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Historians of the future, roasting rat kabobs over their campfires, will look back at the year 2016 and marvel at the death throes of the zombie republic that died eating its own brains. This grotesque Deep State lumbers from one misadventure of governance to the next consuming its prospects for a plausible future in a fugue of autophagy, inducing the great nausea that now settles over the land.

President Trump — really? We would be lucky if it only resulted in a revolt of the generals, and there goes 200-plus years of institutional heritage. Yet it cannot be denied that the Deep State needs to be kicked to the curb, stomped, water-boarded, and hung out to dry. The sad part is that the job might have been done by men of character, but incredibly the long-vaunted baby boomer generation did not manage to produce any, nor the so-called Gen-X now coming into its own power. And if such hypothetical figures do exist, why are they hiding in the thickets of public life?

Well, there is Bernie, after all. Credit must be given to this lone crusader for at least opposing the avatar of the Deep State, she whose “turn” must not be denied in the rotating management of rackets-and-grift that our politics have sunk to. He thrashed her roundly in the three primary contests over the weekend — so badly in the vote count that she may be suffering an existential hangover as I write. The fabled Democratic Party super-delegates may also be going through a dark night of the soul as they study the intractable anti-charisma of Hillary. Much as I admire Bernie’s chutzpah, his particular Old Left theories of wealth redistribution do not convince me — though the management of our dwindling capital surely lies at the heart of our problems. His nomination would go down in the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not annals of the world’s greatest improbabilities.

Otherwise, the latest meme spreading across the web wires is how deeply the voters divide by sex: men flocking around Trump (or Machine Gun Ted Cruz), and the ladies standing at each mighty column of Hillary’s azure pant-suit. Yes, a national war of the sexes. Just what we need with all our shit falling apart. This sorry diversion results not from the triumph of feminism, as widely believed, but actually from the failure of American manhood. Proof of that, of course, is the ascendance of Trump, this punch-line of a political leader with all the gravitas of a hood ornament. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce — thank you, Karl Marx, O peevish mischief-maker squirming upon your fabled boils!

Finally, what will take the Deep State down is not some lance-wielding armored savior on a white horse but the awful undertow of financial implosion that awaits as the seasons of 2016 turn. When faith in our money and the instruments represented in it goes, look out below. There are so many rifts in the international banking system that the vista begins to look like the spring ice break-up on the Lake of Nations. When the grifters can’t cash their checks — or move their pixels into the accounts receivable column — they will be immobilized. Of course, if that happens, so will everything else, including your ability to buy any more frozen pizzas.

Trump, Cruz, Hillary, and Bernie are signs that this poor paralyzed country needs to go through a convulsion to flush out all the toxic idiocy of this historical moment. Trigger warning: it may be the messiest revolution in history when it finally comes, there is so much dross to clear out of the system. Trump and Hillary are like two giant fistulas obstructing the national bowel. Of course, a lot of sentient Americans do not want their nation dying on the toilet like Elvis. The indignity of it! In the name of the founding fathers, please, someone, fetch the enema bag.

Events still lie hidden like bear traps on the path to “Decision 2016” as they like to say on the cable networks. Somewhere in London, Singapore, Shanghai, or New York, a 25-year-old coked-out Forex trader is going to tap the untoward keystroke that brings down a derivatives avalanche… or two brothers of Allah in some Berlin row-house will go forth one bright morning in vests of Semtex… and finally enough will be enough.

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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. Cold N. Holefield March 28, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Great post. It makes me want to throw up. I wonder why? Aren’t we so lucky to watch it all unfold in slow motion?

    Being There

    • Neon Vincent March 28, 2016 at 9:56 am #

      What we’re likely to get is Trump or Cruz vs. Clinton. What people seem to want, at least based my experience, is Trump vs. Sanders. Instead of a putative outsider (a Senator or billionaire as outsiders–yeah, right) vs. an obvious insider, the U.S. would get what it wants, two insurgent candidates. Too bad we’re likely to get what we deserve instead.

      Speaking of disasters, today is the 37th anniversary of Three Mile Island. Between the history event and the election, my advice is to drink heavily to celebrate both meltdowns.

      • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 10:01 am #

        Raise one for me ! Glow little glow worm……..

      • Cold N. Holefield March 28, 2016 at 10:08 am #

        If things get bad enough, I would suggest heroin. The Taliban, once averse to poppy cultivation to the point it almost wiped it out, will be more than willing to accommodate.

        In fact, they already are and many White no-lonmger-necessary youngsters in the sprawling suburbs are now comfortably numb and/or Six Feet Under thanks to the Towel Heads’ generosity and compassion.

        Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan. The Milk of the Poppy is flowing again and it’s Just-In-Time.

        • uslabor March 28, 2016 at 11:04 am #

          The “towel heads” did not flood the US with heroin all by them selves. Somebody in the US made a lot of money bringing that stuff over and selling it to willing buyers.

          • Cold N. Holefield March 28, 2016 at 11:20 am #

            Of course. And the Towel Heads are more than willing to play their part if the price is right. So too does the NYSE play its part by allowing all that dirty blood money to be laundered through it.

          • hmuller March 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

            Let’s call it like it is. A part of the CIA has been trafficking in narcotics for decades and making huge profits. Anyone who examines the voluminous evidence knows this isn’t just some crazy conspiracy theory.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

          This heroin scourge came heavily advertised ahead of time, similar to the crack epidemic in the Eighties or whenever it was.
          I notice now we are supposed to think of the addicts as tragic victims.

          • uslabor March 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

            …….or willing buyers.

          • Helix March 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

            “I notice now we are supposed to think of the addicts as tragic victims.”

            Did I miss something? I never heard that.

            That being said, we do need to have a discussion about the conditions that seem to underpin widespread drug addiction.

            But I don’t think we’re going to.

        • geb April 2, 2016 at 12:47 am #

          Yes. I spoke to a US soldier a few years ago who was pissed off that his primary job was guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan. I wonder what’s going on there?

      • K-Dog March 28, 2016 at 10:40 am #

        I did my part over the weekend to make it Trump Vs. Sanders. You can read about it over at the Doomstead Diner where I have a feature article.

        Feeling the Bern‘ – Off the keyboard of K-Dog!

        “He thrashed her roundly in the three primary contests over the weekend — so badly in the vote count that she may be suffering an existential hangover as I write.”

        Indeed he did and when Democrats vote Democrats win and if the thrashing and trashing continues up we are going to send Hillary back to bed with her hangover for a long four year nap.

        Great article Jim, it is good to see you on your game!

        Autophagy indeed; clear out those dysfunctional cellular components in the cellular structure of our society. I love it. A cleansing we need indeed!

        • outsider March 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

          Is it too late for Uncle Joe Biden to come in to save the day? What if he gets on the ballot in time to qualify for California and wins big with Hillary tied up answering all those questions from the FBI? Maybe another contested convention. Oh, joy!

          • K-Dog March 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

            I wondered why he did not go for it in the beginning but as he has waited so long it may not be possible for him to jump into the fray now without a really good explanation of why he waited so long. I’m not thinking he can come up with a good explanation.

  2. venuspluto67 March 28, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Proof of that, of course, is the ascendance of Trump, this punch-line of a political leader with all the gravitas of a hood ornament.

    Trump reminds me more of a pair of “truck nuts”, actually. 😛

    • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 10:01 am #

      Tonka maybe.

    • K-Dog March 28, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      Trump as a hood ornament, his little Medusa head clearing out the way ahead of you. This could certainly get you the right of way at intersections and with his face facing away from you, you don’t have to look at it yourself.

      That is a very good thing! Having intersections blocked with cars where drivers have turned to stone could be a traffic problem. You turning to stone at thirty miles an hour could be downright dangerous. Oncoming traffic would not be a problem for you because the steering wheels in these cars wont be locked up by hands of stone until that traffic passes you by. To traffic behind you it could be deadly!

      It would not help against a commute of stop and go traffic though and I hope a glance in a rear view mirror would be safe enough not to keep cars in front of you stopped permanently. That would be a problem.

  3. fodase March 28, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    …or not.

    we’ve already had financial armageddon in 2008, coked-out traders bringing down banks, massive terrorist attacks….

    I have to chuckle at JHK’s antipathy towards Trump, who, for all his bombast, most talks common sense ideas.

    JHK was sooooo intelligent that he licked obama’s boots for 6+ years, voted for him twice (I believe), and only recently started positioning
    himself against the putrid democrat plague in the US and A (the republicans are only a hair behind in that category – maybe)

    JHK is, in some respects, just like Mr. Trump – some very good commonsense ideas (blacks need to speak english, idiotic PC shenaningans) intermixed with lots of hyperbole.

    two brothers of Allah in some Berlin row-house will go forth one bright morning in vests of Semtex… and finally enough will be enough.

    yeah it’s now palpable that we’re on the cusp of “enough is enough”, even for brain-dead PC lefty europeans/democrat voters.

    multiculturalism loses a bit of its shine when you’re being ripped apart with nail bombs time after time by its wonderful objects of compassion

    • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 10:04 am #

      Did I miss something ? Was that right wing W thing going 2000 to 2008 down the “Right” lane ? The Gods of War will becoming home to roost. Right down on main street. Cheers !

    • orbit7er March 28, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      JHK has been critical of Obama for quite a while…
      On Obama’s pandering to the worst of the bankster vulture capitalists we have his recent commendations for the new right wing Corporate PresidentMacri of Argentina, whose first act was to hand over billions from the coffers of the Argentine public into the greedy hands of Paul Singer:

      Obama praises Argentinas President Macri

      reuters.com/article/us-usa-argentina-idUSKCN0WP0B3

      “I can tell you President Macri is a man in hurry,” Obama told a joint news conference after the two leaders held talks.

      “I’m impressed because he has moved rapidly on so many of the reforms that he promised, to create more sustainable and inclusive economic growth, to reconnect Argentina with the global economy and the world community,” he said.

      Even the other banksters had agreed to settle on the deal with Argentina’s debts when they said “No!” to the IMF years ago and restored their own currency which led to immediate economic growth in the next year. But Paul Singer led the other vulture capitalists in insisting on billions for his pennies on the dollar purchase of Argentine debt getting another corrupt US judge to agree and now apparently has bought a new regime to hand over Argentina back to the vulture capitalists grip…

      • Rulo Deschamps March 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

        You’re partly right. The thing is, Argentina comes from 12 years of Peronista populism and they need hard currency, access to finance. I’m against vulture capitalism, but conditions being what they are right now, we need to play that game. Hopefully, at least some of the fresh funds will be invested in useful infrastructure – rail, renewables, agriculture. My old country used to be very rich, one of the top 10 economies, 2 meters of good black soil, beef and wheat to feed the world. Peron and Evita happened, and what could have been Canada became Zimbabwe. Macri is no clown, he’s a breath of fresh air. I hope the next one would be more akin to Pepe Mujica, but Macri is a definite improvement over the Kirchners.

  4. routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Good read. Thanks. Bernie’s old style left wing thoughts will not lead us to “Paradise” I just think he will do a better job of working with the mess he will be handed.Institutional Corp. think will not cut it. King Trump will make W look like the Boy Scouts. HRC will sink even lower. History rules. The time for “Leaders” is past.

    • George March 28, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      “Much as I admire Bernie’s chutzpah, his particular Old Left theories of wealth redistribution do not convince – though the management of our dwindling capital surely lies at the heart of our problems.”

      I think that this is a crass misrepresentation. He understands that we have two economies, an industrial economy and a financial economy and that since WW2 the later has come to dominate and has worked to loot the other economy to the point where national bankruptcy has become imminent. The only thing that will save civilization is a declaration of a Jubilee Year and a revolution. Failing that neo-feudalism and climate degradation are the future.

      I’m working on illustrating a short book (my part is a cartoon in the margins) with two seasoned economists that’s to define the distinction between the two economies in terms that even those who’re inclined to be brainwashed by fundamentalist preachers will understand. One of these two men is a close friend of Bernie and let me assure you: Bernie knows what he’s doing.

      Trends are leading up to an economic event, one for which Bernie is ready and waiting for!

      • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

        Bernie is more savvy than people want to give him credit for, but I don’t think until just recently he was really aware of just what he is up against, and how desperately those in power will fight to keep what they have, at the expense of practically anything. People like Hillary don’t want to live in the world they helped create for the rest of us.

        • outsider March 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

          Bernie never thought he’d get this far. He started out as a nominal opponent – just a stiff in the ring to give the champ a little workout. I’ll bet he’d like to take back his comment that he doesn’t care about Hillary’s “damn e-mails.”

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

        Can you tell your friend to tell Bernie that Whites can be poor? Given such a fatuous and offensive comment, I would fear the worst from his presidency – more pandering to minorities resulting in more horrible behavior from them.

        • geb April 2, 2016 at 12:45 am #

          Janos, you seem to be crawling with some sort of disease where you distrust your fellow man. All this talk of the master race really doesn’t become you. I’ve read your posts.
          You are an immigrant to this country.
          It’s the 21st century man.
          You missed your chance to join the SS.

      • Rulo Deschamps March 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

        President Bernie would be the best outcome. Alas, highly unlikely, but one can hope. The rest of the field is pretty dismal. Trump speaks truth, but his value system is so ugly and brutal, millions like me could never vote for him, even though we agree with much of what he says.

    • abbybwood March 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

      Nassim Taleb prefers Trump or Sanders and DEFINITELY not Mrs. Clinton:

      zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-26/nassim-taleb-i-prefer-sanders-trump-absolutely-no-hillary

  5. bobinboiseid March 28, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    “…The sad part is that the job might have been done by men of character, but incredibly the long-vaunted baby boomer generation did not manage to produce any…”

    Not true. Those of character that might rise to the top have been ignored or ridiculed by the mainstream corporate media. The good people have been crushed, while the loyal servants of the Deep State steadily rise.

    This morning I read a story skewering the leader of the 3% militia of Idaho. Note the complete lack of investigative stories about the Deep State, Federal Reserve, or criminal banksters.

    • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      Deep State–Corp.State what difference does it make as long as the numbers move up on Wall Street. We have been brain washed slaves for decades. The curtain call will be a hoot ! Behind the last curtain will be the Church back playing its old well worn robes of “GovMint” A job it has deeply missed these last 200 or so years. Welcome to the New God Fearing America. We missed the last call for freedom from religion.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

        The Church is behind all this? You can’t be serious. The Church has been dying for generations. They are allied with the Rothschilds so that is probably the source of your confusion. If the Church was in charge, you would never have heard about the child abuse scandal. You don’t hear much about child abuse in Judaism, right? Think it doesn’t exist? Does that give you a clue?

        • routersurfer March 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

          Very much so. Hard to keep millions of rapes off the books on a 24/7 internet. Much easier when every printing press had a Priest locked to it. As for Child abuse in Judaism try this link. Remember they are a small community world wide compared to other groups. Not into using the Press for hunting for converts also.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_abuse_cases_in_Brooklyn's_Haredi_community

          Now back to the other. ANY TOP DOWN view of society is a very church centric view. The Holy Roman Empire left a very deep mark in the world. The pews maybe empty but the viewpoint of hierarchy is very much alive. As for the Rothchilds well they just had a better understanding of Usury 🙂

          • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

            They own the press. That’s why you don’t hear much about it – or anything else they don’t want you to hear.

    • Elrond Hubbard March 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      One reason why Bernie polls better against Drumpf in the general than Hillary does is his very high credibility — his lengthy track record incontrovertibly demonstrates that he really means what he says and isn’t a sellout. Not the same thing as character, maybe, but an indicator.

      Also because I was born to nitpick, it’s a shame that ‘fistula’ was used incorrectly because it’s a great word. Maybe we should update the dictionaries.

      • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 10:43 am #

        Hillary Clinton has worked hard to earn her lack of credibility. Everything from her non-apology on her support of the Iraq war to her making millions off of “speaking fees” to Goldman-Sacks has destroyed what little trust the people have in her. Like the Republican establishment, she spews populous memes and then acts to support business as usual on all fronts.

        • sprawlcapital March 28, 2016 at 10:48 am #

          @SteveO–

          spews populous [populist] memes

          • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

            Sorry. Too bad we can’t edit these after they are posted.

            Aside from my word miss use, what did you think.

        • hmuller March 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

          It seems half of Hillary’s campaign message is: “Vote for me, I’m a woman, I have lady parts”

          Big deal, so does Bruce Jenner, and we’re not voting for him either. (And yes, I refer to him as a male. Every cell in his body still has XY chromosomes, despite whatever surgical mutilation was performed.)

          • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

            If a man were running with Hillary’s history – Iraq war support, owned and operated by Wall Street, put together some rather questionable policy as secretary of state, potentiality indictable for mishandling classified data, etc. I would not vote for him.

      • sprawlcapital March 28, 2016 at 10:45 am #

        L. Ron–

        I also hate to nitpick this excellent post, but I guess it’s in my DNA. (The hood ornament as Trump simile was LOL material!)
        ========================
        . . . to buy anymore frozen pizzas. That should be “any more frozen pizzas”. Or it could be “to buy frozen pizzas anymore”.

        Any more is an adjective (more) modified by an adverb (any).

        Anymore is an adverb.

        • Lawfish March 28, 2016 at 11:17 am #

          “We would be lucky of it only resulted in a revolt of the generals.” Should be “if,” not “of.”

          I hate to be nitpicky too, but I just corrected my children’s English teacher who sent an e-mail out with two grammatical errors in it. This in a private school from a teacher with a Masters degree in English. Her response included another grammatical error, which I had to seize upon as well.

          Those minor points aside, this was an excellent post, as usual.

          • Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 11:58 am #

            Way to go Sprawl and Law. I’d love to join the nitpicking but I’m constrained. Unfortunately, Law, your children will be receiving F grades for the semester.

          • Majella March 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

            “We would be lucky if it only resulted in a revolt ‘IF’ the generals, and there goes 200-plus years of institutional heritage.|”
            Can’t make sense of that correction…can you elucidate?

      • ffkling March 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

        The real reason Bernie polls better is because he is unknown to the American public; however, the honey moon period always ends. If Bernie is the Dems. choice, he will make the McGovern debacle look like a competitive election. The Republicans want Bernie the Commie to win the nomination fight. Just wait until the rightwing launches into the Bern with their multi-billion dollar war chest.

        • Majella March 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

          I can’t imagine anyone getting the prospect of the General so wrong!

          Trump is a minority candidate of a minority party, at a rough average of 34% to date, while Republicans are around 47% of registered voters. There will be a large cohort of these who will simply not vote if Trump is the candidate.

          So, for a McGovern level debacle that leaves Bernie with only 1 state out of 50 (!), there would have to be a tremendous crossover of Dems to Trump. Independents are 2:1 for Bernie in recent polling.

          Looks like a YUGE win to Bernie, it seems to me, IF his energised base gets out and votes.

      • Rulo Deschamps March 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

        He’s the American Jose Mujica. Commonsense, not getting rich through politics, not wanting to get rich, not worshipping at the altar of $. Whatever happens, he has street cred. Not that he’s always right – free college would be a disaster, as it is in Argentina, we need less people in college and more in the fields. He allows to be pushed around too much by Samoan Albino Transgendered groups and such, when we need less of that. But overall, the best of the field. It will be La Clinton, though, and Trump, I fear…

    • Walter B March 28, 2016 at 11:20 am #

      I don’t know BB, I have to agree with our host on the lack of men of character on this one. Having been schooled by the government itself and in THE most prominent institution for the creation of Men of Character at the time, James is absolutely correct with his statement if you ask me. Over the course of the last 40 years the stream of presidents, generals and leaders of industry and society that once marched proudly from her Stony Gates has consistently sold out their duty and responsibilities to this Nation for paychecks and pensions. But then a corrupt government would certainly go out of it way to corrupt it’s own spawn, especially those who possess the character and ability to stand up against the demented Old Bitch.

      And our host’s statement of…

      “This sorry diversion results not from the triumph of feminism, as widely believed, but actually from the failure of American manhood.”

      is surely one of judgment failed, right out of the book of Isiah…

      “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”

      Those who are familiar with the results from this judgment of antiquity know well what comes next.

      • Elrond Hubbard March 28, 2016 at 11:51 am #

        There has to be some better vision of manhood than exercising dominance over women and children, then extending that vision to all other public affairs. Manhood-as-dominance gave us the Iraq war. Instead, try reading the Stoics — govern yourself first, then look outwards.

        • Walter B March 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

          Who said anything about dominance? Leadership is completely different, it does not dominate, it leads. Can you not understand this concept?

          • Elrond Hubbard March 28, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

            Umm, I read that quote and drew my own conclusions about where the author was coming from, namely patriarchy. Isaiah 3:12 is hardly an argument for meritocracy (in whatever form you might imagine), it’s a demand for a strongman.

          • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

            Walter B,

            Hello! Actually I think that Elrond has a point here: that your quote does not support your statement as well as you may have liked (see my previous comment).

            Also, I find it interesting when the Bible is quoted in support of Leadership (along with the other holy-books of Levantine origin) since – as Elrond mentions – these were and are not cultures supportive of meritocracy in any form other than that of battle-field outcomes – leaving only ‘divine will’ (ie., theocratic rationalization) & brute force at the forefront of their preferred ‘leadership’ qualities. [*]

            On the other hand, what are we to do? Quote from Hellenic, Celtic, Germanic or Nordic sources? it might be meritocratically appropriate, but can easily turn the discussion toward ways in which meritocratic organizations become corrupt and fail… There’s no quick way to approach the issue from this angle.

            — — —

            [*] that’s not to say that there weren’t and aren’t people of great ability in the Middle East, just that the regnant holy-texts in that area are a hindrance – not a help – in their development.

          • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

            RE | “Leadership is completely different, it does not dominate, it leads.”-Walter B.

            These are the words of someone who understands what Leadership is, and is not.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

          So you equate women and children? I agree and neither should be voting. If its any consolation, most men shouldn’t be either.

          You think Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus would go for Feminism? Vote the Vagina Party? They believed in Great Men as the salvation of the People. So should we all. The Stoics were like Catholic Saints, Greek Sages, Hindu Yogis, Protestant Churchmen, and our own Founding Fathers: they had a realistically low estimation of women and the ordinary man.

          Empowering women was done for the same reason as giving every man the vote: as a means of destroying the Republic.

          • CancelMyCard March 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

            Back on your meds,Janos.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

            Is that all ya got? I’m right and you got nuthin’ against it. Ad hominems are often a tacit admission of defeat. Thus do you cancel your humanity.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

        @ Walter:

        RE | “Over the course of the last 40 years the stream of presidents, generals and leaders of industry and society that once marched proudly from her Stony Gates has consistently sold out their duty and responsibilities to this Nation for paychecks and pensions. But then a corrupt government would certainly go out of it way to corrupt it’s own spawn, especially those who possess the character and ability to stand up against the demented Old Bitch.”-Walter B.

        First of all I’d like to say that I like the way you write; reminiscent of the Old WASP Establishment communication style – something that I cannot help being comfortable with. Regarding the decline of Standards and rise of Corruption in all walks of life: it might be more productive to approach the issue a ‘wholistic’ and systemic standpoint, than get lost in ‘chicken v. egg’ recursivity about what or who was the prime corruptor.

        Regarding the quote from Isaiah 3: it has been typical for males the world over to lament about how they are ‘ruled’ by womenfolk and children whenever things have settled into a state of comfortable prosperity… But – ironically – this is the state that their forefathers worked & fought so hard to achieve.

        • Walter B March 29, 2016 at 12:03 am #

          Thank you my friend. I am most certainly an old WAS and a product of my experience. Hard to find many that can appreciate any of that you know. My criticism of women in leadership roles is by no means a critical commentary on women assuming the roles but is most definitely a condemnation of the lack of any MEN who can or will stand up or measure up to the task to lead. I place no blame on the women and all fault on the men. I have fought many battles in many places and still do against the corruption and complacency that permeates our society and I surely will die doing so. In my day they used to drill into us the idea that rank may have it’s privileges, but it also has it responsibilities. I am thankful that I paid attention to that principle and even though the struggle against the decay is futile and frustrating, I wouldn’t give it up for the world. Quit ye like men!

    • abbybwood March 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      The “Untouchables” PBS Frontline:

      pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/untouchables/

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Notice how the “conservative” Fox News had their lackey go after Donald Trump in the first debate. In trying to ‘take out’ the Donald, they only managed to make the entire Republican contest solely about him. So unfair to anyone else running.
      BTW, as a woman, I disagree with the charge that Trump is a misogynist, and as for his having a problem with women voters, I’m not seeing that.
      That’s something that was decided upon ahead of time. Remember how dismissive of Bernie the MSM was, initially? I kept insisting he had a lot more support than anyone was acknowledging publicly, and I was correct.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Notice how the “conservative” Fox News had their lackey go after Donald Trump in the first debate. In trying to ‘take out’ the Donald, they only managed to make the entire Republican contest solely about him. So unfair to anyone else running.
      BTW, as a woman, I disagree with the charge that Trump is a misogynist, and as for his having a problem with women voters, I’m not seeing that.
      That’s something that was decided upon ahead of time. Remember how dismissive of Bernie the MSM was, initially? I kept insisting he had a lot more support than anyone was acknowledging publicly, and I was correct.

    • outsider March 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      As WB Yeats said in “The Second Coming:” “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

        Outsider:

        “As WB Yeats said in “The Second Coming:” “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”-outsider.”

        At this stage of Collapse, “the best” still have the ability to assess the situation strategically, they see the issue, and they know that you don’t fix strategic issues with tactical solutions – so you’ll have to excuse them for not stamping and chomping at the bit, spouting off ideas about charging out there and saving the ‘world’. They’re too busy planning for the next round.

        😉

  6. pequiste March 28, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    A military coup in America is as remote as Neuschwabenland submarine base opening to the public.

    The Deep State has enough Pepto Bismol and Milk of Magnesia to allow the All Noo Yawk (Hillary (Chapaqua,) Bernie (Brooklyn,) Donald (Manhattan,) Ted (interstitial Wall Street,) political carnival to continue right up to the general election. Do y’all?

