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The Leviathan

T he economic picture manufactured by the national consensus trance has never been more out of touch with reality in my lifetime. And so the questions as to what anyone might do can hardly be addressed. How can I protect my savings? Who do I vote for? How do I think about where my country is going? Incoherence reigns, especially in the circles ruled by those who guard the status quo, which includes the failing legacy news media.

The Federal Reserve has morphed from being a faceless background institution of the most limited purpose to a claque of necromancers and astrologasters, led by one grand vizier, in full public view pretending to steer a gigantic economic vessel that has, in fact, lost its rudder and is drifting into a maelstrom.

For more than a year, the fate of the nation has hung on whether the Fed might raise their benchmark interest rate one quarter of a percent. They talk about it incessantly, and therefore the mob of financial market observers has to chatter about it incessantly, and the chatter itself has appeared to obviate the need for any actual action on the matter. The Fed gets to influence markets without ever having to do anything. And mostly it has worked to produce the false narrative of an advanced economy that is working splendidly well to the advantage of the common good.

This is all occurring against the background of a larger global network of economic relations that is quite clearly breaking apart. The rising tensions between the US, Russia, China, and the Euro Union grew out of monetary mischief “innovated” by our central bank, especially the shenanigans around debt monetization, which have created dangerous distortions in markets, trade, and perceptions of national interest. Nations are rattling sabers at one another and bluster is in the air. The world is bankrupt after thirty years of borrowing from the future to throw a party in the present, and the authorities can’t acknowledge that.

But they can provide the conditions for disguising it, especially in the statistical hall of mirrors that once-upon-a-time produced meaningful signals for the movement of capital. Instead of reality-based choices and decisions, the task at hand for the people in charge has been the ever more baroque elaboration of a Potemkin economic false-front, behind which lies a landscape of ruin scavenged by desperate racketeers. That this racketeering has moved so seamlessly into the once-sacred precincts of medicine and higher ed ought to inform us how desperate and perilous it has become.

The latest installment of the disinformation game was Friday’s employment release from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was a “blockbuster,” implying blue skies everywhere from Montauk to Malibu. Except that no one with a remaining shred of critical faculty can be expected to believe it. 80 percent of the new jobs numbers were attributed to the mystical birth-death model, a pseudo-scientific fantasy of hypothetical new business starts and associated hypothetical new hires. Demographically, the most new jobs went to the over-55 age cohort — grocery baggers and Walmart greeters —  and the fewest to men 25 to 54 (that bracket substantially lost jobs). The official unemployment rate fell to 5.0 rate, with no meaningful discussion of the huge numbers of discouraged people who have dropped out of the workforce.

But the perception of an economy on full throttle chug sent the stock indexes up. The Dow, the S & P and the NASDAQ are the only signaling mechanisms that the legacy media pays attention to, and the politicos take their cues from them, in a feedback loop of false information that begets more delusional positive psychology in those same markets. I suspect the sentiment that reigns now is about nothing more than getting through the holiday season without a financial accident.

But this Fed now finds itself in a trap of its own making. Having so interminably yapped about the interest rate hike, the central bank will have to put up or shut up in December. Only the year-final BLS employment figures might give them an out, if the numbers don’t look so phosphorescent. I think the truth is, this phony baloney economy can’t withstand even a measly quarter-point benchmark interest rate hike. For one thing, it would blow up the operating models of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the buyers of home mortgages who are keeping the construction industry on life support, as well as the parallel rackets in securitized auto and student loans. Imagine all the derivatives bets that would go south. In reality, the Fed knows that it will have to shovel more ZIRP money into the debt-saturated maw of a dying financial leviathan. It can do that, of course, and probably will in the coming winter of 2016, but when that time comes, it will have absolutely no credibility left. And the leviathan will be a little closer to heaving up dead on the beach.

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  1. charlesbasak November 9, 2015 at 7:46 am #

    Hey James and friends,

    Here is a complimentary narrative to that of the fossil fuel fetishism normally put forward—I put in a twist (¿or kink?) that puts metals as the primary issue humans (and Earthen life) currently face, with fossil fuels as their handmaiden: subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/the-liberation-of-metals/

  2. Rodster November 9, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    The global eCONomy is being held together with financial glue and duct tape. You know you are at the end game when YOU HAVE to LIE to keep the system from collapsing.

    A saying I learned many years ago sums up for me Jim’s blog: “It just goes to show how figures lie and liars figure”.

  3. goat1001 November 9, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    All the big manufacturing companies and conglomerates are in bed with China – hence no jobs for most of the 25 to 54 male cohort. They are addicted to dirt cheap labor costs and that does not play well for the middle class.

  4. goat1001 November 9, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Rather than putting the brakes on outsourcing, the PTB have chosen rather to legislate even more trade deals that accelerates this toward even more dirt-cheap labor.

  5. orbit7er November 9, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    I am surprised that Kunstler did not mention the recent study of the decreased lifespan of the middle-aged white working class in the US as they commit suicide directly or drink or drug themselves to death.
    This seems to fit perfectly Kunstler narrative for some time of the collapse of Main street and traditional white working class culture and values. While the pedants are searching for a cause of this peculiarly American collapse versus Europe or Hispanics, it seems they miss the shredding of community in the anomic Auto Addicted suburbs. When the epitome of culture and entertainment is either Reality TV or junk consumption in Auto Addiction shopping malls what are people to do when they cannot afford the endless consumption of junk?
    The Geography of Nowhere is a very lonely place…
    Especially with no job, no money, no family ties and no community…

    • DrTomSchmidt November 9, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Yep, I expected a JHK comment. The future belongs to those who show up for it. Many “white” Americans seem to prefer oblivion.

      • whitesands13 November 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

        Although, as Terrance Mckenna was fond of saying,
        “That’s a complete rap in itself”
        Since and including President blowjob, the decay and disintegration have taken on a parabolic trajectory, each so called president has sped up the corruption and rot.
        Every real metric shows this to be true .
        Health and lifespan issues just show how far and fast the empire is falling.
        The same health metrics were seen just after the soviets VOTED themselves out of existence.
        We still have farther to fall
        What in God’s name will lifespan data look like after we hit the bottom?

      • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

        Not a word about Whites being completely betrayed by “their” leaders? Who have proceeded to put them on the bottom of the Federal spoils system? And beyond the economic, the country founded by their ancestors is now given away to new people – and their history trashed as the epitome of all evil. Yes, all that tends to eat away at one’s self image, even if subconsciously. Now based on your glib comment, it’s a pretty sure bet that you are on board with at least some of this. You thought Zinn’s book was fantastic, didn’t ya Tom?

        • DrTomSchmidt November 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

          Didn’t read it, Janos. As to on board with it? Well, my comment is underhanded praise for Mormons, OrthodoxJews, Amish, and Trad Catholics who know that demography is destiny, and don’t invest their capitalist excess in more crap from the China Mart bought at the mall in Sprawlistan, but rather in more of those cute little things that grow to responsible adulthood.

          I do reject the title of “White,” however. I prefer to think of myself as Franco-Hapsburgian, and rue that European tribalism was extinguished by the “melting pot.”

          • Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

            Glad to hear it. You have much more in common with other Whites than you do with Africans or East Asians. You have to be White to be a European nationality after all. I mean in reality, in spirit, and not the absurdities being foisted on us by the hour.

    • Neon Vincent November 9, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      I was surprised, too. However, our host did cross the idea’s path when he mentioned that the least job growth occurred among men of prime working age. The stress of unemployment and underemployment is one of the causes often blamed for the increase in mortality among middle-aged working-class Whites in the U.S., but not elsewhere.

      I was also surprised to read that he agrees with Paul Krugman, who also thinks that the Fed raising the overnight funds rate is a bad idea, although Krugman doesn’t seem to think that the circumstances are quite that dire. Ah, well, one can reach the same conclusion from different starting points using different paths.

      Our host also referenced the question, “who should I vote for?” In Michigan, the answer right now seems to be Ben Carson. The latest poll shows Carson leading Clinton and Sanders in Michigan while Trump loses to both. The poll before that showed Carson leading Trump as well. All of this despite Carson believing in a reason for the the construction of the Pyramids right out of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Let’s see how long the good doctor’s lead lasts in the light of media scrutiny.

    • chipshot November 9, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Comments like that are why I bother to read through the comments.

      Last two sentences are especially true. And so sad.

    • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      No job, no money, no family ties and no community…America! America! God shed his guns on thee. And crown thy good with brother’s from the hood, from street to slimy street.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Exactly. We’re gonna need those guns. And as Dr Ben wisely said, the Jews couldn’t of used some too! (just operating within the consensus narrative here. Like a great master in the bardo, I’m appearing in this man’s dream in order to wake him up.)

    • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      Perhaps Jimmy was wisely avoiding any mention of skin color after lasts weeks rant against his suzy cream cheese colllege girl critic. And in fairness it is not just less educated white bubbas in clown clothes who are having troubles. It is all poor people.

      Life expectancy falling for the poorest Americans

      The divide between the rich and poor widens and it is this widening schism that keeps the leviathan on life support. A reverse Robin Hood economy that sacrifices the health of the poor for the good of the mail-voting asian/white rentier class. Stealing from the poor all to keep the vital juices of a status-quo large enough to vote the same-old same-old politicians back into office flowing. That is what America has become, a fire sale in salvage mode.

      Neglecting those not so well off is a now a cornerstone of American economic policy. As I go into work today perhaps I’ll snap a picture of the new tent city along I-90 I now pass every day on my way into work. A tent city that does not matter and which nobody cares about as long as there are enough voters who know no way but the two-party way drive by to a day of cubicle comfort.

      • elysianfield November 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

        ” A tent city that does not matter and which nobody cares about as long as there are enough voters who know no way but the two-party way drive by to a day of cubicle comfort.”

        As Phil Oachs would say”…and they got too much, already, and besides, we got the cops…”
        Outside of a small circle of friends..

      • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

        Cream cheese? More hate speech from the dog.

        • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

          From you that is a complement since you have everything backwards. As backwards as forgetting that Susie was not defending your point view and is in fact completely antethetical to you stance. Last weeks attack on Jim having a problem with the inprecision of jive talk is a great example of what you consider to be whites shitting on their own culture. Yet your desire to make my fur fall out overrode your desire to advance your own cause.

          So again, thanks for the complement. It furthers my contention that you are not serious and have an altogether different agenda here.

          • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

            your stance

          • toktomi November 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

            “complement” or compliment?

            ~toktomi~

          • K-Dog November 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

            It’s always something tomtomi.

          • toktomi November 15, 2015 at 5:13 am #

            Is there an answer in there, k-dong or are just whining again?

      • dweebus November 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

        As as the schism widens, more people fall into it. For those who have new jobs, part-time is the order of the day. Wages are flat and the former middle class watches their purchasing power erode. Stress abides. The traditional role of a working age man was as breadwinner. That role is eliminated. Rather than an asset to the household, he sees himself as an anachronism, or worse yet a burden. So he turns to the anesthetic of choice. Booze, precription drugs, what have you. And yes, sadly, suicide. Anything that kills the pain…

        As to your tent city, I am quite sure the authorities will clear it soon enough. They have elsewhere. After all, we can’t have such visible reminders of our approching third world status.

    • WannaBleave November 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Great comment! First thing I thought when I saw articles about declining lifespan of white men was…. RUSSIA. Their life expectancy has collapsed with their adoption of “Disaster Capitalism” – – now we are on the same path.

  6. Greg Knepp November 9, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    I’m reminded of the Protestant Reformation of the 1500’s. The Catholic Church was in early collapse mode due, in part, to the emergence of the power of the state. The papal supernova event was embodied in the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica – a project of such grandiose proportion that it sucked the wealth out of all of Europe, mostly through the collection of tithes, offerings and indulgences from commoners and aristocrats alike.

    When Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry XIII (among others) said ‘fuck this!’ their grounds for rebellion were clothed in various theological rationales. But, in truth, they sensed that the beached leviathan wasn’t so powerful after all, and that it was time to pull the plug.

    We are at that point.

    • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      Interesting take. It would have been a good time to kill the church. I suppose that was why the Jesuits started.

      • Farmer McGregor November 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

        Seawolf, you may think you’re kidding, but you may be right on — one of the early jobs of the Jesuits was to formulate a spin on biblical end-time prophecies that would push the arrival of a singular ‘anti-christ’ individual into the far off future. Referred to as the futurist interpretation, they successfully made this the dominant belief among pretty much all of Christendom, including the ‘rapture’ doctrine so beloved of evangelicals. The reformers of the middle ages, once they had access to the scriptures via the printing press, decided that the pope ‘sits in the seat of the anti-christ’.

        There were specific Jesuit scholars assigned to the task of diverting attention away from this little problem.

        • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

          Martin Luther called the Catholic Church the “Whore of Babylon.” I have come to the conclusion that the whore is Saudi Arabia and that the woman is Islam, specifically Mecca. If you view the Kaaba from above it actually looks like a woman. It has 10 horns and 7 heads. And the world is drunk from the wine of her fornication: OIL.

          • Farmer McGregor November 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

            Very interesting. I must ponder this.

            I lean toward Luther’s opinion, that the great whore is not just the ‘holy roman church’, but as the “mother of prostitutes” she spawned the whole of the western institutional Christian church system — including Lutheranism!

          • seawolf77 November 10, 2015 at 11:22 am #

            islamic.catchsmile.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Kaaba-10.jpg

        • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

          The philosopher (?) or thinker John Gray sees much of modern thought and politics, as I recall, as an unconscious continuation of medieval apocalyptic Christianity. He sees modern evangelical atheism as a *crude* offshoot of this teleological way of looking at things (ie the onward march of Mankind, simplistic battle between Good and Evil).

          In a quite similar vein, the late Richard Webster (Sceptical Essays website) sees the modern witch hunting phenomenon, particularly those hunting the always phantom paedophile rings run by the Rich and Powerful, as being a perversion of English puritanism. It has influenced journalism enormously (he gives a lot of space to WJ Stead, the campaigning Victorian journalist).

          This is quite long but very interesting.

          richardwebster.net/jersey1.htm

          There is a part 2, which gets closer to the point I am making here.

          There is probably something to this (more to Webster’s point of view than Gray’s). Still, my own psychological explanation is better overall. For example, I explain the extravert’s compulsion to reduce everything to cliché ‘extravert cliché’ and his love of rhetorical flourish (what else?) ‘extravert rhetoric’. The latter sometimes seems to end up in what some call ‘reification’: the words on the page have an independent existence of what they purport to describe. Introverts like myself can enjoy all this but tend to try to look beyond them.

          I think this apocalyptic analysis is itself a good example of extravert cliché and (possibly) rhetoric.

          In my view people hold all these strange modern beliefs simply because they do. Of course there is an economic angle (as JFK alludes to here regarding the corruption of higher education) but I am more and more convinced that the irrationality trumps that. For example, Merkel reacted emotionally and without forethought over the refugee situation in early September. Another good example is the economic senselessness of the global warming movement. I am reading Christopher Booker’s excellent analysis of this bogus movement, which actually has quite a lot in common with the apocalyptic tradition referred to above. The amusing thing as that those inside these bubbles fail to realize it. (Of course they do or they wouldn’t stay inside them would they?)

          • basil November 10, 2015 at 9:26 am #

            good post, until you denied anthropogenic global warming. it is proven, and posts like this continue to slow the necessary responses.

          • Sean Coleman November 10, 2015 at 9:37 am #

            Basil

            Here is an almost random article from Donna Laframboise’s website:

            nofrakkingconsensus.com/2015/09/01/3-things-scientists-need-to-know-about-the-ipcc/

          • Sean Coleman November 10, 2015 at 9:38 am #

            Peter Hitchens is of course onto it:

            hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2015/11/warmists-armed-with-windmills-are-the-real-threat-to-britain…

          • Sean Coleman November 10, 2015 at 9:40 am #

            And to complete the trilogy here’s Booker’s latest article (which I am going to read now). I have his excellent book on the subject.

            telegraph.co.uk/comment/11968064/Why-the-Paris-climate-treaty-will-be-the-flop-of-the-year.html

          • sauerkraut November 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

            Sean, please elaborate on “economic senselessness”. I have never heard the term before, and parsing it only leads me to question how it could be applied to global warming. It seems to me that it is simply an emotional smear, but I await your response. Perhaps you meant to say “the butternut baby of …”?

            Although this is getting tiresome, it is nevertheless my duty. I will repeat.

            I think that you must mean “anthropogenic global warming”, rather than “global warming”. The former is a theory, and a very good one. It starts from a calculation based on direct observation, that the globe as a whole is warming. Local examples: the volume of Arctic ice is in retreat, California is in drought, some snow-pack fed rivers are low, the North Atlantic Conveyor is slowing, Greenland’s ice is melting. The calculation shows that 14 of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years.

            Against this mountain of evidence, there are scurrilous attacks by non-scientists (who, because of their lack of credentials, must know more about science, in this anti-intellectual excuse for a society). There is mis-use of “exceptions” by those who have never heard of Time Series Analysis, and who think that they are qualified thereby. Just “gud ole cumin sends” doesn’t cut it for a scientific debate any more than it does for a cancer diagnosis.

            So, we have a well defined effect, which no-one but the most willfully ignorant can dispute.

            Second, we have a plausible mechanism for this effect, greenhouse gasses.

            Third, we have an excellent correlation between the two.

            All of this has been worked out in the greatest detail, by thousands of individuals who are all brutally honest by training, and most of them brutally honest by nature.

            Now, if you find the case to be unconvincing, just point to the error, and at least one oil company will make you a very rich man. Of course, appeals to “gud ole cumin sends”, made by anyone whatsoever, regardless of his journalistic credentials, will be treated with all the contempt they deserve.

          • sauerkraut November 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

            On reviewing my post, I find that I used the phrase, “no-one but the most willfully ignorant can dispute.” This was a mistake.

            I meant to say, “only an apparently dwindling number will bother to dispute.”

          • sauerkraut November 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

            I must be getting old. Another error. I meant to say,

            “I think that you must mean “anthropogenic global warming”, rather than “global warming”. The former is a theory, and a very good one. The latter is a fact. It is derived from calculations based on direct observation …”

          • Sean Coleman November 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

            Sauerkraut

            Sorry, I meant the man-made one. There is plenty of evidence for natural warming. There were some clear cycles in the 20th century for example with temperatures rising and dipping. There were larger cycles over the last two millennia, with warmth during the Roman period followed by a cold period, and so on every few hundred years.

            I am just reading up on this but all the signs show that this is (yet) another case of people getting carried away. This is clearly a political phenomenon rather than a scientific one. The IPCC’s track record in honesty and integrity is very poor, and right from the start. See Laframboise’s site I linked to above. There are a lot of scientists among the politicians and rock stars but a great many of them are not in the specialist field of climate study. And of course scientists themselves are just as prone to group-think or hysteria as any other group. (See Rupert Sheldrake’s Science Delusion which discusses, inter alia, how any criticism of scientific materialist orthodoxy is dismissed as intellectually not respectable.)

            The IPCC have consistently and continually played a unscrupulous PR game and their reports have not fairly reflected the views of all of the scientists involved. The timing and the methods involved in the notorious ‘hockey stick’ graph were unscrupulous. I can’t go into detail as time and space won’t permit, but you should look at Laframboise’s criticisms or Booker’s book.

            This fits into a wider pattern of human behaviour involving hysteria and deceit. To take just one example we know what economic orthodoxy has been responsible for. There is an extensive list of things where received opinion is quite wrong. It is interesting (if also annoying) to see how its most fervent supporters adjust without trouble to conditions once the reigning orthodoxy (whatever its nature) collapses, as it must, after colliding with reality. Don’t expect admissions of error.

            Underpinning this is an odd, yet unmistakeable, psychological law involving extraverts, which I won’t go into here, and which isn’t required anyway in order to understand my points.

            I forgot to address your point about economic senselessness. Look at my Hitchens link above. The EU, and Britain in particular, are committed for their own reasons (psychological, EU looking for a supranational role in order to flex its muscle) to reducing emissions while the biggest offenders, in particular China and India, are increasing their own. I think Hitchens points out that Britain is demolishing its remaining coal power stations while China continues to build a new one every week. Britain will be left without sufficient energy to run its economy and reliant on pretty useless windmills. It seems that America was fortunate to have elected Bush when it did and not Gore as you might have been put in the same position.

          • Sean Coleman November 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

            I missed out your claim that scientists are ‘brutally honest’ both by training and nature. This is an act of faith and I see nothing anywhere to back it up. Educated people are not immune from irrationality and are often the biggest suckers. Last week’s post and all the Good Little Maoists on here and everywhere illustrates this. Do a word search for Richard Webster Sceptical Essays and ‘good cause corruption’ for one man’s view. His two part essay about the Flat Earth News gives another angle on it.

          • Sean Coleman November 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

            By the way, I disliked science at school and I gave it up after O Level (16 yrs) but I was by some distance the most gifted, academically, in my selective school (they were called ‘grammar schools’ in England). After I got hold of a decent (that is, traditional) text book before my mock Physics exam I finished up 11% ahead of the next boy, and he was in turn 9% (or was it 12?) ahead of the third placed (funny how the memory retains such detail). I also surprised myself when looking through the attic years later to see that I had won a prize that year for chemistry too. Chemistry? I began to study psychology at university but I instinctively bristled at its pretensions to scientific rigour. Knowing what I do now about the subject I think I was right.

          • sauerkraut November 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

            Sorry Sean, I can’t agree with much you said.

            Yes, scientific orthodoxy does get in the way of progress, but that happens over generations, as an old guard is invested in positions which once seemed right. AWG is too young for that, and is still dynamic: old models are constantly rejected in favor of the new. It is fields like geology and physics in which scientific orthodoxy becomes a serious problem.

            Further, there is a good reason to discount fringe results: most of them turn out to be wrong. Nevertheless, there are a few well intentioned individuals who insist, year after year, than General Relativity is a big joke. Their dedication does not make them right – but new data might.

            Yes, I agree that there have been climate cycles. But do you not also know that we are far outside the range of recent global climate cycles?

            The point about science is not that it is perfect. It is a way of knowing, and is, in the long term, self-correcting. That makes it inherently superior to assertions made by journalists or others who have trouble with facts. This very definitely includes most of those in the behavioral “sciences”, whose grasp of mathematics and statistics is thin at best.

            I know of some mistakes by the IPCC, I know of a few intentionally misleading assertions, but the overwhelming preponderance of the work has been highly ethical. The only people I see who are “getting carried away” are those who resort to the most elementary of logical errors, “argumentum ad hominum”, otherwise known as character assassination. It is, I suppose, easier than pointing to the relevant differential equation and saying, “That is the source of your error, because ….” Doesn’t require quite so much mathematical sophistication, you see.

            You have read that the “IPCC’s track record in honesty and integrity is very poor”. Compared to what? Journalists in the pay of vested interests? Examples, please – and you are going to need a lot of them, and very solid, to back up that kind of categorical assertion. And, please, reputable sources only. Suspect sources are just that, suspect.

            “Unscrupulous PR game” is also a strong accusation. Extra-ordinary claims require extra-ordinary proofs. I am afraid that referring to a few journalists and behavioral scientists does not constitute proof, much less extra-ordinary proof.

