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Is it possible that we Americans only pretend not to notice the conditions that produce an epidemic of school shootings, or is the public just too dumbed-down to connect the dots?

Look at the schools themselves. We called them “facilities” because they hardly qualify as buildings: sprawling, one-story, tilt-up, flat-roofed boxes isolated among the parking lagoons out on the six-lane highway strip, disconnected from anything civic, isolated archipelagoes where inchoate teenage emotion festers and rules while the few adults on the scene are regarded as impotent clowns representing a bewildering clown culture wrapped in a Potemkin economy that has nothing to offer young people except a lifetime of debt and “bullshit jobs” — to borrow a phrase from David Graeber.

Santa Fe, Texas, High School

The world of teens has been exquisitely engineered to steal every opportunity for colonizing the chemical reward centers of their brains to provoke endorphin hits, especially the cell-phone realm of social media, which is almost entirely about status competition, much of which revolves around the wild hormonal promptings of teen sexual development — at the same time they are bombarded with commercial messages designed to prey on their fantasies, longings, and perceived inadequacies. All of this produces immersive and incessant melodrama along with untold grievance, envy, frustration, confusion, and rage. And, of course, where the cell-phone universe leaves off, the world of video games begins, so that boys (especially) get to act-out in “play” the extermination of their competitors and foes.

I will venture to say — against the tide of current sexual politics — that adolescence is much tougher for boys these days than it is for girls. Every boy in one way or another faces his archetypal hero’s journey, the hard-wired seeking to become powerful in one way or another, to accomplish something, to prevail over adversaries, to win the goodies of life. This country used to be a place where young men had many useful and practical paths to follow in enacting that eternal script.

That has changed utterly in a couple of generations. Young men are being out-competed by young women who enjoy the advantage of being hard-wired to cooperate with others in the hive-like corporate workplaces that require tractable drones who will just follow instructions. The smart ones can easily avoid pregnancy, too, and still enjoy sex and all the exciting social games it entails.

For young men, beyond the repellent corporate world of work are only fantasies about triumphing in pro sports, show business, or the drug trade, with pornography and masturbation in place of the tension-filled process of mate-seeking. There is also plenty of opportunity these days for archetypal acting-out in warfare, but our wars lately are devoid of valorous story-lines, and instead of dying nobly for a cause, our soldiers are more likely to come home with shattered brains and bodies from campaigns of no discernable meaning.

And so high school is the launching pad for all that, though in this era of protracted adolescence, mass murders also take place on college campuses. The part of the forebrain that regulates judgment generally doesn’t complete its development in young men until sometime in their early twenties. And college is swiftly becoming as meaningless as high school, given the economic landscape, and the debt racketeering now deeply associated with higher education.

It’s all part-and-parcel with an American way-of-life that is not what it advertises itself to be. It’s become a cruel hologram of a distant memory of a land that sold its soul for a few decades of comfort and convenience, and ended up in a wilderness of addiction to cheap hits of pleasure. Pleasure is not happiness and the constant seeking to satisfy pleasures is not a journey to meaning. The catch is that this toxic way of life has poor prospects for continuing as a practical matter. History is catching up with our foolishness and history will prove to be even more wrathful than a lonely, confused, seventeen-year-old boy with a pistol and shotgun.


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  1. PeteAtomic May 21, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    “In the world I see – you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center. You’ll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life. You’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Tower. And when you look down, you’ll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway. Feel better, champ.”

    Tyler Durden, Fight Club

    • babbat May 25, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Guns, guns thats the military aspects of a militarized country with half the gdp spent on military. It’s little wonder some kid with a fragmented look on reality might bring them to school.
      Just like some big wig in da deep state might wanna blow up Libya.

  2. robert magill May 21, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    ” With pornography and masturbation in place of the tension-filled process of mate-seeking.”

      Unfortunately porn categorically refutes the notion virginity still exist, if it ever did.  Porn also tells that no one ever says NO, has a headache or doesn’t enjoy what’s being offered them. This may seem unrealistic as a guide for sex education in this century but that is what we have decided we will offer and that’s that.
    At least until date rape becomes more epidemic and the lovelorn shoot up the rest of the schools.

    • Kasserine May 21, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

      And the level of degeneracy in porn keeps rising with no end in sight. The latest trend offered is sibling porn, father-daughter porn, mother-son and mother-daughter porn.

      What will be next? I am placing my bets on animal porn and pedophilia.

      • Paul S May 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

        I must admit, I do use pornography, and yup. I masturbate to it. My poor old wife has little interest in sex these days. She finds it painful, and the medicines that keep her alive also depress her libido.

        So thank fuck for pornography. I suppose I could have an affair, or join a swinger group, or just force myself upon her, but there are plenty of self appointed moralisers that would have a problem with these things too. And yes, it is less than fulfilling, but there you go.

        You seem to assume a sort of hierarchy. This is hilarious. Like what is depraved for you is universal? I know what floats my boat. What you see as depraved, I might see as harmless and exciting. I suspect what turns you on would be something that did absolutely nothing for me.

        Despite my frustrations, I don’t currently plan violence against anyone. The videos and my right hand make it bearable.

        • 100th Avatar May 21, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

          Paul, you have to, ahem, come to grips with the judgmental, sanctimonious, and absurdly provincial puritans here that pretend there exists an ideal world where people cannot masturbate, view porn, have gay sex, or dress up as a woman. Nobody says you have to call it normal, but you do know that it does happen? Well, not in their idealized nostalgic 1950’s bring daddy a Schlitz in his hammock he just mowed the lawn world.

          • SpeedyBB May 22, 2018 at 10:52 am #

            You have touched a nerve, Doctor. Curtis LeMay is weeping quietly in his den. You have twisted the knife in the fragile male libido: it popped and is whistling as it deflates. That 1950s world was a remarkably frustrating place, even for those Rough Tough Cream Puffs who Made America Great (and practically got us blowed the shit out of the solar system).

          • Sean Coleman May 23, 2018 at 6:56 am #

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            “Paul, you have to, ahem, come to grips with the judgmental, sanctimonious, and absurdly provincial puritans here that pretend there exists an ideal world where people cannot masturbate, view porn, have gay sex, or dress up as a woman.”

            You also wrote further down:

            “This says it all. We are a society steeped in more and more cheap and ephemeral pleasures, but with true meaningful happiness more elusive than ever.”

            If you reject judgement, ideals and tradition what else remains but meaningless ephemeral pleasure?

            This goes back to Plato’s day and it is an example of what Jung called ‘the type problem’. In the first chapter of Psychological Types (I think it is called The Type Problem in Ancient and Medieval Thought) he contrasts the Realists (who argued that immutable laws and ideals took precedence) with the Nominalists (who said that labels were mere words, hot air). Jung was arguing that the realist approach typifies the introverted mind, the subjective point of view, and the nominalist the extraverted, which is captured by the external object.

            I suppose nominalism can be seen in the hippy’s “Don’t label me, man”. I first heard the word judgmental (as a critical term to, er, label people) around 1970, as a twelve year old, at school, from the class’s vocal, progressive, bullying caste. The wind was blowing from a different quarter. There was somethin’ in the air and they had latched on to it.

        • aibohphobia May 22, 2018 at 1:11 am #

          Paul S,
          That is the kindest, noblest, most ethical thing I have heard of in a long time. It is indeed true that you could have cheated on your poor sick wife. It would be easy to justify it to yourself, but you know how it would break her heart and you chose to remember that part of your wedding vow that goes, “in sickness and in health.” So you do what you have to do, stepping into a suffering that you do not have to endure, for her sake.
          I am certain that you realize that keeping faith with your sick wife is an amazing and good thing. Well done sir.
          GOOD on you.
          Good ON you.
          Good on YOU.

      • malthuss May 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

        Have you looked at J Podestas ‘art’ collection?

        Pedo and Cannibal ‘art.’

        info wars-

        It’s also worth noting that Salon.com, a left-wing media site, promoted “pedophile rights” in a 2015 article by a self-described pedophile asking Americans to “learn to accept” pedophiles and be “understanding and supportive” of their “sexual orientation.”
        “So, please, be understanding and supportive,” pedophile Todd Nickerson wrote. “It’s really all we ask of you.”
        It certainly appears that leftist authoritarians in the government and media are now pushing pedophilia as a new, avant-garde movement the public should just accept without question
        There’s nothing too ridiculous with these evil people anymore, nothing would surprise me.

        • Ancianoloco May 23, 2018 at 1:27 am #

          In logic, reductio ad absurdum (Latin for “reduction to absurdity”; also argumentum ad absurdum, “argument to absurdity”) is a form of argument which attempts either to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove one by showing that if it were not true, the result would be absurd or impossible

  3. swhite May 21, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    I think you are correct, and that nobody will ever be able to see it.

    • K-Dog May 21, 2018 at 10:03 am #

      We had an excellent summary of the situation today and many who visit here see the same thing, perhaps with not the refreshing clarity but America is not run on brainpower. America is run on money.

      • pequiste May 21, 2018 at 10:37 am #

        Dirty money.

      • RocketDoc May 21, 2018 at 10:46 am #

        And it’s all made up and then you have to go out and find a way to beg for it….

      • Yuri Sowryteski May 21, 2018 at 11:00 am #

        Monopoly money –

        • Eoin May 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

          Brilliant post today Jim.
          It’s probably time to quit your day job.
          Lately, I have been ruminating about the exact process, relative to growing up male in America, that you describe.
          My own development, traditional in nature and brought forth by men who were products of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the requisite wars, stands in sharp contrast to the young men that I have raised or fathered and nurtured into manhood (a Gen X’er and a Millennial).
          Both have managed to launch, a doctor and a soldier, and are gradually prospering, but I still worry for them, mostly from a longer view of things, much longer than any of my mentors worried for me.
          This morning I came across this video from 1984. It is an interview with a man named Yuri Bezmenov, and I think it is includable here due to its strange appropriateness to todays post.
          The above comment, from Yuri S. jogged my memory.

          youtube.com/watch?v=bX3EZCVj2XA

          I am unable to argue with it, although I never believed it growing up.

          • Tate May 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

            “Most of the people who [?] in the 60s, the result, drop out, half-baked intellectuals, are now in positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, educational system, you are stuck with them, you cannot get rid of them, they are contaminated, they are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern, you cannot change their mind, even if you expose them to authentic information, if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logical behavior. In other words in these people the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible.”

            That description certainly seems to describe John Brennan.

          • K-Dog May 21, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

            But it would be a fallacy to think that because they sponsored useful idiots they remain idiot free themselves.

          • chuckyzfr1 May 28, 2018 at 8:32 am #

            I second that; absolutely fantastic post today JHK.

            It seemed as though the legacy media was disappointed in the fact that this latest eternal loser used such mundane firearms in his quest for demented stardom. That didn’t stop them from putting out articles in which they mentioned the evil AR15 no less than 6 times, ostensibly in comparing the 12-gauge shotgun used by the loser to the AR in terms of lethality.

            Anyone that knows even the basics about firearms understands that a 12-gauge shotgun can be every bit as lethal as any “assault weapon” in close quarters. But never mind all that, we need to enact some common sense gun safety legislation “for the children”

  4. 100th Avatar May 21, 2018 at 9:46 am #

    “Pleasure is not happiness and the constant seeking to satisfy pleasures is not a journey to meaning.”

    This says it all. We are a society steeped in more and more cheap and ephemeral pleasures, but with true meaningful happiness more elusive than ever.

  5. noel bodie May 21, 2018 at 9:53 am #

    Why are these shootings happening in white, southern, suburban schools and not poor, black/brown inner-city schools?

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 10:11 am #

      I would guess that inner city youth are more inured to violence and thus view it more realistically as a poor solution to anything. Suburban whites, having grown up in an environment of relative comfort in comparison, are more likely to glamorize violence in the short term and not connect the long-term dots to their actions. They’re also more likely to be surrounded by affluent youth who are on the fast track to college and corporate wealth thereafter. Wealth disparity has been proven to be a much greater source of dissatisfaction among all classes than absolute wealth in nominal terms, leading to envy and depression about one’s lot in life. And really, when you stop to think about it, to a young man in such a state who is truly at the end of his rope and who has also grown up in a culture that glamorizes gun violence, murder and/or suicide are extremely logical and attractive choices.

      • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 11:42 am #

        “I would guess that inner city youth are more inured to violence and thus view it more realistically as a poor solution to anything”

        Nick O Demus,

        THAT statement is one of your less…qualified observations….

        • mdl17576 May 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

          Inner city violence is driven by gangs involved in the drug trade. Violence there is about competing with rival gangs for access to the/customers. In that environment, violence is a tool. For those with violent inclinations, there are plenty of paying opportunities.

          In the burbs, any aggression or violence is patholigized from preschool on. There is no viable outlet for those feelings so they build up to the point of catastrophic explosion.

          There is a viral nature to these attacks, as evidenced by the cluster we’ve seen recently. The mass murder-suicide meme (MMSM) works by infecting a host whose mind has been weakened by mental illness, social rejection, bullying etc. The MMSM gives the infected person a way to end their suffering while simultaneously getting revenge against the perceived source of their suffering. They gain the notoriety they would never have had in life. The ones who aren’t killed by cops or themselves have female fan clubs. So they go out and do something that kills a lot of people, because in their circumstances it makes good sense. The horror of the event brings in the media, which covers it in excruciating detail. This helps spread the MMSM to the next generation of susceptible hosts and the cycle repeats.

          This issue is bigger than guns, as we’ve seen bombs, vehicles and edged weapons used for similar attacks. If you take away one the MMSM is still there. It will mutate and persist.

          The most important thing that needs to happen is that the media needs to change the way it covers these things. The name of the attacker should never be used. I think they should actually be assigned a number (ex. Eternal Loser 281). All details of the attackers personal life should be omitted from reports and made available only to people who study mental health. The body count should not be mentioned in any detail, other than that it was a mass attack. The details by which the attack was carried out should not be mentioned and made available only to law enforcement or other first responders. If people want more info they can look at the statistics. All the information about the attack/attacker is fuel to susceptible MMSM hosts. The way things are being done now, these people see those attackers that went before them and can identify with them. It gives them a story to latch onto. Problem is, these things generate views for tv channels and news websites. They make money when these things happen, so in some ways they are the other half of a sick symbiosis with these attackers. They have a financial reason to not change their behavior. Generally we don’t mess much with the first amendment (other than “protest zones” miles away from the event being protested we saw after 9/11). However, if people are seriously talking about curtailing the second amendment in response to these events, curtailing the first amendment in a few very specific, common sense ways should also be on the table.

          That said, I do also believe we need to identify susceptible hosts and get them help before they act. We need to identify susceptible hosts and keep implements of destruction away from these people (guns, cars, knives, chemicals, etc) as well.

          • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

            I think you’re onto something!

          • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

            Well yes, sensationalism sells, be it blood or sex. But beyond that old trope, we are now dealing with maximum politicization of the killings. So we will see maximum sentimentality (since Americans are very sentimental – also old news) AND it being used to stoke rage against the Right and traditional American gun culture. The media will skillfully focus on activist kids (another new meme. They intend to turn high school into college in this regard) to the exclusion of all other points of view – ignoring the kids with other narratives. The picture of Hogg and Co smiling with joy a couple of days after the shooting is for the ages. They knew their careers had just been launched.

          • outOfTheMoney May 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm #

            This partly echoes what David French had to say last week, citing the work of Mark Granovetter by way of Malcolm Gladwell. Read it here.

          • Georges1202 May 22, 2018 at 2:27 am #

            Indeed – how long was the latest dead-eyed lunatic on page 1 of the NY TImes? Quit making celebrities of these slobs.

        • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

          How so? I’m merely saying that they’re less naive about the “advantages” of using violence as a one time “heroic public display,” and are thus less likely to fall prey to the allure of being a temporary media star by employing it that way; even though they might use it routinely in the course of their daily lives in a more discreet tactical manner.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

            Agree. It’s the change that’s the difference. White suburbia is peaceful by and large so a mass shooting is just a tremendous thing. The Black ghetto is otherwise and a Black kid might not see the point. And of course the damnable question: How do we know it’s not happening, just filed away under “Black crime”. The media creates reality after all….

          • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 11:25 am #

            Nick O Demus,
            I would opine, from direct experience, that their use of violence was mindless…the concept of introspection amongst many of the violent was unobserved.

      • aibohphobia May 22, 2018 at 1:38 am #

        Seems likely to me that violent videogames, in which the players are expected to violently kill over and over, and where there are multiple lives, would lower the threshold for doing violence in the real world.

        • Exscotticus May 24, 2018 at 1:06 am #

          Problem with this theory and so many others is that the vast overwhelming majority do not go on kill crazy rampages. Plenty play the most violent of games and wouldn’t hurt a mosquito.

    • Jigplate May 21, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      “Why are these shootings happening in white, southern, suburban schools and not poor, black/brown inner-city schools?”

      because most of the inner-city schools each have locked entrances, and at the few open entrances, there is a cadre of schools safety officers along with Xray and metal scanners. I’ve been working in them for the last 32 years.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

        Good point, one we were overlooking above.

      • outsider May 21, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

        Sounds exactly like prison, Jigplate, not what school is supposed to be. That’s a big part of the problem too, and it will only get worse and worse with each new shooting. We’re warehousing kids, not educating them.

        • PeteAtomic May 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

          I wonder how soon it’ll take for the Office of Homeland security to take the schools over. Or some other new agency like the TSA was formed after 9/11.

          Maybe we could call it the ESA. Educational Security Agency. Have big lines of kids outside of public schools where they take off their belts and shoes, and walk through low level Xray booths.

      • Exscotticus May 24, 2018 at 1:14 am #

        You seem more qualified than most then to address whether or not the NRA’s proposal for more school security is realistic. Do fenses and gates and security work? They seem to work well enough in many other contexts. But do they work in schools?

    • pequiste May 21, 2018 at 10:46 am #

      The murderous violence of the inner cities is for extra-curricular and after-school time. School hours are to learn and practice the outside world’s bidness of Incarceration; helping to provide a preview into the full cycle of existential Post-Industrial dispair, the result of the twin demons of Hyper-finance Capitalism and Globalization.

      • outsider May 21, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

        Not to mention robotics taking all the formerly blue collar jobs. Tucker Carlson recently did a month long series (just once a week) about the plight of boys and young men in a world that doesn’t want or need them.

    • Sean Coleman May 21, 2018 at 10:54 am #

      According to the NYT

      nytimes.com/2016/05/23/us/americas-overlooked-gun-violence.html

      the perpetrators of mass shootings are much more likely to be black, but this is not reported (according to the article). The article does not go into school statistics but it would be astonishing if there are not plenty of school shootings by blacks, although the mass ones seem to be by whites (or perhaps that should be ‘non-blacks’ including Latinos). The under- or non-reporting is explained by a lack of interest (“it’s just black on black” – although it isn’t) – again, according to the NYT article.

      A black ‘outreach’ worker has another angle:

      “White folks don’t want to say it because it’s politically incorrect, and black folks don’t know how to deal with it because it is their children pulling the trigger as well as being shot,” said Mr. Abdullah, who is black.

      “… Most parents Mr. Abdullah meets are desperate to protect their children but are trapped in unsafe neighborhoods, he said, “just trying to survive.” And some are in denial, refusing to believe that their sons are carrying or using pistols, even in the face of clear evidence.

      ““ ‘Not my child,’ ” he said, adopting the resentful tone of a defensive mother. “ ‘It may be his friends, but not my child, because I know how I raised my child.’ ”

      I am keeping an eye out in this case to see if the shooter was taking anti-depressants because drugs (prescribed or illegal) seem to be a constant factor and probably a good part of the explanation.

    • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 11:39 am #

      Noel,
      In extension of our Host’s premise, there may be much less sexual and social repression.

  6. fred May 21, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    Wonderful post, James.
    And why I always tune in.

  7. bukowskisghost May 21, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    In black America schools and neighborhoods they shoot each other in the street you fool

  8. Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    You’re really on your game again this morning, Jim! Keep on spreading the word.

  9. bukowskisghost May 21, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    New job title for Hillary…. professional loser

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill May 21, 2018 at 10:53 am #

      Maybe so, but she owns a huge chunk of the right wing whiners who spend more time following her every move and whining about it than housewives spend following and fawning over celebrities and royal weddings. As this post of yours, which is totally unrelated to Jim’s essay, shows.

  10. Henry May 21, 2018 at 10:03 am #

    Good Job with outlining the many of the wider sociological/economic issues that create the backdrop for these sort of mass killings.

    There is one thing in regards to this topic that is almost entirely ignored and yet it is the main factor in school massacres. That is the fact that all of the shooters were BULLIED by kids and/or teachers.

    This most recent kid was bullied for “smelling funny” by his coaches; the parkland shooter was bullied, the Columbine shooters were also bullied.

    Speaking as someone in his early tweenties who still remembers Public School days, the feeling of being bullied by others while your peers laugh at you, and also feeling like you can’t defend yourself or say anything back, while teachers look on and maybe even pop a little inconspicous smurk every now and then; that situation is exactly what creates the kind and amount of rage that would drive someone to shoot up a school. I think anyone who was in that situation, who didn’t have good parents there to teach them stand up for themselves, would agree. Couple the “rage” that being bullied produces, with other sources of mental instability: A Society that offers a future with no hope, a pill pushing psychiatrist who over doses you brain (a high percentage of mass killers were on drugs) ect.ect.

    Bullying is not the only factor behind this, but it is the only one that if singularily dealt with would prevent these kinds of mass killings form happening.

    But alas this will not be addressed. School is about “winners” and “losers”, about proving your willingness to beat the other man in a zero sum competition, about your willingness to suck up to teachers and do everything they say for “As” even though you forget everything you learned the next day. Bullying is a natural outcome of the school systems nature. To change that, the administrators and teachers would have to take responsibility and that is something I don’t believe most of them are capable (as human beings) of doing.

    Until that time I will feel sorry for the victims (except for the bullies) and feel glee as the system gets exactly what it deserves.

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      School is about “winners” and “losers”, about proving your willingness to beat the other man in a zero sum competition, about your willingness to suck up to teachers and do everything they say for “As” even though you forget everything you learned the next day. Bullying is a natural outcome of the school systems nature. To change that, the administrators and teachers would have to take responsibility and that is something I don’t believe most of them are capable (as human beings) of doing.

      Excellent points! I remember it all well.

      • daveyespo May 21, 2018 at 11:10 am #

        I agree Mr. Scratch entirely. It’s cause and effect. Most kids who are bullied withdraw and may never commit any hostile acts. But bullying plants a very dangerous seed….

        • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 11:29 am #

          I’ve been watching the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer” the past few nights. Absolutely fascinating story of a poor white trash man and his mentally stunted nephew. What they did (and are still doing) to Steve Avery was unconscionable (framed TWICE for acts he didn’t commit), but what they did to his sixteen year old nephew was beyond criminal. Gives amazing insights into how easy conspiracies are to pull off by those in power and how gullible and sympathetic the public is to their lies, even when they’re patently obvious and painstakingly documented and exposed.

          en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Making_a_Murderer

      • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 11:52 am #

        ” Bullying is a natural outcome of the school systems nature. To change that, the administrators and teachers would have to take responsibility

        Nick O Demus,

        I do not believe there will ever be a lessening of “bullying”…it is but another facet of human interaction at an age where personalities are developed. Single-litter puppies are often put down by breeders do to the lack of intelligence and character development required in a full-litter environment…

        Who, among us, has not been bullied in our youth? It is, and will always be, a constant.

        • Tate May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

          “Who, among us, has not been bullied in our youth?It is, and will always be, a constant.”

          It’s existence is a constant but it has been greatly magnified in the current generation of youth by all of the things JHK mentions.

          In my view, the factory farm system of learning is unnatural & should be abolished. It breeds the discontents that lead to these tragedies. Most of us have come up through this system & understand it all too well at a gut level. What probably tipped the scales in the current generation is the influence of social media.

        • outsider May 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

          What makes it worse is that so much bullying takes place on Facebook and other social media. For a lonely kid growing up to be bullied on Facebook may seem like the whole world thinks that he is a loser. Quite a recipe for disaster.

    • K-Dog May 21, 2018 at 10:19 am #

      You have a good point. Not all people who experience bullies react in the same way but regardless the scars are deep. A particularly egregious fact of the experience is that bullies do what they do in a social context with bystanders who stand by and do nothing. That fact alone has to leave very deep scars. It could be that the ingredients to make a shooter can’t come together and produce mayhem unless a person has been already bullied.

      I have not heard the term “winners” and “losers” like that since high school but that is the way it is with authorities letting it all happen so kids can ‘toughen up’. I saw the same thing decades ago.

      About the time I graduated High School I learned that part of the reason I had been bullied was because I could ‘take it’. Some, but not all bullies stop being bullies as they mature and one of the reformed ones had told me how they had felt about me just before graduation. At least in his group. Those who do not mature become President.

      • daveyespo May 21, 2018 at 11:17 am #

        One of the great regrets in my life was not standing up, when I was a kid, for some of the others who were bullied/made fun of. I was fortunate to only encounter a little of that kind crap aggression/humiliation, mainly because I would hit back if hit. I mean it was, for me, practically involuntary!

        Still, I could have done more than just not bully or not speaking, (or fisting!) up. I wish it could be taught, and burnt into the consciousness of the strong, that their role is to protect and defend the weak and not prey on them. You would think all the hollywood “hero” films would make that the gold standard of popularity…

    • S M Tenneshaw May 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      He was also a bully, not just a victim. He pestered a girl classmate for a relationship until she finally told him off.

