddha” and “the Buddha” are equally acceptable. More important than that form are the substance of his teachings (the Dharma).

          • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

            Maitreya, the Buddha to come, is always depicted as White, even in East Asian countries. He is not due for many thousands of years. Thus this a most profound prediction that the enemies of the White Race will fail in their attempt to exterminate us.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

          It’s Jam yesterday and Jam tomorrow, but never Jam today. You see tomorrow never comes…

      • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

        The Buddha did not teach pacifism for society. The World is War as he well knew. Pacifism is for Monks and Nuns alone.

      • Subvert January 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

        Farmer, Janos and Jamyang, There is a whole HUGE piece of the picture that you’re all missing here. Like all the time between 3.5 million and 10,000 years ago. Missing time to our culture but not to tribal people whose workable social structures date all the way back to early hominid life.

        Buddhism and all the other religions on Earth today are “Salvationist” religions. They presuppose that people are born flawed and need some savior or philosophy coupled with “good works” or karma to attain relief from this “horrible mortal realm of inherent sin, chaos and suffering.” These religions are all less than 10,000 years old and are all based on the results of the so called “agricultural revolution” that happened 10,000 yrs ago in the Fertile Crescent. They are all disconnected from the truth that mankind evolved on this planet like all other species and are no more flawed than bears, dolphins or sparrows are. They’ve just been born into a culture that covers the entire world, East and West now (except for tribal people) that is fundamentally flawed. It is this culture and only this one that sees mankind as fundamentally flawed and in need of salvation. Tribal people do not have this idea about humans and don’t understand how anyone can think that way. This is because they have laws that WORK for humans instead of made up, make-shift laws that are just knee jerk responses to problems created by our societal worldview to begin with. It’s a vicious cycle of reactive scrambling to fix effects instead of fixing the causes. (kinda like western medicine’s paradigm, yeah?) We have more laws and systems of thought now than at any time in human history and also more chaos, crime, inequity and disorder. Hmmm, maybe made up laws don’t work! Maybe evolutionally stable laws really work, as evidenced by working for tribal peoples since 3.5 million years ago.

        For a complete examination of these ideas read the “Ishmael” trilogy by Daniel Quinn and “the chalice and the blade” by Rianne Eisler for more of a European focus. Unless you see the big picture, you’re going to puzzle over this stuff for ever and never find real, workable answers. Once “in orbit” the big patterns on the ground become much more clear.

        Cheers!

        • MikeMoskos January 13, 2015 at 1:11 am #

          I just happened to start Terence McKenna’s Food of the Gods tonight, and he mentions that Rianne Eisler had a big impact on his thinking.

          • Subvert January 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

            That’s a great book. I read it many years ago and he is definitely an open minded and provocative writer with interesting perspectives. You may also like a lot of what Paul Stamets is talking about too. He’s the world’s foremost authority on fungi and has made some amazing discoveries in the uses of fungi, from medical to industrial to botanical. The cool thing about Quinn’s writings is that he goes back way further than Eisler’s timeline to show the beginning of the “agricultural revolution” and before. It gives a lot of insight into how things came to be the way they are now which is a perspective I’ve never seen in any other work. He also gives ways of changing the way things are for the better which I highly appreciate.

        • Greg Knepp January 13, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

          Evidence to support the ‘Noble Savage Theory’ – the idea that pre-civilized tribal hunter-gatherers and nomadic pastoral societies lived in some sort of idyllic harmony with nature and their fellows – is slim indeed.

          Nineteenth century European explorers observed that the cultural norms of the pristine tribes of New Guinea often varied dramatically from one tribe to the next. Some groups were peaceable and organized, others savage in the extreme. Territorialism was ruthlessly enforced by all, and cannibalism not uncommon. Life among many a tribesman was brutal and short, while others seemed to get on rather well.

          A half-century later, Margaret Meade’s findings that the natives of Samoa lived in uninterrupted bliss were, in short order, proved to be without merit. Cooler observers didn’t need to dig too deep to find that the islanders were pretty much as screwed-up as the rest of us. Apparently, like many an anthropologist, Meade had allowed a popular social issue of the day to color her studies.

          Instances of discord, neurosis and rampant violence have been noted in tribal societies from the Americas to Polynesia. And why not? Anxiety and discontent are components of human nature. They may be seen as unintended byproducts of abstract cognition and sentience – two characteristics crucial to human survival. In truth, evolution doesn’t give a damn about our happiness (except as it affects our ability to reproduce) it only wants to get us to the next generation.

          Interestingly, your desire to look back on pre-civilized mankind through rose-colored glasses is not new. Consider, if you will, the wild man Enkidu, the noble savage in The Epic of Gilgamesh, or Adam and Eve, the perfect couple living a life of bliss amidst the bounty of the Garden of Eden. Maybe Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, would serve as a good example of half-man, half-myth.There are hundreds of such folk stories of the good old days and the pristine world before the coming of the Whore of Babylon…all just as fanciful as your own musings. Or am I wrong?

          note to Q.Shtik: I’m not sure about any of the proper name spellings, and I’m beat, so please spell check for me and pick up any other copy probs. you may spot. You’re a good lad, Thanx!

          • Subvert January 17, 2015 at 12:16 am #

            Quinn definitely isn’t putting forth the “noble savage” idea, in fact he derides it as naïve and flawed. He shows sociological patterns which are common to animals and humans because they’re evolutionarily stable and they actually WORK instead of our culture’s made up, arbitrary and short sighted laws which must increase every year, proving that they don’t work. If they did, they wouldn’t need amending, yeah?

            He advocates that these societal strategies work because they work for people “as they are” rather than “if only they were better, kinder, nobler, etc.” which is what our laws presuppose: that people are inherently flawed and in need of some kind of control/salvation from above, whether civil or religious and “if only they were…” the laws would work well. Tribal law focuses on what to do after an offence has occurred rather than trying to prevent any possible offence which is madness, as evidenced by our current society. The goal is to restore friendship and put things back to normal as much as possible, rather than merely to punish a person, from which they learn nothing and from which the victim gains nothing. This makes much more sense than having 10 million laws against anything that could possibly go wrong and trying to preempt crime. Crime is gonna happen, so deal with the fallout and quit wishing “if only people were better.” That’s a supreme waste of time and effort.

            Tribal laws are in line with Natural Laws like thermodynamics and gravity, because of this and because they were developed over hundreds of thousands of years, they are still working in tribal societies today. One of the key fallacies that make our culture’s laws unworkable is the idea that “there’s only one right way for everybody to live.” Tribes have different laws because they work For Them, in their climate and bioregion and with their neighbors, not for everyone, everywhere with every neighbor. You would really have to read the books to know what I’m talking about though. He recasts the story of “the fall” in Genesis and shows that it was written by tribal, pre-monotheistic Semites, not by the later Hebrews, which is why the story has always been a mystery to “civilized” people. They’re definitely worth the read.

  4. venuspluto67 January 12, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    I wish we could do better than this, but that hope seems to be beyond us mere human beings. 🙁

    • Neon Vincent January 12, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      I don’t know if we can do better than this, but I try to take solace in two things, music and humor. For the first, I have two musical responses to terror updated from when I first posted them in response to the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. Speaking of which, Dzhokar Tsarnaev is on trial for that act now. Since his name is pronounced “Joker” and he’s a Chechen, I’m reminded of when The Joker met the Chechen in “The Dark Knight.” I might have some humor based on that coincidence later tonight. Stay tuned.

      As for the continued priced depression in oil, prices are continuing to retreat at the pump here in Michigan, although the decline in oil prices seems to have slowed down. Let’s see how long that lasts, as small oil producers are starting to go out of business, both here in Michigan and out in the tight oil patch. Between the slowdown in production and expected increased demand, expect prices to go up.

      • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

        Neon, a Denver TV channel’s news show aired an interview with some executives from oil companies engaged in fracking here in Colorado who warned that the slump in petrol prices could cost the state hundreds, even thousands of jobs, and may bankrupt some of the businesses. This was in contrast to the cheering over cheap gasoline (below $2 here in our town).

  5. Bruce H. January 12, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Lest we forget…there were actually three skyscrapers that pancaked into the morning bustle of lower Manhattan.

    • abbybwood January 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      Not to change the subject, but had the three buildings merely “pancaked” there would have been multiple stories of concrete, steel, desks, phones, computers, filing cabinets, carpeting, toilets, sinks and lots of pieces of human beings. Looked to me like those buildings exploded and came down which led many firefighters who survived to say in their oral histories, “We never found so much as a tooth, a phone keypad, nothing but dust and twisted steel and rivers of molten metal flowing for weeks and weeks.”

      But, carry on with this very interesting discussion related to the various “spiritual leaders” who traveled the planet in the many centuries gone by with all their bloodthirstiness and lessons on how we should all be relating to one another today.

      Speaking of clusterfucks, we are living in a doozy of one right now.

      Appears to me that the biggest ingredient missing from all this is the truth.

      • Sololeum January 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

        Truth and the finding of it should be the guiding ethic of the future – how the world would be different

        • debt January 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

          Honest money, too. Ending the Fed would end the foreign military adventures for good.

  6. Petro January 12, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Three words: OLD TESTAMENT. QURAN.

    Filled with unambiguous calls for the spilling of blood, and lots of it.

  7. kulturcritic January 12, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    The WEST… we are the real ‘savages’, James.

    • BackRowHeckler January 12, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      Maybe you’re a savage.

      We aren’t.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

        You celebrate Bomber Harris and the fire bombing of civilians in Dresden. Wear you red badge of glory proudly.

        • S M Tenneshaw January 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

          Oddly enough, Bomber Harris Day was my 2nd birthday. And a damn fine present it was.

    • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

      Oh but Sandy, we are so civilized in how we perpetrate our savagery. Colonialism, exploitation, financial enslavement, brain-washing, flag worship, “respectable” religion… These are our scimitars.

      The contrast is like trying to judge which is the worse criminal, the murderous drug-dealing pimping gang-banging street thug or the high flying Wall Street corporate-overlord “white collar” embezzler that extracts his fortune at the expense of the less privileged.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

        Every country is like that as is every tribe. If not, they are quickly conquered by those who are. Every pleasure and convenience you’ve ever had is the result of the conquest. You too the weight, now pay the freight.

        • Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

          “Every pleasure and convenience you’ve ever had is the result of the conquest.” –JS

          Agreed. But exactly what do you mean by “You too the weight, now pay the freight.” ???

      • abbybwood January 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

        I find myself trying to make “sense” out of recent world events and when I look at the evidence staring me in the face I see the 17 people who perished in the Charlie Hebdo assault and the 3 million who turned out in the streets of Paris to declare their shared vows to stand up to terrorism but then I see where the United States military struck an “IS” compound in Northern Syria which murdered 50 innocent civilians. That, to me, was the equivalent of “3” Charlie Hebdo attacks yet no demonstrations, no tears shed (save the relatives and friends of those murdered).

        A loss of innocent life I guess only matters depending on who it was and where it was.

        For me, terrorism is terrorism whether in a French business district or a tiny hamlet in Syria.

  8. rich allan January 12, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Thanks for chthonic. I still try to learn a new word every day. Perhaps that’s where Cthulhu dwells and is now stirring, And wasn’t Hitler’s essential motive just the green-eyed monster?

  9. PostPeakRancher January 12, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    “The violent outreach of Islamic wrath is actually a symptom of the region’s death throes, already obvious in the disintegration of one nation-state after another across North Africa and the Middle East.”

    Spot on. The peoples and whatever is left of nation states in Europe are going to be in real trouble when hordes of peoples flow into Europe from MENA in a desperate march for food, water, arable land, etc. I would guess that there will be quite a few well organized and well armed Arab war bands mixed in as well.

    Europe is already getting a small taste of this in the aftermath of NATO’s adventure in Libya and the continued collapse of the nation states of the Sahel. The flow of refugees and migrants from these areas to southern Europe across the Mediterranean has increased substantially since the GFC of 2008 and the Arab Spring. And NATO’s meddling in those Arab Spring revolts.

    Things will continue to deteriorate as peak oil and global climate change continue to squeeze the life out of industrial civilization.

    • capt spaulding January 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      If you have lived long enough to understand human nature, it’s not hard to picture the coming problems between the West and the Middle East.

      • malthuss January 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

        Population increase in Pakistan:

        1987 – 100 million
        1992 – 120 million
        1998 – 132 million
        2009 – 181 million

        Remember ‘We are the World’ [save Ethiopia from itself]?
        Has that nations population doubled or tripled in 30 years?

    • Helen Highwater January 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

      I wonder if there will come a time when hordes of Americans flow into Canada in a desperate march for food, water, arable land, etc. I would guess that most of them will be well-armed. After all, there is nowhere else to go except Mexico.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

        Yes we will take everything you have just as the Mexicans are coming to take everything we have. Welcome to the real world, Hel. Everything you’ve ever had was because of the conquest of the Indians. You ate the meal, now pay the bill.

  10. seawolf77 January 12, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    The Reichstag Fire was blamed on the Communists, allowed Hitler to seize dictatorial powers, and was the catalyzing event for World War 2. Ultimately this war exacted death tolls of 25 million Russians and 15 million Chinese, roughly 2/3 of the total casualties. 9/11 is our generation’s Reichstag Fire and the only question that remains is how many Muslims are going to die as a result. They are the modern day American Indian. We don’t want their land, we want their oil.

    • K-Dog January 12, 2015 at 10:59 am #

      Could be time for Zionists to rake through Gaza and clean out its barbaric trash again too!

      • K-Dog January 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

        Sarcasm Off !

      • Goodwalkspoiled January 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

        Hitler came to power because nobody in Europe would stand up to him. England thought he was harmless. The soft U.S. response to recent events in Paris suggest the current administration is also quite naive. But I’m not worried. If the Jihadists start that kind of activity on U.S. soil, the redneck Americans will rise up to defend themselves. They will cleanse the landscape with their rifles and bibles.

        The French and English don’t have guns to defend themselves. Americans do, and they’re ready to lock and load.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

          Hitler came to power because he offered the enslaved German people freedom and prosperity. He delivered on both and the Global Bankers had to crush him before the revolution spread to other countries. His crime? He cut out the middle man bankers and traded directly with other countries via barter. And he threw out the fiat money system based on usury at home.

          • seawolf77 January 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

            Hitler came to power because the powers that be wanted him to. There is no other way to power.

          • Ishabaka January 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

            Hitler came to power because many in Europe and America were sympathetic to his cause.

  11. K-Dog January 12, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    “The violent outreach of Islamic wrath is actually a symptom of the region’s death throes, already obvious in the disintegration of one nation-state after another across North Africa and the Middle East.”

    Yes, the death throws of the western world. It was oil and oil alone that allowed the populations of the western world to blossom on a finite planet in the late 20th century As this orgy of wealth comes to an end it brings with it an end to the western entitled way of life.

    But not before mobilizing the masses against the horror of neo-medieval Islamic fundamentalism is complete bringing on new great wars. Forbidding deserts now scorched by global warming will not be fit homes for them. You say that oil and oil alone gave them a right to life, and now as it goes so must they.

    • ozone January 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

      K-Dog,
      I believe you’ve got it mostly right.
      Yep, abundant energy reserves allowed the overpopulation of these blasted wildernesses but when that comes to an end, Allah will not be so “great” as he appears today. Those who worship at all when the great privations come will worship the god of Death and make sacrifice to ward this entity away.

      In the meantime (however long wealth flows into the desert) those who see the writing on the wall and try to escape will be resisted by main force of arms in other lands as all the easy goodies get thin on the ground for everyone.

  12. BackRowHeckler January 12, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    yeah, yeah, its all our fault.

    name me something that isn’t.

    • CancelMyCard January 12, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      The aging of the Japanese population?

  13. RocketDoc January 12, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    “recall the awful efficiency of Hitler in purifying the social scene according to some dark c(h?)thionic principle that remains essentially unexplained”

    Envy? Jealously? You can’t be the best if someone is better. Enemies, even if they are pretend enemies, can be cathartic. I agree, the Jews were contributing like mad: business, music, literature, (periodontal surgery?) but perhaps their new-found excellence in the presence of a careful insularity triggered the response. Are the Jews “tight”? and I don’t mean with money. In a society what is the primary loyalty? Are we talking about America – first? or do we really mean me, myself, and I , my group, my family, my God, first. As a primary loyalty–the nation state may not rank as high as the daily Pledge of Allegiance suggests. So which groups like to think they are doing the “sacrificing” for the American Diversity Project?

  14. Pucker January 12, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    I read Huntington’s book, “The Clash of Civilizations” about 8 years ago. I recall that it was quite good, but, unfortunately, no particular humdinger ideas from the book come to mind.

    amazon.com/Clash-Civilizations-Remaking-World-Order/dp/1451628978/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8�…

  15. bukowskisghost January 12, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    Enough, enough of the unsubtle scribing of this aging doomer!!
    Everyone please read Andrew Cotter’s book, The Authenticity Hoax.

  16. SteveO January 12, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I keep expecting one of the looney right wingers (Rick Perry or Shara Palin perhaps?) to have a Hitler moment to call for the “internment” of all Muslims.

    • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      What a stupid mischaracterization of the populist right’s political goals.

      The populist right wants, and has always wanted, a moratorium on immigration from unassimilable cultures–and perhaps a moratorium on immigration on general.

      The notion that we can all get along has to be the most naive and destructive ideologies of modernity. We can’t all get along. That’s what *different countries are for.*

      • SteveO January 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

        I’m not talking about the “populist right” (whatever that is), I’m talking about the reactionist rightwingers who like to get their faces on TV demanding things that are far from reality. Perry, Palin, Santorum, and Cruz are excellent examples.

        • vengeur January 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

          Feel free to fantasize evil deeds by the “rightwingers”. LOL. Then you can hate them for things you only WISH they would do.

        • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

          The fact that you don’t know what the “populist right” means suggests that you don’t read any acclaimed journalism. Since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, commentators have been very alive to the resurgence of grassroots populism, on the left and, more worryingly for the elites, on the right. Populism merely refers to the brand of politics that prioritizing the interests of “the people” or “the volk.” Because of its association with the rise of Hitler and nazism, it now usually comes with pejorative connotations.

          A major exception is the populist left–like Senator Elizabeth Warren–who is praised for advocating for putting the financial interests of the people above those of the bankers.

          Euro elites are FREAKED OUT over the resurgence of populist nationalist movements. The Front National in France, PERGIDA in Germany, UKIP in England.

          As an environmentalist, I find both left and right equally horrific. Neither of them is interested in creating a truly sustainable society that doesn’t flourish by doing appalling and cruel things to nonhuman animals and that habitats that support us all.

          That said, I’m generally more sympathetic to the populist movements and really anything that is acting against the forces of transnational globalism and open bordersism.

          As far as I can tell, Santorum and Cruz (I don’t know about Perry and Palin) are religious wackos, but I would vote for them in a heartbeat for their anti-immigration and nativist policies. The number one threat to the American environment is population growth through unfettered immigration.

          • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

            Sigh. Sorry for the typos. I always “Submit” and then remember I need to edit.

      • outsider January 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

        Political Correctness is our downfall. We can trace the huge influx of immigrants from Third World countries back to Teddy Kennedy’s Immigration Act of 1965. Yet neither political party has been able or willing to repeal it.

        • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

          Wouldn’t it be amazing for an elected representative to admit that our immigration policy since the Act of 1965 has been a mistake?

          The mainstream commentators and politicians have been carefully avoiding the connection between terrorism and immigration. If France has so many fanatical Muslim young men willing to die in order to kill Western civilians, then it’s France’s fault for ghettoizing their Muslim immigrations. France has failed to do sufficient cultural outreach and quantitative easing to make sure that first and second generation Muslims are so distracted by employment and finding a French identity that they forget to radicalize.

          • malthuss January 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

            It was not a ‘mistake’. In politics there are none.
            All was planned and unfolding unto the plan.

    • newworld January 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      I wondered how long it would take for a Kos or DU soundbite to make an appearance, longer than I thought.

      Let us admit liberalism as practiced in the West is a joke, so weak minded are its adherents that they are afraid to ask Muslims to liberalize their religious outlook and the culture that springs forth.

      As for the rhetoric of “They come in peace” that is done for and will be mocked as we go forward. It is easy for JK Rowling to spar with senile old Rupert Murdoch but its way too hard for her to ask Muslims to liberalize themselves. Rowling makes Sarah Palin look like a study in intellectual courage, no easy feat there my friend.

      • SteveO January 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

        Multiculturalism was doomed from the start. It has created a system where people self segregate and (as you say) has prevented people from asking people to moderate and has destroyed that old ideal of “becoming American”. E pluribus unum no more.