            “This fits into a wider pattern … involving hysteria and deceit.” Proof? I see no credible evidence of either hysteria or deceit, except in the denial camp. I see assertions. Anyone can play the assertion game. For example, what if someone asserted “Sean is a carrot?” Could we not safely dismiss your refutation on the grounds that carrots don’t type? Assertions don’t cut it. Evidence does. Where is it?

            And I really don’t think you are on very solid ground when you assert that, “There are a lot of scientists among the politicians and rock stars …” Words fail.

          • Sean Coleman November 14, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

            sauerkraut

            This isn’t about mathematical sophistication but human nature.

            Again, I refer you to Donna Laframboise’s site for evidence of IPCC dishonesty. She has also written a book about it. There is plenty of evidence in Christopher Booker’s The Real Global Warming Disaster, which I am reading. You surely don’t expect me to itemize it all in a blog post.

            Here’s one example however from Booker’s book:

            Frederick Seitz, former President of the US National Academy of Sciences, under the title Major Deception on Global Warming wrote in the Wall Street Journal of 12 June 1996 that the IPCC’s latest report would be held in high regard “because it has been peer reviewed.. These scientists have laid their reputation on the line. But this report is not what it appears to be – it is not the version approved by the contributing scientists listed on the title page. In my more than 60 years as a member of the American scientific community… I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events which led up to this IPCC report.”

            As for the infallibility of science and scientists, Sheldrak describes (p27 of the book I mentioned) a view similar to yours as “hopelessly naïve in the context of the history and sociology of science. It portrays scientists as open-minded seekers of truth, not ordinary people competing for funds and prestige, constrained by peer-group pressures and hemmed in by prejudices and taboos.”

            This is actually very like Richard Webster’s description of journalists which he uses in his criticism (article again already cited by me) of journalist Nick Davies’s Flat Earth News, in which journalists are shown as ostensibly seeking the truth (and failing to do this).

            It also applies to the ridiculous academics whose world view has been accepted by GLMs (Good Little Maoists) everywhere, and, more passively, by many others too.

            If I had time and space I could then venture a very convincing theory of my own (far more convincing, if also more surprising, than man-made global warming (I’ll leave out the pretentious Greek-rooted ‘a’ word in favour of plain English)) as to how and why these things happen.

          • Sean Coleman November 14, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

            To give you an idea of how versatile my theory is please see this shortish thread from the Irish Economy website from a few weeks ago.

            irisheconomy.ie/index.php/2015/09/16/new-york-times-a-migration-juggernaut-is-headed-for-europe/

            I posted it before, though I doubt anyone looked at it. It is interesting in that it is the only serious debate I know of about the issue of immigration in recent Irish history, sparked off by the decision to accept 4,000 Syrian ‘refugees’ (which will swell towards 20k once family members have joined them). Unfortunately my argument (it was left basically to myself to carry the argument although I know little about economics) appears disjointed and repetitive because (as I said before here) some of my posts didn’t pass the moderator, one of which did later reappear (to the best of my memory) some days after I had already rewritten and posted it, replacing for some reason another post I had written (and which had, as far as I recall, actually made it onto the blog) mocking another contributor (Michael Hennigan).

          • Sean Coleman November 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

            sauerkraut

            To give you an idea of how versatile my theory is please see this shortish thread from the Irish Economy website from a few weeks ago.

            irisheconomy.ie/index.php/2015/09/16/new-york-times-a-migration-juggernaut-is-headed-for-europe/

            I posted it before, though I doubt anyone looked at it. It is interesting in that it is the only serious debate I know of about the issue of immigration in recent Irish history, sparked off by the decision to accept 4,000 Syrian ‘refugees’ (which will swell towards 20k once family members have joined them). Unfortunately my argument (it was left basically to myself to carry the argument although I know little about economics) appears disjointed and repetitive because (as I said before here) some of my posts didn’t pass the moderator, one of which did later reappear (to the best of my memory) some days after I had already rewritten and posted it, replacing for some reason another post I had written (and which had, as far as I recall, actually made it onto the blog) mocking another contributor (Michael Hennigan).

          • sauerkraut November 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

            Sean, Sean, Sean. Where to start?

            We are talking about ideas, Sean. Gravity doesn’t make things fall up just because Newton was mean to his cat.

            More generally, it is a logical fallacy to attack the men and not the ideas. Where is your critique of the ideas of AGW?

            Critique the ideas of AGW, Sean. Failing that, attack the authors for holding ridiculous beliefs, e.g. denying evolution (oops, that is your sainted Booker), defending asbestos (Booker again), researching parapsychology (Sheldrake), or having no relevant qualifications (Laframboise’s degree is in Women’s Studies, I understand). Oops, that seems to be your crowd.

            According to Wiki, DL reported the “scandal” that when the IPCC cited its facts, in nearly half the chapters, less than 60% of the citations were peer reviewed. Thus, by her own statistics, more than half the chapters had more than 60% of the citations peer reviewed. For some reason, she appeared to think that this was a scandal. So apparently do you. Why?

            Let’s list some possible sources which are not peer reviewed: New York Times (e.g. evidence of storm surge flooding), Wall Street Journal (e.g. reporting an actuarial conference on climate change), a supervised Master’s thesis, a supervised Ph.D. thesis (e.g. a new method of numerical analysis), etc.

            Yes, Sean, I looked up your sources. And I rest my case.

          • sauerkraut November 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

            Sean, I think that perhaps I can connect with you through a different approach.

            You have a theory. How would you like to see it debated?

            First, there is an honest debate on the merits of your theory. The data is this, the plausible mechanism is that, the correlation is determined as follows … Predictions are these, observations are those, and statistically … And so the theory tends to be confirmed by these tests …

            Second, there is the way you are debating AWG. This theory of Sean’s is crap because the guy admits to not even liking science. Does he have an advanced degree? Is he tenured? But I heard that he was mean to his cat. So his theory is just crap.

            Now the second method is one long logical error, “argumentum ad hominem”. If you don’t want your own work to be judged this way, but instead according to its merits, perhaps you should do unto others.

            Just a thought.

          • Sean Coleman November 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

            sauerkraut

            ‘I rest my case.’

            That’s what Lionel Hutz says, the incompetent lawyer in the Simpsons: “I watched an episode of Matlock in a bar last night. The sound was off, but I got the gist of it.”

            I thought you said you were getting on in years yet you argue like an undergraduate, and not a very bright one.

            Let’s try one more time. The case for man-made global warming depends on an assertion that there is an overwhelming consensus among scientists and that the evidence is irrefutable. On the strength of this Britain is getting rid of its reliable energy sources (such as coal fired power stations and coal mines) and replacing them with useless ‘renewables’ such as windmills.

            In line with a long list of episodes of mass hysteria MMGM caught the imagination of the media and some impressionable scientists and politicians. The IPCC was found repeatedly to be acting dishonesty. I gave you one good piece of evidence as requested, Frederick Seitz, who said the IPCC were not fit for purpose (he was being polite). The notorious hockey stick graph, which played a pivotal role in cranking up the hysteria, was based on selective use of evidence that a bright seven-year-old would laugh at. If you don’t see this ‘as a scandal’ then ‘why?’

            The only sensible, indeed sane response, is to treat this theory with scepticism. The climate is by general agreement highly complex and I am sceptical that it can be shoehorned into simplistic (not to say dodgy) computer models by people in white coats.

            I waded through your tedious statistics about 60% of the report’s chapters being peer reviewed. What you don’t seem to notice, perhaps because Wiki doesn’t tell you, is that the grossest dishonesty happened in one of its easily most crucial chapters. The scientists involved had agreed a wording and then, behind their backs, this was later changed by the ‘lead writer’ (or whatever) to something alarmist, which the IPCC then used, cynically (I won’t say ‘coldly and cynically’ as I believe calmness does not exist alongside hysteria) to manipulate the media, public opinion and, ultimately, politicians.

            Now, you need to treat Wiki with caution. It is useful, as Peter Hitchens says, in finding out what other people. I view it as a reliable source of current received opinion (which can change quickly). It’s useful if you want to know the weight, in metric measurements, of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (I’m not making this up) or how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall, but its judgements should be treated with great caution.

            Sheldrake reports on his website as having been the target of an organized campaign of what could be called zealots of scientism, a highly intolerant group of people. Here’s their leader in action:

            youtube.com/watch?v=5FuJT9mp0jw

            I am not denying that there is natural global warming. If you look at what I wrote earlier you will see that I already said as much, but obviously you didn’t. Perhaps it is your natural brutal honesty that is to blame. So if the temperatures go up, then later in the cycle they will come down again, as has been seen in the past.

            You are clearly so blindly convinced of the absolute veracity of your side that you didn’t look at the evidence I suggested or even read my posts. The silliest bit is that you say it is about ideas not people or their characters, and yet you then go on to attempt to ridicule the authors I mentioned. (And, yes, Women’s Studies does not give initial grounds for confidence.)

            sauerkraut, I have now run out of time and space. My wife is getting annoyed that I have been spending time on the computer this evening on this wild goose chase instead of talking (ie listening) to her, and nobody else will probably read my comments anyway, so it will have to end here.

            PS throwing jargon like ‘logical fallacy’ (I think I know what it means, but I really don’t care) around while you fail so glaringly in reasoned argument seems to show that you are relying on extravert rhetoric where all else fails. Can I take it you are an extravert?

          • sauerkraut November 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

            “I rest my case.” It’s what lots of people say. I cannot answer for them. You seem to have graduated to a slightly more sophisticated logical fallacy, exemplified by: “If dogs have four feet, and this cat has four feet, this cat is a dog.”

            I am still waiting for you to provide any information whatsoever on anything done in this century, which can be disproved. Don’t make assertions, don’t use ad hominem attacks, make arguments, such as “this differential equation is wrong, because …”

            When I showed you how your “sources” were highly vulnerable to the mere questioning of their qualifications, you became quite irritated, yet you expect me to take your far more extreme assertions without question. Who now is irrational?

            Finally, how do you want your theory to be discussed? On its merits, or on your lack of merit? If the former, you might wish to extend the same courtesy to others.

          • Sean Coleman November 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

            sauerkraut

            I came back to this conversation because I wanted to clarify something I said about Donna Lafroimboise and I see you have posted again since my final reply (indeed I hadn’t seen your penultimate post before I wrote that).

            I suppose congratulations are in order as I haven’t often come across a poster of such Olympian obtuseness as yourself, and you manage to combine it with a condescending style affecting the lofty tones of an irreproachable, disinterested seeker after the truth, referring dismissively to ‘logical fallacies’ and shaking your head despairingly at the use of ad hominem by scientific ignoramuses such as your humble servant, yet you to apply the same ad hominem approach yourself. Indeed, you seem almost to *rely* on it.

            Now I find the magister tapping his foot impatiently, “still” waiting for me to provide evidence for something I never undertook to do, nor was asked to do (until now), and bemoaning my lack of courtesy. You also detect a note of “irritation” in what I have written. Well really, some people! AS if there was was anything to get irritated about!

            (Since you have asked that question I can point to the ocular industry and tell you that their understanding of the accommodation mechanism in the eye, which is imposed with the same intolerance as in many other fields of science and medicine, is in some very important respects quite wrong. This is the so-called Helmholtz Theory. (No doubt you are now checking this on Wikipedia in your zeal to extinguish heresy wherever it raises its head.) I know this from my own personal experience. (See the iblindness website.) For those with a sharp mind, Helmholtz, a 19th C German scientist, played a leading role in the imposition of our present “scientific materialist” dogma.

            And all this (and more!) from the very person who has refused to engage with any of my points.

            You offer stupidity and dishonesty in equal measure. The thought did cross my mind that this is an elaborate wind-up. If so you are good. An example of the heights reached in Artifical Intelligence? Tempting, but no. You are simply a true believer braving a flood tide of unreason and superstition (cue another shake of the head in sorrow and regret).

            Just a couple of quick clarifications while I’m here.

            I am not asking you to look at my own theory. I have already said this. It helps to explain *why* people like you are irrational but it is not necessary to demonstrate merely *that* they are irrational. Indeed, my theory (such as it is) would expect people such as your good self not to actually be able to understand it, assuming you are an extravert.

            I should also remind you, and anyone else who may read this (unlikely as that may be), that you butted in here on the strength of a mere aside made in a comment in which I dismissed MMGW. It was in your own self-appointed role as a science heresy-hunter that you found your way here, performing your sacred duty to defend the eternal truths of the priesthood and the “brutally honest” men and woman to sacrifice their lives to the (infallibly “self-correcting”!) cause. You could not make this up.

            You laughably assert that I should not challenge WWGW (which I have explained is set to wreck the British economy, while wiser governments stay well clear) because I have already admitted that “I don’t like science”. If you read what I wrote, I was also the best science student in my whole year.

            Finally, it is clear that as soon as you half-read my comments you set off like a hound after a hare to Wikipedia (or was it Siri?) to sniff out the heresy. Donna Laframboise did Women’s Studies! Christopher Booker is an Evolution Denier!! Wiki, by its nature manned by worthy but dull Wikipedes like yourself who sacrifice their free time for a greater cause duly obliged. And then you return here breathless to dismiss these people while at the same time accusing me of ad hominem. (Sorry, “argumentum ad hominem”, which is presumably a more serious offence.)

            Do you mind me asking you if you are involved with Wiki in an editorial role?

            Finally my clarification regarding Laframboise. I checked Wiki to check your own methods and my instinct did not let me down.

            This is what the Wikipedes have to say about her, though I doubt they mean it as praise:

            “In 1997 Laframboise published The Princess at the Window: A New Gender Morality, a book critical of many aspects of contemporary feminism. Gender studies scholar Joan Sangster went so far [as] to call Laframboise an “anti-feminist”, and dismissed her “frontal attack” on abuse accusations against Grandview Training School for Girls staff in the 1990s.”

            Good girl, Donna. I knew ya wouldn’t let me down!

            And here I really must end my correspondence with sauerkraut, a simple man with a simple faith and committed science Good Little Maoist, as my wife has again starting to complain about me. The typing, she has just told me, is getting on her nerves. And what am I writing about? Where, I ask you, do I start?

          • sauerkraut November 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

            Thank you, Sean. Now anyone can measure the exact strength of your case.

          • Sean Coleman November 16, 2015 at 6:53 am #

            You are very welcome. Keep up the faith!

    • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      Greg

      My understanding of what happened in Henry VIII’s England (I don’t know much about Europe but would not be surprised to see similarities) is that the Reformation was all about securing title for the new owners of land. The Black Death had reduced population but left capital intact, encouraging personal expenditure (among other things, including a break-up of the feudal system on the land as labour was suddenly very scarce). In England that encouraged a switch from tillage to pasture (‘up horn down corn’) to supply the wool trade which was really taking off. The feudal ‘owners’ of land were turning into proprietors and their only duty now was to make serious money, which wool gave them the opportunity to do. The monateries, which Henry dissolved, owned a relatively large amount of land, and this was a further factor. But the main reason for the break with :Rome was that the Pope could no longer call into question these novel and very fragile land tenures.

      This happened in England because its climate was on the edge of the capitalist tillage system (pastoral Ireland lay completely outside it to the west). The rest of Western Europe later followed.

      • dweebus November 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

        Um, yes and no. The driver for the Anglican Reformation was political. Remember, Henry VIII was declared Defender of the Faith for his vociferous arguments against Luther. He only broke with the Church of Rome when his anullment was denied.

        The Enclosures did run somewhat concurrently with the Reformation, but they were not caused by it. And yes, the wool trade was a huge driver.

        “Your shepe that were wont to be so meke and tame, and so smal eaters, now, as I heare saye, be become so great devowerers and so wylde, that they eate up and swallow down the very men them selfes. They consume, destroye, and devoure whole fields, howses and cities . . . Noble man andgentleman, yea and certeyn Abbottes leave no ground for tillage, thei inclose all into pastures; they throw down houses; they pluck down townes, and leave nothing standynge but only the churche to be made a shepehowse.” -Thomas More

        A great piece on Enclosure: thelandmagazine.org.uk/articles/short-history-enclosure-britain

        • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

          The trouble with the argument that it was all political is that it resembles one of those old BBC costume dramas where it all revolves around Henry’s lovelife. They used to bore me to sleep when I was a child. I think someone once termed it the Cleopatra’s Nose theory of history: if her hooter had been a quarter of an inch longer (whatever that is in metric measurements) Mark Anthony wouldn’t have fallen for her, and so on, so changing the course of history.

          Crotty’s analysis (did he come up with it himself, I wonder) explains why a strong state was essential and why it was equally essential that the Papacy could never on any future occasion undermine the precarious new titles to private property in land. Equally, the theology, like modern economic theory, served merely as intellectual clothing,

          Crotty argued that the climate in England was crucial as in the milder, damper conditions the superior productivity of tillage was marginal and it didn’t need much of a push to set ploughland to pasture, which requires a much lower labour force than tillage. The profits from the wool trade provided it.

          He uses More’s quote, as well he might, as it is beautiful. You can see how this, and the later enclosures, led to such high unemployment. (Polanyi’s superb Great Transformation has an absorbing chapter on the end of the old poor law and the new law of 1834. I read after seeing it recommended on an economics blog.)

    • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      Its hard to argue against economics as the main driver in the present circumstances but (see last week’s thread) I am convinced that the intellectual or psychological angle is just as important in sustaining mass delusion across the board.

    • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      I should, regarding the rise of the state, have added that a strong state was indispensible if the new titles were to be enforced.

      • Greg Knepp November 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #

        You’ve added depth to my point. The demise of papist supremacy was a long and complex process. Decay seldom takes place in a straight line. But the fact remains that the aristocrats of northern Europe smelled Roman blood and, for a variety of reasons, either supported the Reformation or stood idly by, declining to lend aid to the parasite church.

        • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

          My analysis was taken from the late Raymond Crotty’s Ireland in Crisis (1986). I’d like to be able to take credit for it myself but I’d never have come up with it. He was a self-taught farmer, self-taught economist (to work out why he was making no more from his productive, labour-intensive farm than his next-door neighbour who did nothing but let cattle run wild) and advisor or whatever in third-world countries, where he saw the structural problems up close. I wrote a bit more about him yesterday on the last thread.

    • InquiringMind November 11, 2015 at 3:23 am #

      You know,… on observing the Republican debate tonight, I had a startling gestalt about Ben Carson’s popularity with Republican Evangelicals…… I have “seen” this movie before!!! Remember the PTL club? Evangelicals seem to develop this mania towards people they deem to have “messianic ” Christian qualities .I am afraid Ben Carson will end up disappointing his followers as well .This is a pattern that repeats itself repeatedly with them. There seems to be something of the “snake oil salesman” televangelist about him. He seems to have seduced them and feathered his nest well to try to be president..Heaven help us!!!!

      Also about the other candidate’s push for a “No fly Zone”over Syria …(Hillary supports this idea too!!!) Well I don’t think it is a smart idea at all……,as the geography of Syria isn’t friendly to this and how would we know who the “good guys” were? Geese help me I’m so tired of feeling manipulated by “stupid”

  7. FincaInTheMountains November 9, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I wouldn’t worry about the FED that much, FED is tightly under Obama’s White House.

    I’d worry about casillion of US security agencies and which side they are going to be on when a push comes to shove in a few months – the Constitutional authority or the War Party.

    • SteveO November 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

      You give Obama too much credit. Both he and the FED are under control of the TBTF “financial institutions”.

      Hillary is the same way. As president, she wouldn’t make a single decision without first calling her masters on Wall Street.

      • WannaBleave November 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

        Isn’t that true of everyone except Bernie and Rand?

  8. FincaInTheMountains November 9, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    “The world is bankrupt after thirty years of borrowing from the future to throw a party in the present, and the authorities can’t acknowledge that.”

    Not sure how is “authorities acknowledging” the real state of affairs would help the situation. Not by reading comments to that blog.

    Who needs more useless panic?

    • Walter B November 9, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      There is no reason for acknowledgement. The transition into the next phase of the American Experience will be far smoother if it is allowed to be slowly perpetrated upon the distracted, disheveled clones that do the work and keep the machine supporting those who do not produce value in the Cat Bird’s seat. The Stock Market should be soaring to new highs as it is because the corporate owners of America have not only achieved superior rights over the citizens but are happily taking the handouts from the Fed at the expense of the value makers so that the party can go on. The American standard of living is quickly degrading and those that are brought in from the jungles of the South and the deserts of the Middle East will be more than happy at whatever level of poverty they are given once they settle in here. Look to them America for they know how to live with little or nothing, you will need to do the same or perish.

      Those who are profiting from the transition are now busy building apartments, condos and other rentals in which to house the new slaves and it is going on in a big way. Hey it’s a good thing, it keeps the dead economy working, or at least those undocumented walk-ins that are the bulk of the labor force. We are reverting to the Slave Labor Model once employed by the ancients and it is due in part to that greatest of Man-Gods, Gordon Gecco who set us all up as baitfish with his “Greed is Good” mantra. Good for a few but not good for the losers doing the work. Prepare yourselves for acceptance, it is your only option.

      • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 10:36 am #

        I like your comments, but I quibble with your last line. Does the increased mortality rate mentioned above count as acceptance or rejection?

        • Walter B November 9, 2015 at 11:06 am #

          Why both, of course! The conscious accepts the new slavery as the easy way out, but the body rejects the degradation by bowing out early. It is unfortunate for America that this time there will be NO Army of the Potomac to march forth to set the slaves free.

          • elysianfield November 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

            “NO Army of the Potomac to march forth to set the slaves free.”

            Nor a Union Army, I would suppose….

          • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

            Well said. The Indians (not Native Americans – Whites are the Native Americans) could never accept slavery and died quickly under it. Blacks could endure – is this noble or ignoble?

            Whites tended to die quickly under slavery too – but it must be remembered they were given the hardest jobs. The Blacks were valuable property whereas the indentured servants were only had for 7 years so you wanted to get the most out of them that you could.

      • Frankiti November 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

        Candy Crush, a silly game played on your phone when you don’t have the courage to confront “unoccupied” time, was sold for $6 billion, yes billion, with $3.5 billion of that coming from money “stored” outside the US to avoid about a billion in taxes. And no, of course we are not in a bubble, and no, of course companies stashing money off-shore is not hurting the country.

  9. Buck Stud November 9, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    On one hand I agree with JHK, especially when I see young intelligent people marketing Mary Kay or muscle enhancing products from their FB accounts, In other words, people who have no consistently reliable income from one month to the next.

    On the other hand and from personal experience. Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy which began last December 8, and I have been contacted to carve two “Holy Doors”. Since I am busy myself and would rather have somebody else build the doors I have contacted 8 builders/custom furniture makers who I have collaborated with in the past. The shortest lead time among the 8 is 3 months out. Business is booming, or at least in certain sections of the country.

    I also don’t believe in the “false narrative of an advanced economy that is working splendidly well to the advantage of the common good”. But I do believe there is a fairly substantial economic micro burst of activity within the greater long term downward trajectory–if that indeed is the case (I really have no idea)..

    But what else is new? In my line of work, ‘what goes up always comes down’. Every single time.

    • Buck Stud November 9, 2015 at 9:42 am #

      On the heels of last week’s grammar post, a correction: *with whom*.

      • Sean Coleman November 9, 2015 at 10:15 am #

        You saw grammar. I saw a beautiful example of knee-jerk liberals squashing dissent.