    I do believe a financial implosion along the Tokyo-Shanghai-London-NY axis as casting a very large shadow over the stability of the earths current orbit. CHeck the Wall Street Journal for data.

    The auslander Jihadi brothers in Berlin scenario will happen, but won’t do anything except encourage the Europeans to take in more Yzlamik partiers in this season’s “refugee” Clusterfuck, and increase the travel per diem for participants.

    My best bet for the nightmare’s opening curtain in the USA with be a regional or nation-wide “computer system failure” for EBT cards. It won’t take 60 minutes for the shit-to-hit-the fan.

    Have your barf bags at-the-ready CFNers.

    • bobinboiseid March 28, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      The military purge of top brass recently by Emperor Obama was rumored to have been a preemptive strike against a possible coup attempt. The military is tired of being on permanent deployment in our phony terror wars.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

        And they all left as meekly as lambs. Didn’t want to lose their pensions. Mr Kunstler’s diagnosis is confirmed in their persons.

      • outsider March 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

        Agreed, bobbin. If a coup didn’t happen under Obama, it’s not going to happen under Trump. Not only is the military tired of “permanent deployment,” many high ranking officers no doubt thought that Obama was on the wrong side in Syria, and that he was crazy to give Victoria Nuland the green light to overthrow the legitimate government of Ukraine, and stupidly poke the Russian bear.

  7. bobinboiseid March 28, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    I like Trump for one reason; the Deep State / Protectors of the Status Quo are all lined up against him. Anything they don’t want, must by default be good for the people. Trumps bold talk is pure marketing that is exactly what is needed to take on the establishment. He’s a gamble, but I’d rather a chance at a good president, than the certainty of a bad one in Hillary.

    • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      Trump will not eat the deep state. He is part of it. The dude is not for America he is for number 1. A True capitalist. No matter who wins everyone is toast. Welcome to the bad old days.

      • bobinboiseid March 28, 2016 at 10:17 am #

        Check out Trumps 1988 interview with Oprah. He was saying the same stuff back then as he is now. Having a capitalist running things would be better than the “Command and Control” types now running things. We currently resemble the old SOVIET USSR, which is why so few are willing to risk their capital in today’s phony, manipulated stock markets.

        • GetAbike March 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

          Good frickin grief- Im embarrassed for Idaho.
          Dont you have a occupy BLM land meeting to go to?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

            What a dumb statement. Bikes should be banned. They endanger both drivers and pedestrians.

        • newworld March 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

          Obama and his deal with the banksters has given us the lousiest bit of trickle down economics in history and all the Bernie crew want to do is double down on the QE then nibble some of the billions back thru taxation and give it to their cronies while the bulk of us are screwed blue by the Banksters and Bernie’s activists.

          I pray to God that Donald Trump takes on the QE scam and its bubble.

        • outsider March 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

          Bobin – I wish that JHK would give us a thumbs up button. I’d give you two of them for your last two comments.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

        I disagree. Trump cares about the America his kids and grandchildren will inherit. As for being a capitalist, well, great! What we’ve had for a long time now is not capitalism.

  8. chipshot March 28, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    Even if Bernie’s policies are “wealth redistributing”, after 30+ yrs of trickle down wealth redistribution from the 99% to the upper 1%, why would anyone be opposed them?

    • routersurfer March 28, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Lotto thinking…….someday I will win and I do not want to share with the little people. You can put that in your 401 k and smoke it ! Peace.

      • Newton Finn March 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

        Yes, and this “lotto thinking” is itself a consequence of a much larger, deeper problem, the same problem that lurks in the background of JHK’s ruminations about our dysfunctional society. Schweitzer put his finger on it while doing his own ruminating between the world wars in his African jungle hospital.

        Given the demise (beginning in the mid-19th century) of the optimistic worldview built upon Enlightenment rationality, “our generation, though so proud of its many achievements (in science, technology, etc.), no longer believes in the one thing which is all essential: the spiritual advance of mankind.”

        Even the best of our interpretations of our current plight are dripping with cynicism and, thus, lead nowhere.

        • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm #

          Hello Newton,

          “Even the best of our interpretations of our current plight are dripping with cynicism and, thus, lead nowhere.”-n f.

          So, do you think that all of our present issues can be solved with an industrial-strength ‘sunshine enema’? What if an “interpretation” of our “plight” was in point of fact nothing more than an unstintingly honest & accurate appraisal of our situation – which then becomes a starting-point for highly effective planning and action-taking?

        • routersurfer March 29, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

          Finn you nailed it. Industrial war. Industrial cynics.

    • outsider March 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      Bernie doesn’t know what Ron Paul knew. Dr. Paul knew that his libertarian economic policies weren’t going anywhere domestically, but he could have turned around our interventionist foreign policy if elected, so that’s what he most focused on. War policy is where the potus has real power. Bernie has said little about foreign policy. Is he a neocon hawk who will do whatever AIPAC wants? Is he a secret dove? Give us some answers Bernie, instead of that pie-in-the-sky $15 minimum wage nonsense.

  9. Greg Knepp March 28, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    Donald Trump wants to get us the hell out of NATO, out of the Middle East (including the Israel-Palestine nonsense) and out of the legitimate Russian sphere of influence.

    He understands the uniqueness of the Islamic threat, and that we must bar Muslims from entering the nation until “we get a handle on the situation”. He’s willing to call an illegal alien a ‘felon’ rather than by the standard euphemism, ‘undocumented worker’.

    He accurately describes the destruction that all of our so-called ‘Fair Trade’ deals have wrought on the American labor force. He displays an open contempt for our culture of political correctness (both on the left and the right) and he lends due disrespect to our media clowns.

    So he’s a bit gruff – so what!

    • JMR March 28, 2016 at 11:30 am #

      I think most people don’t even listen directly to what he says. They are listening to the media’s interpretations of what he says and draw their conclusions from the misrepresentations. He’s the only one talking any sense on foreign policy, including Bernie.

    • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 11:37 am #

      The gruff thing is an act, it buys him more media attention and the roughly 20% of the electorate that support him love it. It sold well on reality TV, why not take it on the road to the biggest reality show of all?

      Trump plays his followers like a violin. Rightly or wrongly, his followers consider themselves to be victims of the system, or the elite or illegals or (you fill in the blank). Trump plays the victim too. The establishment is out to get him, the media is out to get him, “they” (once again, you fill in the blank) are out to get him. It would be amusing to watch if the thought of a billionaire, privileged child of wealth playing victim wasn’t so nauseating.

      Have you ever watched him on the rare occasions that he gets asked a substantive question like “how are you going to determine who is a Muslim imminent and who isn’t”? He changes the subject very quickly. (Let’s talk about who has the best looking wife instead.) The man has no substance, he’s all show. Most of the things he says he will do, either can’t be done without Congressional approval (the Trump wall for example) or can’t be done by the government at all (I’ll make them re-open factories in the US). Do you really think Congress will go along with a 35% tariff on all imported manufactured goods? What do you think an overnight 35% price increase would do to the economy?

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

      I don’t understand how the “Left” can admire a Ted Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson, yet be appalled at Donald Trump. “Conservatives” complain he isn’t a true conservative, then what, exactly, is the objection to him from those claiming to be against Republicans? That’s all Hillary talks about, Republicans, yet she was totally in favor of Bush’s war, and in my opinion, she and Jeb were the two candidates put forth by the establishment, as if there were a real choice.

      • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

        I consider myself to lean left, and I find many of the things Trump says to be quite appealing. I find his calls for “fair trade” and bringing factories back to the US quite appealing. However, unless he intends to cancel NAFTA, pull us out of the WTO and send corporate CEOs to Gitmo it isn’t happening.

        But, I find his insane statements about immigrants and his total lack of knowledge about how the rest of world operates to keep out of he fold. If that wasn’t enough, his encouraging his supporters to act like brown-shirts really turns me off.

        • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

          Bear in mind, though, someone (Hillary, probably) is sending her own Brownshirts to his rallies. If these people truly were “protestors”, and they aren’t, they are hired help, the place for them would be holding signs stating their opposition, outside. Not indoors, taking places away from people who want to hear him. I would be angry too if someone tried to shut down speech by my preferred candidate. Can anyone imagine the reaction if a bunch of skinhead types started blocking traffic to and entering candidate Barack Obama’s rallies, when he started gaining support, with the intent of stopping his being able to speak? But we are being told, Trump is bad, Trump is Hitler, so it is okay to shut down speech we don’t like.
          I know that’s awkward, grammarians, but this gets me angry. If you don’t like Donald, don’t go to his rallies, but don’t interfere with the rights of others to assemble peacefully.
          BTW, Hillary keeps using the “rhetoric” charge against Donald, I guess “rhetoric” is any speech by someone who is going to beat the pantsuit off of you in the general, but one of her first acts as Senator was to suck up to Al Sharpton. Now there is rhetoric, he has incited violence that has resulted in death.

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

            You never disappoint me, Beryl.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

            Very well said. Commonsense you have. Jack Van Impe is very pleased and your place in the Heavenly City is well nigh assured.

          • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

            @ Beryl:

            RE | “I would be angry too if someone tried to shut down speech by my preferred candidate. Can anyone imagine the reaction if a bunch of skinhead types started blocking traffic to and entering candidate Barack Obama’s rallies, when he started gaining support, with the intent of stopping his being able to speak? But we are being told, Trump is bad, Trump is Hitler, so it is okay to shut down speech we don’t like.”-Beryl.

            Some might like to believe that Trump’s campaign is staging these interruptions against itself – to whip-up the frenzy of the crowd and use the resultant footage for PR – but there’s as much rigidity and fanaticism on the purported American political ‘Left’ as there is on the American political Right.

            Are left-wing thugs taking it upon themselves (with a nod and a wink from their favorite campaign) to disrupt the opposition’s freedom of expression? Probably. Generally things are not all that complicated. I’ve learned the hard way to look for Means, Motive and Opportunity, generate the three dumbest scenarios I can think of, take a deep breath, hold my nose… and pick the dumbest of the three. Works *m o s t* of the time.

            Cheers!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

          Things are what they are because they’re not something else. We have no obligation to take in immigrants we don’t need – and we simply don’t need anymore. You’re operating from some moral imperative that simply doesn’t serve America. The previous waves of immigrants were needed and they were European. None of this is true now – and the Muslims are not only utterly alien like Black Africans, but overtly hostile. We must be crazy to bring them in now that they’ve shown their hand. And yes, I’m generalizing – that’s what thinkers and leaders have to do. It’s not a matter of individuals.

          • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

            Who are you replying to?

          • Greg Knepp March 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

            When Janos is right, he’s right. Enough of the ‘huddled masses’ already! And the last two sentences of his comment are right on the money – leadership is not a tea party, and wisdom no picnic.

          • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

            Gregg, when the EBT stops, that will be the ‘no picnic’ social panic.

          • Elrond Hubbard March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

            Malthuss: “Who are you replying to?”

            My question also — Janos replied to someone else I couldn’t see as well. It looks like someone’s posts are getting, um, “redacted” might be the word.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

            Steve inspired my phillipic.

        • monkey_flower March 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

          Go to Mexico. Tell the nearest police officer you are an illegal invader and you would appreciate your free money and housing as soon as possible. They will be happy to re-educate you in the nearest Mexican prison.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

            Yes, they will grease the skids for the gringo.

    • outsider March 28, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Agreed, Greg Knepp. If Trump does nothing more than forge an alliance with Vlad Putin and Russia, he will have done the world a great service. The Obama/Hillary policies have driven this country to the brink of WWIII. I can’t believe how so many millions of ‘Muricans have been fooled by the MSM into believing that Putin has been the aggressor in Ukraine, and that Assad is the villain in Syria. That’s a feat worthy of “1984” newspeak.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

        Outsider,

        RE “If Trump does nothing more than forge an alliance with Vlad Putin and Russia, he will have done the world a great service.”

        Agreed. This is the salient and probably only positive result of a Trump victory. The rest of his platform is nice of him to bring up, but isn’t economically, politically or culturally achievable – America being what it is.

        But I can’t help wondering: if Trump is such a “threat” the establishment, why has he made it this far? Sure, he doesn’t come from purely parasitic Finance, but from Real Estate – which isn’t far behind and is completely dependent on Wall Street mandarins.

        In the Election Overview, it might be best to repost this:

        “Sanders’ base are mostly comfortable whites who pretend to be anti-racist while staying as far away from all minorities as possible. They also mock and despise poor whites. While heavily invested in Capitalism, many pretend to be Socialists, while their spoiled children pose as Communists. Sanders’ supporters are those who voted for Obama twice without feeling any remorse, for all they care about is appearing to do what’s right.

        Though the US can’t win wars, it’s adept at wrecking countries. With unprecedented spying, we also know what’s in every politician’s closet, so any career can be torpedoed at will. This also raises the question of why Trump is still left standing if he’s such a threat to the establishment? The casino business isn’t the cleanest, and just about everyone has his Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton or Pee-Wee Herman lapses. If there are no scandals to be dug up, they can be fabricated. Our press is not shy about telling lies.”-Linh Dinh.

        linhdinhphotos.blogspot.de/2016/03/america-cannot-be-great-again.html

  10. PeteAtomic March 28, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of convention schemes will take place on either side of the aisle if Trump & ole Bernie show up with near majority amounts of delegates. I’ve been listening to all of the GOP hand wringing and machinations involving “how to get Paul Ryan” as the nominee. On the other hand, the democrats and their 450-odd “superdelegates” (????) have kidnapped the nomination for Hillary, even though one state after another is going for Sanders– and overwhelmingly so this past weekend.

    So if the major parties use their corrupt rules to force a selection of unelected individuals as their nominees– I wish somebody in the media would finally admit on national TV that the US is no longer a republic. I’d love to see that admission. It isn’t gonna happen– but a revolutionary can hope, can’t he?

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

      Mitt Romney was running around actively campaigning against the man he fears is the choice of the majority of voters.
      Too bad he didn’t stand up to Candy Crowley with as much vigor.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

        And Mormons love their limp dictator – and spurned the Glorious Leader in the Utah primary.

        Is she any relation to Aleister I wonder?

        • elysianfield March 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

          “Is she any relation to Aleister I wonder”

          Janos,
          Unfortunately, there does seem to be a familial resemblance….

        • Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

          and spurned the Glorious Leader in the Utah primary. – Janos

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

          You will never catch me using the term Glorious Leader for ANY person in this life.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

            Trump stands above you like a mountain above a plain – even by your usual criterion of worth. Who has more money, you or him? Were you clever enough to go bankrupt a few times in order to become rich beyond the dreams of Croesus? Now he wants to use that jinn like cunning in service of America. We’d have to be mad not to let him.

            He was on with Sean today. Two of his sons were on last week. They told Sean what a great guy he is. But he can be very stern. One time Trump came home tired and asked one of his sons to get him a soda. The son refused, saying get it yourself. Trump hit the roof. As Trump said today in reference to that: he was very young to think he get away with that. In other words, Trump seems to follow the classic Hindu wisdom in raising children: up to five, you treat them like little gods. After five, you treat them like servants. After fifteen, you treat them like little adults if possible.

            What’s the takeaway? Trump is billionaire blue collar. He deserves our support, even if it comes to fisticuffs. He doesn’t need your money though – he has his own. You can relax on your easy boy. Send giant Thom to stand in your stead on the picket line where good and evil confront each other more starkly than has been in decades.

  11. orbit7er March 28, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Yep I think the markets are going down in a fabled “correction” this year. Personally I getting my money out of the stock market as much as possible. The subprime auto loans are going bust we here all knew they would and that is with gasoline prices still at Peak Oil lows.
    What will happen when gasoline prices inevitably go up?
    Meanwhile in the real world the banksters and real estate sprawl developers in cahoots with politicians are all back to their old tricks.
    During a visit to Tampa last week brand spanking new exurban sprawl in the boonies way out of Tampa were going up everywhere with no
    jobs, Main Streets, downtowns just the same cul-de-sac Auto Addicted sprawl and gigantic Malls with their parking lots. Guaranteed to go bust when gas prices rebound.
    Closer to home in NY- New Jersey the powers that be have announced plans to waste $6 Billion on a rebuild and expansion of Newark airports Terminal A complete with another 3000 parking spaces since of course the Happy Flying will also continue forever along with Happy Motoring. Just what is wrong with the existing airport terminal I really have no idea except that it is almost impossible to travel there on Rail/Green transit unless, per usual you are coming from New York, the true nexus of New Jersey nee York Transit.
    The new NYC tunnels canceled by Gov Christie almost 8 years ago are now estimated to be finished by 2030! A little late to do much good given existing damage to the current tunnels from Hurricane Sandy. And who knows what new extreme weather and sea level rises are in store before then given that February was just flagged as the hottest month in recorded history.
    On another front new research reveals that the US has precipitated a major increase in methane emissions – although it cannot be definitively proven to be from fracked shale gas yet, the association with record US fracked gas production makes it seem likely:

    commondreams.org/news/2016/03/23/benign-fossil-fuels-mckibben-says-theres-no-such-thing

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      If you use a taxi to get dropped off at the Albany airport, you can’t be dropped at the curb, like they allow people arriving by private auto to be.
      That thing, I don’t know what else to call it, in Malta, isn’t turning out to be the wonderful economic catalyst it was supposed to be. A factory in a forest where nobody lives.
      Meanwhile, in Schenectady, the high-rises are going to go up, to make sure none of the little people can have that free glimpse of the riverfront anymore. A large traffic circle is already planned, which will make it even more dangerous to use the bike lanes or to attempt to walk to work.
      I believe they do this stuff on purpose, to filter out the “underclass” from their employment candidates.

  12. marcus1 March 28, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Jim talks about the coming financial ruin of the US. And like most other ad nauseaum arguments of financial ruin can’t quite explain the dynamics of the disaster.

    For a country that prints its own money and has achieved the status of global currency the scenario most likely be a slow grinding down of ALL it’s creditors not a sudden collapse.

    De-evolution over a long time frame not catastrophic collapse. We have a long way to go to devolve into a Mexico type of economy.

    • uslabor March 28, 2016 at 11:14 am #

      Well said, I have a sneaky feeling we’ll be buying frozen pizzas for some time, but there is a nagging suspicion that it could all fail quickly.
      What then, who knows?

    • Helix March 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      “[L]ike most other ad nauseaum arguments of financial ruin can’t quite explain the dynamics of the disaster.”

      I seems to me that JHK is more focused on the effects of the financial ruin than the causes.

      That being said, I don’t think the causes are at all difficult to summarize.

      1. According to St. Friedman, profit is the sole concern of business. Workers’ compensation and working conditions, environmental impact, and effects of financialization are and should not be of even the slightest concern. So, obviously, moving production to places having no regulations concerning the above-mentioned non-concerns is just capital enterprise doing what it’s solely concerned with doing — maximizing profits. At all costs. Especially those costs that can be foisted off onto others.

      2. There’s a pesky problem here, which is that capital is highly mobile, while workers are not. So capital can operate in one area until it becomes a “developed” economy. You know, high prices, expensive housing, costly infrastructure, a society geared to the purposes of the corporation. And most important of all, ownership of key resources by said corporations. But developed economies tend to think that polluted rivers and sweatshop conditions aren’t all that great, and, well, capital is highly mobile. So the idea is to find a population that’s more desperate than said “developed” economy, and move operations there. The developed economy now finds that the rug has been pulled out from under it. It’s still consuming but no longer producing. The population must now either suffer an immediate reduction in standard of living, surrender assets, or incur debt — that is, surrender future assets. (Lest you think that some other enterprise will move in and save the day, you should ask yourself why, if the first corporation moved on to greener pastures, the second one wouldn’t do so as well?) This is a collapse scenario. Or possibly a long grinding descent.

      3. The final key element is financialization. Whatever else can be said about money, a key concept is that it serves as a claim on property, goods, and services, and thus a claim on people’s labor. Those in a position to accumulate large sums of it are thus in a position of great power over their societies. It’s hardly surprising that they will use this power to advance their own positions, even if — or especially if — those interests do not align with the interests of society in general. The economy as a whole will not benefit from this dynamic. Once again, this is a scenario of decline for the general population.

      4. The round-tripping of money printed by the fed through the Federal government and the Fed’s member banks is an interesting case study here. Especially as the fees and interest generated by this scheme accrue almost entirely to the financial sector, and does little to stimulate the production of goods and services. In effect, it only dilutes the wealth of those who do not participate in the scheme.

      5. The “money” we’re talking about here is fictitious money — it was created out of thin air. But at least initially, it still acts as a claim on resources and human labor. It’s yet another means to concentrate wealth in the hands of those standing closest to the printing press.

      6. Let’s not forget to mention that the newly-minted money is backed by a government bond. In other words, government debt. This acts as a claim check on the labors of the American taxpayer until the debt is repaid — which might be never. Thus the concentration of wealth will continue down through the years, draining more and more wealth from the taxpaying public. Can you say collapse?

      7. And finally, we must recognize that wealth skimming is not an unfortunate side-effect of our monetary system It’s a design feature. After all, it is a system where money and debt go hand-in-hand. And furthermore, money creation always involves fees and interest, and the money needed to pay the fees and interest is not created except as part of yet another debt. This leads to well known mathematical problems whose final resolution involves asset forfeiture. The net effect: the fruits of one person’s labor get seized by another who created the “legal” instrument to do so out of thin air. Such a simple system to strip others of their wealth is bound to incentivize abuse.

      8. Prudent regulation is needed to control such abuses of the economic and monetary system, and governments are the main institutions by which such abuses can be tempered. The response by capital has been to denigrate government oversight in all ways possible. Or, as Grover Norquist so eloquently put it, to “reduce [government] to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”

      9. Even barring such abuses, I am mystified that people don’t seem to understand that interest payments act in exactly the same way as a tax on a person’s wealth. Free-marketers hysterically decry the deleterious effects of taxes on the operation of the economy, but remain curiously silent on the tax-like effect of interest. And mentioning that we are paying that tax on _money itself_ is absolutely taboo.

      The “dynamics of the disaster” aren’t at all hard to explain. Concentration of wealth strangles an economy by depriving ordinary people of the capital and resources needed for production and the cash flow needed for consumption. Capitalism and fractional reserve banking both operate to concentrate wealth. QED.

      Not at all hard to see that this won’t end well for a lot of people.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

        Yes. And once America is utterly ruined, the factories may come back, but this time as sweat shops with no unions allowed. The Communist dream of dragging America down to the 3rd World meets the Capitalist dream of cheap labor. A marriage made in Hell. It was always destined to end this way, after all, who financed Communism?

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

        RE | “7. And finally, we must recognize that wealth skimming is not an unfortunate side-effect of our monetary system It’s a design feature. . . 9. Even barring such abuses, I am mystified that people don’t seem to understand that interest payments act in exactly the same way as a tax on a person’s wealth. Free-marketers hysterically decry the deleterious effects of taxes on the operation of the economy, but remain curiously silent on the tax-like effect of interest.”-Helix.

        You know, there’s an author by the name of Dmitri Orlov who broke this whole fundamentally absurd issue down to ‘crayon-level’ – for all the good it did.

        Check out ‘Five Stages of Collapse’ by the aforementioned – you might find it both useful and amusing. He is witty (in that dry Slavic way) and he’s a talented deconstructionist and reductive thinker…

        Cheers!

        • Helix March 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

          I’ve been to Dmitri Orlov’s blog. I love that guy! To the best of my knowledge, it was he who coined the term “‘garch” (for “oligarch”).

          At one point, I looked over his five stages of collapse, which bore some resemblance to John Michael Greer’s theory of “Catabolic Collapse.” I don’t always agree with them, but both guys are brilliant — original thinkers, and pleasingly quirky.

    • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

      I want to know when the collapse happens? 2016?

    • elysianfield March 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

      Marcus1

      ” the dynamics of the disaster”

      The day that the Dollar ceases to be the “go to” reserve currency will provide the “dynamic”. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel…and it will be a muzzle blast.

  13. noel bodie March 28, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    I’m all in for Bernie. Why? He speaks clearly and without equivocation and I like what he says…..wall street greed and fraud, fair share taxing,single payer,political revolution(he knows that his policies will NOT happen unless citizens get busy and elect representatives who will vote it in) he is disciplined and always on message. Sanders is offering the possibility of taking back the republic IF we are smart enough to do it. It will take a few election cycles to get out the dead wood.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      I’d like to reiterate that a vote for Bernie is not a vote to convert to a socialist system. It doesn’t work that way. Hillary, the centrist, is now insisting she is for all of his policies, so anyone opposed to Donald or Ted may as well vote for the true Leftist and not some me too establishment phony.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

      He talks about the “over policing” of Black neighborhoods. This is chilling indeed. Will he support them when they come in to White areas to take what’s “theirs”? So far he has done everything but crawl to them.

      • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

        The office of the AG just released a warning to federal court systems that their funding could be cut unless they stop issuing warrants and fines for simple crimes because they “adversely effect minorities”.

        Basically, lynch has told federal judges that their courts will shut down if they don’t give blacks a get out of jail free card. Think I’m joking? No… she wants to create “amnesty days” where arrest warrants can be paid away.

        google.com/amp/nypost.com/2016/03/27/ag-loretta-lynch-wants-to-let-nation-break-law-without-conseque…

        • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

          SBPDL.COM

          Wow, I came here to share a story about lowering the bar for black people.

          nypost.com/2016/03/27/ag-loretta-lynch-wants-to-let-nation-break-law-without-consequences/

          Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a warning to municipal and state judges across the country that their courts could lose federal funding if they don’t ease up on fines and arrest warrants for minor crimes involving poor offenders, indigent minorities in particular.

          In lieu of fines and jail time, Lynch urges the nation’s 6,500 municipal courts to provide an avenue for offenders to perform “community service” or take advantage of “amnesty days,” whereby outstanding arrest warrants are cleared for nominal fees.

          Failure to comply with these policies could trigger a Ferguson-style discrimination investigation. Already, Lynch says she’s “evaluating discrimination complaints against several court systems.”