      She was the first to die.

      dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/05/19/school-shooter-collapsed-confessed-after-trading-lot-firepower-…

      • outsider May 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

        SM T,
        Per that article you reference from the Dallas News, Pagourtzis “lingered for nearly 30 minutes” after killing his first victim. If true, what does that say about the “heroism” (or lack of same) of the first responders? 30 minutes after his first shot is an eternity.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      Yes, the point of school is to break you, to get you to accept being shit on. Once broken, you are prepared for a lifetime of the same in your “career”. If you are a real good boy, you can rise and get to shit on others. And the beat goes on….

  11. messianicdruid May 21, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    Great Writing!

    How few remember and even fewer can extrapolate.

  12. Rain Waters May 21, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    My 15 year grandson escaped subdivision suburban hell to the middle of nowhere. Far enough to offer at least a split second to think.

    Meanwhile back in the urban hell kids see and smell plastic tarp roofing over last decades ripped up tents down by the river while demonic billionaires glide in their Gulfstreams.

    Exactly, what did we expect to happen ?

    Great post

  13. Dumbedup May 21, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    There is a recent article about the increase in the prescribing, and illegal use, of stimulants in modern society to treat ADHD in teenagers. The connection between the use of these drugs and incidents of violence in schools is tenuous but plausible.

    My parents used discipline when my grades dropped in the 7th grade and my behavior became difficult; and it worked. But modern parents, bolstered by the medical pharmacological industry, turn to drug treatment rather than discipline or even interaction with children. My father took me hunting, fishing and to football games. He was no expert in life lessons (quite a few he never learned himself) but he at least gave me the opportunity to have adolescent joys beyond sitting in front of a TV set.

    My point is that we do not know the long term side effects of these drugs; combined with video gaming and the lack of interaction with adults parents. (Both of whom are working full time to keep up economically.) My bet is the drug companies and the FDA are not going to tell us. The industry (and profit) is just too big.

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 10:22 am #

      In the modern two earner family most parents just don’t have time to discipline their kids effectively, even if they wanted to. And since most or all of the other kids share the same circumstances, that quickly becomes the norm, so that fighting it would be an extreme uphill battle. The cell phone, which has taken the place of the after school sitter, has only amplified the problem by connecting the kids more than the family.

      • Dumbedup May 21, 2018 at 10:53 am #

        Agree. I think it all goes back to economics and the definition of family and success. The cost of housing, transportation, healthcare and education has made it almost mandatory that both parents work full time. Those costs are directly affected by fiscal and monetary policy.

      • wet dog May 21, 2018 at 11:57 am #

        Steve Jobs was interviewed by the NY Times, and the reporter asked: “Your kids must love getting all the new iPads and iPhones before everyone else does.”

        Jobs responded: “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”. (the reporter gaped).

        nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fashion/steve-jobs-apple-was-a-low-tech-parent.html

        Many other high-level execs in Silicon Valley forbid tech also to their kids, as it creates addictions and fries the kids’ brains. They send the kids to schools without computers:

        cryptogon.com/?p=25654

        But they push this crap and porn on us peons, because like the Mafia guy said about blacks and narcotics in the Godfather : “they’re animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.”

        Your kids are animals, and we’ll make a buck off you no matter how it destroys your life. That sums up the modern world.

      • PeteAtomic May 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

        the kids would be extremely lucky if they even have a one-earner who is sober & not needing the occasion shot of Narcan from heroin overdoses.

      • Jigplate May 21, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

        The majority of the kids I see every day come from one earner families. In Sept, I had a disruptive student who I told that I was going to call home. His response was “go ahead, she don’t give a F*$K. after a half a dozen phone calls with no response, I’m inclined to believe him. Just last week , this same kid threw a frozen bottle of iced tea across the room aiming at another kid. The bottle embedded itself in the sheet rock wall 3 feet from where I was standing. If it had hit me, I would have went down and stayed down.

        • michael May 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

          And what did you do in response?

          • Jigplate May 21, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

            Since there was a consistent inability to contact anyone at home, I reported it to the dean, and to the best of my knowledge, that’s where it ended. The same kid is back in the classroom, still refusing to do any work. The way things are now, it takes blood on the floor before anything serious is done. Anyway, I’m too short to really be able to impact any of this, as I am retiring in little more than 30 days. I just want to get out in one piece.

  14. akmofo May 21, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    I think Americans are the loneliest people on the planet. Life has become unreal and as a consequence not worth living. American fascism atomizes people through its architecture, city planning, schooling system, corporate infrastructure, social interactions, etc. The result is wide spread depression and the use of “medication” for such. Some commuties in the US because of the strong family and communal traditions they brought with them to America have been able to somewhat resist this fascist predation. But they are islands in a raging fascist ocean and they will eventually be washed away. I see this already happened with the Jewish community in the US. Fascism is a dead end, I don’t care how big a smile corporate America and its propaganda organs put on it.

    • Dumbedup May 21, 2018 at 11:01 am #

      That is especially true in large urban areas.

      Your point has led me to wonder about the hierarchical structure of our society and government. Perhaps, we need to consider more localisation. Not to add another layer, but to break down the power of the federal, state, county and municipal government into precincts and even neighborhoods. Educate children on a smaller scale by relying more on volunteers. Create codes based on the needs of these smaller units. The upper levels of government would receive power from these smaller units bottom up rather than grant it top down.

      Sounds a little communist but I think it would restore the principle that government receives its power and authority from the people.

      • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 11:22 am #

        Sounds communal, not communist. Hierarchy run amuck is bad, whether it’s capitalist, communist, socialist, or whatever other “ist” (federalist) you want to paint it with.

        • Dumbedup May 21, 2018 at 11:37 am #

          Or “community.” Hierarchy serves its own needs.

          But we tend to poison whatever means we choose to organize our lives.

          • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 11:51 am #

            Seems that way.

          • akmofo May 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

            Yup, because it’s not just about structure, it’s also about size. The two are intimately interlinked. Most, if not all, countries are really empires — a very pernicious and destructive form of government. The TaNaKh warned Israel against forming such a bureaucracy, but under centuries of unrelenting military pressure from Amalek and his Philistine surrogates, the kingship of King Saul was formed to centralize Israel’s military response. It didn’t help, and Saul too was defeated in battle. It was only by the fluke of David learning steel metallurgy, while seeiking refuge from the King Saul at a Philistine camp that Israel was able to reverse its fortunes against Amalek and his Greek/Philistine mercenaries. Unfortunately, the Kingship and its pernicious bureaucracy remained. Every idiocy, including Solomon’s Temple and its bureaucracy, the miseries and misfortunes thereafter, all flowed from that.

      • JohnAZ May 21, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        Communist, my foot. Sounds like the platform for the conservative wing of the GOP. And a great set of ideas. The US Constitution requires individual responsibility, not socialism. That is why the Deep State hates it.

        • Tate May 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

          The US Constitution does not explicitly require individual responsibility. What it does require is a moral & God-fearing people.

          So, goodbye US Constitution.

        • Dumbedup May 21, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

          Yes, it does a bit. But I am not talking about individualism. I am talking about sharing, giving, sacrificing and helping one another but on a smaller scale. Ergo, the word communal or community.

          Individualism, during the early settlement of the Americas was essential. You learned to survive, but you also helped your family survive and then joined with your neighbors to protect not just your family but theirs. As a social structures mature individualism becomes destructive whereas cooperation among individuals promotes the health and welfare of the group. You replace “my way” with “our way.”

          • Exscotticus May 24, 2018 at 1:33 am #

            Sorry but there’s no social evolution, merely choices and tradeoffs. You want to join hands and sing kumbaya? Fine; your choice. But the lazy and parasitic will have other ideas.

          • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

            Excotticus

            nature.com/articles/ncomms5747

            The evolutionary origin of human hyper-cooperation

            Nature, Burkart et al (2014).

            “Proactive, that is, unsolicited, prosociality is a key component of our hyper-cooperation, which in turn has enabled the emergence of various uniquely human traits, including complex cognition, morality and cumulative culture and technology.”

            “Compared with other primates, including the other great apes, humans show extremely intensive cooperation, which is increasingly recognized as being ultimately responsible for our unusual cognition, technology and culture.”

          • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

            And apologies for mistyping your name.

    • SpeedyBB May 25, 2018 at 1:06 am #

      That’s a particularly keen observation, akmofo. Living 11 time zones away in SE Asia, where there is sustained support (even from strangers, as in a traffic incident) I can really relate to the notion.

      Having grown up in the ultra-alienated Fifties, as the prevert child of a Texas-born career Air Force officer, I remember well the distance one would keep from others and the wariness with which any human interaction is attempted.

  15. George May 21, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    My first wife was an Iraqi Christian, a member of the ancient Assyrian culture. The thing about the Assyrians, at least while they still resided in their traditional homelands (which stretched from Northern Syria to Western Iran), was that they had no youth culture. As kids they aspired to grow up to do as their parents and countless other relatives did (and in case you don’t know it, ALL ASSYRIANS ARE RELATED!)

    Anyway, in the US, within but one generation the Assyrians all but lost their culture after they moved here because their kids, especially the ones that were born in the US, were lured away by the multi-billion dollar assault suffered upon them by the likes of Madison Avenue. Those among them that were born and raised abroad still regularly hang out at Assyrian clubs located in our larger cities. They still make a huge expensive productions out of engagement parties and weddings and routinely travel hundreds, if not thousands of miles to attend these. They typically only use cameras to take pictures of family members (and of course EVERYONE IS FAMILY).

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

      Good point. Kids are bad for other kids. “Youth Culture” past a certain point is simply pernicious. It now largely replace family life and the greater culture. People in their 20s just graduate to an older version of it. Pop culture is youth culture and even old people are still consuming it.

      • SpeedyBB May 25, 2018 at 1:14 am #

        And the pernicious prejudice of youth culture, as reflected in TV sitcoms from the 1950s onward, stipulates that adults are stuffy, irrelevant, bewildered, incompetent observers to What’s Really Happening.

        As I have moved through my 70s I see the extreme version of that phenomenon: the elderly are INVISIBLE. Even when someone younger deigns to speak to us it’s like they are talking right through a transparent statue. Creepy. Also offensive (considering that the young, being young, are idiots).

        Hanging out with little kids is much more fun as they have not yet been brainwashed the same way (other people’s kids, thank you).

  16. Jigplate May 21, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    “…especially the cell-phone realm of social media, which is almost entirely about status competition..”

    I can recall in the early 90’s early in my “Edumacation” career, working in one the poorest school districts in the US, the SJW of the time wailing and lamenting about the coming “digital divide”. It never happened. Today, it’s still one of the poorest school districts in the US, but the kids have better cell phones than I have.

  17. wm5135 May 21, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    The vicarious living through our children plays into to this in a most, perhaps, uncomfortable way. Let us be honest with ourselves for a moment, most of us were “losers” in high school. I affectionately refer to my high school as the Home of Social Engineering.

    We have now had generations of parents who have tried to elevate their social position through their children. Little League, Dance, PeeWee Football, Gymnastics and all of the balance that Title IX brought into the mix. Citizens that are still too cowered to risk speaking out in public, against the litany of abuses our host and commenters bring to light, hope to gain status by letting their children run scot free in pursuit of social acceptance.

    Alas, I am informed I am too old to understand.

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

      My HS still gives me the creeps whenever I go back to visit my mother and get near it. Real nose in the air, upper class striving, prep school wannabe kind of place. I counted the days to graduation my junior year, then went so far as to take night school at a neighboring working class kids’ school my senior year to avoid it. Best decision I ever made. You could test out of all the classes after sitting through two sessions per class per semester, which I did, and that was that! Wish I’d known about it earlier.

    • SpeedyBB May 25, 2018 at 1:28 am #

      See? Another case study in ‘the old’ getting the brushoff. As though surviving eight decades did not take insight, cunning and intelligence.

  18. daveed May 21, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Really thoughtful piece this morning, JHK. Some excellent, pertinent observations. But I take issue with “….while the few adults on the scene are regarded as impotent clowns representing a bewildering clown culture…”. What exactly does that mean?

    • James Howard Kunstler May 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      I mean teachers and admins. — JHK

      • daveed May 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

        I have thought for some time that having strangers raise your children (in their early, formative years) might result in some sort of social disconnect, or disorder, down the road. I’m talking about daycare, of course. I’ve got to wonder if this plays a part in the bizarre behavior we’re witnessing these days..

      • Jigplate May 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

        As a teacher, I take no offence at the “impotent clowns” observation, however by way of explanation , America needs to be aware of the massive social problems that walk through our doors every day. As I eluded to in an earlier post today, in 2018, most public high school students in America look like the ones that I have. many are the children of recent immigrants ( legal or otherwise) who have little to no proficiency in English, Nor is there any incentive to learn to speak it. They live in neighborhoods where everyone speaks the same language, the newspapers, TV and radio stations all speak the same language, and the local government provides translations for all public documents. Many of these kids have massively chaotic home lives, and outside of the home are surrounded by violence and poverty. It is small wonder that many public school teachers are little more than baby sitters for the permanent underclass. I have known very few that I would characterize as “clowns” , but yes, we are all impotent.

        • daveed May 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

          That’s what I was getting at earlier. I have close family members that are public school teachers. Some may regard those in your profession as ‘clowns’, I don’t know. But I salute them. You folks do yeoman’s work against all odds, under increasingly difficult circumstances. Hats off!

        • Tate May 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

          “Clown” maybe meant in the older broader sense, a tool, a pawn. Still not complimentary.

          youtube.com/watch?v=p_fkzaAEbQg

          • Quick Joey Small May 22, 2018 at 1:56 am #

            “Regarded as.” By the students, I reckon. Not necessarily by our host.

            I did not regard most of my teachers as clowns. I just felt sad for them. They seemed actually to believe what they were saying.

            Birth. School. Work. Death.

  19. Robert White May 21, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    The Central Intelligence Agency models the behaviour that they want the general population to emulate. Today, Bloody Gena Haspel is the new Central Ineptitude Agency chief-of-mass-Psychopathology. In brief, the 1%-ers have their functionaries that foment mayhem throughout the world, and the US states have their functionaries that foment mayhem throughout the population of the USA.

    Tit for tat, motherfuckers!

    P.S. America is a mentally sick third world country with a raving lunatic fascist dictator that wants to torture people en masse because he is a frustrated textbook Psychopath just like the kid that wants to engage in mass murder for the sake of notoriety & infamy when he goes on a rampage that is modelled by the state politicians, and POTUS.

    Fuck America & The Duck

    RW

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      Be careful RW! Our pathology is viral as a MF!

      • Robert White May 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

        I’ve been throwing down with America for decades, Ol’ Scratch. Thanks for the warning, but I assure you that I am already very aware of US psychopathology & the CIA goon squad. Suffice to say that since March 10th 2008 around 11:00am New York shitty time I, for one, have been actively laughing my guts out because the CIA is about to be broken up into millions of pieces instead of JFK’s proposed 1000 pieces.

        Bloody Gina et al will be hung from their collective heels just like Mussolini was.

        🙂

        RW

  20. Luhrenloup May 21, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Thanks, Jim.

  21. Yuri Sowryteski May 21, 2018 at 10:57 am #

    Yes, exactly *why* inanimate, material objects are used as scapegoats. It’s a system designed to produce a populace that responds to bells, that control your movements, what you will do now, without ever questioning, why? People who *enjoyed* HS know how to fit in, learn the narrative, internalize the narrative, without even awareness that it’s changed.

    Thus the world changed on Sept. 11. 2001. Completely.

    Well no, it world is the same, but the narrative changed, and any info or data or fact that does not fit with the narrative – has no real existence.

    Radical inequality? Has nothing to do with it either:

    equalitytrust.org.uk/violence

    or: youtube.com/watch?v=jX2QbrRFZ-A

    The legacy media is not making a profit either:

    youtube.com/watch?v=w-D3YoW3Hxg

    Mark Passio – The True Meaning And Purpose Of The 2nd Amendment: youtube.com/watch?v=diz-8FzHOLM&feature=youtu.be

    Not important either since we traded all the other amendments in the Bill Of Rights for “security”. Good luck to future generations ever getting them back. But since they have already found a comfort zone on their knees, and adopted corporate-think, and the idea that two political parties are capable of correcting the very problems they have created, and government is bad, they will never even know the ever had a Bill Of Rights.

  22. Phutatorius May 21, 2018 at 11:02 am #

    I agree with the two people above who mentioned medications. We need to know more about the medication history of mass shooters. If the HIPAA Privacy Rule is preventing such questions from being asked and answered, then we need to write an exception into the law for mass shooters.

    • daveed May 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

      I have thought for some time that having strangers raise your children (in their early, formative years) might result in some sort of social disconnect, or disorder, down the road. I’m talking about daycare, of course. I’ve got to wonder if this plays a part in the bizarre behavior we’re witnessing these days..

    • Sean Coleman May 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Peter Hitchens has been saying this for quite a while now.

      hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2018/02/a-sad-loner-is-jailed-but-the-real-terror-threat-is-still-ro…

      “More than a dozen times I have pointed out here that almost all rampage killers, all over the world, have one thing in common – the use of mind-altering drugs. I am not trying to exonerate them. On the contrary. But I am trying to prevent these things happening in future by being much tougher on illegal drugs, and much more cautious with legal prescriptions.

      “Sometimes it is cannabis. Sometimes it is steroids. Sometimes it is prescription ‘antidepressants’ – themselves a scandal waiting to be exposed and understood.

      “But it’s always there. I look and I find it. Any number of American and European school and campus massacres, the Charlie Hebdo murders, the Japanese care home knife killings, the Nice truck massacre, Anders Breivik, the Lee Rigby murder, the Westminster van killer. These and many more we know for certain. In many other cases we don’t know only because the authorities have never bothered to find out…

      “And the anti-American BBC snobs who think America’s problems arise solely from legal gun ownership close their minds to this obvious fact: the USA has always had legal guns, but these massacres are new. What else is new? Mass use of mind-altering drugs, legal and illegal, that’s what’s new. And it’s always present in these massacres…”

  23. Kevvia Knack May 21, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    My former high school here in suburban Los Angeles (which I attended in the late 1970s) underwent partial reconstruction this past year. Three one-story buildings which contained hallways and which were separated by pleasant gardens and sitting areas were razed and replaced with three 2-story brick structures that resemble CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). The stairwells which face the front of the campus are enclosed in tall, silver metal cages. Everything is crammed together. The front of the school looks like a factory. The students walk around like robot-children, wearing the same backpacks and staring at their cell phones once they hit the street. Tick tick tick. Will it be an Asian teen who snaps, or will it be a white kid? Not that that really matters. The student population is now 80% Chinese 2nd generation, so the odds are it will be an Asian teenager. The atmosphere seems totally gross (1979 lingo)

  24. woe May 21, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    I grew up around guns living in the country, 2-3 in my bedroom. I was in the military, two branches, shot all types of weapons. That being said, I’m not for strict gun control, but there is NOOO EXCUSE!!! for a gun owner to not have A SECURED, EMPTY FIREARM AT ALL TIMES!!! when that firearm is not in use. A gun IS NOT a casual household item EVER! I’m beginning to become open to the idea of taking gun rights or HEAVY penalties for irresponsible owners.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

      So home intruders will wait while you load it, eh? A better idea: a fingerprint operated safe with a loaded gun inside.

      • Tate May 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

        A better idea: a loaded gun in every room. But I practice gun safety. I don’t keep a round in the chamber. I want ’em to hear me racking the slide.

  25. Beryl of Oyl May 21, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    Mr. Kunstler has hit the nail on the head.
    I’ve been saying almost this, since the Columbine shootings.
    What did the young people there have, outside of the school? If you didn’t fit in, at school, you didn’t fit in in the world.
    I would also like to say that even as a staunch feminist, I agree with the remarks about the boys having it tougher. This doesn’t mean that I think that girls have it good, it just means I think that the girls are easier to push around without them reaching their limit as fast. Or something like that, I’m not saying it right.
    The schools react to these events by increasing the dehumanizing tactics.
    My school had a gun club. Many of the boys owned guns. This was a city school. They never turned the guns on their classmates, they never even wanted to.

    • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      “What did the young people there have, outside of the school? If you didn’t fit in, at school, you didn’t fit in in the world.”

      Beryl,
      You might want to rephrase that comment…many students do not “fit in” in school and yet do well in the world. I myself attended five different high schools, and seven elementary…I was not an extrovert…”fitting in”? …Not so much as avoiding notice….

      …Builds character….

      • Sean Coleman May 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

        EF, if anyone is an extravert you are.

        • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

          Sean,
          Perhaps now, but not then. Working on a PD does not allow for otherwise.

  26. pequiste May 21, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    Excellent assessment of the psycho-social scene today, JHK.

    I cannot help but think how the Bullies (the Evil Fuckers In Charge) would react if they were targets of the “violence” instead of our innocent youth?

    Maybe all of our Civilizational structures; resource ownership and management, transportation, education, industrial production, entertainment…..etc. would be different? Nah, that would not be consonant with the goals of Hyper-Finance Capitalism and Globalism.

    Formerly it was just about a prison for the body.

    Today, like the man said, “…a prison for your mind.”

    Just add Artifical General Intelligence and they are constructing one for the spirit and soul too.

    No wonder kids and adults alike are acting out in horrible ways.

  27. daveyespo May 21, 2018 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Folks, I’m a new poster on this site. Just wanted to know if it’s possible to receive an alert if anyone responds to a post I make in the future. Didn’t seem to be a way in the Profile section….Thanks for any guidance here.

    • LagingRunatic May 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

      No alerts that I know of. I think you just need to check back from time to time.

    • ozone May 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

      daveyespo,
      Ctrl F will bring up a search box at the bottom left of the screen. Type in your own screen name and it will go to each of your posts in order of appearance. If someone wishes to respond further down, it helps if they use your name in said response. This will also show by the same search. Hope that works for you.

  28. ozone May 21, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    Excellent missive this morning, JHK!
    How many will read and heed would be instructive. (I’m not hopeful in a society where Mammon rules, however.)

    Also, folks need to study the difference between serotonin and dopamine and learn the why’s and how’s of their release…

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      Well give us a hint at least!

      • ozone May 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

        Scratchy,
        Sorry; here’s a tiny slice:

        Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and author of The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of our Bodies and Brains, explains this type of activity by delving into the human psyche, describing how the pressures of today’s society (social media etc.) has turbo charged our pleasure seeking dopamine receptors at the cost of longer-term serotonin-fuelled happiness.

        “Dopamine is the “reward” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the “contentment” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don’t need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression.”

        …Hope you’re “happy” now! 😉

  29. capt spaulding May 21, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    When I was in high school, we used to bring our rifles into the office during hunting season, & pick them up after school so we could go hunting. It was in the country, of course.

  30. chipshot May 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Don’t disagree w anything in today’s post, Jim

    However, seems something should be said about assault weapons and high capacity magazines that make deadly mass shootings possible.

    Can’t kill scores of people w a knife, club, baseball bat, rifle or pistol.
    Or at least it’s is far more difficult and unlikely.

    • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      “However, seems something should be said about assault weapons and high capacity magazines that make deadly mass shootings possible.”

      What? Last shooting 10 confirmed kills, with a 6 shot revolver and a pump shotgun….

    • Uncle Bob May 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

      You’re forgetting the mass slaughter a couple years ago by sword-wielding whack jobs in China.

      abc.net.au/news/2014-03-02/33-killed-in-mass-stabbing-at-china-train-station/5293220

      Even if all of Chuck Schumer’s masturbatory fantasies came true tomorrow and nobody legally had a gun, there’d still be mass killings; the killers would just use different weapons, or they’d use illegal firearms. Another way to put it is, if someone wants to create mayhem, they’ll find a way to do it — even (especially) if it means breaking laws.

      (As I’d like to tell the publicity-hog senior senator from this state, he needs to ‘re-read the Book of Esther, especially the part where nobody attacked the Jews once they were allowed to keep weapons they could use to defend themselves. Maybe old Chuckie the Camera Hound wouldn’t be here if Xerxes hadn’t extended this boon to Chuckie’s forebears.)

  31. norecovery May 21, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    I applaud Mr. Kunstler’s encompassing criticism of this culture gone awry — connecting the dots, indeed. Carried further, the malaise in the ever-dwindling blue collar workplaces beyond the classroom makes violence more prevalent, whether it’s manifest as domestic abuse or “going postal.” It’s all symptomatic of the collapse in progress.

    • Tate May 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm #

      Perhaps “progress” is an illusion. Thus, the resurrection of the label if not the substance of early 20th century Progressivism, an overreaction to the seldom-expressed but likely-feared demise of progress, which is the core rationale for the West’s existence. At least, according to the historians. Some synthesis will emerge.

  32. sauerkraut May 21, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    The country’s awash in psychotropics. Besides the prescriptions and illegals, there are caffeine, theobromine, nicotine, alcohol and sugar. All five of the latter are common as dirt and are known to interfere with sleep. Sleep deprivation interferes with concentration, reasoning, and impulse control; that is, makes ’em mean and dumb.

    So what do we do? Crank ‘em up and send ‘em to school, where they consume ‘energy’ drinks consisting of sugar and caffeine. And, of course, where they learn healthy attitudes as they excel in their academic studies. Right. And pretty soon we have the situation which JHK so expertly exposes.

    • John1945 May 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Do not you dare !

      Big Pharma is a Sacred Cow !

      It is much safer to bait and denigrate gun manufacturers than nice educated people in white smocks.And those nice people keep DJIA rising (and rising,and rising-ad nauseam).

      Eventually Big Pharma will produce The Pill which will solve all our problems,real or imagined.

      • sauerkraut May 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

        Actually, my point was that there are other psychotropics than the prescription drugs and the illegals, and that they may be just as bad. Though a lot stealthier.

  33. marcus1 May 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Malcolm Gladwell has an interesting theory about school shootings, and if correct does not portend well for the solving this problem:
    newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/thresholds-of-violence

    Notice the perp wore a black trench coat and had IEDs similar to the Columbine killers?