      • malthuss November 9, 2015 at 11:56 am #

        I have been contacted to carve two “Holy Doors”.

        Where will these doors go? On a church in USA?

      • sprawlcapital November 12, 2015 at 2:01 am #

        You have more courage than I do, Buck. I have consistently avoided correcting our host. That who/whom issue did leap off the page (screen) at me though.

        But I much prefer to praise JHK. On language usage in particular, I thank our host for using the term “normality” rather than the slovenly neologism “normalcy”. The latter, though not coined by President Harding, was made popular by him. (His main campaign promise was a “return to normalcy”.) Warren Harding, as I am sure you are all aware, will never be counted among the greatest of US presidents.

        Also, consider one of the most currently over-used words, icon, and it’s adjectival; form, Iconic. It seems that to every under-40 writer, anything older than they are is an icon. The most ignorant recent example was a Huffington Post article calling Abraham Lincoln “iconic”. We need at least a five year moratorium on use of the words icon and iconic.

        Anyway, the only time I can recall JHK using the word “icon” was in reference to Bruce Jenner. Clearly the usage was considered and deliberate, and the intent was sarcasm.

        • sprawlcapital November 12, 2015 at 2:04 am #

          Something about the type font in the comments box makes it hard to spot typos. That’s my excuse anyway.

    • Lawfish November 9, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      I can’t for the life of me figure out the muscle/protein powder pyramid scheme crap being peddled by my peers. We had a very bright, promising young lawyer make partner in our firm and the next year, she gave it up to promote Beach Body. What a waste of a life. Not that being chained to a desk and a grinding billable hour requirement is any fun, but at least it’s a steady and fairly high income. I’ll take it as long as I can get it, which I don’t expect to be much longer.

      • malthuss November 9, 2015 at 11:51 am #

        That is weird. I would think a lawyer would know about multi level scams or what ever BB is.

      • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

        She’s no longer a brick in the wall. Look into Youngevity. Same idea. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Once people realize the medical industrial complex is about making money and not about making you healthy, there will be an exodus. People positioned before hand will make out. It sounds crazy now but many including JHK believe the system is about to collapse. Statistics show that people who live past 100 years old all have one thing in common: They stayed away from doctors.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

          True. They also chose good parents so perhaps they don’t need doctors.

        • Lawfish November 9, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

          I stay away from managed medicine as much as possible and factory food. I have backyard chickens and a big garden and eat a lot of fish caught by me and my family. No GMO’s and no processed crap.

        • Frankiti November 9, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

          Hasn’t everyone yet realized that everyone is out to make money at your expense? Everyone is trying to get their hands on your wallet. If you stay in that disciplined frame of mind… no marketing in the world will separate your from your $.

    • Greg Knepp November 9, 2015 at 10:21 am #

      “economic micro burst of activity” I fully agree, and I’m taking advantage of opportunities that the big boys can’t handle, simply because they are ‘big boys’ – too complex, unwieldy, on-line and in-bred to see the writing on the walls. In fact, decadence is always colorful, smelly and full of its own energy…And ripe with opportunity!

      Oh, and don’t worry about the grammar – that’s why we keep Q-stick on staff.

      • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 10:37 am #

        “Oh, and don’t worry about the grammar – that’s why we keep Q-stick on staff.”

        And what is he making these days?

        • Greg Knepp November 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

          I don’t know, but whatever it is , it’s too damned much!

          • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 11:25 am #

            You got that right!

          • S M Tenneshaw November 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

            Fuckin’ A.

  10. AKlein November 9, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    “Nowhere to Run” – Martha and the Vandellas.1967. One of the best of Motown. Who knew they were so prescient?

  11. TPTB-USA November 9, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Brilliant! Perhaps it is time for “those in charge” to acknowledge that “the economy” is nothing more than a game.

  12. seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Leviathan is a very good metaphor. The beast that rose out of the sea in the Book of Revelation is the military industrial complex that was Venice. That eventually morphed into the British Empire. The beast that rose out of the land was the railroad, specifically here in America. Eisenhower was right. The Beast of the Apocalypse is the military industrial complex.

    • Farmer McGregor November 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      And perhaps the abyss from which many harmful creatures emerged after their release whose name is Abaddon refers to the petroleum era…

      Abadan Oil Refinery

    • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      Who would know better than Ike who served it devoutly all his life? Millions died in his death camps. Perhaps this confession was a desperate attempt to assuage his batter conscience before he faced the flames after death.

      • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

        Ike was no saint. He set up the next president for big trouble when he ended Korea and cut the defense budget. And the death camps were the Holocaust; except they happened to Germans. It is amazing how few people know about Ike’s Death Camps or Operation Keelhaul.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

          Why would they know? Nobody told them. Who do you think owns the media?

        • seawolf77 November 10, 2015 at 11:34 am #

          No what they told was Marshall Plan.

  13. FincaInTheMountains November 9, 2015 at 9:53 am #

    “I have been contacted to carve two “Holy Doors” — Buck

    Hey, Buck, how about little business – I have very good Haitian wood carvers here on the Island who work with real Cuban Mahogany – I have some samples in my house.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      You want Buck to come down there and become some kind of overseer?

  14. davidreese2 November 9, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Brilliant post.

  15. chipshot November 9, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Considering two of the biggest influences on the health of an economy are favorable–low interest rates and oil prices–the state of our economy is disconcerting, to say the least.

    Perhaps oil has not been low enough to have the full benefits play out, as there is a time lag involved. But interest rates have been at historically low levels for 7 years and the economy remains stuck in the mud.

    People have no money and overall wealth is in decline. We owe more money than ever at a time it is harder to pay off then ever.
    Scariest part to me is we’ve lost any chance for a gradual, soft landing.

  16. baird November 9, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Off topic perhaps but since this is mostly a literate group here are three excellent and disturbing books which deal wit some of the swans which would relegate all of our little concerns to the inconsequential bin. “Speak” by Louisa Hall, “The Three Body Problem” and “The Dark Forest” both by Cixin Liu.

    • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      I wasn’t aware of those books, thanks. Also off topic, a few years back, I picked up “You Can’t Go Home Again” in an effort to read some of the classics that I missed. Wow. No wonder they avoid it in schools today.

    • whitesands13 November 9, 2015 at 11:53 am #

      But…………but……….but…..there are no drunken trailer park folks, no over sized rumps.in these books…………………………….
      where’s my remote…………
      gotta change the station………………………
      truth is hurting my brain ……………………..

  17. Smoky Joe November 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Try…just try, with a smile and subversive intentions..telling some version of JHK’s narrative to an “investment professional.”

    You will be looked at as if you have something growing out of your head.

    They are slaves to the illusion. They make money from it. But it’s fun to show them what lies behind the smoke and mirrors.

    Nothing. Nada. Zero.

  18. Smoky Joe November 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    I meant to add something: Nice to get in my quips in a column that has nothing to do about race or religion (except the worship of Mammon) before the usual CFNation crypto-fascists come goose-stepping in to blame everything on Muslims and colored people.

    But the day is young. I’ll go pop some popcorn.

    • beantownbill. November 9, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      A few weeks ago, being tired of the nazi-like postings, I counted up the the number of Janos’ comments late in that week. He had 52 out of a total of 414. And that doesn’t count comments from the other well-known haters here and the musings of our resident Kickaha, wpa-ccc.

      JHK understands and supports freedom of speech, and although I look forward to reading his weekly commentary, it’s just too bad the comment section has been run over by this bunch of jokers. Yeah, I know I can scroll past those posts, but it’s just the idea that they have hijacked much of the comments that’s particularly galling.

      • James Howard Kunstler November 9, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

        I acknowledge the extremity of Janos’s views, including his odious Jew-baiting, but he is polite and I don’t feel at this point that it would be right to kick him off just because his opinions are offensive.
        –JHK

        • beantownbill. November 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

          Yeah, I hear you. I ‘m not saying to ban these people. What irritates me is the inordinate amount of these comments that twist everything around in the narrative into something racial or anti-Semitic. To me, their sheer volume seems to weaken your commentary by obfuscation.

          • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

            A new statistic to monitor : The Janos Count.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 2:38 am #

            How about a Talk Show: the Janos Factor. You can be my first guest.

          • seawolf77 November 10, 2015 at 11:13 am #

            Great Idea! We could create a new genre: Unreality TV.

          • ZrCrypDiK November 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm #

            Get creative – write a script that parses poster name by both post frequency and by total # lines (words) posted. Then poast results (heh), at the end of the week.

            Get even more creative, and do said-same, restricted to Wed-Sun.

        • pintada November 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

          I’m sorry to disagree Mr. Kunstler, but this is your “house” and by the guests that you encourage i can only conclude that your views are just as vile as theirs. If you truly disagreed, you would not allow the hate to fester under your control.

          • Florida Power November 10, 2015 at 7:33 am #

            Yes, what this decadent world needs is more group-think.

            Let’s keep the “Good” in Good Little Maoists.

          • Sean Coleman November 11, 2015 at 6:46 am #

            Nice one, FP

          • Sean Coleman November 11, 2015 at 6:57 am #

            ‘pintada’, how can you ‘only conclude that [JHK’s’] views are just as vile as theirs’?

            Is this the *only* conclusion you can make?

            While I am here can I ask you what motivates this urge of yours to police public discourse? Is it a feeling? Y’know, *emotion*? An irresistable compulsion to correct anyone who takes issue with ‘what everybody knows’?

            I’m studying the psychology of this, you see, and I’d value a view from the inside. I’ve been asking extraverts for years but they either pretend they haven’t seen the question or jab at me with their on-line fingers.

          • pintada November 15, 2015 at 8:18 am #

            One either is, or is not willing to respect the rights and freedoms of others. Racism is not a “difference of opinion” it is a character flaw.

            nakedcapitalism.com/2015/11/microaggression-and-macroexploitation.html

      • Frankiti November 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

        No kidding. I don’t often recommend the site to others as almost always there is yet another cringe inducing post blaming Jews, referencing Nazis and Hitler (already happened today) whites vs. “unwhites”, etc. Regrettably, life is totally guilt by association, and having a Janos in your midst is like having a giant periscoping turd in the punch bowl. Party over.

        • seawolf77 November 10, 2015 at 11:14 am #

          That’s a little extreme don’t you think? Maybe a Babe Ruth.

          • sprawlcapital November 12, 2015 at 2:34 am #

            Baby Ruth.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Well said Joe. The Elite don’t believe Whites have the right to their own Countries, Institutions or anything else and you are right there with them. And simultaneously you think of yourself as a revolutionary. Such flexibility is admirable. You should teach mental yoga in the FEMA camps when they open. It used to be call double think but why should we be negative in this Brave New World?

      • malthuss November 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

        fortune.com/best-workplaces-for-diversity/

      • Frankiti November 9, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

        Here’s a thought JanoSS, how about going back to your own country? I’m sure whatever European country you think you are from would love to have you “back”. I mean, when you think about it, a lot of people had their own country in the western hemisphere before the “whites” showed up. They have their “rights” to it, no? How about being a good example and start goose-stepping back?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

          Israel is a Fascist State – by the Jews and for the Jews. Why can’t Whites have the same thing in their own countries?

          • Frankiti November 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

            Applying JanoSS logic, it’s obviously because the “whites” are not smart enough.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

            In other words, you concede the point and bow to my superior logic. Thanks Frank.

          • Frankiti November 13, 2015 at 12:17 am #

            At the end of the day, all your superiority grants you a bunch of redneck skinheads in black flight jackets. Clap f*cking clap.

        • vengeur November 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

          And You, Franketti, can go back to MSNBC.

          • Frankiti November 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

            ?

  19. beantownbill. November 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Party on, my fellow Titanic passengers. Life is but a dream, and the universe will roll along in its cold and dispassionate way long after we are gone.

    • whitesands13 November 9, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Oh, how nice !
      That friendly iceberg just threw some fresh ice on deck for my drink!
      Titanic forever more !

  20. Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I don’t see the scrappers out in as much force since China quit buying up all the metal.
    Mr. Kunstler mentions the Higher Ed racket. I’d been seeing news stories recently about ‘zombie debt’ from student loans that scammers are attempting to collect years after they’ve been paid off. Chuck Schumer is going to “help” the victims by making companies report paid-off debt to the credit reporting companies, or something. The credit score racket is the reason these economic bottom-feeders are able to come up with these types of scams in the first place, and Chuck doesn’t seem too concerned with doing anything about that. I know a young woman who received such a notice, and ignored it as fraudulent, only to have the sheriff’s department come knocking on her door to collect. Fun.

  21. fodase November 9, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    infowars.com/german-town-migrants-riot-in-church-steal-from-stores-defecate-on-gardens/

    the truth about multiculturalism

    • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      With half a million new Germans since September a bit of random defecation is to be expected. But never fear, the German government has programs to teach the new Germans how to be good anal germans. One thing to teach new residents is that prices in grocery stores are not subject to negotiation. If however food is being straight up shoplifted new residents have already learned not to negotiate.

      Your Infowars link is curious. Isn’t defecating on gardens a good thing? And what are Muslims starting riots in churches for, why are they there?

      The reports that dogs are disappearing; presumably consumed.

      I find that very disturbing.

      • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 11:51 am #

        Don’t Muslims think dogs are dirty? That’s an edible dog there in your picture, isn’t it?

        • malthuss November 9, 2015 at 11:54 am #

          Yes, it is chow. Viets like to chow down.

        • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

          True, but this dog would not be good eating. I’m too tough.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 2:40 am #

        Your concern for the continued existence of Western Civilization is heart warming. We’re all the same inside, right? We’re all “Pinks”!

        • K-Dog November 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

          But some pinks are dinks.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

            You need a nice poop swastika to chew on.

  22. whitesands13 November 9, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    For all those who remember the Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”,
    Remember the alternate timeline where Bedford Falls was turned into Potterville, a place that preyed on its middle class and poor citizens?
    Well, folks, welcome to Potterville Circa 2015 !

    • seawolf77 November 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      “It’s a Wonderful Life” has turned into “It’s a Wonderful Lie.”

      • Semi-Employed White Guy November 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

        I always preferred the masculine Potterville to the candy-assed Bedford Falls. When George goes into the bar and screeches like a hysterical bitch, they threw him out on his ass just as he deserved!

        • Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 2:46 am #

          Yeah or how about when he chases the virginal Mary when she leaves “the Library” (the way Clarence pronounces it makes it sound dirty – as it is to most Americans).

          Potter is for a White America. He says to George, Why don’t you ask for help from your garlic eating friends? Because you know they’d throw you out on a rail. As a Catholic, George is committed to his co-religionists whatever color they are. We’re all just “pinks” or “dogs” as Kdog would say. The more the merrier! It’s a moot point now of course, since the old Protestant Guard has fallen and its remnant support the continued destruction of the old America for the sake of profit.

  23. erik November 9, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Y’know, I believe much of this and also that the United States is a more fragile construct than “we know” and probably headed for economic, military, and political collapse over the course of the next few decades.. But try running that narrative past a group of friends and see how quickly you’re viewed a nut case.

    • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 11:56 am #

      Some areas have already collapsed completely. Try visiting Hamilton Hill in Schenectady, for instance. Some would have you believe that the people there all at once decided to live that way due to having weak morals or something. I think it’s more of a bellwether for the rest of civilization.

    • messianicdruid November 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      America will survive the United States.

  24. malthuss November 9, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Europe is going to take 3 MILLION more 3rd worlders over the next year.

    Thats the real news. Not fake job numbers and the DOW.

  25. nsa November 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Instead of whining like the loser majority, why not place a few bets? The U$D has broken out to the upside and (after consolidating) heading to 120 i.e. buy UUP. Gold is at support and heading to $800 i.e. short GLD. Silver is also at support and will be well under $10 in 2016 i.e. short SLV. Avoid any kind of leverage and stop reading the financial press……pigs get slaughtered and sheep get shorn.

    • elysianfield November 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      NSA,
      Yes, and money in savings, checking, CD’s etc. is no longer insured…if in a “systemically important bank”. The Monday Blog’s 1st question is a good one, and one that I cannot answer. The bases are loaded, the bottom of the 9th, and the triple-play is on….

    • toktomi November 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

      I’ll take all your 2016 shorts.
      And I’ll want to settle in metal.

      ~toktomi~

  26. Zoltar November 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    While we are on nautical metaphors this week, if the Fed’s simulation of activity is Charybdis, surely Scylla is the nascent War On Cash as a facilitator of negative interest rates. Imagine a world in which a guy can’t buy a candy bar or give a buck to a homeless person without a requisite electronic transaction confirmed by iris scan. Imagine further that, once the precedent is set, The Deep State can remove funds from our accounts with a click of a mouse at any time.

    Hell, I pay my phone bill by snail mail now because I can’t trust AT&T to have access to my account.

    There seems to be a general recognition shared by liberals and conservatives alike that the state won’t dare confiscate guns for fear of insurrection. It’s hard to believe that citizens would stand still for a War On Cash, and yet that scenario appears to be on the horizon.

    • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      I contend that was what the doing away with bills over $100 was all about. We heard various excuses, wasn’t the five hundred dollar bill supposed to be the most popular one among drug dealers, and so what? You used to be able to buy a car with one bill. Now you buy a car, and they have to get all kinds of documentation, which they keep on file a the dealers for five years, because some terrorist bought a car once. The wars on terror and drugs have really been wars on citizens rights to privacy and freedom.

      • Beryl of Oyl November 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

        “at” the dealer.

    • beantownbill. November 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

      We already do transactions in Massachusetts that automatically take a cut out of our money – it’s called a sales tax.

  27. barbisbest November 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    “if you want to study the social, political and economic history of modern nations, study hell.” Merton

  28. barbisbest November 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    “They are cowards, and I am their enemy.” JK

    A wise prophet is not without honor, except in his own land.

    Yes, some have been to many Veterans Day ceremonies in their adult lives. Thanks to those who served and serve. Genuine

  29. fodase November 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    the usual CFNation crypto-fascists come goose-stepping in to blame everything on Muslims and colored people.

    not everything (a typical female argument, catastrophizing things). just the end of women’s rights, children’s rights, religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of association, public safety, cleanliness, your daughters’ safety, art, great architecture, etc.

    cryptofascist things like that, for which there is no evidence whatsoever that muslims are the source of these problems as a result of their culture.

    as far as coloured people, the large swath of them that are belligerent and uneducated, yes they deserve castigating.

    you need to know when you are better and demand that lessers live up to your standards.

    I welcome all Coloreds and Muslims into White culture who observe the socio-scientific advances of Western Hellenic-European humanity.

    fodase

    • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Yeah, Europe is dying and these Lib Clowns don’t think it is dying fast enough. The Nation has been destroyed from above. As Alan Ginsburg yelled to the Cop, “We’ll get your children”. He was right. They did.

    • Q. Shtik November 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      not everything (a typical female argument, catastrophizing things). just the end of women’s rights, children’s rights, religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of association, public safety, cleanliness, your daughters’ safety, art, great architecture, etc. – fodase

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

      Nice summation fodase. This responds well to wpa’s question: “Why dystopian, why not utopian?” That is to say, why did the NYT describe the novel “Submission” as dystopian.

      Well, fodase, you have answered wpa’s question.

  30. someonetakethewheel November 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Borrowing from the future so we could party now has been the policy, financially and environmentally, for many decades. Now the bill is coming due and we can’t pay it, so denial and delusions prevail.

    Many people are nonplussed by Climate Change because they think it will mean a longer gardening season, plus they have AC so no big deal. Read “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert to understand why what is happening now is dramatically different from previous events and will prove final for 90% of species, including us.

    • rayross November 9, 2015 at 11:53 pm #

      I’m on board for The Sixth Great Extinction.
      Wouldn’t miss it for the world.

  31. someonetakethewheel November 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Meant to add “and our children and grandchildren will hate us for it as this is slowly realized”.

  32. Q. Shtik November 9, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Greg Knepp
    Oh, and don’t worry about the grammar – that’s why we keep Q-stick on staff.

    K-Dog
    “Oh, and don’t worry about the grammar – that’s why we keep Q-stick on staff.”

    And what is he making these days?

    Greg Knepp
    I don’t know, but whatever it is , it’s too damned much!

    K-Dog
    You got that right!

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

    Why the old grammar Nazi attack. You could count on one hand the number of corrections I’ve made in the past several months.

    And what do you mean by “making?” You mean as in earning? The answer is zero. I’ve been retired for almost 10 years.

    BTW, it’s Shtik, not Stick ;o)

    • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

      Needling you is more fun than serious. Peace be to you.

    • Greg Knepp November 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

      It’s true that you’ve mellowed of late. OK, I’ll lay off. Stay cool!

    • ZrCrypDiK November 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      “BTW, it’s Shtik, not Stick ;o)”

      So maybe you can explain to me why “koch” is not pronounced “cotch,” “coach,” or “COCK” (*BINGO*) – but rather, “coke?” Quite convEEEnient…

      Oh, loved that boot-lickin’ interview of the “boys.” Best part had to be where 1 of them (the one with some brains, not the stupefied blundering stutterer) claimed they didn’t want us *masses* worrying about elections every 2 years – they’ll take care of it for us!!! Koch (TM) for PREZ!!!

      PS – I WILL find that poast of yours about that book you sped-read, concerning Islamic takeover of France… Quite prescient – almost deja-vu.

  33. Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Why shouldn’t I buy a Roomba? I tried to spell it with a small r and the computer corrected me. Is this not sublime? All of it? I’ll take pictures of my cat riding the roomba. Surely the roomba can be adapted for other purposes. I’ll take it for walks around the neighborhood. Meet chicks with it as a conversation piece. Use it as a travel machine while in the lotus posture. Start a roomba club for all the people who find it inspiring. Soon everyone will be roombaing. It will replace the skate board. I’ll become rich and famous because I dared to be myself and think in other categories.

    • K-Dog November 9, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      And they get black spots off carpet way better than a skate board does.

  34. volodya November 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    The “disconnects” tell the story. Like the disconnect between the alleged health of the economy and the necessity for zero interest rates, between the trumpeted 5 percent unemployment rate and the creeping approach of NIRP, between the shitty stuff you see under your nose and the happy talk of the lame-stream media.

    See, the scams are running out of suckers. They’re scraping the bottom of the barrel and that means YOU. Pretty obvious that the Fed’s mandate is to push you into the clutches of Wall Street bosses. And the zero interest rate is the prod.

    And if THAT doesn’t work, well, the Fed will make banks charge for savings deposits. NIRP is already festering in Europe.

    In the old days, mob bosses used to skim money in casino counting rooms. Totally, totally illegal. Totally.

    Today, it’s different. Now, in a mutual fund, the skim is in the array of fees and expenses. Totally, totally legal.

    See, Wall Street bosses want to put you up the “risk curve”. This “risk curve” sounds innocuous doesn’t it? They say that that with some luck, over the long term, if nothing goes too wrong, you’ll personally accrue great wealth from the value created in the economy.

    You believe them don’t you?

    But, tell me, does this look and sound like a con? It does, doesn’t it?

    Well, to my own eyes and ears, it IS a con, in full view, one that nobody, not even the perps, bother to deny. I mean, if they figure they’re untouchable and if they’re making it the only game in town, why bother denying? It’s the ponzi that you’ll MAYBE exit with your money and a bit more, or it’s Sweet F.A. in a CD. Take your pick. Besides, what are YOU going to do about it?