        Of course that applies to conservative Christians and Jews too. I don’t hear people walking around saying that Mike Huckabee should be moderating his views on Christianity. Even though I think he, and a host of others, should.

        • vengeur January 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

          There you go fantasizing again. You want to see a cream puff like Mike Huckabee “moderate his views”. He is SUCH a threatening figure in America today. LOL

  17. Farmer McGregor January 12, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    “…according to some dark cthionic principle…”

    Do you mean chthonic as in of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth?

    • James Howard Kunstler January 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      I misspelled it. No copy editor on board….

      • Greg Knepp January 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

        Where is Q.Shtik when you need him?

  18. seawolf77 January 12, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    It really is amazing that for people to forgo the propagandists desire for us to hate the Muslims, we must categorically reject 9/11, and in doing so we feel guilty, since 3,000 Americans died. It really is true that it is easier to convince someone of a lie than it is to convince someone they have been lied to, since the latter involves admitting a mistake. Even a cursory look at 9/11 proves it was a fraud, just like JFK. In some instances it is downright hilarious. Oswald remains the only assassin in the history of assassins to have used public transportation to make his getaway, since he could not operate an automobile and was a lone nut. He freakin took the bus!

    • Pucker January 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      Several rednecks who were there on November 22, 1963 are adamant that “…there was a nigger on the Grassy Knoll.”

  19. pequiste January 12, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    While the visual of a million and a half people mourning the sanguinary predilections of the Yzlamist cult says volumes about the French and their genuine liberal optique and philosophy, Jim is absolutely correct: the West is a very squishy soft target for this enemy, among others, and huge somber gatherings won’t change that one bit.
    The invasion of Europe was well predicted by Raspail a generation ago in his “Camp Of the Saints.” It’s probably too late to alter the demographic disaster by peaceful means and the pendulum will swing from Yzlamist terror to right-wing response from Europeans sick of their ancestral homes being turned into the Third World. European ressentiment will be solidified as groups such as PEGIDA and the National Front gain political power across Western Europe. History records that Islam has been engaged in the project to make Europe (and the rest of the world) “Dar al Islam” since Mohammad picked up his scimitar.
    They will not use the “Je suis Charlie” to describe their feelings; theirs will be “Je suis Charles Martel.”

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Yes, the most beautiful movie of our generation was “Children of Men” which showed the Muslims behind barbed wire awaiting deportation. And then showed the English Army crushing a Muslim/Anarchist revolt.

      The theme of the Black Christ Child was an atrocious absurdity of course, but a good cover so the real meaning could sink in.

  20. Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I don’t understand how Europe, after the bitter remorse and guilt over the Holocaust, proceeded to invite to reside within its borders millions of poor, fecund and rabidly anti-Semitic Muslims.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

      The Jews were all for it at the time. Some still are. Perhaps they hate us more than they love themselves?

      • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

        Yeah, I don’t get that. I (a great admirer of the Ashkenazim’s contributions to Western culture) have noticed that the commentators saying the craziest things about how Europe needs to work harder to accommodate and assimilate its Muslim populations have Jewish last names. Maybe they were so traumatized but the Holocaust that their default position is to side always with the Other against the interest of white nationals? At this point, though, you’d think they’d see that white nationals are a better bet than a big Euro caliphate.

        Have you heard about Michel Houellebecq’s latest book, Soubmission? It’s gotten some attention even here in the USA because H had spurred a debate about the Islamicization of France right before the attacks–in fact the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo had been debating the novel when they were interrupted, forever, by the jihadists.

        Houellebecq imagines the 2022 presidential elections in France. Marine Le Pen squares off against a candidate from a Muslim Fraternity Party. The Socialists–more afraid of the populist right than the Muslims–side with the Muslims. Le Pen loses. France goes Islamic. Women return to the domestic sphere and begin covering themselves.

        I can’t wait to read it. Will be translated in the Fall. I’ve read all his other novels, and love his misanthropic and mordant criticisms of the post-Enlightenment West.

        The Paris Review had a very interesting interview with him.

        theparisreview.org/blog/2015/01/02/scare-tactics-michel-houellebecq-on-his-new-book/

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

          Sounds great. I read a Sci-Fi by him. Can’t recall the title – something atom. About the emergence of a higher form of man. Pretty good.

          Have you read “Camp of the Saints” by Raspail? It’s coming true: 170,000 were rescued by the Italian navy in the last 14 months. Now they’re coming by the hundreds in little ships.

          • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

            I haven’t read it yet, but I should. We have it in our library.

            What’s happening to Italy is appalling. And the Italians have a predictably humanitarian attitude about it all. They don’t see that their beautiful civilization is at risk.

    • outsider January 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      One answer among many, Cassandra, is that white Europeans have not been having enough children to even achieve replacement rate. With an insufficient supply of young native people, they need the immigrants to do the dirty work Pat Buchanan has written that the white race is choosing to die out by not having children. Demography is destiny.

      • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

        Demographics is destiny, but the reality is that we have too many people and that everyone everywhere would benefit from reducing and then stabilizing their population.

        Many environmentalists and conservationists think that the sustainable population size for the USA would be between 50 and 75 million. We were at 50 million at 1900.

        We’re going to be at 500 million before we know it, and, if we continue our suicidal immigration policy, we’re going to be a nation of 1 billion poor and crowded third worlders before 2200.

        There is this absurd myth that we need a constantly growing population in order to survive as a nation. It’s like if you’re not growing you’re dying. This is the logic of the cancer cell.

        Guess what? Populations were stable until 1800. We kept them stable by a restrictive marriage culture that controlled fertility by (1) limiting reproduction to married couples who were doing well, and (2) delaying the age of marriage. Contrary to popular belief about the young age of marriage in pre-Industrial Europe, the average age for men was ~28. And only 20% of women even got married and reproduced. Amazingly, they were able to enjoy relatively high living standards without cheap energy and without doing ungodly things to farm animals.

        It used to be common knowledge that the greater ratio of resources to population, the higher the quality life. God knows we need someone with a megaphone reminding people of that simple truth.

        A troublesome truth is that whites and some asians are reproducing at or below the replacement rate. The problem is everyone else. They are pumping out babies as if we were on a planet of infinite resources.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

          Yeah, I’d say it’s another dodge, like the economic issue on the whole. The immigrants take more than they put in. And Europe has had double digit unemployment for decades. As for the dirty jobs, will they even exist soon with automation exploding?

          Japan faces the same thing, and they chose the high road of robotics not colored immigration.

        • outsider January 12, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

          Cassandra, can’t say as I agree with your theory regarding pre-industrial age population stability. I always read it had much more to do with 1) high infant mortality rates (this was pre-birth control and some families had 10 or more kids of which maybe half would survive). And how on earth did they limit reproduction to well off married couples? And 2), diseases and plagues of all kinds kept the surplus population in check. Your comment about only 20% of women getting married and reproducing in 1800 seems both odd and interesting. Can you back it up?

          • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

            Yes, I’ll happily back all of this up! I apologize for not doing so in the original post.

            All of these data points are found in the acclaimed book, “A Farewell to Alms” (2007), of the UC Davis economic historian Gregory Clark. There is a preview on Google Books, and, actually, you can find his lecture course based on the book for free on UC Davis’s iTunes U site.

            (1) Yes, infant mortality was higher, but so was total fertility. A European woman had, on average, 5 children but only 2 on average survived.

            They (countries in Western Europe) limited reproduction to well of married couples by imposing severe cultural sanctions on illegitimacy, which is estimated to be between only 3-4% of total births, and by the simple fact that the very poor weren’t able to marry. Poor women didn’t have dowries, and poor men weren’t able to support women and children. In the absence of food stamps and government subsidies, you had to be doing well in order to support a family. Clark mentions the situation in England where the local parishes were in charge of taking care of any illegitimate children. Their response was to severely crack down on men and women (public humiliation, even corporal punishment) who had children out of wedlock.

            (2) As for the 20% of women never marrying: I’ll just quote directly from page 76 of Clark’s book here:

            “Yet despite the absence of contraceptive devices, the birthrate in post preindustrial western European populations was low, at only thirty to forty births per thousand, because of the other features of the European marriage. These were as follows:

            1. A late average first age of women: typically 24-26
            2. A decision by many women never to marry: typically 10-25 percent.
            3. Low illegitimacy rates: typically 3-4 percent of births.”

            books.google.com/books?id=i-PLg2PsNd4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Farewell+to+alms&hl=en&…

            These fertility patterns are not controversial. The records are pretty clear from this period.

            Clark’s more controversial thesis, which he sets forth in his book, is that the middle class were out-reproducing the lower classes, so that there was a “Survival of the richest” situation in which a downwardly mobile society led to the children of the richest replacing the poor. Clark hypothesizes hat the middle class values that made Western Europe so successful in the industrial revolution–work ethic, low time preference, peacefulness, thriftiness, and low fertility–were hereditary values that conferred reproductive success to the middle classes, and allowed them to replace the poor, the lazy, the impetuous, the violent and the fecund.

            Here’s a shorter and free paper of Clark’s that explains this thesis and gives citations to relevant data sets: econ.canterbury.ac.nz/research/pdf/Paper_Clark.pdf

            He analyzes thousands of wills and testaments to calculate these fertility patterns. Really interesting stuff.

            If this is true, it is very worrisome that now this fertility pattern is reversed. And that, in the absence of a Malthusian situation where there are limits to growth, the poorest, most violent, laziest, and most fecund are our reproducing the middle class.

          • Cassandra January 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

            Also, if you read Shakespeare or any early modern authors, you get a sense of what a bid deal chastity and sexual restraint was in that culture.

            For instance, the Roman wife Lucretia was routinely praised for killing herself after being raped and possibly impregnated by Tarquin. She couldn’t bear the thought of having her cuckolded husband be forced to raise the child of another man.

            Thanks to the welfare state, we are all cuckolds, forced to subsidize the fertility of other people.

        • Blessyourheart January 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

          Very glad to read this from a CFN member. Are you familiar with the Hajnal line and Manorial system? I’d suggest reading up on Human Biological Diversity (HBD) look up Steve Sailer @ the Unz Review and check his blogroll. HBD chick, Jayman and Peter Frost are good reading. They go much further than John Hawkes, into Watson and Wade territory.

  21. Cold N. Holefield January 12, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    I think we need to invoke the teutonic principle of Pull It. Pancakes for everyone. Let’s show em just how savage we can be and turn this rock into IHOP.

  22. Cold N. Holefield January 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    I rather prefer the soft target strategy. Have you ever tried to blow up or shoot a marshmallow? It’s pointless.

  23. Buck Stud January 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    “I rather prefer the soft target strategy. Have you ever tried to blow up or shoot a marshmallow? It’s pointless.”

    That’s Taoism. Or as they say in Tai Chi, from the softest soft, the hardest hard.

    And as far as the West goes that’s pretty much true. Radical Islam can only survive/compete in a West that is still tolerant and playing by civilized rules. Once the gloves come off and the likes William Tecumseh Sherman goes on the march, radical Islam will collapse like a quivering heap.

    The ‘soft target’ dynamic of the West is actually a deep fear of their own potential barbarity being unleashed on the playing field of no rules.Other cultures/religions would also fear this if they had any prescience.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Bravo Buck, well said. Now we have only to begin. As Gandalf said to Théoden, You hand will remember its strength once it holds your sword again.

    • outsider January 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      So, Stud, the gloves didn’t come off enough for you during GWB’s Shock and Awe looking for non-existent WMDs? What was civilized about GWB’s naked aggression?

      • Buck Stud January 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

        My point was terrorism as practiced by Islamic extremists is most effective in civil societies. That when the civilized play by the same rules as the terrorist the inherent advantage is lost. Of course, as many have pointed out, at that point the terrorist have actually won as they have altered the structure of a civilized society for the worse.

        I did not support the last invasion of Iraq and I doubt that a Curtis Lemay would have been welcomed into those military ranks, given the overall “nation-building” dynamic of the entire fiasco.

        I suppose the greater question is why import, via immigration, large populations that obviously have a virulent and violent strain of fanatics that seeks to undermine/destroy one’s society/country? to achieve a ‘replacement rate’?

        • Blessyourheart January 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

          Yes, the “invade them there/invite them here strategy”.

          YOU and I didn’t invite or want to invade. For that, you’ll have to look up “The Spectre* haunting Europe”

          *The spelling is intentional.

    • Smoky Joe January 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Exactly. Piss us off enough and while the oil lasts, we’ll bomb every city in the region of the Jihadists flat and wreck their modern infrastructure. They can blow up a cafe and kill 20 people, and we’ll area bomb a city and kill 200,000.

      I don’t advocate it, but it has happened before when Westerners get their will tested. We still remember Sherman and Phil Sheridan in the South. The do gloves do come off eventually.

      • outsider January 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

        What Sherman did in his March to the Sea, against his fellow Americans no less, was a crime against humanity. The entire War of Northern Aggression was all about keeping the Union together by whatever force necessary. It was never about eliminating slavery,(Lincoln even said so). If Lincoln had followed the Constitution, he would have let the South go peacefully.

        • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 9:42 am #

          Exactly. Constitutionally he should have released them from the Union and allowed them to form a more perfect one amongst themselves. It is written. There is no dispute. There was no reason to fight a Civil War, except of course if you were trying to bankrupt the country. Who would do such a thing? Lincoln himself identified the Jesuits, and America severed all ties to the Vatican until some obscure grade B actor re-established them over 100 years later.

      • Q. Shtik January 12, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

        The [do gloves] do come off eventually.

        ==================

        Is that similar to a do rag?

  24. Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

    I think Jim is right. But the invasion began decades before. Put it this way: they always knew this was a relatively short term boom. So ultimately, how should they take advantage of it? Or to put it even another way: did they see their most important “product” to be Oil, or Islam? So put the two together and what they did makes sense. Peacefully invade Europe (as per a treaty with the E.U) and spread Islam. They never intended to assimilate. That’s not possible for Muslims – and the West shows its foolishness in pretending otherwise.

    And of course the Jihad began with Mohammad himself. Shortly before his death he lead a raid on Byzantium. Jihad is not a symptom of weakness but of strength. Same with rioting.

    • newworld January 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Well what would they assimilate to here in the West? A feminized work force at the cubicle farm, ghetto rap culture, nothing here in the West besides strip clubs and welfare checks for muslim men.

      When multi-culturalism succeeds liberalism will die.

  25. debt January 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    How’s the weather today, and the government job in Arlington, Virginia?
    The government stooge is back…

  26. Smoky Joe January 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    We Lebanese of the diaspora have had to put up with a terrible rap because of the morons among our fellow Arabs who believe that killing folks is more useful than making money.

    Makes one wish–hard–for a return of the Ottoman Empire of, say, the 1600s. As a Turk told me one time, “we were the only people to keep you crazy Arabs in line.” When I told him I was Lebanese he added “yeah, you guys were smart enough to shut up, pay your taxes, and send your sons to the Sultan’s army as needed. And you got rich, very rich.”

    We raised a glass of Raki and toasted the departed sultan. The region simply needs an iron hand. The Turks did all that without oil. Maybe someone can do it again.

    • outsider January 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      Saddam Hussein had an iron hand when Iraq was prosperous. How many Iraqi’s still living think that the country is better off now?

      • vengeur January 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

        Same for Libya and soon for Syria. US middle east policy has never had anything to do with the relative peace and prosperity of the people living there.

        • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 9:37 am #

          For shame slandering the good name of purple fingered democracy!

  27. Smoky Joe January 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    As for the West getting soft? The French and English soft and worn out in the 30s, and in America, we’d had enough of foreign wars. But push Westerners hard enough, and as Ike said, our enemies will feel the wrath of an enraged democracy.

    Even the French could have crushed Hitler had their huge army been better led. Their soldiers were brave enough, but their officer corps, with a few exceptions, was full of bad apples.

    A French invasion was the signal German fear of the mid 30s. And in 1940, the Brits showed what they do every time they’ve had their back to the wall. The Islamists are playing with fire. The West needs a common enemy, and the terrorists are giving us one again.

  28. Sololeum January 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Jim you are no doubt right up to a point. The real danger is that when TSHTF, and there is no money for our high tech responses to violent Jihad etc. the ordinary people who have had their very souls corrupted through gross materialism for two to three generations may well opt for a future based on Death, Darkness and Fear, based on Bronze Age ideas,, if they perceive that their immediate safety etc can be guaranteed through that path,

    The real problem is that there is not an organised response from the Life, Light Love brigade that is not enmeshed in western corporate capitalism, questionable foundation texts, and reliance on fossil fuel sources.

    We are Quantum people who know that the material world is a EMF show, subject to consciousness. We know that plants die when hated, and thrive when loved; that mammals and birds only thrive when shown love – surely when can all get behind a scientifically proven concepts of Love All Help All, and abandon the hate filled ideologies of the past..

  29. hortonz January 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    And where was the POTUS when all the other leaders turned out in Paris to defend Western democracy? You got me. That tells you everything you need to know about the mendacity of this administration: it’s more important to appease nervous Muslims at home who aren’t ready or willing to assimilate into what remains of our “common culture” than defend the rights of those with unpopular or politically incorrect opinions. The idiot Democrats who stood by this president as he abdicated his responsibilities and put adherence to political correctness and multiculturalism ahead of his oath to protect and defend the Constitution will pay dearly for this.

    • vengeur January 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      At least Obama could go over and console them with his comment , “The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam!”, which would make everybody feel a whole lot better about the whole thing. But Obama has to stay in the country, just in case another violent “if I had a son…” gangsta gets himself shot resisting arrest . So please sit tight. Soon summer will be here again.

      • BackRowHeckler January 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

        The MSM is just now getting around to reporting on Boko Haram’s depredations in Nigeria. Its really quite horrible, entire towns wiped out, 2000 – 3000 murdered just last weekend. Also, suicide vests strapped to 10 year old girls, and detonating them via remote control inside stores.

        I’m wondering if this Koran inspired lunacy will eventually play itself out, as all death cults do, or is it a permanent worldwide fixture, threatening the world into the far future?

        brh

  30. MisterDarling January 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    It’s barely mid-January and we’re getting down to the meat of what CFN’s all about (IMO). There are a four passages from this weeks ‘gentle missive’ from the desk of J H K that are particularly interesting to me, and I will respond to them in a somewhat non-sequential manner.

    “It was oil and oil alone that allowed the populations of the Islamic world to blossom in a forbidding desert in the late 20th century, and that orgy of wealth is coming to an end. So will the ability of that region to support the populations now occupying it.”- J H K.

    This is the engine that drives the current round of violent action/reaction. Petroleum was the fuel of Global Civilization. Full-spectrum Overshoot did and does drive & define the portfolio of horrific conflicts that confront us.

    “Islamic violence is fierce as it is because the Islamic world is actually losing its mojo.”- J H K.

    Precisely… “When a man shouts his strength he whispers his weakness”… The force and violence of not only Islam but Fundamentalist versions of other religions arises from a profound insecurity.

    The oil-rich areas of the world (the Middle-East and beyond) are at the heart of the resource-hinterlands of western-dominated global civ’. True to historical form, it’s in the hinterlands that our empires begin their crumble – that’s where the greatest disparities and contradictions occur, and where violence extracts a premium.

    Historically, a failing regime finds itself spending an increasing amount of time putting out fires at the edges of it’s domain. Ironically, everything done seems to accelerate the rate of descent.
    Eventually, any pretense of control is gone.The hinterland is simply abandoned to the horror.

    That is precisely the historic space that “Boko Haram” and “ISIS” et al. occupy. As the famed futurist wrote: “The Future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed” – with this in mind we can view these modern barbarians (and their counterparts among us) as harbingers. They Are From The Future. Say ‘hello!’…

    “The long war underway is a race to the bottom where the human project has to re-set the terms of a life above savagery.”- J H K.

    At this point, I hold three things about Culture to be true:

    Item 1 | Resource Availability/’Economic Issues’ (defined broadly) is the primary culture shaper. Culture is an artifact, it is a human-made thing and does not spontaneously burst forth the natural environment. We aren’t born with it, although we might be born with certain tendencies and leanings. We create and re-create it. We cannot do that in a vacuum.

    Item 2 | Culture reflects it’s constituents, and just like its constituent members it can be *wrong*… Wrong in the sense of being a poor fit for the only job that ultimately matters: surviving.

    Item 3 | The reason that ‘black swan’ phenomena exist is intimately tied to that mental myopia that overtakes all cultures & civilizations: They get complacent and forget the ‘elephant in the room’. The ‘elephant in the room’ invariably involves Item 1; the very thing that pays the bills and allows said culture or civilization to exist.

    In short, they simply forget what business they’re in, and instead THEM of taking care of it, IT ‘takes care’ of them…

    “It is at least well-understood that there are seasons in history, but they seem to have a mysterious, implacable dynamism that mere humans can only hope to ride like great waves, hoping to not get crushed.”-J H K.