    How do you expect children to solve problems when our top leaders revert to killing and threats of annihilation as the first solution to an international threat? From “Dubya’s” idiotic war on Iraq, to Obama’s “droning” program to the current “Lout in Chief” threatening a whole country with “fire and fury?”

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

      Yes indeed. The wars eventually always come home.

  34. Tate May 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    “Women are born, men are made.” — unknown

    We have created the conditions for the perfect shitstorm in our corporate & public institutions & schools. The fact that we have a breakout of the perfect shitstorm with depressing regularity in this world that has come to be, either through intent or accident — doesn’t matter — should not come as any surprise.

    Great essay, Mr. Kunstler.

  35. Bro Jobe May 21, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Kudos to Pete Atomic, who began with the Tyler Durden quotation. That’s what Fight Club provided the disaffected men who joined: pain and a reason to live.

    You can do that without punching each other bloody, of course. An older relative put it simply: instead of spending so much time getting teenage boys ready for college, make them work hard on weekends and during the summer.

    Anyone else recall a time when young men wore themselves out doing landscaping and construction work in the warm months? Wasn’t so long ago. Rural kids had a lot to do, of course. But even suburban white kids made some money doing physical labor.

    No more. They need to “improve themselves” and play more sports. Sports were there, back then, but that was generally a school-year thing and not everyone played.

    We could do a lot worse than restoring the dignity of hard physical work.

    • PeteAtomic May 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

      thanks Brother

      “We could do a lot worse than restoring the dignity of hard physical work.”

      agreed. We all may get that opportunity in the near future.

    • michael May 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      There are some sports where you don’t “play”. Rather hard work in fact.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank illegal immigration that have taken such jobs in much of America at least. Desperate middle aged White men in the rest.

  36. John1945 May 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm #

    No,it is not about guns.Have you ever heard about mass school schootings in Afghanistan where AK-47s and hand grenades are selling openly?

    It is about psychiatric drugs.Every school shooter took them.No exception.There is a lot of research on this subject,on the Web or in print.

    But since Big Pharma is such a Sacred Cow it is considered impolite to mention this well-established fact.

    • michael May 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

      No it’s not about drugs either. The entire western culture has become riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies thus driven into a state of mendacity and hypocrisy.

      Death by school shooting is about as likely as winning an olympic gold medal or even less likely.

      Premautre death by environmental poison is a near certainty.

      • John1945 May 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

        Pot calling Kettle black…

        =The entire western culture has become riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies thus driven into a state of mendacity and hypocrisy.=

        Now,Mr.Michael, swap “western culture” for “Middle Eastern”,” Modern European”, “Russian”,” Modern Chinese”, “African” “Communist North Korean” culture- it will sound as good or even better.And it will be also true.
        , “

  37. Newton Finn May 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

    “(A) land that sold its soul for a few decades of comfort and convenience….” These are the words of a cynical aging boomer like me. They are not the words of the growing numbers of militant young. Unlike their parents and grandparents, they know that this country was not sold but seized…by a plutocracy now in control not only of the economy but of the government as well. When the jaded boomer generation finally passes from the scene, just a matter of several years, so will the endless lamentations for the good old days of post-war American prosperity. Culture wars will morph into revolutionary confrontation, and as the young well know, they are many, the plutocrats few. Read Edward Bellamy’s “Looking Backward” and “Equality” for a compelling prediction of what lies ahead. In the late 19th Century, he anticipated the radio, television, airplanes, electric cars, computers, credit cards, supply chains, environmental restoration, geothermal energy, etc. So the odds are pretty good that, although his timing was off, he was also right about the inevitable Second American Revolution. And if he was, its outcome will be much more beautiful than we captive, conditioned creatures of a corrupt hyper-capitalist system can even begin to imagine.

    • Uncle Bob May 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

      Or, given the love of Stalinism and Maoism by the Millennials, we could get to witness Marx’s dreamt-of overthrow of America and the rise of global communism. Boy, that would be great.

    • Jigplate May 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      Even leftist agenda-pedia calls Bellamy a “classical Marxist”, and based on a synopsis of his novel, I can see why. The world has tried Marxism – at the toll of 150 million corpses, It wont work any better next time.

  38. John1945 May 21, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    DOJ must leave gun manufacturers and gun owners alone and indict Big Pharma under the RICO Act.One brave doctor already did all the investigations.

    Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare 1st Edition

    amazon.com/Deadly-Medicines-Organised-Crime-Healthcare/dp/1846198844

    Is it not surprising-even MD (Medical Deity) can be brave and honest ?

  39. John1945 May 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    Barking up the RIGHT tree:

    Peter Gotzsche quotes a former vice-president of Pfizer as saying, `It is scary how many similarities there are between his industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the sides effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry.’

    • Robert White May 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

      The Mafia also murders BIG Pharma owners when the mood strikes them. See the latest Mafia hit on Bernard & Honey Sherman in Toronto.

      RW

      • John1945 May 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        Yeah,blame everything on Mafia ( round up the usual suspects !)

        The Mob (in a strict sense of the word) does not act based on what mood they are in today.

        Owners of Big Pharma stocks are large pension funds like CalPERS or sovereign wealth funds.

        What is the point of killing CEO or CFO ? They are just hired hands,no matter how much they earn.

        • Robert White May 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

          The Toronto Police Major Crimes Unit are deciphering the modus operandi presently. When it comes to Mafia business it’s always about the money.

          It’s just business, Sonny!

          RW

          • John1945 May 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

            Are you sure they are deciphering ?

            There was a case of two NYPD detectives who were not only non-deciphering but supplied Lucchese family with intelligence and carried out contract hits.

            When they eventually went to prison they kept their retirement benefits about $75K per year each.Because their union said so.

            Mafia Cops get Life and Their Pensions

            mobile.nytimes.com/2009/03/07/nyregion/07about.html?mtrref=undefined&gwh=8BC77B50177058B001119B…

            Canadians will catch up,they are smart.

  40. PeteAtomic May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    The new employment numbers are total fucking bullshit, man. Giving a monkey a pair of cymbals to bang together isn’t a ‘job’, its just a monkey making noise. Same with people.

    We have created a pool of disaffected men & boys who are a ready made revolutionary army.

    Why do you think the US has the largest correctionally supervised male population in the history of the world? What reasons are behind maintaining one of the largest, and certainly the most expensive military the world has ever seen?

    These things exist, in part, to keep men busy. Or conversely, they exist because of a failure to give men productive or meaningful things to do in society.

    We’re not all gonna be willing or able to do higher paying STEM careers. There are a lot of us who were born to fuckin’ knock brains out of skulls. That’s how it is and will always be. There are also a lot of us who would be great farmers & agricultural workers, but are now limited in doing so because of the current economic scheme.

    • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

      “Why do you think the US has the largest correctionally supervised male population in the history of the world?”

      Pete,

      Rampant cultural diversity without the responsibility of assimilation?

      Just a wild guess….

    • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

      Warren,
      Beautiful. I am especially impressed with how they edited out the graffiti and razor wire….

  41. Tate May 21, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    The opposite of bullying is coddling. Treating people as “special snowflakes.”

    All the kids know who rides the Short Bus. They’re at the bottom of the social order & they will be bullied. And at the same time, they will be coddled with Anti-Bullying programs. We see this deceit has extended to the college-level where the special snowflakes must receive ‘trigger warnings’ and have ‘safe spaces.’ This was the inevitable result & extension of the coddling culture of High School.

    By analogy, entire segments of the populace today are coddled. They form their own identities and their own politics. The Great Myth of Egalitarianism come to full fruition.

    • capt spaulding May 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

      All who show up on my doorstep with ill intent, are eligible to receive a trigger warning.

  42. John Howard May 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    Just prohibit making a person except by joining a sperm of a man and an egg of a woman and gestated in a woman, and void all same sex marriages.

    Gay marriage has denied that boys have a right to procreate. And said they may actually be girls. Talk about bullying!

    • sauerkraut May 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      7 billion and counting – and you claim a “right to procreate”?

  43. Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Skipped ahead to ask the Commentariat not to lose Mr Kunstler’s other point: the sexes are different and women are much better adapted to the world as it now is. The Corporate/Governmental system in other words.

    Speaking for myself now: Women always do very well under such things, be it Fascism, Corporate “Fascism”, or Islamic “Fascism”. The latter two are not Fascism, but I’m submitting to the popular parlance to focus on the nature of women. Their nature is to submit after all….

    I forgot to mention Academic or Feminist Fascism, as a subset of the Corporate.

    • Tate May 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

      You’re “submitting,” Janos? You’re not Islamic, are you? Islam means “submission” after all. The term “Islamic ‘fascism,'” therefore, is redundancy.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        All submit to something. The Muslims have it right after all. If you submit to God willingly, then He will make you a Caliph or Vice Regent, a Lord of all things below. Does that include women? Oh does it ever. Read Houelebcq’s (sp?) novel “Submission”.

        The Muslims criticize Christianity in this regard btw. By always focusing on our creaturely and bereft nature, they say we miss part of the divine mandate – namely to enjoy rightly as He would have us do. Of course Christianity has a rejoinder, namely to remind them of our deeply fallen nature and that such an attitude is perilous. I can see both points of view. And of course, I’m utterly opposed to the Jihad on many different levels, despite my appreciation of some aspects of Islam.

        The Neo-Traditionalists say that our Women turned away from Us when we lost our authority – when we stopped submitting to God and became merely wretched selves with no mandate at all. Names like Guenon, Evola, Schuon, Lings, Burckhardt, etc. Full disclose: many of them did convert to Islam, seeing Christianity as all just secularized out of existence, a mere shell, a termite eaten chair that would bear no weight.

        • capt spaulding May 21, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

          I heard that if a Muslim only whups his bitch once a week, his neighbors call him a liberal.

  44. Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Men who go into such feminized workplaces day after day begin to change. Their voices become higher, their skin softer, the muscles weaker. Their masculine character lessens, become dubious and doubtful. They become fags in other words, androgynous or at the end of the process if it continues to full term, women in men’s bodies. Gay? Maybe, maybe not. But they might as well be. The ideal of the New World Order is to lessen the difference between the sexes and to promote pan sexuality or polymorphous perversity. Well the Morpheuses among us may have something to say about that…

    • Ol' Scratch May 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

      I have to agree.

      • Ol' Scratch May 22, 2018 at 10:51 am #

        To add, to absolutely no one’s surprise, the promotion selection process strongly reflects this bias now as well. At the very least, if you insist on presenting an overly masculine image at work, you’d better be able to pull it off with considerable style and panache, and you’ll need to be extremely overqualified for any position you apply for. Even with all that, there’ll likely be a glass ceiling imposed on you somewhere along the way, as the C-suites and their staffs are already teeming with young, hyper-competitive, manly women and their housebroken lapdog male counterparts.

        • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

          A chain of shit.

          Men who go into such feminized workplaces day after day begin to change.

          I did not know that even you were so weak and that you consider work as so detrimental to character. Worrying about being feminized is fucking gay.

          A sad fact is that those of our younger generations who are going through life without work are missing out on an essential and beneficial social activity. Meaningful work is good for people and I doubt any of our school shooters had a part time job. Had they been able to flip a burger or ring up the sale of a quart of motor oil perhaps they might have figured out they were actually at the party and should perhaps start enjoying life. It worked for me!

          • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

            Amen to all of that.

            “Worrying about being feminized is fucking gay.”

            Brilliant.

          • JustSaying May 24, 2018 at 9:36 am #

            The workplace is feminized? Where?

            The only corporate reality today is that males are forced to behave better around women.

    • Tate May 21, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

      metrosexuals.

    • Bill7 May 21, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      This agrees with my experience, too.

    • AKlein May 22, 2018 at 7:21 am #

      Cunning plan. However, as with all cunning plans, there can be unintended consequences. Samson and Delilah?

  45. RB May 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    In every population, choose one, there are certain percentages of assholes, geniuses, thieves, dummies, bullies, talented, attractive, ugly and so on. The shooter is an asshole. Also dumb. He will spend the rest of his days in a shithole missing going to McDonalds or looking at porn or whatever the shithead enjoyed. Would have been better for all had he died at the scene. He might have 70 years to ponder his actions. How sweet is that?

    He got to see thousands of shootings in his few years. Oh the glory of it all. John Wick. Jason Bourne. Dirty Harry. X-box videos. He was already prepared mentally, he just needed the opportunity and perhaps the final indignity as an asshole no one liked.

    Sheesh!

  46. Epicur May 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Why do they lash out?

    I think it has something to do with the iron fist inside a velvet glove. For all the “freedom” kids have today their emotions and lives are very carefully diagnosed and circumscribed.

    A kid who did not fit into the academic mold in the past could work a job and drive a hot rod and have status in that world – working towards skills. Rebels without a cause had a parallel world with its own rules and mores that was actually more in line with our evolutionary heritage than the academic world. A fast food worker is at the bottom of the pecking order for those people (not to say it is the bottom for those heading for higher education).

    Today they are diagnosed, subjected to “treatment”, and restrained which only raises the pressure in the boiler. I predict it will get much, much worse.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      Yes, watch John Water’s movie “Crybaby” – the nerd riot scene when they strike back at their leather clad tormentors. But now the nerds got guns!

      • elysianfield May 21, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

        “Yes, watch John Water’s movie “Crybaby””

        Ahh, Janos,

        …Not John Waters….

  47. Georges1202 May 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    No mention of Trump or Russia today so I was very happy to read on.

    Brilliant assessment of this nightmare. The fertility rate is way down and that is no surprise. Young women look around at the choices for mates and decide that cubicle rat is the better road.

    The vast wasteland of suburbia is midwifing these sad cases and until we furnish some kind of environment and society that makes sense, this will go on and on.

    It also doesn’t help to throw 300+ million guns into this raging dumpster fire. It is a lethal witch’s brew.

  48. 4014HAMPHEDGE May 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Being bullied in school and reacting in kind often results in the bully being ignored by “administration” and the student who slugged the bully on report, and in detention, regarded as violent….

    This is the norm in the military services, and prisons. It seems to be traced back to the times America made determined moves from status of Lending to Borrowing Nation. Active conscription of African American males for building roads circa 1915-1965, to accommodate Happy Motoring,. “No Visible Means Of Support” meant 30 days for vagrancy…. Sanctity of life dashed via Roe V. Wade accelerated lack of values.

    As expressed by JHK and following, American demise is seen in the hollowing out of our heritage environs and body politic behavior. Late addition to this mélange of chaos is insertion of George Soros funding into local District Attorney races, one more example of remote money determining local politics. Even the name Soros hints at 2-faced implications…

    America hooked into Middle East doings via happy motoring is soon going to suffer serious side effects and should rethink ways and means of essentials like food distribution practices less reliant on “Just-In-Time” requiring herds of trucks. Local and Ag region Railroad based distribution with local warehousing/produce complex including on-site retail storerooms and neighborhood pick-up and delivery was and is less reliant on oil and should be back in the planner’s brief.

    Unfortunately, America is set to experience the post-EMP decade well described in William Forschen’s ONE SECOND AFTER narrative. James Kunstler has been a voice in the wilderness crying out for railway rebuild and gone unheeded. Even with fleshed out account seen in “THE LONG EMERGENCY”, Americans of means have preferred to avoid high leverage Famine Hedge funding of branch line RR rehab. In fact, those Americans of wealth most able to effect such needed, EXISTENTIAL food distribution infrastructure count themselves among the suicidal NIMBY crowd of selfish, gangplank syndrome clique.

    If Soros is a nemesis, how much more are the Kochs of America blind to the railway requisite in North American Famine Hedge solution set? Warren Buffet in particular, he of BNSF connection is especially without excuse….

  49. John1945 May 21, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Gee,even the ultra-liberal anti-gun New York Times is sounding alarm.

    “Still in Crib,yet Being Given Antipsychotics”

    mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/us/psychiatric-drugs-are-being-prescribed-to-infants.html

    After being fed 1 pounds of pills daily this little 4 year old fella looks very quiet and serene.

    But one of these days he will be ready to rock & roll.

  50. John1945 May 21, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    Open carry laws should cover the classmates of students who take any kind of psychiatric drugs.With no age restrictions.

  51. FincaInTheMountains May 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    Dulles’ Plan

    The Dulles’ plan or the Dulles Doctrine is the central document of a conspiracy theory, according to which the CIA chief Allen Dulles had developed a plan for the United States to destroy the Soviet Union during the Cold War by secretly corrupting the cultural heritage and moral values of the Soviet nation. The plan was first published in Russia shortly after the dissolution of the USSR and was often quoted by prominent Russian politicians, journalists, and writers.

    The text originates from a work of fiction, a 1971 novel The Eternal Call, by Anatoly Ivanov, where it is provided in the form of an exposition by one of the novel’s villains, a Nazi collaborator. It was first published as a distinct “plan” and ascribed to Allen Dulles in a 1993 book by Metropolitan John of St. Petersburg and Ladoga. The literary origins of the plan were traced in the early 2000s.

    The “plan”, written in the form of a villain’s exposition, describes how the United States will destroy the Soviet (Russian) people from within by means of a “fifth column” seeking to corrupt basic cultural values of the Soviet society.

    This is to be accomplished by subverting the carriers of this culture (literature, theaters and cinema) to promote violence, depravity and other vices. In addition, these agents will work to plunge the governmental structure into chaos, bureaucracy and corruption, as well as sow nationalism, ethnic hatred and mistrust among the general populace.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulles%27_Plan

    You probably get the impression that the Dulles plan was directed against the Soviet Union. But first, instead of the cultural decline described in this plan, culture flourished in the USSR, and secondly, if we carefully read it, it turns out that the object of manipulation and destruction in the plan describes not the specific qualities of a citizen of the USSR, but rather a citizen of the Christian Orthodox Empire and the Christian man as such, as the image and likeness of God.

    Rather, “Dulles” made the victim of this plan the American people.

    Moreover, such plans are not new, they have been known since the time of Socrates and his poisoners – sophists. And in the framework of the Abrahamic myth, it can equally well be called the plan of Esau and his lentil stew.

    Well, or if you prefer it is an Amalek plan.

  52. amb May 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    We are missing a technology for living life (what is it composed of? what are the axioms and principles? what is the human mind and how does it work? what is the structure of human behaviour? etc?).

  53. Q. Shtik May 21, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    Before I delve into today’s new topic, let’s put a wrap on Saturday’s big wedding:

    As I hear it, women everywhere were brought to tears when Harry said “You look amazing”…and bit his lip. I think the full quote was actually “Don’t you fret about your probable inferior IQ, ’cause you look amazing.”

    Juuust kidding…that one’s for Janos.

    • Tate May 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm #

      When both parents of a newly married couple have been divorced, the odds of a divorce in the newlyweds shoot up exponentially. We can safely surmise that it won’t last long but boy, with this one the breakup will be epic. She’s 36 but don’t count out some last-minute baked goods — pumpernickel…

    • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      The coverage was over the top, carrying an escapable message for anyone even half aware. When they deigned to focus on Harry at all, it was only to show him as a good man, one who served Black kids. He and the rest of the Royals are just the vehicle for the personal and racial ambitions of Markle and global Negritude in general.

      She does look very good for her age. A genetic fluke or skillful makeup? Also she’s said to be into healthy living. As for her sweet behavior – I assume she’s acting. After all, she’s an actress.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 21, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

        should read “inescapable” message obviously

      • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 10:38 am #

        “The coverage was over the top,…”

        Unlike all previous royal weddings, which have been covered on the back pages just after the football results.

        “She does look very good for her age. A genetic fluke or skillful makeup? ”

        She’s 36. She looks 36. Women I know generally look like that at 36, albeit not all as attractive as her. Maybe the ones you know spend too long in the sun, which is the biggest ageing factor.

        But she’ll have better skin as she ages, obviously. ‘Black don’t crack’, as they say – she’ll have less sun damage throughout her life. Best of both worlds – lucky her, eh?!

        broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/mgmzva/a-dermatologist-explains-the-science-behind-the-black-dont-cra…

        “Caucasian skin ages least well.” *

        So just as well you’re not the shallow type, Janos 🙂 .

        *Living in Scotland is better than living in Australia or California, though, from that point of view. Green, green grass and fewer wrinkles.

      • JustSaying May 24, 2018 at 9:42 am #

        The wedding is always about the bride. He wasn’t wearing a 250K gown!

    • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      “Don’t you fret about your probable inferior IQ, ’cause you look amazing.”

      Funny you should say that. My husband was just pointing out that she seems clever compared to him and that maybe she’d inject some much needed intelligent genes into the family. Even though they’re a bit peripheral to the main show.

      Considering the money that’s been spent on their educations, their achievements are pretty underwhelming.

      And Prince Edward seems to have got into Cambridge with two grade Ds and a C at ‘A’ level. Anyone else would need 4 A*s. What a joke:

      telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1531553/The-family-qualifications.html

      • Q. Shtik May 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

        “My husband was just pointing out that she seems clever compared to him” – GA

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

        “Clever” seems to be a word Brits use where an American would use “smart.” To an American “clever” is subtly different than “smart” but I’d be hard pressed to define it.

        Trump may possibly be clever, I’m not sure, but he is definitely not smart.

        • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

          I think he just meant ‘intelligent’, Q – apologies for confusion.

        • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

          ‘Clever’ and ‘smart’ often have different meanings here too. ‘Clever’ can also mean more than one thing, so it might mean devious and calculating, in some contexts, rather than just intellectually gifted.

          Digressing more than slightly, I’ve always liked the fact that the French have two different terms for the word ‘politician’ in English.

          ‘Homme politique’ (from when there were no women) means a politician, in both the idealist and neutral sense, while ‘politicien’ very clearly says conniving opportunist, or words to that effect, in the sense of politicking (even if they’re politicking as the means to a respectable and useful end, presumably, like working out a healthcare system that works for everyone!).

  54. Q. Shtik May 21, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Now, as for bullying:

    It was around May or June 1956, or 1957. It was a hot day. The high school’s third floor windows were slid open to their max (I don’t think air conditioning had been invented yet ;-)). Ralph, either a tackle or a guard, was six three, had a complexion like a pizza with the works and a body with the consistency of a wet sack of cement. I was five eleven (topped out at six one a couple of years later) and rail thin.

    For no particular reason other than laughs Ralph decided to pick me up like a stick figure and fling me out the window. He did but he didn’t let go or I wouldn’t be here writing this. The class roared!

    A generation later my son had a H.S. nemesis and the tales of what went on almost daily infuriated me. Unfortunately my namesake couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag any more than I could back in the day.

    I told my son that “as soon as possible after the next incident I want you to take the heaviest book you have, walk behind where this guy is seated and bring this book crashing down on the top of his head with all your might. With any luck you will crush a few vertebrae and leave him a paraplegic for life.”

    “The room will gasp, maybe even cheer, an ambulance will be called, you will be sent to the principal’s office and the police will be brought in. I want you to tell them you didn’t want to do it but your father insisted. I will confirm this.”

    Of course, my son did no such thing.

    • tucsonspur May 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      So was he still bullied? I hope not. Too bad he couldn’t taze this toughie.

      • Q. Shtik May 23, 2018 at 11:18 am #

        So was he still bullied?

        ==========

        I actually don’t know.

        My son ceased mentioning any bullying incidents. I think he figured his father was a loose canon.

        Time moved on, boys grew older, went off to college or wherever, etc.

    • John1945 May 21, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      You are still stuck in the 50’s.Tail fins,dial-a-prayer,bebop,pelvic gyrations of Elvis and all that innocent crap.May I recommend you “Chicago Sun Times” to keep you updated ?

      During the search of gangbangers’ houses the police often finds FM 7-8 Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad manual aka Infantryman’s Bible.Free training courtesy of US Army so to say.

      One brother joined Crips,another brother joined Bloods.Blood got killed,Crip could not (and probably would not) attend his funeral.

      One 5th grader (Blood) called his classmate (Crip) a “crab” which is mortal insult meaning pubic lice.Then Blood, realizing that only one of them will remain alive, decided to be pro-active and shot & killed the Crip
      in the toilet.

      If you ever choose to visit Chicago start with South Side-Riverdale.You will survive.I admire all your hair-splitting,nit-picking and paying attention to the minutest details.

      You may die.But you will never die while doing something stupid.(I quote my former DI,God bless his Soul,wherever he is now)

    • Ol' Scratch May 22, 2018 at 10:39 am #

      I was literally waiting for the other book to drop! Good story Q., but you really need to work on the ending. As Archie Bunker would later sing, “those were the days!”

  55. marcus1 May 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

    Let’s put the school shootings in perspective in the pantheon of this country’s problems:

    220 children shot and killed in schools since 1990.
    19,860 young people (15-25) died in 2014 alone from opioid overdoses.

    Some real issues: an incarceration rate that would make Stalin blush. A medical care system that ranks about worst in the industrial world. A military complex that is siphoning off resources greater than the next 17 countries combined.

    If you want a funny take on the medical system scam, check out this expose:

    theweek.com/speedreads/774245/john-oliver-wants-finding-quality-rehab-easy-part-addiction-solution-e…

  56. janet May 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    You Think It’s All About Guns? Yes, I think it is all about the guns. All of the comments this week point to other excuses: drugs, video games, abortion, family values, etc. etc. etc. … but it is all about the guns, the easy access to guns in the USA. The “our culture is causing mass shootings” argument is compelling and can sound reasonable on a visceral level. But it’s based on emotion, not reality. Here is the reality:

    “The five countries that spend the most money on video games are: China, the United States, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    Using data from 2016, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington found that the rate of violent gun deaths per 100,000 people in those countries is: 0.06 for China, 3.85 for the United States, 0.04 for Japan, 0.12 for Germany and 0.07 for the United Kingdom.

