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—Millard Fillmore, 13th POTUS, born this day, 1800

France has its Yellow Vests. Here in USA, we have a few poor shlubs hoisting the “Going Out of Business” signs on the highway in front of the K-Mart. The store in my little flyover town in upstate New York announced that it would shutter in March, and the sign-hoisting shlubs appeared out on Route 29 the first Saturday in January, an apt kick-off to a nervous new year. K-Mart’s parent company, Sears, is moving into liquidation, meaning anything that’s not nailed down must be converted into cash to pay off its creditors.

The store’s closing is viewed as both an injury and an insult to the town. There just isn’t anywhere else to buy a long list of ordinary goods, from dish-towels to tennis balls without a 17-mile journey west, which means an hour behind the wheel coming-and-going, plus whatever time you spend picking stuff up inside. And, of course, many people in town feel that this is just another way of Wall Street saying “…you deplorable, pathetic, tapped-out, drug-addled, tattoo-bedizened yokels are not worthy of a K-Mart….”

The K-Mart occupied the better part of a small strip mall at the edge of town, which also boasts a Dollar Store, which appears to sell stuff that fell off a truck. There’s another, newer strip mall beyond it with a supermarket, a drug store, and a Tractor Supply outlet that probably stole a lot of K-Mart’s business after opening a few years ago. There’s much speculation about what’ll go into Kmart’s soon-to-be vacant space, about 80,000 square feet of crappy tilt-up construction not far from the end of its design life, with a flat roof that has groaned under heavy snow loads for four decades. Nobody I talked to has a clue.

Probably not Neiman Marcus, for starters. I’m thinking: maybe an evangelical roller rink. It’s too big for a wig shop, or a motorcycle thug-wear boutique, the usual bottom-feeders in the declension of commercial collapse. More likely, nothing will replace it. The national chain retail model has fallen apart, along with new car sales. Something is up in this foundering land, despite all the heraldic trumpet blasts on cable news about the “booming economy.”

What’s up is the international implosion of the bad debt, and the fading illusion that it doesn’t matter. It has any number of ways to express itself, from store closings, to dissolving pensions, to stock market instability, to divorce, homelessness, and war. It’s what you get from a hyper-financialized economy that doesn’t really produce wealth but only steals it from somewhere else. It’s not the fault of “capitalism,” which, in theory just stands for the management of a society’s savings. America doesn’t save, it borrows. Zero interest rates made savings a mug’s game, and zero interest rates were necessary to extend the borrowing far beyond the credible boundaries of repayment. Debt isn’t capital, it just pretends to be for a period of time. Wall Street made its trillions off the time-value of that pretense and now time is up.

Even in the hardship economy we’re sailing into, people will need to buy and sell things and it is very hard to see how that fundamental process of exchange might be reorganized going forward. Back in the 1990s I attended many a town meeting (in many towns) where chain stores applied for permits to set-up operations. It was often contentious. There was always a contingent of locals — organized by the chains themselves — waving placards that said “We Want Bargain Shopping.” And there were the short-sighted town officials drooling over the real estate tax “ratables” that chain stores represented. Their adversaries feared that their locally-owned Main Street businesses would be killed, and that was exactly what happened, in very short order. You could see it coming from a thousand miles away. Now the Big Boxes are going down. Boo Hoo….

What will emerge out of the current disorder? Perhaps Generations X-Y-and-Z will recognize an opportunity to go into business — as an alternative to purchasing a degree in gender studies for $200,000 (at 6 percent interest). There will be lots of opportunities, even in a world with generally less shopping. But it may require a deeper collapse to sweep away the impediments, both practical and mental, before that awareness turns to action.


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  1. Neon Vincent January 7, 2019 at 10:00 am #

    I was wondering when you would get around to writing about the Retail Apocalypse as a topic worthy of its own post. I’m glad to see that you did. I’m especially glad that you paid attention to the demise of KMart. As I’ve mentioned in your comment section before, Sears gets nearly all the attention, while KMart is usually an afterthought.

    Speaking of the Retail Apocalypse, people are now asking if is JCPenney the next Sears. Their stock fell below $1.00, making JCPenney a penny stock. That may not affect you and your neighbors, but it will hit people in the cities and bigger towns as more stores close.

    Finally, if we want to see what a country, society, and economy look like in full collapse, there is always the bad example of Venezuela. We seem to be a long way from that, but I’m sure other readers will think the journey is shorter than it looks from here.

    • Wxtwxtr January 7, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Venezuela’s journey was shockingly fast. As was Cuba’s, even faster. Did not realize until Molyneux’s interview #4108 just how much of a first world country Cuba was in the late 50’s.
      youtu.be/KdKJ-jHU2UE

      • Tate January 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm #

        And Cuba’s revolution couldn’t have happened without the invaluable support of the NYTimes. Castro & Che acknowledged this. Castro even awarded a bronze medal to the NYTimes for their help in suppressing the truth about the Cuban gulag & burnishing the image of Castro’s Marxist revolution on that island.

        In the video, the interviewee talks about ‘los resentidos’, the resentful ones. These are the people who fuel resentment in any prosperous society, ever-present & ever-ready to bring down the existing order. I have mentioned before that these people, who are identical with the ‘Left’ are composed of three elements. 1.) the unassimilable ethnics 2.) the sexual deviants & 3.) the unsuccessful children of privilege.

        • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

          Ya there was a sympathetic reporter by the name of Mathewson I believe, friend of Hemingway, covered the Spanish Civil War and was bitterly disappointed — as so many leftists were, worldwide — when the Republicans lost. He thought he could succeed in Cuba where he had failed in Spain.

          Brh

    • gonetohell January 7, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

      I wonder if you realize that Kmart and Sears are the same retail outfit? Headed up by corporate blood sucking vulture and part-time hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert. He’s spent the last several years loading up Sears/Kmart with debt provided by his hedge fund so he could sell the companies assets to pay the loans back. I believe his hedge fund has actually taken over much of Sears real estate lying underneath its stores so as to rent it back. Of course layoffs have continued unabated for the chain while this putrid excuse for a human continues to fatten his wallet.

  2. PeteAtomic January 7, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    thanks Jim.

    I too, have watched this cycle unfold out in the provinces. I’ve got a lot of memories of “Came-A-Part”, which is closing now in my town, too. For a long time here it was on a kind of zombie retail setting; only partially stocked, hangars full of women’s clothing dumped on the floor in heaps, and only a couple of stragglers working the cash registers.

    It’s also hard to see what will replace it, if anything. It was married to a strip mall which has a Chinese buffet, a hair dresser’s, a skateboard shop, a dollar store, another locally run ‘bargain’ store (which is also going out of business), and neighborhood post office.

    Other parts of the neighborhood have had a kind of renaissance. An old warehouse & Port/industrial is now a number of breweries, a distillery, several outerwear clothing manufacturers, and a good BBQ restaurant, among other things. All of these enterprises are all locally run & employed businesses. So, that’s on the up note.

    • shotho January 7, 2019 at 10:23 am #

      Yes, it’s always good to look for hope. But, debbie downer as usual, what kind of economy can be built on breweries, distilleries and BBQ? Maybe better than the preceding one, for all I know.

      • DrTomSchmidt January 7, 2019 at 10:47 am #

        Don’t knock it. Remember, when you manufacture something or make a product, you actually create TWO things: the product itself, and the working knowledge to create the product. By making things again (and barbecue really is a form of manufacturing: turning tough, otherwise hard-to-tolerate cuts of meat into God’s own food by applying time and skill), these small, local businesses re-eastablish a knowledge-creating part of the economy.