    Of course, they justify it, they say the economy (that THEY wrecked BTW) is too weak for normal interest rates, that the financial system (that THEY destroyed) won’t support rate normalization. In short, the usual flimflam no longer works.

    In the end, the Wall Street con-men that walk around in five thousand dollar suits, that live in multi-million dollar condos, that are looking to rip off your money, have not one damn thing to fear from you.

    See, they have the institutions and men and guns of the United States of America behind them, all bought and paid for. What have YOU got? You have nothing.

  35. newworld November 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    The FED stooges’ ruminations are tradable, and hence the smart go getters of Wall St are making out like bandits, quite the pattern. Want to make money the best way is regulatory capture and the FED is captured, stocks market is down several days in a row and send out a clown to say the rate will stay the same, market goes up to new highs send out a clown to say rate hike is imminent and voila front run them both ways, I like it.

    As for last week’s column, see Mizzou this week.

  36. malthuss November 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    $64k Cost to Resettle One Middle Eastern Refugee In US.

    However, when they kill-rape the cost is incalculable.

    creepynews.blogspot.com/2015/11/realist-news-64k-cost-to-resettle-one.html

  37. wpa_ccc November 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    “…the Fed will make banks charge for savings deposits. NIRP is already festering in Europe.” –Volodya

    Volodya, NIRP is just not an issue in the USA. Nobody needs to fear NIRP.

    All anyone has to do is move their money from the Big Banks to a local bank or credit union with Kasasa checking accounts. You could be getting a risk-free 3.5% APY interest on your CHECKING acount (some states pay less; interest rates vary by state).

    https://www.kasasa.com

    My credit union is paying me cash (over 3% APY) for both my checking account and my savings account.

    NIRP is not happening at credit unions. All anyone has to do is move their money. Lots of people with Kasasa accounts are getting good risk-free interest payments for their checking account.

    • nsa November 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      Another scam you can indulge in while waiting for your forced clitorectomy at the local mosque……

      • wpa_ccc November 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

        FGM (forced genital mutilation, as in circumcision) is practiced among some adherents of the Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths. FGM is also practiced among some animists, who believe in the existence of individual spirits and supernatural forces. It is erroneously linked to religion, is not particular to any religious faith, and predates Christianity and Islam. However, some adherents of these religions believe the practice is compulsory for followers of the religion. Because of this flawed link to various religions, and specifically to Islam, religious leaders have an important role to play in dissociating FGM from religion.

        For example, while FGM is practiced in Egypt, which is predominantly Muslim, it is not practiced in many other countries with predominantly Muslim populations, such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The association of FGM with Islam has been refuted by many Muslim scholars and theologians who say that FGM is not prescribed in the Quran and is contradictory to the teachings of Islam.

        • nsa November 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

          What about child brides in the muslim world….you know, fucking 12-year-olds before even their first menses? Your muslim pals are very very sick cultists, even worse than the catholic pedophile cult.

          • wpa_ccc November 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

            In the interest of keeping post count down I prefer not to get into a pissing contest with you or fodase about Islam. This week I would not rather not provide you with facts you will just continue to ignore. I have several hundred Muslim acquaintances and find them to be just as diverse as the Christians I grew up with. That is why I will not condemn all 1.6 Billion Muslims for the abhorrent practices/violence of some. Child marriage is not Islamic.

            In the Koran 30:21, marriage is described as combination of peace, comfort, tranquility and fulfillment of a natural instinct. The text explains that an important purpose of marriage is to achieve psychological, emotional, and spiritual companionship. So to accomplish this type of companionship level, parties should be equal in a way of access to marriage and compatible in marriage. Thus, child marriages cannot be considered as Islamic because to perform the marriage according to Islamic principles, both parties should reach the age of maturity and physically, emotionally, and mentally to be able to consent independently. Islam clearly insists that marrying off a girl without her consent is not acceptable.

          • Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 2:59 am #

            Mohammad married Aisha when she was six but don’t worry, they didn’t consummate until she was nine. How does this square with what wpa just said?

  38. fodase November 9, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    wpa, since you’re all in favor of women’s rights as well as the resident defender of the muslim faith, which is so wrongly misaligned, do so well as to tell us which side is correct in the following context

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11862220/Topless-protesters-disrupt-Muslim-conference-o…

    For CFN readers, some topless ‘feminists’ disrupted a muslim conference where some bearded fundamentalists were discussing the important question of whether to beat one’s wife or not

    this took place in France, where muslims have been enriching the backwards French culture for decades, to everyone’s glee

    fodase

    • Q. Shtik November 9, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

      I favor topless protests so long as the protesters have big tits ;o)

  39. fodase November 9, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    They [the feminists] were not alone in taking exception to the presence of fundamentalist preachers at the event, where shopping and cooking were showcased as appropriate “feminine activities”. One speaker at the conference has reportedly posted calls on social networks for women to veil their faces or risk hellfire and sexual assault in the afterlife.
    Nearly 6,000 people signed an online petition against the event.
    Twitter posts called for the protesters to be stoned or collectively raped.

  40. Q. Shtik November 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    We are smack in the middle of a season of the year that actually makes me ill…it’s called the “Open Enrollment Period.”

    I detest having to think through my personal medical insurance coverage situation EVERY friggin year. Can’t things ever remain the same?

    This period runs 54 days, from Oct 15th through Dec 7th. After reading all the reminders that arrive by snail and e-mail for a few weeks I finally bite the bullet, pick up the phone and dial the number.

    Last week I got a very knowledgeable guy to come to my home and review my current situation and possible changes. At present I am covered by Medicare and that is backed up by a Medigap (Supplemental) insurance called Plan N which costs $133.08/mo. I also have a drug plan which costs (I forget the exact number) around $50/mo. If I kept the same coverage these premiums would each go up by more than 10%.

    My medical situation will be different in 2016 than it was in 2015 so I am able to switch to a “Medicare Advantage” plan that covers everything under one monthly premium of (currently) $46.10/mo. Incredibly, there are certain counties in NJ where that same coverage carries a ZERO premium.

    Without getting into details, if nothing extraordinary happens to me in 2016 I will save $1,500 – $2,000. The in-house insurance guy was expert in looking up all the drug and premium costs which I would have found mind-boggling. He also filled out all the new paperwork/forms.

    If you haven’t faced up to this open enrollment nightmare yet I recommend you do so tomorrow morning and try to arrange an in-house visit before time runs out.

    • toktomi November 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      At my own peril, perhaps, I just say,
      “fuck it. Let ‘er ride.
      Just tell me what I owe when I owe
      and I’ll pray that I can pay
      and that I don’t die.”

      ~toktomi~

      • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 10:07 am #

        I don’t know if you intended it but you’ve just written a nice little poem. Send it in to the New Yorker, maybe they’ll publish it. Title it “Open Enrollment.”

  41. Pucker November 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    The Koch Brothers are out to smear Dr. Carson.

    “By the time that we finish with Marty Huggins, he’ll look like a Muslim terrorist who has every Craig’s List hooker on speed dial.”

    • wpa_ccc November 9, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Dr. Carson is doing a good job of that by himself.

    • Lawfish November 10, 2015 at 11:15 am #

      Yes, Dr. Carson. Doing an excellent job of smashing that stereotype that all brain surgeons are smart. He’s dumb as a bag of hammers. And he’s fundamentalist Christian, as in believing the whole Garden of Eden, Noah flood and other myths from the old Testament.

      • Frankiti November 10, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

        Religion making people look stupid? That’s umpossible!

  42. dannyboy November 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Kunstler,

    You have chosen to provide him a platform for Jew-baiting. Own up.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Hi Dan. How was your vacation? Remember, the Jews used to be outsiders and in favor of the 2nd Amendment. Now that you’re on top, a lot of you don’t seem to feel the same. I’m glad Mr Kunstler does at least.

  43. MisterDarling November 9, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    THIS WEEK the meat is in the 6th paragraph of today’s gentle missive from our host, specifically the simple and incontestable fact that in the six years since “Recovery” was declared we have seen nothing like it in the tangible universe.

    Invariably, the forces of obfuscation & denial wheel out the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s hedonically adjusted & self-repudiated job statistics, and when someone calls shenanigans on that they fall back to a supposedly independent source like the ADP’s employment numbers – without acknowledging that ADP ‘adjusted’ it’s algorithm so that it would mirror the BLS’s back in 2012… So disappointing…The monkey-shines from these people never ends – until *they* do – much like dealing with career prostitutes or lifelong junkies.

    Kudos to JHK for periodically reinforcing the message with an honest, reality-based appraisal anchored in verifiable data.

    Skipping to the end, RE: “It can do that, of course, and probably will in the coming winter of 2016, but when that time comes, it will have absolutely no credibility left. And the leviathan will be a little closer to heaving up dead on the beach.”-JHK.

    Considering that this was the year that those parts of the economy that rely on tangible activity by tangible beings in the tangible universe went ‘tits up’ and died – ie. Retail as a Vertical, Oceanic Freight as a Segment & Commodities as an Asset Class – we’re getting pretty close to rendering the blubber off that bloated carcass.

    This may explain why the BIS (the cartel of central banks, in essence) prepared policy three years ago to reclassify simple bank account holders as “unsecured creditors”, and why Negative Interest Rates have recently become a thing, and why using physical cash is now officially frowned upon.

    Sure, it’s great to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ trying to harvest that last big score on the stock market (shorting the f**k out of it, mostly) but one needs to launder that into something that will __hold__ it’s value in the no-holds-barred, confiscatory lawlessness that is on the way.

    Cheers!

    — — —
    [*] Regarding the BLS: they’ve been playing a 2-faced game with the public for a decade now: posting monthly job ‘creation’ numbers that are to masters liking on the one hand, and posting retractions, corrections, clarifications and (buried deeper) embarrassingly frank data on the other – so as to maintain a veneer of credibility and deniability.

    For instance |

    zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2014/09/participation%20rate%20sept%202014_…

    As you can see, the nation’s been net losing jobs for a LONG, long time. This is not an ‘accident’, or a ‘perfect storm’ or ‘black swan’ scenario. This is the result of long-term poorly considered, strategically pathetic policy.

  44. MisterDarling November 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    @ FitM:

    Regarding this: “RT Founder found dead in hotel room in Washington, DC”-FitM

    I’m interested in your thoughts about what may have happened there.

    • wpa_ccc November 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      The details are not your business, Mister Darling. Someone gave the order. That makes it a “legitimate kill” … something you should understand.

  45. MisterDarling November 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    @ Volodya:

    re | “There will be big questions as to what this portends for the education system. Will there be resources to even fund universal public education? Will there even be a “job market” the way we understand the term?”-v.

    In the longer-term I doubt there will be either, as we understand them. Education and Employment (as we know them now) are products of a civilization in which sovereign nation-states dominated the stage – as tools for projecting force and as portals for directing capital. The direction we are headed is fragmented, and not in a way that is familiar and friendly even for the ‘PTB’.

    Schools will exist; as private academies, voc’-tech training & intern/apprentice-ships. Conversely, open-ended, highly customizable courses of study facilitated by richly-endowed (either privately or publically) institutions of advanced learning are on their way out, mainly because the environment generating and necessitating mass employment was so thoroughly excavated.

    This does not mean that there won’t be a lot to do. Not at all.

    😉

  46. MisterDarling November 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    RE |

    “how to pass a car in brazil when on the highway:
    1. Tailgate 6 feet behind the car in front of you going 80 mph
    2. Dart out suddenly, making sure to cross a solid double yellow line, preferably on a curve with limited vision
    3. Pull back in front of the car you just passed at 80mph, making sure to almost clip it even though there’s a mile of nothing in front of you”-fodase.

    So in other words, *exactly* the same way it’s done in Portugal… Good to know. I wondered whether the driving culture was the same between parent-nation and former colony.

  47. fodase November 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    MisterDarling, art thou in Portugal?

    Me and the negress misses (though she’s more of a cinammon girl) are thinking of skedaddling over there for a few weeks.

    Should we stay away? muslim infestation?

    Obviously we speaks Pochageez

    “Him as strikes first is my fancy; dead men don’t bite; them’s my views—amen, so be it.”

  48. Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    amren.com/news/2015/11/watch-students-tell-yale-to-fire-a-staffer-who-upset-their-safe-space/

    Bizarre verbal chimp out: As a Master here, it is your duty to create a safe space for freshmen.

    The 90’s were supposed to be a repeat of the 60’s. But it didn’t happen. Guess it just got delayed a couple of decades. We’re going to have White Professors getting down on their knees and begging forgiveness just like we did before. Only this time, they’ll probably be executed.

    • vengeur November 9, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

      Everything said here is of little importance when you consider the very real possibility that the our universe will be swallowed up in a cosmic Black Hole. I am starting a movement “Black Holes Matter”. Please support.

      • BackRowHeckler November 10, 2015 at 1:13 am #

        “Black Holes Matter”

        V, you’d better rephrase that. How un PC of you, sir! A slogan like ‘Black Holes Matter’ would get you kicked off every campus in the United States, from Harvard up in Cambridge, Mass., to Podunk Community College, located somewhere deep in the Nevada Desert Ratlands.

        Gentlemen, the Day of the Hyena is upon us.

        brh

    • Q. Shtik November 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      This Yale incident is similar to what happens in the novel Submission. The Muslims gain political power in France and force non-Muslim profs to either convert or lose their jobs.

      • wpa_ccc November 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

        Allah says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” [Qu’ran 2:256]

        One of the fundamental truths established by the sacred texts is that no one can be compelled to accept Islam. It is the duty of Muslims to establish the proof of Islam to the people so that truth can be made clear from falsehood. After that, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so and whoever wishes to continue upon unbelief may do so. No one should be threatened or harmed in any way if he does not wish to accept Islam.

        This verse [Qu’ran 2:256] is decisive in establishing that each person has the right to make his or her own choice about embracing Islam. There is other equally decisive evidence in the Qur’an, among which are the following verses:

        Allah says: “If it had been your Lord’s will, all of the people on Earth would have believed. Would you then compel the people so to have them believe?” [Sûrah Yûnus: 99]

        Allah says: “So if they dispute with you, say ‘I have submitted my whole self to Allah, and so have those who follow me.’ And say to the People of the Scripture and to the unlearned: ‘Do you also submit yourselves?’ If they do, then they are on right guidance. But if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message. And in Allah’s sight are all of His servants.” [Sûrah Âl `Imrân: 20]

        Allah says: “The Messenger’s duty is but to proclaim the Message.” [Sûrah al-Mâ’idah: 99]

        It is important to note that these last two verses were revealed in Madinah. This is significant, since it shows that the ruling they gave was not just contingent on the Muslims being in Mecca in a state of weakness, but is valid for all time.

        Some people might be wondering that if Islam indeed advocates such an approach, then what is all this we hear about jihad? How can we explain the warfare that the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Companions waged against the pagans?

        The answer to this is that jihad in Islamic Law can be waged for a number of reasons, but compelling people to accept Islam is simply not one of them.

        The reason why jihad was first permitted in Islam was so the Muslims could defend themselves against persecution and expulsion from their homes.

    • BackRowHeckler November 10, 2015 at 12:20 am #

      Christ, it was painful watching the guy grovel.

      Clearly, having a set of balls isn’t a requirement for the job of President of University of Missouri.

      Its hard to believe this is the home state of Quantrill’s Raiders, bloody Bill Anderson, Jesse James, John Pershing, tom horn and Cole younger. (men who did have balls).

      What do you want to bet those ‘racist incidents’ were provocations, events staged by these politicized negroes themselves. How about the football coach, what a cowardly piece of sh-t he is? First thing the new Pres. of the university should do is fire that spineless sonofabitch.

      brh

  49. Janos Skorenzy November 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    People, lay off Q. He has a sock collection that rivals that of George Bush Sr according to some. Reds, Greens, Yellows, patterns – no doubt many Blacks would be envious if they only knew to be. Let’s not tell them, ok? Can we keep it a White thing? Please? Just one thing that’s just for us?

  50. BackRowHeckler November 10, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    James, I have to tell you, as a daily reader of the WSJ and FT of London (American Edition) that report of a 5% unemployment rate was taken very seriously; the veracity of it was never questioned, as far as I could tell. What’s more, it was cause for celebration, and yes, a catalyst for a 1/4 of 1% interest rate hike. A .25 hike in interest rates seems like such a small insignificant thing, ‘specially since rate have been at near 0 for 7 years, but to writers and reporters in the financial press, its the most important event in the US economy since Nixon took us off the Gold standard in 1972.

    brh

  51. fodase November 10, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    I’m enjoying the insane leftists reaping what they’ve sown on college campuses.

    How long til the rabid negroes turn on the feminists?

    These tolerance-demanding fools can’t recognize the simple glaring fact that they don’t tolerate anyone who disagrees with them.

    They’ve been programmed well by stupid liberal whites, who’re now being devoured by their trainees.

    Their demands will continue to be met, until they wake up one morning to find there’s nothing left of the good life that made it possible to rant and rave like spoiled, evil children.

    The US really is headed toward armed conflict with these miscreants.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    fodase

  52. liber8tor November 10, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Prescient and eloquent as usual Jim.

    The entire population is sleepwalking as our scarce tax dollars fund ISIS terrorists.

    Chris Hedges is correct when he says, “Nothing will change in Washington until the pitchforks and torches are in their face.”

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson 1787

  53. ozone November 10, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    “…the national consensus trance…” -JHK

    Well, if that phrase doesn’t trenchantly describe the who-gives-a-fuck paralytic “thinking” of the general population in this country, I surely don’t know what does. More teevee watching will help.

    In other contextual news, inconvenient economic demons once again rise from their slumbers and gleefully take to their assigned tasks of tearing aside the veils and eviscerating the entranced and the slow-moving.

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-09/about-surge-retail-construction-jobs

    If we track the former collapse metrics, we can see that we’ve got about 1 1/2 to 2 years for things to fall apart to the point where denial is no longer an acceptable option. However, that would be PLENTY of time for other deadly schemes and world-wide hi-jinks to ensue. There’s the rub, so I would suggest those lacking in peripheral vision who desire to get their seething hatreds translated into “real action” get their keyboard-broadened asses in gear. Jump, Froggy, jump; time grows short!

    • liber8tor November 10, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      Tnx for link. Good article.

      I hope it holds together for 2 years. I pray.

      The Patriot Act (an Exact copy of the Nazi Gulag Act almost word-for-word, NSA-CIA Black Hole prisons, NDAA and of course, the final dagger in the heart of America, Obama’s TPP.

    • ZrCrypDiK November 12, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      ” we’ve got about 1 1/2 to 2 years”

      You know, my dear *#friend*, all I can really say at this point is:

      youtube.com/watch?v=CYK0HD4p8F0

      Had we developed the space program into a nuclear waste disposal program (dump-trucks up to the sun [Jupiter my choice]), this Yucca Mtn nonsense wouldn’t even be on the table. But they cheap – they run it for profit, even though public utility…

      • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

        The “artist” in your link is a real spaz.

        • ZrCrypDiK November 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm #

          Dad? /wp-login.php?loggedout=true haha *I DID NOT TYPE THAT*.

          However, I did type *THIS*/././. How you managed to be born 1 year before my own dad, I have no *CLUE*/././. Hahaha!!!

          You should be happy I didn’t correct *YOUR* spelling/grammar/punctuation mistakes (JAJA!! Remember Jaja?)

        • ZrCrypDiK November 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

          Yeah, Pete?

          I shoulda replied this way once, but no *DELETE* here!!!

          Apparently, he won some elections over there in Aussie-land, and they’re (his constituency) all pissed.

          FWIW, I’m pissed!!! (double-meaning)

          • ZrCrypDiK December 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

            Ozone-Pete?

            Talk about double meanings – that’s a clear demonstration of the lattice of coincidence – hive mind/collective (un)consciousness.

  54. liber8tor November 10, 2015 at 9:06 am #

    May 1970

    Richard Nixon surrounded the White House with City Buses, as protection from angry anti-war demonstrators.

    He called Kissinger at 3:00 in the morning and said, “Henry, they are coming… they are going to get us.”

    Ah yes. I would say that is the perfect dynamic relationship between politicians and tax payers.

    (as much snark as possible intended…lol)

    • elysianfield November 10, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      240th Birthday of the USMC

      Is any of the readership offended that Google, who celebrates disparate events such as Karl Mark’s birthday, and Maya Angelou’s first menstrual cycle, will not acknowledge the 240th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps? I know that this is a minor irritation amongst many that we discuss, but I would opine that Google, and the suede-shoe-wearing, corner-office-having, tropical-island-buying, do-no-harm masters of the universe can, if I might invite them, kiss my black ass….

      • stelmosfire November 10, 2015 at 11:08 am #

        Semper fidelis

        • BackRowHeckler November 10, 2015 at 11:32 am #

          Yeah, Semper Fi, ElysianField.

          Although shipboard I always tried to avoid the Marines, who were pretty much law enforcers while underway, and took pleasure at busting our balls for the slightest infractions.

          brh

          • stelmosfire November 12, 2015 at 7:54 am #

            Hey Marlin, Bustin’ balls is part of the game. You should spend a day in the firehouse if you want to get your balls busted! Females are not exempt! They signed up and they take it. All in jest, sexual connotations take a back seat.

      • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 11:37 am #

        Since my paternal grandfather’s middle name, as well as that of my father and brother, is named after Karl, the famous socialist, I am sort of an expert in its spelling…it is Marx, not Mark. Thus, my guess is that you should say “Karl Marx’s birthday,” or possibly “Karl Marx’ birthday.” Not really sure which but if you write to the NY Times (Public Editor) they can probably provide a definitive answer. I’d like to know myself.

        I hope this correction doesn’t get me in trouble with JHK, I’m trying to be extra polite. Being polite has worked well for Janos.

        But yeah, the birthday of the USMC does seem worthy of mention.

        • elysianfield November 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

          Q,
          Of course Karl Marx…I apologize…my only excuse is that I am older than you, and approaching my dotage. Thank you for the correction…the error is embarrassing.

          • stelmosfire November 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

            Elysianfield, Older than Q? What a hoot.! What are you Precambrian?

          • elysianfield November 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

            Saint,
            I will admit to being pre-diluvian.

  55. BackRowHeckler November 10, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Gentle Reader, for your viewing pleasure:

    express.co.uk/news/world/618112 Islamic State-ISIS-Video-Gunning-Down-Children

    If you like that one, try: Video Teenage Girl Stoned to death by Taliban.

    The hits just keep on coming!

    I’m curious, has Angela ‘Burkha’ Merkel viewed of any of these remarkable videos. Perhaps she should, if for nothing else to familiarize herself with what’s coming for Germany

    Charming story just emerging, BlackLivesMatter organization entering into some kind of international coalition with student groups from SAfrica (motto: “Kill the Boer), ISIS, and violent Palestinian Youth stabbing Israeli citizens to death on the streets around Jerusalem. As it stands now the SAfrican youth, with their dynamic leader and large numbers compared to only about 4 million remaining whites, who have been disarmed by the ANC, has the best chance of success of eliminating whitey altogether, maybe in short order, too. They have the numbers in Israel and Palestine as well, but the Jewish population won’t be such an easy mark this time around, and have shown they are willing to fight to defend their families and nation (as opposed to, say, Sweden, down on all fours, taking it hard from Mustafa) Here in the USA BLM might find whitey not so easily Mau Mau -ed as the college faculty has been at Yale and Mizzou, in fact isn’t really afraid of their threats of violence and mayhem.

    bth

  56. PeteAtomic November 10, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Great expose on one of the dark underbellies of US society, Mr. Jim.