    Violent video games are available everywhere, but America’s gun violence rate is staggeringly higher than those other top video-game-purchasing countries.

    How about the importance of religion in our society? A Pew Research Center study found that a little more than half of Americans say religion is very important in their lives. Does that indicate moral decay that would turn boys into monsters?

    Look at the other countries referenced above. In China, only 3 percent say religion is very important. Japan is only 11 percent. The United Kingdom and Germany are both at 21 percent. In Canada, only 27 percent of people think religion is very important in their lives.

    Our level of religiosity is high compared with those countries, but our gun violence problem is off the charts.

    Abortion? According to data from a study released this year by the Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 49 in the United States was 13. The rate was the same in the United Kingdom. Sweden had a higher abortion rate at 18 per 1,000 women, but there were only 41 people shot to death there last year.

    Violent movies? Those are shown in other countries that have minor to nonexistent gun violence problems.

    Ritalin? That’s also not unique to America. Iceland, which is virtually gun-violence-free, saw its use of the drug commonly used to treat ADHD jump more than 230 percent between 2004 and 2014. Furthermore, there hasn’t been any indication the Santa Fe shooter was taking Ritalin, and a 2000 report on school shootings conducted in part by the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center and the Department of Education found: “Few of the attackers had been diagnosed with any mental disorder prior to the incident. Additionally, fewer than one-third of attackers had histories of drug or alcohol abuse.”

    These cultural factors can all be concerning in their own right, but they aren’t to blame for America’s gun violence epidemic. If they were, other countries would have the same problems.

    There’s only one significant factor that separates America from places like England and Japan and Germany and Sweden: We have an illogical number of easily accessible guns.

    And if we want to do something about how often teenagers and adults use those guns to kill other people, we must be able to have an honest discussion, not one based on drummed-up cultural hysteria.”

    chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-santa-fe-shooting-nra-huppke-20180521-story.html

    • tucsonspur May 21, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

      We could use tighter regulations and some harsh penalties for parents not controlling their guns.

      Beyond that, “I use two hands for gun control, I don’t dial 911 but rather 357, ammo is expensive so don’t expect a warning shot, a gun in your hand is better than a cop on the phone, and trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again”. So there.

    • BackRowHeckler May 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

      Hey little jane firearms have neen extant since 1350. There are about 300 million guns in the USA right now, including approximately 20 million so called ‘assault weapons’.

      What are you going to do about it?

      brh

      • janet May 21, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

        Buy another cat and stay indoors.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 12:27 am #

        1350? How did such clumsy things ever replace the Long Bow and Cross Bow?

    • Ancianoloco May 23, 2018 at 1:36 am #

      Is your conclusion using Occam’s razor or just long-winded sophistry and worn-out talking points?

  57. patrickd May 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    I have yet to read about a school shooting that left me thinking it had actually taken place. The shooters always have the same characteristics – kids with mental conditions and a profound inability to speak up in their defense – in other words, classic patsy material. My thinking is that all the school shootings, and other public shootings – Boston Marathon, Las Vegas – are all US black ops characters doing government psy-ops, for public brainwashing and grooming to an effect. What that effect is, I don’t know, but it might be to take guns away. Recently they’re getting the kids to march against guns. I don’t trust anything I hear in the (fake) news, since we don’t have journalists in this country any longer, as a rule.

    The post today, though, is a gem. It was like reading poetry, Mr. Jim.

    • tucsonspur May 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

      “A man’s reach should exceed his….” WTF?

  58. tucsonspur May 21, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    “women who enjoy the advantage of being hard-wired to cooperate with others in the hive-like corporate workplaces that require tractable drones who will just follow instructions” JHK

    That “hard wiring” also goes along with long time tradition and teaching. Feminism and the women’s rights movement would seem to indicate that women are no longer the “tractable drones” you describe. And if they were “tractable drones”, probably requiring that inclination early on, would they be that much of a threat to young men or boys to begin with?

    It’s certainly more difficult these days to provide the time for good parenting. But far from impossible. Good parenting should still be able to offset any influence from the violent aspects of our culture.

    I suggest that the statistics on school shootings are such that any conjecture on societal causes would be tenuous at best.
    Since Columbine, how many millions of high school students have there been and how many school shootings? What is it, 20M-30M to maybe 500? Macho culture and mental-emotional pressures both contribute, as does bad parenting.

    I don’t think any of these young boys are being prompted by visions of bleak futures, crumby jobs, debt, or decaying society. No way.
    It’s much more youthfully primal and emotional.

    Omitting the pressures on young women exposes a glaring one sidedness. She’s not even a two! God, what a skank! Man, is she
    fat! Put a bag over her head! Carly Fiorina is still catching it, and from Trump himself. And Cruz’s wife. Be smart but not too smart, don’t want to turn him off. Nah, she won’t put out. Fuckin’ lesbo. Women are the prey, men the predators.

    And what about the kids at Parkland, like Emma Gonzalez and Hogg and all the others? There are millions of positive counter-examples. Oh, poor little Johnny has it so tough these days. Poor little baby. Maybe what one ought to do is find the parent’s “inner child and kick its little ass”.

    “This country used to be a place where young men had many useful and practical paths to follow in enacting that eternal script”. (Hero’s journey). JHK

    Yes, when they went off to work in factories, insurance companies, any of the trades, restaurants, drive taxis, become bank tellers or salesmen, or butchers bringing home the bacon. Not a hero’s journey, but just the well worn, weary road of work.

    • 100th Avatar May 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

      Let’s look how long the factory era really lasted. Maybe from the 1950’s until late 1980’s? Where they had a middle class existence?
      Most became alcoholics and drug addicts from the sheer drudgery and mind numbingness of these jobs. They became diehard sport obsessives in their pursuit of escapism. They lived in outer-ring suburbs and were complicit in the sprawl that hastened their physical, mental, and economical downfall.
      Let’s not pretend that these shitty jobs were anything more than shitty jobs that allowed for 1 car a TV shoes for your public school kids and a fresh monthly coif for the stay at home mom. For nostalgia’s sake no less.

      • BackRowHeckler May 21, 2018 at 11:54 pm #

        Hey avatar I think the ‘factory system’ existed more from about 1870 till 1970, a 100 year run. In New England it was kicked off by textile mills from around 1795, with large scale gun manufacturing starting up a decade or two later.

        By about 1970 it was all looking a wobbly, with outdated sprawling redbrick factories and uncompetitive manufacturing methods. Lowell, Mass., a factory town planned out in the 1830s, was beginning to show cracks by 1920, and went into a long decline. Today it is known for Dominican drug dealers and Hispanic street gangs.

        Then, the so called energy crisises of 1973 and 1979 brought down the curtain on all of it.

        brh

        • 100th Avatar May 22, 2018 at 5:34 am #

          Does anyone read, closely, anymore? I added the caveat of middle-class existence AKA a “desirable” factory job.

          But no, please, do not let me spoil your pedagogy.

      • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 12:08 am #

        Real life with Ozzie and Harriet. Live life clean. Don’t buy the carton, smoke and join the pack.

        Try and avoid that heart attack. But it Was better for awhile. Wasn’t it?

        • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 12:18 am #

          Yes, in some ways. But only with Faith, Family, and Community. Back when Whites were a people with a belief in our future. We had a Nation for Pete’s sake! Otherwise it would have been exactly like 100th Avatar describes. And indeed his vision has been increasingly common in recent decades.

          And it was only better with the help of the Unions. The Supreme Court just ruled today that companies could make their workers sign waivers against any class action suits if they weren’t unionized. 5/4 – no doubt the guys I “like” being on the side against the People. Each side is a different kind of crazy, a different version of Anti-Life.

          • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 12:57 am #

            Damn right. And Norma Rae all the way.

            That scene in the movie, holding the sign up high that shouted “UNION”.

            The machines and workers shutting down, one by one, until the deafening silence made the word scream out to make them UNION!

          • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 3:41 am #

            I should watch that again. I think I was too young to really appreciate it before.

            news.slashdot.org/story/18/05/21/1729243/supreme-court-upholds-workplace-arbitration-contracts-barri…

          • Tate May 22, 2018 at 9:17 am #

            “Each side is a different kind of crazy, a different version of Anti-Life.”

            Then how do you choose if the choices are all bad?

            We need more localism. Some call it communitarianism. Devolve power back to states & municipalities.

      • 100th Avatar May 22, 2018 at 5:35 am #

        a whole swath of your comments were deleted for a reason. go sell crazy somewhere else.

    • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      Yes, when they went off to work in factories, insurance companies, any of the trades, restaurants, drive taxis, become bank tellers or salesmen, or butchers bringing home the bacon. Not a hero’s journey, but just the well worn, weary road of work.

      Dead wrong, they were on a hero’s journey but just not one celebrated in media. Those with brains could figure out that even on a lower than average wage a responsible consumer could save and become over time financially independent. You blow your money it will not matter how much you will ever get you will at the end of the day have nothing.

      ‘Bringing home the bacon.’ Unless they were only bringing the bacon home for themselves they were the hero. Sisyphean tasks should never be taken on without purpose and if possible a certain kind of joy. The worn, weary road of work. Make sure the road has a destination so the road won’t be weary and be a hero. Work is a means to an end.

      Whine and whine we always do about how things are going be bad for the next generation, but really is it going to be dark ages starvation bad where death becomes a welcome rest or is it going to remain an earth where if the average person can no longer live like a king they at least can live as well as a nobleman of ages past. Just not as well or as individually catered to as the kings were.

      The choice of futures is within our control, or rather could be, or rather could be if it were possible to have a revolution. Which it is not. So enjoy the show and try and be a hero while there is still time.

  59. Soloview May 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    You are right, Jim! This is not about guns…see what I wrote to my blog a few years back: jiriseverasblog.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-secret-of-islamic-radicalization-in.html

  60. FincaInTheMountains May 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    Deep State and Education System

    To be honest, I am already tired of starting posts by saying that events confirm my theory, which I presented here within the last few years. But what can be done if these confirmations are really taking a shape of a system that most directly applies to us all and the realization and application of this system can be very useful.

    So, you’ll have to excuse me, but we all live by the principle if you not praise yourself in the morning, your whole day is ruined.

    In this particular case my theory was confirmed that the US educational system, in particular the analogue of the Soviet system of Scientific Communism – English 101 -, plays the leading role in the creation and maintenance of the Deep State, now headed by Hillary Clinton.

    This is in all its splendor manifested this weekend during the visit of Hillary Clinton to Yale University to greet graduates of this university, known for its student brotherhood “Skull and Bones”.

    And this speech was aimed at the members of this brotherhood, whom she apparently came to recruit into the officials of the Deep State to fight with Donald Trump. And the notorious Russian hat with a Soviet cockade, which Bastinda tried to wear during the welcoming speech, trolls, of course, Donald Trump, but first of all it trolls Trump’s America, and the color of this hat and the Soviet cockade, were allusions to the story in the textbook of English literature, that the working America will inevitably be recruited by the enemies of United States, if Yale University graduates (or their likes) do not enlighten it.

    At first glance, all this is trivial, but it seems to me that in Russia they do not understand that those social groups that in the USSR were considered to be predisposed to good relations with the USSR (various actors, jazz musicians and other musicologists, art critics – and Yale is famous for these faculties), are now the nucleus of the Russophobic electorate, precisely because of the prestige of Yale among the most thoroughly washed brains.

    And all this takes place against the background of the transition of Trump’s America from strategic defense to a strategic offensive.

    In particular, Trump on Sunday tweeted (and Trump just as Stalin, likes to put the American press on their heads at two o’clock in the morning on Sunday night), promised early in the morning to order the Department of Justice to investigate the introduction of the FBI snitch into his election campaign, which turned out to be Cambridge Professor associated with the Yale University in the most direct way.

    And if the Department of Justice conducting the investigation of Donald Trump fulfills his order, and does not ignore him with the connivance of the AG Sessions, as it has been so far, those who investigate Trump will find themselves in trouble with the law.

    It seems to me that the mid-level representatives of the DOJ came to Trump and offered their services for nailing their superiors.

    And the tone of the aforementioned tweet was like that, and it was preceded by a speech by Judge Jeanine, who is close to Emperor, who declared the head of the Department Sessions the most dangerous enemy of the American people, the majority of Americans came to the conclusion that the tweet of Trump is a threat: “Just you try not to investigate, you damn mother…, or else go cool your heels in Federal penitentiary for the next 30 years!”

    • tucsonspur May 21, 2018 at 11:56 pm #

      I’d look good in a hat with a Soviet cockade while drinking some Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout.

      • pequiste May 22, 2018 at 9:57 am #

        Ushanka hat, NKVD cockade, and a case of pre-war (WWI) Wolfschmidt vodka, with a Kirov ballerina as drinking companion.

        • daveed May 22, 2018 at 10:41 am #

          Don’t forget your tan shoes and pink shoelaces…….and the purple hatband.

        • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

          Wonderful color!

  61. wm5135 May 21, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    How many here have a high school senior in their home as we speak? Those of us that do can tell you that the future will be considerably more bleak than the average boomer can even imagine.

    Someone upthread opined that the powers that be are just waiting for the end of the boomers. That comment brought a wry smile to my face. When we are gone there will be no one that can even consider resistance or personal autonomy.

    Although he uses quite flowery language the long view espoused by
    FincaInTheMountains should be given more credence.

  62. BackRowHeckler May 21, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    Wait a minute, Jim.

    Are you saying this recent spate of school massacres isn’t the fault of the NRA, the worst ‘terrorist organization’ operating right now in the United States?

    Because that’s what our two US Senators, Murphy and Blumenthal, claimed just 2 days ago.

    If we could somehow just suppress the NRA and ban ‘assault weapons’ (and end the gunshow ‘loophole’) all would be well.

    brh

  63. Pucker May 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    According to the book “Rise and Kill First”, the Soviets used to get orphan kids and groom them to be spies and hit men. The Americans thought that this was a fantastic idea, but later discovered that when the kids grew up in non-totalitarian countries that there were too many distractions and the teenagers and young adults often pursued other pleasures. I don’t know what they did with the subject’s then? Maybe they whacked them?

    The Mossad whacked one difficult PLO target by putting poison in his toothpaste tube. The bloke died an extended horribly painful death in an East German hospital. The Mossad lab invented some biological agent that enters the body through the gums. The East German Stasi suspected poison, but couldn’t identify the agent.

    After reading that story, I’m a bit trepidatious brushing my teeth. If they want to whack you, the only thing stopping them is logistics.

    They’re probably working on ways to whack people or hypnotize and mind control people through the iPhone? They’re all insane.

  64. janet May 21, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

    “My thinking is that all the school shootings, and other public shootings – Boston Marathon, Las Vegas – are all US black ops” –patrickd

    And yet all the mass murderers are white and male, often teenagers. The white males always get the jobs.

    Women and people of color are discriminated against even in the employment of fake actors. They hire young student shooters to do sophisticated work in “government psy-ops, for public brainwashing and grooming to an effect.” /s

  65. Tate May 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

    The calumny of the noble Southern law enforcement officer continues even into the era of the bodycam,

    youtube.com/watch?v=6Z18L515v9w

  66. Pucker May 21, 2018 at 11:23 pm #

    “….or is the public just too dumbed-down to connect the dots?”

    I read that a relatively recent control study proved that rats that ingest large quantities of High Fructose Corn Syrup cannot find their way out of the maze.

    • Dumbedup May 24, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      I saw that too. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers. He drinks a lot of sweet drinks and eats a lot of sugary snacks like Oreo cookies. I have talked to him about it but he doesn’t seem to care. I stopped buying those drinks so he goes out and buys them himself. An average person might be able to handle a small amount, but I don’t think his system can tolerate any of it and consuming them affects his cognitive skills and his weight.

      • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

        Dumbedup

        I started to watch what sounded like an interesting programme last night on ADHD treatment without drugs (using meditation). Unfortunately I only stuck with it for about 10 minutes because the room full of hyperactive kids was too much for me! I’d obviously have shown more tenacity if I’d had a child or grandchild affected by the condition.

        telegraph.co.uk/tv/2018/05/23/doctor-gave-drugs-review-a-fascinating-sincereexperiment/

        The doctor had a very young baby himself and he and his wife were trying to avoid medication altogether (although they did reluctantly give in to a dose of Calpol at one point quite early on when their little girl’s temperature and crying got too much).

        At the beginning of the first meditation session, the kids were uncontrollable. As it says in the article, he just didn’t care any more – he just wanted it to stop. (In fact he also said he wanted to kill a few of them!). Seriously, though, it was overwhelming, even for the meditation therapist. But it seems that after six weeks, the results were encouraging.

        I hope you find a suitable treatment that works for you and your son. The sugar thing is a real pain, and it does seem that, beyond a certain age, the more you forbid it, they more they find their own ways of getting it.

        My grandson is almost six and his parents have done pretty well so far to keep his sugar intake controlled, although he gets the odd treat. He’s only allowed water to drink, including at my house – even real fruit-juice drinks are a special treat at e.g.Christmas. But it’s easy when they don’t have their own money!

        The UK government has recently introduced a sugar tax, which seems to be having an effect already on the behaviour of manufacturers of e.g. soft drinks, but there’s a lot more to be done.

        bbc.co.uk/news/health-43372295

        It’s not easy. Good luck.

  67. TravisB May 21, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

    These mass shooters are mostly white adolecent males.
    One has to wonder if being told everyday that you are the reason for all the worlds woes goes a long way in pushing these kids to freak out in violent burst.
    Everyone knows that if someone (especially a underdeveloped ego of a yong person) is told, or blamed for something they did not do, repeatedly. There comes a point where they will fulfill that role out of spite and desperation.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 12:21 am #

      Yes, White boys are told they’re evil from a very early age now. Is it any wonder that some of them end up believing it?

    • Tate May 22, 2018 at 8:11 am #

      That’s just too obvious a connection. It has to be something else. Guns, drugs, status, fame, general anomie & alienation.

      Nah, it couldn’t be something as simple as “Give a dog a bad name, you may as well hang him.”

  68. tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 12:38 am #

    Another reason to hate Trump and join the TWATs. He saves the nation one way, and ruins it in another:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/interior-moves-lift-restrictions-hunting-bears-wolves-214244969–politics.html

    Please spare me the BS about culling for survival, sustainable habitat, etc. His connection to the Earth is non-existent, except for the wealth he can take from it.

    Changes hunting regulations to benefit his son. Fuck him and fuck his family.

    And his effing wall? 500 plus billionaires in this country, worth about 2.4 trillion, and he’s mouthing mush about Mexico paying?
    They won’t put up to protect America, deal maker? That wall could have been finished by now, if you and your bastion of billionaires weren’t so goddamn fucking greedy.

    • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 2:21 am #

      The Dark Wind blows within me and coyote howls. Hoodoos haunt my soul. The man-child is awakened, yearning for its mother. Mother Earth.

    • Tate May 22, 2018 at 8:41 am #

      You know there’s a special status to billionairehoodship. Once you have it and get invited to Davos, you don’t wanna let go. You get to hang with Kanye & Keith. You can even get a selfie with the Pope. You’re rushed to the head of the line at the finest clubs & restaurants. You no longer have to settle for fake Patek Philippes. Like Putin, you can collect the finest Swiss watches like bottle caps. Name your sleek Italian sports car with those 800 horses pulsing under the hood. It’s yours. You have a helicopter & a jet air plane at your beck & call just like the POTUS. You have a berth at St. Barts for your yacht right next to Larry Ellison’s so your latest amour can drop in for that million dollar diamond necklace. Everything is comped in Vegas, EVERYTHING. You have your own zip code. If you feel like Mexican, you buy the chain. Tony Montana is your personal dealer. If your wife looks a little tired, trade her in for the newest model. You can buy your own fantasy island and invite Bill Clinton. Get the picture? Greed begets more greed. But not to worry. They’re already straining for that next brass ring — trillionairehoodship.

      • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 11:45 am #

        As there were once white buffalo there are a few who think that 278 horses under their hood is just fine and more than enough.

  69. Tate May 22, 2018 at 1:38 am #

    Why are there so many school rampage shooters?

    We must first put the issue in perspective. Rampage school shootings are extremely rare, although based on the liberal news coverage which inevitably follows each one, you would think they were as common as automobile accidents (a rounding error), or drug overdoses (several magnitudes smaller), or teen suicide (invisible on the radar). Even teenagers killed in drowning accidents are a much larger number than victims of rampage school shootings.

    Some have claimed that guns themselves are the issue. Of course, if we could magically wave a wand and eliminate all guns, the problem would go away. No argument there. But we all know that’s not going to happen. There would be the small matter of amending the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Then there’s the opposition: the NRA with its 6 million strong membership as well as even more dedicated groups such as the Gun Owners of America & the Western Rifle Shooters Association. And let’s not forget the some 300 million guns in private hands in America, not to mention a vast network of gun clubs and hunters’ organizations. Nope, guns are deeply imbedded in America culture, for good or ill and we had better get used to it. Nevertheless, debates over changing existing gun laws are hotly debated, and distrust is ever-present on both sides of the issue. There can realistically be no movement toward progress here.

    Isn’t it curious that although guns have always been part of American culture, it is only within the last 20 years or so that these mass shootings at schools have become a regular feature on the evening news? One has to ask, why is this? Some have pointed to drugs, the so-called SSRIs, powerful psychoactive medications which can even induce psychosis in susceptible individuals. The pharmaceutical industry certainly must shoulder part of the blame. They have heavily pushed them over the years to physicians and they are now widely prescribed. The wisdom of this needs to be reviewed by Congress.

    Others have insisted that 1st person shooter video games are a causative factor, that an imitative factor is at work. Certainly, this contributes to the lethality of such incidents, given that very similar simulations have long been used in military & police small arms training.

    And then no doubt the relatively new phenomenon of social media platforms has increased the status competition among youth, and its attendant bullying, sending some lower-status individuals over the edge.

    We must also recognize another factor is in play. This is the out-of-control entry into our country of unassimilable immigrants from every corner of the globe. Diversity is the new civic religion it would appear. But how does this increasing diversity affect mass rampage school shootings? The respected Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam has done a lot of research into the relationship between diversity & trust within communities. He has found, contrary to his initial expectations, that greater diversity actually increases distrust with a community. In fact, counter-intuitively, his research shows that distrust is even increased between individuals within the same ethnic group as diversity increases. In other words, you don’t know who to trust anymore, even people who look & act & talk like you.

    We may safely conclude that the globalists who have engineered & promoted this diversity understand cause & effect and have anticipated the greater disorder resulting therefrom. So rampage school shootings as a phenomenon are part of a much larger picture involving the New World Order aspirations of an out-of-touch Global elite, their desire to convert our nation into an interchangeable mass of drugged-out zombies with little ties to community or family, a picture of increasing isolation & alienation & atomization of members of our society.

    In short, we need to heal as a society, and part of the solution is first gaining control of our borders & our immigration policy.

    • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 3:21 am #

      The blacks who support Hispanics might be despised and not trusted by the blacks who don’t. Whites who support blacks would not be trusted by those who don’t, Muslims supported by, etc. Not so counter intuitive.

      I think that the Global Elites have certainly created a global ball of confusion while trying to chisel out a ball of congruous consumerism. But too many drugged out zombies, too much alienation and family breakdown might just defeat the purpose- worldwide avid consumerism. However, those things would put a damper on dissent, preoccupying the capable with the incapable.

      The connection between Santa Fe, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, etc., and diversity, if there is any, must be made of extremely fine and fragile thread.

      The wound is too wide, it will not heal. But we can control our borders and immigration. Why no movement to call out, and call on, the billionaires?

      Trump can put up the first billion–lead by example. What a great example of nationalism and capitalism merging into MAGA.

    • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      “And then no doubt the relatively new phenomenon of social media platforms has increased the status competition among youth, and its attendant bullying, sending some lower-status individuals over the edge.”

      A pernicious characteristic of the phenomenon is social media never goes away. It is everywhere only a screen away. Never before could bullies be everywhere at once and the green eyed monster can snack at will. There is no refuge.

  70. BackRowHeckler May 22, 2018 at 3:22 am #

    The thing is Tate, how are Dems going to build a permanent majority and expand the welfare state exponentially if they don’t open up the borders and invite in the entire third world? There are potentially 5 billion democratic voters and EBT card holders out there; why let them go to waste. And above all how else you gonna crush whitey if you don’t have the numbers? Tate you are looking at this with a very narrow perspective. Expand your mind my friend.

    brh

    • janet May 22, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      So, you mean we can’t blame it all on an invisible global elite? Is the iintergalactic elirw to blame? Or the great spaghetti monster? Or God?

      Million were smoking cigarettes as a public health hazard until they were legislated and taxed into remission. We will do that with firearms and the ammunition and gun powder they use.

    • Tate May 22, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      BRH, some say that guns if regulated like cigarettes could somehow stop spree shootings. How ricockulous!

      All that would do is inhibit the lawful use of firearms for hunting, target practice & competitive shooting. A determined spree shooter will expend the extra sums in order to pursue his monomaniacal goal regardless of the expense. It’s true that less people smoke cigarettes than formerly, but has smoking been entirely eliminated? No.

      • janet May 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

        BRH, some think if a law does not completely eliminate a problem it is “ricockulous”. People still run red lights but that does not negate the fact that traffic signals and traffic laws still save thousands of lives.

      • Tate May 23, 2018 at 12:31 am #

        BRH, some commenters here reason with sophistries that would embarrass a fifth-grader. For example, trying to have us believe that eliminating one ill is equivalent to reducing another and that both outcomes can be achieved by the same or similar means.

