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Thursday’s last minute 900-point turnaround was another marvelous stunt to behold. Somebody gave the drowned man a pair of swim fins to kick himself furiously to the surface for a gulp of air. The truth, of course, is that pension funds are sunk, however you balance their investment loads while they’re underwater. They over-bought stocks out of sheer desperation during ten years of near-ZIRP bond yields, and started rotating back into bonds as they crept above the ZIRP handle, and now with bond yields retreating, they’re loading up again on still-overpriced stocks that pretend to be “bargains.” Everybody knows that this will not end well for pension funds. Glug Glug.

The financial press and their red-headed step-siblings in the regular news media seem to think that getting rid of Mr. Trump will power the perpetual bull market into an Elon Musk nirvana of Martian vacations, hyperloops, and another chapter of US world domination — with Wonder Woman running the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spearheading an army of eunuchs. The New York Times made yet another pitch for impeachment today (Friday) in an editorial by the revered swamp fossil Elizabeth Drew, 83, who laid out everything but a credible case against the Golden Golem of Greatness. The newspaper makes itself more ridiculous each day in its furious gyno-narcissistic hysteria.

What The Times and its media compadres fail to notice is that the nation has entered an irreversible transition out of our familiar techno-industrial arrangements into the uncharted territory of deferred fantasies and real hard times. Financialization of the economy was the last ploy to keep this boat floating. It allowed political and business leaders to pretend that asset-stripping the interior of the country — so that coastal moralizers could enjoy micro-green lunches and sex-change surgery — would promote the general welfare. The banking traumas of 2008 should have put an end to that gambit, but the players rotating between the DC Swamp and Wall Street only tripled down on that action — basically borrowing more and more from the future in the form of bonded debt that cannot possibly be repaid.

The true rebalancing of pension funds, and everything else in American life, will come with the recognition that we are tapped out and bumping up against actual limits. Alas, economies don’t de-grow, at least not in an orderly way. They reach a certain complete efflorescence and then they wilt, or collapse. Survival becomes a matter of how human beings adapt to new conditions. Attempts at mitigation — propping up the status quo — add up to a mug’s game, whether it’s stock markets, agri-biz, political parties, weather systems, or influence over people in distant lands.

The argument will come down to the Mitigationists versus the Adapters. The problem for the Mitigators is that most of what they can do is based on pretending: e.g. that some energy miracle is at hand… that we’ll soon be mining asteroids… that we’ll build dikes around Miami Beach… that Modern Monetary Theory (the “science” of getting something for nothing) can negate the physical laws of the universe. The Mitigationists will be disappointed as they “consume” their last images of iPhone porn, waiting for Elon Musk to save the world.

The Adapters will be out there working with the changes that reality serves up, probably with hand tools. There may be a lot fewer of them, living in a more austere everyday economy, but they will remain onstage when the Mitigationists depart this earth in tears for a mysterious realm that turns out not to be a golf course subdivision on Mars with a Tesla in every driveway. Something’s coming and the wild algo instability in the markets is yet another sign that anybody can read. Even if it quiets down for a few weeks in early 2019, as I think it may, the fireworks are only beginning. Which side are you on?


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  1. RB December 28, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Mitigation? Government seizes IRAs, deposits of all sorts, gold and gives you and IOU. Government takes care of the masses.

    • qarmy December 28, 2018 at 11:26 am #

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    • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      Which side are you on?

      It’s not so easy. Once a Frenchman could perhaps during the German occupation be a compliant road building slave during the day but be a fearless resistance fighter at midnight. His compliance during the day did not amount to much, it was an act and nightly activities negated any compliance.

      But one can’t be a mitigator during the day an an adapter at night. That is too many ingredients in your mental stew but the thing is mitigation is a public activity and adaptation is in the private realm. The flavors are incompatible. The public has no taste for adaptation.

      Mitigation goes, we need to ……………do X. But adaptation goes I’m doing this………….. It is a we and I difference, truth watered down for public consumption.

      The fantasies of mitigation water down the simmering adaption mismash into a lightly seasoned palatable stew more appropriate for popular consumption. Mitigation keeps a foot on fantasy and another other on reality because reality is too slippery to stand on by itself. Adaptation is not pretty to look at, naked it repulses. The delusion that a Disneyland happy ending is possible must cloth the naked reality that adaptation must totally change the basic equations of life in America or else survival simply can’t happen. Presenting the naked truth, adaptation, pisses people off.

      Mitigation suggests our bent and twisted nation can be hammered into shape but the big insurance adjuster in the sky knows better. She knows this mess is totaled out. A complete loss. America has frame damage and she’s bent beyond repair. More trouble to fix than she is worth America must be sold at auction for scrap. That what Trump is for. He is our auctioneer.

      Behind a podium with a gavel. Sold to the first Guatemalan who wants to come over and build his wall. It is a good job for Trump. Half showman and half liar; a perfect fit. Like we wish mitigation could be.

      • The first act of mitigation, “It ain’t so bad…. “

        • K-Dog December 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

          Mitigation sounds good and it is. Where it is possible. But the hard reality is you can’t mitigate a clusterfuck. Even if we could mitigate as clusterfuck the need is not obvious enough for an effective consensus so any mitigation efforts will look like a Chinese fire drill. A masturbation of intellectual efforts.

    • ejhr December 29, 2018 at 6:46 am #

      Your cheap shot at Modern Monetary Theory does you no credit. You cannot even answer this simple question; “where does the dollar come from?” I guarantee you will get it wrong judging by your current misunderstanding economics. It doesn’t contravene any laws of the universe, or of economics. In fact it describes what actually happens very accurately. So don’t be a slave to the mainstream nostrums. Only defeat awaits there.

      I’m sure you will have heard of Michael Hudson? He quotes Milton Friedman saying “there is no free lunch” and destroys it by showing the rentier class is ALL about getting free lunches. Can you understand that?

      You make a lot of sense but then bugger it up with basic errors about economics.

  2. hmuller December 28, 2018 at 10:12 am #

    Great message today, Jim. Summary: It is better to go with the flow than stand against the tide.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      “Everything you see belongs to me, to one degree or another. The beggars and newsboys and quick thieves here in Paradise, the sailor dives and gin mills and blind tigers on the waterfront, the anglers and amusers, the she-hes and the Chinks. Everybody owes, everybody pays. Because that’s how you stand up against the rising of the tide.”
      The Butcher

  3. seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Automobile penetration is over 90% in USA, and it is 15% in China. America is trapped in its petrol cars. China is not. This will be part of, maybe the key part of China supplanting the US economy as the biggest and most important in the world. Look at a company like Nio, the so-called Chinese Tesla. Their SUV, the ES8, is half the price of a Telsa Model X. Swappable batteries. Mobile charging stations that come to you. On Squawk Box this morning Joe scoffed at the idea that within 2 years we will be hailing autonomous electric cabs. Maybe not here in ‘Merica, but they will be in China.

    • Georges1202 December 28, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      The JohnnyCab comes to fruition! Never mind the fly cars, I want some fucking robot driving me around.

      As we drown in the rich shit of a Golden Age, no doubt even the most questionable examples of ‘innovation’ will be applauded.

    • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      Hey seawolf who gives a sh-t about China; Jim is talking about what’s happening here?

      Brh

      • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

        he replies to his own post with his other avatar. telling

        • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm #

          You observe things that aren’t true, then pat yourself on the back side for your perspicacity. Very anal.

          • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

            You try to use rather large words, but your sentences, let alone your points, can’t support them.

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

            I love watching you work Numero Culo. You think you have an acerbic wit, but you’re really just an annoying twit.

  4. shotho December 28, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    This is a meaningful discussion, as it offers hope in a time of hopelessness. Obviously, as pointed out, we are in a time of cultural and financial change which is accelerating. It’s no longer possible to pretend that the center is holding. But, that doesn’t mean that people cannot “adapt”. If the ‘adapters’ prevail in the long run, then new propositions will emerge and they may or may not work. And, I think, along with the host that those propositions will have to be simple and local. If we’re lucky, that view will prevail and we don’t have to enter a new dark age of disorder (even though we may already be entering one). Hope springs eternal!

    • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 10:25 am #

      Wait till the snap/ebt cards dont work anymore, and the SS checks stop going out.

      Brh

      • Georges1202 December 28, 2018 at 10:28 am #

        SS is still a formidable third rail.

      • Ron Anselmo December 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

        Supposedly 95% of the federal employees tasked with managing & administering the SNAP program have been furloughed.

        If the shutdown continues, SNAP funds run out in January/February.

        That’ll be fun.

    • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

      Yes a meaningful discussion for those who can handle that and another opportunity to bash one another for those who prefer that form of entertainment shotho. I prefer the former over the latter and in the end under the circumstances described as potential in our host’s statement, everbody and anybody out here that holds any form of debt whatsoever should double down and pay it off or pay all of it off if possible and put some assets aside. This is only good, sound advice under any circumstance, but is certainly timely considering the huge Sword of Financial Damocles hanging over our nation right now. Like Nike says, Just Do It!

  5. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 28, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    I guess that I am an Adapter, and a prepper. My father already has a bug-out farm in Texas set up, with supplies and stuff, and cattle, and crops. Plenty of water. Tools, and propane. We will survive.

    If the SHTF really big time, I will probably just have my mobile home towed there, and set up. If things go bad in a small way, I will just ride it out here. I have plenty of canned goods, rice, water, guns, and ammo. So, I could survive 3 to 6 months pretty easily if there is like a financial disruption.

    Plus, I have ready access to cash, which will probably buy a lot right at first.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • RB December 28, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      Squeeky, I hope it doesn’t come down to your sort of prep. The thing is, it is the stuff that we cannot control and surprises us. Kidney stone that won’t pass. Dehydration where an IV is needed. A cut requiring stitches and maybe more. A broken ankle. Ours is a society where it does “take a village” to deal with complexity. I wish you well though.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      It’s a fantasy left over from Wiemar Germany when fathers were selling their daughters to rich Jews to eat. Hence the rise of Hitler, an authoritarian figure who claimed only he could fix it. Are things that bad here? Not really, but if you listen to Trumptards yelling and screaming, you sure would think so.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        No, you see responsible people Yell so it doesn’t get that bad here. Pretty simple, but people like you will never get it – cuz you’re a Grasshopper at heart, not an Ant.

        And He did fix Weimar by getting rid of it. They didn’t like that so they boycotted Germany. They always rave about how the Germans boycotted their shops, but never tell you WHY. I just did.

        • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

          Record low unemployment, most everybody is working. The most billionaires in the world. The most millionaires in the world BY FAR. Yeah things are bad. WRONG AGAIN MAUDE.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

            That’s what Trump says. So now you like him?

            I don’t buy those statistics per se, though the economy has improved somewhat for the time being at least.

            Unemployment is always far higher than they let on.

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

            No I don’t like him. Like I told you before “Just because a bird shits on your head, it doesn’t mean the sky is falling.” I am pointing out how you like to have it both ways.

          • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

            Birds are smarter than I thought!

          • kimmasad01 December 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

            the leveraged loan market is collapsing along with the CCC bond market sending investors into the 10 year treasury. There is major repricing going on and it’s going to get worse. This will cause further inversion of the yield curve and flight FROM YIELD to safety because a feedback loop. Flip flop.

            What will the FED do? The FED is the market. The ECB is the market. Central banks are the only game in town and if Powell fails to raise rates to neutral (3.5%) and starts another QE, the game is exposed as a fraud and everyone knows it. The veil is lifted. Then the FED will need a bail out. Who is going to bail out the FED? Oh yeah, all those workers employed in this record job market and all those millionaires and billionaires. Lol

      • elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

        “It’s a fantasy left over from Weimar Germany when fathers were selling their daughters to rich Jews to eat.

        Wolfie,
        I gotta know, which part did the Jews eat first?

    • Mobile home?

      I hope you’re hoarding jam because you’re toast

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 28, 2018 at 11:30 am #

        How so??? I can move my entire home to the woods somewhere, off the grid if I choose. For a couple of thousand dollars. Less than most people pay for a moving company to pack up their stuff and move to a new city. Can you move your home that easily?

        Plus, I paid less than $10,000 for my home, which is 1,280 square feet. I have three bedrooms, two baths, a good size kitchen/great room. Plus, a fireplace!

        If a tornado blows it all away, I have insurance. And, I have the principal from me selling my house socked aside in very safe investments, so I will be well-positioned to pick up stuff on the cheap if there is a financial breakdown.

        Sooo, I think I am much better positioned for a societal collapse than your average bear.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • In the context of TLE, you think your insurance will pay out?

          The weather is coming to huff & puff & blow your house away, Dorothy

        • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

          I read about one guy who moved to Appalachia: people would come by and just watch him work on his house without saying anything to him. Implacably hostile. Most places aren’t that bad but they will be getting worse.

          The guy who hauls your house might say, What a nice house. I think I’ll keep it. With the Police awol or very busy, what would you do?

          The Texas ranch idea is very good though.

          • elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

            Squeeky,
            Texas? Part of your prep’s should then be learning to speak Spanish.

          • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

            Naw ef, there will be no need to talk to the Spanish speakers, a different form of communication will be needed that does not require talking. The Chinese however? Learning Mandarin is probably a good idea.

        • PeteAtomic December 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

          I’ve started home brewing there squeaky so I’d let you come over and have a free beer 🙂

        • kimmasad01 December 30, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

          Assuming all these institutions even exist when another financial crisis hits. Assuming the US fiat currency even has any meaningful purchasing power in an up-coming financial crisis.

    • Urinthe Village December 28, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      Squeeky: I used to be a prepper. Then I thought about the practicality of it. All of the unprepared are quickly going to figure out who has food and they are going to be serious about getting their “fair share.” Your guns and ammo will work for a while, until the rotting corpses around your property start to become a health hazard, and you start to feel the need for sleep after staying up for a week straight shooting people. Your aim might even start to fail. Not to mention, the local police and army reserves/National guard folk will be hungry too, and will have more guns and radios and APC’s and organization than you can manage to fend off. There is no prepping with a capital “P” unless you have your own personal army and a walled fortress/bunker/bomb shelter and food and fuel for years. And besides, how much fun is all that going to be?

      I decided to enjoy life now rather than prepping for the apocalypse.

      • Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter December 28, 2018 at 11:55 am #

        I don’t think prepping has to occupy all of a person’s time. Just common sense. When you buy groceries, get a dozen extra cans of baked beans, or Ravioli, or luncheon loaf. Do this a couple of times per month, and by the end of the year, you have enough food to last for three months or so. Do it another few years, and then you have enough food to get thru a year. Less than $25 per month. Stockpile some water. And other essentials, like batteries, ammo, manual can opener. Keep it to yourself. When SHTF, keep your head down.

        I just finished reading One Second After. Check it out!

        Off to work for a few hours!

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        • Epicur December 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

          People would be amazed at how little a 25 lb. bag of dried beans and a sack of rice cost. Thrown in some freeze dried onions, and canned tomatoes and you are set for a while.

          I would not expect any disorder to last long in this country as long as population levels are near the current situation. The mass of people are unprepared and completely dependent on the maintenance of order by the government – they will demand that order be maintained and supplies flow. Troublemakers will be crushed with the compliance and aid of the mass of the population.

          After population reduction things would be different, but at my age (72) I don’t worry about that.

        • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm #

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          • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            Thanks for the link!

        • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

          I totally agree. Getting a few extra things every time you shop really adds up over time.

    • toktomi December 28, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

      The first thing a true prepper will tell is that there no such thing being prepared because nobody [save perhaps for the $trillionaires] can be prepared for every possible way this could be going down.

      Squeeky, my dear, how are you going to deal with waking up tonight to the thunder of hundreds of multi-megaton alarm clocks going off across the entire country of yours? Hook up to yer mobile home or crawl under yer mobile phone?

      I would offer that if you were truly an adapter, then you would have been out your Dad’s place awhile back. This is not the hour to be out chasing affluence. Time to get poorer.

      imho

      ~toktomi~

    • shotho December 29, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Ms. Fromm, you certainly seem to have done a lot of planning and are prepared for some very hard times. I hope you also plan to help others who do not have your organizational skills. I think the whole point of adapting to conditions is to form communities of mutual aid. Going it alone is not much of a solution.

  6. malthuss December 28, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    Thursday’s last minute 900-point turnaround was another marvelous stunt to behold.

