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The Dreadful Summer Wind

by James Howard Kunstler

   The world is swiftly moving to the dangerous place where nations won’t be able to do business with each other because they don’t trust the institutions that control wealth, which includes central banks, commercial banks, and governments. It will happen when the purveyors of international commodities, oil especially, refuse to accept the letters of credit issued by untrustworthy intermediaries. And when that dark moment arrives, nations will throw tantrums. The USA may be the loudest baby in the playpen.

     The USA is veering into a psychological space not unlike the wilderness-of-mind that Germany found itself in back in the early 20th century: the deep woods of paranoia where our own failures will be projected onto the motives of others who mean to do us harm. Of course, even paranoiacs have enemies. There are quite a few others who would like to harm the USA, at least to bamboozle and paralyze us, to push back against our influence on their culture and economies. But the tendency here will be to magnify the supposed insults while ignoring our own suicidal behavior.

     Historians will remark that it was a beautiful August with bright days and cool nights for sleeping, and the Hamptons were ablaze with self-satisfied egos, and that nobody was paying attention to all the mischief that was set in motion the previous spring, not to mention the many seasons of bad behavior that preceded it. And when they returned from vacation, lo, the world was in crisis. What a surprise.

     The USA cannot come to terms with the salient facts staring us in the face: that we can’t run things as we’ve set them up to run. We refuse to take the obvious actions to set things up differently. Instead, we’ve tried to offset the accelerating losses of running our unrunable stuff with accounting fraud, aimed at pretending that everything still works. But the accounting fraud has only accelerated the gathering disorder in the banking system. That disorder has infected our currency and the infection is spreading to all currencies. What a surprise that the first pandemic to strike an overstressed global immune system was not bird flu after all, but a sickness of money.

     Near the center of that money sickness was the blitzkrieg against gold and silver in the spring, when arrant serial selling dumps were executed against the money metals to un-money them. The net result was only that a lot of that ancient money flowed from the places pretending it was valueless to the places that never adopted that pretense. At stake in that rather massive movement was the supposed value of the other stuff that pretended to hold value, namely sovereign bonds, and especially the treasury paper issued by the USA. After all, US Treasury bonds and notes were, in the eyes of bankers, the functional equivalent of cash-in-hand. Alas, the world was starting to choke on it — not least the US central bank itself, which had been gorging at the monthly auction buffet for years and was now stuffed to the gills. In fact, it had grown too fat to even leave the room where the buffet had been set up.

     Anyway you look at it, there is no escape from the looming crisis of confidence. The “primary dealer” banks and commodity exchanges behind the spring gold smash are out of tricks and out of gold to play tricks with. Their partner, the US Government has two tricks left: confiscation of gold in private hands a la Franklin Roosevelt’s ploy of 1933, or punitive taxes on private sales of gold. What worked in 1933 might not go over so well now, in a land full of preppers armed to the teeth and long-simmered in gall. It brings to mind the bumper-sticker about prying things from people’s cold dead hands. As for the tax gambit, I venture to say that many holders of gold hold it in expectation that there may shortly be no effective government left to depend on to do the wrong thing. Meanwhile, over in the land of paper wealth, the interest rate on the 10-year US Treasury bond clicks up a basis-point here, a basis-point there, like a remorselessly rising sea level. It won’t take many more clicks to put, for instance, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York under water.

     I felt sorry for President Obama, going about the country trying to appear historically heroic without doing a damn thing, really, to face down to the monsters in our own midst. But then one hears the rumor of Larry Summers’ imminent appointment to chair the Fed, and it is no longer possible to feel sorry for Obama, but rather to feel sorry for the nation laboring under such a conclave of would-be wizards.

     I just don’t see how the world financial system doesn’t blow up this fall, when the digested remains of the last miso-glazed oyster tidbit passes through the cloacal fundament of the prettiest girl in Sag Harbor. When it does blow, at least the NSA will have its prepared “to-do” list, and then perhaps all the unemployed can be enlisted at $8 an hour to harass the rest of the people trying to go about their daily lives. The roar you hear in the distance this September will be the sound of banks crashing, followed by the silence of business-as-usual grinding to a halt. After that, the crackle of gunfire.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. janet August 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Pucker, your source is yahoo news which depends upon AP which was founded in the 1800s. Quaint

  2. BleatToTheBeat August 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm #


    Now if only everyone would throw a brick through their local branch of the Bank of America and wait to get thrown in jail…

    • Karah August 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      Jails are at max occupancy, sorry, a huge fine and house arrest is the best they can do.

      Har har har

    • Karah August 11, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Face The Nation this morning (CBS) answers a lot of questions about the whole NSA scandal. It sounds on the surface like two gals talking about their romantic relationships gone wrong:

      “when I was with him”
      “it’s complicated”
      “the full monty”
      “he left the country”
      “he’s recording phone calls”
      “he’s spying on me”
      “it’s what he didn’t say”
      “getting emotional and not well informed”
      “he’s legit”
      “yes or no, up or down”
      “is it so serious?”

  3. janet August 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Financial persecution of American Expats leads many to renounce citizenship. It’s gotten so bad the foreign banks don’t want American customers.


    Everyone who doesn’t want health care through Obamacare should do the same and renounce their citizenship. Good riddance. America, love it or leave it … That’s what conservatives used to say anyway.

    Just found out what I’m going to save with Obama care. Now I pay $150 per month for high deductible private health insurance per family member. In 2014 through the Obamacare health exchange I will pay $50 per month. Each member of my family will realize similar savings. I haven’t figured out how I am going to invest several thousand dollars of savings thanks to Obama. Viva Obamacare!