        You don’t learn anything when you buy all your stuff from elsewhere. The fault in the neoliberal consensus that we should export our manufacturing economy to China was that it valued production knowledge at 0. The production know-how is probably MORE valuable than the actual products created.

        • Wxtwxtr January 7, 2019 at 10:56 am #

          A slide rule can even teach (an interested) math illiterate how to use it. Our calculators and fondle slabs are “bricked” when the battery dies, even temporarily.

        • JimInFlorida January 8, 2019 at 10:26 am #

          DrTomSchmidt,
          The Iranians definitely learned that lesson. They went from being a puppet of the U.S to a much more self-sufficient nation. They make everything in house that can practically be made. Iran has it’s own small military-industrial complex and is one of the very few nations that builds its own submarines.

          Most importantly, Iran now has a HIGHLY trained and educated workforce. Plus, a huge assortment of supporting industries and services. Assets that cannot be taken away, sanctioned, or embargoed. One of many reasons why (((THEY))) and their quislings in Washington constantly demonize Iran.

          • DrTomSchmidt January 9, 2019 at 10:41 am #

            I did not know that. Do you have a link on a worthwhile study of it? It’s something called Jacobs Externalities, and I find examples fascinating.

          • S M Tenneshaw January 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

            So emigrate.

      • PeteAtomic January 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        .” But, debbie downer as usual, what kind of economy can be built on breweries, distilleries and BBQ? Maybe better than the preceding one, for all I know.”

        An appropriate and realistic economy of scale for the area.

        well Shotho, for one– the BBQ place is run by a couple who buy locally produced meat & vegetables. So that money goes right back to the local economy. The money the producers gets allows them to own more cattle and grow more vegetables, and hopefully employ more local people. As far as I understand with the brewers, they buy and use many local/regional products as well.

        The area all of these businesses inhabit were run down ex-retail or ex-light industrial buildings– particularly for a brewery, which needs larger spaces to do their work.

        The beer is really quite excellent. bentpaddlebrewing.com/

      • Anon1970 January 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

        During US Prohibition, Samuel Bronfman became the wealthiest man in Canada by supplying bootleg liquor to thirsty Americans.

        • SpeedyBB January 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm #

          Kindly do not neglect to mention Joe Kennedy, Anon1970. He was reported to have fast speedboats that shuttled firewater down from Canada, making good money in collaboration with some quite naughty fellows of colorful ethnic backgrounds.

          …who would help his son become President and then, when feeling double-crossed, help give him the old whackeroo.

          Goes round, goes round.

    • Wxtwxtr January 7, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      The Walmart nearby on the edge of both the barrio and gentrification / urban densification also suffers that neglect. Although I haven’t been in there in a couple years, and a decade for Sears or Kmart.

      On the other hand, if two nearby Home Depots close, it’s a national emergency! 🙂

    • DocBerg January 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

      The K Mart in Rockford, Illinois has closed, and the word is that it will be occupied by a U-Haul franchise. Since an airliner a day are leaving this doomed state, I can confidently predict that this will be a gold mine for U-Haul.

  3. Phutatorius January 7, 2019 at 10:05 am #

    Not much snow in that photo; not much here in my part of the rustbelt either. A bit of discarded litter in front of the sign. Subject matter for a water color?

  4. trolleybill January 7, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    Maybe a inconvenience for some but if people work they probably do near shopping. The point I’m making is that were a convenient orientated society. I see people buy lots of overpriced items at every Gas-n-Go mostly of the beverage and snack variety but other items. Being about the same age as Jim I recall growing up in Cleveland were the corner hardware store handled housewares and sporting equipment in the 1950’s – 60’s and their was another one 400 feet away and a Drug Store next to that one which sold lots of non pharmaceutical items even a snack bar and a TV tube tester. The few other stores were a butcher shop, bakery and a fruit stand in between a mix of a few houses. We also had a milk man that had other items and a bread man. I’m sure some entrepreneur who just wants to earn a living could fill the needs. I bought all my furniture on line when I retired a few years ago and buy lots but understand the frustration of needing a small item but are 12 miles away. Imagine that’s why the back to the land folks back in my youth never made it.

  5. shotho January 7, 2019 at 10:19 am #

    This is one of the saddest of Mr. K’s missives. End of an era always causes sadness and anxiety.
    Perhaps concern should now focus on what comes next, not that we can really do much about it. Stay alert and focus on what we can do to help ourselves and our neighbors to cope with immediate necessities. Life is good and so is hope.

    • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      I do believe that there is a reason that hope rhymes with dope shotho, but do not let this idea lead you to believe that I am touting hopelessness because I am not. If a fellow comes up to you on the street and punches you in the guts, knocking you to the ground, you can lie there and hope that he does shoot you next. As he pulls your pants around your ankles you can hope that he does not do what you think he is going to do next, and after he does you can hope that you don’t get a disease and die from it. Hope can be dope, no doubt.

      The way to avoid the above series of events is to learn to recognize the approach of such possibilities and take evasive action to avoid them. That, from what I gather, is the purpose in what folks like James Howard Kunstler and those of us that speak similarly do. We may not be able to save the sinking ship, but we can have hope that we will be fairly well prepared to abandon ship in a way that may save our lives later.

      • ozone January 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

        Thanks for that walk-through on the subject of ‘hope’, Walter!
        It reflects my viewpoint exactly.
        IMHO, optimism must be twinned with a strong dose of practicality and a dispassionate look at local exigencies in order to have a version of ‘hope’ that is not *false* hope. To my mind, false hope is one of the most dangerous expressions of foolhardiness, and I do my damnedest not to engage in it (and stay away from those who do).

        IOW, real possibility must never be clouded with fantastical ‘wishing’.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

          A lot of people are huffing that hopium to be sure. Thinking that a non-White America is going to work like a White America did. Or that we don’t need that Black Gold called Coal! The future is dirty, folks. Deal with it. Invest in breathing masks….

          I admit that if we delve too deep we may awaken a Durin’s bane. But it’s a risk we have to take.

          • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

            If your idea of a Balrog is what my idea of what one is, I do believe that the CERN people are already working on opening the door to his Bottomless Pit.

          • SpeedyBB January 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm #

            Down the road from CERN, Walter B, dwelt the bicycling chemist who invented, and inadvertently dosed himself with, LSD-25. Those Swiss, stolid as they are, can be real pranksters on occasion.

      • Ancianoloco January 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

        I take it you don’t make a living as a motivational speaker.

      • montsegur January 8, 2019 at 7:56 am #

        >I do believe that the CERN people are already working on opening the door to his Bottomless Pit.

        Yeah, those guys nerve me a bit. “Hey, Gang — let’s fire up levels of energy not seen since The Big Bang in our garage! What could possibly go wrong?”

        So, sure, I’m no scientist … but I wonder if CERN or a related facility might succeed in triggering an unexpected by-product as they smash particles together.

    • Anon1970 January 7, 2019 at 8:35 pm #

      K-Mart may be going to Valhalla, but the Kresge Foundation is alive and well and continues to give out grants.

  6. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter January 7, 2019 at 10:20 am #

    Oh well, might as well wax poetic! I will miss the Blue Light Specials, and those stupid tiny shopping carts they had. Sooo, an original Irish Poem for today’s article:

    K Sera Sera???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Alas! For the loss of K Mart!
    Us poor folks will take it to heart!
    For now, the Blue Light
    Will fade out of sight,
    And no more, the rinky-dink cart!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • PeteAtomic January 7, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      ha ha

      nice poem lol

    • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 10:35 am #

      An Irish poem …

      Our own Keats here in the CF N

      Brh

    • ozone January 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

      Good one, Squeekers.