    I think a pretty solid argument could be made, between the new economic & social-demographic information available, that the US is in another “Great Depression”. But instead of using the word “Great” it would be more appropriate to use “Silent”, or better yet, the “Denied Depression.”

    • goat1001 November 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

      While the Leviathan is eating the banking system I am busy installing Leviton 5028-I wall plugs for my DC solar power system! Got to keep those Langoliers away. As someone once said “Let there be light”. World Peace may be a stretch but sunlight at light, via solar voltaic, is cool…

      • goat1001 November 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

        I guess my device thinks “sunlight at light” makes better sense than “sunlight at night”. Go figure!!!

        • goat1001 November 10, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

          Anyway, the Internet and all the connected, misbehaving gadgets will be the first to go when tshtf…

      • stelmosfire November 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

        Ah, but what will save you when a nuclear winter or an asteroid black-out arrives? Perhaps an EMP or a CME fries your stuff? Maybe Fuckishima melts down (it already is )! I have some solar but I don’t count on it to save the day.

        • goat1001 November 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

          Plan “C” or Plan “D”…..

  57. volodya November 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    I think the truth is, this phony baloney economy can’t withstand even a measly quarter-point benchmark interest rate hike. – JHK

    Phony baloney is right, sustaining the unsustainable is the agenda of baloney-mongers like Bernanke and Yellen.

    The scams are drying up and this is it, the last game. Manhattan bosses want to channel your savings into their coffers and this is what ZIRP is for.

    Don’t underestimate their greed. They want every dollar. The bosses won’t be happy until every last savings account of every last retiree and widow gets pilfered.

    But a move away from ZIRP would do the opposite. Clearly, this can’t happen. Yellen answers to the bosses and the bosses aren’t having it.

  58. volodya November 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    What did Chuck Prince at Citi say, that as long as the music is playing you’ve got to keep dancing.

    The Manhattan bosses think they’re a cut above guys like Lansky and Luciano because, in the old days, they did their business quietly, out of sight, in basements and back-rooms.

    But not nowadays, nope, the bosses do it all in full light of day, in nice offices, in glass and steel buildings.

    Nowadays there’s rules and laws and financial reports and audits. And they file taxes. All above board.

    So today’s bosses act like they’re better. They insist their business is legit.

    Now, if the bosses are worth a damn, that is, if they’re at least as smart as Lansky’s no-necks, this is what they would be wondering, when does the music stop? .

    Last go-round, a lot of them got it wrong. The music stopped and they didn’t notice.

    Makes me laugh, not one college degree but the old mob guys built Vegas, made themselves a fortune and never sunk the economy or fubared as royally.

    That’s the question, when does the music stop? See, even if the bosses fuck up, they still run the system. They own the Fed.

    What about it tough guy, can you out-maneuver the bosses? Do you think you’re smart? Are you still dancing?

  59. wpa_ccc November 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Let’s celebrate the most decorated US Marine in history by paying attention to his message:

    Major General Smedley Butler, US Marine Corps

    “I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it.”

    Received 16 military medals, 5 for valor. Is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice.

    Wrote the 1935 exposé that linked business and the military titled “War Is A Racket.”

    The Boston, Massachusetts chapter of Veterans For Peace is named the “Smedley D. Butler Brigade”, and he is featured in the documentary The Corporation.

    americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/major-general-smedley-butler

    Semper Fi is bullshit propaganda for imperialist capitalism.

    • elysianfield November 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Were you ever young and idealistic? Have you no shame…no decency?

      General Butler is, no doubt correct in many things he had to say, but this does not impugn the rank and file for their service, or sacrifice…his remarks were meant to focus on those above his pay grade, not below….

    • Paddy Padmore November 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Heartbreaking: Here’s what a U.S. soldier said when asked to justify the war on terror

      “You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you.”

      When a Reddit user posted an open question to U.S soldiers asking them how they justify their actions against innocent civilians abroad, he probably didn’t expect this candid response…

      ‘You kill. Watch friends die. It’s usually quick, almost never quiet, but for the rest of your life, when you remember sitting at the bar with them, they’re blown open. You picture the nights you spent downtown at Scruffy Murphy’s, but instead of the stupid hookah shell necklace, your boy’s jaw is blown off, and his left eye is ruined, and he’s screaming. You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart, because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house in particular is enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and maybe they had weapons. Probably not, they almost never did.’

      The moving testimony is just a snippet from the refreshingly honest reply given by U.S soldier Daniel Crimmins when asked how military servicemen can be so “blasé” about drone strikes and other civilian deaths due to the ‘War On Terror’.

      More: trueactivist.com/heartbreaking-heres-what-a-u-s-soldier-said-when-asked-to-justify-the-war-on-terror…

  60. lateStarter November 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    And just when you think it can’t get any stranger, we get this:

    Ex-Treasury Official Kashkari Named Minneapolis Fed President

    Really? Can’t wait to see the latest press release from Reuters!

    • volodya November 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      And ex Goldman Sachs. What a shock. And a Republican.

      Let no one claim that a Democrat administration is oligarch owned. It just ain’t so.

      • capt spaulding November 11, 2015 at 11:03 am #

        I used to believe that also, however, I have since realized that both sides are owned and controlled by the oligarchs. I am now embarrassed when I think back about how naïve I was.

  61. Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Jesus H. Christ, the TV screen says “Mizzou to make diversity training mandatory.”

    I believe this whole flap over the Missouri football players striking will blow over…in the sense that I don’t think it will become a power tactic of college football players, in general, across the land…… although IT COULD. Boy!! would THAT upset some apple carts!

    What I’d like to see in the way of blowback from some college administration is a sudden cancellation of the balance of the season by, say, Ohio State. (Yeah, I know, never gonna happen.) Or even a permanent cancellation of football. This would cause a massive re-thinking about school sports vs academics from the peewees to the Pros……… not to mention Basketball.

    • wpa_ccc November 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      No college administration is safe! What next? Workers uniting to demand benefits, safe working conditions, a living wage? What if WalMart employees had a stable work schedule so they can plan for child care, university classes, etc. It could lead to chaos! /sarcasm off

      Nonviolent protest works. Fasting works. Students have power when they unite. The president is gone. The chancellor is gone. The University of Missouri will hire a diversity officer, expand training and bolster mental health services … all as a result of student protests. No more micro-aggression tolerated.

      “The board of curators will not tolerate hateful activities on our campuses — period,” Donald Cupps, chair of the university Board of Curators, said in a statement. “We are taking additional measures beginning today to ensure that our campuses are free of acts of hatred, so that our campuses all embody a culture of respect.”

      • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

        Students have power when they unite. The president is gone. The chancellor is gone. – wpa

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

        …and all the black football players are encouraged to continue speaking Ebonics.

        • elysianfield November 11, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

          Q,
          Yes, and even worse, the moral hazard of this example of “black power”. I fear that this spells the end of “amateurs” playing college ball. There will be pay for play, and soon.

    • ozone November 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Ummm, Q, have you finally lost all perception of the stacking of priorities in the good ol’ U.S. of A. by dint of “free market” worship?

      You’re talkin’ real *money* here, and in that rarefied sphere, your suppositions/opinions/suggestions/complaints/satire of those you might find inferior mean absolutely nothing. (If you owned a 30.06, and knew how to use it to accurate long-range effect, the scales might balance a bit differently.)

      — dipped and dripping with sarcasm throughout.
      Now get back on topic, because what happens on the college campus is the very LAST of your worries.

  62. wpa_ccc November 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    “If you haven’t faced up to this open enrollment nightmare yet I recommend you do so tomorrow morning and try to arrange an in-house visit before time runs out.” –Q

    Q., I have AARP MedicareComplete Choice (PPO). The monthly premium is zero dollars ($0, nada, zip, zilch… free coverage).

    From the “2016 Annual Notice of Changes” … I quote verbatim:

    “If you decide to stay with AARP MedicareComplete Choice (PPO)… it’s easy — you don’t need to do anything.”

    No nightmare, just sweet dreams.

    • nsa November 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

      and more free stuff…..

    • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      “If you decide to stay with AARP MedicareComplete Choice (PPO)… it’s easy — you don’t need to do anything.” – wpa

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

      Yeah wpa, but how do you “decide to stay” without analyzing available options and your own personal health situation?

      You will find that in NJ premiums vary by county of residence. I don’t know about other states.

      Further, even though you pay no monthly premium you may pay a lot more over the course of a year in co-pays and for maintenance drugs than if you pay a hefty premium like the “Plan N” that I mentioned and the particular AARP Medicare/Rx plan that I have.

      Don’t be so sure and so smug that you have made the wisest decision (“no nightmare”) simply because you pay no premium.

      • wpa_ccc November 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

        “Don’t be so sure and so smug that you have made the wisest decision…” –Q

        Sometimes I do not make the wisest decision… and life goes on.

        I didn’t think I needed to shop around, since $0 is a pretty good price for premiums.

        Co-pays I don’t worry about since I don’t go to the doctor. I try to stay away from them as much as possible. The plan I have I use as major medical. Since I don’t use it on a routine basis I did not want to pay any monthly premiums.

        God, I am glad I am not OCD.

  63. lateStarter November 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Cuomo to Create $15 Minimum Wage for New York State Workers

    Planning for 2020 in action… Not sure we will make it that far, but why not give it a shot…. See, I am the champion of the people!

  64. goat1001 November 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    DEGROWTH: degrowth.de/en/

  65. Pucker November 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    The Media is portraying Dr. Carson as crazy because 17 years ago he suggested that the Egyptian pyramids may have been built to store grain. Apparently, there’s something in the Bible about Joseph ruling Egypt and feeding the people during a long famine? I never thought that I’d see the day in America when a man would be declared crazy for believing in the Bible while a Homo is glorified for being a transgender. It is the end of the world.

    • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

      This just in from Egypt:

      “A gigantic, heretofore unknown room within the Great (Khufu) Pyramid at Giza has been discovered by archaeologists using a new x-ray technology. The huge room was found to contain vast quantities of perfectly preserved grain. A spokesperson from US corporation, General Mills, stated that literally billions of boxes of Wheaties could, and probably will, be made from it. Upon receiving this news American republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, dropped to his knees and wept tears of joy.”

  66. FincaInTheMountains November 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Russian “Talking Head” Evgeniy Satanovsky blames Qatar Foreign Minister Khaled Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah for ordering hit on Russian plane over Sinai

    In several interviews aired over the Russian prime channels, well-known Russian journalist Evgeniy Satanovsky directly put a blame for downing Russian plane in Egypt on Qatar Foreign Minister Khaled Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah.

    Evgeniy Satanovsky is not an official representative of the Russian government, however he is well-known “talking head” and most likely vetted his statement with FSB. (fmr KGB).

    • Q. Shtik November 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

      Russian “Talking Head” Evgeniy Satanovsky ……………….. Finca

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

      ………..known for short as Satan………….

      • FincaInTheMountains November 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

        I guess Russian planes are rapidly running off of the moving targets in Syria.

  67. tucsonspur November 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    Sonny Vaccaro said, “if the players don’t play, the pyramids will fall.”

  68. FincaInTheMountains November 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    According to Evgeniy Satanovsky, Qatar violated the unspoken convention of “do not touch the tourists”, and now will pay a heavy price.

    That explains evacuation of thousands of Russian, UK, and other tourists from Sinai, because next target could be hotels.

  69. FincaInTheMountains November 10, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    The Russian army asserts its superiority in conventional warfare

    Moscow’s military intervention in Syria has not simply overturned the fortunes of war and spread panic throughout the ranks of the jihadist groups. It has also shown the rest of the world the current capacities of the Russian army in situations of real warfare. To everyone’s astonishment, it has proved to possess a system of signal jamming capable of rendering the Atlantic Alliance deaf and blind. Despite a far superior budget, the United States have just lost their military domination.

    voltairenet.org/article189043.html

    • BackRowHeckler November 11, 2015 at 1:17 am #

      Hey Finca, if I can recall correctly, the last time large numbers of Russians were murdered by Muslim terrorists, children at that elementary school, at the theater in Moscow, Prime Minister Putin, shall we say, settled scores, by levelling Grozny — and I mean levelling it. That pretty much ended your Chechen problem. I can also recall Somali pirates making the mistake of hijacking a Russian vessel off the coast of Africa. After Russian marines recovered the ship no more was heard from these pirates. Needless to say they weren’t brought back to Moscow to stand trial.

      If its proved the airliner as brought down by a terrorist act, what can we expect? Right now you’re still burying your dead, but I think there’s going to be hell to pay.

      brh

  70. fodase November 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Well the penniless ‘refugees’ paid up to $2,500 each …

    nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/345-migrants-found-luxury-yacht-greek-island-lesbos-n460…

    Also, they crossed around 10 countries not at war, fleeing war. Meaning they are economic migrants, not refugees.

    This is an internationally engineered fake crisis.

    It is backfiring, the global elites thought they could waltz over Europe. There’s a lot of fight left in Whites.

    Plus, Whites are much more intelligent that the low IQ invaders.

    fodase

  71. FincaInTheMountains November 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Hillary Clinton says she would not support a war declaration against Islamic State

    ibtimes.co.uk/hillary-clinton-says-she-would-not-support-war-declaration-against-islamic-state-15281…

    Of course she wouldn’t. Because it means immediate enactment of “Trading With the Enemy Act of 1933” which Roosevelt so successfully used to suppress the Nazi opposition in the United States.

    She would be the first target of application of such law, along with her accomplices in Senate, State Department and Pentagon.

  72. Janos Skorenzy November 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Get read for pictures of frozen brown children, probably a girl as the poster child this time. And it will be all your fault, you nasty ice person, you. Obviously this was all time to maximize suffering and White guilt as a reaction. And of course, chaos as Muslims break into homes to get warm.

    dailystormer.com/migrant-fiasco-winter-is-coming/

  73. fodase November 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    breitbart.com/london/2015/11/10/migrant-numbers-rise-again-some-pretending-to-be-children-belgian-im…

    lots of reports that europe is now filled with aggressive muslim vermin beggars on the streets, and lots of people saying they’ll not be vacationing/going back there.

    myself included, have cancelled germany trip til they clean house.

    see, i feel like millions of highly dangerous women-hating child-raping anti-Christian muslim scum threaten my ‘safe space’ and that raping women, smashing churches, shitting in the open, etc. are potential ‘triggers’ and are ‘hurtful’ and ‘offensive’ to me.

    I hope merkel and the rest of the treasonous EU politicians hang on a very, very long rope.

    metaphorically, of course

    • wpa_ccc November 11, 2015 at 12:09 am #

      “saying they’ll not be vacationing/going back there…myself included, have cancelled germany trip til they clean house.” –fodase

      LOL! If you cancel Germany/Europe for fear of Muslims, you will never go back to Europe. Muslims are there to stay, as they are in the US.

      Muslims are everywhere in the US. There are Muslims in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, etc. … everywhere … because reasonable people, like the mayor of Boise, are inviting Muslims to live in their communities.

      Reasonable people are not full of fear and understand that Muslim immigrants will be net-positive additions to their communities. Muslims will create jobs, they will enrich and contribute economically.

      They may even reach the fear-filled people who are now knee-jerk anti-Muslims. After having shared with Muslims in social settings and finding out they are just folks like anybody else, the fear will dissipate.

    • malthuss November 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

      Guns found at refugee center.
      Those religious mussies ‘know more than their prayers.’

  74. fodase November 10, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    wnd.com/2015/11/german-teachers-union-warns-girls-against-muslim-men/?cat_orig=education

    So a german union warned its girls about muslim men raping them, and were immediately labelled racist.

    like the insane immigration-loving liberal who was literally stabbed in the back by invader arabs in germany and reacted with ‘sadness’…

    …liberals are insane, i.e. they cannot see the plain truth before their eyes, and go berserk when confronted with facts, which are to be squelched by shrieking ‘racist’ at every turn.

    a grand comeuppance is in the works.

    this cancer needs to be eradicated once and for all.

  75. Janos Skorenzy November 11, 2015 at 1:03 am #

    Great video compilation of the invasion. Yuri Bemenov explains cognitive dissonance that is preventing Europeans from seeing their coming doom. Who would know better – he used to create this kind of thing for a living.

    dailystormer.com/with-open-gates-the-forced-collective-suicide-of-european-nations/

    Pass it on. Liberals are the enemy of the White Race and ultimately of Humanity itself.

  76. FincaInTheMountains November 11, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Two points could be emphasized in the position of the official Russian authorities regarding recent Airbus disaster. Complete silence on the subject of possible reasons despite the fact that the Western media is literally fuming with various versions of the terrorist act, and amazingly fast and precise operation to evacuate all Russian travelers from Egypt. The first is the classic tactical pause, forcing our Western “partners” to become very nervous.

    If you look closely at the evolution of description by the Western media and politicians of causes of the disaster in time, we see that there is an active search for “scapegoats” avoiding having to enter into tough and unpredictable confrontation with Russia.

    First it was unknown ISIS terrorists. Then there was a particular group, which could be sacrificed. Following showed Qatari pay-master and trails leading to the Saudis.

    Putin remains silent and does not react. Let’s see what will happen at the end of the evacuation of Russian tourists from Egypt.

    That evacuation, by the way, is the most credible evidence that the decision on joint military operation of Russia and Egypt in the Sinai has been made, and the evacuation of Russians from the resorts is the removal of potential hostages of the future hostilities.

    At the same time there is another very interesting nuance. Russia has invited experts from the United States (FBI) to participate in a full investigation of the causes of the crash as the Russian representatives. This means at the same time the involvement of official Washington in the investigation and a mousetrap.

    Any conclusions drawn by the US investigators will automatically become position of the United States. Including participation of their own security agencies in the tragedy, of which there is already not much doubt.

  77. FincaInTheMountains November 11, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    To an unbiased observer it is clear that in the United States is growing intensity of the internal confrontation between the two major forces, that have very different views regarding US and its place in the future of the world.

    This is due not only to the upcoming election of the next president of the country, but also to the fact that the rapid development of world events makes the United States right now, without waiting for a new president, fairly quickly and clearly respond to proliferating challenges.

    Both forces are cross-party-lines. Obama and the forces among the American elite that he represents, is set to enter the United States into a policy of self-isolation in order to preserve the unity of the country and winning time for “licking the wounds” by restoring completely destroyed real economy.

    This strategy is caused by the fact that world domination based on the dollar system, is on its last legs. To understand this fact is enough to look closely at a consistent and very rapid build-up of China’s financial strength aided by the City of London.

    Moreover China rapidly builds complex mechanisms and instruments, allowing in a very short time for Yuan to replace the dollar in international settlements between any public and private entities as well as to invest free financial resources.

    As a result, the United States to protect its hegemony have only military option, which Obama’s team considers inadequate and too risky to attempt. As a result, Obama’s strategy is a policy of smoothing the main contradictions between the major world players and attempt to find a compromise solution for all major issues.

    An alternative vision and strategy of the United States is represented by a “Clinton Group”, consisting of radical neo-cons, fully relying on the military might of the United States and their ability to make any opponent of United States to comply by force. Within that context they want to leverage any terrorist and opposition group created by the United States around the world.

    Unfortunately for Obama, his current presidency is not a guarantee for his desired policies to prevail in his remaining time. US government agencies are filled not only with his allies, but also with puppets of his opponents. Any key position in the government, army and security agency is the result of a compromise between the two groups, approximately equal to each other in strength.

    After the crash of the Russian aircraft in the Sinai situation deteriorated even more, and it became clear that a quiet contradictory maneuvering in order to gain time, which the Obama administration has been doing for about a year now, is no longer possible.

    Obama soon will have to choose between two evils. The first – is to try to hold a total governmental sweep of opponents of his policies, with the laying blame on them for all the events in the Middle East, Ukraine and in the framework of the “Arab Spring” and distancing from everything connected with it, to ensure the victory of his team in the upcoming elections.

    The second option is to support his opponents and try to push the situation in the interests of the United States by force. But this brings us to the brink of a global nuclear war, and in the near future, as it was stated multiple times by Russia and China.

  78. fodase November 11, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    liberal insanity just gets worse and worse. we need armed rebellion:

    infowars.com/politician-calls-for-compulsory-labor-to-force-germans-to-service-migrants/

    • nsa November 11, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      Do not visit europe……your “hate speech” will get you assigned to a reeducation camp….for your own good and the good of society.

  79. nsa November 11, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    To show solidarity with the muslim “immigrants”, all decent germans must give up the use of TP and wipe their lily white asses with their (white now but soon to be brown and smelly) left hand…and pledge to eat falafel at least once a week. Or risk joining Fodase at the reeducation camp….

  80. FincaInTheMountains November 11, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Russian special forces have demonstrated they can rise to the same level of violence as ISIS.

    In October 1985, a radical Muslim Brotherhood splinter group kidnapped four Soviet diplomats in Beirut. By the time Russian special forces reached the city, one of the diplomats had already been executed.

    As Moscow’s policy was never to negotiate with terrorists, no effort was made to do so. Using a network of informants, the Russians identified the militant group responsible and the kidnappers involved.

    With the kidnappers’ names in hand, the Russians immediately rounded up their family members, taking them hostage. They then cut off hostages’ body parts, delivering them to the militants along with the threat to continue making deliveries.

    The militants got the message. The surviving Russian diplomats were immediately released. For two decades thereafter, Russian diplomats operated safely abroad without fear of becoming targets of Muslim terrorists.

    Operating from their mother ship, the Somalis pirated a Russian oil tanker. Russian naval special forces boarded the tanker, easily routing the pirates, taking them captive and putting them back onboard their mother ship. There, the pirates were securely tied up and the mother ship fitted with explosives. Once back on their own ship, the Russians detonated the explosives.

    No Russian ship since then has been pirated.

    As they hit the ground running in Syria, the Russians will set out—aided by their Iranian and Syrian friends—to establish informant networks to identify, locate and kill ISIS leaders. Where possible to do so, they will ensure they die a violent death in a way that conveys the message they seek to send.

    If there is an Arabic word for “karma,” ISIS will soon be muttering it.

    breitbart.com/national-security/2015/10/30/russian-special-forces-has-isis-met-its-fear-merchant-mat…

    Figurehead leaders of the ISIS will no longer be the ultimate goal. The case will go on and will have many whispering the word “karma”.

    • Buck Stud November 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      This is one post I can believe and nobody can accuse Russians of lacking creativity, especially that of the retributive variety (Stalin was a very good teacher indeed).

      It sort of reminds me of that old Apache torture. Tie a wet piece of leather around a captured enemy and then secure them in the heat of the desert. As the leather dries, the prisoner is slowly strangulated.

      And who can forget Saddam Hussein, feeding his victims through a table saw…just imagine those excruciatingly painful moments when legs and sexual organs are being mutilated before arriving at the spinal cord and hopefully, cessation of pain.

      • malthuss November 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

        There is a book ‘Operation Swordfish’ – it mentions how a rich Narco Terrorist in Columbia had his enemies tied to trees in the jungle.