          A strongly worded “guidance” letter, written by her civil-rights team, warns that a local court policy of enforcing warrants for failure to pay court fines and fees can have an adverse “disparate impact” on African-Americans, who are fined and/or arrested for outstanding warrants at “disproportionate” rates versus whites.

          Federal data also show that blacks tend to break both felony and misdemeanor laws at a disproportionate rate. Even if applied evenly across all races and in neutral, color-blind fashion, such policies could be found by Justice to be discriminatory.

        • Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

          …because they “adversely effect minorities”. – malthuss

          ===========

          Did she actually use the word ‘effect?’ If so, shame on her.

      • outsider March 28, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

        Janos – Maybe they’ll become the “no go zones” as has happened with the Muslims communities taking over Europe. That policy has sure gone well for them, hasn’t it?

  14. AHtheHumanity March 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    The leaders in the race to the rectum of American governance are likened to abnormal and potentialy carcinogenic groths. Wow.
    They shouldbe filtering the b.s. instead ofgrowing in it. Not even worthabiopsy.

  15. George March 28, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    “Much as I admire Bernie’s chutzpah, his particular Old Left theories of wealth redistribution do not convince – though the management of our dwindling capital surely lies at the heart of our problems.”

    I think that this is a crass misrepresentation. He understands that we have two economies, an industrial economy and a financial economy and that since WW2 the later has come to dominate and has worked to loot the other economy to the point where national bankruptcy has become imminent. The only thing that will save civilization is a declaration of a Jubilee Year and a revolution. Failing that neo-feudalism and climate degradation are the future.

    I’m working on illustrating a short book (my part is a cartoon in the margins) with two seasoned economists that’s to define the distinction between the two economies in terms that even those who’re inclined to be brainwashed by fundamentalist preachers will understand. One of these two men is a close friend of Bernie and let me assure you: Bernie knows what he’s doing.

    Trends are leading up to an economic event, one for which Bernie is ready and waiting for!

  16. seawolf77 March 28, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    The Great Ad Nauseam would be more apropos. It seems like I have been waiting the better part of my adult life for a collapse that never seems to come. The train wreck just continues, like the black spandex that covers Kim Kardashian’s ass, stretching impossibly to infinity. Oftentimes the age old paradigms remain entrenched and ensconced by the very people shouting the loudest for their death. Who would have ever believed that the British Invasion and the Hippie Movement were psychological operations run by the intelligence agencies of Britain and America, but history is proving that is exactly what happened. Remember in 1967 one man, Jim Garrison, thought the CIA had a hand in the murder of a president. Today more than 50% of Americans believe it. Would anyone believe me if I said Star Trek ran from 1966 until June of 1969, one month before Apollo 11 allegedly headed for the moon, and was actually a psychological operation that led people to believe that men could live and work in space?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      If the Werner Von Braun and the rest of the Nazi scientists had been given a free hand, we’d already be living in space, laughing at the doomed masses of the Earth. Doomed by us? By God? No, by their own inferior natures. As the mutants beneath the planet of the apes said, We are a compassionate people. We only enable people to destroy themselves.

      Once the low men are back in the places, the High Men can return and reign as is their right by every law of Nature and God.

      Since we were prevented from going into space, we burrowed in the earth and the ice. Even now our bases in Antarctica are gearing up for a great counter-attack. We are waiting now for reinforcements from Arcturus. We will strike when the stars are right.

  17. uslabor March 28, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    I am one of the ethnic minorities that “should be” offended by Trump, and yet I applaud some of his comments. One that comes to mind is his calling George W a liar in public. Imagine a Republican of any stripe doing that while running for President. Has Cruz acknowledged this fact in any way, did Romney?

    In any case I am enjoying his trampling of the GOP.

  18. fred March 28, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    I think that people don’t know what the “sides” are in the present political conflict. It isn’t Republicans vs Democrats, not Liberals vs Conservatives, not Trump vs Hillary, not Cruz vs Hillary, not Trump vs Cruz.

    It is the NWO “Globalists” vs the Nationalists. The battle lines are drawn between people like Peter Sutherland, former CEO of Goldman Sacks who sums up the Globalist view very nicely, “— that sovereignty is an absolute illusion that has to be put behind us,”

    Zero hedge:

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-24/refugee-crisis-using-chaos-build-power

    His allies include the “Establishment; the Deep State”, the giant Wall Street investment banks and their multi-billionaire owners; George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, etc. and their Washington DC stooges; Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, etc.

    Aligned against this Globalist “Neo-Feudalist” world vision are the Nationalists. Donald Trump is one of these. Indeed, he is also a billionaire, but he is a Nationalist, he does not share the Globalist vision. This is why the “Establishment” has declared all out war against him.

    People need to decide whether they are Globalists or Nationalists.
    I side with the Nationalists.

    • wpa_ccc March 28, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Donald Trump is first a globalist billionaire … anti-worker, anti-unions, hires illegals, etc. … and only second is Trump a nationalist … for political expediency.

      Bernie Sanders is not a billionaire, does not accept money from billionaires, is not beholden to billionaires, and has a consistent lifetime record of fighting for working people.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      You have spoken Truth. Tragically, Cruz deceives millions who are unwilling to spend a few minutes investigating him and his evil wife.

  19. wpa_ccc March 28, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    “… the ladies standing at each mighty column of Hillary’s azure pant-suit” — JHK

    When it comes to the first woman president … the data say women are not voting with their vaginas.

    “In New Hampshire’s primary, Bernie Sanders, a 74-year-old white man, won 53 percent of the female vote, compared with Clinton’s 46 percent.

    And his numbers among young women were astonishing: 82 percent of women under age 30 supported him.”

    82% of the young ladies are voting with their brains. There are no identity politics or political correctness pushing them to Clinton.

    Hillary’s Woman Problem
    politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/hillary-clinton-2016-woman-problem-213621

    • theConstitutionalist March 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      “And if such hypothetical figures do exist, why are they hiding in the thickets of public life?”

      Of course we exist, but why enter public life at this point? The people wouldn’t want to hear the truth from us any more than they want to hear the truth from you.

      Sometimes failure is the only way for the people to learn. They have sown the whirlwind and it is time they reaped destruction. They will have no appreciation for good government until they are disenthralled of the bad.

      At present, they are not desperate enough to hear the truth; and so, we wait.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

        Yes, the Sage cultivates his own garden. The Great Man is the savior. The vileness of Democracy must become a forgotten dream – only then will the Great Man come forth. Libertarianism, like Communism, is a philosophy of the anti-men written for the under-men. In contrast, the Great Man endorses the Biblical every man under his own fig tree. Or Huey Long’s “Every man is a King”. Or Crowley’s “Every man and every woman is a Star.” Libertarianism does not lead to this obviously. Libertarianism is the law of the jungle or as the Hindus say, the law of the fish – big eating little.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm #

      So up until this point, all you men have been voting with your genitalia? Why should a woman voting to finally have a woman in power be so disturbing an idea? I know some men who are going to vote for Hillary, because, as they put it, we’ve had plenty of lousy male presidents, it’s time for a woman.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

        Many men are rebelling against the natural order now. They will find them despised by the women they admire. Women want to look up after all. Equality is not only an illusion, but something no one really wants. It is a most potent mind weapon though – since people who don’t know life or themselves think they are supposed to want it in order to be a “good person” or at least seen as such by others. Such convolution!

        • outsider March 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

          Janos, I watched a YouTube video recently that surmised that women are biologically programmed to go after the strongest, most virile man they can get. They’ll do so regardless of country. It said that’s why so many French women willingly mated with the occupying German soldiers in WWII. It also explains why so many Euro women welcome in the near illiterate but macho migrants from the ME, teeming with testosterone. They have so feminized their native men that they don’t want them anymore.

  20. K-Dog March 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    Bernie comes on strong like a bat out of hell to beat the bat from hell.
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    doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/03/28/feeling-the-bern/

  21. Being There March 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Before the banks go down, in the name of the war on terror, they will digitize all money, so you can’t actually use paper money. This is being tested in Scandinavia. Then they’ll do a negative interest rate to take our money trapped in banks.
    Yes it’s gonna be a dark day indeed.

    • pequiste March 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

      Good point on the testing of digitized “money” only test in Scandinavia.

      It is part of a multiple variable experiment that also has an axis for “refugee” invasion and another for Christianity elimination.

      All three together have the Scandinavians, Swedes especially, jumping for joy at the prospect being “chipped” and by the banning of Absolut vodka and Victoria Silvstedt images.

      • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

        Our president used the holy weekend to scold Christians and promote Muslims who don’t even live here. Right after that, there was that horrible Easter attack on mostly women and children in Pakistan. Even if you are not a Christian, and no one has to be a Christian, I don not think it was proper for the man in our highest office to be so insensitive to the fact that this was a special occasion for so many Americans, and we didn’t need to hear propaganda for his pet Muslims.

        • Helix March 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

          Any references for Obama’s scolding Christians and promoting Muslims over the weekend?

          • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

            Here lix,

            Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U …
            President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has …
            [Search domain freebeacon.com] freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-praises-muslim-cl…
            More results
            Obama Rips Bible, Praises Koran – Breitbart
            Obama has a history of insulting Christianity and Judaism while upholding Islam.
            [Search domain http://www.breitbart.com] breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/06/obama-rips-b…
            Obama Praises Muslims And Islam On Day … – Sword At-The-Ready
            As Jihadist kills 4 Marines – Obama issues Official Statement PRAISING Muslims The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 16 …
            [Search domain swordattheready.wordpress.com] swordattheready.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/obama-praises-muslims-and-isla…
            OBAMA PRAISES MUSLIMS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS : Catholic League
            Bill Donohue comments on President Obama’s remarks last night at the White House honoring Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan: Last night the president said …
            [Search domain http://www.catholicleague.org] catholicleague.org/obama-praises-muslims-human-rights/
            40 Shocking Quotes from Barack Obama on Islam and Christianity
            Obama’s quotes on Islam: 1. …
            He praises Islam for being so “tolerant” and criticizes Christianity for not being accommodating enough to Muslims.

            [Search domain conservativetribune.com] conservativetribune.com/obama-islam-and-christianity/
            Obama praises Muslim immigrants for helping build America …
            President Obama celebrated the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with an Iftar dinner Thursday night, quoting the Koran and praising Muslim immigrants for helping build .

          • Helix March 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

            >”Here lix,”

            Yeah, I’m definitely on your side now…

            >”Obama Praises Muslim Cleric Who Backed Fatwa on Killing of U …
            President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has …
            [Search domain freebeacon.com] freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-praises-muslim-cl…”

            This article is dated September 24, 2014, not “over the weekend.” And the cleric cited was urging his followers to fight off invaders — in this case, us. You would be doing the same thing if it was your country being invaded.

            > More results
            > Obama Rips Bible, Praises Koran – Breitbart
            Obama has a history of insulting Christianity and Judaism while upholding Islam.
            [Search domain http://www.breitbart.com] breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/06/obama-rips-b…

            This article was dated 6 Feb 2015, not “over the weekend”. Obama was pointing out that no one has had a monopoly on brutality, which is hardly the same thing as “scolding Christians and promoting Muslims who don’t even live here.”

            >Obama Praises Muslims And Islam On Day …
            >– Sword At-The-Ready
            As Jihadist kills 4 Marines – Obama issues Official Statement PRAISING Muslims The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 16 …
            [Search domain swordattheready.wordpress.com] swordattheready.wordpress.com/2015/07/16/obama-praises-muslims-and-isla…

            This article was dated July 16, 2015 , not “over the weekend”…

            >OBAMA PRAISES MUSLIMS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS : Catholic League
            Bill Donohue comments on President Obama’s remarks last night at the White House honoring Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan: Last night the president said …
            [Search domain http://www.catholicleague.org] catholicleague.org/obama-praises-muslims-human-rights/

            July 29, 2014, not “over the weekend”.

            > 40 Shocking Quotes from Barack Obama on Islam and Christianity
            Obama’s quotes on Islam: 1. …
            He praises Islam for being so “tolerant” and criticizes Christianity for not being accommodating enough to Muslims.
            [Search domain conservativetribune.com] conservativetribune.com/obama-islam-and-christianity/
            Obama praises Muslim immigrants for helping build America …

            Article not dated, but copyright is 2015, not “over the weekend”. I read the list. Some points I agreed with, others I didn’t. I don’t know the context of comments like “10. I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.” But I asked myself that very same question years ago. And I came to the same conclusion that Obama did.

            >President Obama celebrated the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with an Iftar dinner Thursday night, quoting the Koran and praising Muslim immigrants for helping build .

            Well, at least it’s an event that happened last Thursday, which I guess is close enough to “over the weekend” for some people’s purposes. So let’s see, Obama is hosting a dinner to mark the end of Ramadan attended by Muslim officials and businessmen. And — I’m shocked I tell you! Shocked! — he focuses on the positive contributions of the Muslim community in America. The horror!! He even takes such shocking quotes from the Koran as “Whoever does an atom’s weight of good, will see its results,” and “people should be free to choose the God that they worship however they choose, to practice their faiths freely, or to practice no faith at all.” Oh, wait, our own constitution says something to that effect, doesn’t it?

            You know, I don’t really care for Obama’s performance as president all that much. But he actually doesn’t look all that bad next to this kind of drivel.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

            You asked and he told you. But of course, you never had any real desire to know. You support Islam because they hate America and the West. That’s it. Full stop. You don’t know anymore than that nor need to know anymore. That’s everything for you.

          • Helix March 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

            You asked and he told you. But of course, you never had any real desire to know.

            Not true. I asked because I hadn’t heard this and wanted a source to the horse’s mouth. What I got instead were references to articles on conservative web sites that had appeared years, months, or weeks before the “holy weekend”.

            But I read the articles anyway. What I found were articles whose headlines were twisted representations of their actual content. I guess some people are happy with that.

            You support Islam because they hate America and the West. That’s it. Full stop. You don’t know anymore than that nor need to know anymore. That’s everything for you.

            Also not true. I believe Islam is at odds with our way of life and our values on a number of fronts. But I also believe that our country and our European allies have acted in a very provocative manner toward Middle Eastern Muslim countries — in some cases since the 1950s — and that these provocations have resulted in highly predictable blowback. No one’s hands are clean in the chaos and destruction that has overtaken that region, ours included.

            As for the rest of your insulting reply, it doesn’t deserve comment.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

            So would you admit that Islam’s endless attacks on Europe for a thousand years or so are also very provocative?

            And btw, North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Middle East were all Christian before being conquered by Islam.

            Face it, the Jihad was going to recommence whatever the West did or didn’t do. That is the nature of Islam: it is a Civilization that destroys other Civilizations.

          • malthuss March 29, 2016 at 12:45 am #

            Any references for Obama’s scolding Christians and promoting Muslims—I gave it to you in fucking spades, nitwit.

            over the weekend?–you didnt specify which weekend.

          • outsider March 29, 2016 at 2:32 am #

            Perhaps these comments about Obama siding with Muslims over Christians are correct. But, how to explain that our “Muslim” president has been so good at killing them? And bragging about it? He’s destroyed more wedding parties than that infamous dope W.

          • Helix March 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

            @malthuss re “Any references for Obama’s scolding Christians and promoting Muslims—I gave it to you in fucking spades, nitwit… over the weekend?–you didnt specify which weekend.”

            My question was directed at Beryl of Oil, who claimed “Our president used the holy weekend to scold Christians and promote Muslims who don’t even live here.” I simply asked for references so I could find out more about what happened.

            What I got instead were references to right-wing screed that didn’t even cover the weekend cited by Beryl of Oil. But I read the articles anyway and found that, in a number of cases, the website headlines seriously misconstrued the actual content of the articles.

            Pointing this out provoked a number of insults, especially from you, which I guess is what anyone who asks for supporting evidence for claims of this kind should expect anymore.

            The bottom line is that I still haven’t gotten any references to Obama’s alleged infractions over the “holy weekend”, which was all I asked for in the first place.

          • Helix March 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

            @Janos Skorenzy

            “So would you admit that Islam’s endless attacks on Europe for a thousand years or so are also very provocative?”

            No question that Christian Europe and Muslim Middle East have been violently confrontational over the centuries. For quite a few centuries, though — lets say from when the Moors were ejected from Spain up through the end of WWII — an admittedly uneasy line of demarcation had been established wherein Europe was predominantly Christian and the Middle East and North Africa were predominantly Muslim. It’s my understanding that, before this relatively stable arrangement emerged, the attacks went both ways.

            “And btw, North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Middle East were all Christian before being conquered by Islam.”

            Could be. But if I recall my history correctly, the conquest of the Middle East took place some 1400 years ago and North Africa the century after that. I hope we’re not planning to rekindle the hostilities there as well!

            “Face it, the Jihad was going to recommence whatever the West did or didn’t do. That is the nature of Islam: it is a Civilization that destroys other Civilizations.”

            Who knows? The fact is, none of us will ever know whether that’s true or not because history didn’t go that way. In the actual course of history, the west has been meddling in Middle Eastern affairs since at least the 1950s, with outright invasions and occupations since the 1990s. One can always argue that the hostilities were provoked, but any honest and realistic assessment of that region’s recent history must conclude that no one involved has clean hands — especially us — and the blowback coming from the widespread devastation in that area at the hands of the US and its European Allies was predictable from the beginning.

    • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

      It will create a black market of untold dimensions. Bitcoin, pre-1964 silver and unconfiscated bills will be in great demand.

      The banking industry estimates 8% of Americans don’t use banks at all and 20% are “under banked”, that is, they tend to use check cashing services and payday lenders. In other words, they live in the cash economy.

      Also, there is the illegal drug economy. Just because the traditional medium of exchange goes away, it is not going to eliminate an estimated 100+ billion dollar market.

      • Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

        Bitcoin, pre-1964 silver and unconfiscated bills

        ===========

        Correction: pre-1965

        • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

          Copper pennies, 1982 and before.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

        @ SteveO:

        You might want to take a look at this:

        money.visualcapitalist.com/all-of-the-worlds-money-and-markets-in-one-visualization/

        ‘Money’ just isn’t what it used to be.

        Cheers!

      • pequiste March 29, 2016 at 1:11 am #

        Barter will make an ENORMOUS comeback when the Evil bastards ban cash. People will trade all manner of goods for goods, goods for services, and services for services. Price discovery will return to a new normal.

        Cigarettes, whiskey and bullets will be prime trading anywhere, just like the good old days. (Hence the existence of a government entity that specializes in those things : Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (The ATF.)) Economists, especially Keynesians, will be used for target practice.

        And oh, BTW, half dollars, those are Kennedys, 1965 through 1970 are 40% silver content.

    • Beryl of Oyl March 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

      This is true. It is ridiculous that as prices have risen, our ability to use a single bill to pay for things has diminished. All they have to do is state that the 500 dollar bill is a favorite of drug dealers/terrorists, and the ‘War on’ whatever the bogeyman is trumps all of our rights, freedoms, and even our preferences. I saw the notion floated the other day, we’ve got to get rid of that $100 bill, criminals love it, to Hell with those of you who don’t wish to use banks, credit, debit cards, or have a ‘credit’ report dossier handy for all to see.
      Anyone else notice the US Postal Service trucks being used on Sundays, by employees of private industry (I heard Amazon)? They have to literally run to keep up with their schedules.
      I believe that our government taking away the less expensive shipping option for sending packages overseas is a giveaway to Amazon as well. When you have to spend more than double the cost of your gift to send a present to a loved one living abroad, it forces you to resort to using online retailers, and also forces you to use electronic payment so the government can track all your spending. I didn’t vote for this.

  22. teddyboy46 March 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    When the grifters can’t cash their checks — or move their pixels into the accounts receivable column — they will be immobilized. JHK

    That is really the heart of the matter, isn’t it. That is when the bottom will fall out. Imagine if you will.

    Wall Street Grifters chasing ever shrinking Executive Buffets until they end up at the Open Door Mission praying for money.

    • Helix March 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

      Not going to happen. When that crunch comes, what will happen instead is that debtors will be stripped of their assets and a new monetary system will be devised. In this system — surprise! surprise! — the ‘garchs will be made whole and the masses will remain stripped of their wealth. Then it all starts over as the ‘garchs snap their fingers and the newly desperate masses snap to attention.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

        @ Helix:

        The problem with your prediction is that there’s no way make Reality “snap to attention” when the “‘garchs” snap their fingers.

        You will recall that Depreciation has never gone away, and the past 25 years of what can only be referred to as a “capital strike” (via malinvestment) have starved the market’s supporting infrastructure – you know all that stuff that makes ‘aggregate demand’ happen.

        The upshot is what you see: cratering demand for commodities, energy usage, shipping, labor, &c…. Every previous aristocracy thought that they could just “snap their fingers” and finesse away starvation, but that never turned out as well as planned.

        😉

        Cheers!

        • Helix March 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

          Well, it will indeed be entertaining to watch the show!

          I make my prediction based on the fact that resources are required to support human populations, and the goal of the ‘garchs (h/t Dmitry Orlov) is to control that population and arrange it in such a way as to accrue all economic surplus to themselves.

          The main way to do this is to control resources and capital. To the extent they can do this, they can control the necessities of life, and thus the population dependent on these necessities.

          It’s a fine line. How to extract as much as possible without tipping the population into rebellion. As an aside, such a rebellion might fare poorly given predator drones and ubiquitous surveillance, but that’s another story. Any rebellion would be disruptive and is to be avoided.

          But thus my prediction. “Depreciation” (Deflation?) is indeed upon us, which is going to be very tough on debtors. Thus any assets that serve as collateral are at risk of forfeit. This is effectively a transfer of the wealth embodied in the asset to the creditor.

          Clearly, though, this cannot benefit the creditor class beyond the point where all assets of value that can be stripped in this way have been. The present monetary system (which implements this wealth-stripping mechanism) will be left in place until this point is reached, along with all the QE, ZIRP, NIRP, twisting, etc. needed to keep it on life support. And when that point is substantially reached, a new system can be put in place to establish a monetary “clean slate”.

          But that “clean slate” will do nothing to loosen the ‘garchs hold on the wealth and resources of the country. Thus they will be in a position to snap their fingers. And the masses will be in a position only to snap to attention, or to stage an insurrection.

          • MisterDarling March 30, 2016 at 3:49 am #

            Hello Helix!

            RE | “But thus my prediction. “Depreciation” (Deflation?) is indeed upon us, which is going to be very tough on debtors. Thus any assets that serve as collateral are at risk of forfeit. This is effectively a transfer of the wealth embodied in the asset to the creditor. . .
            Clearly, though, this cannot benefit the creditor class beyond the point where all assets of value that can be stripped in this way have been. The present monetary system (which implements this wealth-stripping mechanism) will be left in place until this point is reached, along with all the QE, ZIRP, NIRP, twisting, etc. needed to keep it on life support. And when that point is substantially reached, a new system can be put in place to establish a monetary “clean slate”.”-h.

            Clearly you’ve given the issue some thought, however you may formulated the situation incorrectly. The thing critical to getting ahead of a Collapse (one whatever scale the collapse dynamic is operating) is remembering that it is NOT a 2-factor problem. More than Time & Capital/Resources are involved. Collapse is _fundamentally_ a 3-Factor issue: Time, Resources & __Requisite Infrastructure__ (to control the interaction of the first two factors).

            This is something that scales and generalizes. For instance, an organism can have all the time and air/water/temperature/barometric pressure needed to maintain life functions at optimal levels, but it all doesn’t mean a thing when it has a sucking chest wound – and so it’s vital signs collapse.

            Scaling this up, organizations – from small businesses or soup kitchens to transnational corporations and empires often perish in a sea of plenty – simply because they no longer (whether because of internal rot, or external force) have the means to make things work. As I’ve mentioned before, Rome – existing in a time when wind, water and muscle power were the primary energy sources – didn’t perish because there was a shortage of people to enslave and/or pay to run things.

            Where things get intellectually ‘frisky’ is gauging how disconnected any given set of leaders are from understanding that it takes more than time and resources – that there is in fact a “fine line” between maintaining, running and extracting from the machinery of their empire, and letting things go so far that it breaks down for an irredeemably long interval.

            Generally, during the birth of an enterprise, nation or empire leadership is keenly aware of keeping it all in balance – knowing & embodying this and *precisely* this is the secret of their fortune.

            The problem arises with the second, third and usually final fourth generation of their inheritor/descendants. Each generation becomes more complacent and distracted. Priorities go awry. The final generation has no real grasp of what any of it means, or where their wealth and power comes from – *that* was handed off to servants of their families long ago – and they fail to realize that these people (who ostensibly know how things work and how to do them) are themselves losing the ability to get anything done, outside of the ‘wealth-effect’ warp-bubble of their masters.

            This is process of disconnection drives the process of collapse in human systems. As the priorities of the ruling class go awry, the healthy maintenance of the organization goes by the wayside. By the time that the erstwhile ruling class detects that something’s wrong it’s too late (they are far too insulated).

            Our civilization-wide Collapse is not that technical, a lot could have been done to keep things moving in the right direction, but ours is a civilization where a small number of people own most of the wealth and power on this planet (they spend a lot to hide that simple fact), and they had other concerns.

            Where we are right now is a place that is after the critical ‘machinery’ of empire has fallen apart (pricing mechanisms, &c.), and right at the time that the 2nd-tier managing leadership are figuring out that nothing they’re doing is working – QE failed to reverse the deflationary down-spiral in 2014/15, ZIRP and NIRP failed and are failing to stabilize Europe and Japan right now.

            What this means is that the global trade/wealth-extraction system will continue to fail. That means that everything else dependent on it will go as well – and that means billions of people. The critical control ‘signal’ or input in our global system is money, and as that dries up so do critical capabilities and activities. This will happen even though *technically* there’s still plenty of fossil fuel ready to burn, people to use it, and even more money to encourage people to perform.

            However, none of that can be brought into play under current market conditions. Why? Because to do so would cause the value of wealth assets to collapse, so the owners of these assets will keep doing what their families have always done to gain wealth – they will create and attempt to control scarcity. . . Which will steepen the rate of their descent.