  4. janet August 10, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    we will track you down and black bag you


    Like the 22 spooks who kidnapped the wrong guy in Italy then were tried and convicted in Italy and are wanted by Interpol. Black bagging is kidnapping and is a crime. Just saying. You will be arrested. You will do hard time where there are no young Asian girls.

  5. janet August 10, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    That last post is not mine. Now we know the new software allows someone to register as me with my handle and post as me.

    The clusterfuck gets more interesting.

    PS New Zealand has a population greater than 200.

    • Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 10:10 am #

      That last post is not mine. – Ja’Soka

      If that is true, that is not a good thing. This comments section will turn to shit in no time flat.

      Perhaps someone here would be willing to prove it’s possible to use someone else’s (identical) name. I am unwilling to try it myself since I’m so technically challenged.

      If someone makes a comment under MY handle I would know for certain.

      • Elmendorf August 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

        Q. … I’ve already written Kunstler and told him the blog has become worthless for two reasons: 1) Identity theft, and 2) Two posters taking over and making 60-70% of the posts. I suggested his techies fix the identity problem and that no one be allowed to post more than 5 times in 24 hours.

        Neither problem has been fixed and Kunstler never responded to the suggestions and the email in which they were contained. He claims the blog is a personal embarrassment to him and then makes sure that it stays at that level.

        I suspect the recent “dry spells” where a day goes by with almost no posts might become a slow withering followed by the death of the site.


        • Arn Varnold August 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

          Even the short time I’ve been here, it has become painfully obvious there are people (not JHK) who think they run this blog.
          Not sure I’ll stick around…

  6. Arn Varnold August 10, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    “The USA is the only country on earth that taxes its ex-pats and makes them file return’s until death, even though they have no income,”
    You are mistaken. One can make $93,000 USD per annum before paying federal taxes once one is out of the U.S. for 333 contiguous days.
    If one makes under a certain income (not sure exactly, but I think it’s less than $15,000 USD per annum) no federal tax filing is required.
    State taxes are a moot point if one is a long term expat.
    I speak from experience; not theory, since I’m in my second decade abroad.
    Do your homework, no?

  7. Pucker August 10, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    Do you think that women would find it a turn on if I told them that I used to play the French Horn?

    • ozone August 10, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      If they would allow you to demonstrate your ombouchure on a certain part of their anatomy, it could be helpful, yes.
      “If music be the food of love. play on…” -Shaky Willie

  8. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    You see these types of Tabloid Trash stories increasingly these days in the mainstream press. Maybe they’re trial balloons for the The Event they’re possibly planning. You know, The Event so world-shattering that it will convince humans the world over to do what comes next obediently. Perhaps The Event will be an announcement about aliens, or the aliens (what the masses are led to believe are aliens) will announce themselves and their benevolent intentions. Perhaps a herding into urban areas will follow. Something’s coming, that’s for sure. We all know something has to give, hence JHK’s perpetual prognostications. I do believe it will be something this big. As Göring said, if you’re going to tell a lie, make it a whopper. A Whopper’s on its way, and the masses will eat it up.


    Mystery ‘Angel’ Priest Appears At Missouri Car Crash, Performs ‘Miracle,’ Then Disappears

    Rescue workers and community members from a small Missouri town have a mystery on their hands. An “angel” priest reportedly appeared out of nowhere at the scene of a bad car accident Sunday, performed what is being called a “miracle” and then disappeared.

    It all unfolded around 9 a.m. on Missouri 19 near the town of Center. Katie Lentz, 19, had gotten into an accident and was pinned between the steering wheel and the seat, reports area news outlet KHQA. A rescue crew arrived at the scene and worked to get Lentz out of the mangled car for 45 minutes, but they were unable to free her.

    As time passed, Lentz’s condition worsened. Eventually she asked if someone would pray out loud. That is when a gray-haired priest, dressed in all black with a clerical collar and carrying anointing oil, appeared and prayed over the girl.

    Shortly after, the rescue workers were able to free Lentz and send her to the hospital. When they turned to thank the priest, he was gone. He isn’t in any of the dozens of photos taken from the accident, and no one has been able to identify him.

    Why can it never be a rabbi? Always the priest? Because the Nazis at the core of our intelligence services who concoct this shit for our edification are in league with the Vatican, that’s why. You know they’re not going to make it a rabbi for all the obvious reasons.

    • Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      When they turned to thank the priest, he was gone…

      …and in the distance could be heard “Hi ho Silver, away.”

  9. Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Though-out history the ONLY thing that EVER…


    stop’s cop’s

    Do you have any idea of the difference between plural and possessive? That’s a rhetorical question…no need to answer.

    • handyman August 10, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Damn, man. Do you have to be such a grammar nazi? Give it a rest, please.

      • Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 11:02 am #

        Just bustin Bilbo’s balls for fun.

        • handyman August 10, 2013 at 11:13 am #

          I’m hip. Bilbo seems to go with his flow of consciousness. It’s hard to keep up.

        • BackRowHeckler August 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

          “Bustin balls for fun.” Now that’s something I understand completely.

  10. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I will say this, whatever’s coming our way, planned or unplanned, if you want to survive and make it to that world made by hand, you best learn how to Do The Duck right quick now, ya hear.

  11. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    I wonder if the sock operators get time and a half on weekends? If not, they should. They could be in the Hamptons or Whistler, but instead have to man the desk while everyone else plays. I feel bad for them, don’t you? In fact, I feel as bad for them as I do for Charlie Manson.

  12. Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Here’s a good read.



    • handyman August 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      No, not so much of a read. The snark is labored and Steyn doesn’t seem to understand how this sort of thing works. I prefer my propaganda to be much more nuanced. But when you consider his usual audience, it doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble.

  13. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Here’s a good read…errrr, I mean watch.