    One for the history books, imo.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      It was a double take day.

    • Eoin December 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      Adaptor here.

      Did you read about the $ 65B switch from Bonds to Stocks made by Wells Fargo ? Z-Hedge had an article about it, but I haven’t seen it anyplace else. Then, the junk bond market had a bump too !
      That $65B order alone was allegedly enough to fuel the rise/turnaround.

      • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

        $65 B to turn this market around. I’d make that deal. Damn good deal.

  7. TinySolar December 28, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Adaptation! That’s my side. But of course, there is this thing called Near Term Human Extinction (NTHE) lurking just around the corner.

    • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Free sex change operations for federal prisoners, and inmates in Cal. and NY, that’s the last thing the government will end. Its a question of Human Rights.

      Brh

      • malthuss December 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

        the guy who killed the nurses in chicago, long ago.
        I heard it on Christian radio, from someone who went to meet him. Speck?

  8. SomeoneInAsia December 28, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    I’d love to be on the side of the Adapters, except I’m apt to wonder how one could adapt in a tiny yet densely populated island nation like Singapore. Here we have virtually zero natural resources and there’ll be no place to ‘hide out’ and grow your own food, because here there’ll be hordes of hungry people absolutely everywhere once SHTF. Heck, the whole island could go under once sea levels rise high enough from the changing climate…

    I sometimes wonder what I could ever have done to deserve all this. Must be something I did in a previous life…

    • TinySolar December 28, 2018 at 10:40 am #

      SomeoneinAsia,

      With all due respect (because I know full well that your home is probably very important to you) you might consider looking for a new and safer place to live, now, before the SHTF. SHTF events can come on very quickly; we’ve already had our warnings, especially from people Mr Kunstler.

      • SomeoneInAsia December 28, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        Wonder where I could go… some ecovillage in Australia, maybe?

        • TinySolar December 28, 2018 at 11:21 am #

          That might be a good idea. It’s not too soon to at least start doing your research.

          I feel like I’ve been slowly prepping for this my entire adult life.
          There are always “unknowable unknowns” that can catch you off guard. But the known dangers, you can prepare for them.

        • kimmasad01 December 30, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

          Russia. They are the only nation not in debt.

    • pequiste December 28, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      The Singaporean people; strategic location; hard work; plus intense discipline and outstanding leadership have made the island nation what it is: simply amazing.

      If you want to be a mitigator, like me, divide your time at the bar at Raffles Hotel, that great wet market on Selegie Road and Sentosa. Don’t forget to have large quantities of Tiger beer on hand.

      • SomeoneInAsia December 28, 2018 at 10:59 am #

        Ummmm… I don’t take alcohol. 🙂

        But thanks for the suggestions anyway.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

          You are doomed then since you are without inspiration.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

        That’s the spirit – die with dignity and even gusto like the Brahmins in the Bar of the Titanic. One well known man leapt from the ship as it was going down and was able to grab onto some wreckage and actually survived. One of the very few. He was savaged in the Press for this. Men were supposed to die, you see.

  9. pequiste December 28, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    I guess I must be a mitigator.

    There are already plenty of dykes in and around Miami Beach; mining hemorrhoids in the U.S.A. is something that’s done routinely these days: and as for “making money” well that flash-in-the-pan hysteria with Bitcoin was just a sneak preview of what the Gummint has in store for us regarding units of exchange.

  10. PeteAtomic December 28, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks Jim

    It’s always a good idea to have the skills to start a fire, cut down trees, grow gardens, and fire a rifle, amongst other things, regardless of the events of the day.

    In the future however, personal skills may get important again. You know, stuff like actually sitting at a table or around a fireplace and discussing what needs to be done, or simply just visiting with one another.

  11. JustSaying December 28, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    A whole bunch of things are going to kill us. This is just one of them.

    nytimes.com/2018/09/25/business/economy/us-government-debt-interest.html

    Within a decade, more than $900 billion in interest payments will be due annually, easily outpacing spending on myriad other programs. Already the fastest-growing major government expense, the cost of interest is on track to hit $390 billion next year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2017, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      S&P 500 operating earnings for full-year 2017 increased 15.9% to $1.066 trillion, up from $919.9 billion for full-year 2016. Sales for 2017 increased 5.84% to $10.54 trillion, compared to $9.96 trillion for 2016. That’s nearly half of what the 500 biggest companies in America make, just for printing our money. Gotta love them bankers.

  12. montsegur December 28, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    “Alas, economies don’t de-grow, at least not in an orderly way. They reach a certain complete efflorescence and then they wilt, or collapse.”

    This observation applies more generally to the stability of society. Things can decline for a period in a somewhat orderly manner. But at some point, society collapses and dysfunction dominates.

  13. seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    What is efflorescence?
    It’s called “efflorescence,” and it’s a crystalline deposit of salts often seen on the surface of concrete, brick, stucco or natural stone surfaces. It occurs when water leaves behind salt deposits and is present on or in the masonry surface.

    • Epicur December 28, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

      Pardon the further pedantry (or not) but I think he is using “efflorescence” in the original meaning of the word, which is to flower or blossom.

  14. BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    At any rate, at least we are not hearing about ‘Russia Collusion’ anymore. That ship has apparently departed, without leaving much of a wake. Starting in a few weeks the new witch hunt will involve the President’s tax records, problem is, I’ve read during the past 2 decades Donald Trump has been one of the most frequently audited citizens in the US.

    Brh

    • deetrump December 28, 2018 at 11:36 am #

      “At any rate, at least we are not hearing about ‘Russia Collusion’ anymore. ” –brh

      Yes, that is the way Mueller likes it… so he can continue to work quietly. (Mueller is not a media whore like Trump.)

      The meetings for collusion with Russia took place in Prague. Trump’s lawyer, Cohen, was there colluding with Russia big time to undermine our democratic elections.

      But for now it’s best these things are kept silent. There are miles to go before the investigation finishes… But the documentary evidence of collusion Mueller is accumulating will be damning.

      • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        I have no doubt it will be damning, but will the Trumptards care. Deep down I feel like they won’t care less, that the end justifies the means, and anything short of nuclear Armageddon was worth keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House. Hell a nuke her and a nuke there would probably be OK with them. That’s where we’re headed. This may split the country up.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

          Yes, we don’t care. You folks have taught us well. What does Truth matter if you lose? Survival is the First Morality as Tom Jefferson said. We’re a gonna write the His Story Books next time.

          Christopher Isherwood was so sad when Hitler closed down Weimar and kicked the Gaze out! New Orleans is next. We’re going to sing it out of existence with our HAARP. A storm is coming Mr Wayne. Can you become “Ish”? I doubt it. Just stay in the bar and you’ll be fine.

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

            Give your soul over to the charlatan, give it over to the audacious bawler. It ain’t worth the spit on a stamp.

          • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

            Give your soul over to the charlatan…We have already done that for years and we are dying because of it. At least the ones who will save us are telling us who they really are. Can we say that is what our rulers like Hillary have done to this point? No, their whole game is deception and back-stabbing.

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

            Sorry but Dems don’t give themselves over to their candidates like Republicans in general, and Trumptards in particular. There is a fawning, obsequious quality that is rather nauseating. You certainly do, with your professed love for the president. It’s not healthy, on any level.

          • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

            So you deny the existence of the Obama Cult? It was and is real. Remember how much we were supposed to love Obama?
            So yep, I love Trump instead. Your real issue is not with Democrats or Republicans. It’s with the people you call Trumptards. You are certainly more informed and so much better than any Trumptard of course. Oh well, sorry you feel that way. He won, and more importantly, the idea of America First won. And that is actually more exciting to me.

        • Cavepainter December 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

          Wow, that’s a real spin seawolf77, speaking of parting ship “leaving no wake”, quoting BackRowHeckler above, you obviously want to have us believe the stern is the bow. BTW, too where has Janet gone?

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm #

            Ah the Janet Quest. Sitings of her abound, but no one knows for sure who it is. She’s as cunning as a mouse and crafty as a banshee. She will turn up and turn JHK upside down again. Just taking a break.

          • aibohphobia December 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

            Where have all the Janets gone?
            Long time passing…
            Where have all the Janets gone?
            Long time ago…
            Where have all the Janets gone?
            They’re wearing MAGA hats, every one–
            When will they ever learn?
            When will they ev–er learn….?

            (Apologies to Peter Paul & Mary)

  15. Meanwhile, in The New York Times…

    Rebranding ‘neo-nazi’ in Germany, Sanders support slipping due to attractive challengers like Tulsi Gabbard, Fake News victim town in Minnesota claws back dignity from Der Speigel faux journalist, Congo goes apeshit in Ebola-fueled election chaos, Dems prepare to assume part of Adult in the Room, Trump’s military strategy scrutinized, and details of Facebook’s attempts to control speech on its network.

    Newsstands in airports worldwide except where local authorities have banned it, $3

  16. Bill7 December 28, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    Excellent essay today JHK, chronicling the collapse of late-stage USA.
    That NYT opinion piece is just… words fail me.

    “…What The Times and its media compadres fail to notice is that the nation has entered an irreversible transition out of our familiar techno-industrial arrangements into the uncharted territory of deferred fantasies and real hard times. Financialization of the economy was the last ploy to keep this boat floating. It allowed political and business leaders to pretend that asset-stripping the interior of the country — so that coastal moralizers could enjoy micro-green lunches and sex-change surgery — would promote the general welfare. The banking traumas of 2008 should have put an end to that gambit, but the players rotating between the DC Swamp and Wall Street only tripled down on that action — basically borrowing more and more from the future in the form of bonded debt that cannot possibly be repaid…”

    Thanks for this para in particular. “…micro-green lunches and sex-change surgery…” for the few, as most of the country withers and dies.

  17. Epicur December 28, 2018 at 11:43 am #

    Just in case anybody missed the reference:

    “Praise be to Nero’s Neptune; The Titanic sails at dawn; And everybody’s shouting; Which Side Are You On?”

    bobdylan.com/songs/desolation-row/

    • Tate December 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

      So you’re f*cked either way, eh? That’s kind of my attitude. Whether one survives or not will depend as much on luck as anything else.

  18. deetrump December 28, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Micro-green lunches can be a prepper survival strategy if you learn how to make and use micro-greenhouses… which can be as small as a two liter soda bottle. You can also use a plastic salad-greens container. There is a certain poetry to it: A product that once held greens being used to grow… greens.

  19. Ol' Scratch December 28, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    Great post, Jim! Regarding MMT: I used to argue over there from time to time – before they started banning heretics – that we were already practicing MMT through the various maneuverings of the Fed, and that the verdict was therefore already in on its efficacy. Targeted inflation is still just inflation draped in modern garb, albeit with the same old long term effects.

    Money is inherently political, so the idea that money would be freely distributed to those who need it most in lieu of those who already have more than they will ever need but want it all, is simply preposterous on the face of it – no economics degree required to understand that!

    But of course MMT, like all things economic, has now turned into a quasi-religion, so its adherents cannot be swayed by any amount of logic or evidence. As acts of desperation go, I suppose its no more or less harmful than the rest; it’s just a shamefully pointless act on the part of people who should know better.

    The plain truth is that no acts of contrition and mitigation will save us now from what is clearly an advanced stage of systemic and social rot. If we’re lucky (or not!) the empire might live to a ripe old age of 250 before giving up the ghost, but at this stage, I’m just hoping to shuffle off this mortal coil somewhere about the time all that goes down.

    • montsegur December 29, 2018 at 1:35 am #

      Scratch,

      I think more than a few of us may end up living longer than we wanted to. Yeah, no fun to be had at that point.

      Cheers

  20. elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Well, somebody’s got to do it….

    youtube.com/watch?v=yK0_6a_zF-Y

    • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      First time I heard it. I like it!

      • elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

        SSL
        I tried to find Patti Smith’s rendition…but hers was a bit to esoteric for the internet, I suspect.

  21. Luhrenloup December 28, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    Everyone deep in their hearts is waiting for the end of the world to come.
    Haruki Murakami

  22. RocketDoc December 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    Mitigationists and Adaptors are both at least coping strategies. The circles I wander around in are straight up Illusionists. And the illusionists are doing far better than the realists. I had a nice young man (26) in the office last week who had finally finished his degree in Business Administration and landed a government job with the DOD keeping track of spare parts for the Missile Command. $86,000/yr. His colleagues, now retiring at 55-60, are taking Viking cruises on the Danube. Illusion is paying them very well and they expect it for another 30 years I guess. I have thought for 10 years it can not continue but that it has, is proof that it can. Who is going to get blamed? What stories will be told to make sense of the failure? The churches are full and God is good.
    The receptionist at the health club got her college degree in supply chain management went to work for a government contractor and when I ran into her recently was driving a new 5 series BMW. My neighbors are on the government teat and flush. Our city in flyover country is booming as the extra $70 billion shoveled to the Pentagon makes its way through payrolls that drive housing, cars, and restaurant meals.
    The amount of waste in our economic system is staggering but no one seems inclined to change a thing. “I think it better than in times like these a ‘critic’s’ mouth be silent for in truth, we have no gift to set a ‘politician’ right……”

    • malthuss December 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

      supply chain–move things from China.

  23. Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    Aesopian Wisdom. The Two Kinds of People: the Ants and the Grasshoppers; the Givers and the Takers; the Makers and the Breakers. But remember, the Grasshoppers aren’t going to go quietly or easily into the darkness. I mean what is a Locust but a Grasshopper on a rampage with his millions of fellows?

    Prepare for the Day of the Locust – a Day which might assume Biblical duration. Their locus will be everywhere there is food, their circumference where there is none. Therefore go ye to the Wastelands and become hard. Learn think, wait, and fast, yea – starve. You will at last lose that thirty pounds – and it might even keep you alive for awhile.

    • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

      That sounds right. We might have to escape to whatever remnant wilderness there is to avoid the rampage of the locusts. They truly will be everywhere. Like the ants, we may even have to go underground for a while. It wouldn’t be the first time in history that happened.

      The locust metaphor lives to see another thread!

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

        Some people say there’s another world down there, with the molten core of the Earth as its Sun. The horizon doesn’t go down but UP. That’s where we need to get to. All of the Sewers and abandoned Subway stations are already inhabited by bums. We need to go DEEPER. The Ozarks are said to be good, with many CAVES. I don’t know if any of them lead to the Inner World though.

        • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

          Well you know I think it’s very possible that there really is a world like that down there. With all of the caves in the Ozarks there may be one that does go all the way to the hollow part of the Earth.

          I also read that within the hollow Earth, if you look up to the sky you are looking at the landmasses and seas on the other side of that world. How awesome that would be!

        • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

          You can’t go down there. It’s guarded by a wall.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

            The Wall has Gates and the Aryan Guards will let me pass – but not you, friendo.

          • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

            What if you’re wrong and it’s a cannibalistic tribe of Mau Mau’s whose favorite dish is Nazi’s from America. wearing MAGA caps. When they run a spit through you, they then put the cap on your face, so they won’t have to see you grimace and groan like a stuck Nazi. Food for thought.

          • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm #

            Thank you for sharing your fantasy with us seawolf, I guess. It doesn’t surprise me that it had to involve cannibalistic Mau Maus tearing into “Nazis”. This is your code word for any White person and a view into what you want our fate to be. Why did you have to ruin a magical moment? You are good at that.

    • elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Janos,
      Another poetic metaphor. I wish I could write/think as you do, And why not? I am a good person, and God didn’t make no junk…and yet….

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

        Don’t feel bad. I’m loosely wound and can do things like that. I also leave the house with different socks on sometimes (usually of the same general color at least). The pitcher whose fastball is 100 mph can hardly life 100 pounds.

        Your only chance would be entheogens to find the god within. But after deliberating, you decided not to – perhaps due to a conflict between your previous persona and who you are now.

  24. BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Another two kinds of people are the Eloi and the Morlocks. We have plenty of Eloi here, living on the coasts in places like NYC and San Francisco. Let’s see how long their refined political and social sensitivities last when things get bad, and the Morlocks, who they thought they under control, come to eat them.

    And the Day of the Locust is over, Nathaniel West’s depiction of depression era Hollywood, ha!, now itll be The Day of the Hyena, much worse.

