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        Draw back from the scene and understand that the sheer heaping-up of procedural legal bullshit in the various sham court cases against candidate Donald Trump is largely an attempt to confound, mystify, and preoccupy the public while the great scaffold of our national life collapses. The news — both legacy and alt — will be dominated day after day by analyses of every move and counter-move through endless thickets of courtroom minutiae while the US economy crashes and burns, residual wealth is confiscated, and the American social order turns into something like fiery goo.

      By November of 2024, somebody will be elected president, or no one will be. At this point, it is probably down to an election that more than half the country won’t believe in, or no election at all due to civil chaos so extreme it will make the 1861 weeks of secession look as tame as a middle school fire drill. Beyond the hamstringing and hog-tying of their chief adversary, the Democratic Party lawfare necromancers have set up the gameboard with surpassing precision so that their opponents will never be able to win another election. Yet, they are so self-satisfied as to apparently think no one noticed. (We’ll be coming for you, eventually, Marc Elias.)

      As to the parsing out of all those bogus charges against Mr. Trump, consider that we now live in a culture of no truth, only battling portfolios of narrative spin, at least according to the Marxian wokesters who have seized the machinery of law, so, there, with a snap of your fingers goes jurisprudence — as in: I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, blah blah…. The joke is on you. There is no truth, anymore, so stop insisting that there is anything like it to determine, except whatever outcome the Party of Chaos seeks.

     The suspended animation of August with its sand castles, lobster rolls, and care-free cocktail cruises will soon yield to the season of hurricanes, financial fiascos, momentous military movements, and reversals of political fortune. What, for instance, becomes of “Joe Biden,” the fictitious president, and that claque of grift-bedizened relatives around him? I’ll tell you one thing: no way is this fellow running for reelection, and the mighty pretense around that hallucination makes idiots of everyone on cable TV news. Somebody has already slipped Ol’ “Joe” the black spot. Dr. Jill has crawled into a bottle. The “Big Guy” is just sulking now, drowning his sorrows in ice cream — but his fate hangs there above the Rehoboth dunes like an ominous black sea-bird suspended on an ill wind, mocking him. You have finally screwed the pooch, Joey, it cries… caw caw caw….

      We are thus close to the moment when impeachment can no longer be dodged. The reams of Biden family bank records that Mr. Comer of Kentucky has unearthed hither and yon, plus deal memoranda, video and audio recordings of dark confabs, and hundreds of tell-tale emails are of a different evidentiary nature than the roster of hypothetical thought crimes confabulated by Jack Smith, Alvin Bragg, and Fani T. Willis. Personally, I would like, at least, to see impeachment hearings where all that hard evidence of Biden family bribery is methodically laid out for The New York Times and CNN to ignore. It will look like a game of chicken for a few days, but then the party honchos will “sadly” order Ol’ Joe to step aside before that grim spectacle goes too far.

     The Ukraine War will then be Kamala Harris’s to lose — depend on it — though nobody will care. I have a feeling that Barack Obama will not be able to… how shall we say… work with her. All that cackling must conceal an inner vacancy so vast that Judge Crater, DB Cooper, and the brigantine Mary Celeste might be roaming around in there, along with Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. And I cringe to imagine the meetings with Kamala where Susan Rice, Lisa Monaco, and Torie Nuland try to tell the poor simp what to do. It will look like one of those girlie beat-downs on an Oakland street-corner.

     Anyway, by that time the stock markets will be all a’crumble, all those Vanguard retirement funds will wash-up like so many writhing grunions on Cabrillo Beach, and your local bank will cap withdrawals at $500 a few weeks before executing the long-rumored bail-ins. At that magic moment, the Democratic Party will have everything it has wished for.

     Of course, I can’t say the melodrama will play out exactly like that, in that sequence. But expect trouble in September. Expect disorder like you’ve never imagined. Think about retrieving whatever cash you have in the bank. Consider arming yourself for safety’s sake, if you live in a part of the country that allows it. Or maybe even if you live in the other parts. Lay in some beans and rice and some batteries. Buckle your mental seat belt. When August is over, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


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937 Responses to “A Bumpy Ride”

  1. Opie August 18, 2023 at 10:02 am #

    Those are some pretty specific predictions you make there, but your advise is well taken in any case. I personally think the kabuki theatre will last a bit longer, perhaps up to the election. In either case the bearings are smok’in and the wheels are bound to come lose sooner or later.

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 10:20 am #

      Yes, a fine line they have to walk. They want just enough chaos to keep people concerned that there are serious issues about, but not so much that they directly blame the current administration. It’s well known that presidential elections in times of turmoil tend to favor the incumbent, not to mention the fact that Dems are still making mucho political hay with Trump starring as the evil villain of all villains. Hard to believe they’d try to resuscitate Ol’ SloJo for another four years, but that just opens the door for other “friends and family of Obama” to come waltzing through.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:27 am #

        Presidential elections in time of turmoil tend to favor the incumbent?

        Yep. History agrees with you.

        Do you think that Joe Average today is wise, not smart, enough to realize that the turmoil is being caused by that president and his mob?

        • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:20 am #

          Do you think that Joe Average today is wise, not smart, enough to realize that the turmoil is being caused by that president and his mob?

          Asked and answered, Jazzer. Nope, I don’t. Not to mention the fact that the election will be rigged again as necessary. I think their next turn of the screw will be implementing a “contingency fix,” where they get all the machinery and plans together ahead of time, but only pull the string if and where need be at election time. Give it that stamp of legitimacy this time. But the real key is of course rigging the primaries ahead of time so that no legitimate threats ever emerge for the primary.

          • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:30 am #

            …ever emerge for the general.

          • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            Mike Lindell is having some sort of a meeting where he says that it will stop a lot of the malfeasance in the voting booth, also now know as the USPS.

            Hmmm, just a thought, has the bureaucracy of the mails become like the judiciary and intelligence communities, beholden to the Democrats and RINOs?

          • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

            JAZ,

            As some of us discussed a week or two back, the USPS is just another part of the Establishment that is damned if it lets anybody but a “good” leftist win. They oppose anything that could streamline operations, maybe with some cause, and hate Trump (though not his Postmaster General, whom Biden retained). There is no hope, no rescue, no way out. We’re as done as an overcooked goose.

          • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            @Uncle Bob.
            Yeah, it was bipartisan when Henry Waxman in the H.O.R. and Susan Collins in the Senate pushed through the bill forward-funding the USPS’s pension fund for 75 years.
            The work in progress to destroy the USPS for FedEx, UPS, etc is nothing short of miraculous. Louis DeJoy’s removal of, and immediate destruction thereof of automatic mailing systems was a real no-brainer (for intent) too. He’s since had to reincorporate them, but at what pace I know not.

          • benr August 18, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

            Speaking of the post office aka USPS not to be confused for UPS!

            I had an expensive pair of HOKA walking shoes I bought online and realized they did not fit my feet properly, so I returned them.
            I initially went into UPS and the very pleasent lady behind the counter looked at the slip and informed me sorry sir you need to take that to the US Post office.
            I thanked her and as I was turning around to leave, she said “WAIT”!
            She then asked me for the two slips one for the inside of the box and one for the outside.
            She put them one on the inside and taped up the box for me and then placed a packing slip holder on the outside and bade me a good day.
            I walked into the post office and got a diversity hire with a chip on her shoulder and a terrible experience just turning in the box.

            The next pair of HOKA shoes fit and were not too tight but the insole arch support was too high and was super uncomfortable, so I returned those as well.
            Knowing I had to go to the post office I decided to try another one.
            After sitting in line for twenty minutes I made it to the front where the mid-twenties asian lady very nastily informed me we don’t have “FREE TAPE” and she pointed over to a wall of tape for the low low price of $5 dollars.
            To which I informed her that my experience using the US postal service was in effect HORRIBLE and suggested she worked for me and everyone in line and to tend to her tone.
            I then bought three things of tape handed them to her and told her know she had “FREE TAPE” to tape up people’s boxes and maybe she should wander over to FEDEX or UPS to see what costumer service looked like.
            I then asked for her supervisor and reamed him out as well.

            The DMV effect is in full swing everywhere and I personally no longer tolerate poor costumer service.
            What I find very odd is my local mail lady is about the friendliest person I deal with on a daily basis I have made it a point to find out who her supervisor is to compliment her on her job performance and over all attitude.

          • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

            @Dave

            Louis Dejoy and all 6 board members were appointed by Trump prior to the 2020 election. He claimed that removing some of the automatic sorting machines was justified by the declining volume of mail.
            He was fired by the “Joe Biden” in Feb 2021. I believe all other board members who were appointed by Trump have since had their terms expire and have been replaced as well.

          • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

            The “contingency fix” could well be the declaration of a “Climate Emergency” by Executive Order. Lockdowns, fuel rationing, power blackouts, martial law – the whole 9 yards.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 2:24 pm #

            benr, I had a crabby postal clerk balk at lending me her scissors to cut a piece of tape that I had bought to seal up my package.

            She didn’t want to get the scissors sticky.

            A friend of mine asked me, “what was she going to use them for?”

            BTW I hate the way they are trying to normalize having to buy shoes by mail.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

            benr, re tape.

            Brilliant!

            Yes, they used to be very nice about taping things up more solidly etc. Now a lot of the diversity hires are veyr uppity.

            I think the coof had something to do with it. Big plexiglas shields were installed in front of the help, and they seemed to enjoy ordering the clientele to get behind the shield.

            then we have to put up with the constant demand for feedback as to their service be means of the QR codes that they circle for us and tell us to use. So the USPS can collect even more data on us?

            Sorry, their *job* is to be courteous and helpful. The best feedback is to complain to the supervisor if the help is shirty.

          • Mike Sherman August 20, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

            @Yirgach

            No, Louis DeJoy is still Postmaster General.

        • mrs_saj August 18, 2023 at 6:35 pm #

          JohnAZ,

          Do you think that Joe Average today is wise, not smart, enough to realize that the turmoil is being caused by that president and his mob?

          John, I know a lot of people whom I cannot even convince that there IS TURMOIL. So no, I don’t think they are smart enough to realize the cause of said turmoil.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:24 am #

      A bit longer, I agree. Why?

      Because of the American people, Joe Average does not give a damn who is elected to Federal level. The Gimme class loves “Handout “ Joe and his vote buying Mob. The folks who preach independence and self reliance are a small minority today.

      There are not enough patriots for the Constitution left.

      • rudyspeaks August 18, 2023 at 10:33 am #

        HAH! The “gimme crowd”? You mean the .01% who got 3 quarters of a trillion US tax bucks to bail out their failed banks in 2008?

        • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 11:00 am #

          Or $4 of the $6 trillion in Covid checks? I saw it boiled down to a thousand individuals / families for that first number ‘back in the day.’ The return of Ross Perot’s “vast sucking sound.”

          • Ron Anselmo August 18, 2023 at 12:11 pm #

            You’re right as usual Dave.

            The other $2 trillion in Covid checks – where the Fed “went direct”, went to the opposite end gimmes in the form of monthly checks, to beta test UBI.

            They’re trying to dial in the number necessary going forward, to keep them from burning it all down.

            Those in the middle (me) – a very small slice and getting smaller – din get nuffin’. Ain’t that always the way.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

            I for one and of my friends bought American Iron during those days of Covid cash give aways. Much of it to manufacturers close to home in New England. People think otherwise but we still make shit in this country.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

            Perhaps my use of shit made in this country is misplaced. We still make some seriously good shit in the Pioneer valley. Optics, firearms, machine tools, etc.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

            I am really tired of JAZ’s constant hammering on “gimme gimme gimme.”

          • astera August 19, 2023 at 9:42 am #

            @DaveO907 and @rudyspeaks:
            Spot on.

            Hospital giveaways for “covid” deaths, all kinds of other aid….the low-hanging-fruit “gimmes” are the least of it.

            Tired of bringing up the concept/term “corporate personhood” because it makes almost everyone’s eyes glaze over (just like Perot’s “Giaaant sucking sound” did), but this is where much if not all of it starts.

            Thanks for all your great insights.

        • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:09 am #

          No, I mean the folks waiting with their hands out, not willing to work for their sustenance, no matter how rich they are.

          Every immigrant that illegally enters this country just adds one to the gimme ledger.

          • TrickCyclist August 20, 2023 at 6:33 pm #

            FFS! JohnAZ, some of the hardest-working people in the USA are immigrants.
            How come Trumpers (like yourself) constantly misrepresent reality?

          • Anthea August 21, 2023 at 12:07 am #

            @ TrickCyclist:

            While I’m opposed to illegal immigration and our open borders, I agree about Mexican immigrants. The ones I kinda-sorta know are hard-working, family-centered, and religious. To tell you the truth, they remind me of Americans who were adults during the 1950s–except that Americans back then were not particularly religious, at least not the ones I grew up with.

            What you see in modern Americans is enervation. In the 50s and before, Americans were capable of working the way Mexicans do today. They were building houses, bucking hay, harvesting crops, and often working in un-air-conditioned factories. It seems to me that Americans no longer have the same physical vigor–or the same mental and moral vigor. I think this is partly because of a poisoned diet and vaccines and such, but also because we have been mentally and morally poisoned by the way media has shaped the culture.

            Mexicans–some of them, anyway–may be the salvation of this country.

        • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 11:57 am #

          Meet John AZ,who hates people who use food stamps, but who insists that the government should embark at a public works program to run giant water pipes across 2/3 of the country to provide him with water from the Great Lakes.

          Also that the government should provide air conditioning for the people of Arizona.

          • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            Not me, either one of those.

            I do believe in controlled growth in Arizona. The chance of imported water is zero.

            However, if the nation acted as a United nation, EXCESS water from the east could be used to refresh reservoirs everywhere in the west when available.

            When pig’s fly.

            BTW, hurricane Hillary is about to add significant depth to Lake Mead and maybe Lake Powell. Hopefully.

            And no, air conditioning is a necessity here but not a right. Arizona generated air conditioned shelters already exist to get indigents away from the heat. Just like back east, heat waves kill people.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

            No, no “excess” water in the East should be piped to a part of the country.the Southwest, that was basically uninhabitable for Eastern-style cities without massive public subsidies to supply these people with water.

            Talk about who are the GIMMES here. Anyone who lives in AZ lives there thanks to the largesse of the rest of the country supplying them with water and electric power for their AC.

          • megabeth August 18, 2023 at 9:27 pm #

            Pipe Lake Superior to the desert? Good, God, no! Arizona needs water? To quote the late Sam Kinnison, “YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERRRRT! OW, OW, OWOOOO!!!”

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:51 pm #

          No rudy…

          The “Gimmes” are the poor people of this country – the “useless eaters”. The unemployed, the disabled, the welfare whores.

          You know, the ones who off-shored our manufacturing base to China beginning with the illustrious, ultra-patriotic Reagan years.

          The ones who engineered bank bailouts for the wealthy while ignoring sub-prime mortgaging crime.

          The ones who released the insane onto the streets as a means to “shrink the government until it can be drowned in a bathtub”.

          The ones who arrested small time drug users – and confiscate their assets – while importing heroin and cocaine into the US at record-breaking levels.

          The ones who rob us to pour trillions into an eternal war complex.

          The ones who knocked down the twin towers to send us into endless war.

          The ones who privatize profits while socializing the costs.

          The ones who engineer a scamdemic in order to first enslave and then kill you.

          Yeah, those Insidious Basterds living in trailer parks, under bridges, in mama’s basement, in unheated houses. Those fuckers, the low class Gimmes! secretly conspiring through their alcohol and meth haze to conquer the world! Those sonsabitches, scamming on food stamps, getting disability while working a side job roofing houses, lying to get a couple extra weeks of unemployment. They are what destroyed this country! The rich bastards and their government subsidies – and overall control of government – of course not!

          The rich fucks? Especially the ultra-rich fucks? Unfortunate victims of the evil poor!

          • astera August 19, 2023 at 9:52 am #

            LOFL. Classic

      • elysianfield August 18, 2023 at 11:58 am #

        “A bit longer, I agree. Why?
        Because of the American people, Joe Average does not give a damn who is elected to Federal level.”

        John,
        Miss a half-dozen meals, and then revisit that statement.

        • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          Haha, agreed. We are not there yet.

          However, where would we be today if we had not just printed 33 trillion dollars of welfare to offset your scenario? The National Debt!

        • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

          I could skip a few meals, I need to drop 20-30 lbs. Sheet I’m an old fuck. 66 YO I could go 2-3 weeks before I was hurtin’ . 20 years ago I dropped 40 lbs. It was easy. Now a days not so easy.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

            I drop wt. easy. 6’2′ 260lbs. 82 ” wingspan. 8 inch ape reach as they say in boxing circles. Size 16 flappers. I swim like the wind. Michael Phelps doesn’t match my specs. I missed my calling.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

            Natural born Ladder-man. someone’s gotta watch the pygmy’s on the knob.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 2:19 pm #

            The new eating disorders are amongst the men.

            They call it fasting, and there are different names for different types of fasts.

            I think as more guys hear, “just get in the gym”, or “just quit carbs”, and they do, and they still find it not just hard to lose weight but to stop gaining it back, they are resorting to extreme measures.

            There are actually “experts” out there now telling men their whole problem is that they keep eating food.

            There are even “dry fasts”. You don’t want to know.

            https://twitter.com/APompliano/status/1666630712550719489?s=20

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 8:41 am #

            Beryl, maybe it’s just my personal experience, but if I need to lose weight it’s the easiest thing in the world. (At least after the first few days of being pissed off at God for sugar/salt withdrawal).

            I’m 6′ 2″, and I hover between 210-220. I’d like to be 195 and completely ripped, but I don’t have that kind of time at the moment. I blame fatherhood and bills.

            Back in college (when pizza and beer were ubiquitous with everyday life) at one point I pushed 255-260. Oof. I know what that feels like, stelmo.

            I got a trainer about 15 years ago. Logged my intake calories and burned about 1500 a day at the gym. I lost 45 pounds in two months. When he realized this, the trainer suggested I walk around the gym with two 20lb dumbbells for a few minutes to show me how much I used to carry around for no reason. It was shocking.

            Even now at 46, if I just hit it hard for a bit, eat well and work out almost daily, I can drop 10-20 pounds in a month easy.

            My wife, who is 5′ 4″, and in great shape, has to struggle for months to drop 5 pounds if she wants to.

            Guys can lose weight easily. You just have to flip the switch and not do stupid crap. Apparently women have it harder, especially after birthing a child.

            Anyway, that’s my buck o’ five.

            All personal choice for men. And that ain’t easy to come by, but the results are there if you want them. Women, you gotta work for it. Sorry, I didn’t make the rules. Blame God?

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

        The idea of self-reliance was beaten down by The One telling us, “You didn’t build that!” Then came Covid and all the federal programs — PUA, PPP, extended benefits, etc. I suspect there’d be more anger at government stupidity if people thought about it, but we aren’t thinking — we’ve been conditioned to react in a certain way (enslave yourself) or else you’ll have nothing. Too bad we’ve already been told we’ll have nothing, and we’ll like it; and Biden et al will reach Klaus Schwab’s goals ahead of schedule. Not that anyone cares, of course; what matters is Jan. 6 on one hand, and Trump fucking over his backers one way or another on the other. Oh, the Joy’s of government by Hegelian dialectic!

    • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 11:54 am #

      The elections are not decided by the voters, they are decided by our ruling overlords and announced on Election Night, or, as is now the fashion, the next day, after the “ballots” have been run the machines enough times.

      And people who firmly believe that a baby’s sex is “assigned” at birth by the delivering doctor seem to think that the TV squawking heads are announcing the actual vote totals.

      As JHK said, we live in a culture of no-truth, except that half the country True Believers anyway.

      • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 12:02 pm #

        So the actual truth is that elections are a show, part of the bread and circuses that keep the plebes amused, while the dirty works are done behind the scenes.

        The puppet placed in the White House, whether he lives in the basement or actually shows up to put in time in the Oval Office, is inconsequential.

        The stripping of the country by the 1%, as well as their attempts to loot the rest of the world, goes on no matter what piece of protoplasm they place in the White House.

        If “Joe Biden” did nothing else, he should have taught the country that.

        • SW August 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          I agree. The Presidency can easily be only a ceremonial position and a committee of unknown, non-elected people run the government. I don’t think whoever this group is they’re at all worried about Kamala. She’ll be just as easy manipulate and can be taught to say “no comment.”

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

        A friend said he has watched election totals change as they crossed his screen every election for the last several cycles. I refuse to watch election results because, as mentioned before, I fear my wife’s wrath if I get out of line. Believe me, it’s very easy for me to get animated over elections.

        Anyway, this same friend is a techie. He told me he had a device that can read wifi internet activity. New York of course uses computerized voting machines that allegedly aren’t connected to the internet. According to him, he saw tremendous internet activity next to the “offline” voting machines in his precinct. It may be apocryphal, but that kind of story no doubt fuels (understandable) questions about elections.

        • C.O.Jones August 19, 2023 at 8:21 pm #

          You friend is correct, Uncle Bob. It is actually illegal for a voting machine to be connected to the internet but that doesn’t stop them where I live in Georgia. When I asked, they said it’s only a LAN – Local Area Network – to enable the machine on which you vote to be connected to the printer that prints out your ballot that is tabulated honestly and correctly. This presupposes people understanding how to correctly use a touch screen as opposed to checking a box on a paper ballot. It’s BS.

          If the internet is involved, it is subject to hack.Computerized voting machines are easily corrupted, probably from install thereby eliminating the need for a hack.

          Any first year coding student – even the ones who learned how to use a toilet when they arrived in America a.k.a. Bill Gates geniuses – can write a routine that will give you x.x number of votes for every y vote.

          Without a return to paper ballots – ballots authenticated and matched to the number of voters who came thru the door – there is no voting in this country. It’s an illusion. The coming “lockdown” will be accompanied by a provision for mail-in ballots, just like the last “lockdown.” To quote John Kay “Your vote is a meaningless joke.”

          It’s amazing to me the number of people who view computers as some sort of magical box nobody can really understand. I am offering my services free of charge to the Kennedy campaign for the purpose of auditing the code on any and every voting machine they want to put in front of me. I will take time off work to do it.

          The simple solution is paper ballots, in-person voting and voter ID.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 11:19 am #

            The simple solution is paper ballots, in-person voting and voter ID.

            The fact that they have half of the population believing that your statement is now discriminatory, uncaring, and (somehow) also racist is amazing. (The same people also believe the bank hasn’t been tracking, categorizing, and selling your purchase habits on your debit card since about 1988…)

            Homosapiens Rule #17: If a person can game something, they are going to game it. Or they’ll at least keep trying…until they make it happen. After it happens, the game is part of reality from then on.

            If great-grandma Esther doesn’t have a ride to the polls, okay. If she’s in a wheelchair or bed-ridden, we’ve got you covered, ma! Esther can mail it in (by the deadline), no questions asked. She is pretty much the only exception needed.

            Don’t want to stand in line for 9 minutes on the way home from work? Too bad; you shouldn’t be voting then. Can’t find a babysitter? Too bad; bring your kid. In prison? Too bad; ya shouldn’ta dun dat. (And also fuck you for doing whatever you did.)

            The rest of the populace, what are they complaining about? Go to the school auditorium or VFW, show your ID, vote, and then let Esther’s friends from HS in 1938 (Ruthie, Pearl and Mavis) count the votes by hand in the other room, double-stamp it, and certify it in front of the freaking mayor.

            Anything other than the above scenario is eminently hackable. Yet most can’t believe people would do such things. (Errr…they do. Every day.)