    The only thing “mysterious” about the dynamic propelling any given people to their doom is the aforementioned ‘elephant in the room’. There’s something profoundly threatening to most individuals about looking at the dollars-n-cents, nuts-n-bolts facts of their lives head-on. Most folks strenuously avoid it. And so it is with cultures and civilizations.

    They’d much rather sooth themselves with fantasies and fairy-tales about how it was ‘ever thus’ and ‘always will be’, carefully picking their way around any sneaking suspicion that the “always” and “ever” they know is rather green, and of dubious provenance at that.

    To avoid descending – fast or slow – into “savagery” we need to be realistic about what a lot of work staying out of it takes. “Savagery” might actually be our collective ‘default setting’, after all. Avoiding savagery is a project. Projects are constrained by three things: Time, Scope (our goals) & Budget (the necessary resources).

    With that in mind, I ask you to recall my concern months ago with the critical part of that savagery-avoiding iron-triangle: Time. If things crumble slowly, then there might actually be a ‘Union Grove’ in our future – which, given the many possible alternatives – is one of the better scenarios. If it collapses fast, the chances of that happening are slimmer than a Syrian refugee.

    Bon Chance!

    😉

    • ozone January 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

      MD,
      Please disregard my comment below as I hadn’t refreshed the page to see your’s here.
      You absolutely get it, as far as I’m concerned.

    • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2015 at 9:29 am #

      Speaking of Syrian Refugees, a plan exists to bring 50,000 here forthwith, and 10,000 per month into the foreseeable future.

      Where exactly they’re being resettled inside the US is not clear.

      The Somali evacuation is being used as a model.

      brh

  31. Cold N. Holefield January 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    Charlie Hebdo’s Wednesday Edition cover. Wow. Clever — and in-your-face.

    Cool Hand Charlie

  32. ozone January 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    IMHO, most of the posters seem to have missed some very important points in JHK’s missive-o’-the-Monday. Either that, or very few retain the ability to focus their perception beyond their pet preconceived notions. (The distractions and slippery misdirections of Hitler-humpers and assorted other authoritarian toadies and boot-lickers doesn’t help or clarify matters either.)

    Please go back and read [at least] the last two paragraphs if you will. Perhaps you’ll get an idea of what to *really* be concerned about, other than the bought media’s boogeyman-du-jour.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Even Tripp admitted in the end I was right about race being an important part of human life; and that to force the different races together against their will was a violation of the principles of permaculture which he held sacred.

      He didn’t agree with me about everything of course, but in some general sense he admitted he had been blind and that I had helped him see. You are the last hold out from the old group. I will win in the end because I’m on the side of the life force which desires greater and greater differentiation. You are on the side of death, devolution, and uniformity – on this issue. In other ways, you have the correct vision. Just add Race to the principles you already believe – and our feasts at the table of Odin will be free from rancor. There will be no minorities in Vallhalla you know. And no jazz or rap music. Purify yourself now so you will not suffer.

      • ozone January 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

        What’s it like to live in constant febrile fear, obsessively gripped by grandiose delusions?
        You can keep your advisings and your self-referential Norse hoodoo too. Really, I think you need ’em much more than I.

        (Your treating this blog space like your personal pulpit is more than a little off-putting and helps your “cause” [of the niggerless Why?topia] not a whit. Guess you didn’t read JHK’s “History of the Future”. …Or if you did, you turned off that part of your brain where comprehension resides.)

        • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

          In other words, you remember Tripp’s admission and it enrages you. You know you are weakening. The Principles of Permaculture are much more fundamental than your anarchism and atheism.

          His History of the Future? Do you mean the World Made by Hand series? Where magic and religion come back in force? Where the pen is useless without the sword?

          As for Blacks, I refer you to the last pages of The Long Emergency. Mr Kunstler says that Black nihilism will not be allowed during the Long Emergency as it has during our lifetimes heretofore. You may think it’s normal because it’s all you’ve ever known, but it’s not.

      • spaceis411 January 13, 2015 at 7:01 am #

        paranoid delusional much? let it go, seriously.

  33. Frankiti January 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    The post-tragedy conversation topic is all wrong. It’s not about Islam. It’s about religion. The sociopathy of religion. It’s about the lack of freedom of expression when it comes to divorcing humanity from religion. About talking about humanity moving beyond religion. About fear of discussing the absurdity of ALL religion. About the delusion of masses by religion. About religion being both a crutch, and a ball-and-chain. Instead there’s talk about freedom of expression… which as David Brooks explained; does not exist in this country. It’s about radical Islam, which is just the latest guest to the party of violent zealotry. When will humanity have an honest conversation about the fraud of religion? It’s beyond perplexing… that humans still believe, no accept, that it’s wrong to have a conversation about masses of people believing in ancient stories of the supernatural. When will the masses stand up and demand that the lunacy of religion be called in to question? We are forced to accept and believe that boys that want to be girls are simply gender misassigned, but dare not believe that stories about a super being and his ant farm and life after death and promised lands and people and virgin filled heavenly orgies are pure bullshit. I’m a misanthrope… I accept human stupidity; we are not fully evolved (nor will we ever).

    • Buck Stud January 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      “When will humanity have an honest conversation about the fraud of religion”

      I think that conversation has been going on a very long time but in the age of Twitter I doubt many have the inclination to read the great books of philosophy and have their cherished beliefs contradicted.

      Descartes and Kant or chicken soup for the soul and the prospect of prosperity via Joel Olsteen’s gospel?

    • Q. Shtik January 13, 2015 at 1:47 am #

      I’m with you, Frank.

  34. Dumbedup January 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    The world is veritable sea of contradictions and intentional misdirection. Even those of the highest intellect who claim to understand will fall victim to the incessant misdirection of misdirection. What the world is running out of faster than oil is truth and the courage to face it. This three dimensional chess game of guns, hacking and entertainment is nothing but high tech fakery meant to obscure every crumb of truth by constantly folding in on itself. Isaiah said it best. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” This is the age we live in and I have learned that I trust no one and nothing unless I see it for myself. How did we enter the technological age on the occult edge of selfishness and pride and now turn our backs on simple human kindness and brotherhood so that we would disdain 4 million people standing up and saying, “we aren’t going to put with this bullshit anymore?” We have created A.I. without even knowing it and It is the purpose and intent of some living algorithm to create a reality so apart from truth that every single conscious organism on this planet would rather live that lie and cover the tracks back to sanity. What we have lost is faith and courage. We can learn to live without oil, but if without the willingness to distinguish right from wrong and good from bad then we have nothing God would even want.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Live without fossil fuel? As the High Lama of Shangri-La said, “One night out on the plateau will change their mind.” If we don’t have oil, then we’ll have to use coal, no matter the ecological damage or damage to our health. These are problems of the living, you see. The dead have no such problems, or any problems at all (so Liberals think). In any case, these people who go out protesting coal trains strike me as softies and twits, without the authenticity which comes from suffering. They will cave after one coolish October night on the plateau or in their unheated apartments.

      • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 10:02 am #

        The Book of Enoch predicts a battle between the “Sons of Darkness” and the “Sons of Light,” in the end times. Good and evil aside, can you guess who he is talking about? Fossil fuel proponents and solar energy proponents maybe?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

          You are exactly the kind of person I was talking about. You will “convert” to coal after one night out on the plateau or in your unheated apartment after a cool, late October night.

          We will even devise a ritual where the forehead and cheeks of the convert are smeared with coal dust. Remember, we are the coal. Only through the pressure of virtue and spiritual practice can we turn ourselves into the Diamonds that we really are.

          We will also make Coal “cool” by adopting a Steam Punk aesthetic, complete with sexy, scantily clad, female miners. We will have women lining up to be miners and get their sexy uniforms. We, the Lords of Salem, the Kings of Coal, will be laughing in joy (and even a little glee I must admit, but fear not, I will confess this to my confessor) as we hand out the uniforms. Needless to say, these precious weaker vessels will not be doing much mining, just photo shoots and what not.

  35. nsa January 12, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    THE NINTH GREAT CRUSADE HAS BEGUN……a generalized relentless attack on the backward moslem world. Whole countries have been crucified in the best judeo-christian tradition….Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and most recently Libya…..with many more to follow. And not without a touch of the obscene and the grotesque as a warning…like our assets sodomizing gaddafi to death with rifle barrels…. And the vast carnage will be televised for all to enjoy….

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      Oh is that what they used. We depend on you for this “inside knowledge”. Remember sadhu (good one), the Jihad came before the Crusade. Asia Minor, North Africa, Palestine – these were all Christian lands once – and God willing they will be again. Deus Lo Vult – God Wills It.

  36. nickel January 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    “the disintegration of one nation-state after another across North Africa and the Middle East”
    Sure Libya has disintegrated but it did not crumble from internal sources, but a NATO attack. Iraq is dead but it has been smashed by… US invasion. Syria does not look too good, but the opposition tearing it apart is armed by the West. What other country did you have in mind?

    “Saudi Arabia can ride out $40-a-barrel oil”
    So, oil climbing to 100$ and up was a sign that the world was running out of oil and proof of the imminent collapse of a world incapable of dealing with energy at this price. We’re doomed! Now that it is coming down, and apparently long enough to bankrupt Saudi Arabia, it is proof of… the imminent collapse of a world incapable of dealing with energy prices so… low? We’re doomed!

  37. Buck Stud January 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    Maybe one day some of us dumb asses can become smart enough enough to focus on the most important paragraphs and achieve the lofty Ozonian status of Doomer Snob.

    In the meantime, I’ll leave my tools at the daytime workbench and comment about whatever damn sentence I happen to find relevant.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

      Doomer Snob! As the Leftists say, “Oh Snap!” All of our conflicts have been misunderstandings. I forgive you completely.

  38. jeddahz January 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Iran is the last domino—otherwise fully agree

  39. malthuss January 13, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    Cassandra .Due ‘to the welfare state, we are all cuckolds, forced to subsidize the fertility of other people.’

    I wont go into the color[s] of those ‘other people’.
    We also subsidize Egypt and Israel.

    I see land ownership as a form of rental. If you do pay yr rent [tax to Gov] you are evicted. So you are subsidizing someone somewhere w yr taxes, even on land.

  40. PeteAtomic January 13, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    It’s interesting that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today wouldn’t even admit that Islamic terrorists are the main problem in regards to not just the Charlie Hebdo attack, but every major terror attack committed for many years now. So, that’s a major issue that western administrations need to own up to. Political correctness is an enemy to solving real time problems in the real world. And if the issues in Islam are not realistically addressed, then the battle is going to always take place on the margins.

  41. FincaInTheMountains January 13, 2015 at 4:32 am #

    There are three fundamentally different approaches to the existing world order: 1. it can satisfy person in all respects; 2. it can satisfy person in some respect, but not in all; 3. it can categorically not satisfy person in all respects. Communists/Bolsheviks in XIX – XX century represented the third category. They explained that the existing capitalist world order is inherently unfair, and therefore must be completely destroyed. “We will destroy this world of violence down to the foundations, and then …”. What, “then” – was not very clear, so there was no constructive program of these forces, the foundation was the pure destruction. Incidentally, it is for this reason that the Communists fought desperately not even with the first approach (The Content), but with “opportunists” representing the second approach – that is, those who believe that we can improve the fairness of the existing society through reforms.

    It was impossible to negotiate with them: they took money from anyone, were ready to sign any agreement – and not even going to fulfill them. Because they believed that any agreement with a fundamentally unjust system is not worth a penny. And to influence them, including using all sorts of appeals to humanity and the law was pointless. By the way, in this sense, Stalin, who forcefully changed the Soviet elites from the third approach to the second during his purges, was one of the greatest humanitarians in the history of mankind.

    So, political Islam at the present stage of history is an analogue of the Communists century ago. It does not recognize the trade-offs and ready to fight to the end – for the destruction of the current world order. And that is in the absence of a positive program. At the same time, as then, the global economic crisis greatly increases the craving of people, especially those who have suffered from the crisis, for justice. And it turns out that the only force that is now has something to offer the world in this direction is political Islam … And if this power is given resources (as it was given to the Bolsheviks in the early twentieth century), then they will use this resources extremely efficiently – but not the way their sponsors expect. So world financial elite did not learn the lesson of a century ago and in 2015 we should expect a dramatic increase in the influence of political Islam throughout the world, primarily in the Middle East and the European Union.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 13, 2015 at 4:35 am #

      From worldcrisis.ru/crisis/1770971

    • MisterDarling January 13, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      “By the way, in this sense, Stalin, who forcefully changed the Soviet elites from the third approach to the second during his purges, was one of the greatest humanitarians in the history of mankind.”-FitM.

      You realize of course that this statement will seem utterly bizarre to an enormous amount of people. A far greater amount of evidence shows ‘Stalin’ (born ‘Ioseb Jugashvili’, Georgian) to be the biggest genocidal killer of the 20th Century. He racked up the highest body-count – making Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot look like complete slackers in comparison – while he was engaged in that ‘humanitarian’ work you refer to… That’s something that can’t be excused and swept under the rug with bromides like; “he *meant* well…”

      Finca, I’m not sure how to interpret what you’ve written, unless you’re suggesting that the most humanitarian reform of all is to kill as many humans as humanly possible (which was explicitly tried in ancient China, by the way. See how much good that did) [*].

      😉

      — — —

      [*] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Xianzhong

  42. FincaInTheMountains January 13, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    Primary suspects in Paris Attacks

    1. United States. Apparently, the White House had already realized that the role of the European anti-American elites is growing so much that at stake is not even agreement on free trade between the US and Europe, but also the presence of pro-American elites in power. Orban in Hungary, the Czech Republic Zeman, Marine Le Pen in France … All this is extremely negative processes for the United States. And then you need to blow up the situation, close down the “democracy” and organize harsh dictatorship. Of course, the pro-American one that will blindly follow the instructions from Washington, without regard to the various “democratic” procedures. In general, to put local “Pinochets” in power in all EU countries, with all accompanying charms: “death squads”, the abolition of social standards, state control, i.e. total liberalization. With the creation of the Free Trade Zone with the United States, of course. That will transform Western Europe similar the way Bulgaria, Baltic States and other Eastern European countries were transformed. She will be completely deindustrialized! After all, the cost of production in the EU is higher than in the US, due to higher taxes and social burden. As a result, the EU market will become purely American.

    2. Britain (or rather, The House of Windsor). They just cannot be too excited about Merkel totally goes under US and quickly passes the Free Trade Zone law in Brussels, that could be profitable only to Germany. After that, the idea of creating alternative to dollar currency zones with British financial system (“Rothschild) as intermediaries will be ruined, as in fact, more or less independent British financial system and London as a world financial center.

    3. Continental European elites: the Vatican, “Black Mobility” in conspiratorial reading. Old aristocratic elites of Western Europe, which were severely beaten twice by the financiers – I and World War II. They dragged Hitler into power to take revenge for the destruction of their empires (the German and Austro-Hungarian), but lost again. Now – new attempt at the revenge. For them, the Free Trade Zone – also a disaster. And they have enough force to try to bring to power nationally oriented counter-elite. Anyway, in a critically important number of countries of the EU, then pro-American elites in Brussels will be forced to leave, and the modern European Union will come to an end. It is possible that his role is played here and the idea to create a Franco-German-Russian dominance in Europe. Of course, in the framework of imperial rather than the liberal-democratic ideas.

    4. Germany. Germans might fear that Hollande threatened with the loss of power will back down (in the framework already agreed with Merkel’s plans for domination of Germany in the EU, but under the control of the United States) and French President created a situation in which you can “tighten the screws” and severely limit all anti-American elites led by Le Pen.

    5. Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda and so on. Actually, this option is being actively sold by the media, and that’s why it is the least likely. Here are some nuances. Whenever al-Qaeda is mentioned, the CIA and British intelligence come immediately to mind. Also, these organizations do not possess sufficient resources to pull such stunt on their own.

    6. Saudi Arabia. Today it is under serious stress, you need to get out somehow. Since a number of scenarios, developed in the US, suggest the elimination of the Saudi regime in order to create a Sunni caliphate, followed by an attack on Israel and Iran, they must do something about it. The easiest way – to tie the hands of the United States on so many fronts that it will not have enough resources to deal with Saudis.

    7. Russia. When it became clear that to persuade Merkel to lift the sanctions will not work, that it is firmly “lies” under the United States, Russians decided to “blow up” the EU. And to start with France – as it was she, apparently, the first ready to abandon the American plan to fight Russia. Here and alibis, and support Hollande in his anti-American actions (“What can we do – say Hollande to Obama – you cannot help but Moscow helps”), and so on. It is possible that Russians also have an agreement with some of the actors identified above.

    8. China. This is response to Ukraine and other actions of the West against the new Silk Road from Asia to Europe. In general, this means China’s entry into the big political game on a global scale.

    russiapost.su/archives/40083

    Disclaimer: Please, do NOT make any financial decisions based on information presented, for entertainment only.

  43. Cold N. Holefield January 13, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    I’m wondering if this Koran inspired lunacy will eventually play itself out, as all death cults do, or is it a permanent worldwide fixture, threatening the world into the far future?

    It makes me want to join the Peace Corps. Is there such a thing anymore? Was there ever such a thing other than in name only? “Here’s a new well for a sip of water before you die, or here’s a nice new bridge we’ve built you — to nowhere.”

    I finally joined Twitter and it makes me want to vomit. The things we do for love.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      The Peace Corps was actually a dating service where 3rd World Men could meet young, innocent, dumb, college educated, idealistic, liberal White Women.

      The All College Girl Revue (see everything except their diplomas) at the Naked Eye Cabaret was a far more honest institution.

      • Greg Knepp January 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

        I knew some Peace Corp types back in the day, and I must say that there is some truth to this statement. How arrogant and dorky was the Peace Corps!

      • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

        It’s kind of like the priesthood, where dirty old men could meet innocent young boys, buggar them in the rectory before the mass, then preach a sermon about godliness, piety, and virtue. Imagine the utter evil those men must have felt, preaching to the sheeple, in that grand old church with the soaring ceiling and buttressed joints. Almost gives me a semi.

    • RocketDoc January 17, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

      Weren’t any of you rapier intelligences “idealistic” in your youth or did you just grow up and get old? The toughest job you’ll ever love WAS corny but perhaps some thought our circumstances obligated us in GHW Bush terms to “have Half” and give the rest away. I remember how proud my dad’s best friend was when he quit his corporate lawyer job in 1962 and moved his 4 young children to Sierra Leone to help Americans make a difference in the world. (Yes, we know how that turned out..) And my wife’s 2 years in Paraguay taught her guarani and independence and fortitude and built three little water projects that when we returned 12 years later everyone in town still knew her name and was pleased to see her blonde hair back. Sure she got more out of it then they did BUT she’s the kind of Americans foreigners used to like before we became like you “knowledgeable” guys..and started sending flak jacket Marines with sunglasses. A dating service?!?

      • Blessyourheart January 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

        -RocketDoc

        We lack Amy Biehl Syndrome or had it rather rudely knocked out of us by reality.

  44. BackRowHeckler January 13, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Jim says some interesting things about Saudi Arabia this week.

    From here SArabia seems pretty stable, but stability surrounded by chaos. The only reports we hear coming out of there is when a bunch of people get flogged in the public square, or about the beheadings, the official method of capital punishment.

    Saudi Arabia is armed with the latest western military hardware, as they can afford the best. Would it be enough to fight off the ragtag ISIS army? Its hard to imagine Saudi Arabia falling into disorder like Syria or Libya. Egypt seems under control now, and perhaps this is what may occur on the Arabian Peninsula, post House of Saud: the army taking over. Of course, there are those here who claim we have so much domestic oil now we no longer need Saudi Arabia oil, so who cares what happens.

    brh

    • MisterDarling January 13, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      “Saudi Arabia is armed with the latest western military hardware, as they can afford the best.”-brh.

      Hardware doesn’t fight or win wars. We’ve seen the idea that you can just throw nice stuff at a war and win it disproven repeatedly for the past 75 years…

      For example: we loaded the Chinese Nationalists up with the ‘best of the best’ military hardware – and it wound up in Chinese Communist hands almost immediately. Mao literally laughed in American faces about how he had “a direct claim” on the American arsenal – through all those corrupt KMT warlord/colonels…

      This is just one major example – to our collective discredit there are at least a dozen others. The defense industry doesn’t care though… They got paid, after all! [*]

      — — —

      [*] And this gets you half-way there to understanding why American military doctrine is tactical-centric instead of strategic-savvy: it’s designed to be less efficient, b/c after all, what defense-lobby person *wants* victory to occur and peace to break out? It’s bad for business…

      😉

      • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2015 at 11:19 am #

        Well MD, the only manufacturing left ’round these parts is stuff made for the Dept. of Defense i.e. Sikorsky Helicopter, P&W jet engines, Colt firearms, General Dynamics nuclear submarines, Hamilton Standard of in Windsor Locks. If it weren’t for armaments we’d be Union Grove here, excepting the massive welfare colonies our cities have become, and Government employees at all levels, who, because of their generous pay and lavish benefits, form some sort of putative elite, such as it is.

        brh

  45. Florida Power January 13, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Our host has somehow touched a nerve and elevated the comments this week. Bravo.