  71. wm5135 May 22, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    BackRowHeckler you are looking at this with a very narrow perspective

    A little perspective from “This Machine Fights Fascists” Woody Guthrie

    “If you ain’t got the do re mi, boys, you ain’t got the do re mi,
    Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee.
    California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
    But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
    If you ain’t got the do re mi.” just extrapolate to a wider frame

    Look at the the actual numbers for who has won national elections since 1933. The Democrats do not need immigration to win they have done so quite handily over the 80 plus years without the tide of immigrants so often decried here. Let us not forget for one second that the Great Communicator was at the helm when checks on illegal workers in the nation was watered down to whey. Motor voter and illegals with drivers licenses a match made in heaven.

    Do you think Montana Man a liberal? Do you think the ag industry is run by a bunch of commie liberals?

    Why should the economic power house get involved in work when they can con the citizens into destroying their own nation and blame it on the libruls.

    How much collusion between the left and the right, meaningless ambiguities, will it take the last bastion of hope for the nation to realize that funny feeling in their posterior is not their wallet?

    • malthuss May 22, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

      Do you think the ag industry is run by a bunch of commie liberals?
      To paraphrase [if that is what I am doing]

      Do you think Guthrie, Seeger and their ilk are a bunch of commies?

  72. pequiste May 22, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    One should not be surprised by the hyper-violence of disaffected male youth. Seems that the methods of cognitive, liminal and subliminal, alteration have been perfected since the times of Bandura and Zimbardo. Now, on the cusp of A.G.I., the manipulation of tender minds can be accomplished, as if by magic, automatically, and as a bonus, the victim pays for it out of their own pocket. (Sort of like having a 72 inch TeeVee and paying the Evil Bastards of the media hundreds of dollars a month to be “entertained”. HA.

    But you have to see it for yourself to get a glimpse of the process.

    Have a turn at the video game console and play a few rounds of the “classic” “Grand Theft Auto” or the latest, and goryest, selections for the gamester crowd: “Resident Evil 7,” “Darkest Dungeon,” “Bulletstorm,” or my favourite – “Dead by Daylight.”

    Facile non-stop killing; death, murder, mayhem and destruction without consequence. Just hit the reset button as the ammunition is without limit, free and the enemy never surrenders.

    Yup, we are training up many large cohorts of kids who have been completely desensitized to extreme violence, nay, extraordinary violence. Just add some other demonically-controlled mediums to include “music” to help reinforce the messages e.g. “Gangsta Rap” & “Death Metal, with modern C.G.I. cinema and watch the slaughter happen.

    We are not just going “postal’ anymore. What shall we call this particular social malady?

    (I’d like to strongly suggest legislating compulsory capital punishment to any and all who commit mass-murder and terrorism.)

    • 100th Avatar May 22, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Anomic Epidenicity

      -Durkheim

    • daveed May 22, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      EOTI NOMIS

      (End of Times–No Messiah in Sight)

      • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 11:32 am #

        For $19.95 a month I’ll step up. But please, no crucifixion this time!

  73. volodya May 22, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    The business elite are inflicting problems that inevitably blow back on them. Retailers are going bust at a frantic clip. They say well, it’s that on-line behemoth Amazon that’s to blame. But Amazon is a convenient alibi. Bricks and mortar stores are still 85-90 percent of all retail. Did they think that demolishing the American middle class wouldn’t cream their bottom lines?

    I spent my life in working for a handful of large companies. At the beginning, they demanded loyalty and effort above and beyond the call of duty. I short, we busted our asses. But we had some reasonable prospect of long term employment even if it wasn’t the same as prior generations where men would work for decades for one firm, or even their entire careers.

    No more. Loyalty? None given, none asked.

    Companies don’t even pretend. Every employee is a glorified temp and, for the great mass of workers, compensation even at the poverty levels set by minimum wage law is seen by management as an unjust imposition. The prevailing wisdom is that the only legitimate and just interest is that of the C-suite and shareholder. Everyone else is a leech.

    As it is now, forget about the reasonable and modest ambition of being provider for wife and family, the life-path of the great multitude of men in the generation or two just before us. As a consequence, for a huge number of young women, life is a mostly solitary voyage with the occasional gainfully employed male as a social accessory. And, for a huge number of young guys, life is shaping up as a multi-decade Seinfeld episode, a show about nothing.

    This is obviously an arrangement without a future.

    Wall Street bankers, the Fortune 500 CEO class, the Davos crowd and their apologists in the political and academic world don’t have much time. Either re-organize how things are done, get realistic about how life is lived, or be displaced by societies with more realistic notions about the disposition of things.

    • K-Dog May 22, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      No offense Volodya but Karl Marx could have found the exact same thing but he would have gone on and explained what is going on is an inherent function of margins of the capitalist system. With the death of god there was nothing to restrain the profit motive and concurrently technology released the unconscious mind in a pornified soup of confusion and self centered interest.

      At first it was harmless enough. The generation which had been introduced to video on a fuzzy black and white screen once the social desire to make porn could not be repressed fared well. They seeing ‘Deep Throat’, ‘The Devil in Mrs Jones’ and such could walk into a ‘theater’ buffered by having already had normal relations and even sex most of them! Consequently the majority passed through the experience unscathed and there was another difference, they were adults.

      Some modern young men finding finding guns as easily available to them as anal porn have gone on to share their pain of not being able to develop normally with the rest of us.

      Nietzsche would say I’m full of it. Freud would say I’m on to something. I’ll go with Nietzsche.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

        And Marx thought that everything getting bigger and bigger was just fucking great. The only problem being the private ownership. Once they were dealt with – and Marx encouraged the workers to take their bloody vengeance – everything would belong to everybody. Workers would romp and roam among the factory machines, hugging themselves with joy, crying, “All this is mine!”.

        How naïve we he? Oh, very. No psychological or sociological insight at all about his end goal. Strange, because he did have such insights about Man suffering under Capitalism. He just didn’t see that Communism wouldn’t cure that wound. Or he was paid not to see by those behind him. In any case, his collected works run to sixty volumes or so. You can find any number of different Marx’es and Marxisms in all that, and plenty of both brilliance and stupidity, goodness and evil. In the end a tree is judged by the fruit it bears – and fruit of Marxism has been bitter in the extreme.

      • volodya May 22, 2018 at 12:29 pm #

        Yeah, Marx could have told us, had he been around 30 years ago, that capitalists, left to run rampant, would do exactly as they’ve done. Death of God? More like the death of competing ideologies, like communism, which couldn’t swallow its own lies anymore.

        And the death of some common sense, like that of FDR, who told his rich pals that they either smarten up and give up some of their income for the benefit of everyone below them or run a real risk of losing all of it.

        After all, during FDR’s time, the Bolshies were doing a number on Russian upper classes, Stalin was on a murderous purge, Hitler came to power partly on the basis of a better deal for the German working man. American oligarchs of the day feared communism more than fascism, with good reason as with fascists in charge they stood a chance of salvaging something. With communists? Nothing.

        What do we have now? We have elites, who ought to know better, that try to conflate ordinary people voting their economic interests with the specter of a resurgent fascism. Trump hasn’t shown any tendencies on that front, not even close, but what lurks in the vast American interior if Trump fails to come through is another thing altogether. I don’t think it will look like an imperialistic and militaristic and murderously racist Hitlerian fascism. In fact, I think it will be the opposite of imperialistic. But it could be violent and if I was one of those living in a gated community, I’d doubt the efficacy of those gates or those walls. In short, those at the top of the food chain are trying to give “populism” a malodor, but if I was them I’d be looking to learn the lay of the land, to figure out the discontents and do something about them before the streets are full of torches and pitchforks and neck-tie parties.

        Your bringing up the sexual proclivities of young fellas is a real good point. it’s one of those things our grandmothers used to refer to as “the facts of life”, only because they are FACTS and facts are stubborn things. Scoff at your peril, deny the obvious psychological character and and neurological wiring of the male half of the human species, and pay an extremely dear price. Too bad that the first to pay are those on school grounds. But if I was a betting man, I would say that this is just the start. I said “extremely dear” didn’t I? I understated the case I think. If you dismiss the age-old and deeply inherent sexual and life needs of young men, there will be hell to pay. And, from the actions of the high and the mighty and the burblings of our purported “thought-leaders”, maybe the term “dismiss” is understating the case too.

        • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

          ” If you dismiss the age-old and deeply inherent sexual and life needs of young men, there will be hell to pay. ”

          Unless their sexual needs are different from yours, of course – in equally age-old fashion – in which case they shouldn’t just be ignored, they should be vilified as “weepy, dress-wearing panty-men, who can’t figure out their gender identity and can’t take a piss standing up”.

          With a bit of luck the constant vilification will lead to them jump in front of a train without shooting up a school first. That’ll destroy a family somewhere, but so what?

          Maybe if they went the way of the loony alt-right and called themselves ‘androphiles’ to distinguish themselves from all that gayness, they’d get your approval. Not that said androphiles would give a flying f*ck what you thought of them, being ‘real men’ an’ all. Better to be a psycho than *cough*… ‘gay’.

          Those Alphas are quadruple As: Alt-right Alpha Androphiles with Attitude. And I’d just love to see you saunter up to one and ask about his pissing style.

          Try Marcus here (the Golden One):

          alternativeright.hopenothate.com/masculinity-sexuality-and-gender-roles-in-the-alternative-right

          He’d scare the sh*t out of me up a dark alley, but hey, you’d have nothing to worry about.

          Almost 20 years ago one of my colleagues topped himself on the Friday night before a bank holiday weekend. Public holidays are a popular time for lonely people to top themselves, because they imagine everyone else is having a fantastic time with their family and they’re just stuck there on their own. Again.

          Graham was a lovely, kind guy – he worked freelance after being made redundant so he came into the office occasionally for one thing or another and would chat to one of my colleagues about blues music, which was one of his loves. But his job had been the last social support he had, not that many people knew. It didn’t even occur to me he was gay until after he died – then it seemed obvious in retrospect that he’d been in the closet, as we used to say until not even that long ago.

          Still, just one weepy panty man that nobody needed anyway. If he’d come out of the closet he’d have been a bad example to the ‘yoof’. Good riddance, eh, Graham… no more weeping for you.

          • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

            Lionel Shriver, of ‘Kevin’ fame, calls these school gun massacres ‘extroverted suicides’, because while a lot of suicides mean to say ‘I’ll make you sorry’, these ones mean ‘I’ll make you REALLY sorry’.

            So a good thing that nice, kind Graham was an introvert, really.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

            Yes, the Elite are promoting a new kind of man as the Ideal: the Flamer. The Fag. The Homo. As usual you are right on message, right where they want you to be.

            Why? Because such fems are no danger to them. And women love them and together they can marginalize normal men who might be a threat to them. And of course, population control. Few gays will marry women or have kids, not any more at least.

          • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

            Janos

            I wouldn’t go near Marcus without an armed escort.

            His message has nothing whatever to do with me. It’s the same appalling message as yours.

          • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

            “And women love them and together they can marginalize normal men who might be a threat to them. ”

            More pathetic pixieb*ll*cks. Grow up, Janos.

          • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

            And no ‘elite’ ever gave a stuff about Graham.

          • elysianfield May 22, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

            “pixieb*ll*cks”

            Alba,

            Other than your modesty, there is no reason to “pixilate” “pixibollocks…it means nothing on this side of the pond…it isn’t even pejorative if taken out of context…almost cute….

            Skeet, Skeet, Sk**t .

          • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

            Well thanks for the heads up, elysianfield. Over here it’s considered rude enough to require asterisks in polite company, as it were. And far be it from me to be swearing on your website, especially when we’ve been told for years about how finicky your TV folks are about rude words.

            There’s no such word as actual pixiebollocks anyway – I made that up for Janos because I needed something a little more ridiculous than plain everyday bollocks, so I brought the little faerie people into it for flavour.

            Not sure what skeet’s got to do with anything, now that I’ve looked it up, but whatever…

          • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 11:29 am #

            Alba,
            Sk**t was just an example of how our idioms are similarly benign in your venue….

          • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

            It’s not benign, it’s just completely unknown (to me anyway, not that that means much). But thanks for extending my education, EF.

            So, skeet, unasterisked, would mean nothing to most people – or maybe, like so many words these days, I just think that because you’d have to be a porn aficionado to come across it.

            ‘Jizz’ seems popular these days and I hadn’t heard of that till a year or two ago, but now it appears on comedy panel shows after the ‘9pm watershed’ when delicate young ears are assumed to be tucked up in bed.

        • janet May 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

          If you dismiss the age-old and deeply inherent sexual and life needs of young men, there will be hell to pay. –volodya

          What 20th century patriarchal rubbish! What a pathetic excuse!

          American young men have no inherent “sexual and life needs” that cannot be civilized and tamed. Young males need to learn from the feminine gender about sharing, communication, and leadership styles. This process is well underway in America. Young women are the future leaders. Women are more intelligent and more compassionate. Women comprise more than 56 percent of students on campuses nationwide in the United States.

          Do American young men have an irrationally and self-destructively high desire for sex? Are they somehow different from white young men in European countries?

          Why don’t young men in other advanced capitalist or advanced communist societies engage in mass school shootings? American violence does not stem from some innate genetic “life need.” American violence comes from ready availability of firearms. It’s all about the guns.

          “If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far…. The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al, don’t redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it alone—its ideologies and inventions—which eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.” –Susan Sontag

        • Dumbedup May 24, 2018 at 9:59 am #

          The real tension within capitalism is whether to legislate in such a way as to make the rich even richer in the belief it will trickle down and benefit all classes; or, whether to legislate to make the middle class, the majority of Americans, more successful and affluent in the belief that it will benefit all classes including those above and below.

          Where we find ourselves now is that most of the middle class cannot afford to purchase the products produced by their labor; the rest can only do so by becoming debt slaves. That produces bubbles and credit crises. Lack of true wage growth accompanied by long term inflation and currency debasement has made wealth creation through good, old fashioned ingenuity and hard work almost impossible. This has forced the wealthy to turn to manipulation of markets (Wall Street) or by the extraction of wealth and prosperity from the middle class using monetary and fiscal policy. They do that by using their wealth to control the levers of government and dictate legislation.

          The result of all of this is extreme wealth and income inequality.

  74. libertysghost May 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    I personally think the nihilism…which in some ways is included in what JHK puts forward here, is the “even” larger culprit. It has infected all of our “popular” ideologies today…and children are taught both that life is “relative”, AND that when it’s not (ironically), their (the child/humans) literal existence will result in the death of all other life that exists (I really wish I felt that was an exaggeration).

    Of course some adolescents (and others) will go off the rails with the frustrations exacerbated by the circumstances JHK notes and others, and rationalize a “calling” for a “culling” that provides them a moment of satisfaction at the expense of others who…through their educational indoctrination…are no longer valuable simply as an example of life.

    • janet May 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

      I personally think the nihilism…which in some ways is included in what JHK puts forward here, is the “even” larger culprit. –libertysghost

      Nihilism has been in popular consciousness for over a 150 years. Nihilism became popularized after its appearance in Ivan Turgenev’s novel Fathers and Sons (1862). Then 137 years later America had its first K-12 massacre (more than 10 killed) by a young white male.

      In 1897, in his studies of suicide, Durkheim associated anomie to the influence of a lack of norms or norms that were too rigid. Normlessness or norm-rigidity was a symptom of anomie. But anomie was around for more than 100 years before the first K-12 massacre.

      So, nihilism and anomie were recognized as popular phenomena more than 100 years ago. Mass K-12 school shootings (mass meaning more than 10 dead) in America date back to April 20, 1999… just 20 years ago. Anomie? Nihilism? Nyet?

      It’s All About the Guns.

      • libertysghost May 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

        Jajjajajja…simply existing prior does not mean that the pervasiveness of it hasn’t increased, and that its consequences have not been magnified by the “facilities” which house thousands of kids in one building to “educate” them in economy of scale fashion.

        Our supposed “education system” exists to benefit the adults working (or who have worked) in that system, not the kids…both monetarily and as way to spread their ideological “culture war”.

        Did guns not exist in the 1800s? If so…then explain why that doesn’t matter in your thesis. Odd conclusion given your argument.

        • janet May 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

          “Did guns not exist in the 1800s?” –libertysghost

          Guns existed in 1800s, but recent massacres involved assault rifles that did not exist in the 1800s.

          Assault rifles used in Las Vegas slaughtered 58 people last October.
          Assault rifles used in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting claimed 26 lives in November.
          Assault rifles used in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., left 49 dead in 2016.
          Assault rifles used in the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting killed 14 people in 2015.
          Assault rifles used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut took 27 lives in 2012.

          It’s all about the guns used.

          • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

            the AR15 is everyman’s gun, like the Winchester 1894 in days gone by.

            They’ve been banned here in CT. But every week in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport ghettos people are gunned down with firearms other than the AR15.

            There are 4 factories within 15 miles of me that manufacture AR15s. I was about to buy one for myself before the ban.

            brh

    • 100th Avatar May 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      Nihilism doesn’t kill people just as guns don’t kill people.
      People kill people.
      No reasons needed.

      “Yes, you did. You’ve been putting it up your whole life you just didn’t know it. You know what date is on this coin?

      1958. It’s been traveling twenty-two years to get here. And now it’s here. And it’s either heads or tails. And you have to say. Call it.”

      -A. Chigurgh

  75. volodya May 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Green Alba, you said a week or two ago that I was being patronizing. My bad, I think perhaps it was my inadequate communication skills. My intent was to be scathing.

    In any case, you have a remarkable ability to miss the point. And I’m not sure what the point of your apparent rebuttal was. Something about gays I take it.

    I hate to belabor stuff but in the interests of clarity, the point I was trying to make is that the vast majority of guys need a wife for love and companionship and sex, and a guy also needs kids to give his life direction, a sense of self-worth and to keep him occupied.

    Without these things, barring a direction in life, a sexual outlet, a family to take care of, you get guys going off the deep end. Sometimes a lot of guys go off the deep end, sometimes they burn down the world. The last time was roughly a lifetime ago.

    You remember, WW2. Or maybe you don’t remember or maybe they didn’t adequately teach it in school. But wide areas of Europe, Africa and Asia were on fire, 60 million people died, European Jewry were eradicated. This is what comes of societies that don’t even make symbolic attempts to deal with physical and psychological needs of its citizenry, especially young men. When this happens, they get violent. Like I said, there’s hell to pay. You see it nowadays in Gaza, in Syria and other places where young guys get fed up and decide they’d rather go down fighting.

    You can scoff all you like, you can sneer your superior sneer. But no matter, reality isn’t a thing that cares what you think about it. You deal with reality or it deals with you. In the end, it’s your choice.

    Have to say, I don’t frankly give a fuck about gays one way or the other. I just don’t. I’m utterly bored by the issue, there’s too few of them and the issue of gay rights is too narrow and routinely used by the oligarchical class as one of those culture wars distractions while they loot the country.

    I rather worry about the inability of too many people to make a living, the mockery and open contempt for men that seems to mark a sophisticated intellect in our culture and the resultant enfeeblement of greater society. And, not least, the competition that our civilizational model has out there.

    Because, believe it or not, our way is not the only way, it isn’t even the majority way, very large populations in the world don’t see the world as we do. In case you missed it, the USA (and other countries to be fair) built China up into a global adversary.

    It’s not only China, a great deal of the world has got a radically different conception of the relationship between the citizen and the state, the role of religion in the public realm, the role of the sexes, just to name a few things. These aren’t new cultures and ideologies, they were old when ours was young. And I know of what I speak through direct personal experience. If you don’t like the USA as a global hegemon, let me suggest you won’t like China any better.

    As I’ve said a multitude of times, history is instructive but elites have no time for the study of history, for them it’s different this time, and besides, they’re special. As I’ve said many times, they’re not special and you get recurring themes running through the historical record. And, even if it is different this time, too often the end is the easily foreseeable same damn thing as before.

    • akmofo May 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      volodya,

      The blame game is a dead end. My suggestion is that we all take personal responsibility for our environment. You don’t like Amazon, don’t shop there. I know I don’t. I don’t like the MSM liars and so I don’t watch read or listen to any of their crap. I don’t like supermarket phood, so I don’t buy it. I don’t like phrma-poisons so I don’t go to the ignorant poison dispensers with an MD diploma. I don’t like politicians and their staged political circus, so I don’t vote. I don’t like Hollywood politics, so I don’t watch their movies. And so on and so on. And I’m not shy telling anyone and everyone that these fascist institutions have zero credibility and that they will get ZERO credibility from me.

    • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      My ‘apparent rebuttal’ was nothing to do with gays, it was about experts and –ologies. But that one’s done. As usual you were patronising by suggesting I was incapable of discriminating between experts and ‘experts’, but I’d suggest that’s more your problem.

      Anyway, for someone who has no interest in gays, it’s bizarre that you keep bringing the topic up when it’s not even being discussed. You seem obsessed.

      “I hate to belabor stuff but in the interests of clarity, the point I was trying to make is that the vast majority of guys need a wife for love and companionship and sex, and a guy also needs kids to give his life direction, a sense of self-worth and to keep him occupied.”

      So don’t belabour it. It’s kind of obvious to a person like me whose friends, family and acquaintances are in exactly that circumstance. The vast majority are therefore the ones you should concern yourself with, rather than claiming that ‘half’ (yes that’s what you said) were said weepy panty men. If you stopped saying ridiculous things, I wouldn’t need to respond to them. Sneering at people seems to be something you enjoy.

      Now, getting back to the love, companionship and sex, let’s look at those percentages again that I mentioned. About 4% of Americans are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. That leaves your ‘vast majority’ free to do exactly what you want them to do, so perhaps you could just concentrate on them and stop bringing up the weepy panty men and then pretending you have no interest in them.

      Here’s another percentage for you – about 22-25% of people cheat on their spouses, which doesn’t do a lot for the stability of their marriages or the lives of their children. If I were going to worry about a percentage of Americans, I’d worry about the 25% before I’d worry about the 4%, since they’re doing more to wreck the institution of marriage than gays or transgenders (0.3%) are ever going to do.

    • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      “You remember, WW2. Or maybe you don’t remember or maybe they didn’t adequately teach it in school. ”

      See what I mean about being patronising? They didn’t need to teach me about it in school. I heard about it endlessly from my parents who’d just lived through it. We still had the ration coupons and the gas masks in the house. It was on our TVs ever weekend for two decades. I have the entire nine hours of Shoah on my video shelf if you ever feel like sitting through it. It’s tough going. It’s there along with ‘Nuit et Brouillard’ and ‘Le Chagrin et la Pitié’.

      I lived for four years in the south-east of France; my then French father-in-law escaped from a Polish prison camp and had respiratory problems because of being gassed. His brother was never found after Dunkirk. The village in the Vercors my mother-in-law was from, where we went at weekends, was next to the one where the Gestapo killed all the inhabitants when they found a makeshift ‘hospital’ in a cave.

      Please don’t patronise me again.

      • GreenAlba May 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

        And if that’s you being patronising I wouldn’t like to see what ‘scathing’ looks like.

      • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 7:58 am #

        PS My father-in-law made it from his Polish POW camp to France, with his friend, on foot. On foot. Through occupied Europe. Snaring rabbits, stealing food, sleeping in ditches and generally not getting caught either by locals or the occupying Nazis.

        And you lot can’t even go for a burger without a feckin’ car, but you want to tell the rest of us what’s what. Especially when a gun in your hand makes you feel like a man.

        Sorry, but I got up this morning and your patronising ignorance still made me mad.

        And we knew even as kids (and know even more now) about the unbelievably brave women – and not just Violette Szabo – who went to France with the SOE and mostly never came back, tortured and some of them burned in ovens and only recently traced. The life expectancy of a radio operator in occupied France was 6 weeks.

        These are just some of the most famous women – most you’ll never hear of, even though they chose not to stay in the kitchen when there was work to be done keeping evil at bay, for the sake of their own kids in some cases. It’s said they and their colleagues shortened the war by 6 months, so that’s a lot of men that got to go home alive to their families because of them.

        explorethearchive.com/6-incredible-female-spies-of-world-war-ii

  76. akmofo May 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

    Stefan Halper was paid $400,000 to spy on the Trump campaign. Obama should be sitting in jail. Actually, most of his top cabinet should be sitting in jail, including Ketchup man Kerry who received billions in kickbacks from Iran for the surreal arrangement with them.

    • akmofo May 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      Bill Binney: Obama Knew About Trump Spying, 2241
      youtu.be/j4gs_8H6i2s

    • Kellyfrombayfield May 22, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

      We will never see any of them in orange jumpsuits. That’s just the way it is.

      • akmofo May 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

        These gov mafia fscks will go to jail just like all the pederast Vatican fscks will go to jail. If we insist on that, that’s what will happen.

  77. wm5135 May 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    malthuss I do not care if Seeger was a communist, however I do not consider Guthrie a communist.

    Wanting a single tiered justice system and giving the working man an even break does not equate to communism except in the mind of those allied with what is now labeled “neo-liberalism”.

    Seeing injustice and experiencing the same are two different things.

    Have posted Tosh’s lyric before but here it is again”

    “I don’t want no peace, I want equal rights and justice”

    If you think that has a racial overtone fucking think again. The textile workers, the auto workers and the steel workers have not had equal rights or justice nor have the carpenters, plumbers and electricians.

    If you ain’t got the do re mi – you ain’t got the do re mi

    • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

      Funny thing about Pete Seeger, he was a man who had the unique ability to turn on a dime.

      always pro Stalin, he was anti Nazi intil the day in 1939 when Stalin and Hitler signed their frienship pact. Then all of a sudden Seeger was pro Nazi too. When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union on June 21 1941 Seeger was anti Nazi again.

      always a big Red and Stalin apologist, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 Pete Seeger suddenly turned green and became a big environmentalist.

      Here was a man who knew which way the wind blew.

      brh

      • malthuss May 23, 2018 at 10:40 am #

        You know too much.