    Athens: The Truth about Democracy

    We choose to forget that in the name of democracy, Athens followed a policy of aggressive overseas expansion and persecuted some of its leading intellectuals. Despite its recent popularity in the West, democracy in ancient Athens did not flourish but quickly died.

    Bettany Hughes searches for the truth about the Golden Age of Ancient Athens, investigating how a barren rock wedged between the East and West became the first democracy 2,500 years ago.

    Democracy, liberty and the freedom of speech are trumpeted as the bedrock of western civilisation, but what was Athens really like?

    Bettany goes deep underground to explore a treasure trove of pre-historic bones and ancient artefacts. In silver mines and tombs she uncovers evidence for what this society was really like.

    This was a democratic city built on slave labour, manipulated by aristocrats, where women wore the veil and men pursued a bloody foreign policy, slaughtering thousands in the pursuit of the world’s first democratic empire.

    The programme reveals amazing, sophisticated voting systems but also a society where smooth-talking politicians used spin, and where those who didn’t vote were known as idiotes.

    The film charts the epic story of Athens’ victory in one of the greatest sea battles of the ancient world, when the Athenian triremes defeat Xerxes’ mighty Persian fleet at Salamis, and reveals the real story of the building of the greatest monument of this first democracy – the Parthenon – as a symbol of Athenian power.

    Yes, janet, I am an “idiote” by this definition, and proud of it.

  14. Elmendorf August 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Janet, as usual, is out of her goddamned mind. Governments should be afraid of their people???? With HR 347 they just nullified the First Amendment. The Patriot Act and the Snowden affair proves that the Fourth Amendment is null and void. The Federal Government is now 40% of GDP. Drones, Google, the NSA, and Palantir spy on you.

    Duh!! Yeah, nothing to worry about with this government [sic].


  15. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    For those who aren’t socks and are reading and/or lurking, note the use of the triple dot feature in the prose of these various socks.

    The socks “Q. Shtik”, “janet”, “bilbo room 101″, “Elmendorf” and several others at least all do it. Its MO is obvious to spot. Its the same person with many screen names. Even if the person is on a payroll, it doesn’t preclude it from being a psychopath. To engage in such behavior, paid or not, is psychopathic. “Bustin balls” doesn’t rationalize and/or justify its deceit.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      “Even if the person is on a payroll, it doesn’t preclude it from being a psychopath.”

      Yeah, just keep telling yourself that, *psycho*. I ran out of popcorn – who grows that sh! now (monsanto)?

  16. Carol Newquist August 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Definitely another sock. Scroll on by. The MO is obvious to spot.

    • ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

      SRSLY – that all U got? Come on, we all know you came *into existence* about 1 day after Asoka built his mud hut. (and Janet came into existence about 3 weeks there-after). Try again, Mastah-Debatah (files for *EITHER* argument)…

      • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

        Watch. Listen. Learn. Absorb. Then teach other Liberals who are still Lurkers in Darkness.


        • anti dod August 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

          Yes, the 2 Italian? questioners were bad joke!

          An Island in Revolt: A Window into Europe’s Future
          by Enza Ferreri

          It’s already taking place in Italy too: among the hundreds of second- and third-generation immigrants leaving Europe to fight alongside the jihadist rebels in Syria there are 45-50 who lived in Italy.

          One could be justified for being perplexed about Pope Francis’s choice of Lampedusa, a tiny island off the coast of Sicily and Italy’s — indeed Europe’s — southernmost tip, as the destination of his very first official visit, which took place on July 8. Not a world capital, not a place in some important geopolitical region of the globe.
          What is significant, even symbolic, about Lampedusa is its geography: The small island, with a population of 5,000, is positioned in the middle of the Mediterranean, making it close to the Muslim world, even closer to Tunisia than Sicily.

          These two conditions explain what’s been happening to Lampedusa for over a decade, and how it could be a miniature model of the whole of Europe in the not-too-distant future.
          Since at least 2001, Lampedusa has been a primary entry point into Europe for immigrants, mostly illegal from Africa. Tens of thousands have been landing here over the years, peaking during the “Arab Spring.” In 2011, according to a report of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, “[a]pproximately 60,000 irregular migrants arrived [in Italy] as part of the 2011 influx from North Africa,” mainly from Tunisia and Libya. Around 50,000 of these came to Lampedusa.

          Over 10,000 received residence permits on humanitarian grounds, because the Italian government declared a state of humanitarian emergency in February 2011, subsequently extended until December 2012.

          In Lampedusa, the temporary immigrant reception center where outsiders were accommodated and sent to other facilities where they could request asylum, became so overcrowded that thousands of people had to sleep outdoors and in shelters provided by the local parish and ordinary Lampedusans.

          The immigrants, among whom were suspected escaped prisoners, were given temporary visas and then gradually transferred to mainland Italy and other EU countries, but there were many times when the number of newcomers was higher than that of the locals.
          On those occasions, when natives were outnumbered, there were tales of local women having to be accompanied everywhere to protect them from immigrants’ unwanted attention, sacked shops, apartment doors forced open, people returning home to find Tunisians sitting at the dining table eating and, after the intruders’ departure, some householders even discovering faeces inside saucepans.

          The island became what one newspaper called “a huge immigrant camp.”
          Maybe expecting to find a hotel reception and with scarcely a thought about the crisis they were creating on the small island, the illegal immigrants were complaining, as in the video below, describing what they found in Lampedusa as “shameful” and pontificating “the reception is zero” as if they were giving a hotel review on TripAdvisor:

          This video confirms what Lampedusa Mayor Bernardino De Rubeis said: “We have here young Tunisians who arrogantly want everything immediately, just like criminals, ready to endanger our lives and theirs.” He later added: “We’re in a war, and the people will react. There are people here who want to go out into the streets armed with clubs.”