    Given that Peak Oil is the North Star of the blog I humbly submit a related branch of discourse: energy infrastructure — in particular the announcement that the two utilities which contracted for the future power of the Nantucket Sound offshore wind project have cancelled their contract. I recall years ago when this was first proposed Walter Cronkite and the Kennedys were staunch opponents. The major complaint was that it spoiled the view. Perhaps there was also the fear that the windmill array would disrupt the gusts powering the local yachts.

    power-eng.com/articles/2015/01/utilities-terminate-contract-for-2-5b-cape-wind-project.html?cmpid=en…

    • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Seems like an important story, FP.

      Hardly reported here. First I’ve seen of it.

      Thanks for the heads up!

      brh

    • barbisbest January 13, 2015 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks FP for the info. Yep, thanks Kennedy and Cronkite, appreciate the legacy.

  46. barbisbest January 13, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    JK.Love the apropos title of this week’s blog. Regret to read in the prediction for 2015 that 2014 was merely annoying. Hope some good things happened. For some, 2014 was, interesting and awful. Great advice, watch what you wish for. Here are some of mine:
    – wish that a new america would get born
    – wish this nation would stop sleepwalking
    – wish there were more Ken Wilburs in the world
    – wish the predictions for 2015 wouldn’t come to pass,alas
    The other wishes, they’ll come true in the dechlavan.

    “Until each person as an individual feels responsible for our world’s problems, nothing will improve or change.” Elizabeth Hill -Twin Souls a Message of Hope for the New Millennium”

    • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Oh, what is Ken saying these days? I’ve read most of his books. He is slyly honest in his color coding, admitting that all of Black Africa is red, the lowest level of consciousness. But since he never talks about IQ and genetics, he leaves the whole issue hanging in the air, thus never challenging liberals about their assumptions about human equality. Does he admit that most of IQ is genetic, and thus Black Africa will never improve, at least not in this Aeon, not until the Spirit moves over the waters of creation and makes all things new?

      He is honest about people in general: they are “Nazis” and thus Democracy must be curtailed or else “they” will win. Liberals: you gotta love them. My love affair with Wilber began to end when I read his journal, and he was calling the Clintons by their first names. From my other reading, I came to believe him in this. He has been very influential and he is one of the architects (whether he wanted to be or not) of the New World Order.

  47. seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    I remember when I was a kid hearing about people dying for their religion and I thought it stupid. Why would anyone die for an idea? It made no sense to me. Amazingly it makes perfect sense now.

    • barbisbest January 13, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      Seawolf77.Yes, outlooks can change and terrorists are terrorists or they are freedom fighters, depending on whose shoes you are in.BTW millennials check out some of Ken Wilburs work. He writes about the excesses of the baby boom generation. So does JHK. I am on the cusp and if I had any sense I would have founded my own Findhorn like that in Scotland. Please refrain from referring to Mother Theresa as a Jesuit Priest in drag. I hope it was in jest. That’s serious karma there man. Mother Theresa was love incarnate.

      • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 11:47 am #

        Of course it was in jest. This is supposedly a forward thinking blog for people in the know. Unfortunately the conservatives or for lack of a better moniker, the status quo, visit the Kunstler site with the same old dribble. I come here for ideas, things I never thought of, insights, that sort of thing. As much and often as I disagree with Janos, at least he provides that, not the same old there is not a single piece of credible evidence…blah blah blah crap that has seized America like a pit bull around its throat. As a matter of fact it is a Jesuit principle to infiltrate any and all groups. So of course their infiltration must be disguised. That’s the problem with liberals in general. They refuse to see the sneaky, duplicitous side of people. And lest we not forget, Bill Cosby was right up there with Mother Theresa a few scant months ago.

        • BackRowHeckler January 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

          The Jesuits, Seawolf?

          • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

            Call them the Illuminati if you want. It’s the same thing. In 1773 the Pope issued a Papal Bull throwing the Society of Jesus out of the church forever. Immediately the Illuminati form in 1776, revolutions break out in America and France, The Reign of Terror begins in France. Napoleon comes to power, invades Italy, seizes the Papal States, arrests and imprisons the Pope. The War of 1812 breaks out between America and England. Finally in 1814, the Catholic Church caves and reestablishes the Society of Jesus with another Papal Bull. Forever lasted 41 years. Read what the great men of history have said about the Jesuits. It’ll make my comments seem tame, believe me.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

          The Illuminati took from both the Jesuits and the Masons, but they were a secret order in and of themselves. You can’t call the Jesuits the Illuminati per se. But you often even go beyond that and call the whole Church the Illuminati – even though you just admitted that they combatted them.

          Just as Illuminism infiltrated the Jesuits, it infiltrated the Masons. Grand Orient Masonry is Illuminism and they were behind the French Revolution that closed the Churches and butchered so many priests.

          As for the other Masons, they broke of communion with the Grand Orient when they declared that there is no God but Man. Yet at the higher levels of Masonry, these ideas have seeped in. Washington and Jefferson took the threat seriously and made efforts to purge the American Lodges of Illuminism.

          If Man is Divine at the very depths of his being, fine. How does that justify murder and rapine and the burning of churches? Esoteric ideas have often been misused for political purposes.

          • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

            I would call the Jesuits a cancer on the church, except the church itself is a cancer on mankind. Double cancer? The Freemasons, P2, Illuminati, the Jesuits, Skull and Bones, The Knights Templar, The Jedi Knights…there isn’t a lick of difference between any of them. They’re all about secret rule.

  48. Cold N. Holefield January 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    The Book of Enoch predicts a battle between the “Sons of Darkness” and the “Sons of Light,” in the end times.

    That’s right — and Atlantic City will be the location of the final battle, not Megiddo. Book your tickets now before it’s too late.

  49. Cold N. Holefield January 13, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    As a matter of fact it is a Jesuit principle to infiltrate any and all groups.

    It’s true. Why do you think Q. Shtik is here? He graduated from St. Joseph’s University — a Jesuit institution and he’s infiltrated us. Don’t let his feigned areligious stance fool you — it’s a cover.

  50. volodya January 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    I expect that there will be more than one ruling elite abandoning their fiefdom.

    One would be in the place soon to be formerly known as Saudi Arabia. They will make an exit to whatever other place will give them refuge, presumably for an extortionate price.

    Because as sure as night follows day, those princelings and princesses will be attracting a trail of cut-throats all trying to extort some misbegotten oil-loot for themselves. And, if not down and dirty gangsters, then fanatics, religious and otherwise, that feel the need to sacrifice themselves in settling age-old tribal and sectarian scores.

    IOW the Saudis are going to be a huge pain in the ass to whatever regime takes them in. But, to the local butcher-in-chief, money can solve it. A lot of money.

    Another might be Russia’s Capo Di Tutti Capi, V. Putin. I would imagine that, never mind the personal popularity he’s now currently enjoying, the millstones otherwise known as Crimea and the soon to be acquired eastern Ukraine, will be making their inertial mass felt.

    Meaning they are gigantic and ruinous financial obligations to a country feeling a serious pinch from falling oil prices. And sanctions too.

    The long-suffering, vodka stupefied common Russian may put up with it. But the oligarchs won’t. They look at all the disruption caused by this Crimea nonsense. To paraphrase Hyman Roth, the question to the oligarch is this: what does it have to do with business? None of those guys think the west is a threat. Do you? You live here, you judge.

    Are we going to war with Russia? Can you see the German or Italian or Frenchman fighting on the steppes, suffering General Winter? No chance. If there’s a threat to Putin, it comes from inside his own country.

    So, who takes in Mr. Putin and his entourage? China? Well, wherever they go, they all better bring in some serious money. Heavy entry fees for sure, from China too.

    No worries though. Putin must have a personal worth in the billions. I expect that he will soon be coughing up a large proportion of that. No matter the outer trappings of grandiosity and modernity, Russia is just a third world piss-hole with oil. Murderers and thieves get ripped off? So what, business as usual.

    Will Russia be better off without Putin? Probably not. Whoever replaces him will be cut from the same cloth. My bet is it will some other murdering oligarch, supported by the FSB and some high ranking generals. Should we in the almighty, busybody west (that sticks it’s unwelcome nose into everything) bother ourselves about it? No, we have problems enough here.

    • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Say what you will about Boris Yelstin, he sure knew how to pick a successor.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

        So if they’re all the same, why did the Church fight Masonry and Masonry, the Church? You’re not thinking.

        But yes, Masonry has conquered the Church since Vatican Two. And behind Masonry are the Zionists, but you never even mention them.

        • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

          Some fights are for propaganda value only i.e. for people like you to use in arguments either for or against. Hitler has been accused of being a Rothschild…how could this be? He supposedly fought against the banks. He resurrected the Deutsche Mark, debt free. He created 6,000,000 jobs. He stole the wealth of the Jews. In reality his war made the bankers rich. So you can argue it either way.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

            No you can’t. He was against the International Bankers and threw them out of Germany. If we had supported him and done likewise, there would really be a free world now, instead of Muslim and Minority infested war zones.

            Ok, you want to argue perspectives? So why do you take the perspective of an alien people who control the media? Or why do you take the Black perspective? Or why do you take the American Indians perspective? In short, why do you take every perspective but your own? Enjoy your feelings (and that’s all it is) of moral superiority when we are reduced to slavery. And that means you too dumbo.

          • seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

            Last time I checked it was Europe who attacked Russia. Twice. Who exactly is going to reduce us to slavery? Oh I know, unless we keep conquering peoples, we’re doomed. The Mongol hordes will soon overwhelm us. Vichy Frenchmen shall we become, holding umbrellas and watching the History Channel to remind us how great we once were, “The Greatest Veneration.”

    • MisterDarling January 14, 2015 at 1:54 am #

      Hello Volodya,

      “Are we going to war with Russia? Can you see the German or Italian or Frenchman fighting on the steppes, suffering General Winter? No chance. If there’s a threat to Putin, it comes from inside his own country.”-v.

      As you say “if there’s a threat”. But then again, Putin is packing an 80% approval rating in-county right now, and even if he wasn’t he’s in a better position to ‘displace’ the oligarchs than they are to do the same to him – and it shows. He can speak from his own authority, he’s not forced to hedge and back-track like the oligarch’s quislings that fill executive-branch positions in the West.

      V – if you are in fact Russian or of Russian-descent (I mean no offence, whatsoever) – I would like your opinion on this little foreign-policy ‘ditty’ from the desk of Mr. Orlov:

      zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-13/what-happens-next-russia-6-step-recipe-western-disaster

  51. Janos Skorenzy January 13, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Jack London: a genuine American National Socialist. He speaks for me.

    counter-currents.com/2011/01/what-life-means-to-me/

    • Buck Stud January 13, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

      It’s not always a bad thing to have one’s preconceptions contradicted and the Londan essay is not what I assumed would be featured on a White Nationalist website (or “New Right” as I understand).

      But London himself seemed a bit enigmatic as well. For instance, this comment on race:

      “it must be taken into consideration that the above postulate is itself a product of Western race-egotism, urged by our belief in our own righteousness and fostered by a faith in ourselves which may be as erroneous as are most fond race fancies.”

      And you seem a bit enigmatic yourself, lauding the socialism of London on one hand while occasionally touting Limbaugh. The lines do get blurry at times which can make for some very unique V diagram overlap.

      • Q. Shtik January 14, 2015 at 12:20 am #

        some [very] unique V diagram overlap. – Buck

        ===========

        Why have I put brackets around very?

        • Buck Stud January 14, 2015 at 11:37 am #

          Actually unique was not the correct word so very will be allowed to stay. The brackets should contain the following: [ rare, unusual, recherché!]

          Because such overlaps are far more unusual than they are, by definition, “one-of-a-kind”.

          But to specifically answer your question as to why YOU put brackets around very the answer is obvious: You’re a knuckle rapping pedant!

  52. progress4what January 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for the last two week’s work, JHK. And thanks for the New Year’s predictions.

    I feel sorry for the Europeans. Tormented by their histories, they are led by feckless politicians under control of the US, and of some failing multi-cult religious belief. It is going to end very poorly for them – absent some miracle, or something.

    Will the US “leadership” do it to us just as good and hard as we’re doing it to the Europeans? Probably.

    nationalreview.com/article/396262/troubling-math-muslim-migration-ian-tuttle pretty good comments.

    Fight back, if you care.

    numbersusa.com/sendfax

    And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

  53. Cold N. Holefield January 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    Cocksuckers!

  54. seawolf77 January 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    How can it be that after 2,000 years we are still worshiping the human sacrifice of a man? 2,000 years! We bring our kids and teach them that God making a human sacrifice of his son was somehow good. What kind of convoluted mind fuck gymnastics is required for that sales job? Oh wait I remember now… it’s called Christmas.

    • debt January 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Yes, Christianity is a child sacrifice cult. Interestingly, the Israelis of pre Christian times considered child sacrifice to be a pagan practice, one they disdained.

  55. FincaInTheMountains January 14, 2015 at 5:03 am #

    “You realize of course that this statement will seem utterly bizarre to an enormous amount of people. A far greater amount of evidence shows ‘Stalin’ (born ‘Ioseb Jugashvili’, Georgian) to be the biggest genocidal killer of the 20th Century.” – MisterDarling

    According to the Sufficiently General Theory of Control, all means of population control can be divided into general groups which are arranged hierarchically from the most effective to the least. Such instruments of influence on society, whose reasonable use allows control over its life and death, are:

    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. 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.

    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.

    6. Other instruments of influence, mainly by force – weapons in the traditional sense of this word.

    As you can see, the Historical Priority is high above other means of control, even higher than ideology, religion, or even economy.
    Where your information about the Stalin period of Russian history is coming from? The headlines of Western Media? Or books of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn? Or, may be studying the materials of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the USSR?

    Westerners make common mistake of thinking about the Communist Party of the USSR (CPSU) as a homogeneous Institution driven by the Marxists ideology. It is far from that. The whole history of CPSU was the history of struggle between the Trotskyism and the National Patriots of Russia. For followers of Leon Trotsky the Russia was just a stepping stone of igniting the world fire of social revolution, and if Russia would burn in the process, so be it. Trotskyists were originally installed in Russia by Finance International to help them solve their geopolitical objectives.

    On the other hand, Stalin and his followers were true patriots of Russian Empire. Of course due to political constrains of the time, they had to work in the limits of the Communist Doctrine, but they modified it a lot, primarily by introducing a new doctrine: “Possibility of building a Communism in a stand-alone country”. So, Stalin and his followers rejected the idea of world-wide Socialist revolution in favor of developing Russia and its industrial and military potential.

    Stalin knew that he’s got just a few years to prepare for the coming World War and he had to use that time for extremely rapid industrialization. On the internal front he had to fight the followers of Leon Trotsky. So the purges of the 30s in effect were a reflection of that struggle. Many of atrocities attributed to Stalin were actually committed by the followers of Leon Trotsky who remained strong in Russia, even to the present day.

    Stalin in 1944 signed a Bretton Woods agreement, but refused to ratify it in December of 1945 – just two months before the infamous Fulton speech by Winston Churchill declaring a Cold War on Russia.
    After that the rewriting of Russian history has begun in full, culminating in a speech on the 20th Congress of CPSU by Nikita Khrushchev, himself a Trotskyite, blaming Stalin for installing a dictatorship regime in Russia. (Khrushchev’s hands were covered in blood by many innocent victims of purges).

    So yeas, Stalin was extremely hard (Stalin means – “made of steel”) and ruthless politician, but nothing out of extraordinary for those turbulent times, especially if compared to some Western leaders who ordered the unnecessary in military terms nuclear bombings of Japanese cities, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians just to show Soviets their capabilities.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2015 at 5:40 am #

      And in the end Stalin realized the Jews could not be trusted since they were more interested in their own destiny as a people than in the Revolution. Thus he purged some of the worst offenders, budding Zionists whose sympathies were for the new State of Israel and who were being drawn into Oceania’s sphere of influence.

      • malthuss January 15, 2015 at 12:42 am #

        ‘Stalin realized the Jews could not be trusted’. Kettle calls the pot…..

    • ghostunit January 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

      That Stalin wanted to survive the coming WW2 doesn’t mean he wanted to save Russia (he was quite undisturbed at sending millions of young men as literal bullet sponges to the front.. to the point that the reason most Russian women are so beautiful today is because the unbelievable shortage of men tilted “the market” to the extreme).

      Stalin was just looking to save his own neck and his position in life as top dog. That’s the mistake most of you people do when looking back at justifying the character of tyrants.

      • seawolf77 January 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

        Reasonable people seldom ask how does a homicidal maniac wind up in power? Was he Senor Popular? Hardly, as no dictator I have ever heard studied would ever be labeled popular. Then why? A more pressing question is what organization is interested in the souls of men? The largest church on the planet, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, will tell you Satan is in pursuit of your soul. I don’t see Satan particularly interested in my soul. I see leaders sponsored by the Catholic Church becoming homicidal maniacs once they attain power. Who collects all these souls? An imaginary demon named Satan or the organization whose symbol is that of a man stretched out on a cross in glorious human sacrifice.

  56. Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    Old fashioned Socialism socialized the means of production. The New Socialism socializes the fruits of production via taxation. My National Socialism would be more the latter, with perhaps a few State Monopolies. But as I said before, the key Industries would be made to serve the People one way or another. I’d say it would preferable for the people who know the Industry the best to continue to be the heads of it. To make the Captains of Industry into boogie men and enemies is the very essence of Marxist Crudity. But if they insist on being enemies of the people, then they should be seen that way and responded to accordingly.

    I really love London’s essential vision and how he came to attain it. That’s why I posted it. But from what little I know of his exact economics, they seem to be more the Old Socialism – but National as opposed to International. His novel The Iron Heel, about a coup by the Plutocrats and the workers guerilla war against them, is still a good read.

  57. FincaInTheMountains January 14, 2015 at 5:53 am #

    “The long-suffering, vodka stupefied common Russian may put up with it.”– volodya

    Norwegian journalist is surprised – it turns out, the shelves in Russia are not emptied from sanctions. Morten Yentoft statement of fact: the Russian producers were able to replace Western products. Generally, a journalist praises Moscow. According to him, over the last decade the city has changed dramatically for the better – from airports and bicycle paths. Particularly the Norwegian was pleased with such a trivial thing for the Russians as Wi-Fi in Moscow’s subway.

    “As a consumer, I do not see any significant changes due to sanctions. It seems that the Russian producers have coped with the task of replacing European products that have disappeared from the shelves, although prices have risen slightly.”

    Why Western journalists so surprised about the ease with which Russia carries sanctions?

    Because the West has dug an ideological pit of its own and still cannot get out of it. Over the past 15 years we all heard tales about the “oil curse” and “not a country, but a huge gas station,” arguing that in Russia there is nothing but oil.

    Remember how Barack Obama issued a loud portion of actually wrong propaganda about Russia? That immigrants do not go to Russia and Russia’s population is in rapid decline, and so on?

    Everybody then began to make fun of the ignorance of Barack Obama, who does not know that Russia is the second most attractive country for immigrants after the United States.

    However, Obama said, among other absurdities, something else. Namely, he said that Russia allegedly produces nothing.
    Let us at least briefly go over some of the brightest figures of remarkable research by Awara group.

    From 2000 to 2013 the Russian industry grew by 58%.
    In Russia, 14.8% of the population is occupied in industrial production – against 10.1% in the US. The difference in labor productivity between Russia and Western countries is not so great and is about 20%.

    Over the past 10 years, Russia has almost doubled the production of cars. Russia now produces 2.2 million vehicles a year. If we consider it imports about 900 thousand cars, it can be expected that the devaluation of the ruble will lead to further growth of domestic production.

    The volume of food production in Russia has doubled since 2000. Growth is observed everywhere except in the segment of goats and sheep. Poultry production has grown several times; production of pigs has grown by 50%. Only the cattle production hasn’t grown – but, thanks to sanctions, it is becoming profitable to grow beef.

    Our Western friends and partners believe in their own fairy tale about a backward Russia, where the in the middle of the snow desert lonely poke oil rigs. On the basis of tales spread by their own agitators they decided to strangle Russia with sanctions.