    A wild card is if congresswoman Ocazio-Cortez ‘Green bill of rights’ gets implemented. It will only cost about 400 trillion, but it will make the world anew. I remain skeptical.

    Brh

    • Tate December 28, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

      Nathanael West said he went into writing so he could score pussy. Why do you think 80% of screenwriters are his co-ethnics?

  25. beantownbill. December 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    My heart is with the mitigators, but my mind informs me to prepare for a new way of life. I’ll never have to hyperloop to work since my office is in my house, and I would really like to golf on Mars (or the moon) where the lower gravity might make up for my total lack of expertise. However, I know better, and I am stocking up to get past the start of the bad times. At my age I’m vulnerable to a lot of things that wouldn’t plague younger people, so I’m not expecting to last long, although I am a lucky person, so who knows?

    In the meantime, I go along enjoying my life, appreciating life every day.

    • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Humanity here, in this country, and these generations, have had it well. Very, very well.
      Perhaps better than most, and perhaps better than anyone, ever.

      Trite, but nothing lasts forever except man’s desire for the opposite.

      What we are witnessing is the whining age. When things get taken away. When things disappear. The lamentations.

      Discomfort is abhorrant.

      25 generations from an era of medieval living takes us to neuroses over losing netflix, wifi, and dividend payments.

      Wired for linear progression.
      Wired wrong.
      The human burden.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      JHK’s vision will probably never come to pass. The Bakken lasted 8 years. They say the Permian has many layers and probably contains 6 to 8 times as much oil. That is another 50 years minimum. Electric cars will have long replaced the soot breathers. His meme of lower returns on energy, the now notorious EIEOR, has gone the way of the dodo. Yes we burned a lot of oil back then, but we’re a lot more efficient with it now. They trade-off. So it’s just an exercise in futility. Give it up. I don’t know if I’ll ever go long oil again.

  26. JustSaying December 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    This is mind-blowing:

    rt.com/usa/447443-new-knowledge-russian-meddling-alabama/

    slate.com/technology/2018/12/linkedin-reid-hoffman-funding-disinformation-alabama-special-election.h…

    Certainly raises questions about who is really behind the Russian meddling!

  27. volodya December 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    Which side am I on? What did Treebeard say? I’m on nobody’s side because nobody’s on my side. I would LIKE to think that there are allies and confederates out there, but the reality of power as it’s actually wielded, the reality of one election after another that reinforces and enhances existing power and wealth, tells me that in actual fact I’m on my own. And I think that goes for a lot of people that get onto sites like this one.

    We KNOW things can’t go on for the multitude of reasons we talk about week after week, we KNOW that we’re being surveilled by state actors as we’ve SEEN one of them get outed on this web-site. If intel agencies see fit to be on JHK’s discussion board then you can well imagine that they’re bloody serious about maintaining the status quo, no matter how delusional, no matter how self-defeating, no matter any rational arguments to the contrary. It’s a compliment to JHK that he’s got the bastards worried.

    What did the ruling elite do after Trump’s win? They had an almighty nervous break-down, trying every lie in the book, inventing narratives, making shit up, covering up the most howlingly laughable malfeasance, all to invalidate election results that pointed to what a large segment of the populace already knows.

    What do they know? Look to Theresa May, she said they’d try in the UK to make a country that works for everybody. Words to live by, as the USA doesn’t work, not even remotely for a huge and ever growing slice of the citizenry. This is what Trump’s win pointed to, a recognition by more than 60 million voters that it ain’t working.

    Are all these sixty million on the same side? If they can be knitted into a national force they could be. As it is now this group of malcontents is disaggregated, their will as expressed via the ballot box thwarted by Republican and Democrat and their moneyed masters.

    It’s not just the US that has got this percolating societal movement, it’s the same in France where they’re a tetch more vocal in their discontent, and in the UK, which just told their betters to stuff it, and in Germany and other places. Can THESE forces be knitted together? My gut sez no, they’ll live or die isolated in their own national enclaves. Which, I think, is probably a good thing, as what this is all about is the re-establishment of national boundaries. These movements either justify themselves to their own compadres or they don’t.

    • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

      Only 700 million whites in a world with nearly 8 billion people.

      Demographics alone suggests we should try to stitch together some sort of coalition as you suggest, if anything for the sake of our own survival.

      Brh

      • volodya December 28, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

        Judging by what they say and do, a lot of white people along the coasts, at least the ones that are the most “educated” and who pull the financial and governmental strings, are hell-bent on societal suicide. The trick is to disassociate these self-immolators from the rest and not let them destroy everyone else.

        I mean, what do you do when their societal motto seems to be “anything goes”? We know in our bones anything doesn’t bloody go, anybody that has had to earn a living and raise a family and care for old people knows better or should know better. You have to walk a line and do things right and hope that bad luck doesn’t run you over.

    • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      White Nationalist movements are growing here and in Europe as a natural reaction to the Elites forced demographic changes. When you push people into corners you shouldn’t be surprised that some fight back.

    • “we KNOW that we’re being surveilled by state actors as we’ve SEEN one of them get outed on this web-site. ”

      lol, what?

      • volodya December 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

        24 Jan 15:33:33 Firefox 14.0
        Win7
        1440×900 United States Flag
        Alexandria,
        Virginia,
        United States
        Us Department Of Defense Network

        That’s Agent Asoka for those of you who only stop by on Monday.
        The hole has been plugged.

        • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

          The legacy of which to this day if you go to

          chasingthesquirrel.com/

          And observe the spinning globe your URL will appear.

          As foolish as it sounds the Chinese fire drill of anti-terrorist surveillance money spending forgot to disguise the Department Of Defense Network when the system got set up. Since Asoka was so annoying and since JHK had a tracking link on his site at the time, I found out that it was not the Koch brothers Asoka worked for, but Uncle Sam! The DNS addresses came back with unvarnished naked truth when they were looked up.

          Now of course if look up were possible there would be seen to be many layers of varnish.

          And in the past two years I have only observed one occasion to show that my special surveillance and custom behavior modification program continues.

          Need I say, Asoka was not alone.

          • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            Those only here on Mondays don’t know that Uncle S. also sanitizes blog archives. They have keys, lots of keys.

            The tracking ball is code I dropped onto my website from a service. It will be ported in some version to my new website which is an actual working blog like this and not a pile of raw HTML seasoned with PHP like I have now. I’m writing that blog software now. It is actually up on the dark web and working but it is not ready for prime time. When it is ready it will become the new chasingthesquirrel.com.

            A year from now. The plan is if you go to chasingthesquirrel to leave a comment on something I write, your comment will go into my database, on my computer, in my living room. I will be able to burn the archive files onto a cdrom and later if they are fucked with; which won’t be easy since I control the server, I’ll know.

            Janos will back me up on the funny business with the archives.

            I think I can handle an 800 to 1500 word article a week.

          • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm #

            I think I can handle an 800 to 1500 word article a week.

            And when it happens we will all have Asoka to thank for it. Chasingthesquirrel.com would not even exist had I only been watched and not fucked with. Once ‘they’ entered my personal life they radicalized me in a way which won’t let me go away.

            And what they can do with phones is amazing. When they are messing with your phone they have to be laughing their asses off.

          • elysianfield December 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

            ” I found out that it was not the Koch brothers Asoka worked for, but Uncle Sam!”

            Dog,
            Well then…who does our Uncle work for?

          • K-Dog December 28, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

            I know what you mean……………

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm #

            I won’t be posting on your blog since you’ve already said it will be “your house” and you’re going to render tight editorial control. In other words, very little I post would actually be left on.

          • K-Dog December 29, 2018 at 2:57 am #

            Actually you might be surprised. Yes I’ll have a code of conduct and I’ll follow it. But if you obey the rules I’d have to let what you post in.

        • Thats funny. You think everyone who works for the DoD is an agent huh?

          • K-Dog December 29, 2018 at 2:58 am #

            No, only the ones who have tried to give me an anal probe.

          • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

            “the ones who have tried to give me an anal probe.”

            Dog,
            You mean they tried but failed? Did they ask for permission? Resistance is usually futile. Who but the innocent would submit (I got nothing to hide…).

  28. SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

    Perfect conversation as we move into this new and uncertain year. Maybe it isn’t a black and white choice? The natural inclination is survival so I think most people will mitigate and adapt as needed. It may get so bad that it would be better to be almost nomadic or gypsy-like. And because we are naturally social, organized groups will be necessary. If law enforcement is totally absent then justice will be vigilante. It’s terrifying actually and I am not sure there is any way to truly pepare for the unknown beyond the typical ways you hear about. I am not sure there is any way to prepare emotionally or spiritually for the hard life and death decisions that would arise in such a world.

    • volodya December 28, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      I think you’ll have to be adaptable and flexible and learn really fast. What happens when you turn the tap and no water comes out? What do you do when water becomes unsafe to drink? Well, what did they do in times past? They brewed wine, beer, mead, etc. I suppose the alcoholic content killed microbes.

      What happens when communications systems break down? What did they do way back? They devised telephone systems that used barbed wire fences that marked boundaries between farms to transmit analogue signals. Wasn’t ideal but it was better than nothing. When you wanted to make a call you cranked up your set, everyone who had a phone on the network would have their phone ring, everyone would pick up and you had to holler for the person you wanted and everyone else was honor-bound to hang up. A party line of sorts.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

        Barbed wire fences transmitting telephone messages? When was this? 10,000 BC?

        Perhaps party lines are where political parties come from?

        Remember when you get your favorite station on your fillings? Many people rotted their teeth just to get such radio mouths. A guy and a girl who had the same music playing would get together and open up to each other. Those were the days.

        • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

          100 years ago or thereabouts.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

            During WW1? Barbed wire fences? You mean on the Front? Traditionally, Europeans used stone fences or walls.

          • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

            No, I mean in rural USA.

          • Helen Highwater December 28, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

            Here’s a link for those who don’t believe you: atlasobscura.com/articles/barbed-wire-telephone-lines-homesteaders-prairie-america-history

          • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

            thanks Helen.

          • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

            Very interesting! People can be ingenius so there are certainly reasons for optimism and hope.

        • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

          LOL what? I looked it up and some say its true and others say it is a myth. What a funny thought. That would be cool if it were true :-).

        • Tate December 28, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

          Speaking of rotten teeth, we saw the Peter Jackson restoration of the British film archives from WWI yesterday.

          They really didn’t practice good dental hygiene in those days & dentistry was primitive at any rate. And they were British (the ones in his movie: “They Shall Not Grow Old.”

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shall_Not_Grow_Old

          • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

            Tate don’t forget those guys, kids really, were living in the trenches for years.

            Brh

          • In The World Made by Hand the doc is a dentist as I recall.

            Very essential skill. Without fluoridation, and lots of it, I’m afraid the smiles of the future will be a sight to behold.

            Just speculating, but the malformations of dentine characters in Jolly Olde England probably had a lot to do with pollution.

            Mercury, Coal dust and ambient air pollution, alcoholism, relative malnourishment, constant exposure to truly debilitating disease combined with extremely high rates of mortality in the young cohort… all combine with a general state of economic inequality and endemic social dysfunction. I saw as much in the coffee table book, The Big Book of British Smiles.

      • More importantly, what happens when your septic tank fills up and there is nowhere to pump out?

        This is the kind of thing that seperates the men from the bots

        • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

          Are you a real handy man? Is this your “I got this” moment :-). Really, it’s a very good thing to be handy like that so good for you.

          • Manual action at the valve is all that is left after you’ve exhausted the pump out. Wear hip waders and full Hazmat suit. Don’t stand in front of the outlet. Let ‘er rip.

            Then, preferably move the whole house to location B

            Even better, pull the handle while in route

          • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 11:07 am #

            Lol wow, I do have to admit, I am impressed.

  29. capt spaulding December 28, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    I don’t know what everybody is so worried about, all we have to do is cut taxes and deregulate everything, and let the free market work it’s magic. That huge tax cut Trump gave the wealthy should pull us through, even though 70% of the economy depends on the average consumer spending for goods and services. Come to think of it, the Republicans under W tried that, and look how well it worked then. I’ll give them credit though, they still haven’t changed their tune. Then Obama did his part by not prosecuting anybody. My guess is that it won’t be any different than climate change, nobody will do anything until the whole works goes to hell, and of course by then it’ll be too late. Same for the economy.

    • Cavepainter December 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      Serendipity accounts greatly in determining who wins in contests between determined adversaries, but self-delusion (as described in JHK’s “Too Much Magic”) is always a loosing hand.

    • The 2016 Paris accords, as described in today’s New York Times editorial, was a beautiful thing, with major polluters signing on to concrete targets. By late 2018, of course, with Trump running roughshod over the EPA and interior department, the US delegate, Wells Griffith, set the tone:

      “The United States has an abundance of natural resources and is not going to keep them in the ground. We strongly believe that no country should have to sacrifice their economic prosperity or energy security in pursuit of environmental sustainability.”

      • Exscotticus December 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

        The 2016 Paris accords was a beautiful thing—for the Third World.

        It let the Third World off the hook for any responsibility to the environment, so that they could produce their fair share of pollution.

        Where the logic falls off the train is in ignoring that the Third World has benefited tremendously from First World pollution. The Third World isn’t reinventing the industrial era from scratch; they import the latest and greatest. This is why, for example, Third World phone service is often better than what you can get in the Trump heartland.

        Moreover, the Third World is responsible for 97% of world population growth. What did the 2016 Paris accords have to say about that? You guessed it: nothing!

        What a joke. Thank god Trump realizes that his duty is to the USA, and not to bureaucrats in the EU, or Third World parasites.

        • The mutual exclusion of the two issues is essential to the agreement.

          Certainly the global plan to reduce birthrates via the improvement of standards of living and women’s rights is having a measurable effect. But the issue is a separate one.

          It is an important, vital issue on its own, and is not well served by hitching it to pledges to adhere to pollution goals. It goes without saying. You suffer from an acute case of Whataboutism here.

          Overpopulation is, at its heart, the question of how many people should there be and can there be. Obviously, this question gets a different treatment depending on politics and geography. It should be raised, but in some sense it is futile in the places its already established (India, SE Asia, parts of Africa) and obtuse in others where populations are relatively thin.

          In America, population growth is driven entirely by immigration, and on that count, Trump’s performance is middling even by standards of the Obama administration. So give me a break. The crux of his Administration’s position reflects the anti-environmental, radical corporatist profiteers that are running the EPA and Interior.

          Get a clue and read the New York Times, sheesh

          • Exscotticus December 28, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

            >>> Certainly the global plan to reduce birthrates… But the issue is a separate one.

            There is no global plan to reduce birthrates except by liberals claiming with no evidence that somehow providing every woman on the planet with a postdoc education will somehow lead to fewer births. The reality? There’s a correlation between higher education and lower birth rates for women AND MEN. So you could just as easily argue that providing all men with a postdoc will accomplish the same thing.

            Of course, liberals prefer any gender to men, which is why their “solution” to population growth includes preferential treatment for their favored class.

            Indeed, even the Paris accords is full of preferential gender bias language. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality” and “empowerment of women.” Leave it to liberals to impose their identity politics into every issue.

            Meanwhile, to argue that population growth is somehow unrelated to environmental concerns or climate change demonstrates the sort of profound misinformed ignorance one gets from reading the NYT.

          • capt spaulding December 29, 2018 at 10:20 am #

            Population growth is the root problem and reason for climate change. More people=more pollution of all kinds. Then, ironically, after overpopulation becoming the major cause of global warming, the exodus of the third third world to the first world will make “The Camp of the Saints” look like a tiny blip, and it WILL be an exodus. Mother Nature says: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later. It’s up to you.”

          • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 11:23 am #

            Since overpopulation is seen as the biggest problem what do you guys propose as a solution or solutions? Certain populations continue to overpopulate no matter what. We can mitigate the problem in the US by ending immigration. However, you will NEVER hear this from really any politician. When it comes to environmental issues money always wins it seems like.

          • Exscotticus December 29, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

            >>> Since overpopulation is seen as the biggest problem what do you guys propose as a solution or solutions?

            That’s easy: stop encouraging, rewarding, subsidizing growth.

            We can’t force the Third World to be responsible, to avoid creating children when they can’t even feed themsevles. But what we can do is discourage more of the same by cutting off aid and immigration. This will force them to actually live with the consequences of their actions, instead of exporting the consequences to USA taxpayers.