          The reception center was burnt down twice by the migrants, during inmate riots in February 2009 and in September 2011. The media blamed everyone for the arson: the Italian government, the provisional Tunisian government, the EU; all except the actual perpetrators. In April 2011 the illegals set fire to a guest house where they were staying at the expense of a charity organization, and threw rocks at the police.

          Without the reception center, they had to be accommodated in hotels and tourist villages, which are virtually the place’s only economic resources.

          Aliens overwhelmed the 5,000-inhabitants island and took advantage of their hospitality, subjecting the place to unusually high levels of violence and crime. Lampedusa is a micro-representation of what will happen to Europe if both current Muslim immigration and European demographic trends continue, when the proportion of natives and migrants will be the same in Europe as it’s been in Lampedusa. The islanders’ reaction, a small civil war, could also represent a prediction of future continent-wide events.

          • anti dod August 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

            At the height of the immigration flux, confronted with an unprecedented crisis and left to their own devices to deal with it, the people of Lampedusa used “direct action” methods.
            They stopped the Italian Coast Guard patrol boat, loaded with still more “rescued” North Africans. Women occupied the harbour and docks, chained themselves, overturned wheelie bins and blocked the road. Fishermen pulled boats to the entrance to the harbour. “Nobody enters here any more,” the women shouted from the quay where patriotic flags were flying. To chants of “freedom!” they raised a banner: “We are full.”

            The island descended into chaos. An urban riot occurred, with violent clashes between hundreds of Tunisians, police and locals. Many were injured. Three Lampedusans tried to assault their mayor, who barricaded himself in his office with a baseball bat for self-defence, while outside dozens were protesting against him and the immigrants, who wandered around the streets after having burnt down the reception center.

            Islanders attacked journalists and TV crews. Tunisians and Lampedusans threw rocks at each other after illegals had threatened to explode gas cylinders near a petrol pump.
            The reality is that this was a pseudo-humanitarian crisis: the illegals overwhelmingly were not refugees but economic migrants. What’s for years been called an “emergency” continues. Every day there are new arrivals.

            The number of immigrants to Italy from the Mediterranean is growing. In the first 6 months of 2013, 7,800 of them arrived on Italy’s southern coasts, compared to 3,500 in the first 6 months of 2012. About three quarters landed on Lampedusa from Africa, the rest disembarked on Italy’s south-eastern coast in Apulia from Greece and Turkey.
            The Pope, unfortunately, seems to have gone to Lampedusa in order to make everybody feel guilty for the immigrants, those lost at sea and the survivors. He condemned the “globalisation of indifference”; he talked about “the frontier of the desperate” and tragedies of people crossing the sea to seek a better life.

            His sermon’s been received with mixed reactions. While Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta has promised to put into practice the Holy Father’s appeal through more European co-operation (nothing new here, Italy has unsuccessfully tried for years to pass the buck to Europe), the political Right hasn’t been so keen.

            Fabrizio Cicchitto, of Silvio Berlusconi’s party, PDL, pointed out that religious preaching is one thing, but a country’s management of such a complex and even intractable problem as illegal immigration — further aggravated by the presence of criminal groups — is another.
            Erminio Boso of the secessionist, “far-Right” Northern League has been more outspoken: “I don’t care about what the Pope did. Indeed, I’m asking him to give land and money for the extra-comunitari [immigrants from outside the European Union]. I’m defending my own land.”

            The Italian blog Diavoli Neri has made the interesting observation that the Vatican City State’s law declares that those found in its territory without authorization may be expelled, subject to fine or imprisonment. Further evidence, it concludes, that the Papal sermon, as so often, was beautiful and touching, but government laws are another matter.
            A Northern Italian radio phone-in program aired irate messages from its audience: “I would have expected a few words [from the Pope] for those who are killed and raped by them [the immigrants]“; “As a Catholic I’m outraged. I’ve never heard this or another pope worry for the massacres that they commit”; “We have to prevent them from coming here. Let’s shut everything up and start thinking as a macro-region.”
            Much of the immigration debate in Italy centers on whether to give citizenship to Italian-born children of immigrants, a worrying prospect considering that one third of the so-called “new Italians” are Muslim.
            Particularly vociferous in support of the proposal is the Minister for Integration, Congolese Cecile Kyenge, who claims that this would “acknowledge a path to integration of the parents.”
            Italians should look more closely at the experience of countries with a longer history of Third-World immigration, like Britain, where Muslim immigrants of second and third generation are more devout, orthodox and radicalized than their parents and grandparents. Something similar happens in Germany. Rather than a “path to integration” we witness a “path to Islamization.”
            Either Kyenge doesn’t know what’s going on in the rest of Europe – where the policies she recommends are bringing to ruin entire countries – or she knows it very well, in which case she is a dangerous woman.
            It’s already taking place in Italy too: among the hundreds of second- and third-generation immigrants leaving Europe to fight alongside the jihadist rebels in Syria there are 45-50 who lived in Italy.
            In conclusion, the lesson from the Lampedusa experience is that there’s a limit to what indigenous populations can take. While it’s true that the most common reaction of native Europeans to Third-World non-military invasion so far has been leaving the city or country where this colonization occurs, it may not stay like this forever. There could sooner or later be a breaking point.

            Enza Ferreri is an Italian-born, London-based author and journalist. She has been a London correspondent for several Italian magazines and newspapers, including Panorama, L’Espresso, and La Repubblica. She is on the Executive Council of the UK party Liberty GB.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

            I heard about the Pope’s visit to the island. He’s turning out to be a liberal disaster. He hates the Latin Mass. He talks a lot about “Blessed are the poor” – which is not what Christ said namely, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit”. He’s committed to Vatican Two and its Globalism and the dumbing down and simplification of Catholicism.

          • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

            A great warrior of Christendom and Master of the English Language, this unknown author comments on this very incident. He is one of my influences of the last few years.


  17. janet August 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    ZrCrypDiK Is Definitely another sock. Scroll on by. The MO is obvious to spot.


    Do you really believe Asoka built a mud hut? Asoka has single-handedly destroyed this comments section with all his fake IDs. ZrCrypDiK is just one more Asoka handle trying to disrupt the quality discussion which could happen, except Asoka has defeated all of us who are smart and have important things to say. Fuck Asoska and his mud hut.

    • BackRowHeckler August 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      Nice post, asoka.

      • alpha mail August 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

        Yeah, Asoka has a way with words. Nice job, mate!

        • ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

          If @$$-soker were me, and I were him, I’d *gladly* eat the lead out of a 12 gauge (but he’s not, nor am *I*)… He reads my faceplant poasts , and that’s a bit infuriating – but hey, he’s *JUST A “GUY” (BWah!)…

          • Janos Skorenzy August 11, 2013 at 4:29 am #

            One of the main wrestlers of the last decade has been Paul Bearer. Get it? Paul Bearer!

    • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      You didn’t know who Asoka was last week, Asoka.

  18. anti dod August 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I have read Philippines also taxes ex pats. That makes 2 countries.

    • Arn Varnold August 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

      That may be; my chosen country does not tax me because my income is from outside their borders.
      When I was employed (in country) I payed taxes at the same rate of the citizens; which was a whopping 10%. ;)

  19. Titchfield August 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    The fragile fist.

    Someone upthread used the phrase “the gloves are off.” What’s it mean? If it means that some guy gets fighting mad and rips off his gloves so he can start throwing heavy punches, it’s senseless. You’re likely hit harder with a gloved fist–I’m talking about winter gloves– than with a fist that’s bare. The gloves make it less likely that the bones of the fingers and hands will break or that the knuckles will crack, so you can put everything you’ve got into the punch when you throw it. Some guys hit far too hard for the bones of the hand. Take Jake La Motta.

    Jake supposedly had dainty hands, really too small and fine boned for a 160-pound fighter. He wasn’t knockout artist, but he could hit much harder than the average guy on the street of similar weight and in half-decent physical condition. He was, after all, a professional boxer.

    Let’s say that Jake gets into a fist fight fight with some construction worker (we’re back in the year 1950 now) whose job keeps him physically tuned. (And I do mean a fist fight; strikes with the heel palm or the underside of the fist are excluded, along with all that other oriental shit.) Even if our construction worker is twenty pounds heavier, Jake will probably knock him out. After a few softening-up jabs and straight rights comes the knockout blow–a left hook to the right side of the skull. If anything is going to break in this collision, it won’t be the cranium. It’ll be something in Jake’s hand. Delicately made, remember?

    A 160-pounder with big hands–a guy whose wrist is 7 1/2″ or upwards and whose hand bones are in proportion, as they would be, because that’s how nature works–wouldn’t have to worry. But not everyone’s built that way.

    Anyone recall the Charles Bronson film where Bronson plays a bare-knuckle fighter? Where Bronson’s manager examines Bronson’s hands and pronounces them resistant to damage because of their size? The scriptwriter knew what he was talking about–unless the idea came from Bronson himself. He looked like the kind of guy who’d been through a few fights.

    If you’re going to start throwing punches, you don’t take off your gloves. You keep them on.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      That’s why that “oriental shit” makes sense. The Heel and the side of the hand are much stronger than the first. And the elbow, oh the elbow! The fist can be used against soft targets like the nose and stomach. But you still have to know how to throw it so you don’t jam your wrist.

      • anti dod August 11, 2013 at 11:50 am #

        ‘YOU ARE’ or ‘you’re’. ‘Your’ indicates possession, nitwit.

  20. Q. Shtik August 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    For those who aren’t socks and are reading and/or lurking, note the use of the triple dot feature in the prose of these various socks. – “Carol”

    “Carol,” apparently you’re not aware of punctuation known as an Ellipsis Mark.

    The ellipsis mark consists of three dots (periods). We use the ellipsis mark in place of missing words. If we intentionally omit one or more words from an original text, we replace them with an ellipsis mark.

    The ellipsis mark is also called a “suspension point” or “dot dot dot”.
    •Suppose we want to quote “The film focused on three English learners from Asia who were studying at university.” Perhaps we want to omit “from Asia who were” to save space. So we write:

    “The film focused on three English learners…studying at university.”

    The new sentence still makes sense, but the ellipsis mark shows the reader that something is missing.

    We sometimes also use an ellipsis mark to indicate a pause when someone is speaking, or an unfinished sentence. Look at these examples:
    •She turned to James and said, “Darling, there is something…I need to tell you. I have never felt like…like this before.”
    • “It’s not easy to explain. It’s not…” Her voice trailed away as emotion welled up within her.

    You will find we (socks) all use periods and commas as well.

    • alpha mail August 10, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      Thank you so much for fucking educating her, “Q”! I don’t think I really appreciate what a stupid c_nt she really is. All this time I’ve been wondering what she has been going on about with this, dot dot dot. I mean, she really didn’t know about the grammar rules you posted (which every eighth grader surely masters)? But do you remember carolnewquist…? (dot dot dot) Or was it janet… (dot dot dot)?