    • Florida Power January 14, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      interesting to note that the lower ruble now threatens Indian steel exports. One expects at the Russians to be accused of currency manipulation!
      zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-13/russian-ruble-re-crashes-crude-carnage-continues-indian-steel-mills-th…

      • FincaInTheMountains January 14, 2015 at 9:27 am #

        At the beginning of 2014, before Ukrainian affair, there were talks of ruble devaluation to boost domestic production and imports replacement. However, nobody expected ruble to devaluate in half.

        Russians living on the Island already felt a hard pinch of currency instability. If before, ruble was buying 1.3 local pesos, now it is only about 60 centavos and the majority of them are still getting income in rubles.

        Tourism from Russia here is suffering, that’s for sure. Before the majority of wealthy tourists were from Russia – locals called them “New Americans”.

        • BackRowHeckler January 14, 2015 at 9:44 am #

          Dude, you’re wearing us down with all this ‘Russia’ Bull Sh#t.

          We get the point.

          Also, don’t you have a farm to run?

          brh

          • FincaInTheMountains January 14, 2015 at 9:48 am #

            Small price to pay for Russian contribution to American budget.

  58. BackRowHeckler January 14, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    American budget?

    we’re in hock $18 Trillion.

    If that’s the case, you need to start contributing a lot more.

    brh

    • FincaInTheMountains January 14, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

      Why don’t you consider a little moonlighting to pitch in?

  59. pkrugman January 14, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    CFN has become a forum for racists like Janos and P4W. P4W writes today to request support for one of racist John Tanton’s “nativist” organizations.

    FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA are all part of a network of restrictionist organizations conceived and created by John Tanton, the “puppeteer” of the nativist movement and a man with deep racist roots. As the first article in this report shows, Tanton has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has met with leading white supremacists, promoted anti-Semitic ideas, and associated closely with the leaders of a eugenicist foundation once described by a leading newspaper as a “neo-Nazi organization.” He has made a series of racist statements about Latinos and worried that they were outbreeding whites. At one point, he wrote candidly that to maintain American culture, “a European-American majority” is required.

    • Q. Shtik January 14, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      he wrote candidly that to maintain American culture, “a European-American majority” is required. – Krug

      ==============

      Makes sense to me.

      I’m sure Prog will be thanking you for advertising this outfit.

    • Therian January 15, 2015 at 3:54 am #

      Sure, Krugman. Let’s not mention La Raza and other groups in the USA that are power mad tribal/racist groups masquerading as civil rights organizations. Mexicans, just for starters, have more rights than YOU. On the California Driver’s Test they can get 5 wrong. Honkie can only get 3 wrong. They have a highly anti-intellectual culture and their gangs are now nationwide.

      Now, if you married a Swede it would take innumerable trips to the INS, $10,000, and a year’s wait to get her in. Our nation wants Chindians and Mexicans but it doesn’t want YOU. Keep talking dirt about your own ethnicity and you’ll get your wish but you won’t like the results.

  60. pkrugman January 14, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    “we’re in hock $18 Trillion” — brh

    $5.849 Trillion of that was George W. Bush’s misguided war to find non-existent WMD and eliminate Sadaam, thereby giving birth to ISIL.

    But it is not just George W. Bush. In the last half century, the federal government has run a deficit in 45 out of 50 years. If the government runs a deficit, the U.S. Treasury borrows money to make up the difference between how much money is being spent and how much money is coming in – thus creating federal debt.

    President Bush added the second greatest amount to the debt, at $5.849 trillion. This more than doubled the debt, which was $5.8 trillion on September 30, 2001 — the end of FY 2001, which was President Clinton’s last budget.

    Bush responded to the 9/11 attacks by launching the War on Terror. This drove military spending to record levels, $600-$800 billion a year. This included the Iraq War, which cost $807.5 billion. President Bush also responded to the 2001 recession by passing EGTRRA and JGTRRA, otherwise known as the Bush tax cuts, which reduced revenue.

    If I recall correctly, you supported all of those Bush measures, brh.

    • seawolf77 January 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Not really. The Treasury can coin 18 coins with a face value of 1,000,000,000,000 and pay the Fed off. When you talk that way you play into their hands. The National Debt is the Money Supply, by definition. If you paid it off there would be no money in circulation.

  61. volodya January 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Mr Darling,

    He doesn’t talk about the Mongols and their influence on Russian history and development. No matter.

    Anyway, he’s making the case that Russia is poorly understood. I’m with him on that, I’ve said that the same is true of other places, that the US intervenes in places it doesn’t understand and then ends up walking away with its ass in a pail.

    Why? Because American policy makers and military men and academics massively over-estimate what they know, massively over-estimate American capabilities and massively under-estimate capabilities of foreign peoples and countries.

    Washington turns the screws on the Russians thinking they know what’s what. I would like to know what record of success in these matters gives anyone in Washington such confidence.

    Well, here’s a possible explanation: I’m not in the inner (or even outer) circles of big-thinkers in the US. But, I have experience in human organizations and this is what I’ve seen: advisors get to stay as advisors if their advice corresponds to pre-conceived notions. If the advisor contradicts received wisdom, if he doesn’t confirm the biases of people he’s advising, if he doesn’t provide assurance on decisions that are already made, then he’s out. Bad advice is fine. It does not matter one iota if the advice is dead wrong. It just has to fit inside the echo chamber that decision makers live in. They don’t want to hear uncomfortable facts. They never have.

    So, Russia routinely defeats its invaders? Yes, I’d say that’s well within the echo chamber of comfortable fact.

    Russia maybe has bogey-men in its own collective mind-set about its neighbors. But maybe Russians don’t totally grok modern day Europe and Americans. If there’s lack of understanding it probably goes both ways.

    Should Russia fear Europe? Or NATO? Orlov is right. It is to laugh. A long expired alliance of the unwilling and unable. French café layabouts (Kunstler’s term), Italian mama’s boys, Germans that still can barely look themselves in the mirror, a spavined Britain that, for all intents and purposes, may as well be on the far side of the moon, are zero threat.

    And the US? There’s no way in hell.

    Let’s not under-estimate Ivan’s resilience. Napoleon and Hitler did. Let’s not forget: first satellite, first man in space, first space-walk, a long list of firsts. We all forget or discount these because, I mean, America was first on the moon. Russia has a lot going for it. But let’s not over-estimate Ivan either. For one thing, Ivan has an alcohol problem. A bad one. He has to get off the sauce.

    What does Putin himself have to fear? Over-reach. You know, the usual stuff. Ivan may puff out his chest. But there’s others to worry about.

    Russians don’t look too adept at transferring power ie elections more farcical than the US version. Will Putin die in office? Of natural causes? Or willingly retire?

    How do they get rid of Putin or his puppets? Probably won’t be easy but it can and probably (IMO) will be done. For now, Putin has allies, guys that did very well under his stewardship (or lack thereof). But Russia is full to the brim with tough guys that you don’t want to annoy. Too much to expect that all are onside with Putin or will stay that way. I would say it will be a delegation of plutocrats, high ranking generals, FSB men, probably with a general taking the lead.

    I would also surmise that when the visit comes it won’t be a surprise to Putin. I’ll bet his personal jet will be on the tarmac with its engines running. Just in case.

    What else? China. China needs land, they have a massive surplus of young men. Siberia must awfully tempting, you know, wide open spaces and all that. Maybe if the Russians are worried about their neighbors they should look east instead of west.

    No matter what, foreign policy tools are exceedingly blunt. They can’t be wielded with any degree of precision or deftness. In which case, what does your exceedingly fine-grained understanding or (more likely) misunderstanding matter? That’s not a new insight. But it’s one that maybe the suits in Washington should revisit. Russians too.

    • MisterDarling January 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      Hello V, thank you for the thoughtful reply.

      “Washington turns the screws on the Russians thinking they know what’s what. I would like to know what record of success in these matters gives anyone in Washington such confidence.”-v.

      LOL!

      “advisors get to stay as advisors if their advice corresponds to pre-conceived notions. If the advisor contradicts received wisdom, if he doesn’t confirm the biases of people he’s advising, if he doesn’t provide assurance on decisions that are already made, then he’s out. Bad advice is fine. It does not matter one iota if the advice is dead wrong. It just has to fit inside the echo chamber that decision makers live in. They don’t want to hear uncomfortable facts. They never have.”-v.

      This is precisely the truth, is it not? And this is why I’m not a believer in the efficacy of “speaking truth to power”. It exaggerates the courage needed to simply tell the truth, and the willingness of the powerful to hear it [*].

      “Russians don’t look too adept at transferring power ie elections more farcical than the US version. Will Putin die in office? Of natural causes? Or willingly retire?”-v.

      This points to something in Orlov’s analysis that doubly intrigued me: Russia’s cultural Byzantine connection. I’ve been focused on Byzantium’s reflection in America (along with ancient Sparta’s), and I’ve been remiss in tracking Russian parallels (besides the obvious) – specifically regarding transfers of power. The Byzantines SUCKED at that. Their maximum leaders tended to ‘Andropov’ – at best. . . At worst, well let’s just not go there this close to supper-time.

      😉

      Will Putin get the “visit” any time soon. I’m leaning in the direction of no. But when the dust settles, and it’s time to consolidate and ‘review’ relationships Vlad may need to go somewhere and start working on his memoir.

      “No matter what, foreign policy tools are exceedingly blunt. They can’t be wielded with any degree of precision or deftness.”-v.

      Foreign policy decisions are _strategic_ decisions: they effect the whole playing field, they tell the players which game their playing. What they don’t do is tell the players *how* to play, or *predict* each play.That’s not in the bailiwick of strategic thoughts/words/deeds.

      The mistake that most people currently filling suits in the halls of power make is forgetting that running around in reaction-mode 24/7 is not strategic – especially when this is understood by the competition. If the USA actually had strategic guidance – even in the corporate sense – it would only be engaging a portfolio of projects benefitting the entire enterprise. But that is so obviously not the case. The weakness of the current arrangement is inherent to oligarchies.

      In the case of Russia it looks as though the incoherent self-interests of the oligarchs are matched somewhat by the (more) coherent force of the security-state.

      A Concluding Analogy: If the conflict between the monolithic ‘West’ and Russia were a dogfight and I had to place a bet, I’d bet on the dog going into the pit with no other agenda but being a killer dog. I am not betting on the dog with a Bluetooth-compatible vibrating butt-plug lodged in its rectum – controlled by a drug-addled pervert. Yes, the pervert’s dog might look meaner and have incredible pedigree, and it might even be the nicer dog outside of the fighting pit… it might *even* ‘mean well’, but at the end of the day…

      😉

      — — —

      [*] nod to the late Alexander Cockburn, et al.

    • MisterDarling January 14, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      Hello again V. & CFN community,

      In light of a certain very recent event, I’m reminded of this little smidgeon of incidental wit-n-wisdom from the desk of Dmitri Orlov:

      “A standard way of ridding a Russian village house of vermin is simply to not heat it; a few days at 40 below or better and the cockroaches, bedbugs, lice, nits, weevils, mice, rats are all dead. It works with invaders too.”-d.o.

      Oh Winter-Time! So fresh! So clean!

      🙂

  62. capt spaulding January 14, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    It’s interesting to me that the increasing amount of technology in the world changes our lives so much. A small amount of technological change can have a huge impact on our lives. One of the biggest impacts is the fact that with increased technology, it has become easier for a small group to affect many lives. Back in the day, 12 archers couldn’t make much of a difference to an empire, however 12 people in airplanes affected the world by flying into the twin towers. It’s kind of scarey when you think of the billions of people in the world, that it takes only a tiny bunch of people to have an effect way out of proportion to their numbers. This huge increase in technology makes us way more vulnerable than in times past. The more complicated the system, the easier it is to bring it down.

  63. Janos Skorenzy January 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    The Bullet Train: a gun to the head of the citizens of Kalifornia.

    news.yahoo.com/the-twisted-saga-behind-california-s-bullet-train-220557292.html

  64. barbisbest January 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Seawolf. sorry about my comment about the Mother Theresa thing. That’s sensitive stuff for me. I like your style Seawolf, that you come here for ideas and so on. Cool. “Thinking Out Loud”, since so many comments seem to be of a religious tone this week, remember that everyone incarnate on this earth right now chose to be here! And, everyone here has a purpose. Interesting take. I never would have believed in reincarnation 3 years ago. Even the Kaballah,the mystical study in Judaism, embraced reincarnation for thousands of years.

    According to Journey of Souls, souls are fighting to come to earth now! and anything we experience, we chose to. Yah, I think western religion is a crock, but spirituality, no way. Read Twin Souls a Message of Hope for the New Milllenium and you’ll get an understanding of how certain things were taken out, i.e., reincarnation and so forth and how we’ve been, well, misled. And another good one to consider reading if you don’t believe it is Return to Life by Jim Tucker. Just a reminder, it’s the time of year to prune fruit trees, I’ll be doing mine soon, and Bard Rock chickens tolerate the cold well.

    • seawolf77 January 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      Yeah it is amazing how fact knowledge is increased nowadays, no way “me” could have existed 20 years ago, all thanx to the internet. It is so hard to do away with religion because it is legalized child abuse. No way a child in America especially should be subject to religion of any kind. The “in” is that it teaches morals. Maybe. But I think of religion like war and drinking, you should be 21 before being exposed to it.
      I have no problem with a little criticism. What drives me bonkers is the sarcastic drivel that some people here peddle. Bring something to the table, even if it is fruitcake.
      Recycled souls is really the only model that works. If souls die, then what use are they? And if souls are immortal, they must recycle. Catholic thought has them hanging out in purgatory until the judgment day. Of course then you have to answer where do new one come from? Jewish souls seem the exception. There’s only about 20 million.

  65. Pucker January 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Have any of you CFNerds read “The Bell Curve”? The authors claim that an elite class system has formed in the US based on cognitive ability.

    • malthuss January 15, 2015 at 12:39 am #

      Yes, I have read it. I think an elite or new elite is built by destroying the middle class and TARP, ZIRP etc.

  66. Pucker January 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Mine is bigger than yours. How many standard deviations is yours from the mean?

  67. pkrugman January 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    “Recycled souls is really the only model that works.” –seawolf77

    Seawolf77, do you know for a fact that souls exist? How? You seem to be rejecting religion only to embrace a hocus-pocus spirituality. Too much magic, IMHO.

    Souls do not Exist: Evidence from Science & Philosophy Against Mind-Body Dualism
    humantruth.info/souls.html

    • seawolf77 January 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      I have no idea if they exist. I am just arguing that if they do they have to recycle.

  68. MisterDarling January 14, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    And, since Mr. Kunstler is *such* an admirer of The Mighty Skyscraper (not!) I thought I’d just post this:

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-14/skyscraper-index-goes-global

    Let’s get skyscraper-y! ;]

    • ozone January 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      BOOM!, goes the dynamite, friends and neighbors.

      Should we attempt a mighty feat of descrying a nugget of shit-stirring-and-consequence from the shrouding mists of a time long, long ago?
      Yes, that would be June 8, in the year-of-our-heads-up-our-nether-regions 2000 and 14…

      “Bulgaria’s prime minister, Plamen Oresharski, has ordered a halt to work on Russia’s South Stream pipeline, on the recommendation of the EU. The decision was announced after his talks with US senators.” — RT

      Orlov’s description of the nuances of the Russian character fit the circumstance [more than] handily. (As one should expect.)

      Why the EU would take on the persona of a one-legged man in a ball-kicking contest is beyond puzzling. (Good ol’ Johnny “Jingo-Boy” McCain must have told ’em it would be perfectly safe to poke their major energy-supplier with a sharp stick.)

      MD, I just can’t wait for Obama’s puffed-up bluster about what Russia *MUST* do on the morrow; it’s gonna be good.

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2015 at 11:51 am #

      Wait a minute. You sure that’s right? I didn’t see anything about it on the news this morning. There was the story about lost puppies, now found, really cute ones. Also, the interfaith outreach program at the local Mosque, titled ‘reaching out’. A local teenager is ‘giving back’, by collecting discarded coats for the homeless. A murder investigation, a few fires in the projects, and the arrest of a black woman, a prison guard, who ran another woman off the road with her SUV, into a tree, killing her. This is not to mention the New Haven Fire Dept. Lt., another black woman, found dead in front of her house in Hamden, head bashed in.

      But nothing about Russian Gas and oil being cut off to Europe, and renewed fighting in the Ukraine.

      brh

      • MisterDarling January 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

        “But nothing about Russian Gas and oil being cut off to Europe, and renewed fighting in the Ukraine.”-brh.

        Don’t tell me you’re surprised… It’s the MSM’s job to keep the ‘peasants’ ill-informed and out of date. OTOH, in Europe you better believe that they know about it. They suddenly have bigger things to worry about than Yet-Another Middle-Eastern Freak-Show…

        Hopefully this snaps them out of the *fugue state* they’ve been in, and they shut that cr*p down with a few swift, direct and (for once) efficient actions, and deal with their real problems; Ie., NOT the problems that have been arranged for them by outsiders on the wane.

        It’s amazing what a salutary effect a blast of bracingly fresh, frigid air has upon the senses, is it not?

        Cheers!

  69. ghostunit January 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    Excellent piece, but heh, your soft spot for the Jewish shows itself again. Not that I’m criticizing (you are right in that there are so many Jewish composers, artists, mathematicians, etc. who have left a great legacy), it’s just kinda funny at this point.

    Still, you blind yourself to the reason the Jewish get pogromed in every country and era. I’ll explain.

    It is: unfortunately, the Jewish modus operandi inevitably ends up with painting themselves into the corner of being the 1% (even if it’s just the perception of it). And when the going gets rough for long enough, the masses come after the 1%.

    The cultural factors I will not discuss. But something else to consider is how often the Jewish find themselves at the center of the money supply business. Quick question, who is your current Fed boss? and the one before? and the one before?

    As I said, when things fall apart, the masses come after the 1%.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 1:29 am #

      Quite right, as political prisoner Ernst Zundel put it, they are a tragic people, causing immense suffering both for themselves and others. And always they crow too soon – and snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Of course this time they have lots of cooler WASP heads with them to help steady their course.

      As for their objections – they are no more believable than the guy whose been kicked out of every bar in town. Nothing is ever their fault. By definition they can do no wrong when it comes to Non-Jews.

  70. Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 4:18 am #

    infowars.com/middle-school-students-advised-to-throw-canned-food-at-active-shooters/

    Is this not an apt symbol for the fecklessness of so many of our policies? Good that we are teaching ours kids the new American Way: bring a can to a gun fight.

    They better train with those cans too – they’re dangerous weapons. Each school must have a “can range” where children learn to hit targets with their cans. Safety first always. A few hours a week is not too much. As Obama said, Yes, yes we can. Played backwards it says, Thank you Satan.

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      “Safety first always”

      Yeah, sledding and tobogganing being banned in cities and towns across the US.

      Too dangerous. Parents who permit it face charges of neglect and endangerment.

      Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      brh

  71. BackRowHeckler January 15, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    CNH,

    Pretty insightful summing up of Charlie Hebdo and the state of political satire in the US over on your blog.

    The title ‘C sucker’ kind of grabs you by the throat.

    Good work.

    brh

  72. FincaInTheMountains January 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    The Great American Dead-end

    So, a lot of people think that the United States may, at any time they need, print any amount of money and therefore they cannot have any fiscal problems. That is not so.

    Postulate 1. The US can print exactly as many dollars as the rest of the world is willing to buy their debt – US Treasuries.

    Just for a long time it seemed profitable and there were a lot of buyers (the interest rate on US Treasuries was high enough), so the printing press worked almost without stopping, creating the illusion of an endless process. But then the rate was gradually reduced, because a huge debt to service at a high rate is too expensive. A series of crises showed that US securities are not as reliable as it seemed, and the ability and willingness of other governments to buy them drastically diminished.
    Therefore, attempts by Russia, China, Iran and other countries to withdraw from the dollar zone and stop buying US Treasuries scare Americans. The pyramid should grow and not to collapse.
    And that is why the United States had to go to all sorts of tricks such as quantitative easing programs. But this is not the point.

    Postulate 2. The main problem of the United States is not the growing debt, but not increasing real GDP

    In spite of all the machinations with statistical methods of calculation of GDP, there is no growth there. And if you take the old methodology – that will show slow stagnation over several years, which was not able to overcome by any QE programs. And in the most of the 2014 year US Census showed a slight, but still the decline of US GDP even by “tricky” techniques.
    And if there is no growth, there is no inflow of capital into the real economy. No capital in the real sector – no jobs, no wages, no taxes, no income, no purchasing power of the population and the ability to pay the loan. That is, despite the various artificial and performance ratings, but without the development of the real sector will still increase poverty and unemployment.

    Postulate 3. China and other Asian countries are clearly much more attractive to capital than the USA.