      • astera August 19, 2023 at 9:57 am #

        While we’re talking about babies at birth, anybody else as repulsed by the (money-making) cruel and barbaric procedure of circumcision as I am?

        • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 11:28 am #

          Now, you wanna talk about a tangent…

        • Paula D August 20, 2023 at 11:37 am #

          I am also. Barbaric practice of newborn mutilation.

          Damn straight it’s cruel.

          • astera August 20, 2023 at 1:44 pm #

            What I have come to realize, lo these many years, is that once you get a society accustomed and normalized to the “routine” process of welcoming YOUR OWN baby boy into the world by slicing off the end of his penis, what AREN’T you as a society going to accept?

            Explains a lot about these endless wars and carnage, etc….

          • Paula D August 20, 2023 at 4:03 pm #

            Good point.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 5:50 pm #

          It’s a kind of rape too.

    • pyrrhus August 18, 2023 at 2:25 pm #

      I can’t fathom these over-optimistic columns that JHK has been writing…Please get down and dirty one of these weeks!

  2. Cankerpuss August 18, 2023 at 10:03 am #

    I don’t know, Jim, I remember hearing warnings that June was going to be a rough month yet everything seemed to plod along despite all of the “pride” bull shit. I don’t see things coming unraveled as quickly as you describe. I see this as a slow, deliberate dismantling of the USA. Slow and deliberate, purposeful, so the American public who by and large have their heads safely deposited up their asses, won’t notice.

    One day Americans will all wake up and realize that what they once had is gone and they won’t know where it went or why. By then, nothing will matter anyway.

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 10:12 am #

      Yes. The old saw about the frog in boiling water.

    • mary.m August 18, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

      This.

      The $15B fortune 50, 150,000 employee multinational I joined in mid 80s took 15+ years to go down, not counting the years of rumors before I joined

      Many if not most of us seniors (pushing 70 here) will not be around to see the end.

      The best we can do is stay out of the way as the billionaire class fight for control of the steering wheel. Wef etal will fail. The real question is how much damage they do in the interim.

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 2:32 pm #

        I suspect the WEF will succeed, at first, after years of chaos and crime. One of them will convince everyone he’s God, and desperate people will buy into it if it means they get food. Then things will unravel, finally, and human existence will hang in the balance as the survivors fight over who lives and who dies.

  3. tractorguy August 18, 2023 at 10:04 am #

    ” consider that we now live in a culture of no truth,”

    Exhibit A for that is the whole transgender scam, where they declare the opposite sex is “what I really am”, in obvious denial with the physical evidence of their own genitalia and DNA.

    Tractorguy

    • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 10:32 am #

      “Admiral” Levine of HHS says egg-bearers.
      I’m thinking these ass clowns are ultimately more like egg beaters.
      Will we soon enough be fined or jailed for not addressing our exalted betters / beaters for ‘illegal’ addressing of their carved-out biological niche as sororal?

      • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 10:44 am #

        “… for ‘illegal’ addressing of their carved-out biological niche as not sororal? Canada already has implemented severe fines.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:32 pm #

          Michigan too! We’re trying to out-Canada Canada. I think Gov.Witless (damn spellchecker!) may be conspiring to annex Michigan to Canada. Our (new) motto: “Just Like You – Butt Gayer!”

      • BackRowHeckler August 18, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

        Dave, I think you meant to say ~

        Admiral Rachel Levine (Stunning & Brave)

        Be forewarned that in some jurisdictions not addressing an individual such as the distinguished Admiral without using the proper qualifiers may constitute a felonious offense.

        Let this be a warning to you, and the rest of the CFNers.

        • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 2:40 pm #

          Richard Levine needs to realize he’s not a woman, no matter how much he may wish otherwise. Of course, as humble as he is, he’ll never seek the help he needs.

          • astera August 19, 2023 at 10:06 am #

            ^this

            also, I come from his state where he and Gov. Wolf sent many covid-sick folks into nursing homes only to spread infection and kill many just like New York State, yet it got little press. And on top of this, he put his own mother in a “safe” home where she wouldn’t be exposed. M’f’r should face a firing squad.

    • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 12:10 pm #

      Forcing everyone to cosplay with other people’s fetishes, and to use their special words, is part of the totalitarian takeover of day-to-day life.

      Having Big Brother enforce such obvious non-truths, so that people using intra-office emails have to “declare” their pronouns, for instance, every time they communicate with each other, is them telling humans that they must not think for themselves, and that they have no power to resist the Official Non Truths being declared, even on such a trivial-seeming level.

      “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ? George Orwell

      • Ron Anselmo August 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

        Exactly Paula. Drip, drip, drip…

      • BackRowHeckler August 18, 2023 at 1:45 pm #

        Well Paula, not only are we expected to attend the Freak Show, but we have to enthusiastically participate in the Freak Show as well. It is incumbent on all of us join the Freak Show, that is, eat the sh#t they are dishing out, smile, and say it tastes good.

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

        My neighbor in cubicle-land wears a choker with a giant square medallion reading “SHE_HER” affixed to it. Because her 46F’s (I may be underestimating) would possibly lead you to think she’s another Dylan Mulvaney.

        • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:41 pm #

          I might just go with “I am woman! Hear me roar!”

          • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

            I think Uncle Bob is talking about a trannie, not an actual woman.

          • Islander August 19, 2023 at 11:37 am #

            Oh.

            Silly me!

          • justanotherguy August 31, 2023 at 9:57 pm #

            having the transers adopting a(n) hellen (sic) reddy song would be poetic justice.

  4. SW August 18, 2023 at 10:10 am #

    Biden will be in a wheelchair not looking like FDR but more like the nursing home patient that he is. “No comment” on the fires in Maui is hard for even the NYT and WP to ignore in its never ending devotion to portray him as a functioning adult.

    The dude that wouldn’t release the water has (or had — it may have been taken down by now) a utube video about how water is sacred blah blah blah and has been removed from his post by a governor who I guess believes innocent lives are sacred too. And another public Hawaiian servant didn’t sound the sirens b/c he thought they were only for tsunamis.

    Just like George Bush and Cheney tricked us into a war and destroyed Iraq, Biden and Friends have done the same in Ukraine. Bush had the Katrina fiasco and Biden has Maui. Maybe history does repeat itself a little bit.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 10:21 am #

      From everything I’ve read and heard, the government’s reaction to the fire was typical of their bureaucracy.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:31 am #

      That Hawaii servant has resigned. He should be jailed. He enabled the death of over a hundred folks.

      Jailed, just like Zelensky and Biden.

      Your last paragraph makes one wonder who really is in charge of the government. One vote for the MIC.

      • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 11:06 am #

        Have you looked into who the chief of police is?

        The evidence that something is not right in Maui continues to grow.

        There are lots of locals talking about the events on social media.

        Last I saw, the government is withholding aid as well, and private citizens have taken matters into their own hands–delievering supplies at their own cost via jet-ski, etc.

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

        Yes, it sounds like the WEF hiding their plans behind Hawaiian paganism.

        • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 1:27 pm #

          The contempt and loathing of the globalists for HUMAN BEINGS is horrifying. I can see why some folks fall into thinking the people at the top are reptilian or alien, some other species, since the latter seem to think of human beings as at best, cattle, and at worst, bothersome insects to be exterminated. I just think they’re psychopaths who have given themselves over to demonic evil.

          Since they HAVE no conscience to appeal to, I have no idea how to defeat them. But I just try to be true to myself and not comply. They’ll squash me like a bug, of course, but I know I’m not a bug. I am a beloved child of God, made in His image. They were created in His image as well, but it’s not my fault they chose to reject it.

          You choose to not comply, not because you expect to win (although we COULD win if ENOUGH people chose to not comply), but because you can’t NOT choose to not comply.

          Read Vaclav Havel’s “Power of the Powerless.”
          Read Solzhenitsyn’s “Live Not By Lies.”
          Read the Lives of the Saints. Maybe focus in on those early Christians who got tortured to death for simply refusing to burn incense in front of a statue of the Roman Emperor.
          Read the Bible, and consider that life is short, you’re going to die sooner or later anyway, and that a clear conscience is more precious than life itself.

          • ladybuxton August 19, 2023 at 9:30 pm #

            Imagine Paul the Apostle laying this out in his initial address to the Romans, Heartlander- as he witnessed the decline of the Empire and all it entailed. God, in His infinite wisdom, giving them up to their debauchery as they chose to turn their backs toward Him.

            What are we instructed to do? Just as you implied, wipe the dust from our feet and move forward.

          • Q. Shtik August 19, 2023 at 9:49 pm #

            Interesting! We have a new commenter named ladybuxom.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 11:42 am #

            Since they HAVE no conscience to appeal to, I have no idea how to defeat them.

            Seems to me people have figured out this riddle many times throughout history. They just have to be pushed far enough.

          • TrickCyclist August 20, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

            FYI, ladybuxton, Paul was not an ‘apostle’…

      • Cankerpuss August 18, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

        “Joe Biden’s” Presidency is an extension of Barak Obama’s Presidency. We are living through BO’s third term and will soon be living through BO’s fourth term. If Michelle manages to get elected BO will have his 5th and 6th term. By then, the country will be more unrecognizable than it is today.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:24 pm #

          By my count, we are in Bush/CIA XIII. Same criminals in charge since the “Gerald Ford”.

          Big Mike would rather bitch from the sidelines than take on any responsibility. Read (if you can – it’s like eating irrational vomit) his Masturbatory Thesis on the hardships of being a successful black in a white racist country.

          • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

            I think the coup was in November 1963.
            We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary of CIA rule.

    • Anon1970 August 18, 2023 at 11:12 am #

      In the San Francisco Bay Area, the BART rapid transit district has not gotten around to cleaning up the fallen brush from last winter’s rains at my local station. It is now very dry and is very vulnerable to catching fire. I have complained to the local station agent but to no avail. Yesterday, I contacted the local fire district and asked the folks there to do a fire safety check at the local station. My earlier complaints to the fire district about another station actually did yield results but that land may have been privately owned and the current problem is on government owned land.

      • astera August 20, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

        Just set the fire yourself and game over.

    • BackRowHeckler August 18, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

      I think FDR was only 64 when he passed away.

      Biden is pushing 80.

  5. dale August 18, 2023 at 10:10 am #

    Well said. It is creepy beyond belief…

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    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

      Yes, weird. If water is sacred in that sense, why drink it or bathe in it?

      It is to be used – and if Pagan – thank the Water Deity for it. If Christian, thank God for it. The elements are sacred after all.

      • Not_GeorgeT August 19, 2023 at 1:02 am #

        Water is Nestle’s by another name.

  6. Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 10:11 am #

    Precise timelines are always hard to predict, but yes, I think most of what you’re describing here today regarding the dollar will come to pass eventually, Jim. Not to go all Q. on you, but I think you might have been going for “withdrawals” rather than “deposits” in the next to last paragraph, if I was understanding you correctly. But that’s a rather small nit to pick. Carry on until you’re carrion!

    • Ron Anselmo August 18, 2023 at 11:22 am #

      Right Dis – had to go back for a re-read. On a first read – my mind read it as “withdrawal”, simply because Jim’s logic always makes sense.

      Of course I meant withdrawals. Early a.m. brain fart. Fixed it. –JHK Admin.

      His power of articulately driving a point home, makes the mind focus on the conceptual, even though you literally see something different.

  7. Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 10:13 am #

    RFK Jr. still hasn’t noticed anything unusual happening in our justice system.

    Maybe he’s too busy worrying how much harder it is for Sudanese to get here legally than illegally?

    Well, yeah.

    • dale August 18, 2023 at 10:19 am #

      I don’t know, he seems fairly observant. We’re you expecting a call from him?

      • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 10:27 am #

        I am fairly observant too, and I have observed that he has been very busy lately talking about a great many current events in detail, just not the indictment of a former president for thought crimes or something.

        • dale August 18, 2023 at 10:41 am #

          Yeah, I see that too. Maybe he’ll comment on that – if he noticed.

        • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 11:00 am #

          It is because he is running as a Democrat, IMO.

          He knows he needs the votes of quite a few individuals who actually voted for Biden.

          Most people don’t do a 180 after making a mistake. The double down and then lie about and attack the person pointing out the fact that they made a mistake.

        • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:50 pm #

          He is an attorney, so I think he notices legal chicanery.

          My speculation, or one of them, is that he is treading a fine line in pack of hyenas that is US politics and media, and his campaign manager is having him avoid making any comment on Trump.

          It seems to me that he could make some comment on the trump indictments purely from a legal pov.

          OTOH, the aim of the Trump indicts is to disract the public and entangle any who wade in to the quagmire. It is really another catch-22 of our current political landscape, not dissimilar from the catch-22 of the Israel/Palestine situ. More than catch-22s—these are bear traps, or tar babies.

          No good can come of engaging with these issues at this stage of RFK’s campaign. I think his campaign focus has to be to get Biden, or whoever the other Dem candidate(s) is/are, to agree to debate with him.

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:12 pm #

            RFK 2.0 needs to avoid alienating Trump’s supporters so that he can reel them in after Trump is (illegally – but who cares?) disqualified from running for President.

            That will make for a larger basket of deplorables for the Hildebeast to stomp, and a more believable (for the voluntarily retarded) false flag under which to burn them.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:38 am #

      I remember George Giancana’s book where he described the JHK murder as part of the war between the Boston Irish Mob and the Chicago Italian Mob, sparked by the betrayal of a pact between Sam Giancana and Papa Joe Kennedy by Bobby, who also paid the price.

      Could it be that RFK, Jr’s campaign is one of vengeance by the Mob in Boston. His wanting to clobber the intelligence group along with other parts of the Deep State, the fomenters of the assassination, might be a clue?

      If so, okay!!! Anything to bring down the Monster.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:39 am #

        George was Sam’s brother.

      • kendar667 August 18, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

        I assume you meant JFK not JHK lol. Seriously though, the Blob always has LOTS of reasons for any operation so some of what you said is likely part of it. My personal big three on JFK would be wanting to dismantle the CIA, refusing to let Israel have nukes, and wanting to get rid of the Federal Reserve. That last one is third rail.

        • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

          Oops. Guess I write JHK so many times it is second nature. Thanks for the lol.

        • Islander August 18, 2023 at 6:58 pm #

          Kendar667, I agree.

          I think that was an important aspect of James K. Douglass’s The Unspeakable: there were so many who had a major beef with JFK, it was kind of like Murder on the Orient Express.

          Don’t forget the MIC, which was furious because JFK showed he meant it with the wage agreement that was made after the long strike. Big Steel (the MIC) thought they could push the young fella around, but he sicced his bro the AG on them when they broke the deal.

          I think it is relevant that RfK Jr. cites this book as the one he considers the best on Dallas.

          • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

            Wait, RFK Jr blames the MOB for his uncle’s death? I thought he blamed (and continues to blame) the CIA.

  8. Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 10:18 am #

    Dylan Roof wasn’t a “white supremacist”. He was just a mentally disturbed young man, IMO probably influenced by all the propaganda against white boys like him, by the Obama Justice Department.

    The Adam Lanza hairdo should have given people a clue.

    • SW August 18, 2023 at 10:43 am #

      The first pictures I saw of Dylan Roof showed how dead his eyes looked. It was like he was some vacant soul who could be filled with any propaganda. He said in a police interview that the people in the church were so nice to him he thought about not shooting them. He could recognize human kindness but had been dulled to the point of not responding to it.

      • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 1:59 pm #

        meds?

        • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

          Weed, for sure.

    • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

      I think that Dylan Roof was a MK-Ultra assassin, like Sirhan Sirhan (and yes, I know that Sirhan Sirhan didn’t adminster the kill shot).

      Why would someone who never showed a sign of racism suddenly drive 100 miles, passing multiple black churches, to kill a state senator whom the Blob detested?

      The other people were, as our overlords say, collateral damage.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

        Roof didn’t seem too concerned with escaping, either.

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 10:00 pm #

        The CIA doesn’t even care that people know about MKUltra, from all indications.

        He does show all the indications of being a Manchurian Candidate, alright.

        As were Ted Bundy and Unibomber.

    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

      He thought that Whites should have equal rights – thus he was a thought criminal. As you aver, perhaps without realizing it, normal people are considered such now.

      It started long before Obama and “Woke”. Political Correctness was all about the persecution of Whites too. You didn’t notice?

      • SW August 18, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

        There’s no excuse for walking into a church and killing people. Dylan Roof was not a “thought criminal” he was a real criminal. His crime is right up there with the rest of the mass murderers with a chip on their shoulder.

        • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:49 pm #

          Not excusing it, just saying what he thought – which is correct.

          Ditto for our beloved Uncle Ted. Did you read the Manifesto and/or later writings? The man was brilliant – and a very nasty piece of work. He used to send letters to the people he had maimed to gloat and mock.

          • SW August 18, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

            Brilliant and crazy and a cross-dresser too.

          • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

            mk ultra

            tranny????

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:06 pm #

            Oh no, Uncle Ted was a cross-dresser?

            Must all our idols fall?

        • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 1:21 pm #

          He had a black roommate, as I recall, who said that he never showed a hint of racism.

          The “white supremacist” narrative was manufactured, imo.

          • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 2:28 pm #

            Somebody needed a white supremacist.

        • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 1:36 pm #

          Why yes, if you discriminate between White Nationalist and White Supremacist? Do you?

          His brief manifesto (which I read) was quite cogent. He apologized for the spelling and grammatical errors, saying it was done in a rush.

          His choice of targets (old Black ladies at church) was grotesque, showing a profound lack of judgement. If he had to go out in a blaze of glory, why not shoot it out with Black gangbangers? Better yet, live for his people, not die for them meaninglessly.

          • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            His target was the state senator. The old ladies were collateral damage.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

            Now Paula and Co are trying to appropriate White Nationalist, Dylan Roof, of all people, lol.

            If the Left didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

  9. rainmaker August 18, 2023 at 10:26 am #

    If you regard the Constitution of the United States as a contract between the US gov and the people of this country, then you should realize that the US gov has failed to uphold it’s contractual obligations. What is to be done in this situation? George Bush quote – “Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:40 am #

      Power destroys all.

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 3:03 pm #

        Which Bush — the CIA first baseman or his son?

  10. mitchellc August 18, 2023 at 10:28 am #

    You’re right that the elite will get what they are looking for.

    The game all along has been one of total global conquest, making no distinction between domestic and foreign adversaries.

    Such nihilism actually makes perfect logical sense; why should leaders feel any sense of obligation or allegiance with the stupid sheep?

    They won, we lost, thus they were proven right in their contempt. But, time is continuous, therefore nothing remains the same for long…

    But this why I don’t think they much care either: time is running out for humanity’s current ways of living.

    Who’s to say they don’t also manage to seize power once again under the new order? Once in the game, you can’t really get out.

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    • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 11:03 am #

      “[…] time is running out for humanity’s current ways of living.”

      Only in the sense that those that own the system will first destroy it to the degree necessary to create the digital plantation.

      There is no other reason. Your claims about resources and population have never been shown to be true.

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

        Talk to John Az about the water situation in the West. They’re at or beyond carrying capacity at this point. Huge cities out in the desert is ridiculous.

        • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

          Jarek

          Acknowledged!

          Government shutdowns of new construction projects have already started.

          We have started thinking about where to go if the drought intensifies. Hurricane Hillary may alleviate things for awhile. Plan B is needed for a whole bunch of Boomers in the SW.

        • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:50 pm #

          Might be time to try the iceberg plan. Some say it is feasible but I don’t think it’s ever been tried.

        • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 4:27 pm #

          What is a desert, Jarek?

          Your manipulative style always amuses me, as you are so bad at it.

          • Night Bro' August 18, 2023 at 6:11 pm #

            I’ve taken the Greyhound from Seattle to Los Angeles on the faster/cheaper route that goes more in the interior, rather than along the coast, and it has been very hot and dry approaching LA.

            As one who never experienced that kind of condition, it was a little scary when a couple of times the bus was deliberately stopped to cool the engine down. We got out to stretch in the middle of nowhere and in dry-sauna-like conditions, but fully clothed. I couldn’t imagine being stranded out there.

            In LA, for a three month period I was there, it rained– more like lightly-sprinkled for only half an hour– once.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 12:41 am #

            Asking important questions in a direct and frank manner: Manipulative?

            We never saw the best of you. Somewhere along the line you lost your ability to talk with people.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 19, 2023 at 3:32 am #

            How’s your own reformation in that regard coming along, Jarek?

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:42 am #

            What is a desert, Jarek?

          • Night Bro' August 19, 2023 at 7:45 am #

            What is a desert, Jarek?” ~ Night Owl

            Is this a trick question? Go look it up. Alternatively…

            The Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area is the largest within the greater Mojave Desert…” ~ Wikipedia

            The Mojave Desert… is a desert in the rain shadow of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains and Transverse Ranges in the Southwestern United States… It is located primarily in southeastern California and southwestern Nevada, with small portions extending into Arizona and Utah.

            The Mojave Desert, together with the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Great Basin deserts, forms a larger North American Desert. Of these, the Mojave is the smallest and driest.” ~ Wikipedia

            A desert is a barren area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life. The lack of vegetation exposes the unprotected surface of the ground to denudation. About one-third of the land surface of the Earth is arid or semi-arid. This includes much of the polar regions, where little precipitation occurs, and which are sometimes called polar deserts or “cold deserts”. Deserts can be classified by the amount of precipitation that falls, by the temperature that prevails, by the causes of desertification or by their geographical location.” ~ Wikipedia

            Huge cities out in the desert is ridiculous.” ~ Jarek

            As it appears.

            Huge cities, however, as we have come to understand them, could be considered ridiculous in some senses, no matter where they’re situated.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:07 pm #

            Thank you, NB. It was better if someone else answered it at this point.

            Interesting stuff. Much of the Great Basin is a sagebrush wasteland. I’ve ridden thru areas that seemed too barren (bad soil or not enough water?) for even sagebrush. Just nothing!

            Conversely, at least one of those deserts has a lot of plant life, forget which one. No terrible freezes, like the Great Basin. And perhaps a bit more water than the others – at least during one part of the year? I think anything under 10 inches of rain a year is the technical definition of a desert. But there’s a big difference between 9.5 and 0 – like a large part of coastal Chile often gets.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

            Still no answer.

            Just another day with the climate doomers.

            Except in Jarek’s case it is hatred of the horde. His white skin makes him superior, you see.

          • Night Bro' August 19, 2023 at 11:31 pm #

            Night Owl, I was trying to do everyone a favour here.

            Maybe you’re suggesting some subterfuge underscoring Jarek’s take, but in my case, I was merely agreeing why plunking down high-resource-use cities down in deserts is probably a bad/stupid idea.

            This seems to have little to do with anthropogenic climate change– climate doomerism if you must– if the desert was there before related significant human activity.

            Piece of advice. Comment only under some level of reflection, even research where appropriate.

            As an aside, it appears Jarek’s changed his tack/tune a little, incidentally. That said, my next advice would be to evaluate it.

          • Night Bro' August 19, 2023 at 11:53 pm #

            Except in Jarek’s case it is hatred of the horde. His white skin makes him superior, you see.” ~ Night Owl

            Indeed some of it seemed about as ridiculous as large cities in the desert, maybe even more so.

            If you are pinkish-beige and living in, say, the US, you might want to gather yourself and head north and remain there for an eternity, because it is likely that staying in the Southern States may render one darker over successive generations, if not relatively immediately. There’s also no accounting for what the melanin gene or whatever other genes will do either.

          • Night Bro' August 19, 2023 at 11:56 pm #

            The above assumes, of course, that one cares enough about one’s skin tone and wants to preserve it at all costs.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:21 pm #

            As if race is just skin tone. Are the Black Dravidians of South India, Negroes?