  21. alpha mail August 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m in Shephards Bush, London right now. What I’m seeing on the streets is a lot of people, young and middle aged men for the most part, hanging around during working hours with absolutely nothing to do. It’s really weird to see that many men, probably aged 18-55, being completely idle. Not so much for the women, IMO. During rush hour, you can see these ladies, mostly lawyers, office workers I’m guessing, scurring about, running for the tube or city bus, and elbowing their way through the crowds on the sidewalk. Where I’m presently staying, neighboring Holland Park, I see real estate selling at well over a million pounds, easily. Lots of big $$$ being had by agents and bankers. Lots of Jaguars and Mercedes rolling around. A few with drivers. Reminds me of Boston many years ago, right before the S&L crash.

    • anti dod August 11, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      London is mostly non White. UK is in a depression yet gives Africa
      BILLIONS each year in ‘aid’.

      • BackRowHeckler August 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

        There’s always plenty of $$$ for aid to Africa.

        Nobody wants to get on Bono’s shit list and be dis-invited to all the cool parties in Hollywood, the upper west side, Palm Springs, Martha’s Vineyard, Cannes, Berkeley and all the other elite, faggot, 1% hangouts.


        • BackRowHeckler August 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

          Can anyone recall … in the 90′s, Bono got the debt forgiven in some African Shithole – I think it was Uganda – and the President, now flush with cash from the US and Europe that did not have to be repaid, went out and bought himself 3 British Harrier Jets complete with ground crew, spare parts and pilots. He used he jets to strafe his enemies, from another tribe, in the bush.


  22. ZrCrypDiK August 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Om Nom!!! PopCorn!!!

    • alpha mail August 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

      And popcorn you’ll need, my good lad! For it gets better! These past few days I’ve been here I’ve seen more than a few drug addicted fellows, only because I’ve had the “benefit” of being of acquaintaince of a “social worker” here in jolly ol ‘nglan, who let me sit it on some of the downtrodden lasses and laddies. Get this! It seems there’s no work for the blokes. Seems that the housing market has gone completely bust…or as they say in some quarters here, “quit”. Lots of blokes without bread to feed for themselves or their families. Quite sad, actually. And nary a word said about it in the papers in the States.

  23. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    This place is beginning to resemble Old Gregg.

    The video cannot be shown at the moment. Please try again later.

  24. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Of course we know what the three dots is, but the point is how often it’s used, when it’s used, and how it is denoted. The socks use it in similar fashion. They’re stiff, like bread sticks and stay within the confines of the grammatical straightjacket. Others, such as myself, develop a unique style. As a result, when I use an ellipsis, I vary the number of dots. Most of the time I use more than three, sometimes five or six to emphasize degree. The socks, most always unless the operator has created a character that it wants to be highly distinct like “bilbo room 101″, will reveal the operator’s default rigidity. When you combine this with all the other similar attributes across the socks, you realize it’s one or two people maximum, and that person may have had a copy-editing/publishing past before taking on this assignment, paid or unpaid.

    • Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 11:27 am #

      Of course we know what the three dots is…

      Of course?

      “Carol,” you are so full of shit. What does it smell like when you burp? How do you even stand yourself? The questions are rhetorical as you may have guessed.

  25. Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #


    I just sent the following email to the head nerd involved in the revamp of the Kunstler Blog a couple of months ago.


    The Kunstler Blog enjoyed about 5 weeks of relative calm concerning the screen names of participants in the comments section. But beginning yesterday and continuing into today it’s all turning to shit again. Let me be specific:

    We currently have two commenters using the handle “janet.” The first (and original) janet is a person everyone here recognizes based on writing style, political views, etc. For years this person posted under the handle Asoka. Now a person whose handle is “Bilbo Room 101″ has begun to post under the name “janet.” I thought you nerd guys involved in the revamp of the Kunstler Blog had cured this problem but obviously not.

    There is only one way this Blog comments section can ever be made to work properly. A commenter must register in such a way that no one else can EVER highjack his screen name and anonymity must be maintained. A commenter, having established a screen name, must never be able to change that screen name without simultaneously de-commissioning FOREVER his original screen name for use by himself or anyone else.

    I have no idea, technically, how this would be accomplished but that is what nerds are for, right?

    Kindly respond to this email even if what you have to say will not please me.


    Q. Shtik (my screen name)

    • anti dod August 11, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Let a 1000 ‘Janets’ bloom.
      And have the Department of Defense poster/imposter banned.

  26. rube-i-con August 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Financial persecution of American Expats leads many to renounce citizenship. It’s gotten so bad the foreign banks don’t want American customers.

    Janos (Vlad da Man), i’ve managed to open a few overseas, now i’m working on 3-fold citizenship. who the hell says you are the property of the State? not me. if they want da mani, they can print it. death to tyranny.

    peace peaceniks

  27. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Kudos to whoever usurped the janet sock. Next, usurp the “Q. Shtik” sock. The more you do it, the less any screen name here means anything, and the more apt anyone posting here will be to focus on the content and not the messenger. Obviously, this is a nightmare for someone, or maybe it’s two people, who have invested so much time and effort in their sock parade here.

  28. Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Baghdad – As Iraqis flooded the streets of their capital and other cities on Saturday to celebrate Id al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a string of car bombs struck in mostly Shiite neighborhoods, killing more than 60 people, …



    • Janos Skorenzy August 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Incredibly, the two sects hate each other more than they do Christians or Jews. They have a saying, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. First they take care of the Shia who worship on Friday. Then the Jews who worship on Saturday. And finally, the Christians who worship on Sunday.

      Thus Iraq is not a viable state. We destroyed Saddam who made Iraq possible since he was secular even though a nominal Sunni.

  29. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    We destroyed Saddam who made Iraq possible since he was secular even though a nominal Sunni.

    The U.S. made Saddam only to destroy him as a trump card later. That’s the way this game is played. Any U.S.-backed potentate is in a bullpen of sorts to be called up for sacrifice if or when the zeitgeist is right.