    Therefore, in recent years China has not only been actively increasing volumes of GDP, but also became a major world center of concentration of capital (as there are similar processes in the secular cycle of hegemony, can be found, for example, at the Immanuel Wallerstein, or a number of other authors).
    Americans are frantically trying to make their country back attractive for capital, in particular actively destabilizing other countries and regions.
    For example, in the destabilization of the world they are trying to weaken the other currencies. Yuan and the ruble have happily devalued (to increase the competitiveness of their products in foreign markets), and even the euro is now one of its lowest marks of its short history.

    Postulate 4. Traditional methods of stimulating the US economy are exhausted.

    To pump up the US economy with money, as in the past couple of years have seen by the Fed, is meaningless. As one of the Nobel laureates in economics noted, Americans, after receiving money, are buying Arab oil, Latin American fruit and coffee or Chinese consumer goods, and it stimulates the economy of these countries, but not the US.
    That is why the program of “quantitative easing” did not stimulate the real sector of the US, but only encouraged speculators to blow bubbles in the stock markets (which does not benefit the economy).
    Stimulate consumer lending the US market is not possible, because the vast majority of American households already extremely burdened with debt. In fact they have borrowed much more than they are able to return (which, among other things, increases the amount of toxic liabilities to banks).

    Postulate 5. There is no exit from the current crisis within the dominant monetary theory and methodology of the United States

    Thus, the US can inflate its economy with printed money, increasing external debt, but it only encourages other economies (especially China). So they rolled up the program QE (has actually turned, because of their meaninglessness).
    The United States can strengthen the dollar, but this leads to the fact that US goods become uncompetitive in foreign markets. So even if someone decides to keep their savings in dollars, it does not lead to the fact that it will invest in the US economy.
    US may raise the interest rate on the debt. Already increase – so the yield on two-year bonds rose in October from 0.31 to 0.74 percent. But this leads to a significant increase in debt servicing costs as well as increase the cost of loans for US companies (because the lending rate in the real sector is always higher than the rate on the debt as debt securities Treasury entire life had a higher reliability rating). And, accordingly, does not lead to an increase in investments in the real sector of the US economy.
    But Fed must raise the interest rates, because after QE money supply will decrease, money will become more expensive, and they will need to try to attract capital to the United States in other ways.

    Postulate 6. US have nothing to sell in the foreign markets.
    At least not in the quantities that would stimulate the development of the industry.

    US mechanically on inertia are trying to involve the EU in a free trade zone with you, “to open for American goods European markets.” But there are no American goods that are attractive to Europeans.
    American cars are not able to significantly compete with European or Asian or on price or quality or efficiency. Household Appliances in the EU is not inferior in quality, electronics mainly assembled in Asia (as well as most of the consumer goods). And the cost of labor in Asia is significantly lower.
    Plus a huge number of “American” products are actually manufactured in Asia or from Asian components.

    Postulate 7. Only systemic restructuring could help the US economy.

    For example, like the one that happened in the thirties by FDR (American “socialist”). But the fanatical libertarian followers of the Prophet monetarist Milton Friedman sitting in the Fed, are not interested. And any “left turns” or increased government regulation they fear even more than the collapse of the American economy.
    However, the new industrialization of the United States at this stage is not possible without interference of the Fed and other dogmatic marketers. This is clearly illustrated by the Apple Corporation.
    When he was still alive, Steve Jobs, was on a special hearing in Congress, dedicated to the possible return of production of Apple to the United States. And Jobs said at the time that it is simply impossible – the United States simply do not have the necessary conditions: no necessary infrastructure nor a sufficient number of specialized professionals.

    While the US raised a generation of ideal consumers (unintelligent and lazy, according to Paul Krugman their entire educational program is sharpened to that goal), built inefficient, but terribly expensive nuclear aircraft carrier, maintaining hundreds of military bases around the world and spent hundreds of billions on the quack projects of ” future weapons” – China is developing the necessary infrastructure for modern industry and accumulated the most high-tech industries (and professionals) on their territory.

    alexandr-rogers.livejournal.com/

    • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      When the Japanese set up in the United States, they are careful to do so in as White an area as they can find, such as rural West Virginia.

      I agree with your postulates. Why wouldn’t I? The Government has a large role to play in the regulation of Capitalism for the good of the Nation. This is axiomatic in National Socialism.

    • Q. Shtik January 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

      Hey Fin, how’s chances of you cutting the length of your posts by, say, 75-85%?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

        Why? Isn’t America’s lack of attention span deplorable? Let’s fight that trend starting here.

        If you want haiku, go to Twitter. You read Wallace, so you have the attention span. So if it’s not that, then what? If you disagree with Finc, then voice your disagreement in the King’s good English.

        Just as you are the grammar police here, I’m the psychological police or psypo for short.

      • FincaInTheMountains January 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

        Good idea – we MUST start saving money and precious electronic resources! How much extra inches of your screen real estate or precious non-renewable energy to roll a mouse wheel that would save!

        Sorry, didn’t think of it before.

      • ZrCrypDiK January 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

        “how’s chances”

        Srsly, this ain’t Q. It’s either:

        “how are the chances”

        or

        “how’re …”

        Idiot savant can’t read?!? Too much verbiage? NO – sockie. C’est tout.

        • ZrCrypDiK January 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

          Epic fail – “what are the chances”…

        • Q. Shtik January 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

          [Srsly] Zrcry, you do realize that the sentence was deliberately written in street vernacular, do you not?

          • ZrCrypDiK January 17, 2015 at 7:43 am #

            Q got a new rap, goin’ out to non-engish speakerz!!!

            “U do realize
            or surmise,
            catastrophe ensues
            just moar *DUES*…”

  73. MisterDarling January 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Unreliable customer causing problems? Okay, well then…

    bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-14/russia-to-shift-ukraine-gas-transit-to-turkey-as-eu-cries-foul.html

    SO… who didn’t see that coming?

    🙂

    LOL!

    • FincaInTheMountains January 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

      I actually was convinced that Putin would keep treating Europe with kid gloves. Russians still have certain fascinations with old European countries. “See the Paris and die!” But those ugly Eurocratic a**holes would exhaust anybody’d patience.

      One thing I agree with Victoria Nuland – “F*ck the EU!”

  74. Pucker January 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Dmitry Orlov has an interesting description of the Russian national character on his blog. Aldous Huxley in his book “Doors of Perception” says that all humans are trying to transcend themselves (through drugs, religion, etc.). One would think that the Russians are no different from the rest of us?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Some people become butterflies, others just become bigger caterpillars. Kerouac took LSD and he just became more of what he already was.

  75. Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    amren.com/news/2015/01/as-america-tires-of-race-hoaxes-selma-disappoints-at-box-office/

    I was right: we have arrived at Peak Negro. Even Hollywood is shutting the movie out of the Oscars: it’s so anti-White that it distorts a pro-Black fanatic like Lyndon Johnson into an enemy of MLK. Now don’t get me wrong, Hollywood thinks it’s fine to slander Whites, but Johnson was an insider, one of the Elite. That’s not Ok.

    • BackRowHeckler January 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      What do you make of the sudden appearance of new biographies of Confederate Generals Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Georgian James H T Walker? All three are well researched, with new information even at this late date. Also, surprisingly, they’re very fair too, even laudatory. I liked the book about Walker the best, as he is the figure I knew the least about.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy January 15, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

        Oh I hadn’t heard – very interesting. Saw one you might like in the store, a history of the United States from the perspective of the firearms being used. By the author of American Sniper.

        Kerouac was a great writer – easily the best of the Beats. But he couldn’t morph into the new 60’s paradigm. At an LSD party he stayed mostly to himself and became visibly uncomfortable when the flag was disrespected. I admit not morphing may have been a good thing in this case. He wasn’t narrow minded: he loved the higher aspects of Buddhism and had a deep insight into them. But in the end he chose to stay with his Country, Culture, and Religion (Roman Catholicism). Point taken. He was deeply sad though. I don’t how much of this was personal and how much was due to the fact that his Culture was dying. Of course all of this was alien to the other Beats who were men without a country.

        • malthuss January 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

          What is Selma like now? Is that in the movie?

      • Blessyourheart January 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

        I’d say they are an attempt to cash in* by publishing houses. White conscious is rising very rapidly. Even South Africa, which I’d written off as a lost cause is seeing a restive Boer and Afrikan population waking up. The Black, Muslim, Latino and even the Jewish Questions are being discussed and hammered out in comments sections on mainstream outlets to a scale that was simply unimaginable even in 2010. The number of commenters who post opinions and hate facts that are grounds for termination at pretty much any Western company is huge. What’s even more incredible is the number who are openly posting these from social media accounts.

        *Yeah, I’m a cynical bastard, but I’ll take that over being Amy Biehl, Social Justice Warrior chump extraordinaire.

  76. pkrugman January 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Q, my take on corporations is this: Since corporations have been deemed people, make them have to announce their citizenship (citizenship based on where the official HQs is) & if they’re not American then they shouldn’t have the ability to donate to campaigns since they can not vote like a live person. Human foreigners can not vote in American elections & corporations that relocate overseas shouldn’t be able to influence American elections.

  77. FincaInTheMountains January 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    “Hey Fin, how’s chances of you cutting the length of your posts by, say, 75-85%?” Q. Shtik

    I have a confession to make. When I translate and publish some of the articles I find on Russian Internet most interesting for this particular blog, I usually cut it by the same 75-85% requested by Mr.Q,

    But apparently, that is not enough. I keep forgetting that I am dealing with nation that invented the comic-book versions of “War and Peace” by Tolstoy or “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky.

  78. pkrugman January 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    “How about George Soros’ corporation?” –brh

    Where is its HQ? If it is not in America, then the corporation should not be able to donate to influence American elections. Same law should apply to all corporations, including Soros’.

  79. pkrugman January 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    “I keep forgetting that I am dealing with nation that invented the comic-book versions of “War and Peace” by Tolstoy or “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky.” –Finca

    Ouch. You are correct in your observations of our nation. Very few know of the great Russian novelists like Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Maxim Gorky.

    Fewer Americans have read their works, books like BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, ANNA KARENINA, FATHERS AND SONS, THE MOTHER, or NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND.

    Finca, you are doing a lot of work here to educate us.

  80. pkrugman January 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    “You forgot to menton Dr Chekhov” –brh

    I was referring to Russian novelists. Chekhov is better known for his plays and short stories.

    Besides Chekhov attacked Tolstoy and rejected Tolstoy’s philosophy.

    For this CFN blog, in this Long Emergency, I think Tolstoy… and Tolstoy’s vision of living a simple life… has more survival value for CFN than Chekhov.

  81. Cold N. Holefield January 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    CNH,

    Pretty insightful summing up of Charlie Hebdo and the state of political satire in the US over on your blog.

    The title ‘C sucker’ kind of grabs you by the throat.

    Good work.

    brh

    Thanks, heckler. Not many people know this, not even me, but I’ve given, and have been giving, my life for this country. I don’t like to say it much because I’m a humble man of constant sorrow. Lonely is the road I’ve traveled — a veritable boulevard of broken dreams and promises. But I have no regrets and no apologies. It’s who and what I am and I’m good with it.

    The Deadwood cocksucker compilation cracked me up. I nearly fell out of my chair when I found it and listened to it. I watched that series in its entirety, so I knew they said cocksucker often, but Jesus, when it’s bunched up like that it’s like fuck in The Sopranos. It created quite a stir in my home when I was playing it the other night while embedding it in my blog post. My wife and kids got a real kick out of it and I did as well, obviously. I couldn’t have chosen a better description for the hypocrites. I understand the Deadwood writers’ compulsion to use it so much. There are so many hypocrites out there, and cocksuckers describes them perfectly.

    I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

  82. MisterDarling January 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Since Winter brings such a fine harvest, I’d like to revisit this for a ‘tic’;

    “These are the stresses that are boiling over into the West these days. The West itself faces desperately terminal problems around its oil supply, too, mostly having to do with 100 years of the relationship between oil and finance in debt creation.”-J H K.

    Yes, ‘The West’ really *does* have better things to work on than the latest Levantine Lunacy.

    Yesterday brought the latest Russian geopolitical parry and riposte.

    Today we were greeted with the news that three large retailers were going t*ts-up – after ten months of extending, pretending and lying about their chances of being passed over by ‘Ol Man Farmer *Market*’… Good-bye little piggies. [*]

    In addition, the currency-exchange carnage in Switzerland caught up with the US, as the Swiss National Bank finally declared “no mas” and threw in the towel on their Central Bank propping 1.20:1 Euro to Swiss Franc x-trade.

    The Piece-de-Resistance of the past 24h was this:

    news.yahoo.com/gazprom-warns-eu-turkey-pipeline-lose-russian-gas-212440234.html

    That’s right, instead of blissfully having life-saving, economy-boosting natural-gas served to them via the comely & fecund valleys of Romania & Bulgaria, ‘Europe’ et al. will now be required to literally suck ‘nat-gas’ priced at a premium from the geographic protuberance which is the nation of Turkey… I hope that they find that as enjoyable as the Turks will, but somehow I doubt it.

    Oh, and the best part? Winter’s just getting started. Don’t forget your mittens!

    🙂

    — — —

    [*] Target-Canada is shutting down everything – thousands laid-off, RadioShack? It’s gone as of yesterday c.o.b. Caesars? Thumbs-*down*…

  83. MisterDarling January 15, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Hello Ozone,

    “MD, I just can’t wait for Obama’s puffed-up bluster about what Russia *MUST* do on the morrow; it’s gonna be good.”-oz.

    Or, when they can’t do anything about truly bad news, they simply ignore it and order it censored by the US’s MSM… They’re probably wondering: “wtf-else can go horribly wrong? and btw, why-tf can’t we get competent advice around here?”

    Actually, Obama’s silence is a good idea: there’s far too great a risk that Putin or one of his cabinet members would retort with something unprintable in the ‘free-press’ of the USA like: “And you *MUST* now STFU. And the EU *MUST* || otvetit’ na vopros: “kto tvoy papa?” na Russkom yazkye!” ||

    🙂

    [chuckle]

    Which most of the rest of the world would say “oh, SNAP!” to…

    Yeah, the POTUS staying quiet for a bit is probably best.

    Cheers!

  84. BackRowHeckler January 16, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Muslims of Western Europe, take note! (while you stuff 7.62X39 rounds into horn shaped Kalashnikov magazines)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in France today, to “Give Paris a big hug.”

    Are you ready to surrender yet?

    brh

    • Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2015 at 7:13 am #

      Maybe they can do another a photo op parade where they all pretend they’re rubbing shoulders and naughty bits with The Masses and instead are blocks away, cordoned off and protected from those who would rip their bloated heads from their bodies if they had the sense to know what’s been done in their names.

      • progress4what January 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

        Yeah. I was watching that thing when the camera panned out and you could see what world “leadership” was actually doing. Overweight and overaged, the lot of them. Most of them looked pretty stressed, some of them looked afraid. I wonder if Obama and his gang were no-shows because of fear.

        If you want a metaphor for the collapse of world progressivism, that deliberately isolated crowd of 150+/- “leaders” is a great place to begin building one.

        Charilie Hebdo would have had a ball with it, no doubt.
        Ironic, heh?

  85. BackRowHeckler January 16, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Also, you will be happy to learn, starting today, you will be hearing Muslim ‘Call to Prayer’ from the Cathedral on Duke University campus.

    ‘Rally for the Prophet’ in Dallas Texas this weekend, for anybody who’s interested. Krugs?

    What the hell is going on in Texas?

    brh

    • Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2015 at 7:17 am #

      Pretty soon Dallas will no longer be called the Big D, but instead the Big M. I’ve spent some time in Texas, actually I attended high school there and some college, and believe me, some of them, the True Texans, would actually dig, and even embrace, Sharia Law if it was marketed to them properly. They practice a version of it already.

    • malthuss January 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

      Duke nixed the C2P?

  86. progress4what January 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    The Religion of Peace is having a bad week. They rolled back some of the Duke call-to-prayer-over-the-loudspeaker-business, for example. I’d like to know why.

    There’s this meme being developed that what we need is MORE capitulation to Muslims, more immigration from Muslim countries, etc. etc. etc. This meme holds that the Muslims are acting out because they are a tiny oppressed minority. Gee, we need more Muslims to fix this problem, right? Because Muslims are peaceful and tolerant when they exist in large enough numbers, or something?

    Like in Saudi Arabia? This guy is 50 lashes into an 1000 lash sentence. No shortage of Muslims in Saudi Arabia, is there? Amazing tolerance, heh?
    reuters.com/article/2015/01/16/us-saudi-rights-idUSKBN0KP19C20150116
    “Rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement that a medical examination found that Badawi’s earlier “wounds had not yet healed properly and that he would not be able to withstand another round of lashes at this time.” – excerpt –

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      You support the Muslim right to call to prayer over loud speakers? This is where the rubber hits the road. From a Liberal point of view, it’s simple logic – they should have the same rights as Christians. Yet it’s all wrong and sensible people know it. Even if it’s not from a Christian bell tower, it will still be wrong. They just don’t belong in the America or the West.

      Do your part. Don’t talk to them if you don’t have to. Don’t smile at their children. Don’t help them in any way.

      • Q. Shtik January 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

        They just don’t belong in [the] America or the West. – Janos

        ================

        the???

        • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

          Get a light. Get a lift. Do you know what angels can fly? Because they take themselves lightly.

          • Q. Shtik January 17, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

            Do you know [what] angels can fly? Janos

            ================

            [that]

  87. volodya January 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Yep Mr. D, sure looks like the Swiss crapped in the punch bowl.

    Seems like a lot of formerly giddy partiers are having severe digestive troubles, some being carried toes-up out of the ball-room, some having given up the ghost.

    One of the – cough – “laws” of economics is that if something can’t go on forever it won’t. Maybe this is an illustration?

    Maybe this particular freight train was tooting its whistle in the tunnel and everyone was ignoring it?

    So, I hear we’re having all kinds of people piling into the Swiss Franc to get negative interest rates. Did I get that right? Well, if that’s the case then these guys IMO are asking for another demonstration of that same law.

    What’s going on here? Do you have to be a retard to go into finance? Someone please tell me.

    • MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      Hello V.,

      Things are still getting sorted out. Even the SNB’s designated spokesman seems like he’s not sure what to say or how to say it. We do know two things for sure:

      1) a lot of people working in Switzerland and paying bills across the border in euro-zone countries were *incredibly* happy about the exchange-rate change. It was like a massive boost to their income.

      2) a bunch of foreign-currency exchange businesses were floating upside down within 12 hours of the exchange-rate announcement.

      ZH is running a ‘greatest hits’ compilation article about all the different theories about what it all means:

      zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-16/what-really-happened-snb-yesterday-one-persons-take

      Cheers!

  88. MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    I like to scan the business press at first light. Generally I can get a good read on what the global masses think they know, and especially what they’re *reacting* to that morning.

    Apparently, some folks are beginning to realize that the Russians are getting __out__ of the entire ‘petrodollar’ system:

    “There is some news about Russia that I’ve seen several places, including zerohedge.com, so I would think this is good intel… the articles all say that Russia has cut its gas flows to Europe. YIKES! In the winter too! Double YIKES! And then the other part of these articles is a statement that Russia was selling their dollar reserves to defend the ruble. Well, they must not be selling dollars today, because the ruble is weaker this morning! But that would be a HUGE move by the Russians, don’t you think? I mean, didn’t we suddenly find WMD’s in Iraq when Saddam began selling his Oil for euros? And then we found Saddam hiding in a hole in the ground. And I could go on about how the country is now a mess, but that’s not a discussion for here, but rather the Butler patio! But, the point I was making here is these moves by Russia scare the bejeebers out of me.”-ChuckButler, DailyPfennig.

    I like that Chuck connected the dots between Saddam’s stated intentions, and what suddenly “had” to happen to him. And the same thing happened to Muammar in Libya – he was cooperating, we had normalized diplomatic interactions and then !poof! he “had” to go…

    It doesn’t take a GED to figure out that there’s someone in the crowd joy-sticking the attack-dogs of the “international community” – whenever a certain topic tweaks their craven minds.

    Upside? Russia actually *has* ‘WMD’ and they make no bones about being ready, willing and able to use them, which has proven to be the only way to ‘mute’ smack-talk coming from 1600 Pennsylvania.

    Cheers!

  89. Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Prog Said: If you want a metaphor for the collapse of world progressivism, that deliberately isolated crowd of 150+/- “leaders” is a great place to begin building one.

    Charilie Hebdo would have had a ball with it, no doubt.
    Ironic, heh?