        The wild creatures ate them.
        Then had photos taken, as souvenirs.

        • wpa_ccc November 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

          Right here in the USA there is a large gang of killers that takes every recruit and makes them go through hell, as it trains them to kill. The purpose of training is to rip every recruit down, and when I say “down” I mean to the level beneath the dirt; and then to rebuild them, reshape their thinking. It is a brainwashing to make sure there is absolute loyalty to the gang.

          Here is the testimony of one of the gang members: “I was treated like shit and I was one of the top recruits! They made me pay everyday for my decision to join, made me bleed on sand, and made me wish every bone in my body would break. But the day that I recieved my Eagle, Globe, and Anchor I cried so hard, and my DI’s were the first ones there to say “Welcome to the Family, Marine”

      • stelmosfire November 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

        Torture should be reserved for family members, retribution of only my own , I’m all about forgive and forget, but if an individual touches one of my own may they feel my wrath. Okay I am having a bad day and I’am in a sour mood.

        • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 1:16 am #

          So you’re saying each person should only kill within their only family? And if it anyone else does it, it’s trespassing? Interesting philosophy!

      • FincaInTheMountains November 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

        War is an ugly thing and they have that sort of people doing that sort of job on both sides of the trenches.

    • BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 7:25 am #

      Finca, here might be a lesson somewhere in your post for President Foodstamps, the Homosexual Secretary of the US Army, and the Lady Defense Ministers of Western European Countries.

      On the other hand, maybe its too late.

      brh

  81. wpa_ccc November 11, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    In the Republican debate Maria B. said “40% are without a job and are not looking”

    The unemployment rate is 5%, thanks to Obama, the lowest it has been since George W. Bush took office.

    The workforce participation rate is due to the exit of the Baby Boomers from the workforce… and is not an indicator of a poor economy.

    Stay-at-home moms, 5-year olds, and 88-year olds on the beach in Florida are not working and are not looking for work. Does Maria believe in child labor?

    • malthuss November 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

      haaaaaaaaaa

      Unemployment 50%.

      • stelmosfire November 12, 2015 at 10:56 am #

        Howdy Malthuss. My family is 100% employed. I can actually have a conversation with them. On the other hand , my in-laws, all 12 of them are on the dole , Not a job in the lot. section 8, food stamps, fuel assistance, etc.etc. all on your dime. Or maybe not. My dime anyway.

  82. FincaInTheMountains November 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    “Putin, shall we say, settled scores, by levelling Grozny” — brh

    Under Iron Hand of Russia’s Proxy, a Chechen Revival

    Like Stalingrad after World War II, Grozny, the Chechen capital, has reappeared from the rubble. It has done so more swiftly than European cities revived by the Marshall Plan.

    nytimes.com/2007/09/30/world/europe/30grozny.html?_r=0

  83. fodase November 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    Europe is going to take 3 MILLION more 3rd worlders over the next year.

    You can’t say “3rd worlders” since it’s hurtful and offensive, much like you can’t cite the glaring differences between races/cultures on this board, as it’s ‘racist’.

    Things are shaping up for a repeat of 1968, complete with race riots. Hopefully, this time around we’ll have a definitive conversation on race, e.g. get your sorry ass educated, working, shut your ever-whining pie holes and get on with things like the majority of folks.

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

    wpa, did you ever get back to me on whether the 3 black police officers in baltimore are racists, since they killed a black dope dealer and blacklivesmatter?

    i think you said the black female police officer who oversaw the suffocation of Eric Garner (caps to show respect) should be fired.

    fodase

  84. fodase November 11, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    infowars.com/muslims-in-germany-your-children-will-pray-to-allah-or-die/

    The banner above was attached to an autobahn overpass in Sindelfingen, Germany, near a Mercedes Factory.
    It reads: “Your children will pray to Allah or die.”
    There was no claim of responsibility for the message and the threat was not reported by the German media.

    We’ll wait and see on this one, I’m fair, and it could have been put up by a German…..

    Will keep you posted, except for wpa, who knows they muslims are enriching germany’s culture with their work ethic and humanity.

  85. Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    Leaves, some the wind scatters on the ground –
    So is the race of men.

    Homer’s Illiad

    We’re all dead men walking. All about to Fall this year or next.

  86. BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Turns out the racist provocations at Mizzou were fabrications, made up events with no proof whatsoever. At a time when everything is captured on a cellphone and immediately posted on-line, there is no video of a pickup truck on campus with Confederate flags, nobody else heard anybody shout out “nigger” to the student president, and no pile of feces on the lawn near some dorms.

    Tim Wolfe’s transgression seems to have been he didn’t support the Michael Brown narrative in Ferguson, Mo., itself a goddam lie and provocation.

    brh

  87. BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    Here at Yale we learn there is ‘racial tension’ on campus.

    There was a big meeting last nite at the ‘Afro American Center’ at the university. Reportedly, 1000 students attended. News media were not allowed in, but a spokeswoman interviewed later stated the main subject was ‘White Male Privilege’, and one of the solutions: “require white male incoming freshman students to read a book by a ‘radical lesbian feminist of color’, and write a report on what you learned”.

    CFNers, this is what’s going on in the pre eminent University in the United States, which should be some cause for concern. Or, like me, you could just laugh at how ridiculous these people are.

    brh

    • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      More mandatory diversity training a la Mizzou.

      • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 9:58 am #

        Has anyone ever considered that maybe it’s the natural order of the universe, or planet earth at least, that the white male be privileged? Just askin’.

  88. fodase November 12, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    if that is true, blacks and minorities are just irrevocably stupid. they continue to guarantee their total cultural and economic destruction.

    what are they going to demand after they graduate [besides continuing to ride the illicit quota trail due to their sub-standard abilities]?

    who will listen to their fabricated never-ending grievances?

    the population has tired of them, they have been given 3-months notice.

    it is beyond mind boggling that an education [the term is very loosely applied] at these repugnant places of indoctrination costs $50k a year and up.

    #BlackMalePrivilege

  89. BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    what’s puzzling, above all, is that when the Messiah became President back in ’08, it was supposed to usher in a new era of Racial Harmony here at home, and International Peace abroad, including a ‘Russian Reset’, and the Muslims loving us after a litany of apologies, mea culpas, and plenty of presidential groveling.

    Just the opposite seems to have happened.

    What went wrong?

    brh

  90. fodase November 12, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    the required Reset is one of withering force, aka enuf is enuf

    looks like the Russians have taken the lead on this one, tip of the hat to them

  91. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    What went wrong? — brh

    I think it’s just greed. They didn’t want to share with emerging powers based on some sort of compromise, wanted to keep everything to themselves.

  92. Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    After one of the most extreme periods of economic stratification in American history over the last thirty years, Donald Trump declares that American wages ‘are too high’.

    So “The Donald” is gonna kick out the Mexicans and lower wages for ‘real Americans’. Of course, he is only spouting what he believes ‘The GOP Base’ wants to hear. Boiled down ‘The GOP Base’ wants to go back to the days of exclusionary and rapidly escalating health care costs and an overall dynamic that favors insurance corporations over patients. “The GOP Base” also wants to scrap medicare and Social Security a la Ben Carson. “The GOP Base” also wants to obliterate unions so we can roll back time to the days of no unemployment or workers compensation insurance and never mind holiday, sick or paternity leave.

    “The Base” also wants to lower taxes for the one percent yet again and dramatically increase military spending.

    In short, metaphorically speaking, “The Base” wants to drop down on their knees and perform fellatio on the the One Percent/Wall Street, and with true self flagellation gusto, drive an economically destructive dildo up their own collective ass when doing so.

    Can we really blame an economic rapist such as Donald Trump or the greater GOP for ‘dropping their drawers’ and ‘deep throating’ the dumbbells hard and deep when “The GOP Base is obviously a collection of willing and masochistic morons ?

    So what’s “The Donald” or Ben or Carly with a strap on supposed to do when after thirty five years of an economic GOP gang bang, “The Base” still has mouth eagerly open for another shot of poison jism?

    Give em what they want Donald, that’s what.

    • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      That’s as thorough a use of pornographic sexual metaphor as I’ve ever seen.

  93. BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Yeah, this ‘Diversity Training’ is an interesting concept.

    How long before ‘Re-education Camps’ are established by the govt, and attendance is deemed mandatory, by law?

    And you can pretty much figure out who they will be mandatory for. Our gracious host, JHK, by dint of last weeks CFn post about his experiences in Boston, will be first on the list to be rounded up. After that it will be Q, Fodase, Janos, NSA and possibly yours truly.

    Buck and WPA, you can rest easy.

    brh

    • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      How long before ‘Re-education Camps’ are established by the govt, and attendance is deemed mandatory, by law? – BRH

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

      Actually, that has been happening for at least 20 years. Who, in the corporate world, has not had to sit through hours of mind numbing ethics and sexual abuse training on their personal computer. At the big defense contractors such training programs were demanded by DoD….so the corps went along to get along.

    • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

      Now I know what the “B and R” in BRH represents: “RED HERRING”.

      Nobody has suggested ‘mandatory re-educations’ camps bRH.

      Stop with the histrionics and silliness; you read like a chick with your hyperbole.

      • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

        That would be “R AND H” for the typo Nazis.

      • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

        Know about Emma West? In UK?

        I didnt think so.

  94. fodase November 12, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Boiled down ‘The GOP Base’ wants to go back to the days of exclusionary and rapidly escalating health care costs and an overall dynamic that favors insurance corporations over patients.

    do you actually believe what you are saying?

    don’t forget to vote for hillary, because she’s a woman

    most americans – not the illegal aliens that can and do vote democrat – simply want affordable healthcare costs.

    i can’t really see the ‘GOP Base’ sitting around thinking ‘yes, let’s go back to the days of exclusionary and rapidly escalating health care costs”

    I know that the GOP Base just wants the fucking law to be applied, in contrast to the democrat base, which wants to dictate law based on its tyrannical, perverted whims du jour

    • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      A lot of typing by Fodase without one substantive rebuttal.

      Facts are facts: Before “Obamacare” insurance companies could discriminate based upon pre-existing conditions. Thus, insurance companies could charge more: a LOT MORE.

      Before Obama and the ACA, the GOP had years and indeed decades to address the health care affordability crisis. They never lifted a finger. And now they want to take us back to the good ol’ pre Obamacare days.

      And inflammatory right-wing delusional’s such as yourself who have absolutely no clue seem to forget that one of the basic,set-in-stone, demands from the Teapublican base is to repeal Obamacare “root and branch” and not, as you absurdly suggest, to “apply the law”.

      The law has been upheld by the SCOTUS twice now and still the base demands the repeal of the ACA.

      First seek to know what you’re talking about Fodase, before spouting off bullshit.

      And BTW, just for the record, this site’s host–JHK– congratulated Democrats in the most laudatory manner possible when the ACA was first enacted as law. Just search the archives if you don’t believe me.

  95. BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Most of the trouble at Yale, best I can determine, is coming out of the ‘Women’s Studies’, and ‘African American Studies’ Depts.

    What kind of academic disciplines are those? What do you study there, just yourself? What does it qualify you to do? Raise hell? Level accusations against fellow students? Air historical grievances? Organize mobs of the ignorant and the grasping, for the purposes of govt handouts? How can it be anything but highly political, and turn its students into rabble rousers and all around pains in the ass?

    Imagine spending $60,000 to send your daughter to Yale for that Bullsh-t? What a waste of money!

    brh

    • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

      Black Studies does not study Africa [mud huts, black on black war, albino hunting].

      It studies ‘Victimhood’ [with a cap V].

      Go online and see that I am wrong.
      Email some ‘Profs’.

  96. fodase November 12, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    In the interest of keeping post count down I prefer not to get into a pissing contest with you or fodase about Islam. This week I would not rather not provide you with facts you will just continue to ignore. I have several hundred Muslim acquaintances and find them to be just as diverse as the Christians I grew up with. That is why I will not condemn all 1.6 Billion Muslims for the abhorrent practices/violence of some. Child marriage is not Islamic.

    it’s just that, wherever muslims are, everyone has a problem with them.

    what, is everyone making it up?

    they can’t even live with themselves, for christ’s sake lol

    those are the ‘facts’ you think we ignore.

    you are the ‘ignore’ant individual here, i.e. you ignore the obvious

    once again, you resort to typical phemale faux catastrophization to argue your point, stating that we condemn all 1.6 billion muslims.

    I’ve stated multiple times – just go back and read it – that I welcome all educated, law abiding Blacks and Muslims into the fold of humanity, as they do to me.

    also, wpa, can i get your take on the 3 black police officers who murdered the black dope dealer, are they racists like the 3 white officers who were with them?

    we know you’re ready to even fire the black female officer who suffocated Eric Garner. the officer you never see anything about in the liberal media since it doesn’t fit their imagined narrative:

    thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/breaking-eric-garner-arrest-death-supervised-by-black-female-police-ser…

  97. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    OOPS! Russian TV “Accidentally” Leaks Secret ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Design

    The Kremlin has confirmed “some secret data” was accidentally leaked when Russian TV stations broadcast material apparently showing blueprints from a nuclear torpedo, designed to be used against enemy coastal installations.

    During President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with military officials in Sochi, where the development of Russia’s military capabilities were being discussed, a number of TV crews were able to capture footage of a paper that was certainly not meant for public viewing.

    The presentation slide titled “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” showed some drawings of a new nuclear submarine weapons system. It is apparently designed to bypass NATO radars and any existing missile defense systems, while also causing heavy damage to “important economic facilities” along the enemy’s coastal regions.

    The footnote to the slide stated that Status-6 is intended to cause “assured unacceptable damage”to an adversary force. Its detonation “in the area of the enemy coast” would result in “extensive zones of radioactive contamination” that would ensure that the region would not be used for“military, economic, business or other activity” for a “long time.”

    russia-insider.com/en/oops-russian-tv-accidentally-leaks-secret-nuclear-torpedo-design/ri11111

    We’re definitely talking about “Sakharov solution” – detonating a directional thermo-nuclear blast which in turn will generate huge 1000-feet high tsunami wave.

  98. wpa_ccc November 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    “they can’t even live with themselves, for christ’s sake lol
    those are the ‘facts’ you think we ignore.” — fodase

    fodase, here are the facts you are ignoring: murder rates and political wars. Just look what Christians in Germany and Italy did to Europe not to long ago, killing millions of other Christians. Or do you want to ignore Christian-on-Christian violence to keep up your anti-Muslim Crusade? The Christian clergy bless the soldiers and bless the weapons of war. Christians are 50 times more violent than Muslims, if you go by the number of people murdered.

    “Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher [and fodase], Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.

    As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off tens of millions of people in the two world wars and colonial repression.

    Sometimes it is argued that they did not act in the name of religion but of nationalism. But, really, how naive. Religion and nationalism are closely intertwined. The British monarch is the head of the Church of England, and that still meant something in the first half of the twentieth century, at least. The Swedish church is a national church. Spain? Was it really unconnected to Catholicism? Did the Church and Francisco Franco’s feelings toward it play no role in the Civil War? And what’s sauce for the goose: much Muslim violence is driven by forms of modern nationalism, too.

    I don’t figure that Muslims killed more than a 2 million people or so in political violence in the entire twentieth century, and that mainly in the Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 and the Soviet and post-Soviet wars in Afghanistan, for which Europeans bear some blame.

    Compare that to the Christian European tally of, oh, lets say 100 million (16 million in WW I, 60 million in WW II– though some of those were attributable to Buddhists in Asia– and millions more in colonial wars.)” –Juan Cole

  99. fodase November 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Here’s your typical insane lefty non-sense:

    Springs [Female] Officers Will No Longer Take Fitness Tests After Discrimination Lawsuit

    Women want ‘equality’ – until they have to perform equally.

    “Equal pay!”
    “Equal rights!”

    Ok, you have to pass the same fitness test as men. Since you’re dealing with criminals.

    “Discrimination!”

    Seems some folks are much more equal than others.

    The collapse of the PC-infested US states can’t come soon enough.

    fodase

  100. fodase November 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I’m just thankful that true liberty loving Americans are armed to the teeth.

    Semper fi.

    The countdown to take back the country has started.

    Matrianarchy is finished.

    God is a rational man, thank God.

  101. beantownbill. November 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    All this talk about secondary issues. Can’t you see liberals vs. Republicans is just a diversion?

    We now are returning to the quadrennial period of stupidity. Where is the outrage about the lack of action in attacking real problems? Who cares about Blacks vs. Whites and Muslims vs. Christians and Jews when the Earth is overstuffed with people. Do you think nature cares about the differences between peoples, or is it about to correct the fact that too many humans currently exist on the planet?

    Our oceans are dying. What’s much more important – that, or Black inclusion and gender equality? Hell, even economic inequality pales before changing climate. CFNers imply they’re more aware of the world around them than others, yet I see no discussions about how to get decision makers to try to resolve issues about our survival. C’mon guys (and gals) apply your brains.

    • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      Your over-simplification is an obfuscation. “Liberals and Republicans” represent ideological platforms, policies and laws. When people type “Republican’ they assume that most people understand the overarching ideological philosophy that the GOP represents.

      Not every objection has to be specific and or particular in its minutiae. Indeed, the broad view naturally resolves the pygmy minded myopia in more instances that not.

      • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

        “Our oceans are dying. ”

        So are “oceans are dying” but you don’t want people to get mired down in sideshows such as which political party not only denies the possibility of climate change, but vilifies and ridicules those who do?

        No, Bill, if there is a problem that is being perpetuated or exacerbated’ by a political party it is not small-minded to identify that party.

        Otherwise, one is engaging in an infantile sort of equivocation.

        • beantownbill. November 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

          Buck, we are operating in 2 different spheres. My political awareness began in 1968. Since then, I’ve seen the same problems arise again and again with the same political parties spouting the same solutions and/or ignoring the same issues, yet nothing has seemed to change, only gotten worse. It is clear to me that the political process is not effective in the real world – and that is why political parties do not interest me. I like to engage with people of vision, who have a clear idea of where they’d like to see us go, not become weighed down with lesser issues while ignoring the bigger ones.

          Contrary to what Janos says, I’m not talking down to people. I’m just trying to get them to expand their minds to see into other realms, other ways of doing things.

          Buck, you have artistic talent. Use that to get a larger perspective, instead of getting sucked into the game that people in power want you to play.

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

      He’s talking down to us sheep – Jew talk for Whites. You really think he’s fine with Jews going extinct? Or that Blacks are philosophical about WHICH people go under?

      He’s right – Nature doesn’t care. She’s an impartial referee. The strongest and the smartest will survive. That’s the game. Whites were duped into lowering their population even as the borders to the 3rd World were opened. We lost big time on that. Want to keep losing? Keep listening to the Bills of the world.

      • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

        Who cares about Blacks vs. Whites and Muslims vs. Christians and Jews when the Earth is overstuffed with people.

    • BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Bill,

      Another thing that’s happening but I haven’t seen much about it is the Elephants in Africa are being wiped out by poachers with AK47s, to the extent, if more isn’t done, they will be extinct within several decades. Rhinos are getting massacred too. I guess there’s a big demand for Rhino tusks and Ivory in Asia is whats driving it. What a tragedy. The irony is that the only elephants and rhinos left will be in zoos in the US. I won’t say Europe because Europe will be gone sooner rather than later, and I don’t know the Muslim policy on zoos. I figure they like to blow up everything else so they might like to blow up zoos too.

      brh

      • beantownbill. November 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

        I can’t stand to read about animal extinctions because it’s too painful for me. Once gone, game over (unless we can somehow extract DNA and reanimate a species).

        I don’t remember if I mentioned it, but a few weeks ago we took a little train trip to NYC on the Acela. I wanted to go to the American Museum of Natural History, as I had never been there before. I saw their dinosaur display. What awesome – in the true sense of the word – creatures. Nature experimented with gigantic size, but that didn’t end up working out. Then nature tried large brains, and the results so far have been mixed. Anyway, I had my picture taken with a Brontosaurus, a T-Rex, a Stegasaurus and a Triceratops. I guess I’m a little weird – other men want to be seen with Kate Upton and other SI swimsuit girls.

        I wonder if maybe we ought to make poachers extinct.

        • BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

          You know what Bill, if dinosaurs survived to our time they’d probably be hunted to extinction, too. I’ll tell you what tho, crocs and gators, direct descendants of dinosaurs, a specie 50 million years old, will probably outlast humans, for one, they are tough sonsabitches, two, they live in remote areas where its hard to hunt them. In the Florida Everglades gators are flourishing, except now they have a little competition from pythons and even anacondas illegally released into those swamps.

          brh

      • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

        Europe because Europe will be gone sooner rather than later, a

        THEN WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT WILDLIFE IN AFRICA?

  102. fodase November 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    wpa, I find it a bit strange that peaceful muslims would risk everything to walk thousands of miles to warring Christian countries with super-high murder rates.

    Where they won’t be able to enjoy the civil, social and other rights and advances which they have fought so hard for.

    You need to live in the present – the West has advanced, muslims continue to wallow in the past, to nobody’s good.

    • Buck Stud November 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

      A few years back you were extolling your south-of-the border experience and if not denouncing the rest of us on the mainland, very much questioning our sensibilities.

      Now it appears your experience has ‘gone south’.

      I wonder why that might be, and I have to admit, the thought of the locals becoming hip to your racist tirades has crossed my mind.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

        Maybe he got mugged by some of your dark brethren. That’s a famously effective convincer.

  103. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    The US military budget is 10 times bigger than the Russian. Russian is almost equal to the British. Britain on a budget does not sustain and even reduce the armed forces because there’s no money.

    How is that?

    Very simple: the American (and British) budget is not being spent on the military. All the money goes to contractors, and only they sell everything to a military at inflated prices. As a result of kickbacks, 50 percent of delivered equipment no one needs, in fact, pure marketing.
    And in remaining 50% wild profits are buried. When you start to understand the specifications in detail, not just swoop across the purchasing list, where thousands of products with codes of spare parts, then you see Bradley’s hatches that cost 135 thousand each.

    “America spends on each of its soldiers 10 times more than Russia.”

    Wrong again. America pays contractors 10 times more than Russia spends on a soldier. And that, as they say in Odessa, are two big differences.

    Next. Look at the map. Deployment of the US Armed Forces. How much is spent on logistics and maintenance of an infinite number of military bases? And how it is spent? That’s right, take all sorts of Halliburton-type contractors, budget pays them. How the costs are determined? It’s simple: look at some generals sitting on company’s board of directors after retirement – and everything becomes clear at once.

    As a result, new and two generations more advanced Russian Armata is two or three times cheaper than the old Abrams.

    • seawolf77 November 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      You make a good point. When the military industrial complex produces weapons that are technologically inferior, it can no longer mount an effective defense. The defeat of Iraq is not an indication of poorly designed and operated Soviet equipment. I think America is in for a rude awakening if it believes it can defeat Russia. The lynchpin of American military might is the aircraft carrier, and even American admirals say they’re gone in the first 10 minutes of a major war. It really is hard to imagine what a war between America and Russia would look like. I don’t believe nuclear weapons exist, so scratch that. I’m talking conventional war.

  104. Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    DOW down 200. Is this the start of something even worse? Who knows.