            Does this mean innocent children will suffer? Yes. Does this mean liberals will blame anyone and everyone except the parents? Yes. Are we responsible? No. It’s not our job to sacrifice our own families so that parasitic breeder cultures can thrive.

            The other alternative is: aid for contraception. We provide aid in return for both men and women undergoing long-acting reversible contraception. We already do something similar for feral cats and dogs. And since these gimmigrants act like feral animals, it makes sense to treat them as such.

  30. Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Soon Antarctica will be ice free and a great place to live. It’s the next real estate boom. Get in before it gets hot. I already bought a condo there. It’s not built yet cuz there’s still several miles of ice that have to melt, but I’ve seen the pictures: it’s going to be beautiful.

    • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

      About 30 years ago before climate change became a cause celebre among the wealthy in Hollywood and Manhattan and among the privileged on campus, I read a book by a climatologist. She said that about 5,000 years ago the world was so warm that the arctic was ice free in summer and that mountain tops seldom had ice. What do I know, she’s the scientist. Another chap recently said that climatewise we’re going back to the time of the oligocene era I think he called it, 2.5 million to 5 million years ago when our species was on its hind legs but still adept tree climbers with brains not much bigger than a chimp. That is, a warmer time just before the current cycles of glaciation and recession started about 2.5 million years ago.

      The people in charge talk a lot about climate change, yet they’re the ones least likely to make the slightest personal sacrifice in fighting it. Same with people in the academic world. They’re ALL talk.

      We may not see it in our life time, but an ice free antarctica could happen. Would it be a calamity? I have no idea, climate science IMO is nowhere near advanced to the point where worthwhile predictions can be made.

      • Helen Highwater December 28, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

        And yet strangely enough many (yes, not all, but many) of the predictions made by climate scientists over the past 30 years are now coming true. So maybe the science is fairly worthwhile after all. And 5000 years ago there weren’t millions of people living along the coasts of all the continents, so if the Arctic and Antarctic ice does melt a lot of those people will have to find somewhere else to live.

        • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

          Maybe they’ll have to move from the coasts. But is a warmer world better overall? Will growing seasons be longer? Will it be easier to grow food? I know a guy that grew up in Malaysia where the environs are warm and rainy. He said the ground is so fertile that if you throw down a handful of pumpkin seeds, in thirty days the pumpkins are taking over the world.

          This is why I’m wondering if with a warmer world we’ll be better off overall. As for glaciation and its cycles, if we think a warmer world is a calamity, I don’t think you’d want to contemplate another era of glaciation with millions of cubic miles of ice encasing the current-day breadbaskets of the world. So the question in my mind is this; have we offset the next era of glaciation by our profuse use of fossil fuels? Have we dodged a bullet IOW? It’s a question that I think deserves a reasoned answer, and not hysterical accusations of being in the pocket of oil companies (which I’m not).

          • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

            Good question V. Warmer indeed is better. I say that as i freeze my ass off here in Connecticut, and will be doing so fo the next 31/2 months.

            Brh

          • The seasonality of cold and warm are what keeps insect and disease at bay and keeps the conditions optimal for food production in the temperate zone- which, if it becomes intemperate, will become chaotic. Growing food will be harder in the places it is conducted.

            Some fools believe we will just up and move food production a few hundred miles north- well- soils get thinner and thinner since they were covered by the ice sheets for so long.

            So, if you want to make farming less predictable, by all means.

            And for those unfortunate latitudes where farming is difficult when warm, much hotter is much worse. Lots of science on this. Unequivocally, science is clear: climate change creates problems, huge problems for everything that is adapted to their geographical niche conditions. Your comfort is their affliction.

            Climate change will just drive massive numbers of people to the more temperate zones of the world, and you know what? They’re going more or less of the opinion that they’re entitled, because it was the developed countries’ emissions that changed their climate. All these “conditions” sound good to you? Non-hoaxy?

          • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

            What SHOULD be believed IS fact.
            Bioengineered foods resistant to drought, blight, and predation.
            Lab grown protein substitutes.
            Insect farming.

            The Bayer/Montsantos of the world knew this. Ages ago.
            The money doesn’t deny climatic changes. Far from it.

            Again, with change comes whining, but they ultimately die away, and the newcomers, well, they’re born into the new reality.
            Cultured.

        • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

          Gaia reacts slowly. Like the forest with its fungal neural network.
          Message conveyed. Reaction approaching.
          And like the forests, it was here before us, and will be here after.
          Message received.
          It will regulate, but in respect to its timeframe. Slowly to us, but in no time to Gaia. In a breath we will be gone.
          Thus is Gaia’s slow evolution.
          No time to dwell on her mistakes.

    • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      The only place on Earth that’s becoming less white but more beautiful… for you

      • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

        The Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing.

    • Tate December 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

      Where’d you buy? At the Mountains of Madness?

      • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

        Better – Kadath in the Cold Waste.

        • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

          So many literary references :-).

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 2:08 am #

            This one (me) thirsts for knowledge
            But how is it bought?
            With many a sleepless night
            And racking thought.

            On An Hour-Glass

            by John Hall “of Durham”

            My life is measur’d by this glass, this glass

            By all those little sands that thorough pass,

            See how they press, see how they strive, which shall

            With greatest speed and greatest quickness fall.

            See how they raise a little mount, and then

            With their own weight do level it again.

            But when th’ have all got thorough, they give o’er

            Their nimble sliding down, and move no more.

            Just such is man, whose hours still forward run,

            Being almost finish’d ere they are begun;

            So perfect nothings, such light blasts are we,

            That ere we’re ought at all, we cease to be.

            Do what we will, our hasty minutes fly,

            And while we sleep, what do we else but die?

            How transient are our joys, how short their day!

            They creep on towards us, but fly away.

            How stinging are our sorrows! where they gain

            But the least footing, there they will remain.

            How groundless are our hopes, how they deceive

            Our childish thoughts, and only sorrow leave!

            How real are our fears! they blast us still,

            Still rend us, still with gnawing passions fill;

            How senseless are our wishes, yet how great!

            With what toil we pursue them, with what sweat!

            Yet most times for our hurts, so small we see,

            Like children crying for some Mercury.

            This gapes for marriage, yet his fickle head

            Knows not what cares wait on a marriage bed:

            This vows virginity, yet knows not what

            Loneness, grief, discontent, attends that state.

            Desires of wealth another’s wishes hold,

            And yet how many have been choak’d with gold?

            This only hunts for honour, yet who shall

            Ascend the higher, shall more wretched fall.

            This thirsts for knowledge, yet how is it bought?

            With many a sleepless night, and racking thought.

            This needs will travel, yet how dangers lay

            Most secret ambuscados in the way?

            These triumph in their beauty, though it shall

            Like a pluck’d rose or fading lily fall.

            Another boasts strong arms: ‘las! giants have

            By silly dwarfs been dragg’d unto their grave.

            These ruffle in rich silk: though ne’er so gay,

            A well-plum’d peacock is more gay than they,

            Poor man! what art? A tennis-ball of error,

            A ship of glass toss’d in a sea of terror;

            Issuing in blood and sorrow from the womb,

            Crawling in tears and mourning to the tomb:

            How slippery are thy paths! How sure thy fall!

            How art thou nothing, when th’art most of all!

            JS: Sometimes don’t you just want to say over and over to someone, How art thou nothing when thou art most of all? How art thou nothing when thou art most of all? How art…..

          • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

            So beautiful and yet so dark. Overwhelming really. I have to admit that this tugged my heart and of course I am crying. I think about the same things sometimes. How our lives are like the flames of candles.

            So perfect nothings, such light blasts are we,

            That ere we’re ought at all, we cease to be.

            I wish it wasn’t real. I guess I have a lot of childish thoughts sometimes.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

            Listen to it sung:

            youtube.com/watch?v=gq_jlyJ_z9c

            It is the simple Truth. But the nature of Man is to forget. We dream of our lost physical immortality instead.

          • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

            It sounds and reads the same way. Simple like you say but so powerful at the same time. To forget that we are spiritual beings as well? It is really easy to get caught up in the world and life so to speak. But in the end this isn’t all there is.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

      You can reunite with your Nazi ancestors! They got a tunnel leading to Middle Earth down there in Antarctica. Remember Operation Highjump. That’s when Admiral Byrd took an entire fleet down there to look for those pesky Nazis. They couldn’t find them. So they tried to high jump over the wall.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 2:12 am #

        Byrd saw the rise of Inner Sun as he sailed into the inner world. They treated him kindly but insisted that he leave. They – the Masters of Vril – are planning a great Invasion of our World in coordination with the arrival of the Fleet from Sirius. We shall aid them in any small way we can. The beautiful ones are not yet born!

        • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

          I am beginning to think you are a Mystic.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

            I’m a nut just like you, a Wal-nut!

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

            Lol :-).

  31. Ishabaka December 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    A useful skill is knowing how to sharpen things (without using electricity). Knives, scissors, saws, axe heads, drill bits, chisels, all need sharpening.

    • volodya December 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      Re-learn how furniture is made without electrical tools. Shaker methods?

  32. BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    “What happened to Janet” — Cavepainter

    Janet is now ‘deetrump’

    Brh

  33. malthuss December 28, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

    A delegation of Republican leaders in the Senate are demanding that Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer make public moves to oppose boycotts of the state of Israel, warning that such a declaration is needed in light of several incoming Democratic members of Congress who espouse anti-Israel views and endorse the anti-Semitic boycotting of Jewish goods, according to a copy of a letter sent Thursday and exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

    • SoftStarLight December 28, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Israel gets their wall but we can’t have ours. I bet they spent our foreign aid money on their wall.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

      They’re the richest group on Earth – why are we giving them a penny? Let their billionaires fund Israel if it needs money.

      Why do we give money to any nation since we have massive debt? It’s madness and moreover, there’s not a word about foreign aid in the Constitution. The Elite use America as an ATM to fund their own projects and to grease the skids with foreign dictators.

      • outsider December 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

        Why indeed, Janos? It seems as if we giving them billions of our tax dollars just so they can turn around and give it to AIPAC and such, who then uses the money to lobby against the will of the American people.

  34. 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    Survivors do not choose sides.
    They use the extremes on either side to get what they need for the center.
    The one in the middle
    Numero uno.

    all that matters

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      You mean the one between two cheeks.

    • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      That would make it Numero Culo.

      • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

        Anal fixation. Until what age did you wet the bed? How did daddy treat you for it? Have you.. a daddy?

        • seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

          Right back at you Numero Culo. You go girl.

          • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

            You din’t even have to use the thesaurus for that one. Movin’ on up

  35. Luhrenloup December 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    A Merkel Moment:

    “Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty”, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told an audience in Berlin that sovereign nation states must not listen to the will of their citizens when it comes to questions of immigration, borders, or even sovereignty.

    “There were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People”.

    “[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,” she stressed.

    Macron has essentially said the same to his diplomatic corps, the days of listening to the peasants are over.

    They are laying their cards on the table about present sovereignty and what the future holds. If they voice it, it was implemented a while back.

    • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

      Yikes! And lose this gun totin’ school shootin’ welfare grabbin’ meth smokin’ juul vapin’ sex-change havin’ celebrity pontificatin’ nation invading’ poor people bombin’ blue-blood controllin’ sorry excuse for a nation?

      • Tate December 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

        Afraid so. But that’s a separate issue from that old crone’s premature declaration of death for the nation-state.

    • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      I think Frau Merkel should be preparing to give up her virginity!

      • montsegur December 29, 2018 at 1:28 am #

        Hello Walter,

        There is a lot about modern Germany that the Western press is either ignorant of or does not care to discuss. As for Merkel, well, let’s just say that East Germany won the Cold War.

        Cheers

  36. Tate December 28, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Spoiler alert. Saw a movie on Netflix other night which I will now deconstruct for your edification & entertainment. This was a Netflix produced horror movie called “Bird Box”. What got us watching it was some propaganda picked up somewhere on the interwebs by Mrs. Tate that this was the ‘scariest horror movie’ ever… Well, that should have planted a seed right there. Not to mention that it’s Netflix.

    The ‘hook’ to the movie is a variation on the zombie-infection meme. Reports of infection are coming in from across the world. Everything is spiraling into chaos. Meanwhile the protagonist, a pregnant woman near her due date, Malorie — played by Sandra Bullock — is just leaving her ob/gyn’s office with her sister. Incidentally, we learn that she will be a single mom.

    Suddenly, they are in the thick of it. Explosions, car crashes, raging fires, people going ape-excrement. The source of this apocalyse? If someone merely catches a glimpse of this ill-defined ‘thing,’ which I will henceforth refer to as the ‘Horror,’ as it hoovers across the landscape, they immediately go insane & commit suicide. Or, we discover later, there is a second less common reaction among a much smaller slice of the population. This latter group claims that the sight of the Horror is ‘beautiful’ & try to force others to open their eyes & see it.

    Malorie’s sister sees the Horror, then steps into an onrushing garbage truck but Malorie by chance has been distracted, doesn’t see It & gets away in time. She ends up in a safe house where some survivors have taped up all the windows & drawn the blinds so they cannot see anything outside. Another pregnaught woman, Olympia, by chance about the same due date as Malorie, also lands in the refuge.

    Some of them go in the car with the windows blacked out to the store with the aid of GPS in order to get supplies. Malorie cops some caged Budgies while there. They later learn that the birds become agitated shortly before the Monsters’ approach, providing an early-warning system of sorts. A character played by John Malkovich loads up on gin in the liquor section. Somebody tries to get in through the back door of the store but it’s one of the baddies who worship the Horror. A noble Negro selflessly pushes him back out the door as he is trying to claw his way in but in the event is butchered by the madman just outside the secured door. When the group gets back to the house, Olympia lets another infiltrator inside, believing he’s unaffected but in the middle of the night while the two pregnaughts, Malorie & Olympia, are in simultaneous labor, he runs amok & starts tearing all the tape off the windows & opening the blinds, well-wishing everyone to enjoy the enlightenment that the Horror will bring. Olympia gives birth & then hurls herself out of the upstairs window after glimpsing the ghastly Apparition through the thin dawn light. When the dust settles, the only surviving characters are Malorie, who has pulled a blanket over herself & the two babies & Tom (who is the other noble Negro of the group).

    Malorie & Tom become lovers & after five years on the road (implausibly with the aid of a still-functioning GPS system) they find themselves at a remote cabin by a river scrounging for supplies. They now always travel wearing blindfolds with the two now five-year old children, whom Malorie calls by the names ‘Boy’ & ‘Girl’ (& still carting along the Budgies in a repurposed shoe-box, thus the name of the movie.) Malorie hears on her walkie-talkie of a place downriver where there is “asylum.” They are leaving just as a gang of armed baddies are arriving trying to force them to remove their blindfolds & view the Horror.

    Tom nobly sacrifices himself in a shoot-out with the devils, giving Malorie & the two little ones time to escape in a rowboat. They travel downriver to the promised asylum, through, first, the threats of a red-bearded madman who wades out into the river to get them to take off their blindfolds (whom Malorie summarily dispatches with a machete), & then some serious rapids. Their boat capsizes in the rapids, they haul themselves ashore & are in flight just ahead of the Horror, which is invisible, but throws up leaves & whips the branches of the trees as it swirls along in pursuit. In the nick of time, they enter the building, which turns out to be a school for the blind. They have found safety at last, & release the Budgies into an open courtyard protected overhead with a large arboretum of entwining vines full of singing birds. Malorie gives ‘Girl’ the new name ‘Olympia’ & she gives ‘Boy’ the name ‘Tom.’ The End.

    This story is, like most modern American films, subversive in ways evident & not so evident. The interracial angle signals the obvious good-think indoctrination, like just one more insipidly clumsy TV commercial spun from the corporate globo-homo matrix, as does the portrayal of both the Negro characters as nobly sacrificing themselves for the greater good. Neither of the pregnant women seem to have husbands, or even male admirers until Tom shows up, showing how strong & independent they are.

    Malorie appears indifferent between her own child & the other one. We don’t even know which one is which until the end, as implied by naming the girl Olympia. The message seems to be that our own children are of no greater importance to us than those of others.