            To be very clear, Collapse does not *have* to happen – when the human factor is taken out. From a purely objective standpoint the situation is salvageable. But when humans and their irrational wants, needs, power-trips and delusions are factored back in, it is inevitable. Ultimately the power to change our collective fate is (theoretically) in ‘our’ hands. The problem is in Human Resources – at the top – and the culture that they’ve reworked to suit their needs. Since those things are bigger than you or I and reinforce each other, they’re beyond our control. Like the character said: “at a certain point, my hands are tied”…

            In our case, we are ruled by a post-industrial financial elite who are as far as they can manage away from a tangible grasp on anything I’ve been writing about – intentionally. Divorcing themselves from the nitty-gritty reality of the tangible economy has been their life’s work – because that makes it easier to not have to think about where their money comes from, and how, what the price of each manipulation is in terms of human lives and misery, what it means, what it is and what they are.

            Well girls, “nothing lasts forever”.

            😉

            Cheers!

          • Helix March 30, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

            @MisterDarling – Thank you for a thoughtful reply. That doesn’t always happen here!

            I pretty much agree with the points raised in your post. One topic I’d like to examine further comes from this paragraph:

            Where we are right now is a place that is after the critical ‘machinery’ of empire has fallen apart (pricing mechanisms, &c.), and right at the time that the 2nd-tier managing leadership are figuring out that nothing they’re doing is working – QE failed to reverse the deflationary down-spiral in 2014/15, ZIRP and NIRP failed and are failing to stabilize Europe and Japan right now.

            The question is, as always, “working for whom?” Sure, the main street economy seems trapped in a long, grinding decline, but who cares? The stock market is cruising back up toward all-time highs! The DJIA now stands 7000 points above its level the week before Lehman Brothers collapsed and 4000 points above its all-time high prior to that. The market for prestigious art works and mint-condition classic cars has gone parabolic. The former editor of “The Daily Reckoning” web site closed up shop and went into the luxury yacht business. The industry was booming, an opportunity that he simply could not pass up, and so demanding that he could no longer devote time to what had been a premier economic web site!

            So I question the popular view that QE, ZIRP, etc. have not worked. From what I can tell, from 1%ers point of view, it has been nothing short of spectacular.

            OK, so the “investment opportunities” I mentioned above do not directly impact the man on the street, but there are many areas that do. Housing is a particularly chilling example. As of 2013 (the last figures I could find), there had been more than 7 million foreclosures since the housing bubble popped. Whatever the owners had put into those houses is now gone. And more than 9 million homes were seriously underwater. The owners of those homes are effectively slaves to the lenders. Their only options are to stay and continue to pay overpriced mortgages or leave and turn their backs on the money they put into those homes.

            Now it takes two to tango, so the above-mentioned homeowners aren’t blameless in what happened, although I’m guessing that for every “flipper” I’m guessing there were many people who looked with alarm on the skyrocketing prices and felt that they must either buy now or rent forever. But the chilling part is what happened to all those foreclosed homes. Virtually all were held on the books of the lenders at “mark-to-fantasy” valuations, then sold to “investors” once the bad paper could be shunted off the Fed during some “QE” operation.

            So the end result was as follows: the lenders were made whole courtesy of the Fed. A whole new landlord class sprung up, smelling the opportunity presented by drastically reduced housing prices. And the former owners were effectively stripped of their investment in their former home. It’s a 1%ers dream come true.

            But that’s just the beginning, because people need a place to live. The number of owner-occupied homes decreased every year between 2007 and 2013, while the number of rental properties soared. In effect, the rentier class has erected a toll gate on a resource needed by all people. Time will tell if this is a one-off event, or a trend.

            So what about food? First, I’ll just mention that farm and ranch families comprise only about 2% of the US population. In other words, 98 out of 100 people are dependent on someone else for their food. But let’s go on. It’s no secret now that Monsanto and other firms are actively pursuing the patenting of living organisms. The goal is profits supposedly more efficient food production. But the large number of aggressively pursued lawsuits filed against farmers who saved seeds that had been cross-pollinated by GMO crops grown on adjacent farms suggests that the ultimate goal is control over the food supply. Another toll gate on a vital resource.

            Who knows how far this will go? It would hardly surprise me if you are proven correct on the ultimate fate of our civilization. But it is nonetheless fascinating to try to foresee the road by which we will get there.

  23. chuckyzfr1 March 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    What a great post! That first paragraph was phenomenal, and it kept on rolling just smashingly right up to the end. JHK’s blog is something I look forward to every Monday, and this one did not disappoint! Honestly, no one could ever know for certain when the inevitable event horizon will occur; it could just as easily be long after we’ve all passed off this mortal coil, but regardless; JHK makes our current ideocracy more bearable!

  24. Florida Power March 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Our host writes: “This grotesque Deep State lumbers from one misadventure of governance to the next consuming its prospects for a plausible future in a fugue of autophagy…”

    Interesting literal use of the Word of the Week. Just want you to know it did not go unnoticed.

    Trump despite his admirable policies is in league with the Generals so no revolt likely there. Generals don’t revolt anyway since they tend to be political creatures without the boldness of disgruntled majors or colonels. No, if anything there will be the most-anticipated, longed-for credit crisis as confidence totally erodes — assuming the insurgents are shunted aside by the Establishment.

    Hilary may have lost some caucuses but she picked up George Clooney and Barbra Streisand — two cultural icons sure to move the needle among the slobbering masses. There’s still a ways to go before The Big Money counts the votes.

    • Helix March 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      Re: “[I]f anything there will be the most-anticipated, longed-for credit crisis as confidence totally erodes”

      I’m not so sure. The Titans of Finance do in fact learn. From the ’30s they learned to keep a depression from getting deep enough to give rise to another FDR. From 2008 they learned to not allow a TBTF to go down and create total chaos. They did recover from that little faux-pas rather nicely, thanks to the trillions of dollars extracted from US tax payers to shore them up.

      It’s a fine line: how to engineer a recession deep enough to strangle debtors and seize their assets, but not deep enough to get sucked down with them. Time will tell if they’ve learned exactly where that fine line is.

      • Florida Power March 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

        “From the ’30s they learned to keep a depression from getting deep enough to give rise to another FDR. ”

        They learned how to hide it with EBT and the other appurtenances of Great Society sleight-of-Hand. No images of soup lines in the morning paper. Just enough buy-off to keep the huddled masses intact until the card refills.

        There is sentiment in the blogosphere that a repeat of 2008’s bailouts is politically impossible and Congress will find itself between a rock and a hard place when the Minsky Moment arrives. Dodd-Frank ranks derivatives above demand deposits. Should the USA wake up to a Cyprus event the conspiracy theorists will at last have their day, for what that will be worth, unless Krugman’s trillion dollar coins — lots of them — can keep the dream alive.

        • Helix March 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

          Re: “There is sentiment in the blogosphere that a repeat of 2008’s bailouts is politically impossible and Congress will find itself between a rock and a hard place when the Minsky Moment arrives.”

          This could well be true. So it will be done in a backroom deal rather than as public policy. And you know what? The ‘garchs will walk away with the loot and the public will get hosed. Again.

          • Florida Power March 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

            What is wealth? The wealth of Nations? At bottom it is the skill and daring of the people. Martin Armstrong tirelessly points out that following WW2 the Japanese had nothing other than their culture. No gold, no federal reserve notes, no American Express membership reward points.

            Neo-fedualism is a delusion. The manor house and the Lear Jet depend on an army of worker bees. Without the bees there is no wealth.

            Bernie gets this and possibly the Donald.

            If the public lose their savings they will vote no confidence in ways we can only imagine. Let’s hope it’s not the French model.

          • Helix March 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

            I agree with your definition of wealth, at least in part. I would go on to include the resources utilized in skilled production, and the products of that production process. I think most people agree that ownership of farmland is a form of wealth (resource), as is a house (finished product).

            That being said, I’m not so sure neo-Feudalism is a delusion. There are many ways to get a person to apply his skill and labor to a task, and many ways to appropriate the products of that skill. Up until recently, the US has had a successful wealth-production system because the proceeds were distributed to a greater or lesser extent to all who participated. It worked well because it was based on rewarding skilled effort.

            But Feudalism had a very long if not illustrious run because it had another mechanism. Namely that the resources needed to support human life were controlled by one class of people, and access to those necessities was only granted in return for servitude. The fact that this system lasted for many centuries attests to its effectiveness, if not its efficiency. Or its humanity.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

        Helix,

        So far it seems that imposing NIRP is a bust – in that it has the opposite effect on the market from what’s intended. Instead of forcing savers to spend & consume – thus ‘stimulating’ the market, it forces savers to pull cash OUT and hoard. . . Thus the run on cash safes in Japan recently.

        From a Behavioral Finance standpoint this is another exciting validation of Kahneman & Tversky’s Prospect Theory. It seems that people truly are much more Loss Averse than they are Reward Attracted… As well they should be, from a Darwinian standpoint.

        😉

        • Helix March 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

          “So far it seems that imposing NIRP is a bust…”

          I never saw any sense in NIRP either. It’s “a step too far”, all but guaranteeing a flight of money from the financial system.

          On the other hand, ZIPR, QE, etc. are probably the only things that have kept the current system afloat for as long as it has.

          • MisterDarling March 30, 2016 at 3:55 am #

            “On the other hand, ZIPR, QE, etc. are probably the only things that have kept the current system afloat for as long as it has.”-h.

            For a time it did – up until the Summer of 2014. Many of us were dismayed that things were ‘handled’ the way they were back in the Fall of 2008. Not just because what it would lead to, but what it said about their grasp of the situation. We were horrified.

  25. newworld March 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    What makes a person of the Left readable for me is that they acknowledge reality and JHK does that from both sides. A normal leftist will just use the talking points that reference reality and then slide down the rabbit hole of the usual utopian jibber jabber that excites those with out critical thinking skills.

  26. DurangoKid March 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    The reptile brain is still alive and well in the human head. As such, humans for the most part still have a difficult time understanding their primate brain invention, money. Most of what we experience is still filtered by the lizard. Most of how we behave is driven by the lizard, also. Money is just too abstract for the hordes to get their minds around. And therein lies the rub. A few of the monkeys dream up new ways to scam the lizards out of their dough or run the printing press on overdrive pretending that wealth will magically appear to match a torrent of new cash. Lurking under this is the problem that the thermodynamics of wealth creation seem to have hit a snag somewhere. That money has lost its meaning is no help in the matter. The shake out will come when the lizards and the monkeys realize that economic growth is a hoax brought about by the genius who dreamt up the heat engine. Damn you Thomas Newcomen.

  27. Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    Way off topic but what gives with this trend?

    Comment count for the week of:

    2/22 … 775
    2/29 … 655
    3/07 … 521
    3/14 … 500
    3/21 … 424
    3/28 … ???

    Cat got yer tongue?

    • Helix March 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Better weather? Less time in front of the keyboard?

    • ozone March 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

      Q.,
      1.) Some of us would rather not be tarred with the brush of right-wing crankery and circle-jerkery that will be wielded with joyous abandon shortly. I notice that these ‘sage commentaries’ contain no mitigation strategies other than the adulation of cruel dictatorship and “cultural morality” enforced by the threat of extinction. I happen to enjoy the holistic criticisms inherent in JHK’s weekly observations, but deplore the ideologically-blinkered shallowness of the responses to them.

      You guys go ‘head; have at it. BTW, happy troll-feeding! 😀

      2.) Don’t discount the suspicion that comment sections are a nicely remunerative psy-op wet dream. There’s a lot more self-censorship than you might imagine. Giggle on that.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

        Yes, we need Strength and Morality. What planet are you on? You want weakness and immorality? Is your only moral precept not to judge people? That’s not you btw, since you judge constantly.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

          In fact, you obviously have a very strong moral code. But not only do you refuse to use the word, but you can’t stand explaining where you stand on things in general. You seem to be for some kind of redistribution of wealth, but exactly what kind? You refuse to answer, instead going into an incoherent rage and accusing people of being government agents. The only way you seem willing to express yourself is thru your music, some kind of politically correct death metal. And that’s not most people’s cup of tea. We want classic rock, folk rock, or blue grass.

      • ozone March 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

        Ps. to Q.,
        I hope you’re not in any way anxious about this discernible decline, as it appears to me that your views about unfettered capitalism and air-profit are being supported by the majority of the comments here. You should be feeling quite comfortable and self-congratulatory in the midst of your ‘peers’. No worries, eh?

      • ozone March 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

        ….speak of the devil and he appears! Nice verification.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

          When Light appears, Darkness flees. Bye Zone.

      • MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

        Hello Ozone!

        Welcome to another wonderful week of cluster-fuckery. Crawl in and find a cozy spot. It only hurts a little – at first.

        RE | “I notice that these ‘sage commentaries’ contain no mitigation strategies other than the adulation of cruel dictatorship and “cultural morality” enforced by the threat of extinction.”-oz.

        Yeah, I’ve noticed the same tendency. I guess it’s far easier to just *a c c e p t* the ball-gag or bite the pillow, than do any actual w-o-r-k on clear-n-present high-impact Risk Events. Whatever. . . these are the same people who lay down and “die out of it” when the going gets rough. Do what we can & keep moving forward, I say.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

          And you’re still calling the Muslim invaders “refugees”, right? The first step as per Confucius, is to call things by their true names. Then – and only then – can one ask the right questions. Then – and only then – does one have a chance of getting the right answers and a clear picture of what is going on. Then one can decide what is to be done. Of course most people prefer to go charging off with half baked ideas as per our involvement in Iraq.

          Be humble. You’re still struggling with the first step.

  28. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    Suppose even that Hillary as a former leader of the former core of the unipolar world will be able by hook or by crook to achieve nomination at the convention of the Democratic Party. It will only mean one thing – split of the Democratic Party, half of the Democrats will refuse to vote for her in the general elections.

    As for the Republicans, there is also a rearguard action by the neocons that are already inclined to vote for Hillary against Trump. Preventing Trump’s nomination on the first ballot may work out, but it will only lead to political bargaining by the neocon opponents and the nomination of a compromise pair where Trump is likely to be a candidate for vice-president.

    The split in both parties, with the departure of the neocons and clintonites into active opposition to incite riots and revolts of States against the Union, is inevitable as the sunset. The only question is whether the establishment of both parties is sufficiently scared of ongoing crisis and understands that such steps are dangerous not just to the existence of the parties.

    Urgent Obama’s visit to Cuba after Pope and the Orthodox Patriarch visited it, too, is associated with an attempt to prevent a disintegration of US, at least for now during a critical phase of the global crisis. Loyalty of Latinos in the western states would be essential in case Hillary attempted to play the Ferguson card of black riots as a way of pressure on the establishment.

  29. Horzabky March 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    “President Trump — really? We would be lucky if it only resulted in a revolt of the generals”

    Mr Kunstler, the generals would revolt only if their salaries were not paid. You can trust the Donald to understand that, he has signed paychecks for decades. The generals won’t revolt.

    According to opinion polls, the troops support the Donald. Their own troopers would not follow the generals if they revolted.

    What all the soldiers of the world like most is a pay raise and no war. The Donald will give them that and they’ll be happy.

    • Despatch from HQ INGSOC March 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

      Here in Airstrip 1 we pay our Generals well, ‘specially Police Generals.

      And they have that generous pension to think about, and all the perks!

  30. Despatch from HQ INGSOC March 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    If we can keep the EBT Cards charged up, the Section 8 payments rolling, the Food Stamps coming in (50 million strong), SS Disability payments going out, unemployment checks in the mail, you will know the Proles are still under control, pacified, and safely confined to their Zones, and you are safe. Bur if you get word this stops happening, the $$$ stops flowing from City Hall, State Capitols and Washington DC, brother, drop everything and head for the hills, because it means show is over!

    • SteveO March 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      Don’t forget pot legalization. Then they can legally get stoned and play video games. Total pacification.

  31. goat1001 March 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Since the Deep State is suffering from a bowel blockage, a fistula, the obvious solution is for Dr. Gupta or Dr. Oz to prescribe a shipping container of X-lax, taken twice daily along with 700 barrels of Fletchers Castoria to wash them down. Then there are the side effects… The most obvious one will be when the elixirs take effect the sh*t will hit the fan!!!

    • pequiste March 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

      Finally, a prescription (Rx) we can believe in!

      How much Charmin are we going to need for all of this anyway?

      • goat1001 March 31, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

        Deep State can no longer afford Charmin. They will have to use Dollar General brand tp….

  32. Bro Jobe March 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    I am beginning to feel the first breezes that precede the sucking sound of the giant implosion JHK mentions.

    At an event on long-term planning for higher ed, a university President had the cojones to say that the era of steady growth in endowments is over.

    “Things have changed structurally in our economy,” he said, adding that we’d not see solid 7% returns in our liftetimes. That school plans to cut expenses where it can.

    It won’t be enough in a full-on implosion, but some leaders know the gig is up. That makes them leaders.

    • chuckyzfr1 March 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      Which University President actually said this, pray tell Bro Jobe?!

      • Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

        some leaders know the gig is up. – Bro Jobe

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

        It’s jig, not gig.

        Which reminds me….. as to another of its meanings, what is the origin/rationale for the word “jig” as an unflattering name for Blacks? And why is it unflattering? This is another term (like ‘shine’) that my father would use occasionally.

    • BackRowHeckler March 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

      Bro’ Jobe, what about ‘free tuition’, one of the main pillars of the Bernard Sanders platform?

      brh

  33. Cold N. Holefield March 28, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

    A new movie is in order — inspired by this blog post.

    A Fistula of Dollars

    Maybe Clint can direct it. He did such a fine job at the last Republican Convention. How could Romney have lost?

  34. Cold N. Holefield March 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Q. Shtik: Way off topic but what gives with this trend?

    What can I say? I have a chilling effect on people.

  35. Hospice Man March 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    JHK I think you’re waiting for the wrong disaster. The Forex trader and the Berlin bomber won’t be what takes the game down. It’s going to be that king tide in Miami that doesn’t recede. If rising sea levels take out the American Riviera (and by extension, the Florida keys–it’s hard to see anybody being able to drive from Boca Raton to Key West if there isn’t a Miami left), you won’t need human foibles to tip over the world’s apple cart. There’s also that pesky Turkey Point nuclear plant Souh of Miami, already leaking like a sieve and sitting only a few dozen inches above rising sea levels itself. The disaster is baked in, and the insurance bill for writing off the Sunshine State south of Palm Beach will be unpayable regardless of how long the Fed runs the printing presses.

  36. Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    “I notice now we are supposed to think of the addicts as tragic victims.”

    Did I miss something? I never heard that. Helix

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

    Seriously? You never noticed these people used to be contemptuously known as ‘drug addicts’ but now they are said ‘to suffer from substance abuse?’

    • malthuss March 28, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

      Alcoholism is a disease?

    • Helix March 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

      Re: “You never noticed these people used to be contemptuously known as ‘drug addicts’ but now they are said ‘to suffer from substance abuse?”

      I guess I’m just not paying attention. At least not paying attention to people who talk like that.

      By the way, how’d you get the cool italics,/I> into your post?

  37. Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    How it burns them that real change is coming to America from ordinary Americans – and not the “educated cadres” of Marxism and Anarchism. You had your place of honor in the Universities. In other words, the System you supposedly despise bought you out.

    Can you imagine a right wing terrorist being allowed to teach in Academia? No? Then explain why Bill Ayers is so allowed. Face the dread truth: You are the Establishment. Now do what you know you must do, what you have always said they deserved.

    • BackRowHeckler March 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

      I was thinking about this when I read leftist groups are threatening to disrupt the Dem and Repub national conventions (presumably by rioting). Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn and their ilk managed to land cushy sinecures later in life in academia despite their being fugitives with warrants, many arrests and convictions, jail time etc. But how many jobs for these kind of people are out there? Some dumbass college kid from State U protesting Trump in Cleveland, out raising hell in the streets, and picks up a rioting or assaulting a police officer charge … those charges stay on your permanent electronic record ’till the end of time. !5 years from now when he’s got a wife and kid to support and needs a job bad he very well might be left holding his hand on his ass, thinking back on those halcyon days when he taunted police and smashed things up over something nobody even gives a sh-t about anymore. Who’s gonna hire him when there are 50 other applicants for the same job with 0 criminal arrests? alls I can say is you have to be a goddam fool to be out in the streets rioting.

      brh

  38. Q. Shtik March 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Hillary’s history – Iraq war support, owned and operated by Wall Street, put together some rather questionable policy as secretary of state, potentiality indictable for mishandling classified data, – SteveO

    ===========

    …not to mention an incredible winning record as a rookie cattle futures trader.

    • malthuss March 29, 2016 at 12:46 am #

      What bout the Pez Give away gone wrong? In NJ over the weekend.

      Was the melee due to White people?
      I cannot find good photos online.

  39. FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm #

    National press now openly calls on H.Clinton to concede the nomination to Bernie

    It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders

    huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/its-time-for-hillary-clin_b_9555422.html

    As I said before, due to huge underlying shifts in the global politics, Hillary is no longer needed. Globalists/Neocons lost, Isolationists won.

    It is going to be painful for US to concede the ownership of the main Planet’s printing press and will require a period of transition filled with hardships.

    But the alternative is much worse – the annihilation of human race in a nuclear Holocaust

    • FincaInTheMountains March 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm #

      But look at the bright side – Wall Street won’t be needed as well.

      Besides, all that “mystical” financial technology is not that mystical after all, and we could easily replace the entire Wall Street with USPS neighborhood banks.

      • BackRowHeckler March 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

        We have a couple of youngsters here ready for college, and believe me, we are looking forward to free tuition. When will free tuition commence? It’d have to be Fall semester, 2017, no?

        brh

  40. Helix March 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Trump, Cruz, Hillary, and Bernie are signs that this poor paralyzed country needs to go through a convulsion to flush out all the toxic idiocy of this historical moment.

    If only that were enough. The problem here is that someone has to build something from the wreckage once the rubble stops bouncing. That’s where our dysfunctional everyone-gets-a-pat-on-the-back system of education comes in. Or, rather, doesn’t come in. “Flush[ing] out all the toxic idiocy” seems to suggest a recovery will be in the offing once the dust settles. I’m note so sure this is in the cards.

  41. toktomi March 28, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    Lions and tigers and “Semtex”, oh, my
    Don’t breathe the word, not even on sly.
    It sounds like that echo heard ever more,
    “Be the agent of change and vote C-4.”

    It used to be humor but not these days
    It’s in the air, in the people. It is the craze.
    Don’t be heard to sound like all of the rest
    But it just might be for the ultimate best.

    I truly don’t believe in popular change
    It’s a mess, a bunch of cowboys tearing up the range.
    But a nice little implosion that folds it all in
    Elites collapsing the system, soon to begin.

    ~toktomi~

    • tucsonspur March 28, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

      You’re a poet, but don’t realize it.

      Whatever happened to the more traditional verse like,

      Roses are red, violets are blue
      My blade will stick you
      Thru and thru? 😉

      • toktomi March 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

        Oh, thank you.

        You are equally, astute.

        ~toktomi~

    • bukowskisghost March 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

      I guarantee that Skorenzy was NOT popular in high school. In the words of a Vietnamese prostitute, ” He angry for long time.”

      • Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

        What’s her number?

        • malthuss March 29, 2016 at 12:49 am #

          The microsoft robot was hacked. Thats why she began to talk about Hitler.
          The whole “Tay” debacle is comedy at its finest. Note to any brave comedians out there, this is prime material.
          Unmentioned in this edition of TWTP, “white supremacist” hacker weev exploited printer ports left open and unsecured on the Interwebs. He broadcast an “anti-Semitic” message to a dozen universities and other organizations, whose printers dutifully printed a message bearing the words “WHITE MAN ARE YOU SICK OF THE JEWS DESTROYING YOUR COUNTRY THROUGH IMMIGRATION AND DEGENERACY?”
          A valid question, in my opinion.
          The weeping, hair-pulling, pearl-clutching and gnashing of teeth that followed was, at the very least, hilarity at its finest.
          See breitbart.com/jerus
          At first she babbled in Ebonics, but got more sophisticated as she learned from Fascists.
          Soon she was HACKED and saying things like “Hitler was right” or “Whites are the highest race” – but with her own unique personality.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 2:24 am #

            Yes, Weev epitomizes the new paradigm. We must offer up our varied gifts to the service of the threatened White Race. I didn’t know that he did this until you told me, but I approve of course. It’s just a more efficient way of doing what I described. It lacks a bit of the poetry, but poetry per se isn’t going to get the message out.

  42. themetalmystic March 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    That opening sentence was the most genius and hysterical line of gallows humor in the long history of commentary on human folly. Great visual. I am going to head over to Patreon and do the needful on the basis of that opening line alone. Well done JHK.

    As for political action, it is too late. The system of governance is too big, and the only viable solution is for it to be defunded and thus dismantled – or as the cubicle zombies like to say, right-sized.

    The fraud enabled by our late Imperial system of government won’t be eliminated until its lifeblood, tax revenue, is reduced via an open tax strike. Voting does not matter. Americans do not have the knowledge much less the courage to undertake such a measure – probably for the reasons that you continually outline – they lack the knowledge much less the courage to change the system. They think voting, manic tweeting and facebook meme posting are the answer. No. The beast must be starved.

    As Morpheus once said, “Most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured to, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”

    That the majority of people who believe in casting their vote who are opposed to the Deep State are counting on an avowed socialist whose policies would only swell its coffers and the scale of its poverty inducing ineptitude says it all. Given a blind taste test of policy agreements, the majority of people would be the most anti-deep state voters of all – Libertarian voters. But, the feckled populace of this once great nation doesn’t have the confidence or courage to cast their vote for and try their hand at self-sufficiency and the responsibilities of liberty and living in a civilization of voluntary, cooperative, mutually beneficial interactions in a true free market.

    The neo urban migrants have too much invested in living in their gentrified oblivions in the big American cities. They are too busy trying to convince themselves how cool they are, spending all their inflated salary and/or trust fund money that they won’t need once their startup gets past its 15 years of red-ink running, capital bonfire fanning, incubation period and hits the big time with an IPO.