      • ozone January 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

        …and how will those carts be repurposed? Platform grills for fresh-roasted rat? 😉

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

      How about something to the tune of the Doris Day song? I’ll start for you:

      O Kmart, Kmart

    • kudzu_dub January 7, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

      Except we don’t have Walmart or kmart in Ireland

  7. RB January 7, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    But, but, but we got aircraft carriers and lots of weapons and stuff. I mean dang it all, who needs a Kmart when you got B2 bombers? Oh, and big old submarines. And we got Hollywood to remind us how wonderful we are at kicking some ass somewhere. We are so cool that I blush.

    • shotho January 7, 2019 at 10:26 am #

      Now, that’s funny and oh, so true.

    • TiredOfTheTreadmill January 7, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Also note that during the government shutdown the military gets paid. The military familiea I live around operate at a very high burn rate. New cars, every electronic gizmo imaginable, new furniture, etc… The last thing the clowns in DC wants are a bunch of pissed off military wives. The military takeover would quickly follow.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:50 am #

        Interesting, buy buy buy.
        The power of military wives.

      • SpeedyBB January 7, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

        T-of-the-T: It might not be that long into the Long Emergency before some cabal of colonels decides enough is enough and sets up their own National Guidance Council, a la Latinoamerica ‘golpe de estado’. Particularly when the failing supply lines begin to pinch their own supplies of delectables.

        The American military today looks pretty worthless from afar (admittedly, 11 time zones away) for anything else except polishing, playing and servicing increasingly delicate and complicated war toys. Not much political sensibility there yet.

        That could change. And if times are tough enough Flyoverlandia would probably welcome it.

        • Epicur January 8, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

          “The American military today looks pretty worthless from afar (admittedly, 11 time zones away) for anything else except polishing, playing and servicing increasingly delicate and complicated war toys.”

          The American military has little to do with war these days. They are an international police force tasked with maintaining enough order for the financial overlords to continue accumulating “wealth”. When the day comes that the overlords need the destruction that accompanies real war the military will be used in that way.

          What they may lack at that time is broad popular support. Not many parents are going to be eager to put a gun in their son’s hands and send him off to fight for the overlords.

    • DrTomSchmidt January 7, 2019 at 10:53 am #

      news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/sink-two-aircraft-carriers-chinese-admirals-chilling-reci…

      They’re the pride of the US fleet: enormous 100,000 tonne, 333m long nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. But Beijing thinks they’re Washington’s achilles heel.
      Rear Admiral Lou Yuan has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two US super carriers.

      His speech, delivered on December 20 to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, declared that China’s new and highly capable anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles were more than capable of hitting US carriers, despite them being at the centre of a ‘bubble’ of defensive escorts.

      • Epicur January 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

        Attitudes of the bien pensant towards the Chinese are a perfect example of the stupidity of the bien pensant about reactive (“what’d you say ’bout my mama”) vs. proactive (you have something I want) aggression.

        They think that because the Chinese are restrained and civilized that they are not aggressive. Hard lessons, coming up!

        • BornToKillPeace January 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

          Every other Chinese guy in his early 20’s I have seen in the streets regularly in the past decade is 6′-6’2” and 180-240lb.

          Ha, maybe a portion of these students / aspiring professionals double as embedding of insurgency.?

          Out of nowhere one day during a strong strain in our cultural and economical flappings, .a 50k force coordinated at once via fit-bits.

      • He’s talking shit- credible shit, maybe. All saber-rattling usually is.

      • SpeedyBB January 7, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

        DrTomSchmidt: I am told that the term used by submariners for those magnificent naval vessels is “target”.

        • DrTomSchmidt January 9, 2019 at 10:47 am #

          5000 souls aboard each of them. Another nation inflicting a midway upon us would be an unmitigated disaster.

      • elysianfield January 8, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        “Rear Admiral Lou Yuan has told an audience in Shenzhen that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two US super carriers.

        Dr. Tom,

        They sink a Carrier and our response would not be…measured. The resolution would be rather over ownership of East and South China….

        • DrTomSchmidt January 9, 2019 at 10:46 am #

          Would we go nuclear? Maybe we could sink the entire Chinese fleet. But if we attacked the Chinese mainland, not the military, the Chinese could respond in kind.

          They have about 130 nukes. If they launched all of them, and we stopped 129, but one hit Los Angeles, the damage to our economy would far exceed what we could afford to pay, to say nothing of the loss of human life. So we cannot use nukes except for the use that they get every day: to threaten.

          At the relative cost of our two militaries, sinking 2 carriers could bankrupt us. We build good stuff, but not cheap.

          • elysianfield January 9, 2019 at 11:22 am #

            Dr Tom,
            Were the carriers located in international waters, and not carrying out combat missions, I would expect that with the death of several thousand Americans, we would take the opportunity to neutralize our current and future existential enemy. The military could strike while China’s nuclear capability is not yet fully achieved…I am sure that the DOD does not want a land war in Asia.

            In the event we were involved in a conventional conflict with the Chinese over their extra-judicial claims in International waters, I don’t believe that nuclear weapons would be the first choice with the sinking, however.

  8. Raindogs January 7, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    That signholder looks like he wouldn’t wait very long at all in a Cormac McCarthy “The Road” scenario to turn from forager to cannibal judging from the crazed leer his giving our fair host.

    • Helen Highwater January 7, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      You’d probably look a bit crazed too if the only job you could find was standing out there all day in the cold holding up that big sign for minimum wage.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:51 am #

        Sign flippers seem so sad.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

          At least he didn’t have to dress up as a cartoonish Statue of Liberty as some sign flippers do around tax season. I was once walking past a woman so attired. She was mortally embarrassed. I said Hi, trying to be kind by ignoring her sad state.

          • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

            LIBERTY TAX SERVICE

            get it? Statue of Liberty –Liberty..

          • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

            Wait – you think I don’t know that? How bout a duel? Pistols or Rapiers?

        • hmuller January 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

          Wait a minute, Zoom in on the face. Is that JHK with a wig and false mustache holding the sign? Could book royalties and blog advertising revenues be down that much? It’s becoming a cold, hard world for those without piercing and inking job skills.

    • Epicur January 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      “After three missed meals, most men are willing to kill for food.” Robert Heinlein

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

        Id say 30 missed meals.
        Read about the Andean survivors. 1973?

        • michael January 7, 2019 at 4:22 pm #

          You mean within a single day?

  9. TiredOfTheTreadmill January 7, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    “which also boasts a Dollar Store, which appears to sell stuff that fell off a truck.”

    Ha! Nice one Jim. I recall going into one of these types of stores some time back looking for a 9 volt battery for my stud finder. Just being in the place had me feeling like I would be homeless by tomorrow morning. Apparently the depressing feeling doesn’t even cost a dollar in these places. What do you know, there’s still a few freebies to be found out there!

    Also, I’d venture that you are correct about nothing ever replacing the Kmart. I would bet the vast majority of its space will remain vacant until the building is demolished. At least that’s what I have seen of such spaces. Such buildings are not suited to being efficiently broken up into smaller spaces for the loan sharking joints, tattoo & piercing dives and beauty supply places that usually move in to verify beyond all doubt that decline is here to stay.

    • TinySolar January 7, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Well said!

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

      But they can be used for housing immigrants. We need immigrants to do the jobs Whites won’t do!

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

        jobs? robots. de populate.