  105. Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    I just finished Submission. Not sure what to make of it. It’s thought-provoking. It describes a plausible non-violent Muslim takeover of France/Europe. It is not the “hilarious comic masterpiece” the jacket says it is. I chuckled here and there. Houellebecq is no David Foster Wallace.

    • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      P.S. about Submission:

      It is a short read (246 pages) with lots of blank white space. If I can read it in a week you can read it in 2-3 days.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Irony and Absurdity are his modes. The targets of them may show his real beliefs or idealism.

  106. stelmosfire November 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    So As##KA, aka wpa,What about the religion of peace?
    theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/12/beirut-bombings-kill-at-least-20-lebanon

    • BackRowHeckler November 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Hey Stelmos, if you’re looking in, I think I met a guy who knows you. Yeah, I was fishing down in Charleston, RI, ran into this group from Westfield area, fishing for flats. He was about our age, just retired from the RR. I asked him if he knew a retired fireman with a pretty nice spread with a system for collecting water on his property, probably well known around town, and the whole lower Pioneer Valley. He said yeah, gave your name, which of course I won’t mention here. Small world, huh?

      brh

  107. barbisbest November 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    This just in.. CNN – ISIS threatens Russia with war. How much time do you think we got, doc? Not much, it all seems to be terminal. Historic flooding in SC four weeks ago, and then in Texas two weeks ago. Significant earthquake in Afghanistan last month. The month before that, Chile. Seven months ago, Nepal. What does anyone care about saving civilization, as long we can hold on to our money and our titles and our stuff. Just sayin’.

    Everyone should see Extinction next week on National Geographic with Jane Goodall. She asserts there is some worth saving. The human race, questionable. The animal kingdom, more probably. See also David Eagleman’s How the Brain works. Jewish guy, they are pretty brilliant people. Interesting documentary that. When small babies are shown a puppet show with two bear puppets, one that is kind and helpful, the other one who is not… when given the choice to play with either puppet, the baby invariably picks the bear who was kind and helpful. May be a key to the future, if there’s a chance of it. What does this have to do with any damn thing? Dunno. Is there no freakin’ grammar check on this thing? Sense of humor to the end. Ahava.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Black children usually choose the White Doll. The ones who go to school with Whites do it even more. They know.

      Black babies respond more positively to White faces than Black faces. They know.

  108. fodase November 12, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Re Welles’ transformation, the immediacy of the change from the US gave the appearance of having moved to a gentle, peace-loving country free from much of the insanity you find in the US.

    House robbed, never-ending corruption, assassination, need to be vigilant 24 x 7, race quotas being introduced, idiotic economic and environmental policies….

    Just a common sense reaction. Non-White culture is inferior.

    Nothng magical about it, it’s as plain as your nose.

    Nothing racist about it, I love blacks and any other darkies/lighties, as long as they live up to advanced White culture and societal mores.

    Hell, half of White people in the US are blitheringly useless, if you want to get down to it….

    Re muslims, it’s really a dead end to discuss them, 350 million Europeans are learning that they need to eradicate them before they’re eradicated – the grand majority of them.

    Call that what you will, it’s a self-evident truth.

    fodase

  109. Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    dailystormer.com/jews-at-forefront-of-welcoming-invasion/

    It’s either hatred of Whites, the usual Liberal silliness, or some weird combination of both. Israel’s not taking any and has just build more walls.

    • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

      Inbreeding on the Suicide Gene?

      • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 2:42 am #

        They could never decide if they wanted to rule us or destroy us so they do both. I think that was behind Bibi’s defense of Hitler a few weeks ago – which he has since recanted. He’s a sane person and knows at some level what’s going on is crazy and isn’t going to end well for Jews.

  110. Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Not every objection has to be specific and or particular in its minutiae. Indeed, the broad view naturally resolves the pygmy minded myopia in more instances [that] not. – Buck

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

    than

    Oh so true Buck. And that is why racial profiling makes perfect sense. It’s as natural as breathing. That is why people all over the world tend to hold negative views of American blacks even though there are many fine human beings among that culture/race. When the Paddy Wagon comes they take the good girls with the bad.

  111. barbisbest November 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Awe Janos, you read my post. How delightful. Still Janos, there is hope…Jeb Bush must be reading JHK’s blog. I just recently learned Jeb Bush’s campaign slogan, “Jeb can fix it”. If Jeb can fix it, I’m Elizabeth Taylor.

    Souls aren’t a color Janos. It’s always the thought of “the other”, like the Jewish in Germany the middle of last century, that gets us into trouble. See David Eagleman’s The Brain, specifically the episode, “Why I Need You.” It also gives explanation regarding why genocides happen. People who at one moment live next to one another and then, the next moment, are killing one another. It’s a fascinating look into the working of the human brain. In summation, good luck to my species. We need it.

    • beantownbill. November 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

      It’s all a matter of perspective. Take those lovable, cuddly creatures, house cats. In reality they are unpredictable, merciless, vicious predators, at least to rodents and birds. I’m also thinking of the big cats. In zoos they leave you alone, but they’ll turn on a dime and kill their handlers for no apparent reason.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

        Exactly. If my cat suddenly become the size of a German Shepherd, our relationship would “change” – completely. Why? Because the cat would become very dangerous since it is now almost as big as a human.

        Same with the size of the Muslim or Black population. When they are small, they might try to get along. When they are big, they wont because they don’t have to and don’t want to. Why not? Because they are different from us, and love themselves instead of us.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

      As if the vehicle doesn’t matter? You know little about the science of reincarnation. Could even as Master make great music on a broken down old fiddle? Or a primitive Black body? Luckily, the Universe is more compassionate than you and gives us the vehicle or instrument that we deserve.

      Whites are being genocided and Jews are fine with it. I lie, they’re more than fine with it. You think old Eag cares about the fall of Europe to the Muslims? Or your old buddy Danny? They’re both probably dancing with joy. Of course you are innocent and don’t even realize that Whites are being genocided. You’re like that about a lot of things. You’ll only know after it’s announced on PBS.

    • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

      What does he claim is the cause of the Arab Holocaust by Israel?

  112. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    “OOPS! Russian TV “Accidentally” Leaks Secret ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Design” == me

    We already have a first result of that “leak”:

    Report: FBI expanding Clinton email probe

    The FBI has expanded its probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails beyond a provision involving “gross negligence” with national defense information, Fox News reports.

    Agents are now also looking at whether statements that have been made violate a federal statute on providing “materially false” information, according to Fox.

    thehill.com/policy/national-security/259921-report-fbi-expanding-clinton-email-probe

    And of course Mr.Q biggest concern is DOW loosing couple of hundred points. Bless your heart, Mr.Q.

  113. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    “Fed knows that it will have to shovel more ZIRP money into the debt-saturated maw of a dying financial leviathan.” == JHK

    I don’t think that another QE is an option anymore. Fool me once…

  114. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    US Responsible For Russian Plane Crash: Putin’s Friend

    Amid Russia’s brutal bombing campaign against ISIS targets in Syria in what appears to be a revenge for bringing down a Russian plane, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend has blamed the U.S. for the plane crash, as a result of which 224 people died.

    Russian state-owned TV puts the blame on U.S. for bombing the plane

    Meanwhile, a notorious Russian TV news presenter and a friend of Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. of complicity in the plane crash that killed 224 people on board, including 25 children and 7 crew members.

    On Sunday, speaking on the popular Russian TV news program Vesti Nedeli. Dmitry Kiselyov said: “If it is really so [that ISIS was to blame for the downing of the Russian plane], a question pops up: why against Russia who has been fighting against ISIS for less than 40 days?”

    Kiselyov then added that the American military can “easily find a common language with terrorists” when it comes to their safety. “They either buy or arrange some sort of swap. Like ‘we shut our eyes to something, and you don’t touch us.’”

    Kiselyov reminded that it was practiced “for years” with Taliban in Afghanistan. So “why not repeat the experience with the ISIS, to everyone’s pleasure, through the mediation of Qatar?” he asked the audience.

    valuewalk.com/2015/11/us-responsible-for-russian-plane-crash-putins-friend/

  115. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I think that Putin is sending a clear message that he’s sick and tired of figuring out where’s Obama and where’s Clinton in all that shit: clean up your house.

  116. wpa_ccc November 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    “…why against Russia who has been fighting against ISIS for less than 40 days?” — fodase

    Duh. When Russia decided to attack ISIS, it should have expected a counter-attack at any time. Russia lost 224 people in one day.

    Russia should expect the war to arrive on Russian soil. We just don’t know where: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Jekaterinburg, Novgorod, etc. Meanwhile, any Russian flight is at risk.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

      For every smart ass there is a dick with a screw…

  117. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    “We just don’t know where: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Jekaterinburg, Novgorod, etc.”

    Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Novgorod, New York, Washington, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, etc.

  118. FincaInTheMountains November 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    The most dangerous thing is that humanity is being pushed into the abyss blindly, ignoring even the possibility of catastrophe in every possible way. And in this sense, Putin has finally reached out to Western public opinion by organizing “unintentional leak” since the open threat of use of nuclear weapons is prohibited by the UN Charter, and his numerous hints in the form of appropriate exercises of the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, the West ignored.

  119. fodase November 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    “…why against Russia who has been fighting against ISIS for less than 40 days?” — fodase

    not me, bro, that’s fincal’s post….

    appreciate the warm feelings, we’d actually get along very well in central/south america, we’d just argue incessantly like any good couple

    fodase

    • wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 12:27 am #

      Sorry about the misattribution… I already consider you a friend, in South America or in Europe.

  120. Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    And of course Mr.Q[‘s] biggest concern is [the] DOW [loosing] [a] couple of hundred points. Bless your heart, Mr.Q. – Finca

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

    Gee, thanks Finca. I realize my petty little concerns can hardly compare with those of CFN’s own armchair General who has much bigger fish to fry.

  121. Pucker November 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    The American Communists have a strange way of talking about “Space”, not so much physical space, but “mental space.” For example, when they say: “I can’t allow this [idea that I don’t agree with] in my space.” They seem to have declared all US universities to be their “Space” to be purged of all ideas that do make them feel safe in their “Space”. Very Stalinist.

    • Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      I agree, this “my space” BS is a very annoying expression.

      It reminds me of sports teams getting all in a huff because an opposing team comes on to their field or court and walks all over their logo, symbolically dissing them. I guess they need to treat this as an unforgivable insult to get themselves all charged up.

  122. Q. Shtik November 12, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    Same with the size of the Muslim or Black population. – Janos

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

    MH, the author of the fiction novel Submission, makes an observation that is likely close to the truth of what will happen when the Muslims take power in France or elsewhere in Europe. It’s a small matter but telling.

    In a scene, Francois, a professor (and the story’s focal point) who teaches at the Sorbonne in Paris, is in the building (at some point after the Muslims have assumed power in France via democratic elections but before he, as a non-Muslim, has been dismissed from his teaching position). He notices that three burka-clad women are sauntering abreast down the middle of a wide hallway. Before the takeover these Muslim women would have been inclined to walk more quickly and closer to the walls. In a very short period of time the election’s results had empowered them to act more audaciously.

    This reminded me of the CFN discussion a week or two ago about blacks brashly walking in the middle of the streets (here in America) and my own observation of Jews in my home town doing this on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. It seems to be an unconscious power trip.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

      Did the novel help you come to this understanding of the Jews in your town? I think it may well be the case – certainly it’s an accurate observation about human behavior in general.

  123. Pucker November 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    The slogan: “Cultural Appropriation is Racist”.

    Do they mean that learning a foreign language is racist? Totally insane.

    • malthuss November 12, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

      ‘Micro Aggressions’ makes page 1 of LA Times.

      • Pucker November 12, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

        What is “Micro Aggression”?

        • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 12:14 am #

          Something that triggers a person. A Black student raped and butchered a White Teacher in the Ladies room because she triggered him with a micro-aggression. What was he doing in the Ladies room? That question would be triggering if I was Black.

  124. Pucker November 12, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    And they’ve declared Dr. Ben Carson insane because he believes in the Bible. The world is now upside down, deranged.

  125. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    Times have really changed: Little Tommy used to say enthusiastically “When I grow up I want to be a Police Officer.” Now he says “I want to be a Diversity Officer.” ;o)

    Seriously, if I were somehow assigned a position as University “Diversity Officer” I’d be fired in under 24 hours. I am incapable of the required groveling.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 2:31 am #

      Could you see yourself in this?

      barnhardt.biz/2015/11/11/ignore-that-it-will-end/

      I would never be a High Priest of Political Correctness, but I could see myself as part of the Inquisition. In my past lives I’ve been both a Witch and a Witch Hunter. There is such joy in both. Imagine breaking down doors, a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. And then the questioning! They were Wrong and have to be made Right. In one life, Zone and I worked together. He was good, believe me.

      Hopefully I’m beyond this now. But in some future life if we get our White Nationalist State and someone tries to teach Racial Equality or Libertarianism, well I might not be able to help myself. Thumb screws away!

  126. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 12:53 am #

    Micro-agressions are not tolerated at colleges and universities where students are waking up to the power they hold. Another hunger strike. Another protest. Another president forced to resign.

    The Claremont McKenna College dean of students resigned Thursday following criticism over her response to student complaints of racism.

    Slowly, but surely, white privilege is coming to an end.

    Demographics will insure no Republican will be elected to the White House in 2016 or 2020.

    Democrats are high-fiving with every Republican debate where the discussion is on how to deport 11 million “illegals” and how to repeal Obamacare; and how to double the defense budget while eliminating Social Security and Medicare (how to give the Pentagon more free stuff); and how to de-regulate banks and Wall Street; and how to restrict or eliminate women’s access to abortion; and how to shut down women’s health care by defunding Planned Parenthood; and how to continue denial of equal pay for equal work; and how to eliminate the minimum wage, or maintain it at $7.25 with no change, no increase to $15 per hour. That kind of talk by Republicans makes Democrats swoon, given the demographic reality of the country.

    The 11 million undocumented should be legalized immediately with a complete amnesty, with full citizenship and voting rights. The border should be opened, like it was after the Hidalgo Guadalupe Treaty and before the creation of the Border Patrol.

    Americans should start treating Mexicans, Muslims, and Mothers with more respect and stop the villification of our neighbors and co-workers. Respect, not micro-aggression. Attitudes of white privilege and continued racist micro-aggression will have consequences at the ballot box. White racists are a small vocal minority who have not accepted that the country is now diverse, multicultural, multi-racial, and center-left, not center-right.

    Bernie Sanders 2016

  127. Pucker November 13, 2015 at 1:02 am #

    I still don’t understand what is a “Micro Aggression”?

    Do you mean to say that if I’m approached by a group of black “gang bangers” at night on the street and I react with anxiety, then I’m guilty of “Micro Aggression” against them, and I am thereby deserving of being pummeled?

      • Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 10:39 am #

        I have to confess, I damn near fell out of my chair laughing at some of these “micro-aggressions.” For example, an Asian girl is asked “do you see as much as a white person because of, ya know, your eyes.”

        The world is going insane!

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 2:10 am #

      Yeah, what are you afraid of? Isn’t it racist to think they’re criminals? Aren’t you in a way making them criminals with your thoughts? You have micro-aggressed! So yes, a good example.

      Obviously this shouldn’t be encoded into law, or be used as an excuse for violence, but animals do fear those who fear them because fear leads to attack. So? So you attack first. Or in this case, since you feared first you get attacked. Of course it’s not that simple: they may well be projecting their own hatred onto you from a block away. Their animated conversation dies down and they are all watching you. Of course you feel fear – who wouldn’t? But how does the full scope of reality move the narrative forward into madness? It doesn’t, so it’s been jettisoned.

  128. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 1:19 am #

    The war, the one that illegally took land from Mexico, officially ended with the February 2, 1848, with the signing in Mexico of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The treaty added an additional 525,000 square miles to United States territory, including the land that makes up all or parts of present-day Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

    Those states belong to Mexico and are slowly being taken back by Latinos. For 75 years after the Treaty we had an open border with no wall, and it worked beautifully, until the bureaucratic creation of the Border Patrol. Those walls, those weapons, and those border agents are a gigantic waste of billions of taxpayer dollars!

    We need to bring down the walls that separate families and that prevent human beings from moving freely in the territory stolen from them by force and fraud (specifically the fraudulent and illegal deletion of Article X of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Article which guaranteed a continued open border). And of course we need to stop Mr. Trump and his racist “operation wetback” idea of mass deportation.

    Mexicans did not cross the border. The border crossed them. We need to open the border again… Tear down that wall! We need to keep families together. We need to provide an immediate amnesty and citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We need to stop discrimination and achieve the successful integration of immigrants into our society.

    Every day Latinos work to make America stronger. They energize the economy and strive to make better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. We need to honor and respect them and thank them for their hard work and service to America.

    Contribute to La Raza, which is working to improve the quality of life for Latinos:

    nclr.org/ways-to-give/

  129. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    There’s been ample criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and Ron White added his voice to the chorus during an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday.

    The comedian is technically competing against Trump now that White has announced his own candidacy for president in 2016, and he explained to host Josh Zepps why he thinks The Donald’s idea is a bust:

    Donald Trump — and I don’t dislike Donald one single bit — has no idea how good the Mexican people are at building tunnels. Anybody know where El Chapo is right now? No, you don’t. You know how tall those walls were? Twenty-nine feet with razor wire at the top. Did they go over them? They went under them. You might as well build a net between here and Canada to keep the geese out. It makes as much sense.

    The GOP is freaked out that Trump or Carson might become the presidential nominee, insuring a Democratic White House, a Democratic House of Representatives, and a Democratic Senate.

    Go Trump! Go Carson! Go Cruz!

    Party leaders and donors are running away from Jeb Bush.

    “Is Jeb Bush Still Running for President?”

    politico.com/video/2015/11/playback-is-jeb-bush-still-running-for-president-033100

    Bernies Sanders received endorsement from 200,000 member-strong Postal Workers’ Union.

  130. fodase November 13, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/12/man-ran-cop-texas-sanctuary-city-3-time-deported-illegal-ali…

    another sanctuary city insanity success story

    this is what happens because people think they’re being kind – because they’re frightened to say the truth about these miscreants and it’s so easy to hide behind compassion

    stockholm syndrome

    wait. wasn’t this POS’s actions an act of love, jeb bush?

  131. FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    Attempts to shift the blame for Sinai catastrophe on Islamic State or Foreign Minister of Qatar should not mislead anyone. And if all is clear with ISIS, the Foreign Minister of Qatar, of course, is a powerful man, but he is not suicidal, and could have attempted something like that only with a blessing of some figures in the West, who oversees him and ensure the safety of his clan.

    So, I think the official position will not confirm the version of the terrorist act, but then, after a while, the media will briefly report (for example, as in the case of a secret Russian submarine weapon that for a second by “accident” appeared on the TV screens) about the passing of some figures that may not be known to the general public.

    But for those who play in the top league of world politics, it will be very loud and clear signal – “award has found its hero,” and now that how it will be with anyone.

    It is for this reason that no one touches the Americans or British. On one hand, the United States and Britain are largely controlling the global terrorism. On the other, the Americans will not bother about compliance with international laws and regulations, but simply whack anyone who dares to do such a thing. And rightly so – with terrorists must be a special approach.

    In this context, Russia’s attempt to get away from dependence on “Boeing” and “Airbus” in terms of the organization of transport by national airlines is absolutely not accidental. “Backdoors” to the remote control of aircraft should be excluded from security issues during the flights of Russian airlines.

    regnum.ru/news/accidents/2010934.html

  132. BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    Check out the new Mizzou Pres. I guess that’s the game from here on in.

    brh

  133. BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    Now, up at Ithaca, some new movement, led by a perky little coed, another precious pearl, million student march or some such nonsense, issuing their own ‘demands’. (What’s with all these demands?)

    1) Free tuition.

    2) Forgive student loan debt

    3) End ‘micro aggression’ on campus.

    Its easy to laugh, but this gal was dead serious.

    Its evident these college kids think the US is flush, with plenty of extra cash floating around like pixie dust to met all their demands and wished, like is was Pax Americana, 1956. They need to open their eyes and have a look around to see what shape the country is really in, IMO, and realize, for them, there will not be a lot of free stuff going forward, the world will not coddle them, and what they can expect for the future is plenty of hard work, sweat, blood and tears, that is if they survive at all.

    brh

    • Buck Stud November 13, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      And so typed the former public union employee beneficiary, faux conservative, ‘by thy own bootstraps’ charlatan.

      IOW, yet another old white guy who denies the same cookie jar to the younger generation that his own hand indulged.

      I am beginning to believe that people such as yourself are projecting the increasing austerity of their own physical beings and inevitability of their own end of days onto the vibrancy and exuberance of youth…almost like the selfish drowning prick who drags down those they contact.

      And so bRH, who never met a Wall Street/One Percent Oligarch that he didn’t politically support, and whose policies are in large part the true fulcrum point of younger generation angst, wants the younger generation to go without–just like he didn’t.

      No bRH, you red herring phony, the real albatross of the younger generation is the demonic, false sanctimony of you and your ideological brethren. The smart ‘young ones’ will cut loose your vindictive anchors and let you and yours sink to the bottom of the sea once and for all. Good riddance to all the fat-ass Daniel Boone pretenders/hypocrites marching down their sidewalk in anticipation of their month’ Social Security check.

      • BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 9:57 am #

        I don’t get SS right yet, not old enough. Buck, you’ve been misinformed once again.

        Alls i know, I’d hate to be a college professor, lecturer, or instructor right now, liable to be denounced at any time by one of your students for saying the wrong thing — and you don’t even know what the wrong thing is. And under current circumstances I don’t think tenure is going to protect your job.

        brh

      • BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 10:42 am #

        Oligarchs?

        As far as I know I laid eyes on only one single ‘Oligarch’ in my whole life — that was when Al Gore, with his $600 million in the bank, came to CCSU to give a speech on Global Warming’, rolled up with his posse in a half dozen Escalades (with tinted windows) and his security goons rudely shoved me and a bunch of other spectators off the sidewalk to make way for the great man.

        That’s my experience with ‘Oligarchs’. You’ll be seeing plenty more ‘Oligarchs’ flying into Paris on private jets in a few weeks for the Big Climate Change Concert. Keep your eyes peeled.

        brh

    • elysianfield November 13, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Now, up at Ithaca, some new movement, led by a perky little coed, another precious pearl, million student march or some such nonsense, issuing their own ‘demands’. (What’s with all these demands?)

      1) Free tuition.

      2) Forgive student loan debt

      3) End ‘micro aggression’ on campus.

      Its easy to laugh, but this gal was dead serious.

      BRH,
      This post has given me pause…and I have given it much thought. In my ruminations, one question remains…any naked pic’s of the “perky little coed”?

  134. BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    Here’s the best one, tho. Up at Smith, a women’s college in North Hampton, Mass. there was a gathering of students and faculty to protest, ‘Systemic oppression at Smith College’, (probably the most liberal college in the United States). Yearly tuition at Smith: $65,000 per year.

    Top that!

    brh

  135. Cold N. Holefield November 13, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    I’m checking in for the first time in a long time, and perusing the comments, I see nothing has changed. Sister Aloysius Beauvier in the fantastic 2008 movie Doubt is correct when she says, “there is nothing new under the sun.” It’s all just a rehash since man planted the first crop ten to twelve thousand years prior.