            Ask them.

        • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:03 pm #

          The problems of cities in the Southwest with their profligate lawns and golf courses andn 24/7 AC were totally created and totally predictable.

          To conflate the existential problems of these cities—which are robbing water from the countryside and from ancient aquifers—is like saying going to sea in a leaky boat is a problem of sea level rise.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:53 pm #

            Islander has translated my point quite well.

            How is it so many others managed to miss it?

            I know why.

            😀

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 12:17 am #

            Cities, as we understand them today– largely powered by oil and other fossil fuels, to say nothing of their mineral/material supports– are giant resource vacuum-cleaners and dead zones of a sort.

            They do not appear viable in the long and medium runs, no matter how much resources they try to conserve, such as water.

            Our technoindustrial footprint is dinosaur-size and, as such, ultimately more fragile and vulnerable to environmental changes and impacts.

            Kindly note, I wrote environmental, which, while inclusive of climate, is not exclusive to other environmental aspects.

            —-

            “We’re living at a dangerous moment because… ’empire’, is in its last gasp, and empire, when it’s in its last gasp will do anything to sustain itself… The US does not want to see the indigenous view of water, or natural gas, or oil, or resources in the ground to prevail… I was in a meeting of U’wa people who are fighting oil development in Colombia… and [the way] they talk about oil… [is] completely alien to the western development and corporate development model– it just can’t be understood even. So as a result, corporations, and US and prevailing western powers, don’t think anything negative at all about going in and overpowering that if they can get away with it…

            …you’d very rarely hear a non-indiginous person use the phrase like ‘Mother Earth’… or that buys that idea… or that calls animals and trees brothers and sisters, but that’s completely routine [to the indigenous]… that’s what we need, of course, are some of those values for the present time…” ~ Jerry Mander, ‘Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible’

            “To accumulate wealth, power, or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation-state.” ~ Bill Mollison, ‘Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, second ed.’

          • Night Bro' August 20, 2023 at 12:24 am #

            Night Owl, normally we see what it is someone is conflating something with. Apparently, Islander left out that part.

            Nevertheless if someone is offering a related aside, such as a questioning of cities in general and in deserts in specific, it isn’t necessarily offered as a conflation. It could be a conflation, but not necessarily.

          • Paula D August 20, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            Right, Night Bro?

            Islander offers an incomplete thought, and Night Soil loves it, because she speaks for him. Now, that’s funny.

            But WTF did she even mean?

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

            Night steps in it – again! But welcome to Team Islander nonetheless.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

            Paula can’t tell me what was incomplete about my thought.

            Just a drive-by and an ad hom.

            You are weak, Paula.

  11. stonned August 18, 2023 at 10:29 am #

    The MONOPOLY GAME is OVER.

    YOU lose goy.

    Ain’t no “get of jail card” or “Free Pass” for YOU.

    No more PASSING GO.

    Bend over and take it good and hard one last time.

    The BANKERS WIN again.

    Bye Bye.

    • Anon1970 August 18, 2023 at 11:16 am #

      Actually, I am doing quite well and my standard of living is much better than it was when I was a youngster. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders. Some people move up and others move down. Lately, it seems that a lot more people are moving down and fewer are moving up.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:01 pm #

        “Life is like a game of snakes and ladders.”

        Now with More Snakes and Fewer Ladders!

        • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

          Indeed, Blackbird.

          And the game of Monopoly is also New and Improved. Now with more Jail and less money passing Go!.

  12. rudyspeaks August 18, 2023 at 10:30 am #

    Just a quick comment on a great article. “residual wealth is confiscated” refers to YOUR (bottom 90%) wealth. Long term trends for the 1%ers (especially the .001%ers) is that THEIR wealth will increase as it has for the last 50 years (Rand Corp. Income trends between 1975 and 2018). The $50 trillion redirected to the top earners doesn’t even include the years since, in which the robbery INCREASED. And, again, let’s recall that many voted D with the intention of ridding ourselves of the equally criminal G.W. Bush (yeah, Cheney, really) crime wave! IOW, “voting the bums out” will unavoidably be “voting the old bums back in!”

    • Islander August 18, 2023 at 10:42 am #

      According to RFK Jr in the Tucker interview, 70% of the nation’s wealth is now held by members and backers of the Dem. Party.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 10:54 am #

      I wonder.

      Having only two candidates in the lead in the two parties makes one wonder what is going on. The polls show overwhelming support for slo jo and Trump.

      How come, why do the folks reject younger, fresher faces?

      I saw this morning that advisors are telling De Santis that he needs to attack Ramaswamy more.

      ????

      Reagan’s commandment said that GOP candidates should not attack each other and concentrate on the Democrats.

      ????

      • JackStraw August 18, 2023 at 11:37 am #

        It may have to do with the polling methods. Older people are easier to contact, and they’re going to be slanted toward the known candidates.

        Like the news, I simply don’t believe any poll I read.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:59 pm #

          I was just gonna say, “Polls?”

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

        De Santis accepts the results of the election. He has broken trust with the real American People.

        Tucker is disgracing himself by entertaining this Indian upstart.

        There is only ONE Republican candidate. You know who.

        • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

          Yeah. Unless you’re Margaret Noonan, who’s decided Chris Christie is the best candidate because he hates Trump. Reminds me, I need to read her latest tantrum.

          • WadeWaters August 19, 2023 at 3:38 pm #

            I can’t read her anymore. Like a sanctimonious old schoolmarm

            who lost the ability to think critically several years ago. But

            that’s why she’s perfect for the WSJ.

      • D from OR August 18, 2023 at 1:42 pm #

        What “younger, fresher faces?”

        Come on, you know they aren’t allowed to run!

        DeSantis, Ramaswamy, are just there to make you think there’s some kind of competition going on. There isn’t. DeSantis lacks charisma and the country is not going to elect a short Indian guy.

        Thinking polls and anything mainstream is valid is part of the confusion you seem to have.

        • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 5:39 pm #

          THANK YOU.

  13. Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 10:42 am #

    Ticker Guy has been issuing some warnings:

    Real Estate Disaster

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=249517

    No, Its Not JUST Real Estate

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=249522

    • SW August 18, 2023 at 10:53 am #

      “Michael Burry, the “Big Short” investor who became famous for correctly predicting the epic collapse of the housing market in 2008, has bet more than $1.6 billion on a Wall Street crash.

      Burry is making his bearish bets against the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100, according to Security Exchange Commission filings released Monday. Burry’s fund, Scion Asset Management, bought $866 million in put options (that’s the right to sell an asset at a particular price) against a fund that tracks the S&P 500 and $739 million in put options against a fund that tracks the Nasdaq 100.”

      So maybe Jim’s predictions are right. The trucking and delivery businesses are all down by around 10% so I guess that means people aren’t ordering as much stuff on line and the stores aren’t exactly packed with shoppers. Even back-to-school no-tax weekends don’t seem to pull in the numbers they used to.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:00 am #

        SW

        Burry, according to “The Big Short” ’s crash by studying when the balloon notes were due on millions of flaky loans inspired by the give away artists in the Deep State.

        The government caused 2008 with their lousy qualification rules for loans at Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae.

        The Big Short really showed the grift involved in the deflation of the real estate market.

        • SW August 18, 2023 at 11:18 am #

          He may be placing his bets that it will crash based more on the commercial real estate loans. The Chinese company Evergrande filed for bankruptcy yesterday on its US loans which doesn’t sound too good.

          But Yellow Trucking company filed bankruptcy a month ago. UPS reported a 9.9% drop in daily package volume for Q2, with June volume down 12.2%. FedEx reported an 18% drop in average daily shipments in its quarter ended May 31.

        • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

          Hank Paulson rode into DC, fucked a few chickens (that’s his preference) and rode out with trillions back in ought eight.

          Nobody fixed the problem, though. The big global banks in US, UK, Germany, Switzerland et al were bankrupt then but they simply kicked their bad paper up to the nation states for one final, ginormous go-around pumping of their fiat nonsense before their final big cash-out. We are here.

          JHK is correct. The audience is seated comfortably. Murmur fills the hall. It … is … almost … show-time!

      • Hereward the Woke August 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        SW, there’s another key indicator of trouble too: the cardboard box market. It’s in the basement. Most stuff is sent via cardboard boxes. If no-one is ordering them, then no-one is sending stuff.

        • SW August 18, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

          I hadn’t heard that but it makes sense. I live out in the middle of nowhere and can only judge by what I see and read. The small towns I’m close to have a lot of working class poverty and it’s rare to see a new car in town but plenty of old beaters that are kept on the road with duct tape and elmer’s glue. Walmart has interior gates you have to go through to enter and exit so I’m guessing the shoplifting loss is pretty high.

          • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:02 pm #

            what county n state?

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:06 pm #

            You have gates to get in and out of Walmart? Good lord.

            Minnesota hasn’t gotten there yet, I guess.

            Though, there is (I presume) a tranny black “woman” at the exit most days lately asking to see receipts if you have anything big or paper.

            I never acknowledge “her” (I mean she sounds like Tracy Morgan, for chrissakes), I just keep walking. I paid for my shit…leave me alone, Tracy.

            But no gates. Yet.

        • SW August 18, 2023 at 7:15 pm #

          Texas — Cooke county

        • mrs_saj August 18, 2023 at 8:15 pm #

          Hereward the Woke,

          I’ve read some anecdotal comments on that and it is contradictory. Some people are receiving small orders in big cardboard boxes. Other people are saying they are still ordering, but many items that they would expect to arrive in a cardboard box are now arriving in plastic envelopes.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:57 pm #

          “They” are trying to deprive the homeless of affordable housing. Insidious Basterds!

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            Lol. I’m guessing refrigerators still come in studio apt size…

      • Uncle Bob August 18, 2023 at 3:28 pm #

        Maybe that’s because people tend to avoid reproducing anymore, and dump the responsibility for buying school supplies on teachers instead of buying notebooks and pens for their own kids.

        • SW August 18, 2023 at 7:17 pm #

          The people I see in the local Walmart are poor and teachers do help with supplies that the school used to supply and no longer does. I don’t know where all this property tax money goes b/c it should be plenty to run the schools.

  14. messianicdruid August 18, 2023 at 10:56 am #

    “…and your local bank will cap deposits at $500 a few weeks before executing the long-rumored bail-ins.”

    Good one JHK, a bank that caps deposits. lol

    • Anon1970 August 18, 2023 at 11:00 am #

      JHK probably meant withdrawals.

      • messianicdruid August 18, 2023 at 11:12 am #

        These days, you get your laughs where you can.

        • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          I like reenactments of the Montgomery Brawl.

  15. Rodulf August 18, 2023 at 11:11 am #

    I still got a hundred bucks on no election and the UN getting involved, at the request of the Dems.

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    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:25 am #

      I’d say that’s an even money prop bet.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:58 am #

      UN? Or WEF? Or are they the same folks?

      Is the creation of an environmental emergency by executive order going to be the invitation? Are Biden and Kerry about to kick us to the the curb in favor of global control?

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

        UN and WEF are joined at the hip.

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

      A climate “emergency” is declared and elections are unable to be held for some bogus reason or another.

    • lateStarter August 18, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

      Not sure about the UN getting involved but odds are good the blob will just decide it is too dangerous to hold elections at this time. They are very concerned about citizen safety. /sarc

      After they get things sorted out, the situation will return to normal. Don’t worry, everything will be fine!

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

        I understand the sentiment, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

        If they called off elections, the country would go nuts. Even the progressives.

        Give it another couple cycles, and we’ll be to full Idiocracy/The Purge (“The New Founding Fathers”, etc). They need another generation gone first, that remembers what used to be normal.

  16. JackStraw August 18, 2023 at 11:23 am #

    Damn fine essay this week, Jim.

    I particularly enjoyed your description of the vast emptiness of Kamala’s skull.

    Vivek has been describing our current time frame as another 1776, and that doesn’t sound like hyperbole to me. Everyone has a breaking point, and we’re getting closer to it everyday. I just hope it’s not a drawn out, bloody affair, however, there needs to be justice brought down on those who have created this clusterfuck.

    • Ron Anselmo August 18, 2023 at 11:36 am #

      “…there needs to be justice brought down on those who have created this clusterfuck.” ~ JackStraw

      Exactly Jack – and may it be swift.

      • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:13 pm #

        It usually is not swift.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

      Should Kamala be in charge of the Space program as she is familiar with the vacuum of space between her ears?

      • Ron Anselmo August 18, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

        Well, in addition, she has plenty of experience waxing Wille Brown’s rocket.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:50 pm #

          Much as I like maligning her, I expect that the Ho’s daze as the butt of our jokes is almost over.

          The alternative is scarier, but I think a furnace we must walk through.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

            Agreed. No one will know who she even was in about 3 years.

          • MrMangoOnMyShoulder August 20, 2023 at 3:14 pm #

            Hell, I pretty much don’t now.

  17. Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 11:25 am #

    “his fate hangs there above the Rehoboth dunes like an ominous black sea-bird suspended on an ill wind, mocking him. You have finally screwed the pooch, Joey, it cries… caw caw caw….

    That is pure gold, Jim. Awesome essay this morning. Thank you.

    • crudgemudgeon August 18, 2023 at 11:53 am #

      Dr. Zonk, yes. And the “black spot” reference to the classic Robert Lewis Stephenson story was rich with meaning and memory. When it all goes to shit, they can’t take those things. I really appreciate the way Jim keeps our culture alive.

      • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

        They tried to tell us we all needed to study STEM in school.

        Nothing wrong with STEM, but it doesn’t do much to carry along the culture, does it?

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:47 pm #

          Good point Beryl.

          Most of the math/sci kids I went to school with totally neglected their cultural education, had no anchor, and were swept away by the latest convincing narrative.

          Most of the liberal arts kids I went to school with totally neglected logic, reason, and scientific method, had no bearing, and were swept away by the latest convincing narrative.

          • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

            Wow.
            Thank you for this, Blackbird.
            What a pithy, insightful summary.

            There are individual exceptions to those two categories, but as a general framework that explains the mass-freakout/delusion of the last 3 years, you nailed it.

  18. JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:27 am #

    Hahahahahaha.

    AI strikes again.

    In San Francisco,

    A self driving car did a belly flop into a new road project full of fresh concrete.

    Oops, some one forgot to tell GPS about that one.

    The two worst GPS fiascos I have encountered were in Farmington NM and Northern AZ.

    In Farmington, a construction project across town on the main drag made GPS send traffic 112 miles south to the next EW road then west 7 miles then 112 miles back up to west Farmington. I caught that one.

    In Northern AZ on route 87, the GPS took us off the main road and ran us up a two lane through the Navajo reservation, like route 87 did not exist.

    Makes me wonder how accurate the updating system is going into the GPS AI.

    Not good enough to run a driverless system, IMHO.

    • RCAnderson August 18, 2023 at 11:31 am #

      AI and GPS have a hard time w/ Four Corners; too many strange vibes! Maybe I’ll move there…

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:37 am #

      LOL! Great to hear that NM and AZ are doing their fair share to throw a monkey wrench in the works!

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:38 am #

      Two more

      Followed GPS to Reagan’s Library in Simi Valley, Which took us up the service road to the back of the library which had been closed since it’s opening, nice.

      The second was to find a hotel near Nixon’s library. That one led us off into never never land and just left us at a dead end.

      Maps will never be obsolete, as you must have a general idea where you are going to avoid GPS errors.

      Also, was it a conspiracy against two GOP presidents?

      Just kidding.

      • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

        Delorme’s Gazetteers are fabulous, and when the internet/GPS goes down, they will be more valuable than gold. I advise having a gazetteer for the state you live in and any other states that you anticipate having to travel through. They’re pricey, but as I said, someday soon you may be glad you spent the money. Something on which to spend some of that money you’re taking out of the bank!

    • kimmasad01 August 18, 2023 at 5:13 pm #

      Has it even mastered the left turn yet?

    • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

      Yeah…

      2010, somewhere on the Gulf Coast:
      Trying to get to a fancy seafood restaurant. (What’s that Cajun word for “lobster”?) GPS kept directing us to a housetrailer in a sketchy part of town. Finally found the restaurant – by umm, following the roadsigns.

      But…

      2008, somewhere on the south coast of Devon:
      GPS (which I am grateful I rented after almost saying “No”.) told me I had to go almost all the way around town to get from my room, to the coastal road. “I can see exactly where I need to go on your map, stupid GPS!”

      So I follow my own, finely-tuned senses and round a corner with a young mother pushing a pram (or however they say it in Devon). She gives me a strange look. I continue to follow my intuition and the map. The street gets narrower and narrower. I end up at the top of a long flight of stairs. I back up, past the mother pushing a pram, who gives me a strange look.

  19. Billy Hill August 18, 2023 at 11:28 am #

    “…inner vacancy so vast that Judge Crater, DB Cooper, and the brigantine Mary Celeste might be roaming around in there, along with Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke. ”

    We laugh at the above. They (TPTB) are laughing at us laughing. We will all look back someday, no longer laughing, longing for those final moments of mirth and merriment as mother bangs a pot on the side of the dumpster and shouts dinnertime!

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:35 am #

      … as we all come scurrying out of our deluxe carboard refrigerator boxes down by the river or under the overpass.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:09 pm #

        Hey Dis

        Could it be that this is what is behind the Dem drive for infrastructure, to provide living space for the explosion of homeless that has already starting and will accelerate.

        Seriously, I have been traveling to Mexico since the early 80’s. The relative changes between Mexico and here are striking. Our first visit was to Mazatlan and the journey between the airport and hotel was lined with cardboard boxes with people living in them.

        Last fall, our trip to Puerto Vallarta led us through town with no homeless evident, no cardboard boxes, no hovels, no one on the streets in tents.

        Hmmmm

        Since the Deep State’s policies have impoverished the American people increasingly, maybe the Mexicans have been sending their cardboard boxes north.

        The reversal of wealth is striking. No wonder so many expats are heading south.

        • Mac August 18, 2023 at 12:59 pm #

          Naw- they all moved here.

        • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

          I’m cultivating as many Hispanic connections as I can these days. They’re good people, especially those our age or thereabouts. It pays to be prepared. Climate’s a little rough on those of my complexion, but that might end up being the only choice.

          • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

            Uh huh, Dis.

            I would rather associate with Mexican folks than the scum inhabiting DC.

          • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 6:30 pm #

            I tell the Guatemalans I’ve got doing fixer upper projects for me this summer that if they keep up the good work I’m going to build an addition, move them in with me, adopt them all, and start a business with them. Never seen such hard workers. And yeah, they’re legal.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:11 pm #

            Wear a sombrero.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:27 pm #

            Whites are the last resort for Dis. He’s White. This is the mentality of utter defeat. I don’t blame him at all. Everything has failed us – starting with our Leaders who turned the United State over to International Finance.

  20. RCAnderson August 18, 2023 at 11:28 am #

    Yeah, the Dems are just waiting for the GOP to impeach Brandon so they can blame it on the Republicans that he can’t run again. If the Senate votes to impeach, you’ll know that’s the plan.

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    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:44 am #

      The House votes to impeach, the Senate tries the impeached president.

      Right now, removal from office, which requires conviction by the Senate, is impossible.

      Today things are too damn political to ever remove a crook from office. It is a major flaw in the Constitution, as it allows the bums to do whatever they want with no penalty.

      So far, four impeachments, no convictions.

      Biden’s worst enemy is in his own party.

  21. FGB3 August 18, 2023 at 11:30 am #

    Jim wrote, “The joke is on you. There is no truth, anymore”. One candidate has made it one of the foundations of his campaign that there is TRUTH, and he is going to keep pointing that out in every which way he can. Vivek Ramaswamy

    • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:23 pm #

      Some here on CFN think that Vivek is a WEF double-agent limited-hangout salesman.

      You analysis seems more plausible to me.

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:29 pm #

        The best way to deal with a rebellion is to lead it – Stalin.

        • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:36 pm #

          Interesting, Big Kahuna. I’m going to dig deeper on this Vivek character.

        • badberries August 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

          Jar, old joe stalin warn’t stupid. If you had told me in 1980 that one day I would find myself inside the Kremlin, I would have told you to get psychiatric care.

          Yesterday I pulled some old fotos and yep, there I was, standing in front of Lenins tomb.

          things change.

        • badberries August 18, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

          “The easiest way to deal with a problem is to deny that it exists”. -Asimov

          • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

            That seems to be the Official Motto of the media, as ordered by the Blob.

          • SW August 18, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

            When Taibbi released the Twitter files it was briefly mentioned once on the news in a vanilla way and then dropped. Anything that can be made into climate change catastrophe or Trump anything is magnified 10x over. About two weeks ago I was watching CBS news and there was a young lady showing solar panels covering what used to be wheat fields (according to her) with Nora O’Donnell beaming approval.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 2:29 pm #

        I listened to Vivek this AM. He is out Trumping Trump. His byline is becoming America First.

        Trump needs to pay attention to this guy, he is more faithful to the cause than almost everyone Trump appointed.

        So do we.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:23 pm #

          There are words. And there are actions.

          I don’t know anything about this Ramaswamy guy other than his words. Do you?

          Do you really think your vote means anything?

          Grow your own food, raise animals, hunt, fish, learn to sew (and weave), learn to enjoy walking, leave the Amish alone.

          Or… accept that it’s over – and make use of the freedom that brings.

    • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 5:10 pm #

      LOL.

  22. Superfishal August 18, 2023 at 11:36 am #

    Same doom and gloom broken record story….nothing EVER HAPPENS and NO ONE except average folks are EVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE for anything…think I’ll skip out on my next few hundred thousand in taxes owed and see how that works out for me….the only thing that is accurate is our country, as we have know it,does not exist anymore and is never going to reclaim its position on the World stage ever again….

  23. elysianfield August 18, 2023 at 11:51 am #

    Expect disorder like you’ve never imagined. Think about retrieving whatever cash you have in the bank. Consider arming yourself for safety’s sake, if you live in a part of the country that allows it. Or maybe even if you live in the other parts

    Yesss. Executive orders will be considered nothing more than suggestions, Compliance rates in single digits. Understand your most basic of responsibilities, and react according to your conscience.

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 11:56 am #

      Go long in used tanks and APC’s.

    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:31 pm #

      Is your area part of Greater Idaho? Better red than dead.

      • elysianfield August 18, 2023 at 6:08 pm #

        Jarek,
        Hopefully, Greater Idaho will need a corridor to the sea, and a viable port. Coos Bay is one of the few.

        • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

          Is that where you’re at, Ely?

          • elysianfield August 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

            Diss,
            Yes, exactly 20 miles inland from, and directly east, of Bandon.

  24. tom clark August 18, 2023 at 11:56 am #

    Speaking of hurricanes (para. 4), I see Hilary is about to flood the desert southwest. Shall we “lock ‘er up” to prevent damage? Note to Q…yeah, I know Hillary has 2 l’s.

    • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm #

      My first impression was they intentionally used that spelling—Hilary vs Hillary—for PC-protective purposes. Or perhaps legal ones, as after all it is Clinton Inc.

      • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        Beat me to it!

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:16 pm #

      TC

      The desert has a sealed surface created by the wind. There is no where for the water to go except the arroyos where it creates large flash floods.

      In Phoenix, the scarcity of rain creates a subsoil called caliche which is pretty much impervious to water. It is down about a foot to three feet and is a pretty solid barrier. Trying to plant a tree is a bitch. It originates from the little rain available driving salts down to a certain point then stopping.

      Both effects make run off pretty darn violent.

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

        Good info. I wondered about that. Hikers are warned to not go into the box canyons this time of year. And to listen to the weather forecast the rest of the time.

      • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        Good ol’ caliche! Pretty much semi-solid rock.

    • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 10:04 pm #

      Pre-emptive programming.

      I have been warning all of you of this since I started commenting on this blog: The Hildebeast will be your (ok, “our”) next – and last – President. No election next year.

      I hope I’m wrong, but yeah, how often does that happen?

  25. cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

    Yeah, and isn’t it rich that our government has promised $700 to each homeowner affected by the Hawaii fires?!?! What a farce! And yet they give away trillions to a losing war in the Ukraine!

    Biden refused to visit there or talk about it because he knows it is a losing conversation for him. And at the same time, he knows that he has the vote locked up regardless.

    As for the sirens that failed to sound the alarm, this is funny because remember several years ago when the sirens erroneously went off proclaiming an imminent nuclear attack? So I guess they only work when you really don’t need them too.

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    • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

      There is a deeper evil let loose upon this world. Well documented herein:

      httpx://moneycircus.substack.com/p/crisis-update-maui-land-grab-explains?publication_id=388485&post_id=136154635&isFreemail=false

      In other news, I heard a report last night that there was a four hour seminar held at a public school in our country on the topic of summoning demons, a how-to in acquainting oneself with that principality. Lilith was mentioned specifically.

      • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:38 pm #

        httpx://moneycircus.substack.com/p/crisis-update-maui-land-grab-explains?publication_id=388485&post_id=136154635&isFreemail=false

        Very disturbing. Horrifying, really.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 10:23 am #

        Unsure I buy the depopulation tack. If so, and my following link is roughly correct, they’re going to have to work a lot harder at it. Maybe a few nukes from Russia.

        httpx://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

        In any case, it’s nice to see the Statists and its bureaucrats getting closer to being kicked around. Still too soft for my taste though.

        People need to take back power and control. It’s that simple, if far harder to implement. Still though, sometimes hardship done early avoids greater hardship later.

    • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 12:26 pm #

      I saw Biden announcing the $700 was so that people could buy medicine they needed.

      Still looking out for Big Pharma, he is.

      As for the sirens, don’t they mean ”take cover”? Do they have “run like hell” sirens?

      Just asking. I remember when the Obama regime tried to overthrow Erdogan, and the mosques rang their prayer bells, and the people flooded the streets.
      It occurred to me that we have nothing like that here. Our sirens mean hide in your basement, not come to the center of town.

      • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm #

        When guys like Oliver Anthony checked in, you used to count how long it took them to write their name. Remember that? The doing of it and the writing of it?

        The Left destroyed all social capital in this former nation.

        • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

          You’ve really lost your mind.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 12:44 am #

            I can’t believe how badly you treated Night Owl.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:52 am #

            Don’t get her all emotional again, Jarek. No one wants the pile-on Sally crew shitting all over the board again.

            Answer my question above, like a man (on why a desert might be a bad place to live if you need lots of water).

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

            You’ve really lost your mind.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

            Night Owl can nurse his own self-inflicted wounds, Jar.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 6:58 am #

            Should I change my name to NightOwlKing?

            Perhaps I can get my clout back up to your level that way?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 10:26 am #

            This subthread is looney tunes. Maybe get some fresh air you guys?

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 3:00 pm #

            It’s fun watching Mary defend guys who told her to shut up and get jabbed, and women who can’t back a simple claim about “carrying capacity.”

            I, for one, quite enjoy this. The mask always slips at some point.

    • badberries August 18, 2023 at 12:32 pm #

      “This life is a test, it is only a test, if this had been a real life, you would have been told where to go and what to do.

      This is only a test”.

      btw, “you can’t win, you can’t break even and you can’t quit the game.

      Vaya con Dios

    • astera August 20, 2023 at 6:27 am #

      @cowbell:

      Sirens supposed to go off only on hurricanes, not fire. Stupid, yeah.

      How does “JB” manage to travel to these exotic East Asian conferences but can’t even make it to Maui?

      As to the giveaway$, you already know the answer to that.

  26. Nathan August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

    Jim, I appreciate your transparency as you have blogged your way through your awakening to the fact that justice is on hiatus within the US. I was hanging in there with you, hoping against all the signs, that Barr meant to see justice done, that Durham was slowly but inexorably working toward that goal, and that there could be some kind of rewind to where it went wrong. I gave up on this about six months before you have. But today’s essay shows you really have accepted this now. The current USA has a broken justice machine.
    The question is whether reformation will get the job done, or if it will require revolution, as Vivek is now stating.
    What does it mean to be an American? You are free individuals, within the context of the family unit (one man, one woman and their children), one Nation, under God. The LGBTQIA+ agenda is nothing but an alternative worldview to the American worldview, and the same for the racial Woke agenda. Vivek very articulately described that this week as he hit all the long form podcasts. He and RFK Jr share a fair few policy positions, though neither of them will engage with the other party until their party primaries are over. As an Aussie watching closely, it’s all very interesting, and my nation has everything riding on how we navigate relations with China as the US finally shifts to domestic issues.

    • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

      It looks like China’s flirtation with capitalism is not working out for them, as their speculation crashes and burns.

      It will be interesting to see how they deal with it. I’m guessing, though, that they won’t decide to attack Australia.

      Good luck.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

        I agree. The Chinese system is the one our Overlords have chosen.

        Aussies – like Americans – will buy everything from China, will unload all their debt to China, will become slaves to China.

        No war, no invasion. No need to break things, only people.

        • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:05 pm #

          They are already about 80-90% there, IMHO.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

            I think we’re about to get our fingers slammed in the door.

    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

      Vivek is for more Indian workers. Many more. He’s Indian, by the way. The Indian leader of England did the same thing. Loyal sons of India.

      Can you imagine India having a White President or Prime Minister? Something is very wrong with us.

      • badberries August 18, 2023 at 1:15 pm #

        Jarek, I was in India for awhile, whenever I climbed aboard a bus, everybody (except the Sikhs) on the bus stood up, offering me their seat.
        At the time, the whiter your skin, the closer you were to God and everybody wanted to stand next to the big white guy (me). It was weird.

        • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

          “everybody wanted to stand next to the big white guy ” Can I be king? Size 16 boot and all?

        • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

          Well as with many dark people, fairer is considered more beautiful. But other people have had very different experiences. The cities are dangerous. And not all Indians have forgotten about colonialism.

          In any case, you would have been laughed to scorn if you had tried to become a citizen, much less run for office.

          Maybe you are spiritually advanced and they could see that?

          • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:07 pm #

            yes..whites are often fools..Ireland with gay brown PM. and anchor baby rule.

            didya learn of the couple that dies in 100 degree heat?
            took the baby n dog w them.
            smart n rich but stupid.

            near devils gulch. race traitor as yd note.

            Feb 18, 2022British software engineer Jonathan Gerrish, his wife, Ellen Chung, and their daughter, Miju, all died of heatstroke while hiking in Northern California.

            / motto..when the place has death or devil in its name, dont picnic there. the natives knew when they gave such names.

          • BackRowHeckler August 18, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

            It was 109°F the day that family went hiking.

          • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

            The things people do in Nature – as if it’s not dangerous but only good. One Park in Utah has claimed a number of lives. The Arches or something like that. Beautiful sandstone “arches” curving inwards to create a semi-tunnel. Three miles, no shade. People aren’t strong enough to carry the water they would need for this in high temperatures. Probably a radiating effect too – with the actual temperature inside the arches high than the general temperature.

            There’s a waiting list. You have to plan way ahead. If you get a 100+ day, you lose.

            The people who could probably handle this the best, the Indians of the Southwest, would probably never dream of doing this. They know and respect the Sun.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 4:52 pm #

            Jarek, I’ve camped at the Arches. April and beautiful. Dead Horse Point nearby is unbelievable. An unknown gem. Grand Canyon like landscape in a natural curve of the Colorado River.I’ve been all over this great country of ours. I don’t get why people travel overseas to see old run down buildings.

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 5:01 pm #

            Yea, history I guess. Ain’t no history like a 200 million year old river carving

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 5:03 pm #

            httpx://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.u0OfE6kIfxCdB95U50jcyQHaE7%26pid%3DApi&f=1&ipt=8c51b030fe01b4698f6a0212de957993f7c679d43354a741d5289ca2c6ed4c84&ipo=images

          • stelmosfire August 18, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            Well that certainly did not work

          • Woodchuck August 18, 2023 at 5:54 pm #

            @Jarek – Maybe you’ve heard of writer Edward Abbey. His first book, Desert Solitare, was about his stay at being employed as the very first park ranger at Arches National park. Abbey later wrote a very popular book called “The Monkey Wrench Gang”, it’s a very entertaining read that keeps you on the edge of your seat – or at least it did for me.

            One chapter of Abbey’s book about his adventures as a park ranger involved a body recovery of a hiker who underestimated the dangers in the desert. It’s not a place for the unprepared.

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:57 pm #

            “They know and respect the Sun.”
            They knew and respected the Earth too.
            Good thing we wiped them out.

            Indians – at least outside of India (never been there, near the bottom of my list) – will try to cozy up to whomever wields power. Since they eschew deodorant, that is not as easy as it might otherwise be. And, despite having invented useable numbers, are totally incompetent at anything involving numbers (building, driving, drinking…).

            Run down old buildings? No, I think tourists visit Europe – at least on part – to visit well-maintained old buildings, a symbol of a revered and surviving culture, something Americans will never know.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 12:53 am #

            Woody: Oh is that the one Abbey was stationed at? I read some of Desert Solitaire but didn’t make the connection. His essay on the Glen Canyon dam is Abbey at his peak. Pure poetry in prose.

            Stel: I envy you that. I got to get down there and see some of it for myself close up. Rode past some of this beauty on the train…..

            Black: We are the Martians now. And the canals can be full of wine or dry as dust. It’s our choice.

          • badberries August 19, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

            Jarek, “maybe you are spiritually advanced?” Thanks for the positive spin on that.
            I’ll share an anecdote w/ you that I’ve never shared before.

            After the death of my Father in law, the Mother in law came to live w/ us, she’d had a stroke a few years before, lost most speech, and her right arm was useless, her hand clenched into a claw.

            One afternoon I came upstairs and found her crying buckets. I can’t explain it but I knew what to do. I knelt before her and laid my forearm on her forearm and her hand relaxed and straightened out.

            Something happened, we both felt it, I’d guess I had transferred some of my “Chi”. She stopped crying and the pain was gone.

            When the wife got home that evening, I asked the M.I.L. if the pain was still gone, she answered YES!! YES!! YES!! and while looking straight at her daughter, the M.I.L. pointed repeatedly at me saying YOU, YOU,YOU!!!

            The wife later asked me “what was that all about?” I told her I was just trying to help.
            The wife is a nurse and professionally lives in a very small box, she knew something she didn’t understand had happened.

            I never did it again.

          • Heartlander August 19, 2023 at 7:02 pm #

            Mother Nature may be beautiful but she’s a bitch. It’s personal with me, what with wasp stings, tick bites, poison ivy, and stickleburs inflicting pain and suffering on my own body lately. (As for chiggers, gnats, flies, and mosquitoes, they’re just there all the time, not even worth mentioning.)

            I’ve got it easy, though. A young woman I know got a tick bite that gave her Lyme disease, and it has been utterly life-altering for her.

            You gotta wonder about people with no respect for the destructive power of nature. They must not get out much.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:20 pm #

            “And the canals can be full of wine or dry as dust. It’s our choice.”

            Some choice.

            Some folks get their wine in a fancy box. I just grab me a glass and walk on out to the ditch.

            I guess I’ll choose dry.

        • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:07 pm #

          not my experience there..you female maybe.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:22 pm #

        “Can you imagine India having a White President or Prime Minister? Something is very wrong with us.” ~ Jarek

        It helps if your schema is non-Statist. Then many issues raised are effectively moot and it clears your mind to look forward and/or alternatively as it were. Like to lives we want to actually live, rather than just exist.

        Too many writers, including the new media (as opposed to ‘alt’ as if the mainstream is still mainstream?)— Chris Hedges, Jim Kunstler, Pepe Escobar, and on and on– have a Statist schema that informs their writing. It’s like a one-track/trick mind/pony.

        Stuck in the doldrums, the lot.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:25 pm #

          …Stuck in the Statist doldrums (and/or the ‘eyes’), talking about the State hurricanes (from within the eyes).

          It’s poetic, if tragically so.

        • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

          Yeah, because a real people will have no organic base, and be made up of anybody and everybody.

          The Liberals invaded Odinism and began to throw out all of the believers in organic Odinism. To do this is probably why they got into Odinism in the first place pace Black bird watchers.

          • Night Bro' August 20, 2023 at 2:24 am #

            If you want an ‘organic base’, you’re probably not going to get it barking about it under various guises over 10 years in some corner(s) of the internet. You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get out there and get ‘dirty’.

            As well, you’re probably not going to get it with the State, either, since, as you should well know too, the USA seems all about a ‘melting pot’ while the State in general is all about social engineering to boot.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:33 pm #

            Yes, google the Kalergi Plan, a Fatwa against the White race from early in the 20th century.

            Baron Kalergi was the son of an Austrian Nobleman and a Japanese woman. One reason never to have children with East Asian women: If a boy, he probably won’t be able to identify with you, simply being too different. Instead he may resent and even hate you.

    • SpeedyBB August 20, 2023 at 7:36 am #

      I’ve been musing on how tempting Oz and NZ must look to the expansionist Chinese.

      Australia, with a total population of a couple of second-tier cities in the PRC. Mucho resources and lebensraum for the Middle Kingdom. Strategic location almost makes a takeover a logical move.

      They take the long view, and always have (why did I just flash on Longview, Texas? Never been there / never had any desire to go there).

      Give it 30 ~ 40 years and a domestic Fifth Column may be pleading with the CCP to “extend a helping hand” in managing a broken Australia. NZ may just want to jump in and go along for the ride.

      • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:35 pm #

        Some decades ago, Australia started calling itself an Asian nation, confusing everyone. Around the same time, the mass immigration began. All of this is right from the top as in Davos, etc. The traitor politicians are delivering Australia into Chinese hands.

    • astera August 20, 2023 at 1:13 pm #

      “justice is on hiatus within the US”

      Hate to break it to you, but justice has been nuked from orbit in the US.

  27. The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 12:00 pm #

    The Aging Dog Days of Summer

    “The suspended animation of August with its sand castles, lobster rolls, and care-free cocktail cruises…” ~ JHK (not to be confused with JRK or JFK, OK?)

    A bit more than I can afford, at least all at once at the moment. But, ya, lobster rolls… Wouldn’t mind one with a cocktail– a Long Island Iced Tea or Bloody Caesar, on a cocktail cruise…
    But I’d settle for a picnic-pack of three homemade hard apple ciders and a couple of pork sandwiches with fresh-picked garden-plot greens (arugula, curly lettuce, beet leaves and basil) and some BBQ sauce (because the tomatoes are not ready yet) and Caesar dressing and some kayaking around the harbour here.

    Trump Attorneys Claim Georgia Case Belongs In Federal Court, Instead Filed In State ‘By Design’

    “Donald Trump’s attorney and total smokeshow Alina Habba says…

    Trump attorney Lindsey Halligan told the outlet … hang on, here’s a picture of her too…” ~ Zero Hedge

    LOL

    City-Garden-Pinched Lemon Verbena Clippings Transplant Update:

    I took two and both appear to be doing very well so far, and putting out new leaf growth, with one showing a new root system.

    Since both are showing similar health and leaf-growth, I will assume that the other plant that shows no roots on the transparent-plastic side of the container might have them growing where they cannot be seen.

    Looks like I’ll be enjoying lots of green tea with verbena milkshakes this winter.

    • Anthea August 19, 2023 at 4:03 am #

      Tonight’s dinner was 6-8 blistered Shishito peppers and a couple of fresh tomatoes–glorious flavor! And I’m stuffed. The tomato variety was Vorlon, which has an outstanding flavor. Everybody who’s tried the blistered Shishitos loves them. I highly recommend growing some of those.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle August 19, 2023 at 8:22 am #

        In what way did you prepare them? Salad? Sauce? On their own?
        Sounds delish in any case.
        I’ve got to make a note of those peppers (and the alien-sounding, Vorlons) as I’m a big fan of peppers and tasty tomatoes.

        Can’t beat natural organic for flavour and probably nutrient content as well.

        I got a last-minute sale on some pepper seedlings to augment the stunted ones that the slugs attacked.
        All are growing, including my slugged ones (minus one beyond saving), but the store-bought ones are much bigger and beginning to flower. I have learned that I need to grow the seedlings at home in greater advance so that they’re big enough to not be overwhelmed by any attacks. I’d like to do the same with most stuff as well.

        We also have deer (that I chased away one early morning– two fawns and a mom) that have ravaged everyone’s beans, of all plants. I planted only three plants and although the deer got my bean pods too, I had picked most of them beforehand, unlike other, more unfortunate gardeners.

        As my gardening forays move along over the years, corporate food is becoming increasingly tasteless. I guess that’s a cliche statement among gardeners.

        I have a bag of frozen pitted black cherries that I bought on a whim and sale. I’ve been using them for my occasional blender concoctions and they hardly taste like anything. It’s like they neglected to put enough cherry flavouring on them.

        Well, it’s quick shower and then it’s off to the gardens…

        CYA…

        • Anthea August 20, 2023 at 6:24 pm #

          The way I prepare the Shishitos is to coat them in olive oil and then put them in a dry cast-iron skillet over medium heat until they’re “blistered”–slightly charred–on two sides. That takes three or four minutes, and by that time they are slightly soft. Then you put plenty of salt on them. You can eat them plain or with some kind of dip like hummus or Rotel, serve them with burgers or other stuff. I think they are considered “tapas”–Hispanic appetizers or snacks.

          I got the seed for the Vorlons from Nikitovka seeds in Ukraine. Vorlons are a “black” tomato. They’re not really black–more like Cherokee Purple, but not as big–and I think the flavor may be about the same or maybe even a little better. Our Cherokee Purples didn’t do very well this year. Lots rotted. But not the Vorlons.

          Another tomato that has a great flavor is Jaune Flamme. The reason I say that is that, many years ago when we had a local garden club, everyone thought it had the best flavor among several samples people brought in. The Jaune Flammes are small, a good “salad tomato” or for drying. They are a pretty yellow shot with red.

        • Anthea August 20, 2023 at 6:34 pm #

          I want to plant sweet cherries this fall, but I have to clear this with my daughter and son-in-law, as they will have to dig the holes. They will also have the final say on location, as my daughter does the mowing.

          About 30 years ago, I had great success growing sweet cherries. I had a great big tree of yellow sweet cherries (probably Emperor Francis or Royal Anne) that produced bushels of cherries. (Maybe I’m exaggerating, but it was a LOT.) I had a red sweet cherry as a pollinator, but the birds eat up the red cherries.

          I also planted sweet cherries at my previous house–several times. The first two trees were just starting to produce when we had two summers of non-stop rain, which killed them. So I planted two more on a well drained site. One flourished and got HUGE. The other (the pollinator) got run over by a truck. I replaced it, but the replacement was killed by a neighbor who was weed-eating for me. I replaced it again, and that one got run over by a lawn mower. At that point, I gave up.

          Now that I’ve moved, I am once again longing for bushels of yellow sweet cherries.

        • Anthea August 21, 2023 at 12:29 am #

          Corporate food is why Americans are weak and sick.

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

        Shishitos are amazing, yes. I have two big plants full.

        • Anthea August 20, 2023 at 6:38 pm #

          They’re also insanely productive!

  28. socialisthater August 18, 2023 at 12:01 pm #

    Socialism, be it Fascist/Socialism or Communist/Socialism, always ends very badly. The only question is how many millions (billions?) of people die in the process and how long it takes. It took the Communist Soviet Union from 1917 to about 1991 to finally suicide itself (mostly). Communist China as a full Communist state died sometime in the 1990’s, but was replaced with a no less evil hybrid of Fascist and Communist Socialism that has hung together until now. This is the model that the Fascist/Communist/Socialist Democrat scum elite wants to impose in the U.S. The question is whether or not the American public is willing to kill it aborning, or let the Democrat model flower into a full dictatorship that will likely take a few decades and tens, if not hundreds of millions, of deaths before it finally is destroyed. I hope for the former, but fear for the latter.

    The real truth is that the Democrat scum elite want to use their persecution of conservatives to foment an eventual violent response that gives them a reason to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus, and create a de facto dictatorship before the 2024 election. Their backup plan “A” is to rig the 2024 election, then impose the dictatorship. If the Democrat scum elite does not succeed in winning the 2024 election, then they will immediately go to Plan “B”: start a violent revolt before the conservatives even have a chance to move into the White House and Congress. We are no longer dealing with any kind of sane people in the Democrat scum elite; we are dealing with a completely evil, deranged, criminal, and power-hungry Democrat Party with a toxic ideological mix of all of the worst and most deadly features of Socialist/Fascist Nazi and Socialist/Communist Stalinist ideology.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:20 pm #

      Yes!!!

      With these scum in control of pretty much everything, how do you fight them?

      Sorta breeds sympathy for the South in the 1850s.

      • JackStraw August 18, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

        Except now we could see the south secede for quite noble reasons.

    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:42 pm #

      The Nazis fought the Communists, both in Germany and later in World War Two. What did we do? We allied with the Communists after funding their Revolution.

      Capitalism and Communism are one system, heads and tails.

      • GreenAlba August 18, 2023 at 5:16 pm #

        I don’t think it’s necessarily that capitalism and communism are one system – more that the elites will back anyone who suits their purpose at the time, whatever their ideology – they don’t give a toss about ideology, only power. Thus the same people financed the Bolsheviks, the Nazis and FDR.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:35 pm #

          The means may differ, but the end remains the same: All for the Chosen Few, nothing (except maybe hard work followed quickly by death) for the rest.

          • GreenAlba August 19, 2023 at 11:12 am #

            Yep, and I should have included ISIS in my list of people they financed and continue to finance, to bring it up to date. So ‘America’ is currently supporting (their creation) ISIS in Syria, which (a) justifies the US’ continued presence in Syria and (b) allows the US to steal Syria’s wheat and oil, while visiting devastation on the population by means of sanctions – most recently justified by Assad’s supposed ‘narcotic regime’, which is Orwellian Inversion 101, considering the role the CIA has played in the global heroin trade.

        • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

          I do believe we have cultural Marxism (taking over) mixed with totalitarianism.

          If we’re gonna do ‘isms’.

        • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

          Alba bows out. Her thesis was silly after all so she can’t defend it.

          All ideologies are the same? No, some are much better than others, you know like good and ideas and bad ideas?

          Whether those in power really believe them and try to implement them in another story. You have a system of good ideas, a good Ideology, and then good people who believe in it and are competent in the promulgation and implementation of it.

          • GreenAlba August 20, 2023 at 5:14 pm #

            Bows out of what?

            And who said all ideologies are the same, apart from you?

            “Whether those in power really believe them and try to implement them in another story.”

            Thanks for repeating my point, but with a typo added.

          • GreenAlba August 20, 2023 at 5:19 pm #

            “Her thesis was silly after all so she can’t defend it.”

            Perhaps you should get that 1350-page tome of Carroll Quigley’s (I’d lend you my copy, if you were nearer). He made the same point after years of research of the Network’s private papers. The end justifies the means, for the Network. Ideology is just the means, for them. This ideology this year, that ideology five years later. Or even at the same time, as we saw last century.