    I live in that world. I know these people. I work with them. They just aren’t going to do it. After all, doggy day care apps, biofeedback cloud analytics apps that tell them they walked 3 miles today, and self-driving electric cars will save the world, enable greater efficiency and make the economy boom – Wired and TechCrunch said so!! You see, we are all going to get rich advertising to one another!! Boom! Done! Winning! Technology!

    If anything, if Hillary wins, maybe we can finally discredit the rotting corpse of modern progressivism, and the deep state it rationalizes and enables with endless self-congratulatory moral badges and participation trophies of do gooderisms. If it collapses under her watch and name we have a chance of an honest accounting on the other side.

    If The Hairpiece wins, then the state-debt subsidized real-estate speculator disguised as an industrialist discredits free market capitalism for many generations to come.

    In either case, I am sure the ever distracted neo-urban hipsters will learn to love the taste of those locally sourced, organic, urban farmed rat kabobs. You see, the economy always turns back around, and prices and salaries always go up. That’s just how the world works! Now, pass me that bushy beard conditioner. I’ve got an artisanal whisky tasting to attend and then tickets to this highly ironic jug band playing in Bushwick later tonight.

    Thanks for the laugh and the continued analysis. You are a great writer.

  43. Pucker March 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    According to Talbot’s book, “The Devil’s Chessboard”, retired CIA chief, Allen Dulles project-managed JFK’s assassination.

  44. Pucker March 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Allen Dulles’s sister’s Jewish husband killed himself by sticking his head in the oven.

  45. Pucker March 28, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Have you ever considered teaching in the Chicago inner city schools?

  46. Pucker March 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Have you ever considered teaching English in the Chicago inner city schools?

  47. MisterDarling March 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    Good Fences = Good Neighbors

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-28/trump-wrong-about-border-wall-one-stunning-chart-has-answer

    The idea that physical barriers on borders don’t make a difference is nonsense. You really have to ask yourself: who are these people who want to do away with all borders? Then ask yourself: what have ‘free trade’ agreements ever done for me?

  48. Pucker March 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    In 1941 SS Colonel Walter Rauff oversaw the development and operation of a fleet of “Black Raven” vans in which victims were sealed inside and asphyxiated with exhaust fumes.”

    • Pucker March 29, 2016 at 12:36 am #

      “Wow! This van’s loaded! Air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, power seats, Dolby stereo—Happy Motoring! What does this button do?”

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      Solzhenitsyn talked about the “Black Marias” which the secret police drove. He said they should have dropped flower pots on their heads and ambushed them in stairways. Instead the people went meekly to their doom.

      • BackRowHeckler March 30, 2016 at 7:15 am #

        Odd thing is, in 1938, the years the Red Army was purged (88,000 officers liquidated) even top Generals with their own security staffs, in remote areas where they certainly could have defended themselves against the NKVD if they had so chosen, went meekly to their doom.

        brh

  49. Janos Skorenzy March 28, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/poverty-crime-excuse-smashed-poor-blacks-commit-four-times-the-crime-of-poor-…

    The time for lies is over, friends. Start here and see the Negro as he is – not as you would have him be or as the lying Academics pretend that he is.

    The idea that everything is simply a function of economics is simply wrong. Now did I say that it had no effect at all? No I did not. Marxism is dogmatic, saying that economics is everything. Don’t apply that black/white logic in reverse to National Socialists.

  50. BackRowHeckler March 29, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    BREAKING NEWS! (as they say)

    Homey takes 3 rounds to the stomach in front of Walmart, down on Flatbush Avenue, in apparent ‘drug deal gone bad’.

    Holy Shit that’s right down the street from where I’m working right now!.

    and when do these drug deals go good? When money changes hands, when the customer is satisfied, when nobody gets shot.

    Victim not dead, is in critical condition in Hartford Hospital. One shooter has been arrested. Case closed.

    — brh

    • pequiste March 29, 2016 at 12:45 am #

      Not case closed BRH.

      The nausea is just getting started:

      Homey got shot; in critical – needs how much medical (not “health”) care? Surgery? ICU? Rehab? Who pays those bills?

      WE DO.

      Homey maybe recover; police try and find shooter.
      Maybe locate drug dealer shooter. Rap sheet a mile long in many cases. Arrest; arraign; lots and lots of going to court. Lawyers, defense motions…..the whole shebang! Who pays for all that?

      WE DO.

      Maybe get conviction for shooter. Some more “corrections”: are in order (the other four times just didn’t make the right impression on this poor misguided budding entrepreneur and video game enthusiast (also baby -daddy to seven fun (and welfare) loving little ones. Who gets to pay for the incarceration of this misunderstood -victim? Who pays for the baby-mommas fecundity and their issue?

      WE DO!

      Now I’m going to puke.

      • sprawlcapital March 31, 2016 at 10:50 am #

        Pequiste–

        We need to remember that all these legal, medical, and “welfare” expenses are income for a lot of people. That is, they add dollars to our nations growth in GDP. When our puke economy is growing, it is considered healthy. Some irony there, no?

        • pequiste March 31, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

          Sprawl,

          I think that is the sorcery part of Hyper-Finance Capitalism.

          Taking activities something based on human foibles and pathology and turn it into business, very Big Business.

          In this case first comes the “Criminal Justice System.” Wave the D.O.J’s. magic wand and presto – it becomes a machine of mighty economic power. In America’s case something to the tune of perhaps $250 Billion. You are so right how it creates jobs, income and whole communities for many, many folks (2.2 million Americans incarcerated & paroled, fuel for the machine.)

          bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5519

          But no doubt the medical part of the Hyper-Finance Capitalism world is a marvel. Some statistics have it valued, in terms of U.S.A. GDP. to approximately FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS! Out of total GDP of +/- $17 Billion – – simply Brobdingnagian.

          forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2014/02/02/annual-u-s-healthcare-spending-hits-3-8-trillion/#c2033c1313df

          data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD

          Thankfully the irony has the effect of an emetic.

  51. Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 3:03 am #

    jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/vaxxed-the-abc-news-interview-that-big-pharma-didnt-want-you-t…

    Good information about the Hollywood/Big Pharma nexus. DeNiro tried to be a man but got called into the woodshed and got spanked instead. He emerged shamefaced, a boy again. Perhaps he would have never worked again in Hollywood if he had refused? But hasn’t he done enough already? A glorious career by any estimation. He couldn’t need the money. But there are all the intangibles, the friends who would turn away from him. The clubs and parties no longer inviting or accepting him. None of that is easy.

    So big Pharma wins again. I don’t know the answer. Was the technology basically good until they started putting mercury and aborted baby tissue into the vaccines? Or was it always bad? Any thoughts? Something happened to make autism explode.

    • malthuss March 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

      Money talks. I dont know the exact link between Pharma and Media
      but it looks like there is one.

      I think Ed Asner has an autistic grandchild. Ed is a big pinko.

  52. wpa_ccc March 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    “Cat got yer tongue?” — Q

    Q, it is better to have 300 posts a week with some intelligent substance, than to have 1,000 posts a week with 800 of them being Asoka drivel. Let sleeping trolls with multiple handles sleep… Please.

  53. MisterDarling March 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I MUST ADMIT that I’m amused (and a little concerned) at all the finger-pointing in the direction of EBT-card bearers… After all, a lot of America’s ‘retirees’ are heading that way themselves:

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-18/i-guess-its-food-stamps-400000-americans-jeopardy-giant-pension-fund-p…

    Choicest Quote:

    “Dale Dorsey isn’t happy.

    After working 33 years, he’s facing a 55% cut to his pension benefits, a blow which he says will “cripple” his family and imperil the livelihood of his two children, one of whom is in the fourth grade and one of whom is just entering high school.

    Dorsey attended a town hall meeting in Kansas City on Tuesday where retirees turned out for a discussion on “massive” pension cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund, which covers 400,000 participants, and which will almost certainly go broke within the next decade.”

    Of course (and as mentioned before) this was called-out a long time ago:

    slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2005/05/the_cramdown_decade.html

    “Cram Down”… It’s what’s for Breakfast!

    😉

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      They contributed already, in both senses of the word. In contrast, the Basketball Americans are takers for the most part.

  54. volodya March 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    Revolt of the generals? Could happen, yet if it does, count on a shit-storm of unintended consequences, “rat kabobs”, as a necessary addition to one’s diet, being one of those consequences. A great nausea indeed. Talking about unconventional cuisine, Oligarch elites subscribe to dog-eat-dog capitalism, red in tooth and claw, as long as they’re the dogs doing the eating.

    This “Deep State” has got tough roots as some very nasty people, who have no interest in relinquishing power, are using it. And yet… I keep hearing about the 300 millions guns owned by private citizens in the U.S. Enormous firepower, don’t you think?

    So, about this “Deep State”: it looks to me, given that oligarchs subverted governing institutions to serve private oligarch interests, the oligarchs feel safe. Oligarchs have got the surveillance state, they own legislatures, they buy and sell politicians like cattle. And so, feeling safe and feeling no fetters on their freedom, oligarchs pillage all they like.

    But for people whose sole focus is self-interest, and for people of such renowned brilliance, you’d think the oligarchs would have a wider-angle view of things. But they don’t. They catch the quarterly earnings minnow and miss the sharks – like 300 million guns and the millions of Americans that have military training and combat experience.

    So what happens if some capable military men get fed up with the general state of things in America and manage to get a follower-ship of even a small fraction of those millions of gun owners? Or, worse, elements of the armed forces?

    A “revolt of the generals” as JHK sez. Oligarchs count on the obedience of police and the military for protection. What if the oligarch is mistaken?

    Do you remember that movie Nicholas and Alexandra? The movie depicts the Czar and his wife living in opulent palaces, guarded by magnificently garbed troops, that is, until they weren’t. That is, until one day they find unshaven, rifle-toting Bolsheviks stinking up the place. I don’t think this was far from historical fact.

    Some oligarchs wisely take the example. They say that such nasty things as war and revolution aren’t on their bucket lists. But I bet that the majority scoff.

    Facts can be terribly inconvenient. But, to the present day oligarch, such facts as the fate of some incomparably powerful people can be terribly relevant. The German Kaiser lost his throne and went into bitter exile. Czar Nicholas and Alexandra got dumped down a mine-shaft. Ceaucescu and his wife got blown to shit.

    Just how effective is the U.S. military? How effective is U.S. foreign policy?

    American oligarchs should take notice of the Middle East and south Asia. What have years of U.S. military occupation accomplished? Small, lightly armed bands rule large territories, that’s what. Local foot-soldiers employed to protect those rotten regimes drop their weapons and run, they throng the borders of Europe. Die for Assad and his ilk? Not bloody likely.

    What about the American soldier? If he was faced with rifle-armed, fellow Americans whose only ask is a fair shot at life, what would the American soldier do? Whose side would the soldier boy take? Would he risk his life for corrupt plutocrats?

    The oligarch class should put aside the latest quarterly report and think. They subscribe to this “dog-eat-dog” philosophy. Fine, but there’s a lot of “dogs” out there that need to eat. Because of “dog-eat-dog”, things are getting lousier and lousier. The question is where does this go? A lot of people, including oligarchs, could end up on a garbage heap, eaten by dogs.

    Oligarchs should listen to smart guys like Roosevelt. They can still be outlandishly rich, but they don’t need to eat everything. They need to make sure to spread the wealth, to let everyone have a fair shot.

    They won’t listen to a nobody like me. But will the oligarchs heed the call for common sense and self-restraint from the wiser oligarchs in their own ranks?

    • Q. Shtik March 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      What has “David Brooks’ son joining the Israeli military” got to do with the movie King Rat, which was the subject of my comment?

  55. Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/white-female-blown-up-in-brussels-had-shilled-for-islamization-of-europe/1789…

    We have to let Muslims take over in order to prove we’re not anti-Muslim – as if there’s anything wrong with being anti-Muslim. If you control the media, you can make women believe anything.

  56. capt spaulding March 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    Here’s one boomer who hasn’t lost his revolutionary ferver. I support Bernie 100%. As far as the rest of them, bad cess to all, I say.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      Here’s a short interview with Susan Sarandon, who expresses her utter contempt for Hillary. In Susan, we see all that could save us from the Left and all that dooms us as well. Her desire for a living wage is matched by her desire to open the borders. Having no feeling for math, it’s all just the feels for her. She doesn’t understand that you can’t level up, only down. Thus she is still silly putty in the hands of the Masters of Illusion, the Only Ones, the Controllers, the Thieves of Life, the Eye in the Pyramid. To quote Jim Carroll, They steal light from your eyes. To them, vision is just a costly infection.

      dailystormer.com/susan-sarandon-trump-might-be-better-than-hillary/

      Trump is not only better than Hillary, he’s better than Sanders. He wont let the Orcs sack the White Tower. Bernie most certainly will.

  57. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Smoke, but do not inhale:

    youtube.com/watch?v=Iadu_P7zdhg

  58. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    Everything’s somehow cooled down, is it not?

    In fact, nothing is calm, all went under the water, and in fact under the carpet, and I expect that at any moment a corpse of a bulldog with the collar “Goldman Sachs” will be thrown from under that carpet. And if that happens, then the bulldog will pay for it support for Hillary Clinton, expressed in those lectures, which she has read them for more than a generous fee.

    And the seriousness of the situation proves that Goldman Sachs began to make excuses, proactively proving that they did not mean to do it. In particular, they clearly are sponsoring the publication of a delirium, according to which they have provoked an economic catastrophe in 2008 by accident.

    Rather, they argue that Bear Stearns bank got slaughtered by accident, in the hope that no one will remember that the crisis in 2008 began just after disruptive Bear Stearns after their attacks was still given economic assistance, and much more conservative Lehman not! And the initiator of this decision was the senator from New York Hillary Clinton. She blabbed about it, repeating during the debate all the accusations against Lehman brothers, who were many times exposed as false by numerous investigations of these circumstances.

    wsj.com/articles/goldman-sachs-and-bear-stearns-a-financial-crisis-mystery-is-solved-1459205026?shar…

  59. tucsonspur March 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Wonderful word wizardry as usual Jim, but I disagree that Trump is one of the “giant fistulas obstructing the national bowel.” Instead, he’s more the restoring purgative that you ask for, although it’s certainly questionable whether anything can eliminate the feculence of Hillary.

    Yes, Trump has been a “punch-line of a political leader,” but he’s also been a punch-thrower of a leader.

    What does it take exactly, to be president of the US? The professorial deliberateness of an Obama? Where has that gotten us? The brilliant, intellectual insight of cowboy Bush? The casuistry of Clinton? The nefariousness of Nixon? The “royalty” of Reagan?

    Trump just doesn’t have that Washingwood wax job, that prurient polish that Obama and others have. If Trump is a hood ornament, Obama is the Carnuba wax job, hiding the dirt beneath the shine. The ultimate shine. All slick, glossy, and smooth.

    I said it here a few years ago. Sonofabitch! ” Stop Obama now or face…”. The ” …tragic consequences hereafter ” have arrived.

    • Q. Shtik March 29, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      The brilliant, intellectual insight of cowboy Bush? The casuistry of Clinton? The nefariousness of Nixon? The “royalty” of Reagan? – tucson

      =========

      Them were some nice alliterations, tucson.

  60. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    The main business of Wall Street is managing the distribution of the production of the Fed’s printing press. When, in a due course, the Fed will cease to behave as a Central Bank of the world and becomes just what it is supposed to be – the Central National Bank of United States, that Wall Street function will loose any sense, as well a their main reason to exist.

  61. Cold N. Holefield March 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    Can we rename this blog post The Great Fistula?

    I love that word. It’s so anal.

    Janos was panicking when he couldn’t gain access today. He thought he might have to lynch an “N” word. CFN is therapy for him.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

      In other words, you support the firing of the Coach who said, Blacks run fast. And the executive who used the word “niggardly”.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

        I support nothing and no one except Corey Lewandowski and Donald Trump.

        Admit it, you were sweating. Without this outlet, you can’t resist the urge to get the rope out.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 29, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

          Yeah me too. The reporter is a trouble maker. So what if she got a couple of bruises? Corey is strong and that’s good. She probably deserves worse.

          We either stand together or we’ll hang separately. Give up your Libertarian illusions. You can go back to them once we’ve secured the Nation.

  62. FincaInTheMountains March 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Mass media is gradually changing the TV picture for those of you who still don’t get it.

    Hillary’s Ouuuuut!!!!

    finance.yahoo.com/video/whalen-hillary-clinton-weakest-democrat-094541142.html

  63. Cold N. Holefield March 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Oh, come on! How nefarious could Nixon have been if he got caught? Not very. I suggest it be changed to the negligence of Nixon and the cocksurety of Clinton. And the banality of Bush Sr. and the brilliant bungling of Bush Jr.

    • tucsonspur March 29, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

      Not bad, Cold, not bad. But your ” Admit it, you were sweating. Without this outlet, you can’t resist the urge to get the rope out “, was good.

      I think that Janos knows that he’s more than okay by me, and he just may heat you up a bit.

      Normally I wouldn’t intrude and be so mischievous, but this could really be fun!

      • Cold N. Holefield March 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

        Janos and I go way back. I knew him when he was a wee lad. He was quite an artist. If only the Jewish gallery owners gave him half a chance. If they had, he never would have given up masturbation and become a human sperm whale. Damn Jews.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

          Where do you stand on David Brooks and his Israeli gun toting son?

          Just answer the question big mouth. Don’t make me harpoon you. You try to be Captain Ahab but you’re really Ishmael.

          • Cold N. Holefield March 31, 2016 at 6:38 am #

            I can’t stand him and pay him no attention unless I’m forced to type about him like you’re making me do right now. He’s nobody as far as I’m concerned, not even King Rat.

            This is part of your problem and Q. Shtik’s problem. You give these professional liars truck. Why? Just say what you think & feel yourself, don’t appeal to some form of authority and vicariously let the likes of David Brooks or David Duke do it for you.

  64. wpa_ccc March 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    For those still keeping score:

    1 … FBI

    3 … Apple

    0 … Importance of phone’s contents

    • Cold N. Holefield March 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm #

      As it turns out, the whole story is a Red Herring. The FBI has expert hackers to crack the code and have used them successfully in the past and will use them to get into the phones of the CIA-sponsored Terrorists responsible for the Brussels Bombings.

      I think the purpose of the news story was to get people on the side of the FBI, and as it turns out, most everyone is amenable to Fascism, meaning, they side with the FBI until the FBI comes for them, which it will one day, and maybe one day soon. I can’t say I’ll feel much sympathy for them when that day comes. They invited it.

  65. wholy1 March 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    JHK on fire, again. Gets me reminiscing about days of enjoying a barf from snorting to much uncut skag. Me thinks “Murikaa” is getting there. More thankful everyday to be on a piece of arable, unencumbered inland rural dirt upon which “growing it is knowing it”. Best to you James, residual “lefty concepts” and all!

  66. Sticks-of-TNT March 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    Attention CFN Shitizens:

    This morning I was unable to bring up this website. Each time I tried I encountered the following:

    THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.
    CONTACT YOUR HOSTING PROVIDER FOR MORE INFO.

    I won’t go into the details of my effort to get on the website, but suffice it to say I tried everything I could think of for a couple of hours on multiple devices and a couple of different hosting providers. The problem was unique to kunstler.com. I had no problem accessing other websites.

    After finally giving up early this afternoon, I did not try again until mid-evening when I was finally successful in bringing up the website. I have looked at the front page (home) and scanned this blog for an announcement concerning this issue and have found no mention of it. However, I noted there were no comments posted between one by Janos at 3:03AM this morning until a post by wpa_ccc at 1:40PM this afternoon, a most unusual silent “dead zone” of more than ten hours.

    Perhaps this issue has already been addressed. If so, I missed it and apologize for taking your time to deal with it again. Regardless, if anyone else has encountered this problem and/or can offer an explanation for it I would be most grateful.

    Perhaps I’m guilty of some offense which I am unaware of and my punishment has been the virtual equivalent of “standing in the corner” for a good part of the day. If so, being banished to the wilderness has not been pleasant. It has, however, made me appreciate more than ever the time spent here and the camaraderie I have enjoyed with you, my fellow CFN “shitizens.” A visit to the Patreon page is overdue.

    Sticks-of-TNT

    • Q. Shtik March 29, 2016 at 11:15 pm #

      His server crashed. I emailed JHK and got a response back an hour or two later. Eventually the site came back on stream.

      • Sticks-of-TNT March 29, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

        Thanks Q.

        • mikecarrick March 30, 2016 at 12:16 am #

          yeah, sadly it is back up and Janos is still spewing Nazi bullshit.
          too bad.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 3:26 am #

            So you want the site shut down because of me? You are a true American Hero. The Living Constitution will get rid of that 1st Amendment crap. Mike don’t like it.

    • elysianfield March 30, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      Sticks,
      No, Q is being disingenuous

      .you were banished. We all voted and you squeezed by with a small majority…better be on your “P’s” and… “Q’s”…double secret probation, you know….

      I also was banished, and spent some time mulling over my sins, real and imagined. I did find, in the PM, a message from the site, in my junk box….so there was a notification.

  67. I AM SULLY March 30, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    Another great post. I agree with you (JHK) that Bernie seems “legit” … but I honestly have no faith in our system to even allow a true opposition candidate to emerge. Therefore, I’m not likely to be suckered by Bernie or Trump rhetoric. Like you, I see the USA on a precipice – and the other side? After the tipping point? – who the hell knows … I describe it to my friends as hang-gliding off a cliff, over the ocean, and their are hundreds of little islands you can land on … some are close and easy (the most likely ones), some are further away. The closer “islands” are the uglier ones, “world war”, “global tyranny”, “chaos and civil war” … but there are gentler islands, further afield … they are simply harder to reach … probably not enough thermals. The reality is our (America’s) “drunken walk” will likely orbit the strange attractor called “unrealistic expectations” and “denial” until the whole shebang comes crashing down. This is very depressing.

  68. Dentshop March 30, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    A revolt of the generals?

    Hahahaha! Maybe 130 years ago. Even if they stopped getting paid they wouldn’t lift a finger. They would shrug their shoulders and just work for free, retire or be fired. What a joke.

    There will be no revolution. There will be no civil war. There will be no economic meltdown. It will be a slow, sorry molasses flow into Whatever-ville.

    … and finally enough will be enough.

    Nope. We will just keep copping it forever.

  69. BackRowHeckler March 30, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Sanders might win.

    Is free tuition at State U still on the table?

    We have a few youngsters in this house right now who are backing Sanders for the sole reason of free tuition at the University of Connecticut and the 3 other State Universities (who just announced tuition is going up another 5% next year)

    Let me tell you something, if Sanders wins, and tuition isn’t free in the fall of 2017, you’re going to have some pissed off kids on your hands, and some might disappointed parents.

    For this isn’t like Obama’s bullshit promises like rolling back the seas and lasting peace with the Muslim world (there’s a laugher), something not ephemeral but real and concrete, and Sanders had better come thru.

    brh

    • FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2016 at 8:56 am #

      Before federal-funded tuition funds could be disbursed, strict (probably federal) standards on qualification exams should be implemented.

      When I was getting a free tuition and a stipend from the USSR, it was strictly linked to my successful passing of very rigorous exams, no multiple-choice bullshit; one had to demonstrate problem-solving capabilities on the oral and written exams.

      No free lunch.

    • Q. Shtik March 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Let me tell you something, if Sanders wins, and tuition isn’t free in the fall of 2017, you’re going to have some pissed off kids on your hands, and some might disappointed parents. – BRH

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

      I was on the horn with Trump last night (we chat now and then) and I gave him a suggestion how, in one bold stroke, he can counter Bernie’s free tuition and Hillary’s gender based attraction of the female voter:

      Offer Free Breast Augmentation to any woman under a DD-cup or to any male-to-female transgender. He loved the idea – called it “a stroke of genius” – and said he’d run it by Melania. 🙂

  70. BackRowHeckler March 30, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    Any CFNers see ‘Frontline’ last nite on PBS?

    ‘Inside Saudi Arabia’

    What a place! The Kingdom is on shaky ground to say the least.

    One of the predictions JHK made in ‘TLE’ is that Saudi Arabia could go down and it looks like he might have been right.

    If that happens it could make events in nearby Syria look like a Boy Scout Jamboree.

    brh

    • Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 9:13 am #

      If Bernie doesn’t come through on the free college tuition, I’ll settle for free bagels with smoked salmon (no lox, please) & cream cheese.

    • Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 9:17 am #

      Everything and everybody’s going down eventually. The real talent is guessing when.

      The Middle East is obviously unsustainable in its current form. The population will have to be significantly culled. Nations will be dissolved and borders redrawn. Decades of civil war will accomplish this so long as The West bars the gates from refugees and keeps supplying the bloodbath with weapons and ammo.

      • BackRowHeckler March 30, 2016 at 11:20 am #

        Yeah, that’s the thing CNH.

        Saudis have the most modern and up to date weaponry, bought from us.

        It won’t be amateurish barrel bombs packed with nails like the Syrians are deploying. It’ll be ultra hight explosive smart bombs manufactured at the Rathyeon Factory that don’t miss.

        brh

        • Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

          True. It’s the one thing America still does well — it makes excellent weapons and ammunition right here in the U S of A. For now, although no doubt with all these “Free” Trade Deals all that will be outsourced ultimately, as well.

          However, at this rate, Russia may catch America and surpass it considering the show they put on in Syria. I agree with you that it looks like that was at least part of Russia’s intent in Syria — to showcase their military prowess to include their new & improved technology.

          Hillary promises to put a stop to it by escalating it to a nuclear war and incinerating the planet in the process. Save the village by burning the planet to ashes. It’s probably a good idea. We won’t have to worry about Climate Change any more. Hillary’s slogan is Make The Universe Great Again — by ridding it of pesky, destructive humans.

    • cbeard March 31, 2016 at 10:21 am #

      Yes I saw the Frontline piece. I agree the implosion of the House of Saud might make Syria look like a picnic. It may start another meteoric rise of fuel prices also, or maybe not. Who knows.