        Takis ‘Tale of 2 Sisters’

        23 AND ME

        Wojcicki sisters, Susan (the former landlady of Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin) and Anne (the former wife of Sergey).
        Susan Wojcicki (pronounced Wo-jit-skee) now heads Google’s subsidiary YouTube.
        This month she has taken the lead in corporate America’s march toward censorship of genetic explanations for sex and race differences, getting Google engineer James Damore fired and installing a system for neutering the impact of politically incorrect videos.
        Meanwhile, Anne Wojcicki is the cofounder and CEO of 23andMe, a well-known genetic testing service for quantifying your racial past and what your genes might portend for your future.
        The Wojcicki sisters enjoyed the ideal nature and nurture for fabulous Silicon Valley careers. Their father was chairman of the Stanford physics department, their mother an energetic teacher at Palo Alto High School, and they grew up in faculty housing on the Stanford campus, surrounded by brilliant scientists.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 6:14 pm #

          Making money off genetics while denying its obvious philosophical implications – although she probably understand them. What a fem creep.

          • Epicur January 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

            True facts for the overlords, propaganda for the masses.

      • Sam Stone January 7, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

        Like the afore mentioned sign slinger?

  10. BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    There’s a move in some quarters to abolish cash as a medium of exchange, and make all buying and selling strictly electronic. A book was written about it last year and about the same a column appeared in the WSJ espousing the benefits of the plan (mostly curbing criminal activity). Indeed, some businesses do not accept cash as payment for services or products already. In a future world when electric power is not as reliable as it today, and when hard up people max out their credit cards, I wonder how all this would play out.

    In a related development, China is signalling it might be ready to make a move on Taiwan. WW1, when the world unravelled, started out with a lot less.

    Brh

    • Wxtwxtr January 7, 2019 at 11:17 am #

      Brh, history is never as it appears.

      WWI started with 3 Brits plotting to take over all the money in the world in the 1890’s. James Corbett presents a very, very interesting revisionist history:
      corbettreport.com/the-wwi-conspiracy/.

      • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

        Great listen. Entirely plausible, if not likely. I’d already heard of Cecil Rhodes’ rather extensive list of exploits, previously.

    • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:51 am #

      in some quarters –Like Sweden.

      What do you think bitcoin is about?

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      A big step towards Totalitarianism and ultimately World Government, one which will require everyone to have a chip embedded in the back of their hand which contains all their information. Those who refuse the chip will not be able to buy or sell. They will be “unscannable” as the movie Idiocracy puts it – utter outcastes. Yet those who accept the chip will not see God….

      • Sam Stone January 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

        Idiocracy is a great movie. Didn’t do well cause it hits too close to home. That’s all I can write for now. Gotta get to Starbucks!

      • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

        That’s the plan! Very close to realization as we speak. Probably right after the next big crash.

        • montsegur January 8, 2019 at 7:58 am #

          I recall reading about some tech firm in, I think, Sweden, that made its employees accept a chip of some kind in their body. Stupa-dupa plus.

    • Nightowl January 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm #

      They have already begun phasing out high-denomination notes in Europe.

      It’s another mechanism of control in the quest for centralization at the global level.

      Once the social credit score system from China comes to the West, they will conveniently have either phased out or nearly phased out cash, and they can simply deny you access to the system if you happen to have beliefs they don’t like.

      That’s the plan, Stan.

    • michael January 7, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

      That book was compiled more than a thousand years ago rambling about a sign of the beast or some such thing.

    • “In a related development, China is signalling it might be ready to make a move on Taiwan. WW1, when the world unravelled, started out with a lot less.”

      I appreciate that brh bookends his posts with “brh” so I know I’m not reading Stratfor

  11. michics January 7, 2019 at 10:34 am #

    Not to diminish the state of the retail landscape but I believe that Sears demise was more to do with poor management than anything else. K-mart should have been allowed to die back in the day instead of Sears buying them. Management had blinders on that they needed more floor space. If they had the invested that money into on-line sales to use their already existing distribution network they would be in fine shape today. And Amazon would not be the Walmart of the 21st century that is killing all conventional retail. A good post Jim.

    • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      And you have to admit, Sears had a pretty good run, over 125 years I believe.

      Walmart seems to be doing Ok, and what about the Amazon effect on retail?

      Brh

      • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 11:24 am #

        WalMart’s an interesting case. They’re big enough now they can effectively subsidize some losing stores in the interests of maintaining their hegemony and keeping any would be competitors at bay, but I wonder if Amazon won’t eventually begin to eat their lunch as well? Thing is, a lot of the stuff you buy from Amazon actually ships from WalMart (you’ll get thank you emails), so I think they’ve already preempted some of that. In fact, I can easily imagine the two partnering to become an even greater retail/delivery behemoth.

        • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

          Amazon IS the Acme of old Cartoon lore.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:52 am #

        In the goode olde days, one could buy a house thru Sears mail order.

        • noel bodie January 7, 2019 at 11:59 am #

          Here you are getting at the true irony. SEARS began “online shopping” thru their catalogue/wishbook

          • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

            shipping an un assembled house.

          • BornToKillPeace January 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

            I have a reprint of the Fall 1900 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Consumers Guide and it is beautiful in presentation. A page for “Secret Society and Emblem Charms”, instruments, cylinder players, guns, clothing a man or woman could feel like an adult in, etc,,, all aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

        • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

          In the not so rosy future you’ll be able to as well. Buy or steal a refrigerator in the box, remove the refrigerator and sell it, then move the box down to your favorite homeless encampment. Voila! Move in, pop some corks, and party like there’s no tomorrow!

      • elysianfield January 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

        “And you have to admit, Sears had a pretty good run, over 125 years I believe.”

        Has it occurred to the readership that Sears and their ubiquitous catalogue caused as much angst in their competition in the early 1900’s as does Amazon today with their business model?

    • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Going online would have merely changed the battleground, not the outcome. Amazon never had the legacy costs of brick and mortar hanging over them from the start, so they easily achieved first mover status in a segment that was bound to weed out the losers fairly quickly anyway. Penney’s had a fairly heavy online presence a few years back (service was good as well) but that has not been enough to save them either. It’s tied to customer’s expectations of the brand. JCP is married to brick and mortar in the minds of its older demographics and is viewed as “your parent’s store” by the younger generations. That’s a very tough image to re-brand. Keeping a toe in the water in both segments meant they couldn’t be cost competitive in either. But both Sears and K-Mart were viewed first and foremost as cash cows to young master Lampert, so they were doomed the moment he bought in.

      • ozone January 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        Ol’Scratch,
        Aha! Re-purposing empty K-Mart square footage as Amazon distribution warehouses sounds like a good business plan. I’ll bet they could be purchased/snapped up for considerably less than “book value”.
        Oh, the tawdry triumph of technology married to ragged, rotted retail!

        • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

          I think real-estate re-purposing was Lampert’s primary initial play back when he first made the acquisition in the 2003-2005 time frame. He phrased it as “right-sizing” to hide the fact that much of it was just a fire sale at the expense of management and employees. I had a Biz School Prof at that time who was enamored of the little dipshit, so I got to know quite a bit about him. But his timing proved to be not so good, as the real estate boom – including less than ideal commercial properties – soon popped, and it turned out that mall and shopping center locations were already overvalued, so it kind of went downhill for him from there. I guess he still managed to salvage enough for himself to feather his gilded nest, so it’s all good, from his elitist point of view at least.

    • cbeard January 7, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

      Its absolutely true that the decline of Sears was due to short sighted, poor management. I grew up with that old mail order wish book. It should have been a no brainer for them in the internet age to become something like Amazon, with their mail order expertise adjusted to use the web.