    Yes indeed to the first sentence and yes indeed to the second sentence. I’m glad you used Charlie Hebdo in the past tense, because the new & improved Charlie Hebdo is not Charlie Hebdo‚ whatever Charlie Hebdo was. It’s been usurped like so many other things.

    I don’t know about you all, but I sure am enjoying these low gas prices. I’m drinking more these days, if only because I can afford more ripple now that the majority of my budget isn’t going to fund Putin’s expansionism and foolhardy panhandling in America’s hinterlands.

    Here’s Johnny

    • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

      Yes the real Charlie Ebdo called for the National Front to be banned. Real champions of Free Speech.

      When the bile is directed against Whites or Muslims, it’s satire. When it’s directed against the Chosen, it’s hate speech. That was the Ebdo pov. And it’s the pov of the mainstream European Left.

  90. Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Mt Holyoke College bans the Vagina Monologues for not being inclusive enough because it doesn’t include women who don’t have vaginas. Here, Here! Trans-Women have rights too, bitches! Not only that, but it doesn’t include any penises as guest stars either. Why can’t it be the Vagina Dialogues?

    I love it. Feminism is beginning to dissolve itself since it is unnatural to begin with.

    huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/16/vagina-monologues-mount-holyoke_n_6487302.html

    • MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Janos, I’m just happy to see you use the word “vagina”… Now just repeat that a few times. Who knows? you might even find yourself chanting it. I think that might be a step in the right direction for you.

      😉

      Cheers!

      • Cold N. Holefield January 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

        Vagina sounds so medical and unsexy — a real boner kill. I prefer to call it a pussy, and I don’t even like cats, but damn, I sure do like me some pussy.

        • MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

          “Pussy” definitely makes my short-list, although I’ve had women convincingly present “puss-puss”, “va-jay-jay” and “cootchie” as workable alternatives.

          On the other hand, the kind of woman that uses the word “vagina” in reference to herself tends to *really* mean business: she wants to very sure that you understand what’s going on, and what needs to happen. So I have certain fondness for that as well…

          😉

          Cheers!

          • ZrCrypDiK January 17, 2015 at 7:17 am #

            Vlad cracks me up – what a spokesman!!!

            Poor guy can’t admit that the “Bell Curve” book talked about Asians with an avg IQ of 120, and Arabs with an avg IQ of 110 (poor white guy with his 95-avg IQ ‘k’ult)…

            Is it *really* any wonder he’s a sexist?!? Poor guy.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

            Z, neither of those stats is correct. You haven’t read it or you are lying. An Ignoramus or a Low Life, which is it? Don’t worry, you can be both and probably are.

          • ZrCrypDiK January 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

            “An Ignoramus or a Low Life, which is it?”

            Definitely – “Low Life”. Haha, New Order out of order for 20+ years?!? Sub-culture?

            And yes, you do crack me up – Douche’!!!

      • Janos Skorenzy January 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

        You’re a lap dog for some Feminist Witch. She controls your mind and keeps your testicles in her pocketbook – which you hold when she goes to the bathroom.

        • MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

          Janos, would you describe this as one of your more frequent sexual fantasies?

          C’mon now, Janos. It’s time to let the *healing* begin…

          🙂

  91. FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    “Things are still getting sorted out. Even the SNB’s designated spokesman seems like he’s not sure what to say or how to say it. We do know two things for sure:” — Mr.Darling

    Leading companies in Switzerland suffered serious losses in their market capitalization. In particular, shares of Credit Suisse lost 10.99%, Holcim – 10.97%, Nestle – 6.20%, Novartis – 8.68%, Roche – 8.62%, Swatch – 16.35%, Swiss Re – 5.63%, UBS – 11.14%.

    Sharp appreciation of the value of the franc undermines the competitiveness of Swiss companies, increasing their costs. This led to panic in the leadership of the major Swiss companies. They quite clearly conveyed by the comments of Director General Nick Hayek, Swatch Group, that was published by Reuters:

    “I have no words! The current actions of the Central Bank of Switzerland – a tsunami. The tsunami for the export industry, tourism, and finally for the whole country.”

    Poland is getting screwed up as well. Careless Poles massively took mortgages denominated in Swiss francs. At the moment, about half (!) of all mortgage loans in Poland is denominated in Swiss francs!

    It might have been just a fuckuo on a grandiose scale. People who do some technical coordination of world’s financial system are under a lot of stress and working long hours. “Who pushed the Ctrl-F10?!! Ah, fuck the Swiss!”.

    At the inception, the Breton Wood system was supposed to take care of the stability of exchange rates of participating currencies to provide some reasonable conditions of doing business. No more. Breton Wood is in death throws. Perhaps some feedback loop of attack on Russian ruble is mysteriously (even for the handlers) is affecting the Swiss Frank, who knows? It’s like in 2011 when Euro was under attack by American hedge funds it somehow lead to a flash crash of New York stock exchange. The system is over complicated and inherently unstable.

    • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 12:52 am #

      “The system is over complicated and inherently unstable.”-FitM.

      Optimization is the enemy of Resilience, and global financial markets are nothing if not *overly*-determined and optimized. As Mr. Orlov suggests; consider the wisdom of the common house-cat.

      By the way, word on the street has it that the __Hong Kong Dollar__ is next in line to un-peg… “don’t quote me… just sayin'”

      😉

  92. Q. Shtik January 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    Why? – Janos’s reply to my suggestion that Finca cut the length of his posts.

    ==================

    Because I’ve only got one life to live.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

      Old Soviet joke: a patient come to see a new doctor.

      Doctor: “Don’t say a word! You have sclerosis and high blood sugar”

      Patient: “Doctor, how did you know?!”

      Doctor: “Your fly is open and there is a bee circling it”

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      We ordinarily experience time as something that passes – like a train. But in a higher state it’s as if we are traveling with it, in the train so to speak.

      dailystormer.com/the-lion/

  93. MisterDarling January 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    AND,

    Just because it’s Friday…

    1. Je-suis Faux-Drapeau?

    paulcraigroberts.org/2015/01/13/charlie-hebdo-paul-craig-roberts/

    2. The most censored news story of 2014;

    smirkingchimp.com/thread/eric-zuesse/60458/the-most-censored-news-story-of-2014-was

    PS., sometimes I get annoyed at Paul Craig Robert’s strident moral-outrage and histrionics, I mean; Mr. Roberts, you were part of Washington DC’s establishment for a few years. You can’t *that* surprised at the way things deteriorated. What did you expect?

    On the other hand, I really do get it. It takes so much out of a person to play a substantial part of the process at the Cabinet level. . . It’s hard to imagine ever really getting over the dismay at the steepness of the slide.

    • ozone January 17, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      “PS., sometimes I get annoyed at Paul Craig Robert’s strident moral-outrage and histrionics, I mean; Mr. Roberts, you were part of Washington DC’s establishment for a few years. You can’t *that* surprised at the way things deteriorated. What did you expect?

      On the other hand, I really do get it. It takes so much out of a person to play a substantial part of the process at the Cabinet level. . . It’s hard to imagine ever really getting over the dismay at the steepness of the slide.”

      MD,
      This is one of the few things I give over to reactionary worry/wondering. The slide of the country from the Reagan puppet era to today is quick and severe, even in human historical terms. Now let’s speculate on what the psychological effect might be for those who are assured that “all is well” when things go from fine to fucked in a *much* shorter time period. It ain’t gonna be pretty; no one is prepared. By extension, we can see why the hand-out and propaganda machines are kept well-oiled. (BTW, better stay in line [in all ways] or there’ll be no goodies for youse!)

      • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

        You know Oz, I cannot emphasize enough the message coming out of the MSM on all levels the past 2 weeks or so about the US economy, its success, and bright prospects for the future. Everything I see, from Fox to PBS, from the NYT to the WSJ, insists how good everything is now, and its only getting better.

        PBS aired a program a few nites ago featuring prominent tech people, mostly from silicone valley. Cars that drive themselves, bullet trains that move you cross country at 600 mph, cellphones that diagnose disease and recommend cures, new sources of clean energy that make fossils fuels obsolete … a dazzling future up ahead awaits us, just around the corner, a high tech utopia to allay all fears and solve all human problems.

        This is the meme. This is what I hear and read every day. What we talk about on this site isn’t even on their radar screen.

        brh

        • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

          “PBS aired a program a few nites ago featuring prominent tech people, mostly from silicone valley. Cars that drive themselves, bullet trains that move you cross country at 600 mph, cellphones that diagnose disease and recommend cures, new sources of clean energy that make fossils fuels obsolete … a dazzling future up ahead awaits us, just around the corner, a high tech utopia to allay all fears and solve all human problems.”-brh.

          Hi BRH, I’m glad that you brought this up. You know who else avalanched their homeland with news about the “Miracles of Modern Science!”? The Nazis. In final years of the war…. When they were clearly on their way out.

          I saw the same thing in 2009-2011. The war in Afghanistan was going to be won by ‘bullets’ that tracked terr’s around corners and drones with x-ray vision… [yawn]… Okay, see you at the final redeployment ceremony.

          Meanwhile in San Francisco, supposed epicenter high-tech gentrification & all that is cutting-edge & next gen’; rents are not increasing, they’re falling. Home prices in Q4 went up 27% but DEMAND was down 20%… From a strategic standpoint, the Silicon Valley did not *spread* to San Francisco, it _fell-back_ and attempted consolidation, huddling in the protective shadow of SF’s mega-banks. Then the cuts began last Summer, and the venture capital firms started scrutinizing, and… [wow!]… Now we’re just waiting to hear that Fat Lady ‘sing’. [*]

          Conclusion: It’s “Castles in the Sand” my friend. When they wheel out the high-tech ‘fire-ball’ show you know it’s time to quietly pick up your things, and gracefully slide your way to the exit.

          — — —

          [*] investmentwatchblog.com/housing-bubble-2-goes-nuts-san-francisco-home-sales-plunge-20-prices-soar-27…

          • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

            That reminds me MD.

            A few days ago I watched a report from Portland, Oregon, describing the massive homelessness in that city, thousands living in the streets, public parks, shelters etc. I was surprised, having thought Portland a shining example of the new economy, a utopia of progressive politics, unlimited opportunity, and prosperity. I guess its not so.

            Also, on BBC “a report from the richest counties in America”. The reporter describes huge McMansions, chauffered driven Bentlys, expensive shops selling luxury goods in main street stores. Manhattan? San Jose? Beverly Hills? Hell no! He was in the DC suburbs, and the elite newly rich were Washington lobbyists and Federal employees.

            brh

          • malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:18 am #

            BRH, in the 1980s-1990s homes in Portland were cheap. It attracted Whites who could not afford north [Seattle] or south [SF}. By cheap I mean really cheap.

            It became Berkeley lite.
            Folks offered all manner of reason as to why they moved there [except perhaps the main one, to get away from non Whites, aka NAMs – non asian minorities].

            Oregon has or had been in a many decades long depressed economy.

            The homeless problem will only get worse.

      • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

        “when things go from fine to fucked”-oz.

        I imagine a dystopian sci-fi scenario with a depressed and drunk protagonist surfing ‘time-tours’ in a by-the-hour time-machine. He pauses and double-clicks on this sound embed: “That’s Right! The Era That Went From Fine To F-U-C-K-E-D in Just One Generation! And You Can See It All With The Latest Time-Montage ™ Plus!”…

        “Hmm…” He scratches his chin. Our hapless protag’s hand is hovering over the “Buy It Now” button.

        “But Wait! There’s More!”

        i.imgur.com/jlEvg4X.jpg

        🙂

  94. progress4what January 16, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

    This seems significant; a well planned attack by ISIS across the Saudi border that killed a Saudi general. Howcome the US media didn’t report this? telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11325032/Saudi-general-killed-in-attack-on-bor…

    And there’s a new Fred on the negatives of human diversity. It’s very good. Here’s an excerpt.

    “Proponents of genetic determinism sometimes try to make these automatic hostilities the result of some evolutionary strategy to maintain the purity of one’s gene pool, but of course it is not. Many groups that dislike each other are genetically indistinguishable.

    Those among us who prefer hope to observation invariably insist that dislike springs from some defect in the character of those doing the disliking. If only those awful bigots would learn tolerance. If only we indoctrinated children enough in the schools, surely…. If only we made enough laws, or prosecuted hate crimes, or showed enough harmonious togetherness in movies, surely….

    In support of this delusion, they often point out that the Irish and Italians no longer suffer discrimination in America. See? Diversity is no problem. Yet this was not a triumph of toleration, but of assimilation: they stopped being Irish and Italian, and assimilated to the dominant culture.

    But assimilation becomes less likely and more difficult as the numbers and concentration of a group increase. Immigrants in small numbers, especially if dispersed, have to live in accord with the dominant culture. They will be seen as interesting rather than as invaders. Nobody hated Mexicans when they were few.

    Diversity runs contrary to our instincts, but is usually described as a conflict between niceness and not-niceness.” – fred on everything –

    ==========================

    And thanks for the PCR link, md. I always forget to read him. He comes across a little too crazy for my taste, and if he’s right there really are multiple gigantic conspiracies in charge of the world. And he may well be right that the Charlie Weekly attack was a false flag.

    dum de dum dum
    dum de dum dum, dum!

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

      That millions of Muslim are in France is conspiracy enough. As Alex Jones says, just put Black Widow spiders in someone’s bed and let them do what they do. You don’t have to be “in control” of the spiders, each with a little radio in its head. They’re spiders: create the circumstance and they will do what they do.

  95. BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 5:11 am #

    Dateline Paris
    April, 1917

    General John Pershing lands in France with the American 1st Army Div., advanced element of the 2 million strong AEF.

    “LaFayette, we have come … to give Paris a big hug”

    The Kaiser in Berlin, on hearing this quote, impressed with the General’s sensitivity, immediately sues for peace, withdrawing his 50 divisions from the western front.

    brh

    • Buck Stud January 17, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      As always, love your sense of humor BRH. But what would you have Kerry/U.S do? Invade the Muslim hood?

      To paint with a ridiculously large brush, the right/conservatives/white nationalist movement in America bought into the Reagan Revolution economic tripe and the result has been staggering economic stratification: the upper echelon now possess the vast majority of wealth.

      And so white people –since my point ultimately leads to foreign immigration–have practiced an economically responsible form of limited birth to negotiate stratified economic reality– why have kids that one can not reasonably support?

      Enter one rationale for both illegal immigration and legal immigration: the “replacement” birth rate.

      If you were truly interested in ‘waging war’ you would have connected more of the dots and realized that your support for right-wing economic policy was the immigration noose that now hangs hang around the neck of America.

      Ironically, this dynamic entrenches the very right-wing economic policy that contributed to one aspect of the current immigration economic dynamic in the first place. After all, why should conservatives let go of their money via taxation to subsidy the social welfare of “those people”? Thus, dog continues to chase tail: white citizen birthrates continue to fall due to birth affordability, and immigration replacement rates continue to rise. (To contradict my aforementioned claim, I have read there has been a slight uptick in white birth rates.)

      A cluster fuck indeed. And why some retreat from the illusion of representative politics and preach a passive form of nihilistic neglect: one step backwards, two steps sideways, and just watch the whole thing collapse.

      • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 10:49 am #

        There’s a good lead article in ‘Weekend’ section today in WSJ, saying just about the same thing you are Buck, only they’re talking about Europe.

        One of the publications I subscribe to is Mother Earth News … last year they ran an article, written by the Editor himself, imploring the US to adopt Zero Population Growth, and limit US families to just one child, like China. Curiously, in the article he did not address the issue of immigration even once.

        Saw the news about the hottest year on record, but when I drove home this morning temp. stood at -2dF.

        brh

        • malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:20 am #

          Janos has posted about this and the real reason the Erlichs wrote their book.

          Ask Janos.

  96. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    Casualties From Swiss Shock Spread From New York to New Zealand

    A electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo on Jan. 16, 2015. Asian stocks were sharply lower Friday after a surprise move by the Swiss National Bank to abandon its efforts to keep its currency artificially cheap shocked the market. Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 1.43 percent to 16,864.16.

    Losses mounted from the Swiss currency shock as the largest U.S. retail foreign-exchange brokerage said client debts threatened its compliance with capital rules and a New Zealand-based dealer went out of business.

    FXCM Inc., which handled a record $1.4 trillion of trades by individuals last quarter, said clients owe $225 million on their accounts after the Swiss National Bank’s decision to abandon the franc’s cap against the euro roiled markets worldwide. Global Brokers NZ Ltd. said losses from the franc’s surge are forcing it to shut down. IG Group Holdings Plc estimated an impact of as much as 30 million British pounds ($45.5 million) and Swissquote Group Holdings SA set aside 25 million francs ($28.4 million).

    mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-15/new-zealand-currency-broker-closes-on-losses-after-swiss-shock.…

  97. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    Europe continues to be set on fire on all sides. Airline Air France – one of the largest airlines in the world – bought 20,000 copies of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, to distribute it to the passengers free of charge.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11349565/Air-France-hands-out-free-Charlie-Hebdo-issue.…

    Who needs a fire in Europe?

    Definitely not ordinary Europeans who ate their fill of tolerance, multiculturalism and other delights of modern Western civilization. If you ask an ordinary Frenchman what he thought about about the president Hollande, he will not be able to express his feeling without using strong abusive swearing – say, the American puppet leads France to the abyss.

  98. FincaInTheMountains January 17, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    “Polite green Russians” for the Nicaragua Canal

    The construction of the century started on December 22 last year. Nicaragua Canal will stretch for 172 miles and will be a broader and deeper alternative to the Panama Canal, which is controlled by Washington. Start of work (financed by Chinese) caused hysteria in Washington: the US Embassy in Managua require local authorities to disclose “environmental monitoring” data and even some engineering secrets.

    “International Business Times” reported that the US Embassy is worried because of the lack of transparency (?!?) in the 50 billion dollar project.

    According to the agreement between Nicaragua and Russia signed on January 2, 2015, Russian warships will be in the territorial waters of Nicaragua. The Russian aircraft will be able to observe the construction of the century and coastal waters from the sky. The creation of the infrastructure necessary to secure the canal, will also be handled by Russians.

    • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

      Thanks for this, FitM. It’s a sign of the times that the Nicaragua Canal Project has gotten this far. Every other time it was proposed (by other parties) it was quashed before it got to the ‘breaking-ground’ stage.

      The Russian Navy must really be missing those 2 Mistral-Class assault ships right now. They would have fit this security mission perfectly.

  99. pkrugman January 17, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    “Dostoyevsky condemned the Jews in his “Diary of a Writer” for preying on the Russian People. Needless to say, this book is not published in the West since the Jews control publishing.” — Janos

    Janos, you do not know what you are talking about. Your antisemitism leads you to make statements that are clearly false. THE DIARY OF A WRITER by Dostoyevsky was published in the West by several publishers (Cassell, Scribners, Northwestern University Press, etc.) and is still available in libraries. Please stop making antisemitic comments.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      So why then isn’t it in the bookstores in paperback with all the rest of Dostoyevsky? Your facts only strengthen my hypothesis.

      So have you read it? Does Dos being an “anti-Semite” change your opinion of him? Or does it change your opinion of the “Semites”?

  100. Pucker January 17, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    There are a lot of TV ads now trying to lure young people to take out subprime loans to go to crap universities and technical schools. According to one California TV advertisement, if you go to ITT Tech, then you can get a job in “Aerospace” and your Mexican wife can pop out 2 kids and stay at home and you can spend your weekends on your brand new boat.

    • volodya January 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      Yeah, by some counts there were more than 40,000 US factories offshored since the year 2000. By another count more than 60,000 shut down, many of these included in the offshoring wave.

      So, what you’ve got is millions of jobs gone directly from the offshoring and millions more gone from suppliers and supply chain shut-downs.

      Millions of people under-employed and un-employed. They have nothing much to lose and nothing much to look forward to. Their lives are not even on-hold until something better comes along. Nothing better is coming along. They’re fucked.

      So, what do these people do? They grasp at straws. Including crap “universities” and technical schools. They go thousands in debt for an unlikely chance in some line of work which also could easily get offshored or otherwise cease to exist in ceaseless rounds of “restructurings” or re-engineerings.

      I mean, this is the way nowadays. Has been for a long time. Company execs butcher the company. They blow the cash on stock buy backs. And Wall Street cheers. The C-suite cashes out for a kings ransom. And it’s all legal somehow.

      Maybe somehow can explain how these tax inversions got the political class all excited about those corporate traitors. But not one fucking peep when tens of thousands of factories and millions of livelihoods got sent overseas.

      • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

        Lot of those schools around here, promising a bright future, a real career, mostly preying on minority ‘students’, accepting people into dubious ‘programs’ without even a HS diploma, and most reprehensible of all, encouraging them to take out huge student loans from the US Government to pay the jacked up tuition (which most likely will never be repaid, leaving these people in debt for life.)

        brh

        • BackRowHeckler January 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

          And these schools aren’t even accredited; credits aren’t transferable anywhere. They seem to exist soley to scam the federally backed student loan program, which itself is an enormous grift.