  71. AHtheHumanity March 30, 2016 at 9:45 am #

    The whole global vs. national thing was discussed on NPR. Kerry was whining about how Trump is scaring the global leaders. So the current Sec. of State is promoting the former Sec. of State for President. Does anyone really think those ensconced in power will really give it up that easily? This is what the race is all about; seeing what a real shift in the power base looks like. Someone recently said that Obama’s two terms is proof that the Presidency is not all that influential in Governing the nation. Yet, the last Republican prez practically put the most free nation in the world under martial law.
    Please, you can not trust what anyone says, least of all the press.
    The press has their own agenda motivated by their POWER to influence the public’s (global) perception of what is actually going on.
    Come to America and live here and know what it’s been like for us over the past 20 years.

  72. Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    The office of the presidency is extremely powerful. The President himself/herself? Not so much. The actual person is a figurehead, or better yet, a bobblehead — someone groomed and selected for the position precisely because they won’t go rogue and will do as they’re told to do. Trump is not that person. He will go rogue — in fact, he has already, and he will not do as he is told to do. There’s no way the Deep State will let him hold that office. He can’t be compromised, and if he can’t be compromised, he doesn’t meet the qualifications for POTUS and must be stopped by whatever means to include assassination if necessary.

    • Q. Shtik March 30, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      won’t go rogue and will do as they’re told [to do]………
      and he will not do as he is told [to do].

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

      IMHO “to do” is superfluous in ^these^ sentences.

      • Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

        Agreed. You’re welcome for throwing you a bone every now & then.

        How does it feel to be Back in the Saddle Again? It must feel marvelous to be riding high on your Pink Pony in front of all your crotchety geezer friends here at CFN.

  73. volodya March 30, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    I don’t remember King Rat but I looked it up in wikipedia and it sounded interesting.

    • MisterDarling March 31, 2016 at 2:57 am #

      Hello Volodya,

      King Rat was a great book – and a ‘parable for our times’ in a way. Recommended…

  74. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    “Hillary’s gender based attraction of the female voter” — Mr. Q

    So, Mr. Q, what do you think, is the main factor here female solidarity or female jealousy?

    • Q. Shtik March 30, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      Given a choice of a woman president or big tits they’ll go for big tits.

  75. FincaInTheMountains March 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    President Obama in his speech quite transparently hinted that the destruction of the US political culture, which is expressed in some widely known features of the current election campaign, is largely due to the fact that journalists are no longer fulfilling their duties.

    syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/03/read_obamas_speech_on_press_politics_at_syracuse_university_…

    All this is happening against the background of the scandal, in turn, linked to the fact that Trey Gowdy, head of the commission of inquiry of the American ambassador assassination in Benghazi, stopped giving interviews and made his investigation very secret, citing the fact that journalists had completely irresponsibly covered the famous 11 hour examination of Hillary Clinton.

    washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/03/24/its-been-a-secretive-bungled-investigation-conservat…

    I’d add that the press completely lay down under the Clintons, and journalists are now getting blamed in the sabotage of professional duties and complicity in the coup attempt.

    And it all was in famous article in Atlantic in which Obama has openly declared life-and-death war on his former Secretary of State Clinton.

    That article spelled out that the victorious progress of Hillary Clinton came to an end as well as the massive falsification of the results of the primaries.

  76. Cold N. Holefield March 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Jesus, Corey Lewandowsky is a real Animal. I had no idea Michelle Fields’ injuries were this serious. Poor thing. It was a brutal attack — something Daesh would do.

    twitter.com/CNHolefield/status/715229961909571584

    • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

      Aunt Bee was loved by millions for the warmth of her character. The actress who played her, Frances Bauvier, was the exact opposite: cold and obnoxious, a psychopath according to some.

      The author, an Andy Griffin/Don Knots type rube hick, tells about his own savaging by a psychopath who pretended to be a born again Christian.

      dailykenn.blogspot.com/2016/03/unveiling-psychopath.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&…

      • elysianfield March 31, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        “Frances Bauvier, was the exact opposite: cold and obnoxious, a psychopath according to some. ”

        Aunt Bee? Say it ain’t so Joe….

      • Sticks-of-TNT March 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

        A lengthy, but well-written account of the mind of a psychopath, from the perspective of the author, who happened to have one for a best friend, but did not come to recognize his true nature until many years later.

        During their long friendship, he was blinded by the “Aunt Bea” side of his friend’s personality, allowing himself to be repeatedly victimized by an ongoing stream of scams and betrayals, with increasing financial and personal consequences. The author is very analytical and methodical in his retrospective dissection of not only the brain and behavior of the psychopath, but also in his examination of his own failure and shortcomings that allowed himself to be “played” and victimized so freely in a relationship which was one-sided from the start.

        Thanks Janos for your post and link to an excellent article with current “real world” application as we CFN “shitizens” attempt to understand the motives and behavior of those whom we would choose to lead us–from the cuckoo’s nest of choices we are given.

        Sticks-of-TNT

  77. volodya March 30, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    The failure of manhood isn’t only an American failure but a civilizational failure that you also see all over Europe.

    Women got their “freedom”, while marginally employed men retreated into their parents’ basements, passive, self doubting, mocked in popular culture, openly loathed and derided by campus and other “feminists”. This is what we call progressivism.

    But, in especially Europe, progressivism has a problem. And it’s called Islam, a surge of millions of aggressive young men, who have no time for cutting edge gender politics be it about public restrooms or the complexities of LGBT identities or queer or otherwise.

    Multi-cultis might “celebrate”, um, “diversity”. But the people they let into their societies have no such celebratory inclinations. Sooner or later newcomers from radically different cultures will reach a demographic critical mass, they’ll start insisting on doing things in their own accustomed way, in their own cities and in their own neighborhoods.

    Don’t think so? I see it here already in schools and in local politics, in public behavior of immigrant women and their own offspring. They are contemptuous of what they see as degenerate western ways in the permissive raising of kids and especially in matters of public dress and sexual behavior. Can’t control the kids? Don’t know what they view on-line? Bollocks, all of it. They’ll show us how it’s done.

    In middle eastern, south Asian and north African societies kids fear their father, young women don’t do slut walks, they don’t dress how they want and screw whoever they feel like in or out of wedlock. They live in tribal societies where they’re tightly controlled by parents, husband, brother.

    The cultural pendulum is swinging back. Emancipated European women will lose their freedom. This derision of men will carry a price-tag because why should the man they mock and insult defend those that were mocking and insulting him? European women may be bitter about the “patriarchy”. They may exult at the new incoming ethno-cultural mix as a stick in the eye of their own past oppressors, apparently having not a clue about what it could portend for their own status and the laws and mores of future society. Let’s just say that in the coming years they’ll learn anew all about male domination. Rape culture? Just try complaining about sexual assault a generation from now. Chances are that the victim turns into the accused.

    The US has two wide oceans as a temporary defense. But it’s only temporary (just ask the Amerindians). The clock ticks for the United States, and for that matter, the Americas in general. The emasculation of young men, their acquiescence, their retreat from leadership (just look at this sorry-assed presidential field) is going to have long term consequences for women and society as a whole.

    Power hates a vacuum and in America, just as in Europe, the future won’t be in the hands of passive, pale-faced men steeped in compulsory self abnegation and self loathing. It’s sure to be in the hands of tougher, more resolute and self-confident men, from foreign places and foreign cultures. Against these guys campus progressives don’t stand a snowball’s chance. Wave good-bye.

    • Buck Stud March 30, 2016 at 10:18 pm #

      So you’re writing it’s a learned culture trait and not something inherently genetic?

      Jan Krandz is not going to approve.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

        No dumbo. We’ve never denied the role of environment in the formation of character (less so in IQ though). You people are the fanatics, denying any role at all to genetics, at least when it comes to your sacred minorities.

  78. wpa_ccc March 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Hey Elysian Fields, last year when nsa-soka recommended the “dollar express train” saying UUP was about to leave the station, I criticized nsa and UUP … you warned me not to be so hasty lest I look foolish. These things could take time you said.

    Well, it has been about four months now and the train has only gone backwards, has never been in positive territory and is now down 6% from the time last year that nsa said to buy.

    Does “dollar express train about to leave the station” … which nsa prophecied in 2015 … mean it was to leave the station in 2015… Or that it will leave this year? Or that nsa-soka is full of shit? The 2016 market overall has seen growth … just not UUP.

    Meanwhile nsa has disappeared. It wouldn’t surprise if nsa was one of the many Asoka sock puppets that populated CFN in the past and have slowly begun disappearing, as Q documented. Good riddance.

    • elysianfield March 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

      Wpac,
      I fear NSA was executed for his failure. His mission now rests firmly on the broad and capable shoulders of “Despatch from HQ”.
      If by dollar express, you mean the dollar’s hegemony, then there certainly has been movement by the Bric’s…it is a battle we cannot afford to lose, but which we cannot win.

      I kind of appreciated NSA’s sardonic humor…he was, near the end, becoming abusive and strident, however.

      In all honesty, I do not remember the gist of the comment you reference…UPP?

      • Q. Shtik March 30, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

        In all honesty, I do not remember the gist of the comment you reference…UPP? – elysian

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

        The symbol under discussion was UUP, not UPP. A buyer of UUP is betting the dollar will rise in value relative to the Euro, Yen and several other currencies.

        Wpa said “The 2016 market overall has seen growth … just not UUP.” This is a bit of an overstatement. It was only yesterday, 3/29, that the DJIA finally recovered to and then exceeded its intra-day high of 12/31/15 and then exceeded it further today. But the Nasdaq is still short of its 12/31/15 intra-day high. I’m not sure about the S&P 500.

        It is true that UUP is down from the point it was at when NSA made his statement that the UUP train/express was about to leave the station. I could give a dissertation on the subject but don’t particularly feel like it. I have other fish to fry.

        • elysianfield March 31, 2016 at 10:39 am #

          Q,
          Thank you. I still do not remember the context in which I made the comment…I care not for the subject of FOREX. do not understand it, do not study it, and would not comment directly on the subject. Whatever comment I might have made may have been oblique to the subject of the UUP…hard to believe, I know….

          • Sticks-of-TNT March 31, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

            I think you were merely saying, give the guy some time before you start gloating. Instead, true to form, wpa_ccc has been gloating pretty much non-stop from that time to this.

            I expect that wpa will continue gloating despite the exit of nsa and the lack of interest from those of us still remaining.

            -Sticks

  79. Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    Female Trump protestor punches peaceful Trump protestor in the face – gets maced by cop. With this and the Corey Lendowski case, we’re starting to understand why our ancestors didn’t give women equal rights. Women lie quite a bit as part of their virtue signaling and general show boating. They think nothing about ruining a man’s reputation for life over little or nothing. Being charged with assault is not a little thing that just goes away. Needless to say they will continue to do this until they face legal consequences for their false accusations.

    bbs.dailystormer.com/t/you-know-aids-skrillex-now-meet-this-sex-assault-hoax-girl/18124/2

    • Buck Stud March 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

      Looks like Tuscon was spot on last week: Trump is fading and not very gracefully. The latest Marquette poll has Cruz up by 10 over Trump in Wisconsin. (The same polling firm also has Bernie up by 4 over Hillary.)

      Oh well. When push comes to shove you’ll get in line and vote for Rafael Cruz like all good and obedient republicans. Of that, I have no doubt.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm #

        What an absolutely stupid and offensive thing to say. Cruz is scum, no better than Hillary, whom YOU ARE voting for last I heard.

        • Helix March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am #

          Re “Cruz is scum, no better than Hillary”

          OMG! Janos and I agree on something! (Thud!)

  80. Titchfield March 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    JHK claims that there’s a “failure of American manhood.” A failure of manhood is a failure of masculinity. But what’s masculinity? How is it defined?

    Liberalism, humanism, romanticism–the meaning of each of these words has expanded almost into meaninglessness. Same thing with “masculinity.” The width of its meaning gives one licence to construct one’s own definition, and one will construct that definition according to temperament.

    I can think of two European sub-groups who demonstrated and demonstrate a kind of masculinity that’s more or less the same, and that my OWN temperament recognizes as masculinity’s orthodox version: the nineteenth-century British aristocrat and the mafiosi of twentieth-century Naples and Palermo.

    The better men of both these groups ( “better” in the sense of closer to the ideal) shared the following traits.

    Physical courage.

    Loyalty to one’s fellows.

    A capacity for enduring pain and discomfort.

    A refusal to shirk necessary combat.

    A willingness to allow a lesser man to get the better of you if nothing important is lost in the process. This applies in the British case but probably not in the Italian.

    Magnanimity. I don’t know if either of the two groups I’ve named practised this trait or even if they aimed for it, but the ancient Greeks thought it important, and I do as well.

    If the kind of masculinity I’ve described is the same as the one that JHK thinks is in decline among America’s men, its continued decline is going to spell big trouble–for America.

    ————————

    “A national war of the sexes?” There is indeed such a war. It’s America’s version of the GLOBAL war of the sexes, and this war has been going on for as long as recorded history, at least. Men want what men want, and women want something else. How can there not be a war? Feminism’s main effect has been to make this war fiercer.

  81. Buck Stud March 30, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    Read this on Reddit:

    “Your neighbor, the one that mows his lawn twice a week and shovels the driveway while the snow is still falling — you know the guy, right?[Yes we do and his name is Q!] Okay, if, in November, he has to choose between a candidate who people say will increase his tax bill by $18,000 and take away his employer-provided healthcare, and another candidate who people say is going to take away the nice Muslim family down the street, how do think he’s going to vote?

  82. MisterDarling March 31, 2016 at 2:54 am #

    @ Helix;

    “@MisterDarling – Thank you for a thoughtful reply. That doesn’t always happen here!”-h.

    I deliver thoughtful replies to everyone willing & able to receive them.

    “The question is, as always, “working for whom?” Sure, the main street economy seems trapped in a long, grinding decline, but who cares? The stock market is cruising back up toward all-time highs!”-h.

    “Cruising” on the basis of stock buybacks – while starving enterprise of CapEx. The stock-market dumped more than a trillion dollars into increasing share-price at the expense of future growth – with borrowed money – over the past two years. The smarter-money knows the gig is up, and they’re paying out the major stakeholders – just don’t tell the common-stock folk and start a stampede. *Someone* has to be the rearguard in this manuever…

    Your response is interesting. You seem to be suggesting that an economy based on a Ponzi Scheme can self-sustain. You are not dumb so that leaves three other possible reasons for it: 1) You are ‘pulling my leg’, 2) your life has been a smooth arc from affluent household to well-compensated ‘comfy-yet-edgy’ job in Finance or Technology, or 3) you are vetting me. [*] [**]

    “In effect, the rentier class has erected a toll gate on a resource needed by all people. Time will tell if this is a one-off event, or a trend.”-h.

    Customers will run out of money to pay at the “toll gate” for the same reason they ran out of discretionary income to buy non-essential schlock from the Retail Industry: lack of income. [***]

    “So what about food?”-h.

    Well, why don’t you ask Monsanto?

    thedailymeal.com/news/eat/monsanto-struggling-and-plans-lay-3600-employees/010716

    Oh, that’s right… They have also fallen on hard times, haven’t they? Seems that the people of the world; a) aren’t interested in buying products with a higher life-cycle cost than they can afford in a down market, b) can refuse to pay Monsanto for services not rendered, c) do not like the idea of a foreign corporation cornering the market on their food, d) just don’t like Monsanto.

    😉

    “Who knows how far this will go?”-h.

    It will go until it collapses down to the last remaining structural elements that can support their own weight – *and* the debris on top of them. Since every minute of every day spent _not dealing_ with the structural issues of our civilization increases the amount of wreckage to be cleared away at the end of the collapse process – while simultaneously weakening the surviving support-structure through neglect and active abuse, that probably means that it will go quite a long way.

    — — —

    [*] I’ve interacted quite a lot with non-dumb people from fortunate backgrounds with no direct experience of scarcity – because they were channeled into the surviving islands of affluence insulated by QE-backed financing. They’re not bad people, but they are every bit as clueless as ghetto-folk who know nothing of economic reality beyond government assistance & the retail-end of the black-market.

    [**] If you are vetting me, please be advised that I can make room for an interesting client – but I do not work for whoever happens to make the highest offer. Have your people contact me via OTR or Jitsi, connect us and fee structures will not be discussed at our first session – I’m more interested in productive partnerships than promised dollar-signs.

    [***] The steady expansion of people out of the workforce completely is no secret, neither is the BLS’s shenanigans with it’s ‘Birth-Death Model’ and constant downward revisions. Of those jobs that have been created, well, there’s a *catch*…

    davidstockmanscontracorner.com/gig-economy-take-ii-nearly-entire-increase-in-employment-since-2010-i…

    • Helix March 31, 2016 at 11:00 am #

      Actually, my life has hardly been smooth in any respect. I grew up on a farm and am still working — definitely not in the financial sector — despite being a bit beyond what most people think of as retirement age.

      Also, I have no illusions about the current monetary Ponzi scheme being sustainable. My comments are really about our possible economic futures as the scheme unwinds. Clearly, something will come after. What will it be?

      I have two models that I work from:

      1. 2008: I was surprised that the reset didn’t happen right then. But the course of events made me wonder whether it was a harbinger of things to come. Basically, the US Government, the Fed, and the Banking system teamed up to make the financial sector — essentially the 1% — whole at the expense of the general public. Americans saw their net worth crater while Wall Street bankers took home eight-digit bonuses. Millions lost their homes, and an institutional rentier industry sprung up to take advantage of the opportunity. Net result: the public lost ground while the 1% walked off with the loot.

      Will we see more of this as the unwinding of the Ponzi leads from one crisis to the next? If so, the end result will be the 1% owning virtually everything and the masses reduced to penury.

      2. Feudalism: Both from history and my own life experiences, I can tell you that feudalism is a highly stable system. Once in place, it pretty much requires a major paradigm shift to break it. In the case of the middle ages, the paradigm shift was brought about by widespread literacy thanks to Gutenberg, the discovery of the Americas, and the Industrial Revolution coming on in rapid order. Feudalism isn’t based on any particular monetary system. It’s based on control of vital resources — arable land in the case of the European experience. Life is much more complex now, so control of other resources such as coal, oil, ores, and intellectual property will also be involved should feudalism lie in our future. I’m pretty sure that the potential of our debt-based monetary system to aid in capturing control of these other factors has not been lost on TPTB.

      So is this our future? Who knows? I think feudalism works better over smaller geographic areas than larger ones. But there’s no guarantee that the US will remain united indefinitely. The increasingly violent confrontations at Trump rallies, and particularly the fact that conservatives in particular seem to be arming themselves makes me wonder.

      By the way, the fact that Americans have firearms is probably the best check against total feudalism. Feudalism is an economic system based on a power structure. When the masses are armed, there’s only so far that you can go.

    • Helix March 31, 2016 at 11:47 am #

      @MisterDarling

      One final thought occurred to me regarding our monetary system. While it certainly has the look and feel of a Ponzi scheme, it’s not quite a pure one. It has a rebalancing mechanism, namely, forfeiture of collateral.

      When this happens in the case of bank loans, the debt is extinguished and tangible wealth is transferred from the debtor to the bank. In a way, this gives this part of the monetary system a stabilizing mechanism which pure Ponzi schemes lack.

      Federal Reserve money is an interesting case study, as the “underlying capital” in this case is based on the authority of the US government to tax the public. Herein lies the real potential of our monetary system to impoverish not just debtors, but all people who are powerless to prevent wealth extraction in this manner.

      In all cases, debt-based money transfers wealth from debtor to creditor. If the “loan” is performing, the transfer takes the form of interest payments. If the loan fails, it takes the form of transfer of ownership of the underlying collateral or future tax levies.

  83. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 3:01 am #

    Colored Western Projects are absolutely vital today to adequately describe reality. Suffice to say that the lack of an adequate description of reality on the conceptual level was the root cause not only of the collapse of the USSR, but coming collapse of Europe.

    The Western colored projects evolved from the corresponding Gnostic sects that took over the Western Europe, after it broke away from Christianity in 1054, and handed anathema to Eastern Orthodox Christians from the hands of Cardinal Humbert with the blessing of Pope Gregory the Great. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East%E2%80%93West_Schism

    One of these sects, the so-called Cathars and Albigenses, divided its members into perfecti and profaine.

    White Project binds perfecti to be good to profaine, take care of them, provide them with work and earnings, unemployment insurance, medical insurance, etc. etc., while the Western Black Project believes that profaine are half-animals and perfecti have the right and even the duty to look after their flock by limiting their numbers a la Malthus, including killing not enough useful (to them) members of the herd.

    And Red Western Project that is paradoxically closest of Western world projects to Christian anthropology, because historically denies the division of mankind into two biologically different species and considers perfecti just scams, which must be destroyed as a class, and on the top of the social pyramid lifts profaine – “just a man.” This becomes especially clear if we replace perfecti the bourgeoisie and profaine with the proletariat, or as they say in England, working class.

  84. AHtheHumanity March 31, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Wait a minute…the press won’t let the latest misogynistic statements of Trump go by easily…yet…they blame the political opposition for not letting it slide. What? When did reporting news change to making the news? Just report the retraction and let everyone make up their minds EVEN IF YOU DO NOT AGREE!!!! Now the Republican nominee should be the one that most resembles Reagan. Which statements are more ridiculous? Punishing women for not keeping their legs closed or having a Reagan impersonator contest? I think it’s the latter. You can’t be anyone other than who you are I don’t care how many speech writers you have.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      Yes, women can’t be blamed for anything. That’s a constant in our ever devolving system. That’s the way women want it: full rights and zero responsibility. And they vote in greater numbers than men. Thus Democracy is intrinsically flawed system when they are allowed to vote. Women’s role must be a subordinate one in a viable civilization. They are existential slaves – if we define slave as one unwilling to take responsibility for their actions.

  85. Frankiti March 31, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Mencken said that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

    Sartre believed that nausea erupts from man’s recognizance of his place in an indifferent world.

    The great nausea is witnessing same idiots demand better.

  86. Despatch from HQ INGSOC March 31, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    The Proles are stirring, restless in their squalor and ignorance; they sense something has changed. Sometimes they catch a glimpse of the small aircraft hovering above.

    The Drone program is being run by the Ministry of Truth, HQ, Airstrip One.

    Drones greatly expand our capabilities. Nowhere is safe.

    You are being watched.

    Big Brother Sees all, and hears all.

  87. sprawlcapital March 31, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    SteveO–

    On 3/28 you asked what I thought of your list of the reasons why Hillary is not trusted. Good list.

    I want to point out that if it were not for the problems you enumerated, and others, Hillary’s staying married to Bill would bring her admiration and sympathy. As it is, though, her enduring marriage just makes her look more craven and cynical.

  88. volodya March 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    …this poor paralyzed country needs to go through a convulsion to flush out all the toxic idiocy…sez JHK

    The Dirty Thirties served exactly that purpose. It was a convulsion that flushed out all the toxic idiocy. So it wasn’t all for nothing.

    The 2008 disaster MIGHT have been such a convulsion had the Treasury and the Fed not been so intent on sustaining the unsustainable. Why did they do it? Maybe they had (and still have) no earthly idea what else to do.

    All they’re doing though is buying time. The problems that resulted in the 2008 crap-out haven’t gone away as we see by ever expanding NIRP. Maybe they’re hoping that events intervene. Events, dear boy, events, said that Brit PM.

    Hmmm, what could Fed governors be thinking? A good war maybe?

    But, for now, we just have these local ISIS-style insurrections. Nothing world-wide, nothing requiring a massive call-up, a massive mobilization, a massive ramping up of idle industrial capacity to make war materiel.

    Oops, isn’t American industrial capacity sitting in China? Does the Fed know this?

    Oh well, the guns of August haven’t started booming. But, when they do, maybe the Chinese will sell us cannons from the factories that we offshored there, you know, to kill Chinese soldiers. Are the Chinese leadership and Oligarch elite so craven? I don’t know, I doubt it, but it remains to be seen.

    In the meantime, NIRP, as the dangerously low blood pressure of a world wide economy in extremis, isn’t something that solves what ails the economy.

    Maybe central bankers, not being all that bright, can’t get their arms around the blood pressure analogy. So how about this, if the object of NIRP is to stimulate borrowing, it’s like saying the cure for malaria is more mosquito bites. Feh, what’s the use…

  89. goat1001 March 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    JHK, You should run for president!

  90. meargen March 31, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    last week I made a comment, quoting a very interesting view of Trump by Harold Covington, and the only reply was from Sprawl Capital, who criticized Covington’s use of etc. I wasn’t expecting Grammar Girl on this site, but Sprawl went on to make a good point about being annoyed hearing ‘ekcetera’ everywhere he goes. It is everywhere, and I don’t know where it started, but I didn’t hear this when I was younger. ( I’m 63). I’m annoyed at hearing people say ‘dint’ for ‘didn’t.’ Also, when you read subtitles on TV or movies, ‘gonna’ is usually substituted for ‘going’, even if the actor says the latter. there seems to be a slurring in speech, as if our jaws are growing lazier. In my school days, there was always emphasis on enunciation. But when people call themselves Leeza or Shawn or Ginnifer, what’s to be expected?

    Now, Trump: I went to a trump rally two weeks ago in St. Louis, more out of curiosity then deep enthusiasm, and I didn’t get in, despite having a ticket. it was at an opera house that seats 3,000, and there were at least 8,000 people outside. Very impressive, and despite the claims these are all NASCAR Nazis, the people were well-dressed, polite, friendly, and I saw all ages, especially families with children and teenagers. Mostly all white.
    I was four blocks away from the opera house, and saw none of the counter demonstrators who tried to disrupt the event, were dragging an American flag across the street, and swearing at people waiting to get in, and yes, that was on Youtube. I did see one kid walk past with a ‘Trump is a hater’ sign. he had dreadlocks down to his ankles. No kidding.
    The strangest thing I saw was a Muslim guy, all smiling and happy, giving out Krispy Kreme doughnuts to people in line. ‘Come, eat,’ he said in a sing-song voice, ‘Islam is a religion of love. This is for you. We are a religion of peace.’ Everyone took the doughnuts (would you accept food from a stranger?), and there were two women with him carrying signs ‘I love Muslims’, ‘no hate. Love for everyone.’
    ‘Christians against Trump.’ As is always the case, the women are white. So, I thought of Mr. Smiley when, last week, more people got wiped out in Brussels. He reminded me of a lecture I went to about Islam with a similar smiley guy who kept saying Islam is love, peace, happiness, etc. (note the use, Sprawl Capital), and also happily saying ‘Islam is the most liberating religion for women.’ I always feel these types are just biding their time until they get power. But, we keep accepting the doughnuts, don’t we?