  12. Walter B January 7, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    Perhaps once the K Mart building is vacant Brother Jobe and his followers might just show up in town and set up shop there, ya think? Perfect choice for subject and excellently described James, thank you once again. Your point that debt is not capital, while pretty damned obvious to some of us is exactly why our nation has slowly eroded and will eventually collapse. Hard working people building up a place and storing excess wealth created by their efforts that can be utilized to foster more work is a healthy system. Stealing wealth from not only every one around but from their unborn children and grandchildren is like running out of a burning building and blocking the door so that none of the others inside can get out.

    Some people speak and write of a debt jubilee or a reset, where these unpayable debts magically disappear and everybody all starts over with clean slates. What a wet dream. Can anybody point out any rich guys that willingly hand over the titles to their herd of expensive luxury cars or yachts to poor people because they are tired of maintaining them? No, they simply find more creative ways of stealing more from the slobs, you know, the people holding up the GOOB signs at the K Mart.

    Maybe you will get lucky Jim and somebody will open a food pantry or second hand shop up in the vacated space. Those are two business models that the future will need plenty of. Thanks again for the great work.

    • cbeard January 7, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      Yes, selling debt as securities and investments was and is completely insane, in my opinion. The rich may get their comeuppance in an unwilling manner. They are certainly outnumbered. When all the big box stores are bankrupt and vacated, maybe the smaller business’s will make a comeback. Until they get big and sell shares on the NYSE and get too big and misread market conditions and go bankrupt themselves. Wash, rinse, repeat. The debt jubilee might work, temporarily. Wipe the slate clean and start all over without making any other changes or adjustments. Again, wash, rinse, repeat.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

        It is said one can wash with sand. No rinse. I don’t know how effective it is though.

        • elysianfield January 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

          ” I don’t know how effective it is though”

          Janos,
          Depends upon how dirty you are and how “clean” you want to be….

          • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 1:29 am #

            Ewww, let’s stick to water and soap for as long as we can.

        • JimInFlorida January 8, 2019 at 11:02 am #

          I’ve camped before and washed my pots and utensils with sand or cold campfire ashes. BUT… I was always near a creek where I could rinse everything off. The key is to plan your hiking trip so you can camp near a good water source every night.

  13. akmofo January 7, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    “There will be lots of opportunities..”
    ==

    Indeedee.

    If your local whites can’t manage to replace the BigBox predation with local merchants and shops, then bring some immigrant color into town by way of India or China or Latin America. Lots of billions to choose from..

    Of-course, I can’t guarantee that one day they wont have your eyeballs in their soup for dinner, but that’s the price you pay when you let Sears Walmart McDonald’s and all rest of that foreign fascist devastation into town.

    • JohnAZ January 7, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      Maybe this is the third turning finishing up with the “Old age” folks wanting their gimme demands served without effort. Me, me, me! Aggravate that with a huge influx of immigrants from traditionally socialist countries and individual responsibility goes out the window. The US may be just following a “normal” sociological pathway here. But this one may have a final crisis stage and no subsequent recovery.
      Just like every other society that loses its way.

      • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 11:39 am #

        Nothing happens by accident. The huge influx of migrants to the southern US is from Catholic territories. It is meant as a culture war to replace Protestant Thought & Enlightenment with Vatican obedience and slavery.

  14. Wxtwxtr January 7, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    Perhaps as few as a dozen people were (historically) responsible for the counterfeit “currency” strip mining financial system we’re all trapped in. But they’re all dead, so they can’t reap the rewards of our suffering.

    But don’t worry, Jeff Bezos will save you! Until …The World Made By Hand.

    Here in the Phoenix area, many vacant shopping spaces have been converted to churches. Literally a growth industry. Brings to mind one of Fransisco d’Anconia’s comments in Atlas:

    “The church will stand, I think. They’ll need it.”

    • JohnAZ January 7, 2019 at 11:02 am #

      Interesting!

      The Church has a unifying, sharing effect on a community.

      Which is why the Left is trying to tear it down.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

        tear it down from the inside. Rev Ike, Joel Osteen. Mega churches.

        I know someone who worked for one of these rich Black ‘pastors.’

        Recently one bought his wife a 200k car. I saw that on Drudge.

  15. Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 10:43 am #

    What? No mention of Eddie Lampert, the capitalist shyster who’s single-handedly responsible for the demise of K-Mart and Sears? Everyone on this board is probably familiar with the name at least, but guys like this should have their mugshots up at every post office (another soon to be forgotten relic of a time gone by as well?) in the land.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Lampert

    This fucking scumbag will probably run for and win the presidency for an encore, thus uniting both legacy parties once again under the “Greed Is Good!” banner. The rubes would no doubt hail him as their next savior.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      Lampert? Or Lamprey?

      Any eellike marine or freshwater fish of the order Petromyzoniformes, having a circular, suctorial mouth with horny teeth for boring into the flesh of other fishes to feed on their blood

      • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

        Good point. I think he resembles the fish physically too.

  16. stelmosfire January 7, 2019 at 10:49 am #

    I predict that NY jumps on the pot wagon and legalizes MJ like is the rage today. It is now okeedokee in MA next door. That 80000 sq ft would make an ideal pot grow location. Up the road a piece a 100 year old huge empty mill has a 60000 indoor grow on the third floor and retail pot sales on the 1st. They opened a few weeks back and the folks are lined up in the cold to get in. They turned about 1.5 million the first week. Not bad. What I can’t figure is why pay when lt’s ok to grow your own. 12 plants per household. My buddy grew 12 (8-10 feet tall) and the shit kicks ass. I’m just taking his word for it of course (wink wink). He ended up with over 4 lbs. of bud. If you have netflix check out Murder Mountain.

    • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 11:08 am #

      Just finished Murder Mountain last night. Quite a tale. That first sheriff should have been taken out for the good of the community. Could never figure out if he was just a pussy, being paid off to look the other way, or both.

      If you Google Map that area, the number of grow operations really stick out. They’re sitting ducks for the helicopter cops. Legalization has definitely been a mixed bag for those people. I’ll give most of them another five years before the corporations run them out of business.

    • pequiste January 7, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      St.E., I did not mean to be repetitive down a-ways but I was commenting, took a phone call, then completed my thought and hit enter. Going back saw what you had submitted first. About 13 minutes was all it took. How wonderful that we were on the same page.
      Best.

    • Sam Stone January 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

      Of course they will. All states will just like the lottery. I wish they had already done so as the influx of pot seekers into Colorado has changed this state forever. Colorado is now California East. The State government turned 100 percent Progressive Democrat in Nov of 18.They have promised the residents “free healthcare, free University… free everything! All paid for with pot taxes. LOL!

  17. Helen Highwater January 7, 2019 at 10:51 am #

    Unfortunately it’s easier to borrow $200,000 at 6% for a degree in gender studies than it is to borrow money to start a small business.

    • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

      not for a minority, if they know how to work SBA.

  18. kschleunes January 7, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Well, you can order just about anything on Amazon Prime. No shipping charges and no tax. So you really just need the Dollar Store and a grocery store. That’s it. A new model of consumerism. Everyone is still buying all kinds of stuff. They are just doing it online. Now, the jobs that existed at K-Mart are gone. Automated away in the land of Bezos. That’s the problem.

    • K-Dog January 7, 2019 at 11:16 am #

      The people who had the K-Mart jobs are not still buying all kinds of stuff.

      They are renting white vans and cruising the burbs picking up packages left on doorsteps before software programmers get home. People have to eat and money does not care if you have a job in America; so can you really blame them?

      I still do, I just wanted to put that out there. They at least for now still have plenty of other choices. What they are all going to do when the tattoo artists run out of skin and ribs can be seen under skin I don’t know. Not bother with generic white vans I suppose.