        He got on the Green Bandwagon, the Clearwater.

        • malthuss May 23, 2018 at 10:44 am #

          in 1989 Pete Seeger suddenly turned green and became a big environmentalist–His Green Theme started in the 1960s.
          The Clearwater.

          He was another Duranty.

          And his music was sub par.

          Did you know the song ‘The Lion King’ was his, sort of?
          From a field recording.

      • malthuss May 23, 2018 at 10:47 am #

        Takis mag, ‘Stalins Songbird’ for more information.

    • malthuss May 23, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      I do not care if Seeger was a communist,
      Of course you do not.

      And the Holomodor, what of that?

  78. San Jose May 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

    Why are teenagers engaged in school shootings?

    Anyone else out there noticing that lots of teens/young adults in the neighborhood are being diagnosed as bipolar? Anyone but me notice that an alarming number of girls with scars on their wrists? (I noticed this as a school parent/volunteer.) And what I consider to be self-abuse in the form of tongue studs, nickel-sized holes in the earlobes, hideous tattoos?

    I’ll let you in on a little psychiatry secret — lots of these “bi-polar” kids are actually suffering from a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). But because BPD is considered incurable and barely treatable, INSURANCE WILL NOT COVER IT. Bipolar illness treatments will be reimbursed.

    BPD shows itself in the form of explosive anger, unstable relationships, self-harm and chronic feelings of emptiness. BPD is considered a “Cluster B Personality Group: dramatic, emotional, erratic. Some have mused that BPD (in its most malignant forms) include the Dark Triad of personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

    How does one come into this state? Emotional neglect is one of the causes. Probably some kids feel neglected because their parents are torn between parenting and their career path. (“Lean-In” says that over-priviledged Facebook bitch Sheryl Sandberg.)

    Maybe these kids had no one who cared? That would result in chronic feelings of emptiness.

    One of my little mother mottoes is: no success can compensate for failure in the home.

    Jen in San Jose

    • tucsonspur May 22, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

      It does seem to be self abuse, doesn’t it. I’ll hurt myself to gain identity, recognition. Anything but neglect, anything but indifference.

      As always, the Fundamental Things apply, as time goes by.

      Simple and Basic. Love and Caring.

      Well said.

    • janet May 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      “Maybe these kids had no one who cared? That would result in chronic feelings of emptiness.” — Jen in San Jose

      A kid with feelings is just a kid with feelings. No one dies. But a kid with feelings and access to an AR-15 can manifest a massacre of innocents.

      It’s all about the guns, especially assault rifles. Military-style assault-style weapons have made possible some of the major massacres with dozens of victims.

    • Sean Coleman May 23, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      Dorothy Rowe is an Australian psychologist who writes about depression and such like. She also has some deep insights into the ‘type problem’, the way the world is divided between introverts and extraverts. (Her huge insight is that every couple consists of one of each, even (mysteriously) arranged marriages.)

      She argues, convincingly, that manic depression (I think bipolar is the fashionable term) affects extraverts while introverts retreat into themselves under stress, into their personal internal world, as schizophrenics. The manic depressive is running away from his internal world into the external one in an exhausting blaze of frenetic activity.

      I agree with you that family problems, chaos at home, are providing the stress. But I also argue that the meaninglessness of modern life and its complete and utter lack of sense is also at work here. Contemporary values are unprecedented in the way they contradict each other and lack any kind of hierarchy. And for their utter stupidity of course. This is a big problem for any extravert as he, unlike his introverted partner, identifies with it.

      • GreenAlba May 23, 2018 at 8:40 am #

        “The manic depressive is running away from his internal world into the external one in an exhausting blaze of frenetic activity.”

        So I guess that’s the bipolar person is doing during their manic phase. So, what are they doing during their depressive phase?

        Just wondering, so I can pass on the insights to my husband, who’s both highly introverted and bipolar, although, thankfully, it’s mellowed with age and he hasn’t taken meds for it since just before I met him. His brother, on the other hand (you’ll obviously know BPD has a hereditary factor) committed suicide. And yet they were brought up in a loving, Catholic, Irish family of high achievers.

        Needless to say, especially being a medic of over 40 years’ experience, he’s made it his business to read an awful lot around the subject since the death of his brother and his own diagnosis. He also deals with an awful lot of patients with personality disorders, who take up an inordinate amount of NHS time and resources and rarely with any kind of satisfactory outcome, that being the nature of the condition. Or just the personality, if we don’t want to medicalise it. But the gems of a layperson are always welcome.

        One of my prize-winning medical authors is also intensely bipolar and on lithium, which keeps it under control. Lovely chap. He’s had a number of rough patches and been hospitalised on occasion, but I’m sure your insights would be most helpful to him and his lovely wife and family too.

        Just asking, obviously. Not commenting.

        • Sean Coleman May 23, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

          GA

          Jordan Peterson (whom I admire) also appears to be in the same boat. Jung’s book makes it clear that neither side can understand the other, and the mutual attraction is obviously some kind of way of compensating for the more undeveloped dimension in both. I think Dorothy Rowe has practical help in her books but I admit that I read them more our of interest in the type problem than any practical outcome, for me or anyone else. She has a very deep understanding of the issues.

          For the likes of me (or rather us) I don’t know what insights apply or even if they are required. Extraverts will see our faults better than we can, and vice versa. Actually there is one (but you don’t need it) which is to insist on saying what we think and to stand our ground.

          For extraverts it seems to be something else, of course. I am thinking of Russell’s famous passage about the utter meaninglessness of human life in a decaying, meaningless universe. To me that was obviously just silly, even when I didn’t know why, but I am sure it has depressed the hell out of many as the whole culture supports that view and seems to ‘prove’ it. I read Dunne’s classic An Experiment in Time when I was fourteen and kept a diary of my dreams for two or three months, marking off the predictions. I still have it in the loft. So I knew from my own tangible experience that when scientists were telling me that this or that were impossible they were wrong.

          I think Jung said, or at least implied, that the religious impulse was vitally important and he seemed to get so much right. (Having trawled a couple of web forums I am possibly the only person alive who believes he was himself an extravert.) Irish writer John Waters (best known to many as Sinead O’Connor’s partner) would advocate that they get down on their knees an pray and like AA (he had a drink problem) to fake it until you make it. Throw a shoe under the bed if you must to give you an excuse. That might work with some.

          Another way would be to read Rupert Sheldrake, whose wonderful book The Science Delusion, demolishes materialistic science. (He knows his history of science and can also handle
          philosophy, unlike me.) This video is a good distillation of his main argument: youtube.com/watch?v=GtvjVRQN2hU&t=2645s . (Despite the title it has nothing to do with Peterson.)

          It is hard to get across to extraverts. I remember you writing a few weeks ago that your husband was convinced (only temporarily no doubt) about that ‘gassing’ in Syria. I can’t do it with my wife. For example an Irish man committed a horrible murder a couple of days ago and it was reported on the telly that nobody knew why he did it, him being a family man and all that. A family man? I asked her. Surely you know why they are describing him like that?

          Now, I don’t give advice, for a good reason, which is that I am regularly and uncomfortably reminded that the universe conspires to make fun of me.

          • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 9:27 pm #

            SC

            I don’t have any major problem with Jordan Peterson, although he does have a bit of a flavour-of-the-month-guru allure about him. A lot (not all) of what he says I find fairly uncontroversial, but there are areas where I find him a bit out of his depth.

            And some of it is only true in a very narrow cultural context, although he talks as if it’s universal truth – try telling a 15-year-old in [insert country of choice] who’s been coerced into marrying a 50-year old that ‘it’s women who select partners’. Aye, right, as we say over here. And it’s not that long since the same coercion existed here too.

            With his back against the wall, he admits that he doesn’t really believe God exists but chooses to behave as if he does (exist). Which is fine, I suppose – in some ways I behave that way myself, given my reluctance, as previously expressed, to throw babies out with bathwater. But it’s not saying anything other than that religious belief can be useful in controlling behaviour.

            Discussing the validity or not of religious faith (in terms of actual truth rather than social utility) is a non-starter. It’s not a rational question, so rational discussion takes you nowhere, on the whole, and merely creates hostility that also takes you nowhere. So, I’ll leave it be.

            I looked into Sheldrake previously and was less than convinced – I wouldn’t obviously comment on the book without reading it, but often we find that people ‘demolish’ things we wanted them to ‘demolish’, while others might not be at all convinced by the demolition. Such is life. We often just have to agree to disagree.

            I realise this post is a bit ‘here and there’ – it’s bed time again, so I should have responded earlier.

            I haven’t read as much as you have on the introvert/extrovert(extravert) issue as you’re more interested in it than I am (I enjoyed Susan Cain’s book, but that’s obviously very light reading on the matter). Incidentally, I think we (in the wider sense) should all be wary of assuming things about each other’s personalities on the basis of what we express here. It might be the only place we express ourselves in the same way. (Although spending time on a computer expressing views, rather than doing it somewhere else with real, live people is arguably a fairly introverted thing to be doing in the first place!).

            My husband’s personality is in some ways (not all) similar to my own. Neither of us is remotely interested in parties, crowds, gregarious jollity etc. that extr(a/o)verts are described as being attracted to. My chosen holidays are at the back of beyond, where I can watch the tide going in and out. So, we don’t complement one another in exactly the way suggested by your mix-and-match theory. Not that it matters that much…

            Moving on in a random way, I don’t find the ‘indifferent universe’ scenario as depressing as I perhaps should, especially since I once thought it had meaning. I should be more depressed, perhaps. But I’m not. I have some Stoic attitudes – I consider the worst, then put it aside and get on with today, which I consider more mentally healthy than either ‘positive thinking’ or ‘believing six impossible things before breakfast’.

            When I read John Gray’s ‘Straw Dogs’ many years ago, I found it both pretty unarguable and deeply bleak. But then I just got on with my life, because ‘bleak’ can be dealt with by looking out the window at the blossom on the trees and the birds being their birdy selves in the garden. Likewise watching the tide going in and out and feeling part of the whole, which will still be going on after I’ve ‘gone’. Deeply bleak can also lead to gallows humour, which is still humour. And we *choose* what to make of it all – families still need to be cared for and suffering still needs to be alleviated, whether the universe cares or not. We can still choose to care and most people do.

            Getting back to what started this off, though, I wish people would be wary of thinking that because experts are out of fashion, a random opinion is worth exactly the same as that of someone who has spent their life in study, observation and clinical practice.

            The doctor (professor) I mentioned suffers from serious clinical depression which has a clear physiological cause and is controlled by the use of lithium. He’s great fun and has a wonderful dry sense of humour. Were you to meet him and suggest his malady had some kind of psychological origin, I’m afraid it would be your turn for demolition. There are actually learned people who do know what they’re talking about, while the rest of us opine and read articles by psychologists.

            When it suits, the denizens of this site will tell you psychology is nothing but a pseudo-science with some lefty propensities. Until they find something they like said by a psychologist. Such is life.

          • PeteAtomic May 24, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

            Sean, if you like Jung then you oughta read someone that was a major influence for him and somebody he wrote a few dissertations about, a fella named Paracelsus.

            Paracelsus was one of the fathers of pharmacy, amongst other things.

          • Sean Coleman May 25, 2018 at 9:36 am #

            GA

            I answered your question because you asked for any insights you might have that might help your other half. I didn’t really have the time and I regret doing so. I don’t want to exchange opinions since I have already told what I think of yours, and why, but since I am here…

            You can reply if you like, but it had better be quick because I am off on holiday. Then I’d prefer if we returned to our gentlemen’s agreement, because taking you up on everything dodgy you say would be a full-time occupation and you are already fully occupied following Janos around the board.

            Hitchens reviewed Peterson’s book and was not impressed:

            spectator.co.uk/2018/02/jordan-peterson-doesnt-go-nearly-far-enough/

            When I read it I tended to agree with him but I have since taken more of an interest as he has studied Jung and thinks highly of him. (I have my issues with Jung too, of course.) Peterson talks about ‘studies’, IQ, statistics and similar things which do not interest me because I think they are often misleading or irrelevant or wrong.

            The doctor who would demolish me? So what? I will never meet him, I have my own views and I have good reason to hold them. I despair of the so-called experts in so many fields and am not alone.

            You may remember that you also told me that your husband has dyslexia (it does not exist) but that he would wipe the floor with me any day with his speed of reading. I would expect better from a twelve-year-old.

            You make statements, such as about religion being an invention for social control as if they were self-evidently true. This is standard nowadays but have you wondered why it would not have been so, say, a century ago? Why, of course, it was because people were kept in the dark and indoctrinated by the socially-controlling ‘hierarchy’. It is self-evident.

            I’m out of time and will leave it there.

        • Tate May 24, 2018 at 10:16 am #

          “… (you’ll obviously know BPD has a hereditary factor)….”

          GA, are you saying behavior is not all the result of one’s upbringing? Do you mean to say that there’s an inborn, genetic component to how we respond to stimuli and act out our desires & aversions?

          My goodness, I thought you were beyond that troglodyte, benighted point of view?

          • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

            Tate

            Anyone who thinks the existence of genetic medical conditions gives weight to racist theories has a long way to go towards the light.

            But you are welcome to stay in your cave if you’re happy there, which I get the impression you are.

          • Tate May 24, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

            Genetic medical conditions are evidence of mutations in our genes. Mutations in our genes (the beneficial ones) give rise eventually to new species. That’s Darwin 101.

            Those changes have no affect on temperament, behavior & cognitive ability when all the evidence says otherwise?

            We cannot admit of any dissimilarities within breeding populations until two separate & distinct species have emerged from an ancestor species?

            The inability to produce viable offspring between two separate breeding populations, now classified as separate species because of such inability, through some heretofore unexplained & mysterious all-encompassing affect tied to that inability to produce viable offspring, suddenly enables changes in temperament, behavior & cognitive ability (which we readily admit of separate species) but not one day before?

            Or, because of social strictures, are we only allowed to admit of such changes at that point?

            Which is it?

    • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      “BPD shows itself in the form of explosive anger, unstable relationships, self-harm and chronic feelings of emptiness.”

      Jen,
      What you have described is male puberty…to a “T”…not nearly a pathology. Poll our community and see how many of the men would savor revisiting their angst-ridden 13 year old selves….

  79. FincaInTheMountains May 22, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Colored World Projects, World Civil War and World Education System

    The Colored World Projects are not secret societies, it is precisely philosophy, the methodology of solving world problems, although of course this philosophy and these methods are a kind of “know-how” of certain secret societies whose lifetime far exceeds the normal duration of human life, but much less than the existence of the World Projects.

    But it is not the societies that define the World Projects, but the World Projects defines the societies, filling them with ideological content.

    For example, the first bearers of the Black Project were Cistercian monks when they fought the Benedictine Order, from which they separated, then they were replaced by Knightly Orders, then after the defeat of the Knights Templar, some of them went underground, turning into lodges and esoteric communities of intellectuals in the Age of Enlightenment, and then the Great French Revolution arrived in time with the Napoleonic wars and bankers who were making profit off it, and from there it went.

    And not only people have changed; huge communities came to the surface and went into the shadows, but continuity of methods was preserved, as well as aesthetics and the aforementioned know-how, which sometimes was broadcast from all steam irons, and sometimes became a secret, and could be tracked only by the results of its application.

    But there are three manifestations of this “know-how”, this methodology, which it was impossible to hide – art (aesthetics), attitude to the education system and attitude to the Jewish question, which quite strangely and openly correlates with the attitude to the education system.

    Unfortunately, this topic is completely unknown in Russia and, apparently, no one is going to investigate it, despite the geostrategic significance of this topic.

    Suffice to recall that on the eve of the Nazi coup in Kiev, which was hurriedly launched by Angela Merkel a year earlier than the deadline set by the State Department (Victoria Nuland) and the US Navy (Secretary Ray Mabus), in even more urgent order, a project was implemented for the liquidation of the Russian Academy of Sciences by the Ministry of Education of Russia, although I have great doubts whose orders that Ministry was carrying out.

    And the direct bell (the third) that launched the Maidan coup in Kiev was an article by British journalist and economist Edward Lucas that then Ukrainian President Yanukovich, on his way from China, were he sold Chinese a port in Crimea, went to pre-Olympic Sochi in order to sell the rest of Ukraine to Putin.

    It is also noteworthy that this journalist was the main pioneer of the discussion in the West about the new military doctrine of Russia, also known as Medvedev’s Nuclear Ultimatum.

    As a result of this discussion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, having destroyed the missiles produced in Ukraine for the best Russian submarines and in her opinion depriving Russia of a significant part of its nuclear shield, came to Moscow to demand the abolition from the Russian military doctrine of the possibility of a preventive nuclear strike (from the context of the EURO-ABM).

    And the grandfather of this Lucas on the maternal line is the British admiral, who began to develop plans for the seizure of the Crimea in the 1960s.

  80. FincaInTheMountains May 22, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Russian word for Education – “Obrazovanie” – comes from the Russian word “Obraz” = “Image”.

    It is a process in which a person is given the opportunity to approach the image and likeness of God which had blurred from human society, because of its propensity for sin.

    But it seems to me that the difference between the West and Russia began precisely at that moment when the meaning of education lost the component of “approaching the image of God”.

    Is it better to call a system that educates people in a neutral way, in a “civilized manner” – the system of learning skills, the system of training in professional activity, and so on.

    How that fundamentally differs from training of useful livestock?

  81. janet May 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    Maybe these kids had no one who cared? That would result in chronic feelings of emptiness. — Jen in San Jose

    A kid with feelings is just a kid with feelings. No one dies. But a kid with feelings and access to firearms can manifest a massacre of innocents.

    It’s all about the guns.

    • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

      Google the Bath Michigan school massacre May 15, 1927.

      He used a .38 revolver and dynamite.

      .38 double action revolver, patented by Smith & Wesson in July, 1899.

      brh

      • janet May 22, 2018 at 10:10 pm #

        brh, the Bath Michigan massacre has nothing to do with kids using firearms. Kehoe was an adult who owned 88 acres of farm land. He dynamited the school because he was angry about his school property taxes.

        But one thing is similar. Like everyone here blaming cultural factors or nihilism or whatever, the KKK blamed Catholicism for the Bath Michigan massacre. Always the attempt to blame others.

        • BackRowHeckler May 22, 2018 at 10:58 pm #

          who do you blame?

          It sounds like not the actual person killing his classmates?

          Gun manufacturers? The NRA? Republicans?

          brh

  82. njguy73 May 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    I did a Ctrl-F, and came up blank for “homeschool,” “charter school,” “parochial school,” “co-op,” and “online learning.”

    No one gets it.

    • janet May 22, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

      “came up blank for “homeschool” … No one gets it.” –njguy73

      The number of homeschooled children that have grown up to become violent criminals, mass murderers, even serial killers, is growing. In many cases, these are not simply small-time killers. We have one of the most notorious white supremacists on our hands, along with the leader of a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President and the most famous serial killer of the last decade.

      Homeschool Homicide Database
      hsinvisiblechildren.org/homeschool-homicide-database/

      • Janos Skorenzy May 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

        Not homeschooling at this point is simply child abuse. Tens of millions of parents need to be indicted.

      • njguy73 May 23, 2018 at 11:51 pm #

        janet, you do realize that homeschooling can be done in the absence of white supremacist doctrine?

  83. Tate May 23, 2018 at 12:09 am #

    Adapted & Excerpted from a speech by Heather Mac Donald at Hillsdale College April 18, 2018

    “Our nation is about to be transformed, thanks to the #MeToo movement. I am not speaking about a cessation of sexual predation in the workplace. If that were the only consequence of #MeToo, the movement would clearly be a force for good. Unfortunately, its effects are going to be more sweeping and destructive. #MeToo is going to unleash a new torrent of gender and race quotas throughout the economy and culture, on the theory that all disparities in employment and institutional representation are due to harassment and bias. The resulting distortions of decision-making will be largely invisible; we will usually not know of the superior candidates for a job who were passed over in the drive for gender parity. But the net consequence will be a loss of American competitiveness and scientific achievement…

    “Since the 1990s, every mainstream institution has lived in terror of three lethal words: “all white male,” [which produces] paroxysms of self-abasement. Silicon Valley quake[s] before the charge of being all or mostly male; their varied ethnic demographics earn them no protection… The New York Times recently criticized the board of fashion giant H&M for being “entirely white. We can therefore infer that there are females on the H&M board, or else the Times would have let loose with the bigger gun: “all white male…

    “But however pervasive the diversity imperative was before, the #MeToo movement is going to make the previous three decades look like a golden age of meritocracy…

    “Males in general, and white males in particular, will have to clear a very high bar in order to justify further deferring that halcyon moment of gender equity…

    “At this year’s Oscar awards lunch, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, prefaced his remarks by noting that he was a ’75-year-old white man.’ Bailey was trying to get out ahead of the curve… if he hadn’t pointed out this shameful status, feminist crusaders in the press and the industry would have done so for him. Witness actress Natalie Portman’s sneer in presenting the best director prize at the 2018 Golden Globe awards: ‘And here are the all-male nominees.’ Such shallow bean counting is now going to become the automatic response to any perceived lack of ‘diversity’ in entertainment…

    “CBS is considering only females to fill the anchor slot at Face the Nation, to catch up with the Today Show, which now has two female anchors…

    “The prospect of left-wing entertainment moguls having to sacrifice their box office judgment to identity politics is an unalloyed pleasure, and of little consequence to society at large. But quota-izing will hardly be limited to Hollywood.

    “Major publishing houses are analyzing their author lists by gender and race and making publishing decisions accordingly…

    “In 2005, professional feminst Susan Estrich preposterously accused Michael Kinsley, then running the Los Angeles Times editorial pages, of excluding female writers. Naturally, Estrich ignored the fact that males are disproportionately interested in public affairs, as demonstrated by lopsided sex ratios among op-ed submissions and letters to the editor. Eighty-seven percent of contributions to Wikipedia are male. There are no allegedly sexist gatekeepers at Wikipedia screening out females; contributions are anonymous and open to all. But males are more oriented towards highly fact-based realms…

    “In response to the #MeToo movement, the New York Times created a ‘gender editor’ who presides over a ‘gender initiative’ to infuse questions of gender throughout all the Times’ coverage. A recent front-page product of this #MeToo initiative covered the earth-shattering problem facing NFL cheerleaders: to wit, they have a dress code and are forbidden from fraternizing with the players. Despite these allegedly patriarchal conditions, females are still lining up to be hired, to the puzzlement of the Times…

    “Diversity trainers are already sensing a windfall from #MeToo. Gender, diversity, and inclusion were the dominant themes at this January’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The conference was chaired exclusively by women. Windows were emblazoned with slogans like ‘Diversity is good for business…’ CEOs shared their techniques for achieving gender equity. It’s actually quite simple: pay managers based on their record of hiring and promoting females and minorities, as Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta explained. Never mind the fact that by introducing irrelevent criteria such race and gender… you will inevitably end up with less qualified employees…

    “Amazingly, John Williams — a white man — squaked into the presidency of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this April, to the outrage of the diversocrats. Don’t be surprised if he is the last… ‘The New York Fed has never been led by a woman or a person of color, and that needs to change,’ announced New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand…

    “#MeToo enforcers are even going after classical music. New Yorker music critic Alex Ross triggered outrage against the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra in February when he tweeted that they had programmed no female composers in their 2018-2019 seasons…

    “Facts are facts, and throughout most of music history, the greatest composers have been male. No amount of digging through score archives, however useful that enterprise maybe for discovering unfamiliar works, is going to unearth a female counterpart to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, or Brahms…

    “‘It was already difficult two years ago to land a U.S. conducting position for a universally esteemed white male conductor,’ reports [one] agent. Now it would be nearly impossible, the agent believes, adding: ‘If I had a trans conductor, I would be rich.’

    “Academia, the source of identity politics, will double down on its diversity quota-izing in the wake of #MeToo…

    “In March, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Priya Satia, former diversity chair of Stanford University’s Department of History, went into diversity meltdown over a history conference that… Niall Ferguson had organized. Though Ferguson had invited females to speak, none had accepted. Not good enough, according to… Satia. Ferguson should have suspended the conference… unless he could persuade females and minorities to participate…

    “STEM departments… have been under enormous pressure from the federal government to hire by gender and race. Now they are creating their own internal diversity enforcers, notwithstanding the massive diversity bureaucracies already in place. UCLA’s Engineering Department now has its own diversity dean…

    “Silicon Valley is a #MeToo diversity bonanza waiting to happen. It’s not for nothing that the Mountain View headquarters of Google is referred to as the ‘Google campus’; the culture of the Silicon Valley behemoth is an echo chamber of shrill academic victimology…

    “In August 2017, Google fired computer engineer James Damore for writing a memo suggesting that the lack of 50-50 gender proportionality at Google and other tech firms may not be due to bias… He cited psychological research establishing that on average, males and females are attracted to different types of work: males to more abstract, idea-centered work, females to more human-centered…

    “Google accused Damore of using harmful gender stereotypes that put Google’s female employees at risk of some unspecified trauma…

    “But in January 2018, the National Labor Relations Board released a memo upholding Google’s action on the same grounds: Damore had engaged in discrimination and sexual harassment by employing ‘harmful gender stereotypes.’ The reasoning behind the NLRB memo puts at risk the job of every academic scientist researching the biological and psychological differences between the sexes…

    “The following month, a Google recruiter challenged Silicon Valley’s quota mentality by refusing to obey an edict to purge white males from consideration for entry-level engineering interviews. The recruiter alleges in a lawsuit that he was promptly fired…

    “Such distortions of meritocracy will become even more intense following #MeToo. The mad rush of investor funding into the biotech fraudster firm Theranos was undoubtedly due in large part to the sex of its founder [Elizabeth Holmes]…

    “Hilariously, the #MeToo-obsessed New York Times opined that it was ‘surprising’ how long Holmes was allowed to operate ‘before regulators stepped in…’

    “Despite the billions of dollars that… have poured into increasing the number of females in STEM, the gender proportions of the hard sciences have not changed much over the years. This is not surprising, given mounting evidence of the difference in interests and aptitudes between the sexes… Females on average tend to choose fields that are perceived to make the world a better place, according to the common understanding of that term…

    “Even under the broad STEM umbrella, females seek jobs that are seen as directly helping others by a two-to-one ratio over males. Females make up 75 percent of workers in health-related jobs, but only 25 percent of workers in computer jobs and 14 percent of engineering workers… And in a resounding blow to the feminist narrative about bias in STEM, it turns out that the more gender equality in a country, the lower the percentage of females in STEM majors and fields. The more careers open to females, the less likely they are to choose math or science.