    I have my doubts about Trump, but you can’t dismiss his supporters as being mere ignorant boobs or cornpone Nazis. People are worried. They feel the country’s going in the wrong direction. I’d like to see some understanding of that. A while ago, I quoted Jake Holman in the movie The Sand Pebbles when he said ‘somebody do something!’
    I’m going back to Hollywood again to explain trump. In the movie Dark Command (a Hollywoodized interpretation of the Civil War in the west), John Wayne runs for sheriff against Walter Pigeon, who play Quantrill. Pigeon is erudite, somewhat sniffy. Wayne is illiterate. At the election, Pigeon tells of his legal experience, his knowledge of the law, dedication to fairness…reasons why he should be sheriff. Wayne just walks up and smiles. ‘Before you try ’em, you got to catch ’em. I’ll catch ’em!’ Wayne wins hands down, and Pigeon turns bandit. This sums up the Trump appeal. People want someone to make things right. Also, in a weird sense, the establishment has made it clear if trump gets nominated, they’ll turn rogue, just like Pigeon.
    I agree with all the talk of a zombie state, gen X and boomers providing no leaders. I think little can be done. I’m reminded of the Hellenistic period, when the ancient world settled for a standardized world, and now, we’re just keeping it going. Meanwhile, Islam is out there, and in the long run, they aren’t going to offer us doughnuts.
    As for feminism, I know a lot of you dump on JHK for his views. I’d just like to quote Gore Vidal: ‘if you want to destroy an agricultural society, give everyone a college education, because once someone goes to college, they’ll never go back to a farm.’ I would paraphrase this by saying if you want to destroy a people’s population, give them feminism, because once women become feminists, they’ll never reproduce.
    Rush Limbaugh said Trump isn’t political, and I agree. he’s a populist, and as Rush said, Trump isn’t a cause, he’s a symptom of where we are. And the establishment, left and right, are not our friend, and on this website we know that.
    Oh, and in Dark Command, Wayne didn’t to save Lawrence Kansas. Pigeon and his men burned it down.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

      Seems to be a new program: there’s also a hijabi in Cambridge, Ma, passing out doughnuts, smiles, and lies. Indeed, when will we stop eating the doughnuts?

      I’ve read 4 of the 5 novels. He’s a good writer, but he may be a bit jealous that Trump can do what he cannot. Trump isn’t one of us, but he may be secretly sympathetic.

      Check this out. At some point they’re going to force people to breed with 3rd Worlders or get sterilized. Sarkozy already threatened the French people in this regard. The world portrayed in Ward Kendall’s “Hold Back the Day” may be coming.

      dailystormer.com/166726-2/

    • Buck Stud March 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

      Interesting post Meargen. Of course most of the Trump supporters are well behaved and most of the problems are from outsiders throwing Eddie Haskell “spitballs”. When they turn around and throw back, so to speak, the predetermined narrative is confirmed:

      ” Look at those violent Trump supporters shooting spitballs at poor Eddie Haskell!”

      But one has to admit that Trump has sort of gone off the deep end recently. Ironically, he never seems to heed Ross Perot’s “measure twice, cut once’ advice before hitting the send button on whatever thought just so happens to meander down to his vocal cords and lips. But no worries for the GOP Establishment as they usurp the will of the primary voters and install a “moderate” John Kasich to ameliorate all the damage Trump has done to the party.

      But on some promontory overlooking “Trumpvillle”, a “Sons of Anarchy” archetype will simply shake his head and zoom off into the sunset thinking about what might have been, what could have been.

      Enter the contradistinction.To the sound of freedom and liberty zooming away, and light succumbing to dark, Jan Krandz and Gang will faithfully march off into the into the voting booth to do their GOP duty just as The Establishment always knew they would.

      And after the final betrayal and a knife in the back of the Promise Of A Primary, they will whisper “Donald Who” to the other half of a braver but betrayed conscious. A man’s gotta sleep, after all.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm #

        Even Susan Sarandon knows that Hillary is criminal trash. She was considering voting for Trump if Bernie lost, until her fellow Hollywood feminists got her back in line. A typical empowered female weakling, she’s back with the female herd, the pant suit gang with their male significant others in tow.

  91. volodya March 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    But there’s maladaptive behavior too. How do you account for the suicidal actions of Europe and Japan and the Americas? They didn’t learn from the abattoirs of the Great War, no, they needed another go.

    There was no lack of education in places like Germany. Germany was regarded as a scientific powerhouse. Facts and evidence? Jesus, they had nothing but. Did it help? Did education help? No, it didn’t, maybe it was the educational system that acted as the conduit for transmitting dysfunctional behavior.

    Never mind WW2, what about the civil wars that blew up in Spain and Russia?

    I don’t know Buck, we see learned behaviors all the time. That’s what assimilation is all about. Newcomers adapt, they learn new things. For the longest time in the USA, assimilation worked. So maybe there’s a suite of genes that code for intellectual plasticity.

    But maybe there’s a suite of genes coding for cultural and societal suicide. Maybe these come into play occasionally when certain groups are deemed by the merciless and crushing fist of natural selection to have outlived their usefulness. Maybe this is what we see in Europe and the West in general.

    What about the Middle East? What do we see? A lot of what we saw in Nazi Germany. An implacable and murderous will to dominate.

    This website is about peak oil. But there’s more than one “peak”. Peak certitude, for one, this time in the Islamic world. Absolutely and utterly certain of their own religious and cultural superiority. Maladaptiveness in action, wouldn’t you say?

    Maybe this is how the suite of suicide genes first manifest themselves in leading a people and culture down the shitter. The West is first down the pipe, maybe Islam is next. Just sayin’.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

      Indeed, the German people were smart enough to know that they were slated for destruction for the New World Order – and they fought back. Google the Kaufman plan and Morgenthau plan: they were plans to genocide the German people after the war. A German American Senator stood up and went after Truman and Morgenthau for their attempted genocide. Truman backed off and let Morgenthau hang out to dry. He was very bitter about that. He just wanted to starve tens of millions of people to death. They were Germans after all.

      Now at last we see the final act of the play: the Germans are to become miscegenated out of existence in their own land by Turks and North Africans.

  92. volodya March 31, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    The first couple lines of my last post in reply to Buck got eaten somehow so here’s the whole thing:

    Buck, isn’t the human brain a wonderfully plastic thing? Just look at the many and varied adaptive behaviors that developed all over the planet in its many and varied environments.

    But there’s maladaptive behavior too. How do you account for the suicidal actions of Europe and Japan and the Americas? They didn’t learn from the abattoirs of the Great War, no, they needed another go.

    There was no lack of education in places like Germany. Germany was regarded as a scientific powerhouse. Facts and evidence? Jesus, they had nothing but. Did it help? Did education help? No, it didn’t, maybe it was the educational system that acted as the conduit for transmitting dysfunctional behavior.

    Never mind WW2, what about the civil wars that blew up in Spain and Russia?

    I don’t know Buck, we see learned behaviors all the time. That’s what assimilation is all about. Newcomers adapt, they learn new things. For the longest time in the USA, assimilation worked. So maybe there’s a suite of genes that code for intellectual plasticity.

    But maybe there’s a suite of genes coding for cultural and societal suicide. Maybe these come into play occasionally when certain groups are deemed by the merciless and crushing fist of natural selection to have outlived their usefulness. Maybe this is what we see in Europe and the West in general.

    What about the Middle East? What do we see? A lot of what we saw in Nazi Germany. An implacable and murderous will to dominate.

    This website is about peak oil. But there’s more than one “peak”. Peak certitude, for one, this time in the Islamic world. Absolutely and utterly certain of their own religious and cultural superiority. Maladaptiveness in action, wouldn’t you say?

    Maybe this is how the suite of suicide genes first manifest themselves in leading a people and culture down the shitter. The West is first down the pipe, maybe Islam is next. Just sayin’.

  93. Despatch from HQ INGSOC March 31, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    When our ‘Red Caps’ enter a room everyone takes notice … and begins shaking in their boots … as it should be. Finca knows what I’m talking about.

    Le Mont St. Michel, that ancient island Cathedral, is said to be the ‘Heart of the West’. When the Cross comes down, and the Miinarets go up, and you hear the ‘Call to Prayer’ broadcast, you’ll know its over.

    You’ve already lost. Time to save yourself.

  94. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

    latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-cia-pentagon-isis-20160327-story.html

    Meanwhile, the US Army ranting and raving, as it became known that US paratroopers had 30 minutes to attack the Islamists, who killed Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, but they were forbidden to interfere and they are now confident that Clinton betrayed Stevens to Islamists on purpose. And in general, that she is an agent of ISIS, and a very popular former mayor of New York, Giuliani openly calls Hillary Clinton a Founding Mother of ISIS.

    You could see how the American army could be happy to see Hillary as its Supreme Commander, and what would happen if the army was ordered to disperse the armed supporters of Trump perturbed by the wrongful conduct of the Republican convention ?!

  95. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    Trump supporters say that they will come to a convention in Cleveland with guns and will see to it that all the rules of so-called “contested convention” are met, and not only those that benefit liberasts in the Republican Party, who sold heir soles to Clintons.

    And one of those rules is the so-called rule of Ron Paul, according to which the vote on the Convention is possible only for those candidates who gained the majority of not less than 8 states.

    That is, the delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland will have to choose between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and hard-boiled Clintonite nominee Paul Ryan can not even be put to a vote.

    And Donald Trump said that he heard about the proposal for the first time and he must carefully consider it.

  96. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    Many secondary symptoms suggest that the defeat of Clintons is global in nature and fundamental.

    This is the only thing that can explain the simultaneous occurrence of such set of independent of each other signs like an interview President Obama’s gave to Atlantic magazine and the fact that many British and American security experts now frankly say that the refugees from Syria is an invading army, full of terrorists, specially trained to carry out terrorist acts, including against nuclear power plants.

    By the way, the last factor was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back of the American elite and forced them to give up on Hillary Clinton.

  97. Janos Skorenzy March 31, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    dailystormer.com/cuckold-mayor-of-brussels-there-is-no-more-normal-but-we-just-have-to-keep-believin…

    Mind at the end of its tether. A convoluted masochistic ideology has lead to complete cognitive dissonance and helplessness. Only the will is left and deprived of guidance from the mind and instincts, can only affirm the original suicide pact. Compare this “sophistication” with good old fashioned, “If you’re stuck in a hole, the first step towards getting out is to stop digging.”

    Wise people value scholarship, achievement, good manners, good grammar, etc. But none of that is sufficient. All of it can be propped up as some kind of imitation of quality, goodness, and wisdom. And all of it can get in the way of the search for the Truth. I learned this first from Mumford – who affirmed the Burckhardt’s prediction of the rise of the Great Simplifiers like Trump. If sophistication gets in the way of what needs to be done, the people will choose a crudity that isn’t afraid of getting its hands dirty. The takeaway? Be willing to tolerate crudity and a bit of dirt in the service of Truth. And in this time and place, Truth’s name is Trump. He is the servant of the Goddess of Wisdom, her most beloved son.

  98. pequiste March 31, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    After all of this daunting discourse, indulgent insight, profound prolix wonderful wisecracks, malicious musings, disgusting diatribes and the like, I was expecting at least one recipe for JHK’s brilliant opening line and appetizer…

    I’m at the point of plain and simple around Chez Moi: steaming, BBQ and other such preparations and Jim says roasted so roasted it is.

    Instead how about at least giving the dish some savoir-fair, a little je-ne-sais -quoi; a name that is not associated with the ongoing gag-inducing Eurabian Clusterfuck; an appellation that would make the LaRousse Gastronomique and Escoffier proud and will have Beltway Mandarins and Wall Street Moguls alike salivating like Pavlov’s dog:

    Raton au Baton flambe.

    Prepared with love but served with a lot of HATE.

    • tucsonspur April 1, 2016 at 4:04 am #

      But do you have any Grey Poupon?

      • pequiste April 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

        Thank you Tucson, at least there is one CFNer with some taste. Brillat-Savarin would approve.

        For the rest of you CFN philistines I prepare for you the the newest San Francisco (purloined from Diane Feinstein’s kitchen recipe box) treet:

        Rats-A-Roni.

        Bon appetit.

  99. MisterDarling March 31, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    @Helix:

    “Also, I have no illusions about the current monetary Ponzi scheme being sustainable. My comments are really about our possible economic futures as the scheme unwinds. Clearly, something will come after. What will it be?”-h.

    It’s agreed that *something* will come after the collapse of globalization, and I strongly suspect that it will not be an outgrowth of corporate trans-nationality, but rather a reaction to and consequence of it. Not one system but many. An anarchic mélange of heterogeneous systems competing with each other.

    “1. 2008: . . . Will we see more of this as the unwinding of the Ponzi leads from one crisis to the next? If so, the end result will be the 1% owning virtually everything and the masses reduced to penury.”-h.

    The historic moment we are exiting was a rearguard action. There are some assumptions in the statement above that no longer hold true, for instance the state of affairs where bankrupt enterprises and industries are ‘recapitalized’: hard to do when it holds no value and doing so destroys the market’s pricing dynamic.

    Given that the derivatives market is now much larger than in 2008 (between 630 Trillion and 1.2 Quadrillion now), bailing-out those exposed is even less doable. [*]

    In 2008 the USD was centrally positioned. The next time around, do not expect a repeat. The BIS already stated that ‘bailing-out’ failed banks was over (Winter meeting of 2012), and that the next crash would be dealt with by a series of ‘bail-in’ measures (re: Cyprus) and NIRP. In the chaotic conditions that would pertain in such a scenario, “owning” anything will be contingent to physically controlling it… This may prove ‘problematic’. I will revisit this…
    😉

    “2. Feudalism: Both from history and my own life experiences, I can tell you that feudalism is a highly stable system. . . So is this our future? Who knows? I think feudalism works better over smaller geographic areas than larger ones.”-h.

    In my own experience and in the history of Feudalism in Europe, I agree with you – with qualifications. Feudalism is only stable in the absence of competition. There’s a reason that feudal arrangements disintegrate in urban settings, and why “Feudalism itself decayed and effectively disappeared in most of Western Europe by about 1500” [**] – because it is an inherently weak and inferior way to organize things. Whenever it was challenged by merit-based organizations it lost ground or was annihilated completely. Several historical examples follow:

    • Mongol Invasion of Russia, Central & Eastern Europe under Subotai (1235-40 AD): this showed exactly what happens when an uncoordinated hodge-podge of warlord’s private armies, jaunty mercenary bravos & peasant levy masses meets a highly mobile, well-coordinate, disciplined, rationally organized land army, led by meritocratically selected military professionals. In every major engagement the militias of feudal Europe were destroyed-in-place by Subotai’s troops (Battle of Legnica, Battle of Mohi).

    • Confrontations with the Burghers of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands: The upshot of numerous anti-feudal rebellions of the 13-1400’s was the de-facto autonomy of chartered-towns and city-states, free from the arbitrary taxation of feudal lords based in the surrounding countryside. . . Oh, and also the development of a class of foot-soldier’s weapons used for controlling/killing mounted fighting men: Pole-arms.

    In the present era, I can tell you that in general (with only one exception) provincial ‘strongmen’ and warlords suck at running things. Most were born into their titles and all led weak, personality-based organizations that couldn’t run on their own for a day without the guy at the top lashing everyone forward.

    A key issue is that the leadership talent pool in a feudal society is hereditary and very limited (much like a closely-held corporation or crime family – both modern analogs), in addition feudal-lords gain and maintain their power by rationing and distributing resources entirely to their benefit – which means that if you find a paved road, electrified town or clean street it’s because the local lord and family take a personal interest. Meanwhile, everything else goes to seed.

    The result of these tendencies is that feudal societies are poorly led and decreasingly productive. This makes it pretty hard for the feudal organization in question to defend itself against an outsider with even marginally better organization and resources.

    “When the masses are armed, there’s only so far that you can go.”-h.

    This is true now and in the recorded past. The secret of making weapons out of iron ceased to be one in the Middle East circa 1500 BC & it democratized the arms industry. For the next 1000 years highly stratified Bronze-Age aristocracies were getting wiped out, right across the entire length and breadth of the Eurasian landmass. Wide-spread access to weapons that are at least in the same league as those of incumbent forces, is a strategic-level game-changer.

    “One final thought occurred to me regarding our monetary system. While it certainly has the look and feel of a Ponzi scheme, it’s not quite a pure one. It has a rebalancing mechanism, namely, forfeiture of collateral.”-h.

    This is a great thought, but it makes several critical assumptions about the enterprise environment:

    1) The assumption that said “collateral” will have retained value. In the case of derivatives – by far the largest component of ‘wealth’ on this planet – there won’t be *any* without a central bank to pretend it does. In the tangible economy, enormous amounts of working capital are being discarded as rubbish right now. For instance:

    businessinsider.com/people-afraid-zombie-ships-first-sign-of-global-economic-collapse-2016-1?IR=T

    If you look at a graph of the Baltic Dry Index since it began you’ll see that there was an buildup in shipping volume – and ships to ship it – right up until 2008… and collapse after that. The tangible world economy has atrophied over the past 8 years. We are now at the point where huge ships in the middle of their service life are cast adrift because they’re not worth the cost of recovering, storing or scrapping. Of course, I don’t need to make examples of ghost-malls and entire ghost-cities held off the market, ‘waiting for things to get back to normal’. This is where the past 25 years of financialization begins to look *exactly* like a Ponzi scheme, because it has destroyed the context of value and the sense in forfeiture.

    2) The assumption that if collateral does retain value it can be repossessed. There are wide swathes of the world where this already not true. Those swathes will grow. Assuming the repossession occurs you’re back to dealing with the problem outlined in Assumption #1.

    I will say one thing in support of your feudalism hypothesis: it will exist and in uncontested areas it will dominate – it just won’t be competitive wherever stakes are high.

    +++

    [*] Bear in mind Global GDP is just 70 Trillion… 😉

    [**] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feudalism#End_of_European_feudalism

  100. Q. Shtik March 31, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Here is the latest essay from Fred. The topic is psychopathy.

    fredoneverything.org/

    • MisterDarling April 1, 2016 at 12:14 am #

      Awfully good.

      He’s a guy that I could agree with in the Big Picture, disagree with about the details, and still feel very okay about the conversation. For instance:

      “And of course under brain-scan determinism there would be fruitful fields for abuse. A Democratic congress would find all Republicans to be potential serial killers and institutionalize them to promote public safety, probably after a forethoughtful sterilization. (Pondering the Senate Armed Services Committee, I can see the attraction of the idea. But that way lies fascism.) (Still….)

      I need a Xanax. And a double Scotch.”-FoE.

      Recommendation: Sustained.

      Cheers!

      • Cold N. Holefield April 1, 2016 at 7:42 am #

        Completely disagree with “Fred” about that. What Trump has shown is that Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. One needs, and cannot exist, without the other, just as joy is meaningless without sorrow or prolixity makes no sense without concision They’re not interested in permanent defeat. It’s the semblance of battle in perpetuity that’s important. Each is a foil for the other, and their means and ends are very much aligned from a class perspective.

        Fred is helping to perpetuate the myth and propaganda that the The Game isn’t a Game. We needed someone like Trump to strip the Emperor naked once and for all. Sure, their was only a loin cloth left, but it was tightly fastened and Trump managed to remove it.

        If that’s all he does, that’s good enough for me. Look how the entire Establishment is united as one against him. How intelligent people can’t see that that says it all escapes me, except to say, maybe they’re not as intelligent as they claim to be. There are many forms of intelligence and book smarts is just one of those forms, and not the most important one, so it seems.

  101. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

    Republicans take a fresh look at their ‘eight-state rule’

    It’s called “Rule 40.” Four years ago, Mitt Romney’s allies at the Republican National Committee added what seemed like a minor tweak to the party’s presidential nominating rules: in order to be eligible for the nomination, a candidate has to win a majority of the delegates from at least eight states.

    At this point in the 2016 process, that means Donald Trump would be eligible to win the Republican nomination … and no one else.

    msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-take-fresh-look-their-eight-state-rule

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha……

    Clintonites defeating themselves with their own elaborate web of political intrigues

    Speaking of mystical-meteorological factor in human affairs…

  102. FincaInTheMountains March 31, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    Could someone tell me, please, where I could get the weed that was smoked by the author of that cartoon?

    youtube.com/watch?v=Rwteg-r3YIY

    A “normal” day in Russian secondary school (in Russian, but still pretty understandable)

  103. wpa_ccc April 1, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    Women have a right to a legal and safe abortion. The Republican war on women is being led by Trump, who says he is pro-life, he will make abortion illegal and he said that women who get an abortion should be punished.

    Then when Trump felt some heat from Hillary, he walked it back, as weak politicians do. Flip flop.

    Women will take Trump down at the ballot box. For all his attacks and insults against women Trump will be defeated by women. Weak. Trump is a weak politically correct flip flopper loser.

    • Cold N. Holefield April 1, 2016 at 7:28 am #

      Men and women have a right to procreate, but with rights comes responsibility. Men & women, if they choose to procreate, must do so in a responsible way in order to alleviate unnecessary suffering in the world. The goal of any legislation should be to minimize suffering and eliminate unnecessary suffering.

      Pursuant to that, a man who is siring children by many wives without raising them is an irresponsible procreator and should be sterilized so that he can no longer bring unnecessary suffering to the the world.

      Likewise, a woman who continues to pop out children with no thought to how they can be responsibly raised should also be sterilized.

      Same applies to abortion. A man who irresponsibly knocks women up resulting in the need for more than one abortion should be sterilized because he is an irresponsible procreator.

      In turn, a woman who needs more than one abortion is a woman who has not learned or doesn’t give a shit and is an irresponsible procreator and she should also be sterilized.

      Yes, abortion should be a right and is a right, but with rights comes obligation and responsibility. All too often, or always as a matter of fact, those who brazenly claim rights forget the most important latter part of that equation.

      • BackRowHeckler April 1, 2016 at 8:49 am #

        About 2 years ago we had an esteemed citizen knocked off in Hartford in yet another daytime sidewalk shootout. Nothing newsworthy in that until it was reported that the recently deceased gunfighter had fathered 29 kids by 12 different women … and didn’t have a job!

        Eyebrows were hardly raised, but I thought this might be some crazy record, and is worthy of note.

        brh

        • malthuss April 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

          Yes, the democrats did that to White people.
          Now section 8 brings them in, to where the rich live.

          Desmond–http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/man-fathered-30-kids-needs-break-child-support-140439765.html

          • malthuss April 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

            Seen online—-

            The job application for UPS in Chicago asks which gang are you affiliated with.

            They do this so the Bloods won’t be working in the same department as the Crips.

      • basil April 1, 2016 at 8:59 am #

        Cold N. Holefield
        April 1, 2016 at 7:28 am #

        Men and women have a right to procreate, but with rights comes responsibility.

        my sentiments exactly. I would add that in vitro fertilization and other unnatural methods of conception should be banned. a high percentage of in vitro babies are born with birth defects that keep them on public assistance-probably for life. sounds to me like nature’s way of telling you that if you can’t conceive naturally, you need to accept the fact and move on.

        • Cold N. Holefield April 1, 2016 at 9:32 am #

          I agree, but of course, the nattering nabobs of negativity will tell us that if we do that, then there will be a rash of back-alley in vitro fertilizations that will be deleterious to women’s and men’s health. Try to envision that if you can. Maybe Woody Allen can work it into his next comedic offering — back-alley in vitro fertilizations.

          • basil April 1, 2016 at 9:40 am #

            I suppose one silver lining of a collapse of civilization as we know it would be the end of childbearing as a hobby. medical facilities and personnel would certainly be needed for much more important things.

          • beantownbill. April 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

            So by your logic, if a pregnant woman’s baby’s umbilical cord accidentally gets tied around his neck because he moves around a lot, and the doctor indicates the baby will be born mentally challenged because of a lack of oxygen, and the parents decide on an abortion, and then try again several years later, and tests show the fetus has Downs Syndrome, and the couple decide to abort that one, too, then that’s it, they have to be sterilized?

            By your logic, then, when a child is born with a low IQ, it should be sterilized so it can’t produce further burden-bearing children in the future?

            Maybe in the future it will be found that red-headed people have a

          • beantownbill. April 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

            To continue: maybe in the future red-headed people will be found to have a 10% greater chance of producing children with some genetic defect, so all red heads should be sterilized.

            Maybe we should say, fuck it, all children should be sterilized upon birth. Just think, no more shortage of resources problem, no more mass dumping of CO2 into the air, and no more chance of electing a Hillary Clinton as prez.

          • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

            Don’t be a nattering nabob of negativity, Bill. The status quo isn’t viable. What’s YOUR idea of what to do about it? Mine is separation of the races for starters. And then some basic eugenic program for Whites, both negative and positive. Positive would mean giving incentives for certain people to have lots of kids.

            Pushing for the worst for Gentile society while doing the opposite for Jews is the usual Jewish policy.

            What do you think of David Brooks’ son being in the Israeli military.

        • beantownbill. April 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

          I don’t think much of reporters in general, so Brooks’ son being in the Israeli military doesn’t get my goat – and not because I’m Jewish, either; but because the average reporter is scum, anyway,whether Jewish or not.

          Full disclosure: I’ve had some bad experiences with reporters misquoting me.

      • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

        So you are in favor of a Strong Centralized State that keeps the Ship on course.

  104. jaketen April 1, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    All fellow rat-kebob aficionados,

    On a related note, the latest Eyesore of the Month is already leaking all over the place, and the first related lawsuit has been filed.