      White vans are the devils tool.

      • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

        Sounds like the next great business opportunity. Wifi enabled home security systems are the obvious counter. I notice they’re getting pushed heavily now too.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        Many of the Drivers probably notify the smurfs when and where to pick up the good stuff: like computers. No doubt some Drivers do their own work. Who is the Company going to believe: their Customer or their Driver Hero who said he rang the bell?

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

        K is such a cynic.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      Now we just have to automate driving. Too many people are still doing that to make a living. Driving and Living are bad.

      Thank God Trump wants to take on Amazon and get them off Federal Welfare.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

        Lyft and Uber are survival money. not middle class money.

        • hmuller January 7, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

          Reign in those dreams of big money as an Uber driver. Uber is testing driver-less cars in Arizona, – albeit with less than perfect success..

          “A pedestrian was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle at the intersection of Mill Avenue and Curry Road in Tempe, Ariz., in March.” nytimes.com/2018/12/31/us/waymo-self-driving-cars-arizona-attacks.html

          So far they haven’t figured out how to deliver pizza’s without people. At least that dream job survives for now.

        • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

          Depends on how you define “middle class.” That term’s being redefined downward by the the minute these days.

  19. JohnAZ January 7, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    JHK identifies his locale as flyover country. This word seems to identify areas that the information revolution has destroyed in its drive to computerize and automate life. Yes, it is so easy to order from Amazon, but the collective has forgotten something, people’s jobs come from providing goods and services to the population and eliminating those jobs with automation makes a few, really “smart” elites very wealthy.

    So, who are the really dumb folks? People who shop the big boxes to save a few percent, people who let agoraphobia and laziness keep them at home instead of out shopping. Healthy communities come from people who like to be with each other, who look at their neighbors as fellow Main Streeters. In other words, small town, not suburbia.

    The irony of the situation is that in order to survive, folks are going into the small business mode. Small business is low return, heavy effort work for the most part. Possibly the kick in the butt this country needs to get itself going again.

    Or is it too late? Trump has tried to remove some of the obstacles that the government has put in the way of economic development, but the real problems may outway his machinations. If the Dems, the current spokesmen of the population, have their way and put a strait jacket back on the economy, The Long Emergency accelerates.

    Note the socialization of the US that seems to be increasing is going to tear us down even faster as people give away their ambition to a drug ridden existence financed by the Feds. All for the benefit of the Leftist elite. Jim, the real concern is not the incursions of the government into the people’s world, it is the lie down acceptance of the takeover by the population.

    Why the big change in the demographics?

    Look South!

    • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      Good post, JohnAZ.

      People have to take responsibility for their actions. Ultimately it is they who are RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING.

      They need to stop lying to themselves and stop accepting lying liars as acceptable norms — staring with the Vatican/CIA mafia their gov mafia and its rigged imperialist political system their lying propaganda media their lying propaganda schooling universities publishing houses their predatory industries their poisonous nazi “food” and “medicine” their predatory fascist banking operations their predatory culture and wars. Turning a blind eye to all that is the same as gouging your soul out. Without honesty and morality you are nothing, you are already dead and buried.

      As it is, America is the land of the living dead.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

        Yes, and they give vast amounts of our money to other nations. What’s up with that? Tax Revenues are supposed to be used for the benefit of those from which the were taken. I know would support an end to this even if it meant Israel would no longer benefit at our expense.

        • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

          Stop with the lies. The giveaway is to US military industries for larger orders. Who gets that stuff is irrelevant to them.

          And what Israel gets in terms of American Aid is practically ZERO compared to the money and manpower spent on Germany/Europe Asia the Pacific, etc., even Canada! I’ve yet to see you speak against that even once. I’ll remind you again of the numbers: $3 billion to Israel versus $900 billion for the rest. That you even make it a talking point is embarrassing, but we already know you have no shame.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

            In other words, you want to keep your benefits to our detriment. Thank you for your honesty.

          • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

            in 60 years, trillions to Israel.

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

            I’m always honest. Unlike you.

            Please let me know when we stop this “benefits to our detriment” trillion dollar military aid program for “others”. I’ll be curious to see the reaction in them Vatican/CIA majority Catholic counties that became the richest counties in the country on them “benefits to our detriment”.

          • islander800 January 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

            Canada? Huh?

            Last I looked, here in Canada, we get NO “American Aid”. In fact, from coverage I’ve followed in various media over the last few years, various rural and urban landscapes in America could use some “Canadian Aid”, including Jim Kunstler’s own neighborhood of upstate New York.

            Why would we need aid from America? We have a healthy social safety net and single-payer universal health care, covering 100% of Canadians, affordable for everyone (low income people pay nothing), that we pay for out of our taxes. Any American military equipment we purchase for our forces, we pay for. International surveys repeatedly put Canada in the top ‘5″ quality-of-life countries – with America nowhere to be seen in the top “10”.

            Please reference sources…

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

            Who do you think protects you from the Russians, your mighty army air-force and navy? What do think it would cost to have a real army air-force and navy?

            If it wasn’t for America and its trillion dollar subsidies you’d still be peeing ice cubes in your outhouse. Ontario auto workers had to explain that one to your idiot commie Cuban Prime Minister when he opened his mouth against Trump, do I need to explain the same to you?

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

            Yes, it’s a wonderful place, Canada. That’s why half the population there is on anti-depressant medications, and the other half spends 6 months out of the year in Florida.

            Reference? Ask your neighbors. But I bet you don’t even know their names.

          • Tate January 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

            Chuck Schumer Pauses Gym Workout to Press Rand Paul on Israeli Security Aid

            “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took a break from his routine morning workout in the official Senate gym to beseech Sen. Rand Paul to stop his efforts to prevent the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 from passing, Jewish Insider reported.

            “Paul is using Senate procedures to single-handedly ‘hold’ the bill, which would ensure billions of dollars in military aid to Israel. Schumer said at a forum hosted by the American Zionist Movement on Wednesday that he ‘lobbied Rand Paul to let this go’…”

            forward.com/fast-forward/416003/chuck-schumer-pauses-gym-workout-to-press-rand-paul-on-israeli-secur…

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

            Tate, I don’t follow Rand Paul because I find his position that of a hypocrite. The US Federal Government is an Empire and from its inception it has behaved as all Empires do. Giving legitimacy to the US Federal Government by participating in its institutions is giving legitimacy to Empire and Imperialism. Period.

            If Rand Paul was sincere in his beliefs, he would boycott the the Federal Government and delegitimize it further by asking others to do the same. He would actively encourage people to stop voting in federal elections and advocate for the secession of his state from the US Empire. That’s what an honest and sincere person would do if he held the beliefs that Rand Paul claims he does.

            I don’t think Rand Paul is stupid. So he knows exactly what he’s doing. My only conclusion therefore is that he is a fake putting on a show.

    • City_of_76 January 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

      A more careful reading of guys like Kunstler suggests that there is no “kick in the butt” that will save us, because our arrangements are not savable.

      For many Americans, the money and energy required to sustain the basic activities of daily living is simply too much to afford. Suburbia is not economically feasible. Big houses, gadgets & TV channels galore, and driving everywhere has only been possible with a massive run-up of debt by individuals, communities, and governments; and through wholesale destruction of the environment.

      Kunstler’s whole thesis is that this cluster is fucked, and getting out of it is going to mean making new accommodations that don’t look like the old ones. Expect lots of big trucks and houses to be valued close to nothing in the near future, especially in places that are getting too hot (Arizona) and too wet (the South).