    “Finally, there is the most taboo subject of all: the non-identical distribution of high-end math skills. Males outnumber females on both the bottom rung of math cluelessness and the top rung of math insight. In the U.S., there are 2.5 males in the top .01 percent of math ability for every female in that category…

    “Given these different distributions of interests and skills, the only way to engineer… proportionality in the hard sciences is to put a ceiling on male hires, no matter how gifted… And indeed, the National Science Foundation, which has announced that progress in science requires a ‘diverse STEM workforce,’ seems to be moving in that direction. This is undoubtedly good news for China… Not such good news for the rest of us, however…

    “Ironically, the best solution to sexual predation is not more feminism, but less. By denying the differences between men and women, and by ridiculing the manly virtues of gentlemanliness and chivalry and the female virtues of modesty and prudence, feminism dissolved the civilizational restraints on the male libido. The boorish behavior that pervades society today would have been unthinkable in the past, when a traditional understanding of sexual propriety prevailed…

    “Contrary to the feminist narrative, Western culture is in fact the least patriarchal culture in human history.

    • janet May 23, 2018 at 12:39 am #

      “a new torrent of gender and race quotas”

      I can only hope this is true. For too long only white heterosexual males have had the power and look what they have wrought. It is time to share the power with women and non-white, cis-gendered LBGTQAI … and non-Christians. Our institutions that wield power should be representative of the population. 50% of Congress should be women.

      The Faces of American Power, Nearly as White as the Oscar Nominees
      nytimes.com/interactive/2016/02/26/us/race-of-american-power.html

      “We reviewed 503 of the most powerful people in American culture, government, education and business, and found that just 44 are minorities. Any list of the powerful is subjective, but the [male white christian] people here have an outsize influence on the nation’s rules and culture.”

      • Ancianoloco May 23, 2018 at 1:46 am #

        When we get the collapse that James has been preaching, there will be no room for your silly philosophies and slogans.

        • 100th Avatar May 23, 2018 at 6:56 am #

          Collapse? Looks like someone is late to the fiesta.
          In no time, AI will be doing all these things that women were prohibited from doing from music composition to STEM fields.
          Perhaps they can appeal to emotions of AI, more likely they’ll only reproach. The tried and true way.

      • Jigplate May 23, 2018 at 7:47 am #

        “It is time to share the power with women and non-white, cis-gendered LBGTQAI …” I wonder what you will do when you run out of letters in the Alphabet, maybe hieroglyphics?

    • BackRowHeckler May 23, 2018 at 1:16 am #

      ‘Diversity Coordinator’ … now there’s a job with a future!

      Maybe the only job left with a future.

      brh

      • ozone May 23, 2018 at 8:49 am #

        BRH,
        I know you’re being facetious here, but as Ancianoloco implies just above, as the collapse deepens, whoever is best suited to a particular task is simply going to have to step up and *do* it (label or no label). It will be a reassertion of being a responsible adult, and a return to pride in becoming one. (School shootings are an incarnation of childish revenge fantasies; I think we all indulged in them until we were about 10 or 12. In a situation of a sharp reduction in resources, this kind of behavior will not be tolerated or [commercially] encouraged. Leaving childhood behind will become a necessity, not an option. Seen the vids of parents finally removing the toys from their blatantly irresponsible kids?)

        BTW, the Long Emergency is continuing apace as you know from visits to the big city and I know from visiting the small towns. It’s just being glossed over by any media outlet that can squawk. Lots of abandoned businesses and the buildings that once housed them. Once we see a rash of local fires for fun and profit (a la Detroit) we’ll know the next step in the dissolution has arrived.

        • ozone May 23, 2018 at 8:56 am #

          Ps.
          That bear in Canton sure did tear that Subaru a new “out back” now didn’t it? lol

        • PeteAtomic May 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

          a nation with as many internal security agencies as ours dedicated to enforce a myriad of laws on such a grand scale will eventually be used widespread, imho.

      • malthuss May 23, 2018 at 10:52 am #

        A large college chose a Black Female [fold hands in prayer]
        as their president. She is a former diversity counselor.

        To go along with the Black school principal,
        Black FEMALEpolice chief,
        Black etc.

        Its a White area.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

          Early White explorers were amazed at the self satisfaction of the African Negroes. Though naked savages, they thought they were great! And every psychological test finds the same thing: Blacks have more self esteem than any other race. Trouble comes when they find that their abilities are not commensurate with that self image; when they realize they are far inferior to Whites and Asians in mental ability.

          Thus to placate them, we have turned our Civilization inside out and dumbed down most schooling, now even at the university level. And we bow to Black self confidence: if a Black thinks he or she deserves a job, they must be qualified. After all a White wouldn’t have that kind of confidence (typically) unless they were. Or Black rage: a White (usually) only gets that angry when there is something seriously amiss or when a real injustice has occurred.

    • Sean Coleman May 23, 2018 at 6:33 am #

      “Ironically, the best solution to sexual predation”

      Even more ironically I have yet to see anything serious pinned on Weinstein, just a mixture of trivia and lunatic imaginings. But not surprising. In fact, it is almost a scientific law that there is never anything behind these hysterical outpourings.

  84. janet May 23, 2018 at 12:27 am #

    “to spy on the Trump campaign” –akmofo

    You don’t need a spy to figure out Trump colluded with Russia. All you need is a tape recorder. Trump himself, in public in front of a microphone said: “Russia, if you are listening…”

    • akmofo May 23, 2018 at 6:46 am #

      Trump colluded with Russia on what? Iran? Syria? UN support for the Jihadists in Gaza? Ukraine? Korea? China? The Steele Dossier? The Clinton mass theft and influence selling “charity” racket? Massive vote fraud by illegals and other Demonrats? Commie subversion and illigal abuse of power? Treasonous sale of strategic uranium resources to Russia?

      What exactly did Trump and Russia collude on?

  85. jloughrey May 23, 2018 at 1:29 am #

    Thanks, Jim. I read your blog posts faithfully, and they always have merit. This is one of your best posts of late. The problem with our current society is that there is no real discussion of the issues, nor are there rational and practical solutions at hand. There is much hand-wringing and feigned outrage every time there is a school shooting, but with the 15-second attention span that is part and parcel of the social media landscape, it’s just the same old rinse and repeat rhetoric. The inability to grasp the problems and solve them are indicative of a society in deep trouble and decline.

  86. edpell May 23, 2018 at 7:41 am #

    Yes. At long last someone names it. Thanks James.

  87. capt spaulding May 23, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    I’m not trying to hijack this thread, but I have to comment on this morning’s news. Congress just rolled back a major part of the Dodd-Frank bill, helping to pave the way for a repeat of 2008. Democrats were in line right along with the Republicans, making the Oligarchs happy indeed. They seem determined to continue the financial madness to the point of destroying the country and it’s citizens. JHK was never more right than when he predicted The Long Emergency. The biggest problem is, just like the antarctic ice shelves, no one knows when it will snap.

  88. janet May 23, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    “childish revenge fantasies” —ozone

    Those fantasies harm no one. No one dies. Those fantasies plus easy access to an AR-15 can massacre innocents. It’s all about the guns.

  89. JohnAZ May 23, 2018 at 10:24 am #

    To Janet

    Guns, guns, guns. Cars, cars, cars. Deaths from guns, excluding suicides, in 2017 was 15000 and change. Deaths from highway accidents was over 40000. Using your illogic, we should first ban cars to reduce the mortality rate. Or is your insistence about guns nothing more than another Liberal attempt to take liberty away from the individual and give more power to the government. The same people that believe that individual freedom is paramount, elected Trump. What a deplorable situation.

    • PeteAtomic May 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      “Or is your insistence about guns nothing more than another Liberal attempt to take liberty away from the individual and give more power to the government.”

      bingo.

      How do you think cases like Cliven Bundy would have turned out without an individual’s right to bear arms? the feds would have simply done whatever they wanted to do without any recourse. It took a lot of bravery for common people to stand up to the feds and stop them the way they did. That may be what it takes in the future. I don’t advocate violence. On the contrary. The People met the feds force for force, and that caused the feds to back down.

  90. wm5135 May 23, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Elliott Broidy, George Nader – let’s take bets on Special a Prosecutor

    ‘Too Politicized’: There Are FBI Agents That Want To Torch McCabe And Comey Before Congress – Search this title over at Townhall

    ‘Diversity Coordinator’ that is the best description of what I do in my lawn during the summer months!

    My parents idea of managing a young man’s path was indentured servitude. Here is a new shovel, grub axe, axe, garden rake and wheel barrow. See that two acres of scrub to the south of the house? We need a lawn. When you’re not working for Al there is something for you to do.

    This task came after treating all of the lumber used in construction of the house by hand in vats of a carbon based wood preservative. This activity was punctuated by installing a hogwire fence around the property.

    As long as I kept a minimum B average on the ole report card I could rock and roll in my spare time.

    I might be aesocial but I am not anti-social.

    No Janet it is not about the guns, my Christmas present from my father when I was five was a Winchester Ranger double barrel 20 ga. shotgun. My ranger was supplemented by a Stephens bolt action 20 ga. at ten and a Winchester 16 ga. pump at fifteen. I was raised not to go along with the crowd and bullying me was no fun for the bullies. I quite enjoyed the shunning by the “Clean Boys” who didn’t have the nuts to attempt a physical engagement.

    My sense of respect for the human condition and my sense of empathy are two of my most valuable assets and are both in perfect order. Not about the guns at all. It is the lack of respect for everything and all life, and that is a hallmark of the American wannabe.

    My father told me at five ” Be someone and doesn’t matter what car you drive”. Stoicism is not dead.

    • ozone May 23, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      wm.,
      You and I see a lot of things from the same perspective. Must be upbringing and construction work! 😉

      As kids, there were always plenty of chores to be done and we were often reminded that responsibility for our own actions was to be taken seriously and not put off onto others’ compulsive decisions. Plan ahead to make any job interesting and efficient. (This turns out to be somewhat of a problem for me, as I sometimes take too long to just jump in and get to ‘er. However, my neighbor is always amazed at the speed in which I can complete a project, even though *I* don’t see it.)

      Keep on truckin’, as in, Robert Crumb.

  91. volodya May 23, 2018 at 11:10 am #

    AKMOFO, you have a point, if you don’t like the direction of things do your bit and take a different direction. Who knows, maybe others follow your example. In any case if things aren’t to one’s taste, there’s alternatives as you say.

    For one thing, you can think for yourself, so while dissent from mainstream opinion may get you ridicule from your “friends”, you can grow a backbone or you can find new friends.

    And there’s a lot of – cough – “necessities”, that that vested interests tell us are “necessary”, that maybe aren’t so. What about money-sucking houses and cars? Living in a tent may not be for everyone but apartment living won’t kill anyone as far as I’ve seen, and public transit, while it may not get you from point A to point B as expeditiously as a car, neither is it remotely as expensive. Given the dire financial condition of half the population, maybe ditching the auto would leave some money in the account at the end of the month. Are smart-phones necessary? Can you make-do with a flip-top? Do you need a cell-phone at all? And what on earth did we do prior to 1994 before Netscape? So if costs the average family a couple grand a year for internet access, and given severe monetary constraints for a huge percentage of people, maybe it’s time to revisit the “necessity” of a household connection. And maybe ditch the pain-in-the-ass cable company and use over-the-air TV signals.

    Is the blame-game a dead end? In my view, the finger needs to be pointed, whether it’s at individuals or entire social classes or certain professions, or groups of people professing to be – gag – “experts”. You’re Jewish if I recall correctly, and so you would know, the arrow of time points from past to future as your forbears pointed out millennia ago. So while the past is past and while condemnation may not restore the unrestore-able, it maybe gets some malefactors the fuck out of our faces and away from where they can do more damage.

    • akmofo May 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Honestly, I think our views are very much mainstream. Everyone of my friends and colleagues at work shares my views. People we know all share our view. The only “disssent” is the holographic nonsense they broadcast on the propaganda outlets. And yeah, we cut the cable subscription long ago. We don’t watch TV, period.

    • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

      ” public transit, while it may not get you from point A to point B as expeditiously as a car, neither is it remotely as expensive.”

      Volodya,
      Yes…and you meet the nicest people on the bus….

      • GreenAlba May 24, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

        elysianfield

        If you use the bus, and people like you use the bus, then you will meet people like yourselves, among others, on the bus. That shouldn’t even need to be said, being entirely tautological.

        In my previous house, which was less near to the centre of town, I took a ‘limited stop’ bus to work as often as I could, as there was one on that route (I had a car at that time, but still…). As its name suggests, it stopped at fewer stops, so took less time to get into town (which was only about 4 or 5 miles anyway). It was full of ‘suits’ as they are now called. And briefcases.

        We have an excellent bus service where I live. It’s not that people use the service because it’s an excellent service – it’s that we have an excellent service because people use it.

        So, as with many other things in life, one might suggest you have the bus service you deserve. Not you personally, ‘you, plural’.

        • elysianfield May 24, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

          “So, as with many other things in life, one might suggest you have the bus service you deserve”

          Alba,
          In this you are correct! I do not deserve bus service, and we don’t have it…not in the County of Coos. We DO have a “senior fun bus” that will take one shopping and to the Indian Casino…but I would have to drive 14 miles to intersect their route.

  92. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    The question arises how the globalist elite, which adopted as a program of actions what I call a Black Project, managed to recruit university America, which during the Cold War was considered a dovecote, and now turned into a hawk’s nest.

    Moreover, the working-class America and the national bourgeoisie, including a significant part of the notorious Financial International and the Israeli lobby, were able to withstand Clinton propaganda, while students of schools and universities led by the liberal professors almost unconditionally support the war criminal who thrice brought humanity to the very edge of the nuclear abyss at the time as the most educated part of the population diligently looked the other way.

    Why the Yale students who are amicably defending all that ice of Antarctica, various furry animals in the nurseries and the rain forest with enthusiasm greet the bloodthirsty old woman who in her old age on camera was having an orgasm watching the murder of the unfortunate Gaddafi?

    Why does it never occur to anyone that the supporters of the abolition of the Second Amendment, which guarantee the people of the United States the right to create a militia to overthrow with weapons in their hands any would-be usurper, somehow acquired a “know-how” to provoke teenagers with unstable psyche to shoot their fellow students?

    youtube.com/watch?v=BGx6nfMNwoI

    • ozone May 23, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      “Why does it never occur to anyone that the supporters of the abolition of the Second Amendment somehow acquired a “know-how” to provoke teenagers with unstable psyche to shoot their fellow students?”

      I took the explication of the 2nd amendment out of this sentence and, guess what? It makes about as much sense as most of your pronouncements! (Claptrap and assertions derived from fantasy.)

    • K-Dog May 23, 2018 at 11:58 am #

      One could perhaps construct a collection of paragraph templates and then drop in phrases like,

      Black Project
      Financial International
      Israeli lobby
      Clinton propaganda

      All from another collection of lists. The lists would be kept in a database so as they were inserted into templates randomly the choices could be verified for logical consistency by examining the list metadata. All done in conjunction with template metadata of course.

      AI is already up to the level of this task so the days of the professional troll could be numbered. An automatic comment generating app could replace them all!

      ***********************************************************

      Why does it never occur to anyone that the supporters of the abolition of the Second Amendment, which guarantee the people of the United States the right to create a militia to overthrow with weapons in their hands any would-be usurper, somehow acquired a “know-how” to provoke teenagers with unstable psyche to shoot their fellow students?

      Because the number of people who could explain what the Committee on Public Information was is one in a hundred maybe. I’d not bet on it being that high. The number of people who say our government would never do a thing like that, (using electronic weapons to target and provoke deranged people for instance) is seven in ten. The other three believe they are all crooks and would do anything but still can’t imagine them provoking teenagers with unstable psyches. The knowhow and capability of the task is a no brainier but the idea itself is unfathomable and repugnant. Cut cheese from the inflamed bowels of the Pentagon is not on the radar.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        He has never said Israeli lobby, if memory serves. Indeed, the Jews are invisible in his press releases. Instead the Clintons are in control of everything. You see, he’s Jewish and he doesn’t want the Jews blamed for the disaster that is America – even though they are in control of key industries and often, the State Department and Foreign Affairs.

        Akmo is the same, just substitute “Vatican” for “Clinton”.

    • Ol' Scratch May 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

      Hey Fink, refresh my memory again on all your color projects. I’m old and feeble minded now and I can’t keep them straight. Just a simple matrix:

      Black = ???
      Red = ???
      etc.

  93. K-Dog May 23, 2018 at 11:37 am #

    You Think It’s All About Guns?

    Guns don’t kill people do!

  94. elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs,

    A lesson in the Democratic Process….

    It seems intuitive that “transparency” is a good thing for Congress…allows the public to watch laws being made…debate, etc. It seems however that “transparency” is a bad thing that is wrecking our legislative process, and further damages our culture, lifestyle, and threatens very existence.

    Consider that prior to 2005, Congress voted in secret. Deals were struck… sausage being made. But consider that when votes became public record…lobbyists were able to track the efficacy of their money…legislators who were bought and paid for could not vote their conscience and later tell their paymasters that they voted as directed.

    Now we have full “transparency”… and as a result the best legislature that money can buy.

    How do you like it now, Gentlemen?

    • Ol' Scratch May 23, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

      Who you calling Gentlemen? Before long they’ll just be taking virtual cash bids electronically, then we can cut out the middlemen. Bills go to the highest bidder. Now there’s some capitalist “free market” democracy in action! Do I hear $1M dollars [Dr Evil smirk goes here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Evil ] in support of this fine tax cut for the rich, gentlemen?

      • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

        Nick O Demus,
        Well considering “transparency” and the results of “Citizens United”…I think their concurrence has done more for the average citizens’ disenfranchisement than any other cause. A graph showing wealth distribution might show a spike with that concurrence.

  95. volodya May 23, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    The rash of mass shootings are the sign-posts, they just point the way, as does the election of Trump and the rise of political movements all over the globe. And so no, it’s not all about guns. In the USA it’s about the demolition of the US economy, the resultant wreck of the American family, the vocal disdain not just for young men but for wide segments of the populace who were ruined. To say that you don’t destroy people’s lives and then insult them is just to state the obvious, that this is the road to hell.

    In the interests of their own self-preservation and that of their social class, I would encourage Washington crocodilians, eminences of the self-glorifying academy and bi-coastal media, big-thinkers who constantly have their fat fucking faces on TV telling us what a dope Trump is, and the all-devouring greed-heads of the c-suites, to wake the fuck up and smell the coffee.

    They’ve set in motion events that lead nowhere good and that won’t get better with the passage of time. As it is time is short, with every tick of the clock it gets shorter. If there were to be a concerted effort, maybe calamity could still be averted. But, as it is, there seems to be no notion that calamity is what they’ve asked for and what they’re likely to get.

  96. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Because the number of people who could explain what the Committee on Public Information was is one in a hundred maybe. == KDog

    I’d rather explore the connections of the Knights Templar with Hassan-i Sabbah – The Old Man of the Mountain – during the First Crusade.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan-i_Sabbah

    Hassan-i Sabbah came up with a rather simple, but extremely effective technique for recruiting preparing the so-called Fedayeens (suicide bombers, assasins).

    The Old Man of the Mountain (not to be confused with FincaOnTheMountain) declared his house “the temple of the first step on the way to Paradise.” There is an erroneous opinion that the candidate was invited to the house of Ibn Sabbah and befuddled with hashish, which where the name Hassasin (Assassin) came from.

    In fact, in the preparations of Hassasins opium poppy was practiced.

    So, immersed in a deep narcotic sleep caused by opiates, the future fedayeen was transferred to an artificially created “paradise garden” where cute maidens, rivers of wine and plentiful food were already waiting for him.

    Surrounding the perplexed youth with lustful caresses, the girls pretended to be a paradise virgin houris, whispering to the future suicide bomber that he could return here as soon as he died in battle with the infidels. After several hours he was again given a drug and, after he again fell asleep, was transferred back.

    Waking up, the adept sincerely believed that he had been in this paradise. From the first moment of awakening, the real world was losing any value to him. All his dreams, hopes, thoughts were subordinated to the only desire to once again be in the “Garden of Eden”, among such far-away and inaccessible now beautiful virgins and treats.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      I bet that in the last one thousand years or so that particular know-how was customised and developed to perfection.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      One very enlightening fact: all that information about training of the Fedayeens is completely lacking from English article in Wikipedia, however still present in the Russian article on the same topic.

      I guess Wikipedia considers American public far more gone down the rabbit hole.

      • elysianfield May 23, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

        Finc,
        Is it possible that our Wikipedia shows the training of the Chechens…and yours…might not?

  97. janet May 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    “Not about the guns at all. It is the lack of respect for everything” –wm5135

    An attitude of lack of respect is harmless. No one dies. An attitude of lack of respect plus an AR-15 can massacre innocents. It’s all about the guns.

  98. janet May 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    “CRISIS ACTORS” TAKE ALEX JONES TO COURT

    Alex Jones has some explaining to do… to a court. Family members of six victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against Jones, who for years has peddled the false conspiracy theory that the massacre never happened. FBI agent William Aldenburg, who was among those responding to the shooting in which 26 people were killed, joined the suit.

    Jones “saw an opportunity” to profit off the Sandy Hook tragedy.

    “He went on a sustained attack that has lasted for years, accusing shattered family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting itself was a hoax and inciting others to act on these malicious lies.”

    “He knew his claims were false but he made them anyway to further a simple but pathetic goal: to make money by tearing away at the families’ pain. This lawsuit seeks to hold Alex Jones and his financial network accountable for those disgraceful actions.”

    • K-Dog May 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

      If he actually knew they were false oh well. Life sucks for him. But if he did not actually know his FOS is infringed.

  99. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

    Education system and nuclear war

    In the United States, the strategic offensive of Trump’s America against America of Hillary Clinton is getting strength.

    On the side of Hillary fight Saudi Arabia and Germany who have invested very large sums in her election campaign, the anti-Brexit Great Britain, and also Eastern Europe, torn by the old scores between Poland and Ukraine, but still provoking a nuclear war at the behest of Hillary because of the Suwalki Gap.

    The Suwalki Gap: The Most Vulnerable Stretch of Land in Europe
    time.com/4675758/suwalki-gap-europe-photos/

    The reason for this war is the desire of Trump America to put the remaining economic power of the United States and its status of a winner in the Cold War at the service of US national interests, which is often contrary to the interests of the “globalist” elite wishing to establish a world government.

    Moreover, during the course of this war it became clear that the Army and the US state apparatus, with the exception of the top bureaucrats of the secret services, after a year and a half of infighting, finally recognized the results of the elections and largely took Trump’s side, and at the core of the Deep State, which it would be more correct to call a globalist state, are the Fourth Estate and university America.

    And the applause that greeted Killary in Yale, forgetting about the millions of victims of her policies in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and Russia, suggests that the “globalist” elite will have to be reckon with despite their relative small numbers.

    The anti-systemic opposition in Russia and the Clintonoids in the US that are trying to overthrow Trump appear to be communicating vessels and now the followers of Russian opposition leader Navalny, who graduated from Yale, shared his experience with the Clintonoids in the US, and as soon as Navalny succeeded in attracting schoolchildren to participate in illegal demonstrations in Russia, Hillary Clinton already organizes schoolchildren to participate in demonstrations that demand the repeal of the Second Amendment after the next shooting of their classmates.

    And if we recall the obvious rise of religiosity around the world and the new outbreak of the anti-Semitic Blood Libel in Russia after the fire in Kemerovo, it is very difficult not to remember that King Herod was not a Jew and belonged to a people that was described in the Old Testament as a people of Amalek – the Satanist and everlasting enemy of Israel initially, while literally still in the womb of his mother.

    With this people fought not only Joshua, but also Rome the First, and one of the Roman senators, ended each of his speeches with the demand to destroy the capital of this people in connection with its religion, which requires children’s sacrifices.

    Carthago delenda est (Carthage must be destroyed)

    These three-thousand-year associations of the terrorist attack in Kemerovo, Russia and the mass shooting of preschool children in Sandy Hook, United States are further strengthened by the proclamation in Israel of Donald Trump the Messiah, like the first king of Iran, Cyrus the Great, a grandson of whose, together with the Jews, destroyed representatives of the same people with whom Joshua had fought before, and Rome the First fought a little later.

    All this is superimposed on the apocalyptic atrocities of the Islamic State in Syria and the squeal of the European Union, also known as the Fourth Reich, which just successfully provoked the Nazi rebellion in Ukraine, but is now disappointed by the cancellation of the nuclear deal with Iran, which recently proclaims its desire to destroy Israel with atomic weapon.

    And how can one not remember that the previous European Union, commonly referred to as the Third Reich, 75 years ago, without any atomic bomb, made a fairly successful attempt to destroy all Jews on its territory, as well as on the territory of Russia, whose inhabitants it intended to half kill along the Jews, and the remaining half to be enslaved.