    But what is this Horror that goes sweeping about the countryside & makes the majority of people go insane having gazed upon its baleful aura but for whom a smaller number become crazed devotees under its hypnotic sway & who seek to convert others to its influence? We notice that all of these latter are the usual villainous cast of inbred-looking, scowling, dirty white people. I’ll leave it to your imagination to identify what this Horror is. The movie reviews I’ve read say that the Horror represents the Malorie character’s fear of Motherhood.

    Right.

    • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 6:49 pm #

      Just watched that last night Tate, and was a bit disappointed that the story line was right out of the Book of Revelation, but they did not tie it in in the end, did they? Perhaps there will be a sequel.

    • 100th Avatar December 28, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

      The only take-aways from this film are Malkovich’s trajectory of over-acting into obscurity and Bullock’s maturing devotion to botox.

    • BackRowHeckler December 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

      Jesus Christ Tate that was great. You should get a job reviewing movies, if you already dont have one.

      Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm #

      I thought it was pretty good, but yeah the political angle is prominent. One meme, apropos of nothing, states that the blindfolds represent White inability to see racism. But that goes against the movie where the unblindfolded Whites are evil and crazy enough to like the Aliens.

      • Tate December 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

        I thought it represented something like that, wherein you have the “goodwhites” & the “badwhites” (I’m using these terms ironically.) In this scenario, if the goodwhites happen to see the Horror, they cannot do anything other than commit suicide (because they are good whites, naturally), but the badwhites who happen to see the Horror now incorporate & embrace fully a world-view which is abhorrent to the goodwhites (incorporating all of the progressive views about ‘crimethink).

        Of course, the message (probably unintentionally) conveyed is that those who take off their blindfolds & actually see the thing for what it is, i.e., see the Truth, are the real good whites & those who choose to keep their blinders on are the bad whites. Oops.

        It has correspondences to the Matrix, where some choose the Red Pill & others the Blue Pill.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 2:00 am #

          Yes, maybe the Aliens are too beautiful to look at. And the Whites who can look at them are seen as ugly morons as a defense mechanism.

          That being said, there are a lot of primitive Whites. We are greatly held back as a Race by them, in a way the East Asians are not. No group could benefit more from Eugenics than could we.

          In any case, once you SEE the Truth of Race, you can’t unsee it. You are changed forever. You have taken an initiation, become one of the Twice Born.

          • Tate December 29, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

            Sir. don’t you know race is a social construct?

            The epicanthic mono-lids may have the drop on us yet. Looks like their plan is to take over Africa, then fly millions of the inhabitants to Europe, Australia & NA for some light R&R.

          • Tate December 30, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

            And yes, you’re correct about SEEing the Truth. I first went down that rabbit-hole in 2013, thinking I would return the same, unaffected. Why were my carefully laid plans thrown asunder?

            To distinguish this issue from another which has received a lot of attention, just to show I’m not some gullible freak who will buy into any narrative, allow me to admit that I also opened my mind to the possibility of faked moon landings. I looked at all the evidence I could find & have concluded that although there are some unusual facts surrounding the matter, I don’t believe that the moon landings were fake. I think the U.S. did send men to the moon.

  37. seawolf77 December 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    They’re playing reruns of GOT on HBO, getting us ready for the grand finale. I tell you what, the dialogue and the fight scenes don’t age well.

    • PeteAtomic December 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

      Yea they space that stuff so far apart from each other I’m like ..wtf is happening?? Lol

  38. deetrump December 28, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    “Thats funny. You think everyone who works for the DoD is an agent huh?” –Lil Deb

    LOL! Exactly what I thought. I am new here but I seem to have wandered into a place full of fearful paranoids! Maybe I should throw away my phone? Who is Ashoka anyway? (I mean aside from what Wikipedia tells me…)

  39. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    $34 bucks per day is about the same as the proposed Universal Basic Income. Maybe this is just a coincidence?

    The State of Pennsylvania pays the private prison run by Warden Homer Simpson about $34 bucks per day to house Bill Cosby, which explains the very starchy, crappy soy-based meals that Dr. Cosby now has to eat. The private prison operators endeavor to squeeze staff wages to a minimum and keep costs down in order to maximize shareholder value. Apparently, on average 25% of “inmates” have an IQ below 70, but it appears from some of the books confiscated that some of the prisoners may be rather high functioning? Apparently, a prisoner can gets years in solitary confinement for reading the wrong book. Huge numbers of people with mental health issues. Since there aren’t nearly enough mental health “professionals”, to keep costs down they tend to put innates on suicide watch. Bill Cosby is very high functioning with a sharp Sense-of-Humor. I wonder what he sees when he looks at The Freak Show?

    • If you weren’t such a star-struck fanboy you could probably procure his publicly available jailcell address and pose your rhetoricals directly

      • Pucker December 28, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

        I’ve written to Dr. Cosby twice. The first letter was returned by some Fuckwad Corrections Officer getting paid 9 bucks an hour for violating fuckwad mail protocols.

        “Peckerwood can kiss my ass.”

      • Exscotticus December 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

        >>> If you weren’t such a star-struck fanboy

        Says the NYT fanboy. Did you enjoy that NYT propaganda piece that celebrated the efforts of terrorist organizations in spreading holiday cheer? Don’t be afraid of Muslims, gentle Christians! We like Jesus, too! Now let us in by the millions!!!

        • Propaganda? Thats funny. I did read it. I like knowing what the towelheads are up to, especially when Santa is on the menu. In this regard, the Times delivered, in a style reminiscent of the old National Geographic, except more succinct- which I appreciate.

          Obviously unless you are unaware of the score, Jesus belongs to their faith too, being cast as a somewhat more mystical Rajneesh character. Sure, he was demented but who wouldn’t be, touched by God and all that.

          • Exscotticus December 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

            Yes propaganda for Muslims. Hezbollah is described as, “the Shiite political movement and militia that the United States has branded a terrorist organization”. Wrong. It isn’t just the USA; it’s pretty much the enitre world that has declared Hezbollah as as a terrorist organization. And that includes the Arab League and Arab Gulf states—Muslims all.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

            The entire Zio-Masonic Order you mean. Remember, they crushed the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. And for years before that they clothed and fed hungry people. Iranian dollars doing good work.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm #

            The movie “Wild Wild Country” portrays the struggle of rural White Americans against the invasion of the Rajneesh Cult – which bussed in poor urban people from all over America so they could out vote the natives. A foreshadowing of things to come, eh?

          • Exscotticus December 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

            >>> And for years before that they clothed and fed hungry people. Iranian dollars doing good work.

            You mean Iranian dollars buying political power. There is no free lunch, dude.

    • outsider December 29, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      As a lifetime citizen/resident of Pennsylvania, I condemn the action of my state for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in prosecuting Mr. Cosby a second time after the first trial ended in a hung jury. The main is 81 years-old and nearly blind for Christ’s sake. Just another scalp for the society wrecking #metoo movement.

      The optics of Harvey Weinstein running free while The Cos will probably die in prison are disturbing indeed.

      • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

        Who brought the Blacks into Hershey? What a prophet-less work of darkness. No doubt it was all about profit. Ford did the same to Detroit.

  40. The performance of the Dow this week can be explained by loss harvesting, on one hand, and portfolio rebalancing.

    And because this is a limited time effect, and the imminent end of this situation is nigh, the new year, I predict, will be the exact opposite of what JHK predicts, and we see a continuation of the recent trend.

    • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      There is always a host of talking heads and tippy tapping digits that like to “justify” movements in these relatively worthless “statistics” like the Stock Market numbers. This past week’s SM drama can just as easily be written off as the wild keystrokes of some Pot Head mutant living in his Mommy’s basement being paid to enter numbers on his keyboard. In the end, the only thing that matters is that the pension and paychecks go out on time and continue to do so. If that cash flow is ever interrupted, then we can talk, but it may never come about, not as long as the counterfeiters at the Fed can print up money, or the Pot Head is allowed to add zeros to spreadsheet balances at the Wells Fargo main office.

      • The proximal cause of anything is typically the implicit cause. Thus it is not an accident the final days of the year see a buying frenzy. This is broadly, long positions being taken (even if doubt exists as to their provenance in the new year.) Active investors are always allocating something in risk positions. And unless you want to lose an extra 20% or more of your profits by end of next year you’re buying those positions now to take advantage of the long-term capital gain rates (if your risk capital pays off).

        • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

          Ah yes, the angle of dangle is inversely proportionate to the heat of the meat multiplied by the tingle of the dingle squared. Wow, how could I have overlooked that? My bad.

          • Tate December 29, 2018 at 3:18 am #

            Ha ha.

          • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:13 am #

            “Ah yes, the angle of dangle is inversely proportionate to the heat of the meat multiplied by the tingle of the dingle squared.”

            Walter,
            Your equation is incomplete…you did not factor the “mass of the ass”….

          • Walter B December 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            Thank you ef, THAT was what I was searching my mind for and could not remember it, well done. What a team!

  41. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    Prison Finance is basically Real Estate Development Finance. In fact, the first big Corrections Corporation of America Contract was a cheap rundown bankrupt motel that they put a big razor wire fence around to warehouse illegal aliens. I don’t know what they called it? “Deportation Inn”?

    Trump is a big real estate developer. Trump builds high end Central Park condominiums, golf courses, casinos, and “Other Stuff” that’s “Incredible”and “Absolutely Amazing”. “You’ll be very impressed.”

  42. *Ahem*

    The New York Times….

  43. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    What’s really, truly amazing to me is to recognize that the Axis Mundi is a Big Penis + the Cosmic Energy emanating therefrom, Krakatau….

  44. “Heavy screen time appears to impact children’s brains: study
    Researchers have found “different patterns” in brain scans among children who record heavy smart device and video game use, according to initial data from a major ongoing US study.”

    This is merely anecdotal, but I do believe I witnessed the antichrist take possession of a small boy the other day through the smartphone of his mother at a restaurant.

    Since all the priests are in jail, who will perform the necessary exorcisms? Woke Luddites?

    • Walter B December 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

      Perhaps you can cure them by beating them repeatedly with rolled up sections of the New York Times. It has many medicinal qualities I am told.

      • pequiste December 28, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

        The instructive and punitive beating will a rolled up newspaper remains popular and therapeutic; even dogs and cats benefit from a dose.

        And you are correct, Walter; the Grey Crone will soon become the moxibustion vehicle of choice for well-heeled practitioners and highfalutin, educated* receivers of the ancient Chinese medical art.

  45. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

    Comments, please….

    “Where did we go wrong? There were the vows we made. “Blood in, Blood Out.” So what happen? What’s the sudden change of mind? Love doesn’t just fade away that easily Fat Man unless you never loved me in the beginning. Bae, what do you expect me to do without you in my world? Just forget about you? Well, I’m not! I refuse to give up without a fight we are for life I have nothing if I don’t have you. Bae, I truly love you and I can love you better than any of them other hoes you so called left me for. Our anniversary is in 13 more days on Christmas and we could have been married for 2 years why can’t you see that I want this to work between us? Bae, [remember] the jeans, the first pair of Jordans you ever got me and I ever owned in my life, the chain that you bought for my B-day, that says “My Fat Man 4 eva,” the picture frame that says “Run DMC,” the engagement ring you proposed to me with on the yard, most importantly the tattoo on my left tittie close to my heart that won’t never get covered up as long as I have a breath in my body and I’m about” to get your name again on my ass cheek. I’d gonna say property of Dyonte G. Bates 4 Life or Fuck Me Dyonte G. Bates 4 Life which ever you want.”

    Shane Bauer
    American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

    • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      …And who says romance is dead?

    • Luhrenloup December 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

      Shane Bauer, isn’t he the guy along with 2 others who “accidently” hiked cross the border into Iran?

  46. pequiste December 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    Being a Mitigator, I have found it necessary to take fullest advantage of post-Christmas and pre-New Years’ wine and liquor sales.

    A case or two each of Scotch, Bourbon, Vodka plus some Tequila, Rum, Port, Sherry and a nice variety of red and white wines for the Redoubt makes any TEOTWAWKI scenario just more palatable. Don’t forget some bubbly to celebrate the Zombie Apocalypse, Armageddon or a worldwide Ebola pandem…..even this New Year’s Eve.

    Doesn’t this kind of thinking and preparation make one an Adapter too?

  47. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    Was Bob Eubanks of “The Dating Game” a Mitigator or an Adaptor or both, or Neither? Maybe he was a Trans-Mitigator? Or a “Queer Adaptor”? Or Both?

  48. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

    According to Solomon Northtop’s “12 Years As a Slave”, Christmas was a merry, felicitous time for the negro slaves on the Louisiana Plantation. Much dancing, eating of BBQ, corn, and yams and much fornication with neighboring Plantation slaves for 3 whole glorious days. Sometimes 2 males might fight for the same woman, but this is beside-the-Point….

  49. Pucker December 28, 2018 at 11:42 pm #

    Isn’t this poor, deranged black woman conflating Love and Raw Animal Sex? Is this Mitigation or Adaptation?

    “Where did we go wrong? There were the vows we made. “Blood in, Blood Out.” So what happen? What’s the sudden change of mind? Love doesn’t just fade away that easily Fat Man unless you never loved me in the beginning. Bae, what do you expect me to do without you in my world? Just forget about you? Well, I’m not! I refuse to give up without a fight we are for life I have nothing if I don’t have you. Bae, I truly love you and I can love you better than any of them other hoes you so called left me for. Our anniversary is in 13 more days on Christmas and we could have been married for 2 years why can’t you see that I want this to work between us? Bae, [remember] the jeans, the first pair of Jordans you ever got me and I ever owned in my life, the chain that you bought for my B-day, that says “My Fat Man 4 eva,” the picture frame that says “Run DMC,” the engagement ring you proposed to me with on the yard, most importantly the tattoo on my left tittie close to my heart that won’t never get covered up as long as I have a breath in my body and I’m about” to get your name again on my ass cheek. I’d gonna say property of Dyonte G. Bates 4 Life or Fuck Me Dyonte G. Bates 4 Life which ever you want.”

    Shane Bauer
    American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

    • Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

      There are websites where you can correspond with women prisoners who want to start new lives with someone to support them, both now and when they get out. But how do you know that you are their only supporter? Aye, that’s the rub or a rub. There are others….

      • malthuss December 29, 2018 at 10:17 am #

        the story about the Clemson grant investigating why blacks don’t start or continue in engineering tracts in college…

        I’m sure the “researchers” already have their conclusion to that paper written, something along the lines of “systemic racism”

        You have to wonder about how many of these left-wing researchers no longer believe in blank slate but continue to lie just to make the money jingle

        • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

          They don’t call Alabama “the Clemson Tide” for nuthin you know.

          • Tate December 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

            ???

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

            Hmmm, are you sure it’s not Crimson Tide? University of Alabama is an arch-enemy of LSU when it comes to football. That much of it I do know.

  50. Janos Skorenzy December 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    An open letter to Macron by a number of French Generals implying that he is a traitor for signing onto the UN Accord mandating for open borders. All of this is no doubt part of the Yellow Vest revolt. Something must be done about this little wanker and soon.

    Mister President,

    You are ready to approve on December 19 the “Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” which establishes a genuine right to migration. It may impose itself on our national legislation through pre-existing treaties or the principle of common responsibility set out in this pact.

    It seems to us that the only sovereignty that will remain with France will consist in freely setting the way in which the objectives of the pact will have to be implemented. You can not give up this new part of the national sovereignty without a public debate whereas 80% of the French population considers that it is necessary to stop or regulate drastically the immigration. By deciding alone to sign this pact, you would add an additional reason for revolt to the anger of an already battered people. You would be guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation.

    In addition, the finances of our country are drained and our debt is growing. You can not take the risk of an expensive call for air migration without first showing that you will not have to resort to more taxes to meet the objectives of the pact. On the other hand, you must be able, in terms of security, to curb the consequences linked to the arrival of extra-European populations. Finally, you can not ignore that the very essence of politics is to ensure security on the outside and harmony within. However, this concord can be obtained only if it maintains a certain internal coherence of the society alone capable of allowing to want to do together, which becomes more and more problematic today.

    In fact, the French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic.

    You can not decide alone to erase our civilizational landmarks and deprive us of our carnal homeland.

    We therefore ask you to defer the signing of this pact and call by referendum the French to vote on this document. You are accountable to the French of your actions. Your election is not a blank.

    General Antoine MARTINEZ
    President of the Association Volontaires pour la France

    We support the initiative of General MARTINEZ against the adoption of this pact which must be approved by the member states of the UN on December 19th.