          Here they make all kinds of political and charitable donations, widely publicized, which seems to give them political and legal cover.

          brh

          • Pucker January 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

            During the recent Bruce Willis movie on California cable TV while Bruce was kicking the asses of the Terrorists about one third of the commercials were advertisements of crap universities and technical schools promising students bright careers through “degrees” that can be financed through generous “financial aid”.

          • malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:27 am #

            To get Gov loan money the school must be accredited?

        • malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:34 am #

          Word has it that La Raza help Obama put together his ‘Free Two Year College Program’.

          Credit cards, car loans, Student loans all delay the inevitable collapse of the Dollar.

          We are in a debt based mess.

      • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

        Well V, the “what goes around, comes around” as they say… It’s official: ‘HedgeFundistan’ is a slaughter-house –

        zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-17/everest-macro-hedge-fund-blows-after-nearly-1-billion-swiss-franc-loss…

        As the article explains, the ‘fundistanis’ are not legally obligated to make official announcements, so expect that what’s report is the tip of a blood-streaked iceberg.

        Remember When: hedge-funders were the kewlest kats on the block and anybody not in on their game was some massive sap? And remember how your were supposedly a sucker if you worried about long-term consequences, “I’ll Be Gone, You’ll Be Gone” and all that?

        Well, why didn’t they get while the gettin’ was good? Oh, yes. That’s right… [*] They don’t have a solitary thought in their heads about what else to do with their lives and they never did, leaving them smack-dab in the middle of financial ground-zero when it all blew up (again).

        Well, that’s okay. We know where they’ll be for the next 20 years: stuck Downtown, “waiting for things to get back to normal”.

        — — —

        “When you know the nature of a thing, you know what it’s capable of”-from the movie ‘Blade’, re: incredible stupidity motivated by unbelievably craven fixation.

        😉

      • MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

        “Millions of people under-employed and un-employed. They have nothing much to lose and nothing much to look forward to. Their lives are not even on-hold until something better comes along. Nothing better is coming along. They’re fucked.”-v.

        And what could be better than invest in ways to warehouse them while it all falls apart? Lets’ see, there jail, the military, college, the internship mill [*] … The list goes on!

        — — —

        [*] Kristin Kolb did a funny article about internships for wealthy children called ‘Flesh for Fantasy’… v-funny!

    • malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:25 am #

      One ‘school’ offers GIs an AA for one online class + ‘life experience’.

      Oh and their GI bill money.
      One online class + money gets an AA.

  101. Pucker January 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    “Breaker 1-9, Breaker 1-9…What’s your 20, Good Buddy?”

  102. Pucker January 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    The illegal Mexican workers loiter in front of the Mexican supermarket across from my hotel in Silicon Valley hoping that they will get picked for a day job. The police came early this morning and picked them up to be shipped back to Mexico. I like the Mexican supermarket. Their Mexican food is good.

    • MisterDarling January 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

      Are you referring to the Mexican ‘supermercado’ near Fourth and Julian?

      🙂

  103. barbisbest January 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    323 responses, for crying out loud!!! Since a shooting star was observed last eve in a gorgeous sky full of ’em, I’ll add some wish to the list.

    – wish a new country would be born based on the truth and the new forthcoming arrangements , as brave as the one the revolutionaries fought for in the first place.
    – wish executives didn’t make 300 times the average worker in the U.S.(never fly in Norway)
    – wish I was more like Ken Wilbur, or maybe Treya
    – wish I had founded a Findhorn two decades ago.

    A big shout out of thanks to the Koch brothers for buying off the contract on Cape Wind. And commendation to Mr. K. for the super(hu)man effort to the wake up call. As one of many descending down from the colony at Jamestown, What the F have we done. I hope Mr. Krugman’s right and we ain’t screwed, I’m not convinced. See you all in the World Made By Hand. Hope we get there.

    • Q. Shtik January 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

      – wish executives didn’t make 300 times the average worker in the U.S. Barbi

      ==================

      If the avg pay of execs was cut 50% Monday morning how would that help the avg worker?

  104. Pucker January 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Does Jesus get “Distracted”?

  105. Q. Shtik January 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    Sure she got more out of it [then] they did BUT she’s the kind of [Americans] foreigners used to like… – RocketDoc

    ================

    [than] not then

    [American], singular, not Americans, plural

    • RocketDoc January 17, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

      I’m feeling excepted…

      • Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 1:58 am #

        It’s ACCepted, but you knew that, right?

        Yes, I accept you into the vast community of commenters who click Submit before (if ever) proofreading. Who gives a shit, right?

  106. malthuss January 18, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    For those who like to see America [and stay home at the same time]
    just go to You Tube, ‘econ cat 88’.

    Yikes.

  107. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 4:18 am #

    Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, “No, I’m not Charlie”

    On his personal Facebook page, the Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orleans, Duc d’Anjou explained himself following the attacks in Paris. No, the prince is not a part of this vast movement “I’m Charlie” although obviously he condemns these acts that have so shaken France and worldwide.

    Here is his statement:

    I will go against the tide of emotional propriety by separating me from the movement “I’m Charlie.” No, I’m not Charlie because I never liked that Manichean newspaper.

    Charlie Hebdo is a vulgar paper, despising all opinions except its own, which, under the guise of freedom of expression, will allow provocative behavior to all. Charlie Hebdo is an aggressive newspaper that produces hatred of religions through its, supposedly, humor. Charlie Hebdo is the very image of the European atheist society which creates enmity and distress instead of respect and brotherhood among peoples and men, regardless of their differences, race, color, religion.

    So I refuse to take part in a “republican sacred covenant” to defend Charlie because, simply, I do not understand what I have to defend.

    I am neither disrespectful nor indecent and do not want to offend the memory of the killed cartoonists. Words fail to tell the horror of the attack that hit the newspaper. I condemn this barbaric act and present to families and relatives of the deceased my deepest condolences.

    I denounce justly this sterile attempt to bring about national unity and I denounce the hypocrisy of the citizens who have never read this humor publication and who have always criticized the weekly. To honor the victims, yes. Honour Charlie Hebdo, no.

    freerepublic.com/focus/news/3245820/posts

  108. Pucker January 18, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Does any of this really matter? What do you CFNerds think of “The Singularity”? Thanks,

    • Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 7:37 am #

      What do you CFNerds think of “The Singularity”? – Puck

      ================

      Not much really. Why?

  109. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    War and Dollar

    According to the Bank for International Settlements, in April 2010, the dollar’s share in the operations of the global foreign exchange market was 84.9% in April 2013, it had risen to 87. In comparison, the share of the euro in the same period fell from 39.1 to 33 4%. The disproportion between the positions of the dollar in world finance and the US position in the world economy is evident. US share of world GDP is about 20%. China has passed the US in terms of GDP (based on purchasing power parity), but the share of the yuan in transactions in the global currency market was in April 2013, only 2.2%. Accurate data on the proportion of the yuan in the world’s foreign exchange reserves is not available, but expert estimates show that it is not much higher than 1%.

    These disparities are very similar to the global economic panorama of the late XIX – early XX centuries. In those days there was a regrouping of world economic leaders. United States were in the first place in terms of industrial and agricultural development. For some items, the second place was the nominated to Germany. But Britain, which for most of the XIX century, had the status of a “world workshop”, began to roll into third place in the world. However, the British pound sterling was still a global currency, which serves as means of international payments. Here is the structure of world reserves by currency on the eve of the First World War, in 1913 (%): Pound Sterling – 47; French franc – 30; German mark – 16; US Dollar – 2; other currencies – 5. As you can see, the share of the US dollar was extremely low. The disproportion between the level of economic development of the United States and the dollar in the global financial system was about the same as it is today disproportion between the economic development of China and the positions of the yuan.

    Global bankers that have relied on the dollar, a hundred years ago needed a world war for the dollar to take place under the sun. At the end of 1913 the US Congress under strong pressure from the “money bags” voted for the creation of the Federal Reserve System, which began in 1914 to issue the dollar as the single currency in the US, and six months later the World War I has begun. The war changed the balance of forces of leading powers and their currencies. In 1928, the distribution of the world’s foreign exchange reserves was as follows (%): Pound Sterling – 77; US Dollar – 21; French franc – 2.

    That is the pound sterling, despite the sharp economic weakening of Britain, not only did not yield its position, but strengthened even further. The US dollar increased by an order of magnitude its share compared with 1913, and confidently took the second place. Other currencies competitors fell out of the race. To finally win over the British pound, the owners of the Federal Reserve had to prepare and conduct another world war, after which the dollar was equated to gold and became, in fact, a single world currency.

    Technically, the dollar’s position in the world is now very good, but the main shareholders of the Federal Reserve System cannot overlook the fact that the imbalance between the US GDP and the dollar increases. The dollar is becoming increasingly unstable. If desired, several large countries can coordinate their efforts, pool resources, start dumping dollar reserves and cause the collapse of the dollar. However, the essence of Fed owners power is that they have always been able to act proactively. And now there are many signs that they are taking practical steps to protect the dollar by preparation of a major war. For “money masters” (the owners of the Fed’s printing press) there are several reasons for the outbreak of this war.

    In the event that the United States will be able to become the sole beneficiary of a third world war, the problem of old debt will disappear by itself. Washington then unilaterally writes off its balance sheet debt to other countries; randomly determine which countries are “guilty” for the war. Cash obligations to the “guilty” to be canceled by definition, exactly the way Entente did in relation to Germany at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Moreover, America as the winner will be able to impose a “guilty” reparations and indemnities. Just as it did the Entente countries at the same conference in Paris in 1919.

    fondsk.ru/news/2015/01/16/dollar-i-vojna-31357.html

  110. Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    An MSN headline today reads: Obama to seek increase in taxes on the rich.

    ==================

    A reporter once asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks and he (allegedly) replied “because that’s where the money is.”

  111. Cold N. Holefield January 18, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    A reporter once asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks and he (allegedly) replied “because that’s where the money is.”

    It’s a canard and a lie. Obama is not going to raise taxes on the rich — and even if he wanted to, but he doesn’t, he couldn’t. Since FDR took his last breath, the wealthy have been, steadily and increasingly, paying less taxes administration after administration. But if it makes you feel righteous to paint Obama as something he isn’t, then have at it. Don’t let me or anyone else stop you. It doesn’t make it true, though. Obama, like every president before him for the past sixty some odd years, represents the rich and their interests first and foremost despite the rhetorical populist lip service to the contrary.

    The Cycle Of Societal Wealth

  112. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    “It’s a canard and a lie. Obama is not going to raise taxes on the rich” – Cold N. Holefield

    I think we’re raising a wrong question. Rather than increasing taxes on the “rich”, we should tax more the “useless speculators” – the Wall Street hyenas, and the best way to do it is by introducing a 1% sales tax on ALL financial turnaround, including derivatives.

    Of course, there should be a 2-million dollar a year personal exception for people who trade for their pension funds.

    I don’t mind “rich” people as long as they use their capital to create jobs in the country.

    taxwallstreetparty.org/

  113. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    66 yr old activist Rev. Pinkney faces 10 yrs in jail for trying to recall the mayor in a city run by Whirlpool Corp

    twitter.com/AbbyMartin/status/555585120313569280

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      What’s your answer to Dostoyevsky’s condemnation of the Jews? This is one of greatest writers in history who knew the human heart from A to Z. Do you have any comeback at all? Or do you accept his sentence and try to hide his writings on this subject as you have Solzhenitsyn’s?

  114. Pucker January 18, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    The local California IHOP is open 24/7. If you go to the IHOP at 5:00 am for pancakes, the paranoid waiter will sit you in a booth directly under the surveillance cameras and in full view so that they can react immediately if you pull out a gun and start shoot’n up the place.

    • MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      “the paranoid waiter will sit you in a booth directly under the surveillance cameras and in full view so that they can react immediately if you pull out a gun and start shoot’n up the place.”-p.

      You must at the IHOP on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale, or the one on Great America across the street from the Yahoo! buildings and new PAN headquarters … Stuff happens there… 😉 The waiter might be have *good* reasons to be feeling a little ‘dodgy’ by five in the AM.

      Personally, what I find irritating about IHOP is their policy of keeping the air-conditioning turned up – to discourage customers from settling in for more than a half-hour.

  115. Pucker January 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Is it the “Girl Scouts”, or the “Girl Skanks”?

    • MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Is “Girl Skanks” the age-play escort version?

      Just askin’.

      🙂

      What the hell are you up to out there anyway, Pucker? It sounds like you’ve got too much time on your hands.

      • Pucker January 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

        It’s Sunday and the church’s here don’t do faith healings. What else is there to do except read, drink coffee, and jerk off?

        • Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

          How ’bout the Packers/Seahocks game comin’ up in 18 minutes?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

            Is it the Stupid Bowl?

            Sea Hawks. Hock is a Yiddish word.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

          You need a sock in the mouth in both senses of the word. You eat with those fingers?

  116. volodya January 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    The French must have a rich sense of irony, no sooner do street crews pick up the litter from millions marching in defence of – cough – “free speech”, than those same vigorous defenders of – cough – “free speech” make 54 arrests for um, what do they call it, “hate speech”.

    I wonder if that French comic Dieudonne was suffering from writer’s block. Well, he’s got a treasure trove now.

    Anyway, just to make sure that France is seen as the paragon of freedom, you know, Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite and all that, there’ve already been a bunch of convictions and sentencings of the hate speech detainees under “special measures”. Makes me laugh. So much for due process and all that nit-pickery..

    Or maybe it’s the other way around, the French have no sense of irony.

    Or, maybe the French are full of, how do you say en francais, merde.

    • MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

      Yes, le Francais seem to have as little regard for rule-of-law in defense of free-speech or any other civil liberty as the US/UK axis does… Lovely, isn’t it?

      Actual egalitarian democracy must be something only a highly evolved species can pull off. Autocracy (like savagery) seems to be the default mode, as soon as the panic-button is pressed, and that doesn’t take much.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      They’re using their minority crisis to crack down on the Majority, especially the Nationalist who want France for the French. Coming soon to a theater (the eater) near you.

      Charlie wanted the same thing. Only they can speak about the Chosen after all. It is too sacred a subject for us. Charlie Hebedo…..

  117. MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi Malthus & CFN et al. !

    “BRH, in the 1980s-1990s homes in Portland were cheap. It attracted Whites who could not afford north [Seattle] or south [SF}. By cheap I mean really cheap.

    It became Berkeley lite.
    Folks offered all manner of reason as to why they moved there [except perhaps the main one, to get away from non Whites, aka NAMs – non asian minorities].

    Oregon has or had been in a many decades long depressed economy.

    The homeless problem will only get worse.”-mal.

    Just look at the numbers. It’ll make you laugh (for various reasons)… Actually, I thought it might an *ideal* new home or Janos… 😉

    priceonomics.com/the-most-and-least-diverse-cities-in-america/

    • MisterDarling January 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      EDIT: In reference to Janos, we need a “be” and “for” in that sentence… Cheers!

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

      Portland has become more White over the last few decades as hipsters and young couples fled the darkening disaster of other American Cities. With the Amnesty and the Black African invasion, we can expect the jungle to catch up with these runaway Eloi. Suits the clueless punks right since they’ve been feeling so guilty about how White Portland is. Same thing on the other coast: some Art bureaucrat described Portland, Maine as “hideously White”. He was made to apologize at least. Meanwhile the Feds are using Somalis to take down Maine.

      counter-currents.com/2015/01/lilith-before-eve-transcript/#comments

      I’m gonna larn you boy…

  118. Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Sea Hawks. Hock is a Yiddish word. – Janos

    ====================

    I guess you missed or forgot the conversation on this subject a few months ago. I am mocking local (Seattle) pronunciation.

    Please don’t make me type unnecessarily, I had an operation on my dominant shoulder 9 days ago and it’s killing me.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

      I didn’t know you lived in Seattle. What’s your address (since Kdog says I live in Seattle)? I’ll come over and put your shoulder back in its socket. I’ll try not to hurt your neck and other shoulder in the process. I read a book about how to do it. Just have a crutch handy to brace yourself with, and in case something goes very wrong.

      We’ll do this again because I wont remember. Think of it as an example if Nietzsche’s eternal return – itself a kind of metaphor for eternity for non believes.

      Remember, Pot is legal here now and it might help with the pain.

  119. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    “What’s your answer to Dostoyevsky’s condemnation of the Jews? ” — Janos

    After the latest election, the government of Ukraine by third is comprised of Jews (including the President – and that is after Nazi coup!), by third of homosexuals and the rest are just moral deviants.

    High percentage of homosexuals seems to be convenient for visiting officials from the EU, mostly homosexuals themselves – they now have a way of disciplining ministers of the Ukrainian Government all night long in the privacy of their hotel rooms.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

      Yeah but what about Dostoyevsky’s take on the Jews? You know, my question. I don’t expect an honest answer. After all, what could you say? If you say you haven’t read it, that might be your best answer, whether it’s true or not. I haven’t either since it’s not around. I’m going to look into getting it somehow.

      Cicero condemned the Jews as well, amazed at their hatred of other people. Of course the Romans were imperialists and other people, like the free Celts, hated them too. But Cicero’s point stands: see Gibbon (Decline and Fall) for the record of Jewish behavior during the Bar Cochaba revolt.

  120. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    “What’s your answer to Dostoyevsky’s condemnation of the Jews? ” — Janos

    My enthusiasm of reading Dostoyevsky’s novels was usually exhausted after reading through about the third of the text, so I guess I never got to the part where he condemns the Jews.

    I was more Honore de Balzac and Guy de Maupassant type.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

      I like Balzac. I wonder what he said about the Jews? The Universe really is infinite, always receding before our gaze. If you follow one question or prejudice, like this one for example, it will take you on a journey through the world.

      Bilbo said a road is a dangerous thing. You don’t know where it will take you. And Gump said life is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you’re gonna get.

    • Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

      I think they hated the Jews too, didn’t they? ;o)

      • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

        Did they? I don’t think there were any Jews in Middle Earth. But the so called petty dwarves, a small, fierce, secretive, very clannish race of Dwarves might be a stand in for them.

        • Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

          The winking smiley face is supposed to be a hint that it’s a joke.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

            You don’t think I didn’t know that, Cheese Head? Hope you voted against the Hocks!

  121. Q. Shtik January 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    How ’bout dem SeaHocks!!

  122. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    By the way, Janos, the rumor has it that the Jews in post-NWO world are going to be replaced either by Armenians or Scientologists, so be ready to switch your “allegiance”.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 18, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Ah humor – an old weapon. To reiterate: Dostoyevsky knew your people very well. And considered them an enemy of the real Russian People. Did not his fears turn out to be well founded – considering that Jews dominated the Communist movement until Stalin?

      I win again.

  123. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

    Was just watching Ukrainian Web Site – it turns out that the best way of surviving food deprivation for a period longer than two months is by investing all your remaining food money into honey – somehow you could live on little honey and water the longest without significantly damaging your digestive system.

  124. FincaInTheMountains January 18, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    My mom did a food deprivation treatment on herself – the longest was I believe 8 weeks on just mineral water. She was active and working throughout that little experiment. She didn’t used honey.

    Did wonders to her blood-pressure problem.

  125. FincaInTheMountains January 19, 2015 at 4:36 am #

    “All happy currencies are alike; each unhappy currency is unhappy in its own way.” – Unknown quote by Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    On January 15, 2015 the dollar fell against the Swiss franc by 26 percent. According to experts, the natural daily fluctuations of major currencies relative to each other rarely exceed 1-2 percent.

    So, Switzerland – is not just alpine country in the heart of Western Europe and not just a republic of banks and lakes. Switzerland – is a marker of the international financial reality. And you could count such markers using fingers of one hand: The City of London, the Fed, Hong Kong.

    The Swiss franc has always occupied a special position in the market. It is the oldest and most traditional safe-haven currency, which attracted the capital from around the world (especially European), when the market smells storm.

    We can only guess how many hundreds of thousands of people around the world said goodbye to their money. The rate of collapse in this case plays a crucial role. 10-20 minutes almost no time to add money to your account in order to maintain the position, even if the money is there … followed by 20 minutes of rollback – the initiators of the collapse were taking their profits. That is the real profit of organizers of the collapse was approximately 20%.

    Events for real, as experts believe, are unprecedented. Bank of Switzerland has always been consistent and predictable. Any shift in monetary policy implies a long preparatory process in the form of verbal intervention, to prepare markets to change or modernization of monetary policy. Now it happened suddenly, and for such an eventuality, no one was ready, except for a few insiders.

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