    The Devil in the Details: The CIA and Saddam Hussein

    “The CIA has been organizing “regime change” for 50 years. They have removed many governments that are unfriendly to US corporate interests and replaced them with regimes that are more likely to work closely and slavishly to carry out the economic and geopolitical desires of the US corporate elite.

    But the CIA’s crimes don’t end when a right-wing coup has succeeded. The CIA then has to keep its repressive despots in power in order to ensure that they can put into place and then maintain a variety of unjust economic systems and structures. This is done with arms sales (and outright gifts of “surplus” weapons), glowing diplomatic support, “intelligence support” (sic) and massive economic investment (i.e., pillaging as much profit as possible by exploiting the natural resources that drew them in there in the first place, and handing out some of the spoils to a loyal local elite).

    When the corporate media describe the CIA’s use of political assassination as if it exists in isolation from mass imprisonment, torture and murder, they cover up the horror, pain and suffering experienced by thousands of ordinary people in countries where CIA-backed blood baths have taken place. They neglect to reveal that when the CIA carries out its high-profile assassination efforts, they also carry out murders of thousands of lesser-known political figures.”


  30. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    One, if there is anyone independent and objective reading any of this, has to wonder why the “Q. Shtik” sock is so concerned about the sock “janet” when all the “Q. Shtik” sock does is bemoan the sock “janet” incessantly. It’s because both socks belong to the same operator, and the operator hates to see its work, its creation, undermined. This is why it’s been crucial for the sock operator(s) to neutralize me in any way possible. I’m an interloper, an adversary even, who isn’t part of the ruse, and therefore must be neutralized and or eliminated. It will even go to the lengths of sacrificing some of its own sock screen names to get me banned so it can carry on its charade uninterrupted and in peace. This is why the “ozone” sock used the world intrusive as it relates to me. It’s the operator making it clear, through one of its many socks, that I’m intruding on its space and its game. You’re damn right I am. And I’m not going to let it go. The gloves are off, meaning the hands can do much more damage than any padded glove, including and up to metaphorically gouging out your eyes with the thumbs and ripping the flesh from your battered face.

  31. Titchfield August 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Anyone with sense who’s studied the occult (Golden Dawn, Haitian or Jamaican voodoo, Crowley, Eliphas Levi, any of the various grimoires) and who has even a passing acquaintance with the Oriental martial arts will know that a student of either is going to have to spend time separating myth from fact and the useful from the useless.

    I’ve been hearing about the famous kill strikes of China for about forty years, and the truth about them, as I see it, is surrounded by a morass of myth.

    I don’t regard a kill strike as such unless it kills in a couple of minutes and unless anyone at all (presuming years of training) can use it successfully on anyone else, irrespective of the physique type of the combatants.

    Consider a fight between two fighters in their prime–Mike Tyson and Yip Man, Bruce Lee’s first instructor (I intend no disrespect in using these men to make my example). I’ve instanced these two because of the differences in their respective builds–Yip man is small-boned and wiry, Tyson is big-boned and heavily muscled and with short, thick neck.

    Yip Man decides to go for a kill strike, and he has the training to deliver one–tens of thousands of fingertip pushups to make his finger as strong as they can be, and long hours of work over a box of sand or beans to develop callouses.

    A knife-hand strike to rip out Tyson’s voice box or one of his carotids won’t work. Yip Man’s hands are too weak to make a successful plunge into a bull neck like Tyson’s. A claw-hand strike on Tyson’s torso to rip out a collar bone or floating rib won’t work either. Yip Man’s hands are too weak because too small to penetrate such a heavy layering of muscle as Tyson has.

    Yip man could try a hammer-fist strike to Tyson’s temple. If Yip Man gets in the blow with full force and perfect technique,
    Tyson will probably concuss and fall. But he won’t be dead or dying, not unless Yip Man can shatter cranial bone and drives the shards into Tyson’s brain, and that won’t happen.

    Here’s my point: Yip Man might be able to do a number on someone as small as himself, but a body type like Tyson’s would, in general, be immune.

    Training in the oriental fighting arts will tend to make you a more formidable fighter than if you had no training at all. You’ll often be able to stun or disable or immobilize men bigger than yourself. But kill them with a single blow? The chances are small. So many conditions have to be met for the statement “Chinese master know how to deliver death blows” to be true that the statement qualifies as mythical. Its weakness is its generality.

    I admire Bruce Lee, and have been hearing about his one-inch punch for as long as I’ve been hearing about the death strike. But guess what is supposed to have happened when he and the Okinawa-trained Joe Lewis had a sparring session? (And I do mean Lewis, not Louis). Lewis got the better of him. Why? Because Lewis was bigger, heavyweight size.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      And who can forget when Gorilla Monsoon picked up Mohammad Ali like he was a child and gave him an airplane spin before throwing him to the mat for the pin.

      Wrestling is a deadly art, one that Krishna himself practiced.

      Charles Bukowski often bemoaned his small artistic hands and how they kept him from being a better fighter. But as Bilbo reminds us, in combat there are no gloves. And the throat is weak no matter how large the man, as are the genitals, the eyes, the point in the armpit, the knee, etc.

  32. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    The gloves were off for this fight.

    But remember folks, this is all metaphor, meaning nothing violent is intended.

  33. alpha mail August 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    That’s right Carol, we’re all socks and we’re all out to get you. That’s why we’re here. Ozone, Q, anti dod, Janos, Beans, Progress4what, we’re all in it together, systematically trying to destroy what is left of your mind. Do not be afraid. You may leave the gloves off if you like. Relax. It’s all going to be all right. There now. Just breathe deeply. Yes, that’s right. It’s all gonna be fine.