      Don’t expect that we’ll keep shipping paper towels from that Amazon fulfillment center to your doorstep; do expect to use old t-shirts to wipe up your messes.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm #

        And then wear them again after washing them with sand.

      • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

        xpect lots of big trucks and houses to be valued close to nothing in the near future, –how near? when? I read JKs book like 14? years ago.

        I was alarmed. Now I am bored.

        Cried wolf???

        • Ol' Scratch January 7, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

          History is a long, long time, especially when you’re living it.

        • City_of_76 January 7, 2019 at 9:37 pm #

          @malthuss: fair questions and concerns about “crying wolf.”

          Near and when is right now, for instance, in Paradise California, surely a drive-thru paradise of low-density auto-centric lives, burned to a crisp in a matter of days last November. And Hurricane Harvey in Houston, 2017, when a similar settlement pattern was vastly degraded by floods. In both cases, houses, cars and trucks zeroed out; it’s likely many victims will not be fully reimbursed by fairy godmothers. Lives were destroyed and upended, and for every catastrophe, ever-increasing percentages of victims will fail to recreate the lives they had before.

          Climate-change amplified disasters are on the rise for the foreseeable future, and we would be naive to think that those who suddenly lose everything will be made whole again by insurance and/or government handouts. A more likely scenario is that people will lose everything, but many won’t bounce back to their previous station in life.

          Kunstler and others have made a convincing case that the fat life we’ve enjoyed these past several decades was the result of an incredible one-time bounty of cheap energy. That “good” life was never sustainable, and it for ever greater numbers of us, it won’t be like it had been through the 20th century.

          If you’ve got a good life, count your blessings. But to look around at the carnage across this American landscape, from homelessness in our richest cities to hollowed-out rural communities, suggests that ever more of us are sucked into the losing end of the deal.

    • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      outway???

  20. Paulo January 7, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    Actually, the closing of this cited store is a good thing and is a return to a sane past. IMHO.

    I live in a rural valley that used to have a small grocery store, two small banks and a credit union, liquor store, etc. The local hotel beer parlour should have been condemned 40 years ago, and now sems to survive renting rooms for out of town loggers. (The banks and credit union are now homes, So is one of the old churches.

    About 5 miles away there is a very small campground grocery store where you can by basics, liquor, smokes, etc and the prices aren’t too bad. There is also a gas station, cafe, and pub at the highway junction.

    The banks and credit union disappeared 35 years ago, store 10 years ago, and the local brick mall has been empty as long as I can remember. (That’s where the store used to be).

    Because of this reduction people actually drive less. The nearest town/small city is 50 miles away. People shop every two weeks and take a list. There are no sudden jaunts to pick some item up, you either have stuff, borrow from a neighbour, or do without. We are more resilient and mindful. There is a local market for those who produce excess vegetables or sell crafts. People have freezers and buy stuff on sale. Impulse buying is mostly eliminated. I have lived here full time for only the last 15 years, but hunted and fished here for the last 45. My best friend grew up here and just 50 years ago it would take 4-6 hours to drive to town on logging roads. School clothes were ordered from Sears every summer to arrive by September. Supplies usually came in by boat and the local store would carry a tab.

    Nowadays, many of our purchases are made online. The mail lady and Post Mistress are personal friends and freely leave stuff on the porch when we are away. They advise me when my son, (who works away), has a package and will often drop it off at my house when they know he is working. On one hand it is a return to a simpler past, yet on the other hand it offers the best of now; high speed internet, reliable transportation options, speedy mail delivery, and reliable hydro electricity that isn’t a generator, etc. People team up and carpool for town runs ofetn.

    No one needs a local K Mart or Sears. They think they do, but it really doesn’t matter. The folks that move here and miss impulse shopping and drive everywhere lifestyles usually move away within two years. Those that stay prefer it this way. When I visit my daughter who lives in a town I am amazed how much chasing they do. They always run out of stuff requiring a quick run to the store. Their lives are far more wasteful in both time and resource consumption. Goodbye Sears and K Mart. Their passing is nothing to lament.

    • TinySolar January 7, 2019 at 11:20 am #

      Well said, Paulo!

      K-Marts, Walmarts, Rikes, Rinks, Ames, Krogers, Shaws and Price-Chopper, etc. These were never friends of small towns. I’m old enough to remember when these chains moved in and put lots of mom and pop shops out of business.

      We’re just witnessing the next wave of predatory capitalism now.

      But there are promising small businesses popping up. CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) seem particularly relevant to me – we need food!

    • Epicur January 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

      “I live in a rural valley that used to have a small grocery store, two small banks and a credit union, liquor store, etc. The local hotel beer parlour should have been condemned 40 years ago, and now sems to survive renting rooms for out of town loggers. (The banks and credit union are now homes, So is one of the old churches.”

      I’ll bet that if you can get a set of old (1940s or 1950s) Soil Conservation Service aerial photos of your valley you will find that many small farms and agricultural plots are gone. Those were the backbone of small town America.

      There was a 180 degree change in the direction of the USA from Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” to the 1965 immigration reform act. The rural USA was gutted and it was not by accident.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm #

        Yes, Whites are being phased out. Too hard to manage. When the great Cattle drives ended, the Texas Longhorn was phased out since they were dangerous to work with being as they could survive on the open range, fight off wolves, etc.

        Tucker has a fascinating theory which might tie in: the Elite feel uncomfortable about persecuting people who look like them. They’d much rather these people just disappear so they can do it to others instead. Of course this ignores the fact that many of the Elite don’t identify as White. Dig? Grok?

    • malthuss January 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

      what county? In USA or Canada?

  21. pequiste January 7, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    Not to worry, Jim.

    The big replacement “industry” for all that retail space is Cannabis.

    I’m sure Governor Cuomo would love to get on board that TGV train.

    Sit back; burn a few doobies; and watch the world head into full-afterburner Bozotroleum Overdrive from a mellow perspective.

    Anyway, the locals will need more munchie shops, Alternative lifestyle stores, and accessories to service this “new” economic model. The pros could grow a lot of buds in 80,000 sq. ft. and the utility company would love the electrical usage, as it is a high-intensity high-wattage light requirement for the indoor specialty crop.

    And feeling nostalgic; I too will miss the legendary ” Blue Light Special”.

    Eddie Lampert, Goldman Sachs alumni and all, won’t. He and his Wall Street vampire crew have sucked all the precious fluid (money) from the victim and he will just move onto the next host as he sails off into the sunset of a Caribbean, Mediterranean, maybe even Polynesian cruise on his 288 ft yacht.

    businessinsider.com/sears-ceo-eddie-lampert-responds-to-critics-of-his-management-style-2018-3

    • K-Dog January 7, 2019 at 11:21 am #

      Yes, tight buds. The plants need it for metabolism not having to do with photosynthesis. That makes blue light special.

  22. BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 11:21 am #

    Remember the ‘Head Shops’ from back in the day.? My mother warned me never go in one,

    Brh

  23. mdl17576 January 7, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    Perhaps your old Kmart could be repurposed as a bazaar or marketplace with lots of smaller stalls. Kind of a permanent farmers market/craft fair where people could operate a small side business. I get the sense that a lot of the third/developing world has places like this. It may be a little early for such things go due to the govt still retaining most of its power and resources. Something as simple as a stall selling soup probably requires half a dozen govt permits and licenses. I should know – I live in Albany and worked for the beast for a few years. They are not kind to “violators”.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      Great idea. Get Big or Get Out has been our undoing.

  24. fred January 7, 2019 at 11:33 am #

    What will replace your K-Mart, Jim?
    Here’s a thought.
    A good friend of mine, who happens to be a science professor at one of the local universities, tells me that his students have no illusions about their ability to get jobs in the “formal” economy post graduation.
    They are quite up front about their future plans to start an Etsy store from their parent’s basement!!