    Moreover, the ancestors of Kiev Ukro-Nazis and East Europeans, who are actively supporting Hillary Clinton now, then most actively helped the Third Reich in implementing these plans.

    But from what I personally just go berserk and my remaining hair stand on end, it’s because a little over a month ago Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was arrested in the best traditions of Herr Mueller, Gestapo chief in the Third Reich, who was last seen in the Hitler’s bunker on the evening of 1 May 1945 and now surfaced in the United States (or his descendent), as it is well known that Gestapo is immortal:

    Cohen, his wife and child were taken out of bed at two o’clock in the morning, handcuffed and tortured, as they were held in these handcuffs for 4 hours, and who has ever been in them for at least 15 minutes knows what it is.

    And Trump then appeared on television pale as death and announced the beginning of the bombing of Assad Syria, which most of my acquaintances perceived as the announcement of a nuclear war. And it seemed to me that Trump was done, but the new and smart US missiles got lost a little or could not stand the clash with the outdated Syrian air defense of Assad, and two more weeks later Trump was declared Messiah.

    But finally the strategic initiative passed from the Fourth Reich to the newly emerged Messiah only after the Prime Minister of Israel came to the Third Rome, which Ivan the Terrible called the New Israel, for the celebration of the Victory over the Third Reich and walked along the streets of Rome the Third in the ranks of the Immortal Regiment, wearing colors of Rome the Second, that was destroyed by Reich the First.

    • stelmosfire May 24, 2018 at 12:52 am #

      Hey Finc, I appreciate the effort. Can you boil it down to a short paragraph or two? Thanks,Seen it once and will never forget! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Elmo's_fire

      • FincaInTheMountains May 24, 2018 at 8:48 am #

        Can you boil it down to a short paragraph or two?

        I thought I did exactly that, considering packing the 3000 years of human history in a single clusterfuck blog post.

  100. JohnAZ May 23, 2018 at 11:39 pm #

    Wouldn’t be something if the entire Russia gate process isn’t but a conjecture of the Deep State and all the hatred directed toward Russia by the intelligence community wasn’t a Wag the Dog trying to incite conflict between the nationalist elements of both countries and the New World Order.

  101. janet May 24, 2018 at 2:19 am #

    TRUMP IS ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT

    Now that he is out of government service and a private citizen, James Clapper is ready to say what he really thinks on that front and what he saw happen. Clapper is ready to reveal all the insights into President Trump’s White House.

    Clapper says he has “no doubt” that Russia swung the elections.

    Clapper served as director of national intelligence for 6 1/2 years, including for the duration of the Russian attack on the 2016 election. He says that Donald Trump would not be president if not for that attack.

  102. FincaInTheMountains May 24, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    The Trump Strategic Offensive

    Trump on the night of Sunday to Monday put the US Media on its head with a tweet that in the morning he would ORDER the Department of Justice to investigate the possibility of the illegal introduction of a spy – the FBI informant – into his election campaign.

    The most interesting thing is that after going through Sunday rumors I expected something like this and was going to publish another post from the series “New York rumors”, but when Trump beat me to it with his tweet, I refused this idea. Unfortunately, I just did not realize that the CFNers will not be able to appreciate the meaning of the word ORDER in this situation.

    They think that there is nothing unusual in this word, that this is a normal style of relations between the US President and the Justice Department official appointed by him in HIS administration, but this is because they do not believe in my repeated statements that Hillary Clinton ousted President Obama after he won the elections in 2012 against her(rather HER candidate Romney), then the people of Bush liberated Obama, then she overthrew him for the second time, then for the third time on June 10, 2016, immediately after Obama talked with Bernie Sanders about the massive falsifications of election results in California.

    Obama was helped to regain his authority two weeks before the 2016 elections and he forced Director Comey to announce the resumption of Hillary Clinton’s investigation, and then forced her to admit defeat.

    But on December 14, 2016, she overthrew him again and staged a provocation with the deportation and arrest of Russian diplomats, which forced Michael Flynn, the National Security adviser of president-elect Trump, to make emergency calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, to facilitate the evacuation of Russian diplomats and prevent Russia’s retaliatory measures, which would most likely lead to war.

    These negotiations were overheard by the FBI on the basis of a warrant that was received illegally, and the results of this wiretapping served as an excuse for Flynn’s resignation and filing a case against him, which subsequently developed into a Trump Russiagate.

    But then Flynn’s case was reinforced by taking his son’s hostage, which confirmed long-circulating rumors that it was in this way that Hillary forced both Obama and Sanders to obey her orders.

    Unfortunately, after the inauguration, Trump tried to make a political deal with Hillary, and she, of course, reneged on that deal, and the results of this swindle enabled her, in addition to Flynn’s son, to take hostage the power over the Department of Justice and the so-called intelligence community of the United States.

    And Trump, unlike me, understood this perfectly and did not even try to give orders to the Department of Justice until very recently the ordinary employees of the aforementioned Institutions and middle-level managers rebelled against the tyranny of Hillary Clinton.

    And when they made a deal with Trump and Trump-supporting congressmen, panic began in the Clinton camp and Trump began to give them orders.

    And yesterday, in response to this Twitter order, they appeared on Trump’s carpet, hiding the tail that was wet with terror between their hind legs, which actually became the content of those rumors that I heard on Sunday afternoon, that is, 10 hours before these rumors were realized if not in real life, then in the President’s Twitter.

    • Tate May 24, 2018 at 10:34 am #

      Gee, she’s been President since before she was First Lady of Arkansas apparently, right back to the time she personally interviewed Nixon and persuaded him to resign apparently. That’s apparently when she assumed the office. Only nobody knew until Finc revealed the truth.

      • FincaInTheMountains May 24, 2018 at 10:55 am #

        In the 4th Reich Hillary is on the role of the Führer, and Merkel is Reichsführer SS.

        She’s been the president of the US Deep State since her candidate El Gore lost the 2000 election to George W. Bush.

        911 was the first large scale operation of the US Deep State, requiring the close cooperation of Media – both “mainstream” and “alternative”, intelligence and counterintelligence and the Wall Street financial circles.

        Most of the CFN readers fell the victim to Clinton alternative media propaganda in a form of various conspiracy theories.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

        See? Pin it all on the unappealing gentile! Put all the sins on a goat and then drive it into the desert to die. The ritual of the Scapegoat.

  103. K-Dog May 24, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Dangerous time when our country is led by those who will lie about anything, backed by those who will believe anything, based on information from media sources that will say anything. Americans must break out of that bubble and seek truth. — James Comey (@Comey) May 23, 2018

    Normalised lies with truth disguised.

    • K-Dog May 24, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      twitter.com/Comey

    • ozone May 24, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Since Comey has been revealed to be a partisan political power-broker and kingmaker, he should be very careful what he insists upon. I agree with the sentiment, but the messenger casts a shadow of deceit on a useful outline of the current zeitgeist.
      Seems most of these agency-heading guys are professional liars; must be part of the job description. Seeking truth should be left to those who actually desire to see it uncovered and distributed to one and all… and devil take the hindmost.

  104. Great column and great subject Jim.

    Kids are condescended to all day long in this culture, subject to the most horribly transparent prejudices, treated as chattel and property, locked up, subject to all manner of cruelty and avarice, the spirit and intellect destroyed wholesale by the inanities of mindless female “caregiving”.

    We are producing a tidal wave of obese, mentally and emotionally stunted, addicts and psycopaths.

    I walk by a public elementary school every day, and observe the goings on. Its built with a chain link fence all around, patrolled by some of the most obese adults in my area. The forlorn school handyman is on his own. The teachers look bored as hell, but their wages are at least enough to get into one of the starter homes around here. Its a serious business, kids. The surveillance is relentless. I stood at the far end of the field while a group of curious boys walked over. They asked me if I had kids at the school. I barely answered as a fat man or woman (couldn’t tell) blew his whistle and yelled at them so stay away from the fence.

    I’m a single, strange man, so automatically I’m viewed with suspicion.

    The kids are policed 24/7. I watched a dad get annoyed after waiting a half hour for his kid to get out of school (the buses are practically 75% empty and the area becomes chock full of cars every day when they get out). Any way, this little boy is distracted and starts chasing a butterfly. Then the adult father yells at him in frustration to get in the car. Imagine being a child today- I cannot tell you how depressing that would be. The kids I see are absolutely stifled. Their parents are absolutely, cravenly, products of that systemization.

    Can you imagine the mental abuse of sitting in a classroom, being forced to pay attention to some mindless stupidity all day long, only to steal a few precious minutes trying to explore your world before being policed into the back of an SUV to be put under more strict control?

    Across the street is a bakery, which is filled with the most abject vices: carbs and sugar. This of course is irresistible for all the kids and the adults which throng every day. I see these obese kids and their obese parents, sucking down sugar drinks and dining on these fat and sugar laden foods. These aren’t meals. I see diabetics and lifelong suffering being cultivated here.

    My pet peeve is coffee shops. These are adult establishments, but who can stop these fatmoms ™ from bringing in their broods (after all they want to live a little) and they obviously resent the responsibilities they’ve created for themselves and their lifestyles.

    Anyway, there is nothing good for a kid’s body or mind in a coffee shop. Yet here they are, and what is available. Sugar, in liquid and solid form. Kids come in, generally more alive than when they leave. You can literally watch a young person’s energy curdle in their eyes after eating just half of what is put in front of them (to shut them up, of course).

    Parents, in this culture, are especially insulated from criticism. Not on CFN. Parents are, by and large, enemies of their own children. Read a great book called “Childism” by a late author, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, an expert psychologist in her field. Her contention was that basically, our culture is deeply prejudiced against them. I suppose destroying their future is the penultimate symbol of this. They start by filling a child’s mind with lies when very young, and then, hopefully they produce a creature who will propagate the technique. At least this is the implication. By the time a kid is grown, most of the adults are just as lost as when they started. By the time it is all over, they believe their own bullshit.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm #

      Starbux is the epitome of the Evil Empire, and a little Evil Empire in its own right. Bizarrely, they’ve succumbed to political pressure and said that anyone can sit in their stores without buying anything and use the restrooms as well. So strike a blow for freedom by telling homeless people about this new policy. Paying customers will be driven away by the strench of the societal karma in the flesh. Gresham’s Law applies to people as well. And whatever beliefs these people think they hold, they’re no Saint Francis eager to lick the leper’s sores.

      • San Jose May 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

        Starbucks has “jumped the shark.” I’ve never been keen to spend money on stuff I can make at home for much less. Folks that spend $5 a day (or more) on coffee are spending $1,500 a year.

        Why get in a car, deal with traffic, find a parking spot, deal with weirdos…yada, yada, yada when you can make a cup at home for much, much less.

        Jen

        • K-Dog May 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

          I am actually waiting for my lunch in the Starbucks building where I eat at their cafateria, or rather have till now. I have been coming here for three years but the place is being closed to the general public for security reasons and next week I will not be able to get to the place which is on the third floor. I just found out I’m not supposed to be here now.

          It would have been nice to apply for a card to get to the cafeteria. I work across the street. All this because a asshole went Janos on some black guys waiting for their white friends. Now Starbucks goes fucking NAZI on me.

          True as the people at Starbucks Headquarters will know the confusion in construction let me get to the third floor today but soon no dog food for me!

          • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

            What are we going to do about those Whites? I mean the bad ones who don’t have “Black Friends”. How many Black friends you have? Can you produce even one of them?

            No Starbucks! The agony you must be feeling! Of course, nothing to do with their ridiculous PC management philosophy or the Blacks supposedly waiting for a White savior (real estate guy? Young Blacks like that? Two guys? How naïve are you?). It’s all because of Whites without Black friends – like that evil Manager who deserves to be destroyed.

  105. Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    All Blacks should be given college diplomas at birth. Similarly, as a rite of passage, White Women should be given motorized scooters as a way of saying it’s Ok for you to get monstrously fat. We love you and we’ll love you even when there’s more of you. This could be done at their 16th birthday perhaps, since they start getting fat then. Or at least really fat.

    • K-Dog May 24, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      I hope you get an itch that won’t go away. Your kind has gotten between me and my food. You know what happens when you get between a dog and his food. That’s right I’m growling mofo. I hope somebody takes a nice chunk out of your ass.

      The spreading of hate, your hate has deprived me of my liberty and If I could I’d chain you to a wall and hire some body building tattoo artists to go at you until you were as black as a lump of coal from head to toe. Have a plastic sturgeon flatten your nose too. That’s right. I mean the fish.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        Yours is the mercy of a rude stream coming out of nuclear power plant down to a sunless sea.

  106. Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    Why am I against “Gay” marriage you ax?

    Because marriage isn’t about personal stuff primarily – it’s a social contract, which society depends upon for its continuance via procreation and providing a stable environment for progeny. By extending the privilege to Gays, it’s being trivialized. And yes, if heterosexual marriage hadn’t already been trivialized, this attack wouldn’t have been possible. Most Gays have no real interest in marriage and many of the advocates of Gay Marriage are against the whole idea OF marriage. So why are they involved? Either to end marriage by perfecting its trivialization, and thus change society and/or to finish the work of normalizing Homosexuality. After all, the Law is a great teacher. Once something is legal, it’s hard to argue against as it is then taught AS normal in the public schools.

  107. Q. Shtik May 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    It’s been a bad fortnight for great writers. First we lost Tom Wolfe and now Phillip Roth. I have never seen more obituary ink expended in the NYT than in today’s paper on behalf of Roth…and eminently deserved. Last year I read what may have been his last novel: The Plot Against America.

    Tom Wolfe was known for his writing and iconic white suits…quite the dandy. I rushed right to my local library and borrowed The Bonfire of the Vanities. I’m nearing half finished and don’t want to put it down.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

      Yes, a great Anti-Semitic writer. His Portnoy is a Monster and the embodiment of all that Hitler spoke about.

      nybooks.com/articles/1974/11/14/philip-roth-and-the-jews-an-exchange/

      This reviewer is shocked about the unrelenting crudity of his portrayal – or is she just shocked about him talking out of school? At one point she says, His character’s destruction of the Gentiles is the one positive aspect of his portrayal. Thus I vote for the latter option. Or perhaps it’s a technical question: Now that they have more sophisticated techniques why be so obvious and crude? Like a master swordsman disgusted not by a MS-13 kill per se, but by the crude machete work involved.

  108. wm5135 May 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    A small note.

    When the bill of rights was being debated and ultimately added to the constitution did the local constabulary have armored personnel carriers and large caliber automatic weapons with armor piercing bullets?

    License the individual’s right to be in possesion of high capacity magazines, similar to a drivers license. Make community service the cost of the license. Encourage all citizens to obtain the license whether they own a firearm or not. Build the community, keep an eye on the crazies and honor the Second Amendment.

    The Second Amendment does not give the citizen a right to be a belligerent and violent threat to the community or nation. When you feel you need to be armed to move within your community, your community has a problem. Mobilize the community, create a citizens militia if required and establish peace and prosperity for your community. Law enforcement has to understand they are just that, law enforcement not the law. The law belongs to the citizens.

    How can anyone look at the behavior of western governments over the past fifty five years and believe that the Second Amendment is not crucial to a free people?

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” as valid today as the day it was spoken.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      You see the forest. You honor the forest – but not the individual trees that make of the forest. But you cannot have the forest without the individual trees.

      No doubt you support Gay Marriage too – which is nothing but a blight on the forest.

  109. Janos Skorenzy May 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    From Greg Hood’s review of Tom Wolfe’s life and oeuvre:

    I Am Charlotte Simmons, Wolfe’s caustic portrayal of college life, depicts a white basketball player in terror of losing his position and his status as a campus god to a black teammate. Finally, Back to Blood (reviewed by this author in 2012) is an explicit statement about the supremacy of identity politics in post-American Miami. Indeed, Wolfe’s final novel was a kind of prophecy, warning Americans that in their now-deconstructed country, “All people, all people everywhere have but one last thing on their minds—Back to Blood!”

    As a white Southerner watching his culture eradicated by design, Wolfe may have seen his own life in these terms. He was a native of Richmond who attended Washington & Lee University, a once-proud Southern school now apologizing for its history. He earned a Ph.D. at Yale, writing a thesis on the Communist Party’s organizational activity among American writers. Wolfe was always conscious of their lust for power and status concealed behind syrupy egalitarian rhetoric. The hypocrisy, willful blindness, self-hatred, and moral preening that Wolfe depicted so skillfully are timeless.

    Wolfe’s “new journalism,” however, was not timeless. He found and profiled interesting people; today’s even newer journalism finds interesting people and tries to destroy them. It misleads, rather than informs. With his commitment to racial reality, Tom Wolfe today couldn’t be an intern at a free local weekly paper, let alone survive as a novelist.

    The problem with American letters is not that there isn’t another Tom Wolfe; it’s that unless there is revolutionary cultural change, another Tom Wolfe will not be permitted. Like the test pilots in The Right Stuff, Wolfe was a product of the real America: white America. That nation has only a past—though if whites can get “back to blood,” it will have a future as well.

    JS: Find the whole thing on today’s amren.com

  110. janet May 24, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    “behind syrupy egalitarian rhetoric.” –janos

    My nation is founded upon the principle of equality: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    Get it? EVERYONE, not just those with documents, or those with penises, or those who have degrees, or those who have white skin.

    I welcome non-white immigrants in the pursuit of happiness. I don’t care how they get here. I don’t care if they are “undocumented” or “illegals” … I welcome them.

  111. janet May 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    Trump NK Talks Collapse … because Trump is a con man. The deplorables were the easiest to con into trusting him and voting for him.

    “From his unpaid bills to contractors to his scam university to his brief period ripping off the shareholders of his company, this is what Trump does: He exploits normal human nature to sucker people into trusting him, and then he exploits his own ever-growing fame and power to get away with breaking the rules. As president, this pattern has only continued.

    He never delivered his much-promised plan to release a “terrific” Obamacare alternative that would cover everyone. Instead, he backtracked on his promise to protect Medicaid from cuts. He never took on the National Rifle Association. He never delivered a solution for DREAMers, and, of course, Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall.

    He’s dropped the promise to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare. He dropped the promise to break up big banks. He dropped the promise of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. He dropped the promise to develop a tax program that would leave the rich paying more. And, of course, his version of “draining the swamp“ has brought a level of corruption to official Washington that would have embarrassed the congressional barons of the Gilded Age.

    This is not controversial. Everyone in the Washington and media elite knew this but set aside all the evidence to believe that Trump is someone else and might actually take negotiations seriously and usher in a major diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea. The ultimate collapse of the summit is a valuable opportunity to try to make sure we do a better job next time, and not only take note of Trump’s lies and nonsense when his statements are proven to be dishonest nonsense but to be preemptively skeptical of new claims he makes.”

    Why did anyone ever take Trump’s North Korea diplomacy seriously?
    vox.com/2018/5/24/17388778/donald-trump-korea-diplomacy

    • FincaInTheMountains May 25, 2018 at 5:44 am #

      I was always puzzled why Americans are afraid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons but don’t give a damn about much bigger Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

      Now I know that at least it’s NOT Russophobia. Its general resolve to die for reasons unknown to me.

  112. KesaAnna May 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    “Why do you think the US has the largest correctionally supervised male population in the history of the world?”

    i would say it is , generally , because it is an empire that pretends it is a republic.

    which is to say that the cosmology by which you live your daily lives is every bit as fantastical and generally fucked up as is communism.

    Speaking of communism ……. given the army , the border guards , the militarized state police , the militia , and I’m sure I’m leaving out a few others , in what was already a very small country , it wasn’t unusual in my country to see people strolling down the street with AK – 47’s.

    Then I came here . and , if anything , you folks generally seem a lot more violent than we were.

    you called us evil empire because of shootings at the Berlin wall , which is a real hoot . we shot a few people who intended to play Judas anyway , and you make out like it was a slaughter .

    anyway , I realized then that it had nothing to do with guns.

    It has a lot more to do with what it is going on in your heads , and I don’t mean the heads of these shooters . Like i said , if anything , your cosmology is even more fucked up than communism .

  113. KesaAnna May 24, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    ” Get it? EVERYONE… ”

    I don’t think you get it.

    ” The deplorables were the easiest to con into trusting him and voting for him. ”

    Deplorables ?

    .” ….the easiest to con into trusting him and voting for him. ”

    this habit of describing a substantial number of your neighbors as idiot 5 year olds seems a very popular habit.

    And i’m not just picking on Leftists . It seems a habit as common as dirt generally.

    Specifically as regards Leftists , in my experience those with the least egalitarian spirit in their hearts trumpet egalitarianism the loudest.

    those who preach openness the most , are least open in practice.

    • KesaAnna May 24, 2018 at 10:54 pm #

      ” this habit of describing a substantial number of your neighbors as idiot 5 year olds seems a very popular habit.

      And i’m not just picking on Leftists . It seems a habit as common as dirt generally. ”

      — And very , very , very curious given that your society is supposedly some kind of republic . ” land of the free , and home of the brave. ”

      I do not for one second believe that a free land populated by brave people would commonly conceptualize the average person as an unreliable , helpless idiot.

      it sounds rather like the thinking of totalitarians.

    • janet May 25, 2018 at 3:21 am #

      It only took 80,000 votes in three states to be flipped by Trump-Russia collusion for democracy to be undermined. If you do not believe there are 80,000 deplorables in the midwest… have you even traveled outside New York City? Do you know anything about America?

      • janet May 25, 2018 at 3:25 am #

        Remember, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3,000,000 (three million votes) and Trump’s own Commission on Election Integrity did not find even one voter who was an illegal immigrant. Trump’s commission could not find any illegal voter activity by immigrants.

  114. FincaInTheMountains May 25, 2018 at 5:25 am #

    The World Education System

    As I wrote many times, the World Projects are very old.

    Personally, I can cleanly, at the level of handshakes, trace the Black and White Projects to the beginning of the 12th century, and specifically the Black Project to the creation of the Order of the Templars in 1119, and the White Project to 1099, when the Knights Hospitaller was created, also known as the Order of Malta. The Red Project appeared in 1143-1144, when Giordano Pierleoni created the Commune of Rome, the intellectual leader of which, and accordingly the founder of the Red World Project, was Arnold of Brescia.

    But in fact, the Black and Red Projects emerged simultaneously as two antagonists at the Sorbonne University, where the teacher of Arnold of Brescia and the true father of the Red Project Pierre Abelard taught at the Saint Genevieve College, whose condemnation as a heretic was made by a true father of the Black Project, the Fourth Crusade and the racial anti-Semitism, “holy” Bernard of Clairvaux.

    But the true fathers of the White Project, the abbot of Saint-Denis Suger and the abbot of Cluny, Peter the Venerable did not allow burning him at the stake as Arnold of Brescia was burned.

    Already from this passage we can clearly see the connection between the World Projects and the European educational system and the Problem of Universals, from which the Western scientific method and two fundamentally different education systems were born: the gymnasium system, which in our time in the United States is represented by Harvard University and the system of real schools, personified by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These two systems became the basis of the German education system, which really had a huge impact on the formation of the education system in Russia.

    In parallel with these systems in Western Europe, the Bologna system existed, the distinguishing feature of which was that in Italy, where the Bologna system arose, universities were originally secular institutions, while the Sorbonne and the dialectical unity of gymnasiums and real schools, respectively, grew out of Catholic schools that more correctly should be called Christian, since Catholicism did not yet create an anti-Orthodox ideology, and only the Black Project had already acquired distinct anti-Christian features.

    And there is no correlation between the struggle of the World Projects and the struggle of gymnasiums with real schools, especially if we consider that the Bologna system played a role of guerilla detachment in these fights, into which many deserters and marauders from gymnasiums and real schools had escaped.

    World Projects influenced the way children were distributed between gymnasiums and real schools, that is, how this process was influenced by social, religious and national factors. With regard to Russia, of course, it is about the notorious “children of cooks” laws and the percentage rate, and the authors of the relevant laws and persons who carried out the corresponding reforms of the education system can be identified as adherents of the corresponding projects only by this activity.

    And now in Facebook there are fierce disputes on this topic, and I already see quite a lot of participants in these disputes, with whom it is useless to argue, it only remains fighting with them.

    The most interesting thing is that the gymnasium and real systems of education were inherited from Tsarist Russia almost without changes by the USSR and continued their rivalry not only in pedagogy but also in literature: it is enough to recall “The Republic of ShKID “, which describes the gymnasium system and the “Pedagogical Poem” where the Real School is described.

    And belonging to the Red and Black world projects in a chemically pure form was manifested in the USSR in the way social origin and nationality influenced the enrollment in the university.

    In addition, it should be noted that the Russian education system before it was modernized using the patterns of the German gymnasium, in addition to Mikhail Lomonosov, who was the first Russian University, through the library of Ivan the Terrible and the Slavic-Greek-Latin Academy, the University of Constantinople had a huge impact.

    Little is known about it except that the scientific method was articulated there, and through the library of Matius Corvinus, Tycho Brahe, Johann Kepler and Isaac Newton, it formed the English educational system. Thus, the paradox is that before Russia began to copy the German educational system in the 19th century, the Russian system was very similar to the English and American, especially the Ivy League.

    But in England, after the United States gained independence and founded the Ivy League, the first ambassador of the United Kingdom to China, George Macartney, after returning home, insisted on the modernization of the English educational system in the image and likeness of the Chinese system.

    As a result, a system of grammar schools was created, the pupils of which were selected on the basis of the Chinese system of examinations, which makes it possible to unambiguously identify George Macartney as an adept of the White Project.

    This system had launched social elevators that turned the good old England into the British Empire and the world’s first superpower, until Margaret Thatcher came and destroyed it.

    And immediately everything crumbled, including Oxford and Cambridge, and Cambridge not only in England, but also in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are located.

  115. heatherknight12 June 4, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    hi how are you guys i learn alot from this forum

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