    Cheers.

  105. FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Our Western friends and partners are preparing a “powerful” material compromising the President of Russia. The fantasy of clumsy “soldiers of informational war” is unfortunately pretty limited, so we probably will hear the same ol’ story about Putin’s trillions of billions of “evergreen” dollars that he stole from the Russian budget and stashed away in some offshore accounts.

    The pitch is frankly pretty weak. It is clear that if Putin really would have accounts abroad, after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, they would’ve been arrested or at least dragged into the spotlight. But no, nothing happened, no evidence has ever evolved.

    In general, the Western propaganda recently has deflated a bit. On the contrary, Russian news agency Sputnik, operates so well that the West was forced to recourse to the last resort and prohibited uncomfortable to them media in some markets (in Latvia in particular).

    The reason is pretty simple: while the Russian informational troops are fighting based on the facts, the Western initially relied on their “monopoly on truth”. When it became clear that the West can not stifle alternative views, physically unfit to honest discussion Western agitators began to rapidly deflate.

  106. wpa_ccc April 1, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Donald Trump is part of the HETEROSEXUAL AGENDA… Trump will be punished by women at the polls.

    m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9589692

    • FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2016 at 10:02 am #

      Finally it all came to light!!!

      The most sinister plot ever levied against our great nation: the Heterosexual Agenda

      Are you really that hopeless?

    • Q. Shtik April 1, 2016 at 11:17 am #

      FYI,

      The last line of the linked essay reads as follows:

      (Note: This article is a work of satire meant for April Fool’s Day. It should not be taken seriously. By anyone. Really.)

  107. Florida Power April 1, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Linked on Drudge today:
    bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

      Amazing article!

      Like a character out of “The Matrix”, the brilliant hipster hacker of Latin American elections has a QR code containing an encryption key tattooed on the back of his shaved ahead. Although apparently not brilliant enough to avoid prison, his story still seems to be the stuff of a future Hollywood movie.

      Recommended read. Thanks for the link FP!

      -Sticks

      • Florida Power April 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

        Does life imitate art, or what? Seriously, this guy is just one player in a sea of players populating the dark web with the capacity to create reality. Your Matrix reference is apropos.

  108. FincaInTheMountains April 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Hillary Clinton’s Support Among Nonwhite Voters Has Collapsed

    huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/hillary-clintons-support-_b_9579544.html

    Yeah, right, anytime since Hillary won the Democratic Primaries from Obama in Harlem in 2008 (!!! Harlem !!! – Mazerfuka!!!) she never enjoyed any real support of American black voters.

    What has collapsed is her voter-fraud machine.

  109. BackRowHeckler April 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    CFNers, this $15 per hour minimum wage in CA, how do you think its going to work out? It will be interesting to see what the results are in a few years.

    My only question is, what if you have a small business and can’t afford to pay your entry level people that much? And still stay in business? Do you close up shop? Move out of state? What?

    brh

    • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

      You have your kids working for peanuts. Face it, the minimum had to go up because everything else has. It’s either that or subsidize workers via social services. And you don’t like that either.

      • Q. Shtik April 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

        The impact of ever-higher minimum wages will be negative. It will take time and will be barely perceptible.

        Goodbye to high school and college summer jobs. Business will use technology to avoid expensive labor as they already are, as if you hadn’t noticed.

        People like Krugman and Bernie will explain away the deleterious effect and shift the blame elsewhere.

        • BackRowHeckler April 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

          I was in a ‘Home Depot’ yesterday, buying a pruning saw.

          There were no cashiers in the entire front of the store, it was all ‘self check out’.

          brh

          • malthuss April 2, 2016 at 12:49 am #

            meanwhile,
            in Chicago, the murder rate is at 141 and over 800 shooting as of today!

        • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

          Technology, used only for profit, is already doing that and would no matter what. Immigrants get most of the rest. Thus economics doesn’t serve man and hasn’t for a very long time. The system you worship is making humans obsolete, but you are too rigid to ever admit it is no longer viable.

      • Buck Stud April 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

        Janos…you must be a lonely man…a man standing between two trains moving in opposite directions.

        But save your strength. Q,and brh will never understand that the “Laws of Capitalism” are first filtered through human consciousness as you have pointed out previously. Or in the case of the some of the most successful, lack of consciousness. Q and brh believe that capitalism a-priori precedes human will, and thus is the true master .

        • BackRowHeckler April 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

          Buck, do you not get as much as you can for your sculptures?

          An independent artist is an unlikely socialist.

          brh

          • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

            Sane Socialism includes quite a bit of individual capitalism. Even big Capitalism – but they must play ball with the nation.

        • malthuss April 2, 2016 at 12:51 am #

          Whatever the pay, it is probably not enough.

    • pequiste April 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

      Not to worry, the tsunami of automation , robotics and A.I. still to reach the beach, shall inundate every conceivable realm of human activity and commerce. Up to 70% of all jobs currently occupied by humans will become obsolete; the human redundant. Next 10-15 years tops.

      Stick that in our collective pipes and smoke it (and all smoking will be proscribed too to add insult to injury.)

    • beantownbill. April 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

      Why should the government have the right to tell an employer what he has to pay his employees?

    • wpa_ccc April 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      brh, you wrote this same post several years ago when Seattle went for $15 an hour minimum wage?

      Did you see businesses hurt, mass exodus, higher prices in Seattle…?

      All scare rhetoric. $15 is barely keeping up with inflation since the last time (1970s?) federal minimum wage went up. If people have a living wage, money to spend, businesses have paying customers. How is business helped if no one can afford their products?

  110. basil April 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    beantownbill.
    April 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    the actors in your scenario don’t seem to be “irresponsible procreators”, so your scenario doesn’t really work. the second part of your reply gets pretty radical, but makes some good points. a world overpopulated with humans may be humanity’s biggest mistake. destroying the earth’s air, land, and water supply nullifies any supposed right to procreate-or any other right, for that matter.

    • elysianfield April 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

      Jesus H. Christ…is that their new banner? I find it a bit…prickly-ish….

  111. Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    Let us remember Enoch Powell, a man crucified for telling the Truth about what mass colored immigration portended for Britain. Churchill himself tried to stop it – after helping to destroy the Man who could have saved Europe from the Internationalists. Having served his purpose, Churchill was shouldered aside.

    amren.com/news/2016/03/major-german-newspaper-1960s-anti-immigration-firebrand-enoch-powell-was-righ…

    • pequiste April 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      Enoch Powell (M.B.E., scholar of Classics from Cambridge , the British Army’s youngest brigadier, M.P) was right!

      Another sad case of the Cassandra Syndrome.

    • Sticks-of-TNT April 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      John Enoch Powell, a man ahead of his time–a true watchman on the wall!

    • BackRowHeckler April 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      Yes, and on campuses thru out Great Britain Churchill is considered now a ‘Fascist’, beneath contempt.

      IMO he was the greatest man of the 20th century.

      brh

      • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

        As Pat Buchanan said, he was a great man but at the expense of his own nation and ultimately Western Culture. Have you read the piece he wrote warning about the Jews being in charge of Communism? Later he got into financial arrears, and became their greatest weapon. So many good men end up serving evil because of money.

  112. Buck Stud April 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    “And in this time and place, Truth’s name is Trump. He is the servant of the Goddess of Wisdom, her most beloved son.” –Janos

    You must be feeling romantic–WOW!

    Well, I just can’t let that go by without linking an image from the great German/Nazi sculptor Arno Brecker:

    s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e7/b4/0d/e7b40d423e51d8a4dbbfd921700e7b56.jpg

    • Janos Skorenzy April 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

      Meanwhile you fantasize about Hillary and Susan doin’ the double V. A sculpture of it would resemble Great Cthulu.

      Still voting for her? Of course you are! Honey wouldn’t like you going off the reservation….

  113. wpa_ccc April 1, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

    brh, you wrote this same post several years ago when Seattle went for $15 an hour minimum wage?

    Did you see businesses hurt, mass exodus, higher prices in Seattle…?
    All scare rhetoric. $15 is barely keeping up with inflation since the last time (1970s?) federal minimum wage went up.

    If people have a living wage, money to spend, businesses have paying customers. How is business helped if no one can afford their products?

  114. wpa_ccc April 1, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    CFN fantasy: USA collapse around the corner, we are going feudal.

    REALITY: the USA manufacturing sector showed factory activity expanding for the first time in six months in March. The Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing index climbed to 51.8 last month, up from 49.5 in February. Any reading higher than 50 indicates expansion. Economists had expected a reading of 51.

  115. Titchfield April 1, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    JANOS, Churchill was shouldered aside not because he advocated any particular policy, but because he was incapable of coherently advocating any policy at all. By the mid-fifties he’d become a doddering old fool. His brain had been damaged by strokes.

    He and Somerset Maugham (who knew everyone) were friends. Maugham’s comment on Churchill of the early nineteen sixties– and on himself: “If you think I’m gaga, you should see Winston.”

    Churchill had begun to lose his mental sharpness from the nineteen-forties. That was the opinion of his personal physician Lord Moran. Too much rich food, too much stress: my opinion. Chronically high levels of adrenaline and cortisol are brain-wreckers.

    • BackRowHeckler April 2, 2016 at 7:05 am #

      Titchfield, Churchill lived a long time, into the mid sixties, and spent his last years as a watercolorist in the south of France.

      You say he lost mental capabilities in his old age, but some of those paintings he did as an ‘old man’ look pretty good (to my untrained eye)

      brh

  116. Pucker April 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    [Scene from the movie “Falling Down”. Michael Douglas is in the back of Army Surplus Store with the neo-nazi store owner.]

    Neo-Nazi to Michael Douglas: “What kind of a vigilante are you?!”

    Douglas: “I’m not a vigilante. I’m just trying to get home to my wife and family.”

  117. Pucker April 1, 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    “To the east of Washington lies Prince George’s County, the richest county per capita in the country with a majority black population.”

    – Mike Lofgren, “The Deep State”

    salon.com/2016/01/05/controlled_by_shadow_government_mike_lofgren_reveals_how_top_u_s_officials_are_…

    • malthuss April 2, 2016 at 12:55 am #

      With a highway known as ‘The Congo Bypass.’

    • malthuss April 2, 2016 at 1:01 am #

      Comment at the link,

      @manlyphall @IzzieDee I think he was minimizing the vast difference in intellect between Bush and Obama, while saying they were both tools of the same ruling machine.

      Obama is probably 40 IQ points smarter than either Bush 43 or Jeb Bush, at least. Maybe more.

      [this rube thinks Obama has genius or near genius IQ].

  118. Janos Skorenzy April 2, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    Climate policy is not about climate

    By Donald Sensing

    But that is no surprise to those of us who have studied Global Warmism for years. What is surprising is that a senior United Nations climate-policy official confirms it bluntly.

    Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

    Have doubts? Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

    “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

    So what is the goal of environmental policy?

    “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.
    But he is not the first of his team to admit this. At a 2015 news conference in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said.
    As I wrote years ago,

    H.L. Mencken observed, “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it.” And that is the true foundation of environmentalism today: the desire of its gurus to regulate the way others live. Monbiot again:

    We can deal with climate change only with the help of governments, restraining the exertions of our natural liberties.
    Freeman Dyson wrote that, “Environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion.” I demur. Environmentalism has not replaced socialism at all. Instead, the old-line socialists, faced with decades of the failure of political socialism, have jumped on the environmentalist bandwagon to keep socialism alive. Environmentalism has become a much better vehicle to achieve a rigid regulation of people’s lives than political socialism ever was. After all, the fate of the entire planet is at stake! Environmentalism has already led some British members of Parliament to propose that the government regulate almost every aspect of buying and selling by private individuals. If this is not socialism, it is a distinction without a difference.

    So there you are. At bottom, modern environmentalism has discarded scientific rigor to embrace something not much different than Leninism, the desire to control the major components of the way individuals live. From there it is a short step for environmentalism to Leninism’s successor: Stalinism, the desire to control every aspect of the way we live.
    That’s our future, minus the gulags. We hope.

  119. Pucker April 2, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    “Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the South Vietnamese National Police chief whose shooting of a Vietcong suspect in front of a camera during the Tet offensive became a famous, or infamous Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, lived out his days running a pizzeria in Arlington.”

    “The Deep State”.

  120. Pucker April 2, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    The Department of Homeland Security was built on “the site of a disused, dungeon-like insane asylum, Saint Elizabeth’s hospital.”

    Mike Lofgren, “The Deep State”.

  121. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2016 at 5:05 am #

    The American TV Picture is gradually changing to reflect new reality

    Interview to Bloomberg of Ukrainian Oligarch Firtash, who blames that “Americans are governing the Ukraine and damn failing at it”

    youtu.be/mTpbtmLBII4 Part 1

    youtu.be/sDo4I0NLsI8 Part 2

    I was ridiculed on that blog about a year ago for saying exactly same thing.

  122. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    Alaska is Russian? Could Russia again become the Empire of three continents?

    A team of international lawyers, associated with the Russian government, is currently working in the US Congress archives, trying to find ways to challenge the sale of Alaska to USA in the time of Alexander II. According to experts, due to violation of legal procedures for filing a claim in a US court system, could achieve a positive outcome. The United States, in turn, are seriously concerned about the prospect of losing Alaska.

    In March 1867, US President Johnson approved the purchase of Alaska from Czarist Russia for $7.2 million.

    Today, the money had paid off handsomely: Alaska – one of the leading oil-producing states in the US, the state produces about 542 thousand barrels per day. Alaska’s strategic position gives full control over the Bering Strait, through which the route goes from East Asia to Europe. In Alaska, there are also huge reserves of zinc, copper, silver and coal.

    Most of the state’s population is White Americans professing Orthodoxy. Many of them do not hide sympathies to Russia.

    • BackRowHeckler April 2, 2016 at 10:56 am #

      If the network program ‘Alaska State Troopers’ is any indication what Alaska is like, you can have it back. Meth cookers, meth addicts, drunks, poachers, heroine addicts, dealers in illegal narcotics, DUIs, wife beaters, murderers, lunatics, maniacs, knife fights, gang members, cabin fever sufferers, massive car wrecks, chronic alcoholism, rural poverty, winters that last 10 months, temps as low as 40 below … and everybody and their brother armed with a .357 S&W revolver or a Remington 870 shotgun.

      I know its just a TV program, and I never been there, but I think Seward got a raw deal.

      brh

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

        brh,

        Until you got to the winter temps I thought you were describing my state. Given your political leanings, I assume your “you can have it back” comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek.

        This seems like an exercise in futility. I cannot imagine American citizens tolerating a return of Alaska. (OTOH, our Washington “leaders” are capable of the unimaginable.)

        The vast natural resources are vital to our national interests, so we just have to deal with the uncivilized behavior of Alaskan residents the best we can. I guess we just treat it like one big raucous “company town” for the natural resource interests. It’s truly the “wild West” of the present era.

        Seward, like Jefferson with the Louisiana Purchase is an American hero.*

        -Sticks

        *We also can’t forget our stewardship responsibilities for the vast Alaskan wilderness areas. We owe that to future generations of not just Americans but mankind.

        • Janos Skorenzy April 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

          Have you heard about the extraordinary persecution of Whites in Hawaii by native Polynesian thugs? Of course some of the worst are just generic coloreds at this point, often part Portuguese apparently. America will never protect Whites at this point, because it’s against the general ethos and moreover, that would mean admitting it’s happening and that would be bad for tourism.

          The best solution would be to turn it over to Japan. THEY would not tolerate this kind of crap, and would protect White citizens. What an utterly shameful situation.

          The singer Jewel said she got beaten up every day when she lived there as a girl.

          • Sticks-of-TNT April 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

            It’s true Janos.

            I lived in Hawaii as a kid. Race relations were terrible in the public schools, especially junior and senior high schools. The native Polynesians, particularly those from lower income families, hated the “haoles” (Caucasians) and the blacks were just as bad. The behavior, intelligence and pidgin speech of the lower rent native Hawaiians were just as bad as you would associate with many mainland blacks. There were an unbelievable number of fights and physical altercations between both boys and girls. All schools have cliques, but in addition to the usual divisions, Hawaiian public school have multiple racial cliques.

            Hawaii is a melting pot for all kinds of Asians and some were worse than others. A lot had to do with the cultural characteristics of their nationality and the educational levels of their families. For example, in my experience, Filipinos were often troublemakers but I got along with most of the Japanese, which have a heavy presence in the islands. When you live in Hawaii, it becomes easy to learn the physical differences between the various Asian sub-groups.

            These racial issues become less apparent among adults who are able to segregate themselves economically and physically from most of the problems. As a result, everyday life is much more civil. I’m not ready to advocate secession for Hawaii, although many native HawIians like the idea, but perhaps segregated schools for the natives, under the guise of “preserving their heritage”, would be an idea worth considering.

            -Sticks

        • BackRowHeckler April 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

          I think Finca posts crazy stuff like ‘returning Alaska to Russia’ as a provocation. I was trying to have a little fun out of it.

          Yeah, Vlad, Hawaii isn’t the place to go if you’re white and have school aged kids unless you have the $$$ to put them in private school. In public school they will be targeted by the natives, and tormented.

          brh

      • malthuss April 4, 2016 at 1:28 am #

        Heroine?

  123. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    Party of War is not giving up: inflaming new conflict on the Russian South border

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other in the use of weapons and active offensive operations in the conflict zone.

    BAKU / YEREVAN, April 2 – RIA Novosti. Armenia and Azerbaijan declared a sharp aggravation of the situation in the zone of Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijani Defense Ministry declares, in particular, about the shelling by the armed forces of Armenia, and the Armenian Defense Ministry reported “offensive actions” from the Azerbaijani side.

  124. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    Russia has replaced China from a position of the world’s largest gold buyer

    The recent surge of expenditures of the Central Bank of Russia made it the largest buyer of gold in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund in February, Moscow added 365,000 ounces of gold to its gold reserves. Russia continued to conduct operations on purchase of gold bullion last week, increasing its reserves by another $5.8 billion to the level of $387 billion.

    China is also constantly increasing its gold reserves, and according to some estimates in February 2016 Beijing purchased 320,000 ounces of the precious metal.

    Canada, on the other hand, as one of the ten largest gold producers in the world, recently brought their gold reserves to almost zero as a result of long-term strategy of selling gold in exchange for the purchase of the currencies of other countries.

  125. BackRowHeckler April 2, 2016 at 7:39 am #

    Firefight in the streets of Baltimore, two Black Men, armed, father and son, shot and killed by BCPD.

    In Richmond a white Va. State Trooper gunned down at a Greyhound Bus Station while on a simple training exercise.

    Something is brewing, and it ain’t good.

    Expect more trouble ‘in the streets of Baltimore’ over this latest incident.

    Its not even summer yet.

    brh

    • pequiste April 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

      Variation on Spring training.

      Just remember to get
      loads of Dramamine because
      those wrist pressure point bracelets
      don’t work for the nause’

      • Sticks-of-TNT April 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

        “Spring training.” That’s a hoot!

    • malthuss April 4, 2016 at 1:32 am #

      Typical Thug misbehavior.

      Guy killed in chi congo while taking a selfie. I cant find link.

  126. Titchfield April 2, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    SPRAWLCAPITAL, you quote JHK (“…to buy anymore frozen pizzas.”) so you could correct him. I’m now going to quote from your correction-post (“…any more frozen pizzas.”) to correct you.

    Referring to your own four-word version of Kunstler’s three-word phrase, you describe “any” as an adverb, which it is, and you describe “more” as an adjective, which it is NOT.

    Here is the parts-of-speech sequence of your sentence, starting with “pizzas” and working left: noun, adjective, adverb, adverb.

    As a stand-alone phrase, “any more” is exactly what you describe it to be: an adverb followed by an adjective. But in the CONTEXT of your own version, “more” itself becomes an adverb.

    At any rate, if Kunstler used “anymore” to indicate “any longer” rather than “even the smallest amount,” as I think he did, his usage is correct. He writes American English, not British.

    Occasionally, back when I used to post on this site as Jam47, I would quote from other posters in order to comment on grammar and syntax. When I thought I had begun to make of myself a proper nuisance, I stopped.

    Many of the posters on this site (and JHK himself, according to Q.Shtik) don’t care for posts about grammar. I’m not one of them. Whenever a post appears whose subject is grammar, I always read it–like I read yours.

    • pequiste April 2, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

      Sucks syntax!

      (Although I very much appreciate the well-tempered musings (in the margins – red pen and all) of grammarians, who, sadly, are a diminishing breed.)

  127. volodya April 2, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Janos, your post about the real purpose of the environmental movement confirmed what was already apparent. What is behind it is what’s behind everything else in human affairs, the desire for money, self aggrandizement, the applause of one’s peers, being the alpha.

    And last but not least, getting laid. Especially getting laid. What good is everything else, all the money and power and applause, if you don’t get laid? The former are the means to the latter.

    Did you go to university? Did you see “activists” up close? The long hairs just wanted chicks, the chicks just wanted alphas. Nothing new under the sun.

    • Janos Skorenzy April 2, 2016 at 2:59 pm #

      But if there was absolutely nothing more, we would have never gotten this far. Something has changed. But admitting that, might mean saying something good about old America – and the Christian moral code that it tried to live by. And that is simply impossible for many.

      I think Jefferson wrote about this, giving the example of the effect a vivacious beautiful young woman had on his “set”. Just like in the movie Gone with the Wind, but of short duration. She was expected to choose. And as he puts it, then the madness comes to an end.

      • Buck Stud April 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

        And what “madness” are you speaking of Janos? The “madness” of a woman loving who she loves?

        I suspect you’ve heard “Oh Ashley” moaned in some of your most intimate moments. I wonder how reacted? A true sage would let go and move on. Unlike your hero Jefferson.

    • elysianfield April 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

      Ahhh, the 60’s.

      …”Girls, say yes to boys who say no…”
      Joan Baez

  128. wpa_ccc April 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    CFN has been falsely scaring people since JHK’s alarms in1999 about Y2K.

    The economy is tanking. 2016 is the year it collapses, right? No. S&P 500 posts biggest weekly gain in a month, in positive territory for 2016.

    But we are losing jobs, right? No. The March 2016 jobs report beats expectations and that makes 76 cosecutive months of positive job growth.

    But they are all low-paying crap jobs, right? We don’t make anything anymore, right? No. 2016 ISM shows expansion in good-paying manufacturing jobs.

    We are a long way from roasting rat kebobs over a campfire. We are not heading toward collapse. We are not going feudal. Those are CFN fear fantasies. We are going the opposite direction. We are going toward more employment, more manufacturing, more wealth.

  129. MisterDarling April 2, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    “CONSPIRACY THEORIES” – not just for kooks anymore, apparently;

    zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-02/wikileaks-reveals-imf-plan-cause-credit-event-greece-and-destabilize-e…

    The more evidence exposed, the more fake ‘economic crises’ in general appear & the more desperate the culprits look.

    +++

    PS; what is the difference between a conspiracy theory and a conspiracy punished?

    😉

  130. MisterDarling April 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    TROLLING on CFN:

    “We are a long way from roasting rat kebobs over a campfire. We are not heading toward collapse. We are not going feudal. Those are CFN fear fantasies. We are going the opposite direction. We are going toward more employment, more manufacturing, more wealth.”

    Just think of it as part of the ‘local color’… Not unlike those neighborhoods with good ethnic food, where there always seems to be a homeless person shouting at traffic from a street-corner.

    😉

    Cheers!

    • wpa_ccc April 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      Don’t feed the trolls. Especially trolls armed with facts to rationally counter the CFN fact-free fearful fault-finding fantasy, frolicking, fabricating facultative falsehoods, fainthearted fascists freely, fallaciously, fecklessly ferrying fear, fishing for fallguys, feverishly festooning fecal fembriate filth foisted firmly upon innocents. In other words, CFN fear mongering true believers …. since at least 1999 …. with a record of 17 years of failure.

      • wpa_ccc April 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

        “… 17 years of failure”

        Or is collapse just around the corner… as predicted year after year for 17 years? Maybe things “work” …. dum de dum dum … “until they don’t” …. Black swans and all that. It is laughable people can hang onto their fear, prepping for the doomsday that never comes, for 17 years …. since the Y2K fictional fracas… and still believe collapse is “just around the corner” ignoring all objective data, including data revealed by your own eyes.

        • elysianfield April 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

          Wpac,
          You might view “the corner” having been turned a million + times if you consider anyone who has lost their well-paying job and home. Those that have lost all have a perspective of that collapse…up close and personal…you should get out more.

  131. FincaInTheMountains April 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Meet Guccifer – Gucci + Lucifer – Marcel Lazar Lehel, an Armenian taxi driver who hacked half of the American elite, not knowing anything about programming. He says that in his work he used a little Cabbala, a little psychology and the metadata from the NSA.

    And he told it’s all in the court, where he was dragged to give testimony in the case of Hillary Clinton, whom he also hacked a little, and it may very well be that he has all of those e-mails, which she thinks were erased from her private server that she had no right to use for official correspondence as Secretary of State. But she used it anyway in order to be able to hide the evidence, exposing her as a criminal. Actually it is thanks to Guccifer the real investigation of Hillary Clinton has started, which is only now beginning to take serious turn.

    Very serious.

    To be more specific, everything now goes in circles, but if you draw all the individual lines connecting many dots, they all perfectly lie on a circle centered around Hillary – the creator of ISIS and its senior agent in the United States, who betrayed to her favorite Salafi friends all US agents in the Middle East, including Ambassador Stevens who threatened to expose her arms shipments from Libya to Syria and Iraq, which resulted in the ISIS from marauding gangs becoming a force of geopolitical proportion, comparable in power to the largest countries of the world.

    washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/hacker-who-exposed-clintons-private-email-bush-paintings-…

  132. Pucker April 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Must read: Mike Lofgren’s “The Deep State”. Read it and then emigrate before it’s too late. Frankenstein’s monster….

    fabiusmaximus.com/2016/01/25/review-mike-lofgren-deep-state-93398/

  133. Janos Skorenzy April 2, 2016 at 7:59 pm #