    Mr Charles MILLON – Former Minister of Defense

    General Philippe CHATENOUD

    General André COUSTOU

    General Roland DUBOIS

    General François GAUBERT

    General Daniel GROSMAIRE

    General Christian HOUDET

    General Michel ISSAVERDENS

    Admiral Patrick MARTIN

    General Christian PIQUEMAL

    General Daniel SCHAEFFER

    General Didier TAUZIN

    Colonel Jean Louis CHANAS

    • seawolf77 December 29, 2018 at 8:31 am #

      The French have never done anything right. What’s next? Italians are great soldiers. Sheesh. You’re reaching Janos, and not the bottom of the barrel, the bottom of the ocean. Take a look above you. Yeah that’s right, a lanternfish. There goes a bristlemouth.

    • outsider December 29, 2018 at 11:32 am #

      Janos,

      Why don’t those general just lock Macron up for treason to the French people? A military coup, I think, is preferable to a globalist government. Voting is overrated anyway.

      Now the trick is to convince Euro whites to get busy in the bedroom and start making more babies.

  51. Pucker December 29, 2018 at 12:45 am #

    My new software App combines all of the interests in the society and then merges and reconciles them, and then, using various degrees of force, harmonizes the interests into a single Totalitarian whole. It does all of this without the People having the slightest inkling of what’s really going on…. Profit is derived from the People’s Love and Voluntary Labor, like the “Moonies”.

  52. Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    Watching a documentary about the war against abortion entitled, “Lake of Fire”. The best part so far is the conversion of “Roe” (of Roe v Wade) to Christ. Her friend down in the freezer unit told her about how she didn’t want to touch them because they were dead babies. Despite her notoriety and her work in an abortion clinic, she had never SEEN. She went down to the freezer and sure enough, it was full of dead babies who had been mutilated by the abortionist during the process. What else did she expect to see? Why had she never LOOKED before?

    Do you see the fragility of human beings now? How they unconsciously protect themselves against things that a deeper part of them knows to be true? Or are you too fragile to look at that part of yourself?

    There are also some scenes with Paul Hill – of whom the world was not worthy! His friend seemed kind of dumb, thinking that people should be put to death for saying “God damn”. John Salvi seemed pretty weird and kind of dumb. Even Hill nodded his head in agreement when the dummy said people should be executed for using God’s name in vain. You don’t want a Theocracy unless you can have Saints in charge, not fanatics and dummies. I like Hill, but I don’t know if he would be able to run a Nation. And killing abortionists, even though they are murderers, was probably counter-productive. Also it’s a societal sin. We’re all guilty to some degree for letting it happen: the girls, the guys who impregnate them, the nurses, the politicians, the voters, etc. In other words, why put the entire onus on the Doctors? It’s too easy.

    • outsider December 29, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      Janos,
      Where can this documentary be seen? Is it the same one as the man from “My Pillow” fame, who was promoting it on Tucker Carlson’s show recently?

      Another great doc now showing on Netflix is “American Circumcision.” I

      • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

        I don’t know and I don’t know. I bought it used at a pawn shop. Made by one Tony Kaye (any relation to Danny?), Director of “American History X”. His bias is obvious, but I’m impressed he was willing to show Roe becoming friends with her tormentors who moved in next door to the clinic, and ultimately repudiating her position and converting. To be fair, she seemed very lonely, no family, talking about working in a gay bar at one point, etc. Not all Abortion people are this vulnerable by any means.

        2007 release, A “Thinkfilm”

  53. KesaAnna December 29, 2018 at 2:21 am #

    ” Of course, the message (probably unintentionally) conveyed is that those who take off their blindfolds & actually see the thing for what it is, i.e., see the Truth, are the real good whites & those who choose to keep their blinders on are the bad whites. Oops. ”

    ^ I came to this conclusion myself after skimming over your original review.

    Why ?

    ” Tom shows up, showing how strong & independent they are. ”

    look ! Here come the emancipators , to liberate us from our vassalage! to show us what great fellows we are !

    Bullshit.

    You are a peasant , you are going to remain a peasant , you would be a hell of a lot better off acknowledging that , and seeing that these snake oil salesmen aren’t looking to do you any favors.

    To this day a portrait of Louis XVI hangs in a prominent place in Thomas Jefferson’s house. He wasn’t using it as a dart board.

    He didn’t believe the shit he was hawking , anymore than the nobleman Lenin did.

    ” Neither of the pregnant women seem to have husbands ”

    ” Malorie appears indifferent between her own child & the other one. We don’t even know which one is which until the end ”

    for 50,000 years the family , and another institution which was not the state , made the world go round.

    Parens patriae is a self-serving legal construct they cooked up yesterday .

    But , nope , let’s not notice that , or what the implications of it might be.

    You won’t believe me , but I foresaw disposable males and gay marriage way back when gays were still getting beaten up while teachers watched.

    you are a fool if you think you can trespass against the authority of another mans household ( a household you don’t really care about anyway ) and retain authority over your own.

    The aristocracy is always hungry.

    ” school for the blind ” i would bet money that to this day most of those are run by an institution which is not the state.

    or , at least , any school for the blind that doesn’t look just like a prison .

    Maybe the screenwriter is actually a subversive , or at least a prankster?

    That used to happen in the Communist Bloc ; A writer would write a piece that seems on the surface to exalt the prevailing orthodoxy , but the writer hopes you will look at the objective details , and if you do then you see it undermines it.

    • Tate December 29, 2018 at 3:10 am #

      “Maybe the screenwriter is actually a subversive , or at least a prankster?”

      It crossed my mind.

      • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:44 am #

        Happy New Year CFNers!

        Looking forward to Jim’s predictions for 2019, which he is most likely working on now.

        Brh

    • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      “or , at least , any school for the blind that doesn’t look just like a prison ”

      Kesa,
      And why should they not? How would this offend the blind?

  54. Heres the latest on the experiment of turning up Earth’s thermostat

    phys.org/news/2018-12-humans-reversing-climate-clock-million.html

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:37 am #

      Only problem is Snacks, China, Indonesia, South Korea, N Korea, Poland, Russia (to name just a few) built hundreds of coal fired power plants in 2018, and will build hundreds more in 2019.

      And that’s not to mention the massive volcanic eruption a Krakatoa that is imminent. Wait till that baby pops! Talk about carbon particles circulating in the atmosphere — Phew!!

      Brh

      • DEFCON1 December 29, 2018 at 6:12 am #

        A geologist friend of mine says that it will blow, but rather on the opposite side of the planet – he thinks just south of Sandusky, Ohio under the Wal-Mart.

        • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 7:53 am #

          Ah, Sandusky, Ohio.

          Sherwood Anderson country if i recall correctly..

          Poor man ended up choking on a chicken bone on a ship enroute to Mexico.

          Brh

        • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:28 am #

          DEFCON,
          Using the term “it will blow” in the same sentence with “Sandusky” is…unfortunate….

      • If you say, “Global War on Global Warming,” I will bestow you the honorable rank of First Lieutenant, brh. Wouldn’t that be something?

    • TPTB-USA December 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      … and to view it from another perspective:

      The Truth About Climate Change
      By Andrew Bernstein
      objectivescience.net/2017/06/truth-climate-change/

  55. BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:24 am #

    These peaceful African Americans who, apparently in the film ‘Bird Box’, we are supposed to remove our blinders and begin to worship now, well, down in Hartford a bunch more of them were shot this week, by other blacks. A guess they didn’t get the message yet they are now deities.

    Its like a slaughterhouse in these cities, even in smaller ones like Hartford

    As far as the Heroic Negro saving whitey from unspeakable horror meme goes, it started with ‘Night of the Living Dead’, in 1969. It been around for awhile.

    Brh

    • malthuss December 29, 2018 at 10:21 am #

      the story about the Clemson grant of 400k
      investigating why blacks don’t start or continue in engineering tracts in college…

      I’m sure the “researchers” already have their conclusion to that paper written, something along the lines of “systemic racism”

      You have to wonder about how many of these left-wing researchers no longer believe in blank slate but continue to lie just to make the money jingle

    • malthuss December 29, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      plus.google.com/117964333368583635784

    • stelmosfire December 29, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

      Howdy Marlin, The latest scam perpetrated on the American gullibles, after lead paint( I’d be a genius I tell ya!) Don’t get me going on the lawyers and their feeding frenzy about asbestos. Some of the symptoms for mold toxicity ( the new money maker) for the anti dirt cellar crowd. I have a dirt cellar, so there! They include fatigue, headaches, nausea, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, muscle aches, brain fog, weight gain, adrenal fatigue and sensitivities to light and sound and whatever else ails ya. Ok let’s break it down. I’m 61 years young. No. 1. Fatigue(check) 2. Headaches (Daily dealing with asswipes) check. 3. Nausea (I vomit in my mouth reading some comments on this site) check. 4. IBS( I don’t know whether to shit or get off the pot.) check. 5. Muscle aches (I’m 61 -split some wood and join the club) check. 6. Brain fog( I’m 61 repeat no. 5) check. Weight gain( everybody relates) check. 7. Adrenal fatigue (huh? WTF is that?) 8. Sensitivity to lights/ sounds. (Turn that damn music down!! quoted from my Mom in ’72.) so there you have it . I’m calling my lawyer now. Happy New Year!

      • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

        I hear you Rip. We never wore seat belts, and at about 12 I was wandering around in the woods with my rifle, a .22 cal. Winchester model 62.

        We used to climb down the face of this dam built for a hydro power project in the 30s on a rope we tied to a post at the top of it, tons of water rushing over, and you had to hue close to the granite face, 25 ft high, so as not to get washed away into the shute, fishing rods tied to our backs. Thought nothing of it except to get to the best pool for trout. Thats how it was and we all made it thru.

        Brh

        • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

          BRH,
          At 12, we were hunting with pellet guns…carried the loose pellets in our mouths for quick retrieval.

          • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

            E. my Winchester took .22 shorts, and that’s what my father gave us.

            brh

          • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

            BRH,
            If you had a model 62 that took only shorts, then you had what is known as a “gallery gun”…worth probably a grand today….

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 12:29 am #

            What about bump stock machine guns? No better than the zip guns used by 12 yr olds in motel 6’s?

            One kid was trying to use a blow gun. He took a deep breath and inhaled the dart. Not poisoned, so no Darwin Award was forthcoming. Just a trip to the ER.

          • EvelynV December 30, 2018 at 11:29 am #

            We’ve all noticed the symptoms. You’ve finally revealed the cause.

          • stelmosfire December 30, 2018 at 11:58 am #

            Evelyn please feel free to bite me! I am not contagious Have you ever cruised down an oiled dirt backroad in the back of a 58 Ford with dogs and guns . No belts ,helmets or safety gear required. My dog, Mike, (best hound i ever had)bailed after a hare do’in about 35. Coupla’ good flips but he damn near came up with the falla! We wheeled over an after a good hoot and a tussle off we went no worse for the wear. I believe the ASPCA is still on my trail.The damned lawyers in Massachusetts did away with this good fun years ago.

  56. drewkeeling December 29, 2018 at 6:12 am #

    Elizabeth Drew, who reported on Watergate, makes the case for impeachment now based on the logic of then. The logic still holds, for the most part, but the political system and mood of the country today are different from 45 years ago. In 1974 a “smoking gun” sufficed to bring a non-functioning presidency to a timely conclusion; this time it may take a “smoking cannon” or a huge disaster. Will one or the other appear? No one can yet predict that with any great clarity.

    As for the longer term, functional, reality-based adaptation certainly makes a lot more sense to me than futile, fantasy- and denial-based mitigation. But prevailing efforts to pursue the latter appear likely to reduce the scope for the former. The problems of “too much magic” are liable to be met, whenever feasible, by redoubled emphasis on still more excessive and intrusive “magic.” Most people nowadays seem likely to reject a “world made by hand” unless they can swipe a hand-held gadget to get an app for it.

    A “long” series of “emergencies” looks more probable than either collapse or soft-landing, and the “new world” lying ahead may or may not be a “brave” one, yet indications point towards a radically changed Anthropocene, where “high-tech” -or whatever it is repackaged and marketed as- facilitates denial and “solves” old problems by exchanging them for new problems; A world where “austerity” is imposed not chosen, and where pseudo continuity and ersatz tradition repeatedly upstage common sense, enlightenment, and foresight, and erode institutional stability, civilizational norms, walkable, sustainable communities, hand skills, and even the nature of humanness. Our time may be in effect become characterizable as the first generation of denial; but that won’t necessarily make it the last. The case for waking up and squarely confronting the coming long decline is compelling, but the instinct to keep on sleepwalking seems very deep-rooted.

    • seawolf77 December 29, 2018 at 8:25 am #

      Not even Dufus Donald can bring down this economy. I think all the rich folk got together, sold a bunch of stock just to shut his ignorant ass up. God oh God how it worked. Anyone in index funds, you’re toast. They’re never gonna let it get to a new high for the rest of his presidency. They wouldn’t let him into the NFL because they couldn’t stand him. They hate him in West Palm Beach.

      • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 10:16 am #

        If somehow you can get him illegally removed from office, then we’ll have Mike Pence as President.

        Do you have any doubt lefties and elitists will hate Pence just as much, will make up lies about him, investigate his entire life, and harass his family? (Like they’re doing to President Trump)

        Brh

      • malthuss December 29, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

        economy? of debt.

  57. volodya December 29, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Q: Who does Uncle Sam work for?

    A: The Koch Bros and people like them.

    JHK’s web-site had some really annoying trolls of which “Asoka” was but one. For that matter we don’t know if “Asoka” was just one individual or several. I’m betting on the latter given the coverage time-wise that “Asoka” gave this web-site. All of the trolls employed some obvious ploys to disrupt the flow of conversation, posting thousands of words of sheer gibberish was one technique, being deliberately inflammatory was another.

    But the consistent thread of the “Asoka” commentary was to advocate for policies that benefit the billionaire class whether it was for open borders or central bank policies like ZIRP. Asoka’s far-left flame-throwing on racial issues was just a technique to distract from JHK’s weekly topic of discussion or areas his comment section veered into that were deemed unpalatable by Asoka’s bosses. But Asoka’s frequent “viva la reconquista” commentary wasn’t just inflammatory and therefore disruptive of conversation, it also fit nicely into the Koch Bros prayer-book and that of the Davos class in general, that being of open borders.

    What do open borders accomplish? They no longer become an obstruction to border-hopping by oligarchs themselves, nor to the flow of oligarch money as they seek the lowest tax, lowest wage jurisdiction. Open borders also accomplish the same objective by encouraging an influx of impoverished people into high-wage countries for the purpose of lowering wage levels. There’s nothing that warms the cockles of a plutocrat’s heart more than a desperate pool of immigrants (preferably illegal) willing to work for peanuts.

    I think it’s self-evident that America’s ruling classes have got no time for what JHK talks about every week. The all-encompassing state surveillance isn’t to capture Islamic terrorists, those bearded whack-jobs provide the pre-text for Big Brother’s snooping. Do the PTB want the man in the street saying that the economic system as it’s devised has no hope in hell or that fossil fuel depletion will have a necessarily deleterious economic effect? Do Wall Street banksters want people referring to their asset stripping the interior of the country? No, heaven forfend, oligarchs are in the business of maximizing their own wealth and have no patience for pain-in the-ass nay-sayers who by far are the bigger threat.

    Just ask Macron over yonder or Theresa May or Frau Merkel. Accusations of racism and xenophobia be damned, what the common man is doing in Europe is speaking up and looking after his legitimate interests. The same goes here, the same up north of the border.

    There’s still trolls on this site, whether they work directly for Uncle Sam or some pool of moneyed interests I’ll leave to I.T. adepts like K-Dog to ferret out. But you know them by what they say. Over the years of Asoka’s presence on the site people knew his agenda, the only question was who was his employer. Well, now we know and, for that matter, “Asoka” admitted it himself. Asoka then disappeared as “asoka” and predictably enough re-appeared under other names. If I was a betting man I’d bet he and his digital analogues are still plaguing this website and other comment sections of a similar ilk, after all, the issues that JHK talks about don’t reside just here.

    • beantownbill. December 29, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      I blame us for the insistent invasion of trolls. If we never replied to them and scrolled past their posts, they would eventually go away.