    Go Jeb!

    • FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      “It’s all just a rehash since man planted the first crop ten to twelve thousand years prior” — Cold

      We do have a fresh scenery, though. Welcome back!

    • BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 10:06 am #

      “Nothing new under the sun”

      From Ecclesiastes, if I’m not mistaken.

      I think Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” came from that same book of the Bible.

      brh

  136. FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Airbus 321 in the Sinaï – only one hypothesis remains

    Valentin Vasilescu demonstrates here the impossibility of the theory of a bomb placed in the plane. After having explored all hypotheses, there is now only one left – that of a failure in the software of the automatic pilot. We may therefore conclude that the accusations of the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the claim for responsibility by the Islamic Emirate, are propaganda. The crash was not a terrorist attack. But the problems in the automatic pilot system may be either an accident or the effect of sabotage by an extremely specialized secret service.

    voltairenet.org/article189255.html

  137. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Cold, actually there is something new. Jeb has fallen to 5th place… IN HIS HOME STATE. Going down, down, down.

    Go Jeb!

  138. ozone November 13, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    I’d appreciate it if vladdie did not include me in his perverted rape, torture, quasi-religious and Tottenkopf murder fantasies. It’s obvious these exercises in libel and labeling are supposed to be highly emotional reactionary triggers, but knowing that forgives nothing.

    If this be a real person, and these his real beliefs, I wonder what sickeningly twisted experiences formed them…. but I don’t wonder too much; it’s not worth the expenditure in time or imagination. (Time, and the wasting of it, is important to people like this because it will eventually expose and overrun them.)

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

      I’m sorry you are triggered. Forgive my micro-aggression.

      • ZrCrypDiK November 16, 2015 at 9:04 am #

        Parsing in PERL(TM)!!! heh.

    • ZrCrypDiK November 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      I got vlad-trolled about 2 months ago – and told him he should be *BANNED*. I know, not my best representation…

      However, I suggested something upstream – tally results and post them (daily?). Let us see the amount of *FSK’n SPAM* they are ready and willing to ‘utilize’, *SUMMARIZED* in a single ‘chart’.

  139. nsa November 13, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Step right up….step right up…..pretty girls and even senile CFN poseurs win every time. Place your bets. U$D has broken resistance and is consolidating on the launching pad……BUY BUY BUY UUP. Commodities have a lot more room to run on the downside when the U$D takes off again…..SELL SELL SELL THOSE TWO VAIN WHORES GLD and SLV. And a little bon mot for CFNers…..do not be surprised when oil spikes down to $15/brl……sell that death trap Prius and buy a F350 diesel dually. Life is good here in Ft. Meade……

    • ZrCrypDiK November 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

      Haha, NSA – U fsk’n *loosing* it! GLD SLV? I already said my *piece(peace)* on that racket…

  140. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    We may therefore conclude that the accusations of the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the claim for responsibility by the Islamic Emirate, are propaganda. – Finca

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

    Which Emirate are you referring to as the “Islamic” Emirate? I have been to the UAE and have never heard that term.

    To my knowledge the dominant religion throughout the UAE, amongst its Arab citizens is Muslim/Islam. Of course, in a place like Dubai 90% of the population are non-Arab, non-citizen, guest workers and the most dominant cohort of these people from other countries is Indian. Therefore, it is likely there are more Hindus, Sikhs, etc residing in Dubai than Muslims.

    • FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      That’s the way the author refers to “Islamic State”.

    • wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      “in a place like Dubai 90% of the population are non-Arab, non-citizen, guest workers” — Q.

      Cut the PC crap, Q.

      A “guest” is free to leave at any time. The “guest workers” have their passports taken from them, are totally dependent and frequently unpaid. They are slaves… not guests.

      The USA achieved great projects, like Dubai is doing, when the USA had decades of Black slave labor, for which reparations have never been made… because Black lives don’t matter and never have in the USA.

      The Slaves of Dubai

      For months, the BBC’s Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor.

      See the movie on slaves in Dubai: vice.com/video/the-slaves-of-dubai

  141. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Good riddance to all the fat-ass Daniel Boone pretenders/hypocrites marching down their sidewalk in anticipation of their month’ Social Security check. – Buck

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

    I gotta hand it to ya Buck, you’re getting better every day at delivering these Commie Pinko rants. BTW, I’m sure his SS check is direct deposited.

  142. FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Putin: Russia Acting in Sync With Moderate Opposition in Syria

    Russia is cooperating with the moderate Syrian opposition, including the Free Syrian Army, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

    In an interview with Turkish media on Friday, Putin said that Russia’s military operation in Syria was being conducted at the request of the country’s legitimate government.

    He emphasized that this operation was aimed at combating international terrorists and not to keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.

    “In fact we are already cooperating with the moderate opposition forces and our warplanes have already destroyed several targets they asked us to bomb,” Vladimir Putin added.

    sputniknews.com/russia/20151113/1030051173/russia-putin-syria-opposition.html

    “In the first stage ISIS will receive courtesy lessons using the latest Russian weapons, mainly remote control, beat them the shit out with the highest possible losses from the territory of Syria that would be restored to its legitimate borders.

    The remaining bearded guys will be fed Altai buckwheat with Dagestan lamb, drink Kalmyk mare’s milk, will be put at the round table and receive an offer that they can’t refuse.” == me

  143. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Sister Aloysius Beauvier – Cold N.

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

    Here in the movie Doubt was yet another instance of Streep’s uncanny ability to capture a regional accent to a T. I believe the church where the action takes place is in the Bronx.

    Actually the accent is more specific than regional, it’s right down to the NY Boro level. A Staten Island or even Brooklyn accent would have been very different.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Ally Beaver. I knew her back in the day.

  144. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    “in a place like Dubai 90% of the population are non-Arab, non-citizen, guest workers” — Q.

    Cut the PC crap, Q.

    A “guest” is free to leave at any time. The “guest workers” have their passports taken from them, are totally dependent and frequently unpaid. They are slaves… not guests.

    The USA achieved great projects, like Dubai is doing, when the USA had decades of Black slave labor, for which reparations have never been made… because Black lives don’t matter and never have in the USA.

    The Slaves of Dubai

    For months, the BBC’s Ben Anderson hung out around the glittering, insane towers springing up in Dubai trying to infiltrate the community of expatriate workers who are putting them up. What he found when he finally got in was that the jewel of the Arab world is almost entirely built upon imported slave labor.

    See the movie on slavery in Dubai: vice.com/video/the-slaves-of-dubai

  145. volodya November 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    If this be a real person, and these his real beliefs, I wonder what sickeningly twisted experiences formed them…. but I don’t wonder too much; it’s not worth the expenditure in time or imagination. – Ozone

    Ozone, sometimes I also wonder how these things work. There’s not just one or two with a complex about Adolph and a fair bit of denial about certain heinous things done by Germans a few generations ago.

    How did it all happen, all that mass lunacy? How is it justifiable? People still try, they make excuses, distort events, after all, Germany being extreme but militarism (and lunacy) not unique to Germany.

    You’ve heard it, talk of ethnic cleansing, you know, black people to the south. Not only that but 11 million people (willingly and knowingly let in by a succession of US administrations in aid of oligarch interests) – bye-bye. Never mind fine details of how to do this without inflicting mass death. Echoes of Juden raus, no?

    After all this time, you’d think that people would learn, but no, as you can see, some people resolutely refuse.

    Maybe it’s what they call group-think, with people willingly taking leave of their normal good sense.

    And “group” doesn’t have to be a society-wide thing, it can be comprised of small numbers, geographically dispersed, never meeting face-to-face, but connected via the internet.

    So, how big is this particular group? I’ll bet a lot bigger than we think. After all, history, as they say, never exactly repeats but bloody close enough. And there’s a reason, ideas are stubborn, they persist. And so we keep doing the same damned stuff, over and over.

    And it’s not even like the “sickeningly twisted” is an aberration, you see it all the time all over the world. I’ll give you a personal example, they say that Jihadi John, the evil ISIS be-header, just got greased in a drone strike. Now, I wouldn’t say I’m chuffed but the prospect of John’s guts draping tree branches (howzat for sickeningly twisted) doesn’t overly trouble me.

    There it is, a western-style frivolity like “due process” being unlikely in the extreme in John’s case so rough justice done. Now, as Skynyrd said (sort of) tell me true, (if it were really so, if JJ were stone dead, with a missile up his ass) does your conscience bother you?

    In the end though, looking for explanations (doing brain-scans, looking for genetic determinants for behavioral tendencies) can veer into excuse-making. Then what, are we giving a pass to psychopathic behavior ie it’s not their fault, it’s their genes ?

    One thing I learned from bitter experience, reality being a harsh task-master, excuses don’t matter.

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      In the old days a Gentleman was one who was cultured, and who used his martial abilities to defend the people. But to you it’s just a gentle man, as all men should be. In the old days, an apology was an intellectual defense, but to you it’s just apologizing. In the old days a sheep was a magnificent animal, but now it’s just gentle little animal raised for slaughter.

      I prefer the previous definitions, you not only prefer the current but don’t even know it was every any different. If the current system falls, you are mutton.

  146. Buck Stud November 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    “In my past lives I’ve been both a Witch and a Witch Hunter. There is such joy in both”–Janos

    Then you will no doubt recognize yourself in the below clip, eh Vincent?

    youtube.com/watch?v=GEh-9i1Cru4

    • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      I’m Theo. Zone is Vincent.

  147. BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Crude oil is headed down south of $40 per barrel.

    Gold to $1050 an ounce.

    What this means, I don’t know.

    brh

    • wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      Gold to $1050 an ounce. What this means, I don’t know. –brh

      LOL!

      It means Asoka was right when he warned CFN about the gold bubble back in 2011. Here is the CNN report on gold prices in 2011.

      NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Gold prices have been on a tear lately, topping a fresh record high above $1,900 an ounce early Tuesday– just two weeks after rising above $1,800. (Aug 22, 2011)

      It means Asoka was right when he made fun of gold bugs and told people not to buy gold back in 2011. From the CFN Archives, here is a post by Asoka on the gold bubble, warning CFN not to buy gold:

      asoka January 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm #
      Sell your gold before the collapse, unless you bought it at less than $300.
      Just like people who preached “house values can only go up” there are people preaching “gold can only go up”
      The gold bubble is about to burst. Get out of gold and silver now. Get into permaculture and building local community. People who love you (and fresh green vegetables) will get you through better than gold.

      From the CFN Archives it appears Asoka was quite a character and posted some crazy stuff. But he was right about the gold bubble.

  148. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Did the novel help you come to this understanding of the Jews in your town? – Janos

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

    No, not really. I had already concluded years ago that this was some sort of power trip. The new revelation for me began a couple of weeks ago when someone here on the comments section mentioned this same behavior among blacks and then just a few days ago seeing the power behavior being exercised, probably unconsciously, by Muslim women.

    • Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

      i.e. by Muslim women students in a fiction novel.

  149. capt spaulding November 13, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    It seems to me that the fact of the collusion of the government with the powers that be, (Koch Brothers & others of that ilk), makes all types of argument about other subjects somewhat irrelevant. As long as they can keep us busy arguing, they will do just fine, thank you very much. It’s the old techniques of the wealthy in Europe. Keep ’em busy burning witches, and as long as they keep doing that, it’ll be business as usual. I understand that people like Janos & others are sincere about their beliefs, but those are secondary to the basic facts about this country. We can argue about abortion, gun control, etc., but it has been taken over by the corporations, who own all the politicians, and as long as they can keep us burning witches, the less attention we pay to what they are doing to our country. If you don’t understand this, you are just as blind as most of the rest of the country. These people understand the mechanisms of power, and are doing their utmost to keep people chasing their own tails and ignoring the reality of what’s going on.

    • capt spaulding November 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      I just logged into the huffington report, and you wanna know what the main headline was? ABORTION BACK IN THE SUPREME COURT.

      • wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

        This is part of the Republican war against women, the case was filed by KIRK COLE, M.D., COMMISSIONER OF THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES.

        It is like Republicans want to lose the election in 2016 by alienating women, Muslims, and Mexican immigrants, all of whom will come out to vote in 2016.

        • Florida Power November 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm #

          Alienating Muslims just became very popular. Closing borders just became — at least in France — very popular.

          Sorry WPA. The paradigm just changed.

  150. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    I dont get one, Q. Not old enough, and make too much money to qualify anyway. – BRH

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

    The amount of money you make does not qualify nor disqualify a person from getting an SS check so long as they have paid in a sufficient number of quarters (I believe that is the term they use) over their working lifetime. And also reaching the minimum age.

    And once you begin receiving SS checks you can still work and earn millions and it does not affect your SS check. It didn’t use to be that way 10 or 20 years ago.

  151. MisterDarling November 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    @ Fodase:

    “MisterDarling, art thou in Portugal?”

    I am not in Portugal at the moment (alas!).

    “Should we stay away? muslim infestation?”-fodase.

    The only real problem areas would be small sections of Lisboa, but you can dodge all that. I’ve learned that the Portuguese are quiet but incredibly firm on certain issues, besides Lisboa is an incredibly manageable city to get in/around & out of.

    If it were me arriving at this time of year (accompanied) I’d consider taking a daytrip to Evora; the drive (once away from the city) is relaxing. By the time you see the walls and aqueducts of the ancient capital you’ll both be in the proper mood to appreciate it.

    I might also schedule an overnight (or two) for The Algarve – enjoying the drive through the southern mountain passes, swooping past to Faro to find a deserted coastal village near the Spanish border… I’ve always been fond of wandering down deserted beaches (just before or after the season) hand-in-hand with someone *fantastic*. . .

    Cheers!

  152. MisterDarling November 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Because… y’know… billionaires are exempt from all the trouble & strife of Collapse;

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-10/son-billionaire-steel-magnate-plunges-his-death-amid-demise-uk-industr…

    Who could’ve seen this coming?

    … /s

  153. MisterDarling November 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Hanging by a ‘thread’;

    “Alrighty then. The U.K. printed their latest Retail Sales report this morning, and Retail Sales fell -0.2% year on year, and if you put back in the performance between food stores, sales fell even further to -1.1%… I think this pretty much hammers the last nail into the rate hike’s coffin for the UK. But I have to say that at least the Bank of England (BOE) and their Gov. Mark Carney, saw the writing on the way with the weak economic data, and decided to back off their talk regarding a rate hike, as opposed to the what’s going on in the U.S. where economic data, besides housing and labor, just keeps printing weaker and weaker, but the Central Bank is hell bent and determined to hike rates in spite of the weak data.”-daily pfennig.

    … Ie., the rate-hike ‘thread’… It’s not just the USA, it’s a global condition. Meanwhile, in the Realm of the Economically Tangible, there was this encouraging news from the shipping industry’s first, foremost and least punch-pulling:

    “A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S (AMKAF), also known as Maersk, is the world’s largest container shipping company. It moves about 15% of all the consumer goods shipped around the world. This is why many investors consider it a bellwether for global trade…

    Last week, the company reported a 61% drop in profits for the third quarter. It also said it was eliminating 4,000 jobs. The massive layoffs will cut Maersk’s global workforce by 17%. The company also canceled orders for several new ships.

    Maersk’s CEO, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, says he had to make the cuts because the global economy is stalling.
    We believe that global growth is slowing down…Trade is currently significantly weaker than it normally would be under the growth forecasts we see.”-ref: daily pfennig.

    By the way (as predicted) Oil’s price has gone nowhere in 2015. This is where we are: “Oil $42.94”

    Cheers!

    • wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      “This is where we are: “Oil $42.94”

      Going down to $16 a barrel, under $1.00 a gallon gasoline, just the opposite of the predictions of peak oil consequences ($200 barrel !!!) just 10 years ago.

  154. Q. Shtik November 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Explosions and Gunfire in multiple Paris attacks – CNBC

    Waddaya think?… the Muzzies did it?

    Nah…Islam is a religion of peace.

  155. Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    dailystormer.com/france-happening-shock-and-surprise-as-everyone-getting-shot-and-blown-up/

    David Cameron said he is shocked. Liberals have killed irony. You can’t say anything that they haven’t already said in earnest. The White Sheep have already been fleeced. Now it’s time to get slaughtered. Just keep bleating bout racism, goyim.

    • malthuss November 14, 2015 at 1:10 am #

      FRANCE GETS 170? BLASTS OF MULTI CULT W A BIG

      ALLAH HU.

      CHECK DRUDGE.

  156. fodase November 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    liberals have killed much more than irony, they are killing their own people, the noble White culture.

    just wait for the liberals to say it’s only a demented small minority. yeah, just like the nazis were a minor party that’d never have any real power

    with millions of muslims in europe, thanks to insane liberal leftist politicians – aided by equally idiotic leftist voters – this will become daily bread.

    this is what ‘celbrating our differences’ means in practice

  157. MisterDarling November 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Okay… So who *didn’t* see this coming?

    zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-13/french-president-declares-state-emergency-closes-borders-reinforces-ar…

    “60 Dead, 100 Hostages”… Paris is a “warzone” and the borders are sealed for the duration.

    Vive La France.

  158. BackRowHeckler November 13, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    It looks like those ‘100 hostages’ are no longer hostages, since they’ve all been shot.

  159. alphie November 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    In the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” a crew aboard a space station attempts to shut down the computer system named “Hal” which controls every aspect of the ships operations. Aware of this plot to terminate it Hal begins killing off the crew. I see an analogy here between Hal and the U.S. economy. The economy is in decline and because it is threatened with destruction it has become dangerous. The U.S. invaded Iraq because the life blood of our economy is oil and like the plant in the movie “Little Shop of Horrors” it is screaming “feed me!”. So lives both American and Iraqi were offered up on the altar of our economy. You want to know who rules the United States: the economy. And it has it’s own agenda unencumbered by compassion

  160. bob November 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    The leviathan’s reason for being is to satisfy it’s voracious appetite . It sucks the very life out of the host until it is a burning wasteland filled with overweight over drugged zombies. The leviathan’s tentacles are a cancer that will wrap itself around anything it can feed on ,be it in the ghetto or Park avenue. The leviathan has free reign to do what it does, because the zombies have no capacity to understand the leviathan so it just keeps sucking until collapse.

    • Florida Power November 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks to Alphie and Bob for getting us back on track, but the machinations of the financial engineers are at this point last week’s news.

      Maybe it’s zu viel vin rouge but one cannot help but laugh at the faux security upcoming this Sunday at the chariot races. Especially in the effete gun-free zones North of the Mason-Dixon line where the really intelligent people live.

      Sooner or later reality intrudes like an uninvited dinner-party guest, and the rest is gist for gossip-columnists qua geopolitical strategists, dissecting sound and fury, signifying nada y nada pues nada.

      • BackRowHeckler November 14, 2015 at 12:13 am #

        This doesn’t bode well for the Climate Change Luminaries, the global elite winging into Paris next week to save the planet and keep the oceans from rising up .02 in. in the next 500 years. They’ll need extra security, that’s for sure, these ‘A Listers’, meanwhile, the west is on fire, and headed for oblivion.

        Angela ‘Burkha’ Merkel has to be shitting in her pants right now, seeing as how she just let 500,000 of these f-kkers into her country, and 10,000 more are arriving every week. Is it hyperbolic to say we are witnessing the end of Europe?

        brh

        • BackRowHeckler November 14, 2015 at 12:18 am #

          Incidentally, its good to hear from you FP, former Connecticut Yankee, now in the sunshine state.

          brh

        • ZrCrypDiK November 14, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

          ” keep the oceans from rising up .02 in. in the next 500 years”

          Try 1-2 feet in the next decade. Haha, R U Marlin, or St Elmo?!…

      • ozone November 14, 2015 at 7:46 am #

        “Thanks to Alphie and Bob for getting us back on track, but the machinations of the financial engineers are at this point last week’s news.”

        FP,
        In the immediate, sure. But if we look at it holistically, it’s all of a piece. Think all this shit-and-lead-flinging would be going on if (to quote O’blammo) “some folks” weren’t severely disenfranchised to the point of desperate, crazy, superstitious violence? (Let’s not leave out the wonderful effects of indoctrination into cults of religious nonsense as well; that doesn’t help. …And I predict the rise *and fall* of that coming to every corner of the world as people look to their various sky gods to save them from their own stupidity, over-procreation and lack of foresight.)

        • ZrCrypDiK November 15, 2015 at 8:17 am #

          OMFG, and there you have it!

          “crazy, superstitious violence?”

          Ain’t we a *FARCE*!!!

    • sprawlcapital November 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      rein

      • sprawlcapital November 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

        George Washington, the father of our country.

        George W. Bush, the father of ISIS.

        • bob November 15, 2015 at 9:24 am #

          Peace may be desirable for people but is it good for profits.

    • Florida Power November 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      2:51 a.m.

      The rock band U2 has postponed its Saturday night concert in Paris in the light of the deadly attacks across the city on Friday night.

      HBO had planned to televise the band’s performance. Instead, U2 says in a statement that it is resolved to go ahead with the concert “at an appropriate time.”

      For television viewers, HBO said it would replace the planned show with the film “Jersey Boys.”

      U2 members say they watched in shock and disbelief at the unfolding events, and were devastated by the loss of life at the concert held by Eagles of Death Metal.

      U2 members say: “We hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

      We stateside infer that as for the non-fans of U2 — tough shit.

      • Janos Skorenzy November 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

        Are these Eagles any good? Could this be the reason for the attack – bad metal? If they try to be like the Eagles and still be Metal, it can only be bad and thus Un-Islamic and thus worthy of being destroyed.

        Zone, any thoughts or insights about these so called Eagles of Death Metal?

      • Janos Skorenzy November 14, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

        Yes all of reality splits here: U2 fans and everyone else. This is how to understand the world. Seriously though, everyone has their own universe based on their interests and desires. Some people have very small universes indeed, but possibly quite beautiful. Others have big, ugly ones – say George Soros or Angela Merkel.

  161. wpa_ccc November 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    “the borders are sealed for the duration” –Mister Darling

    Sealed both ways. Nobody gets out of France. Nobody gets in.

    Who in France was against refugees entering? Who in France wanted the borders closed? Neo-nazis?

    You don’t want to be stung by wasps, leave the wasp nest alone.

  162. Pucker November 13, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

    Is a big bulge in your pants while you’re talking to a chick a “Micro Aggression”?

  163. Pucker November 13, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    Existential Question: I like Pussy. Does this make me a bad man?

  164. Florida Power November 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    We expect that the Maginot Line will shortly be reinforced…

    2:33 a.m.

    Police in the U.S. capital have sent extra officers to the French Embassy and other France-related sites and high-profile locations after the attacks in Paris.

    The Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release Friday night that the moves were being made out of an abundance of caution and that there is no imminent threat to the District.

    The department says Chief Cathy Lanier has been in contact with federal and regional law enforcement officials since the attacks began.

  165. FincaInTheMountains November 13, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

    Judging by the reports (with all chaotic uncertainties) militants in Paris are extremely effective: almost a dozen places where the shooting occurred, explosions or gunfire with police.

    Apparently, the terrorists operate in small groups of 3-5 people, travel in cars. Tactics is just pure terror. An attack on the selected location, mass execution of the victims followed by a retreat. Tactics that is very hard to counter.

    In fact, it looks more like a military sabotage operation than an act of terrorism. The goal – t