    • jgalt August 18, 2023 at 1:04 pm #

      Spot on dissection of the modern day Democrat Party, with my correction of your misspelling of their proper name. Truly evil people, with those supporting them, even if only useful idiots, just as evil for overlooking the destruction and misery being imposed on the American people. There can be no peace with tyrants like these, and that is the reason they have ushered in over seven million illegals, so far. China/cartel Joe is giving them everything possible, including the building of housing, while so many Americans are homeless. They want an uprising which would be met with their storm troopers, antifa and blm, with the mostly military aged illegals enrolled against Americans patriots, since they owe so much to Biden and his minions. Martial law would be on the table, but would not touch their storm troopers, just as they allowed antifa and blm to run wild with their destruction and ever murders. Everyone should be armed and trained to combat what the Demoncraps/marxists have planned.

      • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:44 pm #

        I don’t get your point with “Democrat Party.”

        The name of the party is Democratic Party, whether you like the name or not.

        In fact, IMO “Democrat Party”—the party of democrats—sounds more like what the Dem Party is NOT.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:32 pm #

          Way back in ’76, Bob Dole was calling the Democrats the “Democrat Party”. Even though I “identified” as a Republican at the time (while actually a Zio-Fascist), I found Dole’s words to be petulant and childish. I now think of them as the “Democrat Party”.

          I used to think of the Democrats and Republicans as “Demagogues and Republicants”. I think even less of them now.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            Islander’s slip is showing… someone is still a lib-Dem, I am thinking.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 1:41 pm #

      Hey guys, it’s not just Democrats. It’s large scale centralized State governments, or, more accurately, some kinds of people hijacking those very systems of government. Doesn’t work in the long run and probably never will.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 1:46 pm #

        …or even more accurately, both those things– questionable people and systems. ‘It’ feeds on itself and gives us feedback effects that can amplify out of control, like speaking in a microphone that is too close to the speakers. (Woowooowwooooo!…)

        And then maybe something blows.

        Like the butterfly effect. Like chaos.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

          An Overproduction Of Elites

          …The amplification, in part, can include certain kinds of people being more attracted to so-called power than others and where this dynamic can feed on itself over time until you have an overabundance of, say, grifting and other corruptions, at the so-called top.

          Peter Turchin seems to think that a society can collapse because of, at least in part, an overproduction of elites…

          I guess there comes a point where, if everyone is an elite, then no one is. LOL

  29. mitchellc August 18, 2023 at 12:18 pm #

    Let me suggest once again taking an outerspace alíen POV

    You note the country controlling earth’s last great stores of natural resources enjoys strong political cohesion, and that the people exhibit impressive cultural unity

    Shifting your gaze, you see the world’s biggest manufacturer with earth’s 2nd largest population aligned with the former in a combined effort to defend themselves against neo-colonial conquest

    Upon further inspection, you now focus your attention on the colossus and begin to analyze certain prominent features as described in Jim’s essay

    Question: if you were betting the outcome, who would you pick? Under what possible scenario can “we” prevail?

    So, what does losing look like? We may get “our” government back, but under what imposed conditions?

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

      You inspire a question.

      Extrapolating the future, will the USA be a better place to live for liberty lovers or will It’s decline make China or even Russia better?

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:24 pm #

        Q

        How come spell check puts in it’s instead of its for the possessive? You have to force its every time.

        • Prospero August 18, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

          I know what you’re talking about as far as spell check is concerned. I just had to correct one of my posts with a reply because we can’t edit anything here once we submit the comment.

          In my case, Precedent became President.

          Your, You’re can also be a problem. Two, Too, To is another one.

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            Allowing CFNers to edit what they have posted would be a nightmare. What you post is written in stone.

            You are both author and editor – do your jobs before you hit [SUBMIT COMMENT].

            Also, remember: Pobody’s nerfect.

        • Q. Shtik August 18, 2023 at 2:43 pm #

          I don’t recall ever seeing that happen.

          • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 6:26 pm #

            I’m sure it varies from machine to machine with software and browser installations, updates, etc.

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:24 pm #

            Might be a PC thing. Therefore, you might be a Mac guy – I’m sure Armand was…

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

        If the WEF succeeds, it will suck equally everywhere.

    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

      When did you make the shift? You loved “our” Elite when they were the winners.

      Do you have trouble voting? Always afraid to waste your vote on someone who was going to lose?

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

        I only vote for candidates that are sure to lose. Keeps my conscience clean.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 1:54 pm #

      (Re-)Evaluating One’s Schema

      michellc, through what perceptual lens are you speaking? What ‘schema’? While I understand that it’s an analogy, why should an outer space alien have such a POV?

      In psychology and cognitive science, a schema (PL: schemata or schemas) describes a pattern of thought or behavior that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them. It can also be described as a mental structure of preconceived ideas, a framework representing some aspect of the world, or a system of organizing and perceiving new information, such as a mental schema or conceptual model.” ~ Wikipedia

  30. badberries August 18, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

    As always, an excellent piece of prose.

    Your comment re: laying in rice, beans and batteries reminded me of my neighbors daughter during whatever hurricane it was that shredded New Jersey.

    The power was out so she went and bought flashlights…rechargeable ones…rechargeable flashlights….when there’s no power..to charge them with…?

    Never underestimate the stupidity of your neighbors.

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    • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

      Buy lots of frozen food too.

      • badberries August 18, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

        jarek, yes!!! especially meat, when it thaws and starts to rot in the freezer that doesn’t have electricity, it will liquify. Great for making smoothies!

        • Jarek August 18, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

          No prob. Just use spices and salt to preserve said meat. And when it starts to go, the spices will hide it from your palate.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:46 pm #

            Propetly salted fish will last pretty much forever.

            You have to cut it up and soak it in cold water before you can use it. It is that salty.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

            Properly salted . . .

          • SpeedyBB August 20, 2023 at 8:28 am #

            That was the explanation for the immense riches generated by the spice trade with the Indies: spices to mask the pong of rotting flesh in an era of no refrigeration and semi-tropical temperatures.

            Nutmeg, cloves and all the other spices of the East were selling for more than their equivalent weight in gold.

            The sailors on the ships running the spice trade were issued coveralls without pockets, so they would not be tempted to steal one or two nutmegs – would double their pay for the voyage.

        • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 3:39 pm #

          Salt, but cut it into equal size chunks so it is completely thawed when you salt it. Otherwise the salt might not penetrate and it can rot from within. If you’re any kind of a SHTF prepper at all, having a couple of hundred pounds of it stashed is a good thing. Heckuva barter item too.
          The things we take for granted….

        • Woodchuck August 18, 2023 at 6:03 pm #

          I’m doing a lot of canning right now and will probably doing it off and on until frost ends it all. One good way to preserve meat is by canning it. Then you are immune to losing stuff during times of unreliable electricity. Freezing food is a lot easier than canning but also involves much more risk in storage.

          • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 8:52 pm #

            Yup.

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

      New Jersey is a Democrat stronghold….the actions of your neighbor’s daughter therefore does not surprise me.

    • Q. Shtik August 18, 2023 at 2:49 pm #

      so she went and bought flashlights…rechargeable ones – badberries

      ========

      Maybe she bought the kind you can charge up with a hand crank.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:15 pm #

        For Christmas a few years ago, I received a a rechargeable radio and flashlight – both hand-cranked.

        Not everybody is retarded. (But most are.)

        • Paula D August 20, 2023 at 12:08 pm #

          I have a hand cranked radio.

          When the derecho hit and the electricity went off, I cranked that baby up to find out what was going on.

          I got nothing but static. The radio stations were knocked off the air, also.

      • badberries August 19, 2023 at 10:37 am #

        Q. No, they were “plug-ins”.

  31. ATZ942 August 18, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

    James, Bogus charges against tRump? I don’t think so. He tried to overthrow a duly elected president because he’s delusional. I can only grieve the Kunstler who once had a good, steady mind and now has lost it. Keep spewing out BS and soon you might believe it.

    I see… You mean “the insurrection.” I’m sure. Don’t grieve for me, Alan, just don’t read the blog if it offends you –JHK Admin

    • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

      “duly elected”. Ha!

      httpX://www.naturalnews.com/2023-08-17-trump-to-disprove-indictments-with-irrefutable-report.html

      Trump needed to be indicted so that he had a legal avenue to present the truth in a court of law.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 12:44 pm #

        Constitutional lawyer Robert Barnes commented that this indictment is the most insane yet by the looniest prosecutor, citing how claims on tweets are conspiracies, legal advice is a crime, Constitutional law is a criminal act, and demanding officials do their job is criminal solicitation. “It is an embarrassment to the state of Georgia,” Barnes lamented.

      • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 12:51 pm #

        Hmmm?

        • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:12 pm #

          John, are you familiar with the works of SG Anon, Derek Johnson and Juan O Savin over at the ‘Chute?

          I think that you would like what they have to say very, very much.

          Here’s a recent sample of Juan:

          httpX://wwwDOTbitchuteDOTcom/video/yczUglsp9tjC/

          • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:09 pm #

            no

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

            Whatever do you mean?

    • benr August 18, 2023 at 1:14 pm #

      Yes bogus.
      No one tried to overthrow anything much less an actual honest election.
      Half the country KNOWS the 2020 election was a sham and a scam.
      The other half is too stupid to understand anything not spoon fed them by the fourth estate media.

      • benr August 18, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

        Meanwhile the leftist marxist scum have been in a soft coup from the day Trump announced and it has only become worse over time.
        Activist judges, bought and paid for soros da’s and jury pools of leftist gimme democrats.

      • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:16 pm #

        If they thought Jan. 6, 2021 was bad, wait until they see what is in stock Jan. 6, 2025 if they jerry rig another sham “election”. It’s gonna get real!!!

    • JackStraw August 18, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

      This is exactly why we should not have legalized marijuana. It has liquified the brains of so many like ATZ.

      But thanks for the chuckle. Duly elected!

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:08 pm #

        Thank you! Yes, alcohol should be the only legal drug available in the US. It makes it’s users so rational and eloquent. We need to go back to imprisoning cannabis users – and other wrong-thinkers.

    • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

      ATZ

      You have IDed yourself as a dupe to the MSM.

      I have yet seen “proof” of anything that he has been accused of, nothing.

      The validity of the election has NEVER been proven, all we have heard is the rantings of a thoroughly biased judiciary and media. The objections of many many people, sworn to in affidavits, were just ignored by judges national wide.

      Unanimously, not one single investigation, not one.

      That is a symptom of dictatorship.

      Do you remember when Jill Stein, the Green candidate in 2016 contested Trump in four states. Totally full recounts and investigations were conducted on all matters.

      The anti Trump bias everywhere in this country is unbelievable.

      You are one. Better look within and without to find out why you hate him so much.

      The facts do not support you at all.

      I imagine you are a Biden supporter, maybe you need to check that one out as well, supporting the biggest crook in US history is not a good thing.

      He makes Richard Nixon look like a saint.

      • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

        That is not true, John. They didn’t recount, they just ran the same ballots through the same machines, and got the same result.

        PLUS, they charged her millions of dollars to do it.

        AND they changed the rules so that the ONLY people who can demand a recount are the candidates of the Dem or Rep parties.

        AND they are still harassing Jill Stein to this day, using the FEC instead of the DOJ, but otherwise doing what they are doing to Trump, although his persecution, of course, is much larger.

        • JohnAZ August 18, 2023 at 11:49 pm #

          I beg to differ.

          I remember the recounts showed different results by a few hundred folks, all four states to Trump’s favor.

          She did not pay a dime, I would expect. Ultimately, you and I paid for those recounts, fellow tax payer.

          Stein was a dupe for Hillary Clinton’s DNC.

          • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 12:34 pm #

            No, John, they charged her millions of dollars, paid for with donations, probably mostly from Democrats, I’ll admit.
            And all they did was repeat the corrupt process.

            The tax payers didn’t pay a cent.

      • elysianfield August 18, 2023 at 6:06 pm #

        “He makes Richard Nixon look like a saint.”

        John,
        Amongst his peers, he was a saint.

        • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 6:23 pm #

          With what we now know about the whole Watergate charade, he actually wasn’t such a bad guy as we thought. Super paranoid, but in retrospect, he had good reason to be. Misplaced, unfortunately.

          • JohnAZ August 19, 2023 at 12:00 am #

            The plumbers dug up info from the Dems in the Watergate complex, the burglary. The Dems jumped on it and like with Trump right now, kept pursuing and pushing the judiciary and the Congress to “get” Nixon.

            Nixon was right to fear the early Deep State and he did the coverup to protect his group. John Dean was the traitor of the day then, exposing the actions the Nixon folks did to ensure victory, even though victory was pretty much in place. That is the real mystery of Watergate.

            What was done in 2016 to Trump and since by both sides of the aisle makes Watergate pale in comparison.

            Nixon should have told them all to eff off. His decency in resigning is unparalleled by the cretins inhabiting DC today.

    • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:32 pm #

      rump yrself ATZ

      TDS not admired here.

  32. Prospero August 18, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

    Back in July, the White House claimed that Joe Biden would not pardon his son Hunter if he somehow got convicted of a few minor tax and gun-related charges. But that “get out of jail free” trial obviously went sideways.

    However, could Joe grant a full and unconditional pardon to Hunter for all crimes that he might have committed, or may still commit, including treasonous crimes against the United States? Unelected President Gerald Ford set a president for this when he gave Richard Nixon a similar deluxe pardon as a reward for resigning as president, thus enabling Ford to become president.

    • Prospero August 18, 2023 at 12:56 pm #

      “Gerald Ford set a president” should read “Gerald Ford set a precedent.”

      That auto-correct thing got me again. If only we had the ability to edit comments after they are posted here.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:03 pm #

        Allowing posters to edit what they posted would be a nightmare. [“I predicted the Maui fire on August 1.”] You go to press when you hit and then you live with what you have published forever more.

        • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:17 pm #

          Ha! I went to press without knowing that surrounding SUBMIT COMMENT with angle brackets results in some HTML reaction where I got nothing.

          *… when you hit [SUBMIT COMMENT] and …

        • Prospero August 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm #

          Some sites allow text to be edited after it is posted and the word “edited” will appear below it. Other sites allow edits to be made without this notification.

          Other sites will not allow edits, but will allow you to copy the original comment, then delete the original comment, paste the original comment back into the comment box, correct the error and then submit. However, this method works best only if the error is spotted before someone replies to the original post.

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 3:29 pm #

            It is all Orwellian. Here at CFN, you go to press and you live with what you sent to press. End of story.

          • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:55 pm #

            This site does not.

    • benr August 18, 2023 at 1:11 pm #

      A Presidential pardon is for federal crimes and convictions.
      State is the governor.

    • JohnAZ August 19, 2023 at 12:06 am #

      Ford’s pardon of Nixon cost him his presidential election to Carter in 76. He felt the nation should pay attention to its problems rather than harassing Nixon.

      Just think, some people then put their country before themselves, unlike today when the people in power hate the principles that make America special.

      A nation divided cannot stand.

      The antithesis of the modern day Democrats.

  33. Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 12:53 pm #

    Why is Biden’s Robert L. Peters pseudonym being treated as a new revelation?

    • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:01 pm #

      It’s new to me.

  34. benr August 18, 2023 at 1:09 pm #

    Has anyone noticed that anywhere one pays for food items there is now a screen for tips starting at 18% and going straight up.

    Even at places where all they do is sling crap food and coffee but don’t really serve you.
    I don’t mind tipping if someone is friendly and efficient but what about when they won’t meet your eye, don’t greet you and most of all thank you for spending money at the store?
    Yes, no tip is an option, but it is quickly becoming mandatory that we now tip EVERYONE.

    • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

      Maybe they deduct the tips from their wages? Pass on the cost of labor directly to the customer. Obviously, a low tipped worker would then be easily identified as more expensive, and thus targeted for elimination.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:26 pm #

        Clever.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

          Hardly. It seems already encoded in biz practices– wage slavery and all that.

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

            You misunderstood me. It is clever to analyze servers’ tip stats as a metric in determining which of your servers that your clientele likes and which ones that it does not. Having never ran such an establishment, that had never occurred to me before.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 5:38 pm #

            Unsure Disaffected mentioned/meant anything about what you just wrote, though.

          • Disaffected August 18, 2023 at 6:20 pm #

            Indirectly, yes. Savings on wages, first, but then the extra bonus of an added “performance metric” directly related to not only how much the servers cost in labor, but how much the customers value their service as well. That “value added” angle would be the most business friendly way to present the idea, of course.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 7:57 pm #

            Well yes, but it’s still hardly what I would call clever. Callous, calculating, parasitic and/or somesuch along those lines, sure.

            Just one more card in the house of cards? You bet.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 19, 2023 at 3:35 am #

            …Exlpoitive too.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 2:17 pm #

          …The local businesses around here were all-in on closures, masks or no service and disease-tracing (having to leave your name and phone number if you wanted service) and so forth: Big-time government ass-kissing.
          I almost printed out some notes (and would have had it gone on longer) to stick on some biz’s doors that would have read something like, ‘Businesses might want to think real hard about who they serve; their actual customers in their local communities or distant gangs called government.’

          • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:30 pm #

            –> ‘Businesses might want to think real hard about who they serve; their actual customers in their local communities or distant gangs called government.’

            I LIKE IT!!!!!!! Please print these up and sell them, just like the “I Did That!” Biden stickers we put on gas pumps.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

            It was for the covid era, but I’ll think about it for a new context. I also liked one of yours I just read.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 8:54 pm #

        “Maybe they deduct the tips from their wages?”

        Probably.

        I don’t know if this is the case in all states, or even if it is still legal today, but back in my wasted youth, waitresses (and waiters too, I guess – I never worked in a classy place) are legally paid less than minimum wage because it is assumed that their tips will make up for it.

        Whenever I tip a deserving waitress, I give her cash, so she doesn’t have to share it with her worthless coworkers, or with her exploitative employer. If she wants to put it in the common tip jar, or give it to her employers, that is her mistake.

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 2:38 am #

          Treats (AKA Tips) For Turning Tricks

          That still doesn’t address the problem of the parasitic owners, though.

          Think cooperative, where everyone owns a place and so has a personal stake in it. It can be much more motivating than ‘treats for tricks’.

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 1:33 pm #

      Indeed. I thought that 10% was once the customary norm for tipping, then it changed to 15%, and now it seems to be creeping up to 18%. What’s next, a 40% tip expectation?

      • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

        15 in 1970s in NYC, imo.

        my water service now charges for water and
        paper fee
        delivery fee
        late fee

    • JackStraw August 18, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

      Another beauty is the donation option at the cash registers of supermarkets. You donate, but they get the tax deduction of your donation.

      I only tip my waiters and waitresses.

      • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:12 pm #

        tip cashier or to donate to 501c?

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

          Who’s managing your 501c?

      • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

        Next time they ask to donate we should start by responding to them: “No thanks, but you your business care to donate to my charity? Bidenflation is really hitting me hard these days you know…”

        Any time I see one of those spare change leave-a-penny things at a check-out, I make it a point to help myself to any “silver” coin in there, and any pre-1982 copper cents. I figure it is the least I can do to aid the cause.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 2:01 pm #

      A last hurrah perhaps if less people can afford to go out to eat and everything is going up in price. I’m reminded of the term, pricing yourself out of the market. Unfortunately, the market itself might price itself out of itself.

      …And then we have people living more like our ancestors; growing our own food, making our own clothes and building our own houses and other things.

    • Beryl of Oyl August 18, 2023 at 2:36 pm #

      Yes, someone in my family was just complaining about that. I didn’t know exactly what she meant.

    • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 5:34 pm #

      So don’t tip them.

      Here in Europe, a tip is optional.

      • Night Bro' August 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm #

        In some places in the world, tipping is insulting, apparently.

        Although here in so-called Canada it’s also optional, I’ve never tested how optional it is.

        I suppose one can continue tipping at a frequented place where, ‘Everyone knows your name and they’re sure glad you came.‘, and then go to unfrequented places when they want to avoid tipping and see what happens. Hopefully no one there knows someone who works where one is a frequent customer.

        Unsure I’d like someone somehow sabotaging my food without my knowledge, based on a resentment over a previous lack of tip. People can be a bit psycho of course.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 9:00 pm #

          Since the tip comes at the end, there is no guarantee that your food hasn’t already been sabotaged.

          And, having worked at restaurants, I can tell you that your food will be sabotaged, even if it isn’t intentional.

          I also worked at a meat market. Ready to go vegan?

          Then again, I’ve also worked on farms…

          Grow your own food.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 9:12 pm #

            Yup. If you want something done right, do it yourself. At least if you do it wrong, you’ll know about it. So it will still feel right.

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:57 pm #

            Exactly.

            You’re not gonna stomp your own pizza dough on the floor are ya?

            Or put a nice juicy fly under a slice of pepperoni.

            Some things are only for others.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:22 am #

            So much for communalism. Who is John Galt?

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 19, 2023 at 3:29 am #

            So much for a crony-capitalist plutarchy musical chairs pseudoeconomy that has, as its core, to run everyone and everything into the ground you mean, yes? What’s the/its lowest common denominator? Collapse? Tell us about John Galt in your own words.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:44 am #

            Ofc, and you paid for the food anyways, regardless of tipping.

            A tip should be given for excellent service. It should never be mandatory.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:23 pm #

            John Galt is the Superman, Gaz – one dressed in Capitalist rags.

            To her credit, she had him in overalls, a common laborer. If one’s vocation is impossible to practice in a corrupted world, one does other things to earn one’s bread, anything at all. Galt worked on his inventions in his spare time. Ayn really was extremely idealistic, even to the point of madness.

            She exalted the Aryan type despite being against Nazism. Galt and his brother Supermen were typically tall and fair, with Galt being blonde. This was obviously her aesthetic ideal, but she acknowledged other types. Dagny’s friend, Francisco, was a dark, handsome Spainiard from Latin America.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:24 pm #

            Zaz not Gaz. I don’t want to turn Zaz into the Superman against his Will.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 2:50 am #

            Oh ok, thanks for the elaboration.

            Nature, of course, has different ideas. Sometimes those ideas surprise humans.

    • Islander August 18, 2023 at 7:56 pm #

      Use cash.

  35. Ed Haskell August 18, 2023 at 1:19 pm #

    Mr Kunstler,

    I genuinely enjoy your putting-together of words:

    Absence of facts & truth:
    ‘The joke is on you. There is no truth, anymore…’

    Presentation of evidence for a Presidential Impeachment:
    ‘It will look like a game of chicken….’

    Incredibly vacuous Vice President:
    ‘All that cackling must conceal an inner vacancy so vast…’

    About an economic collapse:
    Your, ‘Expect disorder like you’ve never imagined….’ made me think of Robert Kennedy’s Aug 14 interview with Tucker Carlson [@ 33:35], “…if we lose the status of the world’s reserve currency, the Great Depression will look like a cakewalk…”

    Cheers

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  36. Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

    Michael Burry, the “Big Short” investor who became famous for correctly predicting the epic collapse of the housing market in 2008, has bet more than $1.6 billion on a Wall Street crash.

    Burry is making his bearish bets against the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100, according to Security Exchange Commission filings released Monday. Burry’s fund, Scion Asset Management, bought $866 million in put options (that’s the right to sell an asset at a particular price) against a fund that tracks the S&P 500 and $739 million in put options against a fund that tracks the Nasdaq 100.

    Burry is using more than 90% of his portfolio to bet on a market downturn, according to the filings.

    httpX://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/meet-the-man-that-has-bet-a-billion-dollars-that-the-stock-market-is-going-to-crash/

    • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 2:13 pm #

      soros did similar if I recall, and lost money.

      when will collapse happen? and I do not mean stock market collapse.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 3:36 pm #

        Very soon, methinks.

        • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:24 pm #

          then what Doc?

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 9:51 pm #

            Apocolypse Then

  37. Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 2:18 pm #

    Liked the Bette Davis reference from the movie All About Eve.
    “Fasten your seatbelts; we’re in for a bumpy night.”

    • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:33 pm #

      whats the fastest way to get into hollywood?

      ‘take fountain street’. [wise guy remark.]

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 12:39 pm #

        I’d argue Franklin, but nice point 🙂

  38. Roundball Shaman August 18, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

    “… the sheer heaping-up of procedural legal bullshit in the various sham court cases against candidate Donald Trump is largely an attempt to confound, mystify, and preoccupy the public while the great scaffold of our national life collapses… Expect disorder like you’ve never imagined.”

    Trump has 35% of the public in his corner and it wouldn’t matter if The Dark State threw every law in the book against him. Where else would The 35% go? Nowhere, that’s where. And what Trump and The 35% never seem to grasp is that 35% is never going to win anything — even if elections were half-way legit. They are lost in savior worship and the fact that there is no one else they will turn to. And that can’t win.

    This was the wrong year for The Florida Governor to go for the Big Office. He can no more go against The 35% than he can stop a hurricane from hitting Florida the next time one is headed that way. Maybe he was banking on Trump Fatigue or a good portion of The 35% falling away from the Orange Man – but that ain’t happening. And the rest of the Republican field is has-beens’ and never-was’es. The lost leading The lost.

    The Dems have their solid 45% who have already lost touch with reality and become terminally Woke. They relish in their depravity and in being against all things American and White. They are the classic definition of a (sickly) cult. And they are dangerous to rest of America.

    And everybody… The 35%… The 45%… and the Remainders… have become so broke and angry and dispirited that we have become accustomed to being used and abused. The American people no longer look for a bright future. We just want someone to come along and make everything go away. Pain has a way of doing that to one’s psyche.

    There is no future with Trump. There is no future with the Deranged Dems. Politics has become toxic and nothing but a space for anger and grift and acting out one’s frustration with everything that’s gone wrong with life in America.

    Kids are going back to school to learn nothing of value and become a new generation of America-haters. White kids have to relearn how awful they are and how terrible it is to have light skin tones because that automatically means that you are racist and have no hope of redemption.

    Adults are broke and getting broker. Gas is going up, again. Mortgage rates are going up, again. Groceries are going up, again. Everything is going up except for our incomes and our peace of mind.

    This is not meant to be nothing but a list of all the woes that face us. But unless we courageously face the damned seriousness of our predicament we will never get out of the big hole we’re in. And many of us still do want us to get out of that big hole.

    We can start by cleaning up ourselves and those around us. We can’t wash and sweep up the entire warehouse but we can wash and sweep up the area right around us. And if enough of us start to do that – then the whole damned warehouse of our Nation will magically get better and without any help from useless Faux saviors and deluded Wokesters with dreams of godhood and Global domination.

    Get mad… cry… weep… gather yourself… and pick up a mop and broom. That’s our way forward. And turn off the damned garbage that purports to be ‘The News!’.

    And beware of saviors Red or Blue.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:02 pm #

      Some parents don’t realize that mandatory education is essentially kidnapping.

      It wasn’t/isn’t just with the aboriginal kids, like up here in so-called Canada, but with everyone’s kids.

      Wake up, parents.

      When you have ideological kidnapping (even if you want to home-school, but it’s still with a mandated curriculum, yes?), it’s a recipe again for what?

      10 points on your final exam.

      For what?

      Answer: For eventual societal decline/decay and/or collapse, that’s what.

      This shit’s so obvious when you’re an anarchist and therefore inherit its perceptual superpower.

      Go on, take it. It’s a superpower. But be responsible in your new power. Don’t let it corrupt you.

  39. neurodoc August 18, 2023 at 3:01 pm #

    Financial and banking ‘insiders’ are whispering about an ongoing bankruptcy negotiation between the USACorp and its multitudinous creditors, e.g. China, Saudi, and Japan to name a few. Word is that China has demanded equity between the US$ and the C-yuan (now at $7 to C1) in order to continue our receiving any more goods from them (think 90% of medicine and medical equipment, most everything from wally world and target). $/Cyuan equity would involve a $devaluation of around 83%. Word is that the USCorp has walked away from negotiations twice, over the past two months, with no deal. Bumpy fall indeed!!!

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:05 pm #

      I once went on a date with a bankster, not too long after the 2008 ‘financial crisis’. I even called her a bankster. She offered to buy one of my drinks, but I politely declined (kicked myself a little afterward LOL).

      • neurodoc August 18, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

        Whistling by the graveyard is a common reaction we’re going to continuing seeing in the face of the collapse of the US economy and most people’s wealth and safety.

        Another aside: note that the US budget now has NO ceiling. They can print what they want. This one fact is consistent with the fairly common theory that the USCorp has defaulted on all debt. Given that, where is tax money going?

        • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

          Doesn’t the tax money go to pay the interest on the loans?

          The bankers want their interest in real money, not funny money.

          • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 4:32 pm #

            Tell me fiat dollars are NOT funny money, please.

          • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 5:33 pm #

            Money is simply a concept that we all agree to.

            No currency has value unless we agree it does.

            As so often, Paula has not thought things through.

            😀

          • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm #

            All money is fiat money, Yurgach. Money is worthless without a government decreeing it to be legal tender for all debts.

            People can try to create their own money, like bitcoin, but try going to the grocery store and paying with bitcoin. That will show you the difference.

            The taxes you pay is money you have earned by working, and your employer or you hands over part of that labor-backed wealth to the government.

            Funny money is the money created from nothing and handed to the 1%, in order that they may speculate (gamble) with it.
            It isn’t really created from nothing, though, it is created by the government adding it to the debt they owe, that you are paying the interest on.

            Your income taxes are not funny money, they are wealth that you earned by your labor power, which the government takes to hand over to the bankers who loan all money into existence.

          • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 7:53 pm #

            No Paula, all money is not funny money.
            Examine any US gold coin.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:47 am #

            Money has no intrinsic value. Even gold. Gold is rare, but has no special value.

            It represents an agreement that it has value.

            Notice that when one challenges Paula, she remains silent.

            –Night Soil

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 9:47 am #

            “Money has no intrinsic value.”

            If it has no intrinsic value it is not money. When there is a cost to creating something that IS its value – I don’t have to create it to benefit from [ have ] it.

            It is like raising cows to produce milk. A dairy man begins taking the cream off the milk and selling just the milk [ in a gallon sized jug ]. Then he waters down the milk a little [ 2% ] and sells it for the same price. Then he sells half gallons of milk. Eventually he sells milk with 98% water and calls it a gallon because it is still in a gallon container.

            Currency is theft, a fraud called money.

          • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 12:40 pm #

            I didn’t say that all money is funny money, I said that all money is fiat money.

            It is governmental decree that makes money usable for commerce.

            If they stop enforcing it, the money is worthless.

            It happened with the Continental and the Confederate in this country already.

            The Feds, backed by the banks, enforce a debt-based currency, which is unsustainable without continual inflation.
            You can’t pay interest on the debt without creating new money, so that is what they do.
            The banks benefit. Lincoln issued debt-free Greenbacks to finance the war, and after the war, they killed him.

            JFK also flirted with a debt free currency. The CIA was created as a tool for Wall Street.
            Allen Dulles and his brother were Wall Street lawyers.

            Why do you think the entire Establishment went along with JFK’s assassination?

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

            Mess, name a precious metal, stone, etc. form of currency that has intrinsic value.

            They all have a value we assign to them. We cannot eat them, and in most cases they offer no real utilitarian value.

            Money is a concept that allows us to acquire things we need (often for survival) for something that is otherwise worthless–be we agree it has a value within the system.

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 5:40 pm #

            Why would one spend wealth to attain a thing with no intrinsic value?

            Gold is pretty.
            Silver is indispensable [ ie. no viable alternative ] for electronics, solar, etc.
            Platinum and Rhodium are used in catalytic converters.
            Lead is heavy.
            Diamonds are hard.
            Lithium is used in batteries.

            Think outside the “system”.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 6:16 pm #

            What is the intrinsic value of the forms of currency listed?

          • Yirgach August 19, 2023 at 6:21 pm #

            @Night Owl

            Yes I agree on the abstract concept of money. But some abstracts are worth more than others.
            Gold over paper and good faith for instance.
            If it makes a difference in survival, then that’s important.
            Everyday living, not as much.

          • Yirgach August 19, 2023 at 6:27 pm #

            Paula you said that tax money is funny money.
            Does that mean that tax money is fiat money?

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 7:34 pm #

            “What is the intrinsic value of the forms of currency listed?”

            I didn’t list any currencies.

            First you have a dollar, which is [ was ? ] a set amount of silver. A dollar [ measurement ] is 371.25 grains of silver.

            Then you have a receipt for a dollar of silver known as a silver certificate. You could exchange this for actual silver.

            Then you have a counterfeit dollar called a Federal Reserve Note.

            The first and second are money. The counterfeit is currency.

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 7:43 pm #

            “Why would one spend wealth to attain a thing with no intrinsic value?”

            The cost of getting metals out of the ground and into a usable form and how many uses they can be used for is their intrinsic value.

            Does crude oil have intrinsic value or “declared by law to be valid and sufficient for the payment of debts.”

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 8:39 pm #

            I should have called the FRN a counterfeit receipt [ certificate ] instead of “dollar”.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 6:54 am #

            You are playing word games. The sign of someone who is out of things to say.

            Answer the question please.

          • benr August 20, 2023 at 7:54 am #

            Money has no intrinsic value. Even gold. Gold is rare but has no special value. -Night Owl

            Sorry buddy on this you are 100% WRONG!

            Gold has all sorts of value beyond just being used as a form of currency.
            It is used in all sorts of applications not to include just jewelry.
            Electronics heavily use it.
            It’s one of the few metals that does not interact with other natural elements.
            It won’t rust, tarnish or corrode.
            Gold will sit in a creek bed literally forever.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 1:02 pm #

            Night Owl asks a question. Messi gives a competent answer. Night Owl accuses him of playing word games.

            Things are worth what people will pay for them. And people value gold for it beauty, silver too – for both its beauty and its industrial purposes.

            Night Owl’s truth is partial in the sense that he meant it. Yet absolute if taken properly.

            But of course first things first. You’d give away a bucket full of gold if you were stuck in the desert – all for a gallon of water and a few gallons of gas. Survival comes first, then industry, and then beauty, etc.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 3:04 pm #

            Benr, you did not read my post in its entirity.

            I said some metals and stones can have a degree of utilitarian value beyond agreed-upon value, but it is so little vs. the value assigned to them that it is not really a point that needs to be considered.

            Money/currency is only valued if we agree that it is valued.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 18, 2023 at 3:09 pm #

      …I’m looking forward to another financial crisis where the banks again offer free coffee/tea and snax to placate their customers. Not that I take advantage of it, but more that it’s kind of trippy.

      I just love collapse.

      • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:21 pm #

        My bank still offers free individually wrapped face nappies at the front counter. How thoughtful and generous of them!

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 19, 2023 at 3:47 am #

          And small areas just inside and around the automated banking machines where, if one is homeless/dispossessed and lucky (cue confetti and people cheering and clapping) and there’s no sufficiently-disruptive muzak piped in, one may get 40 winks, or maybe now 20 with inflation.

  40. devnickle August 18, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

    What amazes me, is the sheer amount of leftists who don’t see, or refuse to see, the blatant criminality of their very own Democrat party. Ignorance is bliss I guess?

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    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 4:00 pm #

      They love that feel-good tingly feeling knowing that they support gay rights, open borders, and environmental justice. The ends justify the means I suppose.

  41. cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

    So does this really make Trump a chicken? Or maybe he is smart not to put up with the mainstream antics of the useless primary debates?

    Get Trump on a stage to debate Biden, that is where the rubber will really meet the road!!!

    “Former U.S. President Donald Trump plans to skip the first Republican primary debate next week and instead sit for an online interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, the New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the matter.”

  42. Paula D August 18, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

    The cornucopians on this blog like to claim that there are no limits on the amount of humans that can live on this planet, because….just divide up the resources and everyone can have 40 acres and a mule.

    But to announce that there is plenty for everyone seems to imply that everyone would have enough, which implies sharing of resources.

    Do the cornucopians want to share? The plundering of Earth’s resources “for all humans” seems to be the only time they ever mention such a thing.

    Meanwhile, the US and Mexico have a treaty which agrees that they will share the water of the Colorado River.
    Yet, there are years when no water reaches Mexico.

    I hear no outcry from the cornucopians insisting that Americans stop growing alfalfa in the desert, stop filling their swimming pools and watering their golf courses, in order to abide by the treaty and make sure that Mexico gets their share of water. The whole “there is plenty for everyone” narrative dries up here.

    I see a problem with the “there is no limit to the human population on Earth” claims.

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 3:59 pm #

      There really is no limit to amount of humans that can live on the earth. Note, there is a different between “living” and “thriving”.

      As we know, Soros et al. wants to push all low-level humanoids into living in veritable cage-like apartments, and he and his folk will likely eat the flesh of the proles for breakfast and other such satanic rituals.

      Humans of the future will be bred for slavery or slaughter.

    • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

      The problem I see is people who don’t understand how reliable energy is produced and used. First thing to get off the table is that there is more than enough energy for everyone to sustain a high level of living for hundreds if not thousands of years. That includes fossil as well as nuclear. Unlike the weather, they are both safe and reliable and well understood, We have plenty of time to develop alternatives, either on or off this planet.

      The real problem with reliable energy use and distribution is political (selfish).
      Mebbe if you are a first world country looking at acquiring a third world country’s resources, you really would not like that third world country to begin using their resources or offer them to anyone else at a better price.

      It is a known fact that the more energy which a society uses to lift themselves out of poverty, the slower the population grows and the more careful they treat the environment. No need for big families if food and good health are available instead of making more of them to replace the ones who died of hunger and disease.

      Think about it.

      • Paula D August 18, 2023 at 7:05 pm #

        Water is more important than energy.

        Not only are the USA and Mexico at odds over water rights, Syria and Turkey are at odds over the Euphrates River, and Egypt and Ethiopia are fighting over the Nile.

        I’m sure there are others, as water is vital for all life on this planet, not just human life, although human life relies on the other lives sustained which are also sustained by water.

        I am saying that I don’t care if there are secret magic energy sources, I am talking about water and land being necessary to sustain human life.

        • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 9:22 pm #

          Water and land necessary to sustain human life requires reliable source of energy.

          What was your point?

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 7:21 am #

            😀

        • benr August 20, 2023 at 8:00 am #

          There is the same amount of water now on the planet as there was 20,000 years ago.
          It’s a fairly closed system.
          I am amazed at the people who fail to understand this simple concept.
          Paula the concept of too many humans is easy to fix be part of the solution not the problem.
          Yeah, that is what I though everyone wants to bitch about the other humans tainting the planet but not actually do their part to fix this issue.

        • SpeedyBB August 21, 2023 at 8:22 am #

          Mekong ~ Danube ~ Amazon ~ Nile come to mind immediately, without recourse to Google.

          And they are not abstract or esthetic issues (“…watering golf courses…”) but existential for those living and working on the banks of those rivers, and surviving off them.

          Without fossil fuel resources to extract energy you can somehow get by. Without water you die.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 8:37 pm #

        “It is a known fact that the more energy which a society uses to lift themselves out of poverty, the slower the population grows and the more careful they treat the environment.”

        I thought about it.

        Exactly! The remarkable recovery of the environment from the destruction of our pre-industrial, low population past makes this obvious. The Earth has never been in better shape!

        Every day, in every way, life is getting better and better..

        • Yirgach August 18, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

          So go back about 900 years to the Black Death and tell me how you liked that part of Earth? Or the LIA when people starved and froze to death. Fun times eh?

          • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm #

            Yes, the Little Ice Age and the Black Death were caused by decreases in industrialization.

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:28 am #

            The Black Death was good for the economy. Fewer people means remaining people get bigger slices of the pie!

            Build back better means real big pieces of pie for Banksters and crumbs for their increasingly less than human droid units.

    • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 5:23 pm #

      There never were any such claims.

      The only claim was one you espoused: That we are at “carrying capacity.”

      You have never backed it and never will.

      Because you have nothing but emotion, Paula.

    • Islander August 18, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

      “I hear no outcry from the cornucopians insisting that Americans stop growing alfalfa in the desert, stop filling their swimming pools and watering their golf courses, in order to abide by the treaty and make sure that Mexico gets their share of water. ”

      do you mean “cornucopians” at this site?

      I don’t think I am a cornucopian and I am quite sure I have called out at this site the waste of water in the desert, and other resources elsewhere.

      It the “green” folks were serious they would demand an end to all US wars, most especially in the Ukraine, but also all US sabre rattling elsewhere immediately. Also, the closing of US bases overseas.

      But they have never been serious. There was supposed to be a “peace benefit” when the USSR folded, but the DoD budgets just kept increasing.

      • SpeedyBB August 21, 2023 at 8:24 am #

        Whenever the subject of fossil fuels comes up I cannot help but muse on those networks of B-52s crossing the sky, 24 / 7. Biggest gas hog on the planet: US Military.

    • Slugoon August 19, 2023 at 1:37 am #

      It is fairly logical to me that there is a limit to the number of humans the earth can sustain. Surely that’s a basic tenet of ecology? it might be more than 10^9 but what about 10^256? Or 10^1000000?

      At some point we will encounter one or other physical limit. Might be fresh water. Might be arable land. Before we hit those physical limits, though, might it just be the sanity of the population living one per sq.m? (Density is merely illustrative, note to the pedants amongst us.)

      As competition for resources increases, quality of life surely becomes inversely proportional to population size. At some point it becomes a life not worth living and no amount of centralised control is going to stop the fallout from that. If society breaks down, and there are signs it is doing in places, deaths will increase as a consequence.

      On a separate but related note, my assessment of the current push for everything ‘green’, digital currencies, the surveillance state, mass migration, etc. is that it’s all part of a concerted effort to control and micro-manage populations by those megalomaniac organisations (and personalities within them) that we talk about here: the WEF, the EU, the WHO etc. in preparation for a controlled demolition.

      In some respects I see the logic in it but my every instinct is to fight against it. Bottom-up, not top-down.

      • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 1:56 pm #

        Yes, Slug, there is likely a limit. This point is rather basic, and it is always amusing when people toss this out as though their interlocutor cannot understand something so simple.

        The issue that draws out the real crazies here is whether we have reached “carrying capacity.”

        No one can even tell me (or anyone else, thus far) what actual number amounts to carrying capacity, much less provide evidence that we have reached this capacity.

        Much as the past three years have been smoke and mirrors driven by computer-model-based fraud, the “too many humans” fear porn is also based in virtually no real evidence.

        Nature also has natural mechanisms for shedding loads 😀

        • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm #

          “Likely” – lol! He’s not sure…..

          What is that limit likely to be? What is the carrying capacity of the Earth relative to humanity – assuming a high quality of life as one of the parameters.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:49 pm #

            Tell us what it is?

            Why can none of the pile-on Sally crowd answer my question?

            I know why.

            😀

        • Yirgach August 19, 2023 at 6:37 pm #

          Yes, there is likely a limit to the planet’s carrying capacity as we dimly understand it. but that doesn’t mean that understanding or capability to change it will be the same in the future.

          There have been many failed forecasts over the years on humanity dying out from some form of overcapacity.
          Erchlich is a real 100% forecast loser.

          The forecasts all failed because of human ingenuity.
          Something which is being stomped on at the moment.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 4:06 pm #

            Your last line is good stuff, Yirgach.

            I’ve brought this up in the past, but the childless climate doomers don’t really like humans or their ingenuity it would seem.

          • astera August 20, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

            I find the whole concept of “planet’s carrying capacity” amusing, to begin with. It’s not like we’re mathematically evenly distributed all over the globe, with our own discrete rations. I’d no more want to be stuffed into a favela in Sao Paulo that I would want to be stranded in the middle of Antarctica.

            Overpopulation isn’t what’s gonna do us in. I’ll be either the Giant Asteroid or the Killer Solar Flare…..

        • Slugoon August 20, 2023 at 12:19 am #

          I don’t think anybody can or will give you a number, Owl. It’s a complex calculation that will be affected by our large degree of control over our environment (an ability that all other species barely have) and our expected quality of life, if basic physical limits are not hit first.

          I go back to approximately 2 billion being a sustainable number, on the basis that that’s what it was prior to the Industrial Revolution (fossil fuel revolution).

          Imagine if 3 in 4 people were suddenly raptured from Earth. I’d say that would take out the dead wood. There would still be plenty of people left to do the things that need doing, and the roads would be much nicer to drive on.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 7:20 am #

            Of course.

            But this request stems from a thread many months back where the pile-on Sally club started.

            A small group who I angered so much with my request for evidence.

            As we can see, it has morphed into hatred.

          • Night Bro' August 20, 2023 at 10:43 am #

            …the pile-on Sally club…” ~ Night Owl

            One of my favorite scenes from the film:

            youtu.be/poLPKdc-zTY?t=177

    • Anthea August 19, 2023 at 11:50 am #

      @ Paula:

      Night Owl addresses this, in part, in saying that the question is not whether there are “no limits” as to the human population that the earth can support, but rather whether the earth is now at “carrying capacity” in terms of its human population.

      This whole discussion has more layers than an onion. At one level, it’s a simple, two-part question: 1) Do we have a human population that has maxed out the earth’s carrying capacity? and, 2) If so, what might one do about it?

      The answer to 2) is: one of two ways. Either humans can pro-actively reduce their population, or nature will take it’s course (as it always has), when it comes to human population reduction. So we can either pro-actively kill people off–as in, we kill off about 90% of us–or we let nature take care of this dilemma, if there even is one.

      Is there a problem? We don’t know. Or maybe there is a problem in some parts of the earth and not in others. Or maybe, where there is a problem, the proposed solution (reducing the population) is a false dichotomy; maybe there are a few dozen other solutions.

      Anyway, that’s just Part 2 of this issue, and we’re already into highly speculative territory.

      Part 1–whether the human population has reached the limits of the earth’s carrying capacity–is also highly speculative. It also depends on the location you’re talking about. There’s plenty of land and water around here–more than enough to provide for the region’s population, if it were used properly. What we have here is the proverbial misallocation of resources: agricultural land being used to build suburban sprawl and to grow government-subsidized monoculutres of row crops for export, ethanol, or to feed animals in CAFOs a diet that is harmful to them. And that’s besides the CAFOs themselves being harmful.

      The water issues you cite are another example of a monstrous misallocation of resources. The use of fossil fuels is yet another.

      I don’t think we have a problem with population, per se. What we have is a problem with misallocation of resources.

      I could go on and on about what proper allocation of resources would look like, but I think it suffices to say that population reduction, which solution must necessarily entail killing off most of the earth’s population, is more than a little hasty.

      • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:35 pm #

        Well said. Maybe we could support 40 billion as some have said (though I doubt it) – and that would mean Global Government to fairly allocate global resources.

        The Problem: Such people have another Vision entirely. To go in this direction would be to put ourselves into their genocidal hands. There’s more than one way to pop a balloon, right? If you don’t want to be seen sticking pins in balloons, just be the balloon man and blow them up too big so they pop in people’s faces and scare the kids.

        And even if we had just and sincere Globalists ready to serve the world’s people, you would have just delayed the reckoning. If the limit is 40 billion, what happens when you get to that point? You’d have no slack whatsoever and would have to slam on the breaks. Is it wise to go the limit in this regard or any other, barring dire necessity?

      • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 2:00 pm #

        Good post on the matter as always, Anth.

      • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

        You did a Jarek, Anthea, extrapolating from my comment something that I never said. I’m sure that you can appreciate how annoying that is. I offered no solution to the problem, let alone the “solution” of mass murder. You invented that, and then argued against it.