      • volodya December 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

        They might go away, on the other hand, if they’re employed to obstruct discourse by posting long irrelevant screeds or re-prints of long and irrelevant newspaper articles thereby making comments “disappear” upstream, maybe they’ll stay. Their paycheck depends on it after all. Many times I’ve seen a troll post a long, long comment right after one of my posts thus making it go out of view. I’ve seen it happen to others too.

  58. elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    WWG,

    I am fast coming to the conclusion that “truth” is almost entirely subjective. A true statement of an abstract does not exist as a universally recognized fact. The concept of “truth” is widely understood, but the reality does not exist other than in each observer.

    Your truth is not my truth, even though we both might spend our lives in defense of our personal view. I cannot change Elrond’s worldview, and he cannot change mine. My whole life has been spent observing/ affirming my reality, my realpolitik, and he his.

    It is not a question of a “closed mind” or being insentient, but rather each having a different perspective. A change in one’s perspective must come from experience, not education.

    • Tate December 29, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      Maybe you shouldn’t rush to that conclusion so fast. There is an objective Truth. Then there are the subjective “truths” that we formulate in our minds in trying to come to terms with the former. Disregarding Schrodinger’s cat, of course.

      • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

        “There is an objective Truth.”

        Tate,
        I haven’t come to a conclusion, but…can you give us an example of an objective truth?

        A truth that is universally accepted?

        • Tate December 29, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

          Not without sounding pedantic. I guess I just don’t accept solipsism as a valid point of view.

        • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

          Tate,
          Fair enough….

        • EvelynV December 30, 2018 at 11:35 am #

          It’s not “fair enough’! He can’t cite one example to back up his untenable claim and does sound pedantic.

          Just one more blowhard on his ass.

          “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”

          – Niels Bohr

        • elysianfield December 30, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

          Evelyn,

          Fair enough that he doesn’t accept the premise. I personally am having difficulty accepting the premise, but remain open to the subjectivity of our individual reality.

  59. Elrond Hubbard December 29, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Germany mulls introducing ‘mosque tax’ for Muslims
    The idea, similar to Germany’s church tax, would aim to make mosques independent of foreign donors. Germany’s government and progressive Muslim leaders have supported the idea.

    dw.com/en/germany-mulls-introducing-mosque-tax-for-muslims/a-46866041

    Lawmakers from Germany’s grand coalition government said on Wednesday that they were considering introducing a “mosque tax” for German Muslims, similar to the church taxes that German Christians pay.

    Thorsten Frei, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) told Die Welt daily that a mosque tax was “an important step” that would allow “Islam in Germany to emancipate itself from foreign states.”

    In Germany, church taxes are collected from practicing Catholics and Protestants in order to fund church activities. They are collected by the state and then transferred to religious authorities.

    Sounds like a good idea, once you allow for Germany clearly not having a wall of separation between church and state. ISIS and similar groups will have a much harder time promoting themselves within Germany, what with mosques having no need for outside funding. Everybody wins!

    • outsider December 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

      Elrond,

      Do you know if they have a synagogue tax?

    • Exscotticus December 29, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      >>> Everybody wins!

      Except for the fact that the First World allows Muslims to worship without discrimination, whereas this religious freedom isn’t reciprocated in most Muslim lands. Even in places like Iran, where a few Jews still exist, they know to keep their religious activities quiet and out of public view. They can’t build new synagogue and expand. They’re corralled in “Jew Town”.

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

      Mosques in Germany? Do Protestant and Catholic churhes pay any taxes in SArabia, Egypt, Pakistan or Afghanistan? Or have they been all blown up already, and the parishoners shot.

      It seems like it works only one way Elrond, and its not our way.

      Brh

    • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

      Islam doesn’t really have a place in Germany. It’s a recent import relatively speaking. A Mosque ban would be more prudent but cannot be expected with current leaders and conditions. There is no such thing as everybody winning at the same. Just like there isn’t real equality. This is just another attempt at making Islam official and inevitable.

      • Tate December 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

        Islam isn’t inevitable. That’s a trick that the Left employs, saying that something is inevitable. Lots of cucks buy into it.

        • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

          Yep! They do that with issues of race and culture too and all the time.

        • Exscotticus December 30, 2018 at 12:21 am #

          Hardly a week goes by without Lil Truth claiming that immigrants crossing borders in large numbers is inevitable. Of course, at the same time, he’s against any efforts to stop it. Like all liberals, he lacks the courage of his convictions.

    • Do you like Muslims, and if so, why?

  60. Tate December 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Newly-elected president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, says he is going to call for the wider ownership of guns in Brazil.

    reuters.com/article/us-brazil-guns/brazils-president-elect-plans-decree-allowing-wider-gun-ownership…

    “By decree, we plan to guarantee the ownership of firearms by citizens without criminal records,” Bolsonaro, who takes office on Jan. 1, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

    • SoftStarLight December 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

      An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

      Robert A. Heinlein

      • Elrond Hubbard December 30, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

        An armed society is a violent society, as the means of violence are always near at hand. Promoting violence as a virtue empowers those most apt to threaten and harm others to get their way. — Yours truly

        When I was a kid, I read Heinlein by the buttload. I got over it. Nudism? Sure. Free love? Between consenting adults, why not. Authoritarian militarism? Takes all kinds.

        But his last novel is written from the point of view of a female character who, among other things, “connives with her husband to enable him to have sex with two of his daughters — one of them sixteen at the time. She also tries to seduce her own father and speculates on whether he has had sex with one of his granddaughters.” (Link.) By this point, even my nerdy teenage self could see that the by-then octogenarian Heinlein was just writing sleazy wish-fulfillment narratives aimed at himself, and at every creepy older guy who ever lusted after the checkout girl. Blech, no thanks.

        • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

          Well Elrond, that is totally disgusting. Thanks for letting me know I guess. I am not a fan of Heinlein or knew that much about him but wanted to give credit for the quote. Which by the way, does make sense to me. Private gun ownership is banned in Venezuela yet it is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. And there are more examples of such. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and isn’t any safer than Afghanistan. Seems like the world is a violent place and deterrents are a good thing.

        • Exscotticus December 31, 2018 at 12:20 am #

          >>> An armed society is a violent society, as the means of violence are always near at hand. Promoting violence as a virtue empowers those most apt to threaten and harm others to get their way. — Yours truly

          And what about the state, Elrond? They are also part of society. Should the military and police also disarm? Are they also “promoting violence” by being armed?

          The means of violence are always near at hand—for the violent. No guns required.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      There’s nothing I hate more than seeing Blacks at gun shows…..

      • Tate December 29, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

        But you don’t see that many. I suspect they use other means to acquire their firearms. ElysianFields might want to weigh in on this…

        • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

          Tate,
          When I was working on the Street in the late ’60’s, blacks were usually found with very low quality (read cheap to buy) Rohn 22 cal revolvers…If a Colt or a S&W was encountered, it was often found to be stolen, ditto for other high quality weapons.

          I used to attend gun shows in the 70-s thru the 90’s…in Oregon. What few blacks that may have filtered through the shows were clean-cut, and squared away. Few vendors would sell a gun to a thug of any color, and if they did, it would be…noted.

          The Federal law always allowed an “occasional sale” by a private party…friends and neighbors?

      • EvelynV December 30, 2018 at 11:49 am #

        Hatred is a side effect of cowardice and living in fear.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

          No, it’s rational and normal. Most men can’t fight without anger and hatred. You hate Whites and may have rational reasons for doing so. After all, your people lost to us. Bearing the hatred of the conquered is the first duty of the conqueror.

          • EvelynV December 31, 2018 at 2:35 am #

            Janos, it’s normal and is perceived as rational by people with psychoses and sometimes less serious psychological impairments than you exhibit but bottom line hatred of people who are not even aware of your existence is a sickness.

            You have it and need treatment for it. It’s apparent it is rotting you from the inside out. I wish I could say I feel sorry for you and have my pity, in fact I guess I do, but I feel pity much more strongly for the people who have to live with you.

            I hope you’ve failed to attract any women who agreed to breed with you. The last thing the world needs is a bunch of little you’s spreading hate around like moloch versions of Johnny Appleseed.

        • beantownbill. December 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

          I’ve always felt there’s only 2 true human emotions, love and fear; all the other emotions are forms of those two. Love is the creative force of the universe, and fear is simply a drive for self-preservation. Hatred and anger are the children of fear.

          I don’t know if this is true, but it seems to be to me, and is how I operate on a day-to-basis.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

            I see you’re involved with A Course in Miracles.

          • EvelynV December 31, 2018 at 2:41 am #

            beantownbill, I would kiss you if I could. I have long believed exactly what you said. People commonly think hate is the opposite of love but that’s not true. Fear is the opposite. The only thing that takes away fear is love.

            We come to hate what we fear sometimes but fear remains the true culprit.

        • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

          There is a thin line between love and hatred. Both emotions spring forth from the same area of the brain allegedly. Janos is right. Hate appears to be more connected to rational thought and judgement. Love is more disconnected from rationality and judgement.

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

      Tauras is a company in Brazil that makes a pretty good line of revolvers. They also manufacture nice replicas of the Winchester 1892 and model 62. Their largest market is here in the USA but it must be good news for the company they’ll be able to sell these guns in their own country, a market of 180 million citizens. There’s hope for Brazil after all.

      The Winchester model 1892, a lever action rifle that fired pistol rounds, manufactured in New Haven, Ct from 1892 to 1940, was a huge seller in Latin America, in fact as many units were sold there as were sold in the states.

      Brh

  61. BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm #

    I’ve owned a few of those Taurus revolvers and they’re pretty solid. No, they`re not Smith & Wessons, but the price is about 2/3 of what you’d pay for a Smith. Brazilians make good steel, and the wood they use for grips and stocks can at times be exquisite.

    Brh

    • elysianfield December 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

      BRH,
      Taurus revolvers are almost a direct copy of the S&W…rumor had it that they were partnered with Smith and Wesson, and used S&W designed fixtures, tooling, etc. Quality, fit and finish are comparable.

  62. BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    Lot of choice lumber to harvest there in the Amazon!

    • Tate December 29, 2018 at 8:36 pm #

      When a tree falls in the rainforest, does it produce any lumber?

  63. A lot of people thought that, as the 90s passed, irony would die.

    That is obviously not the case.

  64. Tate December 29, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    Here’s a very good book that you should immediately purchase.

    Physics Reforged, by Julian von Abele, 4-1/2 star Amazon rating

    amazon.com/Physics-Reforged-Parallel-Universes-Dimensions/dp/1517765633/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=…

    Julian is a brilliant enthusiastic young man, who has already written several books as an undergraduate student at Columbia who is proud of white European achievement, acknowledging that white men invented the modern world. What happened to janet?

    • … Customers who bought this item also bought…

      The Day of the Rope (The Days of the Rope) (Volume 1)
      The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in…
      Bronze Age Mindset (by the Bronze Age Pervert)
      Whiteness: The Original Sin by Jim Goad
      The Revolutionary Phenotype: The amazing story of how life begins…
      J. -F. Gariépy
      What Makes Us Girls: And Why It’s All Worth It by Brittany Pettibone
      Mein Kampf: Vol. I and Vol. II by Adolf Hitler
      The White Nationalist Manifesto by Greg Johnson

      • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

        You say that like it’s a bad thing. What’s next? Burning books? Shame on you!

      • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 2:53 am #

        Thank you for the list. I should read all of them.

    • BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

      Tate, see above.

      ‘Janet’, aka Little Jane, is now ‘deeTrump’

      She posted a little this week.

      brh

    • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

      Sadly, from what I can surmise of this book and the brief review provided, it asks all the wrong questions (whose mythology is superior?) based on all the wrong premises (material progress at the expense of the soul), and thus arrives at all the wrong answers (PROGRESS!!!) once again.

      Notions of western culture superiority are little more than a proverbial digital ‘Do Loop’, asking the same old tired questions over and over again. Destined to fail over and over again, ad infinitum.

      The PROPER question to ask with regard to our current troubles is NOT why have we failed at long last; but indeed, HOW IN THE HELL have we succeeded for so long!

    • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 3:45 am #

      Louisiana, among many other things, has a long and sordid history of massive corporate giveaways. This is a desperate attempt to keep oil production, manufacturing, and plenty of blue-collar jobs in place. After all, there wouldn’t be much else except agriculture. But if corporations are assessed more in taxes they will probably threaten to leave. So what to do?

  65. Pucker December 29, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

    Emancipation was basically a State confiscation of Private Southern Wealth in the form of private potential slave labor expropriated via the penitentiary system into convict labor which was then used profitably on cotton plantations, prison factories, coal mines, and building railroads. Lincoln was a big lawyer for the railroads. But maybe this is just some Big, giant coincidence?

  66. Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

    truthout.org/articles/school-employee-sues-district-for-israel-loyalty-oath-in-contract/

    People are being forced to sign loyalty oaths to Israel in the United State of America. This is both despicable and insane. Yet the truthouters are fine with disloyalty to America thus they are no better.

    Loyalty Oaths aren’t quite our way since they imply no criticism will be allowed. But of course we should be loyal to our Nation – as long as our Nation is loyal to Us and the Constitution as it was written. Neither condition is being met and hasn’t been met in a long time.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 29, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

      Such loyalty oaths, the five billion we pay annually in tribute, and of course the Menorah on the White House Lawn all convey the same message: America is a Conquered Land.

      • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 4:00 am #

        What a sickening thought. It is completely insane that citizens of the US would be forced to sign loyalty oaths to any foreign country. America is definitely an occupied country, but I pray it really isn’t conquered.

        • EvelynV December 30, 2018 at 11:44 am #

          Take a memo white eyes:

          It has been ever since the remnants of its indigenous population was forced onto reservations.

          • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm #

            Exactly Evie: there is no Universal Legal Order. You lost and We won. Now we’re in the position of the Indians of old.

            We agree. You’re going to enjoy watching our destruction until you don’t. Teepees again? That means no hot water, dontcha ya know! In the mean time, how many homeless are you willing to let use your bathroom? I mean if you’re no willing to let them move in, that’s the least you can do, right?

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

            I do get why you feel that way. So wouldn’t you at least agree that the last thing we need is even more immigration and invaders? These changes, if they keep up are going to affect everybody, including you.

          • EvelynV December 31, 2018 at 2:52 am #

            SSL – you are being silly again. A million legals enter the US annually on average. If you think the hard working, inevitably friendly people who migrate in from South of our border are doing one one hundredth of the damage that giving all of our tech jobs away to the vast number of legal others who we invite in to learn all our legacy computer systems while turning out crappy undisciplined product then I would suggest you are an ignorant low class bigot that has no idea what’s going on.

            We are already affect way beyond recovery and I don’t mean by the people who mow your lawns, pick your food, and do the crappy jobs you would never be able to get your own kids to do.

            I’m guessing your kids would scream like banshees if you asked them to do some jobs around your trailer.

  67. BackRowHeckler December 29, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

    Financial Times of London

    2018 Man of the Year:

    George Soros

    An inspired choice!

    brh

  68. Pucker December 30, 2018 at 1:10 am #

    “Free Bill Cosby! Join “The Coz”! Coz it’s The-Right-Thang to do!”

  69. akmofo December 30, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    “You had to love the narrative that the financial media put over about the 1000-plus point zoom in the DJIA on Wednesday: that pension funds were “rebalancing” their portfolios.”
    ==

    FAKE NEWS! These people were long gone for their year end vacation.

    Vatican/CIA propaganda = all lies all the time !!!

    “Der Spiegel, has suspended two of its senior editors following the scandal involving a reporter Claas Relotius admitted faking stories for years. Relotius, who is 33, resigned after admitting that he had made up stories and invented protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine’s print and online editions. Relotius was also named journalist of the year by CNN back in 2014. This has provided another whole dimension to the Fake News issue. Here, instead of institutional bias such as CNN, Fox, New York Times, and the Washington Post, we have an individual just creating news. He managed to get away with it for so long because the readers wanted to believe what he wrote..”

    They script false narratives, they stage the “news”, they falsify culture, they propagate deliberate lies, they deliberately hide and don’t report the truth, they crowd out and distract from critical issue by promoting nonsense, they are foreign agents championing a foreign agenda of a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT — a NEW WORLD ORDER which is really the old world order of ROMAN IMPERIALISM and ROMANISM.