    • ozone August 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      It almost makes me yearn for a graduation in technique. The “IknowyouarebutwhatamI?” is getting worn a bit thin. A step up in creativity might be the “I’m rubber, you’re glue (etc.)” line of offensive defense. So much more piquant, and the rhyming of the couplet indicates a sophistication developed only to the choicest 2nd graders.

  34. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Son of a bitch! We have to cancel our travel plans now because of these fake terror alerts. I had a family vacation planned to the Disney-Jihad Resort in Lahore. We were so looking forward to it. Disney really outdid themselves with this latest creation. Oh well. Who cares, anyway? Not me. Not anymore.


    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated April 9, 2013, to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Pakistan.

    On August 8, 2013, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore, Pakistan. The Department of State ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore.

    The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan. Across the country, terrorist attacks frequently occur against civilian, government, and foreign targets. Attacks have included armed assaults on heavily guarded sites, including Pakistani military installations. The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities to attack locations where U.S. citizens and Westerners are known to congregate or visit. Terrorists and criminal groups regularly resort to kidnapping for ransom……..

    • Elmendorf August 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Damn it, and I thought the Pakis were our palsie-walsies!! How can they not love us? I mean, all we do is drop paratroopers into their sovereign territory whenever the fuck we feel like and whenever the fuck we don’t feel like it. Hell, the whole WORLD is American sovereign territory … including the airspace carrying the Bolivian President (sans Snowden).

      It’s just hard to figure out why we aren’t the world’s huggy bear?!


      • Elmendorf August 12, 2013 at 4:01 am #

        Nobody is more bot-like than YOU, Dildo. I mean, here in California we have all these divorced engineers who had Asian trophy wives. A local shrink that I eat lunch with said her biggest clientele group increase is HUSBANDS OF ASIAN WIVES. Apparently these men fell for the coy, ego-stroking coquette act and then found they married a cash register.

        I could quote you endless statistics about per capita Asian immigration to the USA versus US emigration to Asian countries but facts don’t seem to dent your puffery which stems from the fact that you’re an old shit getting laid by opportunistic Asian nookie and so you think you’re a studmuffin.

        Yes, there are problem children here on CFN and, frankly, YOU are one of them. Like many, you overpost and half of it is filled with semi-parseable English. You’re a sophomoric doofus who’s making up his resume and we’re onto you. Simple as that, Dildo.


  35. Carol Newquist August 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    At our Disney-Jihad Resort in Lahore, Pakistan you’ll be treated to many five-star amenities including our premiere and renowned restaurant, Rendition.Our designers have tastefully recreated a palatial retreat enjoyed by Pakistan’s historical Sultans. The menu was created by world-famous chef, Saddam bin Laden Hussein Obama featuring authentic regional Halal cuisine with a Western twist. Even though alcohol is strictly forbidden by Islam, not so at Rendition. Our exalted mixologist, Barack Osama Musharraf, will dazzle you with cocktails such as the Dirty Bomb and the IED……they’re a blast. For entertainment, Rendition offers you evening long Bacha Bazi performances and for the main feature, an actual detainee beheading will be performed center stage. So, if you prefer a romantic evening for two, or a festive family affair, Rendition is pleased and gracious to accommodate any party or agenda.

    • Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      But IHMO the bot developers here are just stupid young kids …

      In Humble My Opinion

      Yeah, just stupid.

  36. Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    Please BOTs please, if your going to talk about this stuff please don’t mention TV, or sports or paid actors,or chuck norris or seagal or any WHORE,… cuz they’re 100% holly wood fake.

    Oh, come on Bilbo, what about Jackie Chan in Dragons Forever (1988)? You call that FAKE? That proves how much YOU know.

    • Janos Skorenzy August 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Remember when everyone was in public mourning over the Aurora shooting and you were meditating on clock ads? And when I thought I had found a kindred spirit, you executed a judo throw, throwing the juju on me and putting yourself back into the good graces of the group.

      Another image: the process of rooking where the rook is moved into the dangerous middle place and the King into the safe position the rook previously occupied. In other words, well done.

      • Q. Shtik August 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

        And when I thought I had found a kindred spirit, you executed a judo throw, throwing the juju on me and putting yourself back into the good graces of the group.

        I did THAT? And I didn’t even know it.

        Another image: the process of rooking where the rook is moved into the dangerous middle place and the King into the safe position the rook previously occupied.

        Castling, not rooking, I believe.

        In other words, well done.

        Well thank you.

  37. ozone August 12, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Regardless of the author’s ideological blinders, this article is an accurate assessment of the Presidential PR Event. (This was no “news conference”, boys and girls.)


    I heard it on the radio and laughed out loud a few times at some of the president’s whoppers. He seemed very comfortable telling them, so I felt very comfortable laughing at them.

  38. janet August 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    No post next week. We are too close to collapse for business as usual.

    The world is swiftly moving to the dangerous place where nations won’t be able to do business with each other

    Asoka has shut down meaningful exchange here. Fuck Asoka and the mud but he rode in on. IDs are easily stolen by Asoka. He runs this place.

  39. janet August 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm #


  40. janet August 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Al Sharpton’s position against “stop and frisk” supported by court ruling. Victory for Sharpton! Yes!

  41. Warren August 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Jim you have been baying about the main economic crash for while, but this time I think you are right, there is a sense out there that things are moving faster.

    As for Larry Summers he was allowed to make some investment decisions for the school’s endowment, his investments lost the school $1.8 billion. He is just not that smart, then again he will fit right in at the FED.

    • Elmendorf August 14, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Galbraith was the last REAL economist. Instead of some stupid academic quant, he was our ambassador to India where, among other things, he helped India out with their agricultural plans and policies. An economist who deals with food is a real economist.

      Most economic advisors these days are just idiots juiced up with fancy econometric formulae that are as true as Tawana Brawley’s story. :)



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