        I pointed out the obvious, that there are too many people living in the Southwest for the land and water to support.

        I then asked the cornucopians whether their claims that “there is plenty of land and water for all, if we only share”, meant that they are willing to share.

        You answered that question, imo, by claiming that there are parts of Missouri that are not covered by humans, and that that land could be divided up and everyone could flourish.

        I don’t want to put words in your mouth, so I will ask you. Are you saying that you are advocating that the 100 million or so people living in the arid southwest should move to Missouri and you would welcome them?
        Cause there’s plenty of land and water?
        That is how I read your reply.

        As for Night Soil, my policy is to ignore assholes and idiots, so I feel no compunction to acknowledge his assertions, except to point out that there are many refugees from desert areas who have moved to Germany, and I have never seen any indication that he is happy to share with them.

        • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:48 pm #

          You ignore me because you can’t answer the question.

          Nothing will change that, Paula.

          😀

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 11:50 am #

            The Man They Call Zazelle July 19, 2023 at 10:43 pm:

            BTW, in the previous threads, when, if recalled correctly, Night Owl popped in and referred to you as ‘it’, I gave you the benefit of doubt. Now I’m not so sure.

            —-

            Paula D July 20, 2023 at 12:15 pm:

            Ironically, my husband has Congressional hearings on right now, where shitlibs are earnestly defending the right of corporations to censor and ban free speech, in the name of private property and “keeping people safe”.

            I shouldn’t be shocked that Zazelle would turn on me for defending free speech by echoing the nastiest poster on this board, Night Soil, but I am.

            If you call for banning free speech in the name of stopping toxic conversation, and then turn around and channel and repeat the most toxic commenter, it might be time for some self reflection.

            —-

            Night Owl July 20, 2023 at 3:54 pm

            Just answer my questions, Paula.

            Those who ignore do so because they have nothing to say.

            EZ.

            —-

            The Man They Call Zazelle July 20, 2023 at 4:43 pm:

            Paula, free speech, or freedom of expression as it is more often called up here, is not an absolute, except as a concept.

            I can’t make that any clearer.

            What Night Owl and I can do, since he’s got some publishing experience and I, design, is design a nice t-shirt for you with a ‘swastika’ on it (ya, sure, you can suggest that it has other historical significance) and then send you into a synagogue where you can then pontificate, posture and pound your chest about ‘free’ speech. Why not.

            Hey look, I appreciate Pussy Riot, I really do, as well as their right to go into churches and dance around in balaclavas… Or, in your case, maybe gay pride dancers in their underwear gyrating in front of the kids, ay?…

            —-

            Paula D July 20, 2023 at 8:06 pm:

            *Note to self:
            Add another asshole to the ignore list.

            —-

            The Man They Call Zazelle July 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm:

            Note to Night Owl: Cheers, Bro’, I owe you one.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 11:58 am #

            Paula’s Paradox

            Night Owl, Paula’s apparent paradox is that, by supposedly ignoring you and me, she is in a sense banning our free speech.

            You can’t make this stuff up. Only Paula D can.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

            Zaz, Paula D. has a fear of direct engagement.

            She cannot fully ignore us, because the itch has to be scratched (the truth eating away at her).

            So she tries to find a middle road and talks about us to others.

            It’s very funny to observe.

            😀

        • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 11:32 am #

          As for Night Soil, my policy is to ignore assholes and idiots…” ~ Paula D

          —-

          Sounds like someone who holds grudges, ‘throws themselves under the bus’ of their own personal attacks by their usage against others, while using, in my experience as well with said individual, that sort of approach in what seems to be an aggressive self-protection mask/mechanism for anyone who dares to call their positions into question and, in doing so, and perhaps most importantly, surprises and embarrasses them.

          Not a pretty picture all around.

          Ignorance is as ignorance does, Paula D.

        • Anthea August 21, 2023 at 1:05 am #

          @ Paula D:

          I think the assertion that there are too many people pre-supposes that we should “do something about it,” which pre-supposes that we need to get rid of most of them. I see only two ways to do this. One is to kill them off somehow or other. The other solution is letting nature take its course. If there really are too many people, nature will take care of the problem, just as nature has a very efficient way of correcting population overshoot in other species. Population overshoot is invariably followed by a die-off, either because of resource depletion or predators. E.g., if the rabbit population grows too large, the foxes will take note of this and move into the area and clear them out.

          No, I don’t think Missouri could handle an influx of 100 million people from the desert Southwest. But much of the Midwest is like Missouri: thousands upon thousands of acres of unused or misused land. Iowa is one example. Vast areas of the Midwest are monoculture deserts of thousands of acres of corn and soybeans, where we should have a regular Garden of Eden.

          Many areas that aren’t suited to large-scale agriculture are very well suited to small-scale farming or market-gardening. Areas where you can’t do much in the way of vegetation are suitable for grazing lands. While I’m not a deep student of livestock management, I have the very strong impression that livestock could be managed much more efficiently on a small scale, using methods like Alan Savory’s, which result in land restoration.

          I don’t know if you’ve ever driven through South Dakota, but there’s a state where the emptiness is actually chilling. Another thing that’s chilling about it is that, in the towns, it looks like no one ever even attempts to grow anything–not even landscape plantings. Every house looks like a rental property. (One way to recognize rental properties is by the very stark absence of landscaping: no trees or foundation plantings, and no flowers.) The climate there is harsh, and the soil is poor, but where you have livestock, you have manure to amend the soil. Plenty of food crops withstand cold winters.

          Anyway, much of the Midwest is near-desolate emptiness, with vast areas that are neither grazed nor cultivated.

      • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

        Al contraire, he seldom if ever speaks against the immigrants. One time he responded to a thread (mine?) saying, the Turks are assimilating well. I may be wrong, but that’s all I can every remember about this.

        I assume he said something when a million Muslims were allowed to march in under Merkel, but I don’t remember what. By focusing on the Turks, did he imply the Arabs were not assimilating?

        Merkel: We can do this.
        Jarek: But why would any sane person want to?

        • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

          Maybe because he’s an immigrant also.

        • Q. Shtik August 19, 2023 at 4:29 pm #

          Al contraire, he seldom if ever speaks – Jar

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

          Is Contraire’s first name Alan or perhaps Albert?

        • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 6:13 pm #

          She’s even trying to imply I am a racist now.

          Paula D.

          LOL.

        • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

          As a good Liberal, you are an anti-White racist by definition.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

            I like whites too, Jarek.

      • SpeedyBB August 21, 2023 at 9:17 am #

        The cabal of homophobes on CFN would not wish to hear it, may wilfully ignore it or quote the ravings of unwashed desert death cult maniacs to oppose it, but the clear fact is that Mother Nature, in whatever guise she chooses, has (a) impaired the sex drive of humans, at least in the so-called developed world (Japan the champ), (b) cut the sperm count, for whatever reason, natural or engineered, and (c) encouraged non-reproductive sexual expression, horror of horrors, mostly same-sex expressed. Nothing to do with “…identifies as gay…” or anything else. It is something deep in the biology / psyche.

        Do not be surprised if porn peters out (made a pun, son). Imagine the travails of a galaxy of unemployed, unemployable porn stars. What happens in the “advanced” countries will find its echo in Shitholia, sooner or later.

        Has every one forgotten the alarming specter of Chinese breeders swamping the planet? Wasn’t so long ago either. Now they’re whining about a lack of interest in sustaining the race. Young Chinese, like their Japanese counterparts, really don’t seem that interested in fucking, not to mention taking on the unenviable burden or raising kids.

        The homos are taking over! Homoglobo alert! Yeah, boring stiffs like Tim Cook. Sound the alarm, yawn.

    • Rowdypiglet August 19, 2023 at 1:30 pm #

      Paula, Mother Nature used to do a pretty good job of keeping the population in check. A volcano here, a plague there, a crop failure, a tsunami . . . We used to be helpless in the face of these things, and maybe that’s how it’s meant to be. It seems we’ve become just smart enough to outwit some of Nature’s ongoing attempts to kill us, but that’s a battle we always lose in the end.

      Yes, vast numbers of people could live on the earth, for a given definition of “live.”

      • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 1:58 pm #

        It still does. Populations in Europe are at a low and still on the decline.

        I recall Elon Musk also bringing this up and saying we need to increase birth rates.

        • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 4:13 pm #

          If Elon Musk says it, then it must be true.

          Because after all, he’s a billionaire.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:47 pm #

            Such anger.

            LOL.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 5:08 pm #

            Yes, you are very angry today. 😀

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 5:25 pm #

            All I have to do is mention Elon.

            Like a moth to a flame.

            😀

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 12:54 am #

            Mary gets a chord struck.

        • Slugoon August 20, 2023 at 12:25 am #

          Why would we need to increase birth rates? I can’t think of anything good that comes from it. Such a dumb thing to say, Elon.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 6:56 am #

            I don’t know if we do. But I would not call it dumb before hearing the reasons why.

            Here in Germany, the funding of the retirement and welfare system is one very good reason. The German population crash is quite real.

          • Slugoon August 20, 2023 at 10:47 am #

            That’s the usual reason given: “we’ve got an ageing population and need more people to look after the elders / pay into the system to support them.”

            But that’s just an infinite growth / Ponzi scheme characteristic situation. Further down the line you’ve now got even more people to support than you otherwise would have.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 1:08 pm #

            He’s not saying what he really means. He means high IQ people need to have more kids. And he doesn’t seem to care of what race since he supports another mass influx of white collar Indian workers along with Vivek.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 2:56 pm #

            I would disagree. As mentioned, in Germany specifically, the retirement system is pretty good, but is in danger of collapsing as the population collapses. There are fewer people working, and the replacement migration organized by globalists like Merkel is going to fail, because many of those folks don’t integrate well and don’t really want to work.

    • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

      Is a cornucopian related to a basket of deplorables, Paula?

      By all means, share more.

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 4:14 pm #

        I’ll help:

        cor·nu·co·pi·an (kôr?n?-k??p?-?n, -ny?-)
        adj.

        1. Of or related to a cornucopia.

        2. Relating to the belief that the world’s natural and human resources are essentially unlimited and that conservation of resources or limitations on consumption or on population growth are unnecessary.
        n.
        One who holds cornucopian beliefs.
        cor?nu·co?pi·an·ism n.

        • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

          I don’t see anything derogatory about the term, of course people are free to be offended anyway.

        • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:45 pm #

          But you have not helped.

          Are we at “carrying capacity?”

          Us deplorables and cornucopians want to know.

          Share your knowledge.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 5:07 pm #

            Obviously, I was responding to your question, “Is a cornucopian related to a basket of deplorables, Paula?”

            Which has nothing to do with the discussion of “carrying capacity”.

            It has to do with the definition of a cornucopian. I provided that, to be helpful.

            There, I have shared my knowledge. Hopefully, you won’t be triggered further.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 5:22 pm #

            But it has not helped, as it does not address my question.

            Your emotion clouds your judgment.

            And it is hilarious.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 6:40 pm #

            Projection.

            Never seen your panties so wadded.

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 6:52 am #

            You did not answer my question.

            Your ad homs do not change simple facts.

  43. cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 4:04 pm #

    HEY! Didn’t some other Broadway actor in his 30s/40s die a week or two ago as well? I recall posting about it. And now this….huh. Who would have thought? Sure am glad they made those Covid vaxxes mandatory on the Great White Way! Now this will open some acting jobs for all those illegal aliens pouring in.

    “Broadway actor Chris Peluso, known for Mamma Mia and Wicked, dies at 40”

    Chris Peluso, a Broadway actor known for his work in such stage productions as Mamma Mia and Wicked, died Aug. 15 at 40.

    httpsXX://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/broadway-actor-chris-peluso-known-for-mamma-mia-and-wicked-dies-at-40/ar-AA1fqeBK

    • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:35 pm #

      Lots of deaths in the under age 60 group.

      • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 8:31 pm #

        As I contemplate the future, I almost regret not getting vaxxed…

        • malthuss August 19, 2023 at 12:51 am #

          ??
          you are vaccinated. Childhood shots.

          • Yirgach August 19, 2023 at 10:04 am #

            I had 3 vaccines when I was growing up. Today the recommended series from birth to 18 is about 60 (including boosters).

            It is the mRNA drug wot dunnit to the under 60 group.
            Destroyed their immune response plus blood clots, plus myocarditis. Geert Vanden Bossche predicted that would happen at the beginning. It’s just starting to show up now.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 11:39 am #

            There are a lot of people who never were vaccinated.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:25 pm #

            My mistake. I should have capitalized “Vaxxed”.

  44. Q. Shtik August 18, 2023 at 4:16 pm #

    How many weeks months or years do you think we will continue to see news items that begin as follows?:

    “X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, said today…”

    A stupid name change reminiscent of “the artist formerly known as Prince.”

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 4:21 pm #

      How long did they keep calling “New Coke” new? I think they will continue with this absurd statement indefinitely, just to serve as a craw in the jaw of Musk. They should just give it a rest already and report it for what it is: social media platform “X”!

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 4:33 pm #

        “New Coke” caused a major uproar in 1985. So much so that they were “forced” into bringing back “Coke Classic.” Then CC so outsold NC that they eventually quietly dropped NC. After a while “Coke Classic” became simply “Coke” once again.

        It is wildly speculated that the whole thing was a ruse on the public to distract North American Coke switching from sugar to corn syrup and that they needed a break so that consumers could not taste-test the very different sweeteners side by each.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 8:28 pm #

          “Coke Classic” isn’t Coke. If you want real Coke, buy the Mexican stuff in (non-returnable) glass bottles.

          Or better yet, ditch the swill. The average bottle of soda contains more than enough sugar to meet your “daily requirements” all by itself.

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 10:05 am #

            They call those sixteen ounce Cokes “family size”.

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 1:10 pm #

            A lifesaver in other words when low on sugar. Money in the bank for others who are.

        • Islander August 18, 2023 at 8:36 pm #

          X was a stupid name change.

          Some people who are quite good communicators have tin ears when it comes to naming their platforms.’

          Matt Taibbi’s TK was stupid. Racket is even more stupid.

          By stupid I mean that who wants to identify with or will be attracted to such names?

          Furthermore, the idea of Musk taking ownership of one of the letters of the alphabet ( after stealing Tesla’s name when the poor fellow, being dead, could not fight back) is also . . . overbearing.

          So, I think the “formerly Twitter” should be continued until Musk backs down.

    • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:43 pm #

      How many times are you going to post this stupid comparison?

  45. MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 4:54 pm #

    “And I cringe to imagine the meetings with Kamala where Susan Rice, Lisa Monaco, and Torie Nuland try to tell the poor simp what to do. It will look like one of those girlie beat-downs on an Oakland street-corner.”

    Hahahahahaha! Thank you, Jim, for the first large chuckle of the day.

    Another great essay!

    And so we venture soon into the season of the psyops – because how else to launch their Climate Lockdown than with a big fat false flag. At least that’s what I predict. I’ll be VERY happy if nothing massive happens come fall.

    It’s harder for them to do it in the winter, as it’s cold, and then no one is listening about “climate change.”

    Still chuckling about their attempts to make people believe this was the globe’s hottest summer. They used the temp of asphalt not air to get to that. Simply hilarious.

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    • beantownbill. August 18, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

      @ Mary:

      We almost got it this morning. At 9:30 AM we received a tornado warning alarm for our area on our cell phone stating it would last until 9:45. Just 2 minutes later the sky opened up. I never saw it rain so hard. In moments, we couldn’t see anything from our cwindows and our gutters were overflowing with sheets of water blowing off. Our street had a river down through it. The wind increased to a gale. I kept looking toward the sky to see if a funnel cloud appeared or hear a noise like a freight train. Then after 10 minutes it suddenly stopped, and a few minutes after that the sun came out. I really never experienced a weather effect so dramatic.

      Thinking about it later, I had to laugh because the warning stated we should stay indoors and seek shelter in a basement. Yeah, right – we are 30 feet up with no basement, just a deck with stairs to the back yard and another set of stairs to our front yard. Strangely enough, I felt completely unafraid. We don’t need no stinkin’ tornados!

      • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 7:39 pm #

        Having grown up in tornado country, it was usually not the massive downpours that heralded a tornado. It was a wind-less, eerily quiet, pea-green sky.

        Now there are “derechos” which I never heard of my entire time growing up. I suppose that sounds more dramatic than “rain storms” or “thunder showers.”

        Out here in Idaho, we have a LOT of what you describe, crazy rain or hail for 10 minutes then the sun comes out.

        • Paula D August 19, 2023 at 2:26 pm #

          Holy shit, Mary, a derecho is not a rain shower.
          We had one in 2009 and people STILL talk about it in hushed tones. I am not kidding, I just had a conversation about it in the grocery store the other day.

          I have never seen such damage in my life. It was scary as hell. At first they called it an inland hurricane, but then they changed it to derecho.
          I got the impression it’s a new phenomenon, although the squawking heads insist they’ve been around forever. I’m from California, so what do I know about that, but ordinary people around here say they’ve never seen or heard of such a thing before.

          But I got a new roof out of it, so there’s that.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

            It is definitely a new phenomenon (cough cough).

            There was one near my mom 3 years ago. Trees were uprooted and blowing down the street.

            These did not ever exist until the 2000s in that area, that I am aware of. I could research it more, I suppose.

            There was also a T-storm that was unbelievable there about 8 years ago that I was in town for. Holy crap. It was a 100 year flood, they said. And then it happened again like 2 years later.

      • Islander August 18, 2023 at 8:43 pm #

        We had a downpour at about one this afternoon. I was at the fair. The rain started slowly and I took shelter in the fiber tent. I ran into an acquaintance hwo was weaving, and we were having a nice conversation, when it started to rain very heavily. It was really pleasant, being in the large tent with the rain outside.

        I don’t agree that such downpours are something new. I can recall when I lived in NYC in the seventies and eighties standing under the overhang of a Midtown building and watching sheets of rain coming down. Rain you could drown in.
        It was summer.
        It had been very humid.
        The word “downpour” was not invented yesterday.

        • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 3:45 pm #

          No one was saying that heavy downpours are something new, Islander.

          We are talking about derechos, a term I never heard the entire time I was growing up, and only heard recently, in reference to weather in the midwest, to describe something that is akin to a hurricane.

          There were tornados, and T-storms. Some very violent ones. Not derechos (inland hurricanes, as Paula describes).

          • Paula D August 20, 2023 at 12:22 pm #

            We actually had a thunderstorm first.

            My husband dropped his car off and I was driving him back to work.
            A violent thunderstorm poured water on us, and I had to pull over, because the windshield wipers didn’t help, and I couldn’t see the road anyway because of the downpour.

            When it stopped we went home and turned on the TV and the weatherman told us it was all clear, so I took my husband to work.

            On my way home, the radio warned another storm was coming and we should take cover.

            That is when the derecho hit.

            Why couldn’t the weatherman see it on radar? Many people relied on that same guy that day, and everyone thought it was over, but it hadn’t even started yet.

    • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 8:25 pm #

      Actually, I think winter is the perfect time to oppress a country’s citizens.

      Most of this country is cold – damn cold! – during the winter. A little hike is natural gas, propane, and fuel oil prices – damn you Russia! – will bankrupt a lot of people (lazy “gimmes” should have got rich!) and even kill a few (surplus population anyway…). It is easier to harm people in the winter.

      But I don’t expect a climate lockdown – nobody gives a damn about the climate, and the few that do will lockdown for any reason their Masters demand, including yet another “deadly infectious disease”. I’m betting on the return of “Covid”, or whatever it was that Billy Gates told us was coming to kill all of us unvaxxed deplorables.

      There was a summer this year? Where??

      How do we have “global average temperatures” for the past 100,000 years? Or 10,000? Or 1,000? Or even 100? We don’t. And what does “global average temperature” even mean? It means whatever you want it to mean.

      We are told that the hurricane that (allegedly) toasted Maui is a harbinger of things to come as we useless eaters continue to demand the privilege of driving to our back-breaking thankless exploitative jobs, and heating our pathetic hovels in the winter. Meanwhile, a report commissioned by NOAA claims that due to “Anthropogenic Global Warming” the incidence of powerful hurricanes has decreased.

      Gaia is angry with us. You can tell by the way She only burns houses and cars, and not trees or grass…

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 11:38 am #

        Well said, BB.

  46. Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

    John, if you want to have a great big huff of Hopium, start watching at 18:00 of this:

    httpX://wwwDOTbitchuteDOTcom/video/5vm0n8iVc9SD/

    Derek Johnson explains the steps that DJT took in December 2020 to maintain continuity of government via the U.S. Space Force.

    Mr Johnson explains how DJT is still, to this very day, the U.S.’s Commander-in-Chief.

    We are watching mankind’s biggest sting operation ever.

    • cowbell81 August 18, 2023 at 5:17 pm #

      Why doesn’t Trump just use this as his primary defense against these crazy charges that are being brought against him down in Georgia?!? He needs to call up the reserves and declare war on the Deep State forces that are acting against him!

      • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 5:27 pm #

        What reserves are these?

        I do agree however that this will only be solved by direct confrontation.

        It is inevitable when one side is psychopathic.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 5:30 pm #

        Former President Donald Trump, who has been recently indicted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on a range of criminal charges relating to his attempts to “alter Georgia’s 2020 election results,” is set to fight back to prove the “witch hunt” of a decision is “politically motivated” and “wrong.”

        The top Republican presidential candidate announced that he will be defending his stance that the 2020 election was rigged in a press conference to be held on Monday, Aug. 21, in response to a decision that indicted him and 18 others on “racketeering charges.” According to a post on his social media platform Truth Social, he is going to present a large, complex, detailed but irrefutable report on the presidential election fraud which took place in Georgia.

        Monday.

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 6:19 pm #

        Everything had to be performed 100% legally and by-the-book. Anything looking like DJT deployed troops for a military coup in the USA would not do. Wokesters’ heads would have exploded.

        DJT and his generals have indeed completed everything legally and by-the-book and Derek Johnson, starting at the 18:00 mark [

        httpX://wwwDOTbitchuteDOTcom/video/5vm0n8iVc9SD/ ],

        is great at explaining it. He understands military law and military customs very well.

        The White Hats are waking the sheeple up now as this new day begins. The revelations of grift (both sides of the isle), child sex trafficking and andrenochrome harvesting, Epstein, Ukraine, Lahaina, East Palestine, etc.) are for breakfast. Wake-up and smell the coffee!

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 7:57 pm #

          “Wokesters’ heads would have exploded.”

          And that’s a bad thing? I’d gladly take that over what we have now: the never-ending Trump distraction.

          • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 8:08 pm #

            Seriously.

            The Qanon White Hats have had 3 years to “save us.”

            Nada.

            That they believe the military is on Trump’s side is even funnier.

        • Blackbird August 18, 2023 at 7:59 pm #

          “Wokesters’ heads would have exploded.”

          That’s a bad thing? I’d gladly take that over what we have now: the never-ending Trump distraction.

          • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 9:43 pm #

            The White Hats believe that that would be a bad thing. They believe that the public must be slowly awakened to best transition to where we are going.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 3:47 pm #

            LOL.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:28 pm #

            Yeah, the Clusterfuck gremlin got me.

  47. Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 6:13 pm #

    “History will look back on this sordid episode as the moment America became a fully-fledge banana republic…

    ‘There Won’t Be Time for FOUR Trump Trials Before 2024 Election’”

    https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1692103717380673988

    Patrick is spot on, as so often.

  48. WadeWaters August 18, 2023 at 6:14 pm #

    There’s an excellent interview with Jim Willie at

    Arcadia Economics. Well worth your time.

    • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 7:01 pm #

      httpX://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-uG5sovDA

      • WadeWaters August 18, 2023 at 8:45 pm #

        When I try to post the web address I get

        “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

        But it never posts. Odd…

        • DaveO907 August 18, 2023 at 9:33 pm #

          Switch it to httpx from https.
          Some are able to get the https to post, but it is rare.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 12:03 am #

            All you need is:
            youtube.com/watch?v=Ax-uG5sovDA

            Forget the HTTP and the WWW.

            Copy and Paste

  49. izzy August 18, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

    As has become painfully obvious with the Covid debacle, no amount of bad news will sway the true believers.
    Eating the young and abandoning the weak has a long precedent in the animal kingdom.
    Our psychopathic overlords are catching on.

  50. Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 6:46 pm #

    The criminals already have a book out about the Maui “natural disaster”

    “Sorry. I know how long it takes to write a book. What is going on.”

    https://twitter.com/Fynnderella1/status/1691475112308916224

    As so often, you could not make this shit up.

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    • Night Owl August 18, 2023 at 6:47 pm #

      Best comment in the thread:

      “With efficiency like this, one could assume that soon, we might be able to create billions of vaccines before the disease presents itself.”

    • GreenAlba August 18, 2023 at 7:12 pm #

      I posted on this on the previous thread. First to point it out, then to retract and conclude it was a hoax, which is what I think it is. There’s already been at least one article pointing out that the ‘conspiracy theorists’ are inventing stuff about Maui, based on this ‘book’ (when I checked the ‘look inside’ function, there was no book, only a cover).

      hitc.com/en-gb/2023/08/16/fire-and-fury-story-of-2023-maui-fire-dr-miles-stones-amazon-book-sparks-wild-conspiracy-theories/

      I expect this ‘book’ to turn up in all the usual fact checking and anti-‘conspiracy’ sites, including Marianna Spring’s BBC Verify. Just another psyop.

      • GreenAlba August 18, 2023 at 7:16 pm #

        Even UKC mentioned the book, wondering how it could be published so quickly. So far I seem to be the only one to consider it a psyop, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

        • MaryQueen August 18, 2023 at 7:42 pm #

          The PTB I’m sure knew that many astute people would not be buying the Official Story, and so have to make sure that they make BIG FOOLS of those people. This strikes me as a phishing expedition, they set it up to see who’d bite – or they put it out there in a limited fashion until someone noticed it.

          • DaveO907 August 19, 2023 at 7:51 pm #

            I’m with you, MQ.
            “Flood the airwaves with as much ludicrous crap as possible, as soon as possible.” Look! Over there!
            The first impression it made has occupied how many millions of inch column spaces already?
            “Cluck, cluck, cluck…”

          • Night Owl August 20, 2023 at 6:48 pm #

            It was quite real.

            https://gizmodo.com/ai-book-about-maui-wildfire-pulled-from-amazon-1850751250

            The fact that you went back to cover your tracks is funny though.

          • MaryQueen August 20, 2023 at 7:54 pm #

            What part of “this strikes me as” doesn’t compute, N.O.?

        • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:49 am #

          GA, yes, it is much like Schwab’s book on “Covid” and the Great Reset.

          Ready to go just as the show got rolling.

          • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 3:48 pm #

            No, this is not the same thing.

            The fake book appears to be a hoax.

            The Great Reset is not a hoax, it’s an actual plan.

          • Night Owl August 19, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

            “Appears to”

            Thank you for setting us straight on the matter.

            Perhaps Elon Musk can find out for us.

  51. KesaAnna August 18, 2023 at 6:59 pm #

    ” Some parents don’t realize that mandatory education is essentially kidnapping. ”

    — Zazelle

    Ugh.

    Granted , I’m sure many people really are that retarded .

    But I’m sure a great many are not.

    Here’s a hypothetical for you ;

    A 30 – year old walks in off the street and says to your 8 year old,

    ” Hi , my name is Jerry , what is yours ? Let’s get to know each other ! And let me buy you a candy bar and a new dress. ”

    Typically these days a person has no trouble in such a case of grasping the concept that nobody does anything for nothing.

    ( Indeed , they will even doggedly assert this principle even when , in fact , ten years later , the 30 year old never spent 4 minutes alone with the 8 year old , and never attempted to , and never laid a finger on the kid . Indeed , you learn the 30 year old was in a catastrophic automobile accident , one result of which was the person was rendered a eunuch , and so is about as interested in kinky sex as they are in calculus.

    Never the less —- )

    But where a politician , a teacher , a social worker , a social justice warrior , the Karen on your street , an abstract voter ,

    — who doesn’t even know your kid — because they never tried to get to know your kid — beceause they DON’T WANT TO —

    — evinces a concern about the welfare of your 8 year old ,

    the concept that nobody does anything for nothing never crosses ones mind ?

    ……………

    A curiosity of CFN is that I dare say the very reason the average person is a regular on CFN is that they DO see that the Super state is not working , is not going to work , is in terminal decline.

    Yet the average CFN regular is a Statist.

    And the curious part is they are Statist by choice , and cognizant of it.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 2:54 am #

      I’ll catch this under the next article.

  52. beantownbill. August 18, 2023 at 7:08 pm #

    If Trump is arrested, convicted and jailed before the election it would not sit well with the public, and I believe he would win the presidency. Then he could pardon himself (?). Or, another Republican could get elected, then pardon Trump. If anything happened to him while jailed, and even if a patsy could be found ala Oswald, there’d be a revolution such that the US would collapse.

    There’s a precedent for this sort of thing. When Nixon resigned, Ford pardoned him. After laying low for a few years, he began making appearances on TV and came to be respected as a foreign affairs elder statesman. The media, which formerly hated him (it was mutual), loved to have him on as a commentator when a shitstorm in another land occurred.

    So the Donald could still be in the picture even if he loses or gets convicted.

    BTW, I couldn’t stand Nixon, but after what’s been happening since then, I have a different picture of him now.

    • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 7:47 pm #

      Nixon de-pegged the US$ from gold in 1971. That made it pure fiat. That alone makes his administration a catastrophic failure, imho.

      • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 12:06 am #

        Yup, one of the most destructive Presidents ever. Set us inexorably on the path to rule by the Plutocrats.

        But – in my opinion – probably the last legitimate (as in elected by the voters) President.

        We win at losing.

        • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:34 am #

          But as Ely says, he made the trains run on time (Restored order. Deployed the National Guard to break the Black rioters – with live ammunition when necessary)

          • KesaAnna August 19, 2023 at 3:36 am #

            drove Whites into bankruptcy in slow motion…..

          • KesaAnna August 19, 2023 at 3:37 am #

            so you wind up sharing a cell with the Nigga with a bad attitude anyway…..

          • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:38 pm #

            Agree. “Opening China” – in fact he opened us up to them far more than the other way around.

            Yes, he opened China for our Elite so they could offshore our industrial base.

            The purest Idiocy of all.

        • JohnAZ August 19, 2023 at 10:56 am #

          Hmmm

          Maybe the legacy of Nov. 22, 1963 was hanging over the WH, and probably still does.

      • JohnAZ August 19, 2023 at 10:55 am #

        The unplugging of the gold standard was a surrender to the liberal forces in the government that the guns and butter doctrines of the LBJ generation of Dems were going to define the USA of the future.

        The result of the increase in the percentage of fiat money and the start of the explosion of the National Debt are almost solely the result of the welfare state, the legacy of the Boomer Hippy group, the first organized gimmes.

      • elysianfield August 19, 2023 at 2:58 pm #

        Zonk, Bird, John, Jerek, et al;

        Perspective, please. Nixon excoriated because he opened China and removed gold backing from the dollar? 50 years. For many, a life time. When Nixon opened China, it was a massive fillip to the nose of our then enemy, the Soviet Union. A masterful stroke of diplomacy and International gamesmanship. When he removed the gold backing from our currency, it was to maintain the lifestyle of the American people…and it did so, admirably. You are well fed, own some wealth perhaps. Were you unhappy when gas was 39 cents a gallon in the US, when, in Italy, they were paying almost $4.00? Rib steaks were less than a buck a pound, when the vast majority of the world could never afford the same? Did you take vacations? Do you own a home? Did you own a vehicle as a youth?

        For the most part, we have lived as kings. 50 years…nothing is forever, and yet you complain? China is Nixon’s fault? Fiat currency debasement is Nixon’s fault? He was masterful, and he did what he did for the American people.

        Who would be a better role model of what a President could or should do?

        Carter? What did he do for the American people…give away the Panama Canal?

        Bush Senior? His was the first mention I recall of the “New World Order”.

        Clinton? Naaaaafta. Fucked us all and left us with a hot case of venereal disease.

        Trump tried.

        • Dr Zonk August 19, 2023 at 6:31 pm #

          Yes, fiat currency debasement by removing US$’s peg to gold in 1971 was, most assuredly, Nixon’s fault.

          I agree that we did live good times racking up this mountain of debt (paying for real imported things with conjured digits) but that’s hardly something to brag about. And especially now that the repo man eyes the cars in our suburban-sprawl driveway.

          • DaveO907 August 19, 2023 at 8:00 pm #

            With nobody well-off enough to buy them except as maybe lots of ten or so. Somebody take these goddam things off my hands moan the banks… What banks, you ask? The Big 3, the Only Three? (maybe) Could just be JPMC left. Poetic. American poetic that the Rockefellers always get what they wanted in the first place.

            This doesn’t end well. We’ll see what it looks like when the new dawn arrives, those of us who survive whatever’s coming at nightfall.

          • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:34 pm #

            I was gonna say the same thing, just in different words. Something about balloons and 50 years of hot air maybe. Now I don’t have to.

            Welcome back.

          • elysianfield August 19, 2023 at 10:07 pm #

            “This doesn’t end well”

            Dave,
            What does end well? In the end, the Universe hurls towards chaos..

            In the end, we all, eventually die. No monetary system, no political system, no culture, ended well. In recorded human history, please give me an example of a happy ending (other than one paid for down at the strip mall).

            We paid for the ticket, and now we will take the ride.

            …In my own circumstance, it was a pretty good ride.

          • elysianfield August 19, 2023 at 10:15 pm #

            A pretty good ride, AND I thank Richard Milhouse Nixon for the relative quality of life I have lived. Those of you who blame Nixon, please let me know which president YOU give credit to for the prosperity you enjoyed.

            Oh, and give us an example of any country in the world that currently has a gold backed currency (yeah, I know of the Gresham’s law argument)

          • Jarek August 20, 2023 at 1:16 pm #

            The Germans had all their gold stolen at Versailles – yet they still enacted the economic miracle of National Socialism. What assets did they have? Broad shoulders, big brains, and the German work ethic.

            You don’t need gold, you need grain and the the human qualities listed above.

    • WadeWaters August 18, 2023 at 8:49 pm #

      Compared to the shenanigans of the Clintons, Bush Jr., and the

      Obamas, Watergate looks like a mere frat boy prank. Like a panty raid

      perhaps.

      • Blackbird August 19, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

        A panty raid with Nixon left wearing the panties, and chained to a tree with the chain through the panties.

        And they called it a limited hangout.

  53. malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:21 pm #

    It was 109°F the day that family went hiking.
    OK I was off by 9 degrees.

    smart people lacking common sense.

    • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 11:34 am #

      I see people riding their bikes here in 104 degree heat. I don’t get it. It’s beyond stupid.

  54. messianicdruid August 18, 2023 at 7:22 pm #

    “On the future battlefield, human thoughts may well be channeled to AI software or to robots, with information transferred back from sensors and machines directly to the human brain. Ultimately, humans and machines could collaborate cognitively and seamlessly—to think together.”

    Cyborg conspiracy coming your way.

    • GreenAlba August 19, 2023 at 6:18 am #

      Definitely a conspiracy, not a conspiracy theory.

  55. malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:26 pm #

    HOW MANY HERE THINK LAHINA WAS ARSONED?

    Dr Zonk thinks collapse, Very soon, methinks.

    then what? chaos? UBI? Eyescan money? depop???

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    • malthuss August 18, 2023 at 7:28 pm #

      Lahaina

      • Dr Zonk August 18, 2023 at 7:49 pm #

        All of the above.

    • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:35 am #

      The Police chief of Maui was the incident commander at the Las Vegas massacre. What are the chances of that?

      • MaryQueen August 19, 2023 at 11:30 am #

        Really? We should not be surprised. Remember Leana Wen? Just happened to be a doctor ‘in the know’ interviewed at the Boston Marathon “bombing,” then ended up being the go-to ‘expert’ for the Covid19 hoax.

        These people are stupid for playing these parts, though. One slip and they’re toast. It’s like being a soldier in the mafia.

  56. KesaAnna August 18, 2023 at 9:06 pm #

    ” I just love collapse. ”

    — Zazelle

    I went to New Orleans one month after Hurricane Katrina hit , and was there until March.

    Granted , I was not there for four possible critical weeks of the immediate aftermath .

    I’m not a resident of New Orleans , I’m not invested in the country , I’m not married , I don’t have children.

    Those could all be factors that play into it critically ?

    And my experience in New Orleans was a loooooong story , and I have to abbreviate.

    But where it said on TV that a place with hardly functioning , or plain not functioning , government was a human horror beyond the pale ,

    my actual experience was that it was one of the happiest and most tranquil periods in my life.

    How to convey it ?

    Well , its like gun rights advocates will typically tell you that gun rights are needed because when someone tries to kill you or rape you there is never a cop around.

    And I agree.

    But then in the next breathe they will say that without the police around the sky would fall because ……….

    …. well …… they just told you themselves that there is never a cop around when you need one , anyway.

    So , the hurricane hits and the police presence evaporates and / or the police still present have much more pressing matters to attend to .

    The horror !

    ?

    We just established that if somebody tries to kill you or rape you the police won’t be there , and that was before the hurricane , when there were dozens of them standing around on the payroll.

    So you miss being fined 500 dollars for a fifty cent expired sticker ?

    You miss being jacked around like a fucking dog over stupid shit , because they got nothing better to do ?

    And I’m not just picking on the police here either.

    You could say the exact same thing about the Karen bitch down the street.

    Who sics the police dogs on you after all ?

    But now Miss Busy – body has more pressing concerns than excessively pedantic inquiries into trivial bullshit that she doesn’t really care about anyway.

    And it wasn’t just the absence of negatives , either.

    Here was a giant city , but to a large extent the tone was Little House on the Prairie.

    It seemed that with everyone in the shit house , for once being a dick
    wasn’t premium .

    When some have indoor plumbing , and some don’t , I suppose it causes divisions.

    But when nobody has indoor plumbing ? Yeah , somehow harder to be a dick.

    Granted , these are gross simplifications , but as I said , it’s a long story.

    It will have to suffice , or not , to say , as I said , that what they called a disaster was one of the happiest periods of my life.

    • SoftStarLight August 19, 2023 at 4:18 am #

      Yes. Deprivation is an equalizer. And sometimes it is good that everyone is made equal. It is easier to relate. But then that also seems to miss the point. That point that the cosmos seems to hammer home. That you and i and he are each very unequal and disparate. And to the extent that inequality is natural it seems as if there is a law that comes to enforce some structure for that. And therein lies your issue with the busy body Karen bitch down the street who always reads your tea leaves. One must sufficiently understand. The rules are not made for you. You are made for the rules.

      • KesaAnna August 19, 2023 at 4:48 am #

        Theologically ,

        True.

        Problem is , you aren’t God.

        And you aren’t offering any happy hunting ground.

        As far as implications of some sort of natural law is concerned ,

        it seems to me that what I saw demonstrated was that Katrina ,

        Mother Nature , God , however you wish to frame it ,

        didn’t seem to give a fuck about your dictatorship anymore than I do.

        If anything , less so.

        • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 7:56 am #

          “Theologically ,

          True.

          Problem is , you aren’t God.”

          Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’[a]? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came — and Scripture cannot be set aside — what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

          You don’t have to be GOD to extend His promises to your brethren.

          “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise belongs to you and your children and to all who are far off [ includes us ] to all whom the Lord our God will call to Himself.” With many other words he testified, and he urged them, “Be saved from this corrupt generation”

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 8:58 am #

            Hint: the “gift” is not the HS, it is that which is given by the Holy Spirit.

          • Anthea August 19, 2023 at 1:18 pm #

            @ messianicdruid:

            Excellent scriptural quotes. Lots to unpack there.

          • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

            A hint is my best.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 4:45 am #

            Quote that sort of thing to the adults who were abused as children in the Church-State-controlled orphanages up here in so-called Canada.

        • SoftStarLight August 19, 2023 at 3:19 pm #

          Thank you for the theological discussions. Precisely because “didn’t seem to give a fuck about your dictatorship anymore than I do” do I have the energies and wherewithal to continue as stated. Concern and care are construed as dictatorship in the anarchy of your mind. Very familiar with the grass is greener mentality. But you care about the things you talk about it so your argument is not convincing me. If it wasn’t for Karen bitch and the police dogs you wouldn’t have an argument and an essay to begin with. Right. You’re welcome.

          • Dr Zonk August 19, 2023 at 6:39 pm #

            Concern and care are construed as dictatorship in the anarchy of your mind.

            I’m not choosing a side … but that is truly brilliant writing. I really enjoy that sentence. Thank you.

          • SoftStarLight August 19, 2023 at 6:52 pm #

            lol you’re welcome, Doctor

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 3:28 am #

            Mental anarchy in dealing with the dictatorship of the laws of physics seems about as advisable as a lobotomy in conforming to the dictatorship of a State.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 3:31 am #

            Naturally, philosophical and practical anarchy are not to be confused with some sort of casual armchair diagnosis one might call ‘anarchy of the mind’.

          • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 3:34 am #

            We can leave those kinds of diagnoses with those who might have more of a religious bent.

          • SoftStarLight August 20, 2023 at 2:46 pm #

            Should I have used the term chaos instead of anarchy? The intention was not to denigrate the concept of anarchy, in and of itself. The intention was to communicate that there appears to be disordered thinking. Or perhaps simple misconceptions. At least in some instances.

      • messianicdruid August 19, 2023 at 7:48 am #

        “The rules are not made for you. You are made for the rules.”

        “During the high priesthood of Abiathar, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which was lawful only for the priests. And he gave some to his companions as well.” Then Jesus declared, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

        God Bless America is a prayer that He will use the Law to turn us from our sins [ 1John 3:4 ] and restore our blessings. The Law is a tool, a servant that should not be worshipped, only appreciated.

        • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:47 pm #

          In the movie The Last Wave, an Abo murder suspect is given a lawyer who asks him, Surely a man is more important than the Law?

          The Abo shakes his head, No the Law is more important than any man’s life.

          Jarek: For what is a man without the Law? With it, within it, he is Man. Without it, outside of it, he is man, man the creature. And then, since this isn’t his proper estate, he becomes less than even that.

          The Aborigine obeyed tribal Law and killed a member of his tribe who disrespected the Law by revealing tribal secrets to outsiders.

          But Yes! In the higher sense, the Law was made for Man – in order to keep him as Man. King David says it best, You have written your law upon our hearts, Oh Lord.

      • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 4:39 am #

        That point that the cosmos seems to hammer home. That you and i and he are each very unequal and disparate.” ~ SoftStarLight

        Yes and no.
        I mean, for one, we have symbiosis and for another, to talk about a bee being unequal to a flower is just plain silly.

        • SoftStarLight August 20, 2023 at 2:51 pm #

          Ok, but you did understand the point that I was trying to get to.

  57. KesaAnna August 18, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

    For those who weren’t in New Orleans —

    When the Covid bullshit hit , the Catholic Church did the usual ” Me too ” thing.

    ( Which has only worked disastrously for it for 500 years now in my opinion. )

    Social distancing , masks , the whole panoply of shear nonsense.

    ( To me the real irony is that IF IT HAD BEEN A REAL PANDEMIC all this shit would have still been pointless nonsense.

    Read Daniel Defoe’s ” Journal of the Plague Year. ”

    What stops a pandemic ?

    Nothing. )

    Everyone went along of course —- supposedly.

    The curious fact was , though , that attendance went from 30 people to 3 , and tithing of course dropped through the floor.

    We have endless lectures and pearl – clutching in the church over how to arrest the decline ,

    and every ” new ” idea in my opinion just a doubling – down on what we are already doing.

    Whether you agree with my opinion or not , though , the observable reality is that things get no better , or even get worse ,

    no matter how much you double – down.

    Anyway , as I said attendance fell catastrophically , and the tithe wouldn’t buy one cheeseburger.

    So what they did —

    — actually STOPPED DOING ,

    was pushing the bullshit.

    Things promptly improved.

    Granted , we are a long way from 1960’s 75 % church attendance.

    But the whole , ” We better do something ! ” — shtick was a fucking disaster.

    …..

    Well , I guess most folks on CFN aren’t Catholics either ?

    Hmmmm …..

    Didn’t you ENJOY that long moment when ten thousand assholes came to the realization that the Covid / pandemic / masking monkey buiseness made them look like Jack asses ,

    and instead of it being another way to fuck you over , they were slitting their own throats ?

    I certainly enjoyed it.

    Another happy moment in my life.

    • Jarek August 19, 2023 at 1:49 pm #

      It was said to be another Eden. Black and White began to work together to rebuild their city. Then they were all summarily fired. The Mexicans had showed up from all over the continental United States and beyond.

    • The Man They Call Zazelle August 20, 2023 at 3:18 am #

      The Church or Churches appear as just other forms of attempts at social control, of coercive government, like kings and queens too.

      Given this, I’m unsure the whole scripture quoting nonsense seen hereon is understood, at least certainly not in a care and concern for people, except as yet another tokenism/virtue signal and in the interest of social control/engineering.

      “Neo-feudalism or new feudalism is the contemporary rebirth of policies of governance, economy, and public life, reminiscent of those which were present in many feudal societies. Such aspects include, but are not limited to: Unequal rights and legal protections for common people and for nobility, dominance of societies by small and powerful elite groups of society, and relations of lordship and serfdom between the elite and the people.” ~ Wikipedia

  58. edpell August 19, 2023 at 12:07 am #

    Now that the war in Ukraine is over the US needs a new war.

    How about KSA, Iran, Qatar?

    • KesaAnna August 19, 2023 at 3:15 am #

      Yeah ,

      one reason why , though I have been a fan of the Russian Army my whole life ,

      I never even bothered with putting a Russian flag in my yard.

      What will happen — this has happened how many times now just since Vietnam ? —

      the story will drop to page 14 , or even disappear entirely .

      And even the folks who presumably despise Biden , or Bush , or who the fuck ever , will never the less follow the exact same line and quit talking about it.

      And first think tomorrow morning they will go out and do the exact same thing again somewhere else.

      If I put a flag in my yard every time the U.S. government does a Vietnam or a Ukraine , my yard would look like the fucking United Nations.

      Perhaps the most irritating thing is all these folks who , next time it happens , will make out like it is something new and unusual.

      Bullshit !

      Same fucking headlines as 50 years ago.

      ” Loooooooong Emergency ” is right.

      • JohnAZ August 19, 2023 at 10:40 am #

        Maybe the correct flag, representing the dominant characters in perverted US, might be the rainbow flag.

    • KesaAnna August 19, 2023 at 3:30 am #

      How about China ?

      That is a pattern too.

      Remember the encore for the Bay of Pigs was Vietnam.

      If at first you don’t succeed in fucking up , try , try again until you do.

      Come to think of it , I wonder why Kunstler hasn’t compared the U.S. government to drug addicts ?

      It’s an obvious comparison in behavior and modus operandi.

      But , ” Ain’t that America ” like the song line says.