    • Even the Romans rebalanced their portfolios.

      Grapes, wheat, olive, and slave futures settled on the steps of the Duomo.

      Jesus ak, you’re uncultured. I’ll bet you live in a ’97 Monte Carlo.

      • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

        Yes, can’t wait to impart that culture by crucifying them uncultured, turning their family and nation into slaves and rape toys, stealing everything they have especially their dignity, and then feeding them to wild animals for entertainment.

        • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

          Wow, are you getting back to your true Turk and Mongol roots?

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

            No Nazi, I’m reciting actual Vatican/Roman history.

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

            Oh, it seemed pretty clear that you said you couldn’t wait to….

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

            Yes, your karma is waiting.

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

            Ok thanks for clarifying, you are mean.

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

            No, not mean, just honest. Unlike you, I don’t call you that which you are not. Nor is anything I say unkind. I tell you truth. It’s truth you don’t want to hear. It is you who is mean and unkind — to your very self.

            You lie and you lie to yourself. You turn things on their head and pretend you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s not cute. That’s what demons do. And I don’t have patience for demons.

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

            You are doing the grandiosity thing again.

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

            I should wear the Papal tiara and call myself Pope. That should make it better for you.

  70. BackRowHeckler December 30, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    Speaking of film, CFNers, be sure to get out and see the new extravaganza about Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg. Haven’t read any reviews yet but rest assured everyone of them will be rave, possibly the best bio ever made since ‘Malcolm X’.

    Brh

    • Why not send our resident media analyst on a movie mission?

      • BackRowHeckler December 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        Hey Snacks why not send me to the next Climate Change conference preferably in some tropical exotic location? Its always been a desire of mine to hobnob with billionaires, drink top shelf scotch and the best champaine, and dine on kobe beef. Let me know what you come up with.

        Brh

        • You didn’t mention it was being held in a town with perhaps Europe’s worst air quality due to the fact that coal supplies 80% of its residential heating. (Or that Polish catering is cheap as shit so why not goose the local economy instead of forcing everyone to brown bag it).

          Little white babies breathing dirty air in the street should provide some sympathetic response from the delegates? Back home, you can cheer Bolsonaro ripping up the Amazon. You didn’t know about those little white kids with the overloaded IQs, about to have few points shaved off because old people get cold. And in the Amazon, American arms levelled at the indigenous lest they fight back against the semianglo invaders spreading mercury laced waste about the ruined forest. You don’t have to have an IQ of 110 to understand the negative repercussions of a conflict between people having 90 IQs squabbling with people who are running about 85, thay want to turn your thermostat up to 105. But maybe you do, I dunno

          Sometimes I feel like I live in a Zyklon B shower even here in the greatest country on Earth. I can hear the freeway from where I live, carrying the cargo that comprises the American way of life.

          But things are mitigatin’. Detergent companies are concentrating their formula and packaging for less weight and volume as the typical consumer

  71. BackRowHeckler December 30, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    The lefties seem determined to keep her above ground for at least 2 more years, which might be possible. In SAfrica Mandela was clinically dead for about 6 months but they kept him hooked up to machines that simulated life. Sounds like a plan, ha!

    Brh

  72. Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    westernjournal.com/ct/transgender-customer-threatens-employee-misgendering-wait-see-video/

    If gender is just a matter of “feeling” or imagination, how can anyone be expected to know what anyone is on sight? But watch it become a crime….

    This large, athletic man considers himself a woman and threatens to beat you up if you get it wrong. Who do you think the State will support in the event of a conflict, you a mere white male or a Trannny?

    • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

      So the lunatics are basically running the asylum. What the f*ck is literally going on in this country we call home?

      • EvelynV December 31, 2018 at 3:00 am #

        Do you have to use such vile and repulsive words?

  73. FincaInTheMountains December 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    Better safe than sorry

    An attorney advised us to post. Good enough for me. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.

    I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION.

    Copy and re-post.

    Deadline is today!!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today.

    Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy.

    I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute).

    NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste

  74. akmofo December 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

    CAESAR’S MESSIAH: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus – OFFICIAL VERSION
    youtu.be/zmEScIUcvz0

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      The Jews all believe that Jesus was a real person, albeit a bad one. By taking this tack, you are calling them liars or fools. And that’s Anti-Semitic.

      • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

        Again with the sweeping generalities and the insane and deliberate logical fallacies..

        DA JOOS believe in the TaNaKh. Period.

        That means NO ROMAN written PSYOP propaganda
        like “THE NEW COVENANT” or your precious “TALMUD”

      • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

        Actually Janos, many Jews believe that Jesus was indeed the Moshiach, or Messiah and this rabbi is one of my favorites:

        israelinewslive.org/

        And so is Johnathan Kahn. He was the Messianic Rabbi that called out Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast:

        youtube.com/watch?v=mu4fg07zwDo

        Yes there are Jews and there are Zionists that deny Jesus. But there are may Jews that embrace Him just as we Gentiles that embrace Him do and that is truly special, at least to some of us.

        • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 6:14 pm #

          Yes, and some of them say Christians have it all wrong: Jesus IS a Jew. Get it? They’re appropriating our religion for themselves, turning it back into a Tribal thing with them on top. Not for nothing did the Church Fathers insist that they leave all this behind. Their Ethnic Pride is stronger than you can ever imagine. It will always be a stumbling block to them. Look at how Isiah mangled the prophecy he was given: ended up making the Jews the top dogs, with them taking everything from everyone and be worshiped. Seeing thru a glass very darkly, more dark than light.

          Ask them: Would you still be into Jesus if he wasn’t Jewish? If he had been a Celt or a Balt? Of course they wouldn’t!

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

            The whole point of the “Jesus” PSYOP was to convert Jews from Judaism. It backfired on the Romans and sent them into oblivion and their kin into Dark Ages.

            Jews understand that Christianity is nothing more Roman Sun-God imperialism. Imperialism is evil and genocidal. You know this to be true, but you wont come out against the Vatican and say so, because you got no balls. You’re a Vatican eunuch, and you will disappear in a sea of others.

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm #

            Lol good job proving the point! This type of arrogance and pride knows no bounds. The speech of Pharisees.

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

            Again, that nervous laugh. It just gives you away every time. Keep laughing as I shatter your very world. Everything you are is a lie. You know it!

          • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

            If they say that Janos, they are wrong. A light to the Gentiles and a glory for all Israel. Jesus transcends all groups, all partisan affiliations, no matter what some may believe. I know that you understand this as well as the fact that opinions are like, what was that again? Oh yes, let them keep their to themselves, right?

          • SoftStarLight December 30, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

            Keep laughing as I shatter your very world….You sure do have visions of grandiosity and meglomania.

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

            No, that would be Jesus, er Caesar Flavius.

          • elysianfield December 31, 2018 at 11:23 am #

            CHRIST WAS A JEW!~ Phillip Roth “Portnoy’s Complaint”

          • akmofo December 31, 2018 at 11:38 am #

            So is Kyle:
            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Broflovski

            What’s your point, Ely?

          • elysianfield December 31, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

            “The Jews all believe that Jesus was a real person, albeit a bad one. By taking this tack, you are calling them liars or fools. And that’s Anti-Semitic.”

            Mofo,
            Just amplification of a point using a cultural reference that may be recognized by our demographic….

          • elysianfield December 31, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

            “Yes, and some of them say Christians have it all wrong: Jesus IS a Jew. Get it? They’re appropriating our religion for themselves, turning it back into a Tribal thing with them on top.

            …And, which will have to pass for cleverness, as I have nothing else, intelligent or otherwise, to say on the subject.

          • akmofo January 1, 2019 at 12:56 am #

            Jesus is a Roman madeup fictional character. “Jews for Jesus” is made up of former Vatican commie agents who failed to convert Jews to commie atheists and now try again with the old tact that Jesus was “Jewish”. There’s nothing Jewish about a Roman anti-Jew. Same as there’s nothing Jewish about Vatican commie agents like Karl Marx. These are Vatican anti-Jews and their new religion is a replacement theology. They are Vatican agents of cultural ethnic and national genocide.

  75. They say trannies never prosper, for if they prosper, none dare call them trannys.

    • Janos Skorenzy December 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      That was witty.

      These trannies need training wheels. I mean if you have to tell someone you’re a woman, you’re not there yet. And if you’re built like this guy, you never will be.

      • I don’t think the object is to become something they cannot become, but appropriate new capabilities.

        They are strivers in a New America

        • Ol' Scratch December 30, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

          To become hermaphrodites? Then I guess the proper term of address is ‘hermies’? That definitely gives new meaning to the phrase, “go fuck yourself,” I guess. The proper future response would be, “I will, thank you very much!”

          • elysianfield December 31, 2018 at 11:25 am #

            “Then I guess the proper term of address is ‘hermies’’

            Nick-O-Demus,
            If I own a “hermies” scarf, what does that say about me?

  76. akmofo December 30, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    The Saturn/Earth Connection and Our Place in the Universe
    youtu.be/6fjcPguafug

    • Were you born into poverty, or did education fail you?

      • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

        You mean memorizing meaningless shit and other nonsense. You can keep that braindead Vatican crap, it obviously suits you, QShit.

        • When did Saruman the “Wise”, abandon reason for madness?

          • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

            When he started reading the New York Times.

          • akmofo December 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm #

            Speaking of “Wise” education and madness..

            How’s that Bible reading project you confessed to me about going? Did your motorcycle trip to the arctic wasteland learn you any Hebrew, QShit? No, I don’t think so. You are still ignorant with Vatican nonsense, just as you were before.

  77. KesaAnna December 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    ” Ask them: Would you still be into Jesus if he wasn’t Jewish? If he had been a Celt or a Balt? Of course they wouldn’t! ”

    I , for my part , think that Jesus being a Jew is about as relevant as the fact that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were British lawyers , and George Washington was a British Colonel , no less.

    • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      In the end, it is the message more than it is the messenger, although personally, the Messenger for me is so much more than simply that.

      • KesaAnna December 30, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

        Like I said , I predicted gay marriage 30 years ago.

        I’m not psychic , so how ?

        well, I’ll give you a hint ;

        it isn’t because the gay lobby is so fucking powerful.

        the sodomites always were , are , and always will be , a joke.

        • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 9:32 pm #

          Once they are able to distract humans from real issues and are able to concentrate their concerns and efforts towards sexual issues rather than issues that really matter, then they own them. For humans are easily distracted from whether there will be a future or not, by who or what their next sexual victim might be. Sad, so sad.

          • BackRowHeckler December 31, 2018 at 1:20 am #

            Walter, i think people are growing tired of the sexual Freak Show, with every kind of pervert imaginable promoted to a place of honor by the corrupt MSM. This whole focus on tranvestites and drag queens — ultimate freaks — will mark the end of it, and if things go south here, and the situation deterioriates, I’d hate to be those suckers when the disposessed mob goes out looking for scapegoats.

            Brh

  78. KesaAnna December 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm #

    ” “or , at least , any school for the blind that doesn’t look just like a prison ”

    Kesa,
    And why should they not? How would this offend the blind? ”

    How about I blindfold you and put you in a prison , and then I ask you this question ?

    I’m willing. ^^

    • elysianfield December 31, 2018 at 11:35 am #

      “How about I blindfold you and put you in a prison , and then I ask you this question ? ”

      Kesa
      If they were serving 6-count shrimp, why would I not enjoy the experience? I hear in Vegas that you can rent a “prison cell”, and be blindfolded and chained to a bed…Not cheap, and I hear that you have to book the room in advance….

      Let us both have a safe, sane 2019….

  79. KesaAnna December 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    ” When he started reading the New York Times. ”

    That was funny.

  80. K-Dog December 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    The passionate intensity of this widening gyre is strong tonight. Some revelation at hand surely vexes the rough beast into motion with the anarchy of planned distraction.

    • Walter B December 30, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

      Not distraction Dog, but concentration on what it is that this way comes…..soon, soon…..

  81. deetrump December 31, 2018 at 12:18 am #

    “They [trolls] might go away, on the other hand, if they’re employed to obstruct discourse by posting long irrelevant screeds…maybe they’ll stay” –volodya

    Antisemitism and racist discourse? That continues unabated. No one is obstructing that discourse here that I can see.

    If someone was being paid, then we should be seeing “long irrelevant screeds” volodya mentions. Aside from FincaInTheMoutains’, I’m not seeing any. Is Finca the troll? volodya seems paranoid.

  82. BackRowHeckler December 31, 2018 at 1:03 am #

    You’ve never been known for ‘long irrelavant screeds’, Little Jane. Nobody can accuse you of that. At worst you seem to aspouse a sort of conventional, college campus, Hate Trump, annoying, left wing populism, the type you might see in the faculty lounge at NYU or Columbia.

    Brh

  83. FincaInTheMountains December 31, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    Big Bargain: From Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation to General Flynn Verdict. The conclusion.

    This time I will start from the end – maybe this way I will be able to finish this endless series, without which it is meaningless to talk about the results of 2018.

    And the year turned out to be significant and I would not be surprised if in the remaining hours of the old year we were told something about the first Borei-A class submarine “Prince Vladimir” and at least two submarines of the 949th project, which are now undergoing finishing touches on the famous “Star” whose construction my grandfather began.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borei-class_submarine

    And that is why the question of the Big Bargain acquires an applied significance, up to the need to make vital political decisions in the light of this circumstance.

    Meanwhile, if you listen to all that nonsense carried by political commentators on American and Russian television alike about the reshuffle in the Trump’s cabinet, your hair just stands on end. What silly conspirological hypotheses they just do not put forward? And it is good if this conspirology is only determined by the genre of TV infotainment and does not influence the serious political decisions.

    Meanwhile, the Big Bargain hypothesis not only explains all known facts, making it possible to avoid Trump’s mental inferiority theories developed by you know who, but also to anticipate the policies that will be implemented by Trump’s union with the Bushes after defeating Bastinda and her flying apes.

    But the struggle that has now unfolded in the United States clearly goes beyond the North American continent, and Bastinda from Volkov’s book is painted on the basis of Baum’s purely American political tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. This allegory can be adequate only within the framework of the Russian-American relations, since Volkov substantially Russified the tale, but China and the World Government clearly fall outside this framework.

    Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Bastinda is the primary source and the main ideologue of anti-American propaganda in Russia, since its main task is to prevent the embryo of the Orthodox World Project that announced itself in Valdai from joining the Red and White World Projects of the West.

    Indeed, if the Bushes made an alliance with Trump, then it is natural to assume that they demanded a change in the cabinet of ministers and an appointment to the key posts of “their people.” Actually it became clear even at that moment when Trump appointed to the post of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and nominated for the post of US Attorney General William Barr, who was the US Attorney General 30 years ago in the administration of George H. W. Bush Sr.

    But after he nominated Patrick Shanahan as Secretary of Defense, it became very difficult to doubt the authenticity of this fact, especially if you are not lazy and type “Shanahan + Bush” in Google.

    The death of George H. W. Bush on Nov. 30 is an event that no one can predict except for Lord God, but it was the watershed where the intrigues of the Black Project were completed and the rise of the flying monkeys was replaced by their fall.

    In particular, it is quite obvious that the provocations of Petro Poroshenko in the Kerch Strait were bundled with frontal attacks on Trump in US, among which were convictions to the former leader of his election campaign Manafort and admission of guilt by his lawyer Michael Cohen, which is still the only episode that allows to associate Trump with the special investigation mandate of Special Prosecutor Mueller. It is obvious that this set clearly exceeds the level necessary to disrupt the meeting between Putin and Trump in the G-20 in Buenos Aires. And in this regard, I can guess as much as I want to about the reasons for this redundancy and assume a regular coup d’etat by Hillary Clinton, but Vladimir Putin this time obviously knew about it in details, as the urgent deployment of the RLS “Container” was clearly the answer to these plans of Bastinda.

    And then George Bush Sr. dies, who no doubt was the main guarantor of the Big Bargain, and all the leaders of the West come to his funeral, and the notorious envelopes were an invitation to the meeting, which was to determine the collective response of the West to Putin’s demarche, since putting the RLS “Container” on combat duty not only closed the last holes in the Russian Federation nuclear attack early warning system, but also ruled out the possibility of a sudden attack on Russia of all kinds of stealth crafts like F35.

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