    • njguy73 January 7, 2019 at 11:48 am #

      The Kmart will be torn down. The copper pipes will be yanked out and installed elsewhere. The sheet rock will be taken to be used to build tiny houses. Dmitry Orlov wrote about how this happened in post-Soviet Russia.

      And people like Wayne Karp will be needed. They’re good at what they do, and what they do ain’t nice, but it’ll be needed.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

        They have tunnel vision but with a name like that, connections as well. Sometimes tunnel vision is what is required in any case. A laser in time saves mind.

      • pedal pusher January 7, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

        “the sheet rock will be used to build tiny houses”?!

        Doubtful. Have you ever tried to salvage building materials? The time, energy and labor involved in deconstructing, sorting, sizing, grading, storing, transporting, marketing, and then potentially re installing a less than full size piece of something adds cost, complexity and time to a project.

        The reality is derelict strip mall structures get demolished in a single afternoon using heavy machinery. Depending on the current market price for scap metals the debris may get picked over by a magnetized excavator attachment and a small percentage of the re usable material may get segregated.

        Btw “Sheet Rock” is a registered trademark and refers to a specific manufacturer’s product. Drywall, the generic term for the material, is a poor choice for finishing the interior of a tiny house because the joints between the panels split and crack when the tiny house is moved.

  25. Opie January 7, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    “Debt isn’t capital, it just pretends to be for a period of time. Wall Street made its trillions off the time-value of that pretense and now time is up.”

    Jim, that is one of the most concise short answers concerning modern economics I’ve read in some time.
    Meanwhile I had a brief 3 day stay at my local hospital. Nothing major as it turns out,thank god. We pay about $1200 a month for insurance. The bill for just the hospital…..$97,000.00. Now the insurance company says it won’t pay. Bwaaaaaa! How people keep from going full bore batshit crazy with these shenanigans will keep future historians busy for some time.

  26. RocketDoc January 7, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    I am sympathetic to this report from rural NY BUT I will be completely factual when I say that conditions are booming here in our little southern corner of flyover America. Excessive DOD expenditures have goosed our economy markedly. We have new $1 B car plants being constructed on the outskirts of town and 4 cranes out of my downtown window. Big box Walmart moved to a superstore and was made a Dick’s Sporting Goods. K-mart left and is now an Aldi’s. Downtown re-development with hotels, apartments (at $1500 a pop), and new franchises (Chuy’s, Wahlburger, TopGolf, etc.) are sprouting like crazy. An extra $70 billion thrown at the Pentagon can do wonders. If I had any advice it would be move here but in truth–I don’t want you to come and I’d like somebody to take their damn foot off the acceleration in Pentangon spending….

  27. malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    DJIA is climbing. Up, up and away.

  28. malthuss January 7, 2019 at 11:59 am #

    Removed by admin

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 1:24 am #

      If it was removed, why is it here?

  29. Jeremy January 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

    “There just isn’t anywhere else to buy a long list of ordinary goods, from dish-towels to tennis balls without a 17-mile journey west.”

    Whaaaaat!

    Calling Bezos, calling Bezos!
    Sheeeesh.

  30. Epicur January 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

    It’s not hard to see where this is going.

    Getting rid of old stores and small towns is just a prelude to the big shebang – getting rid of excess people.

    • darrell dullnig January 7, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

      Finally, a post worth reading; short, not so sweet, but accurate.

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 1:23 am #

      Agenda 21.

    • Epicur January 8, 2019 at 9:47 am #

      Keep in mind that for an advanced nation to get rid of it’s excess while others remain overpopulated is the same as unilateral disarmament, i.e. suicide.

      If plagues start they will do their worst in Africa, SE Asia, and South America with advanced nations suffering least and last. If a plague starts in an advanced nation it will be from an enemy attack or a madman.

  31. Luhrenloup January 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    Welcome to Amazon, Jim. Ordering online is like choosing to see what’s behind door #3. You never know what you’ll get. I’ve lived in a small town for the past year and thankfully at the end of the month I’m moving to the city. The big box stores, not only killed main street, they also killed the small entrepreneurial workshops where one could get stuff fixed that the big chains don’t want to bother with. Get a new one!

    What we’re seeing more and more is the destruction of community. It stands in the way of government. Small self sufficient towns do not promote excessive debt, and place emphasis on traditional values and stability.

    Globalism’s goal: we become isolated shopping units who take our soma and wear a happy face.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

      Yes, where are Dwarves? The little guys with hairy arms who can fix things? Or the Elven Smiths who could repair a refrigerator for a silver coin or two?

      Radical individualism where everyone is the same is a big part of the Left’s drive for power. One unit is a White American. Another is an illegal Mexican. But they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they’re all just the same.

      Man the Consumer is a philosophy of the Kali Yuga. And of course both Marxism and Capitalism promote it – just as Marxism was funded by Capitalism in the first place. Ask me why, someone, anyone, please….
      The secret must be told or my brain will burn out like a dying star. Or explode like a Nova.

      • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 1:22 am #

        Why?

        • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 1:39 am #

          Marxism is the Attack Dog of Capitalism. It was sent to destroy Traditional Societies like Russia and China so that they could be taken over ultimately by the Money Power. Thus its antipathy to Capitalism is a Ruse, but not one that the average Communist sees through or that the average Capitalist understands either.

          One ex-Communist was told that if she got disconnected from the Party at any point, she should contact such and such a gentleman who lived at the Waldorf Astoria for further instructions. That was a profound shock since only an Extremely wealthy person could live at such a hotel. She realized Communism was not what is was presented as and she ended her affiliation with it.

          • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 7:21 am #

            Probably Arman Hammer, or the Billionaire Bolshevik, Corliss Lamont, our current govs grandfather.

            Brh

          • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:12 am #

            So basically they are both dirty dogs. And the master of the two is money. What a strange story as well. I wonder why someone with a lot of money would live in a hotel? A totally separate question and topic I know but it is a little strange. Maybe someone who did not want a permanent address or wanted to be able to move around easily? I guess when you are working on the DL for such insidious purposes you want to stay unknown and hidden.

          • Tate January 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

            I believe Huey Long lived in a hotel for long stretches of time. Either in Baton Rouge or N.O., can’t remember which. I think the reason given was he kept irregular hours & his suite was an open house where he made deals, played cards, hobnobbed with the rich & powerful, etc.

          • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm #

            Well he had weaknesses. Some say he had Airline Highway built from Baton Rouge to New Orleans so he could have a direct way to the Roosevelt Hotel. As a Senator he did set up an office there. He liked their bar. Maybe a bit too much. And of course the women. And you know what’s weird. A few years after Hurricane Katrina the hotel was taken over by Waldorf Astoria!

  32. BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    Woolworths was once a retail powerhouse on the American landscape, over the years it got whittled down till it became Footlocker. I’m not sure if Footlocker still exists.

    Brh

    • Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

      Yes, the old ladies drinking at the Woolworth soda fountains kept America going in a deep and strange way.

      • Sam Stone January 7, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

        I miss those old Woolworth’s soda fountains. Used to get a huge slice of pizza for a quarter.

        • elysianfield January 8, 2019 at 11:26 am #

          “Used to get a huge slice of pizza for a quarter”

          Sam.

          …Well, back then, I didn’t have a quarter. Now, I got all the Goddamned pizza I want….

  33. volodya January 7, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

    So-called “bargoon shopping” is built on an economic model which took years and a lot of money and legislation and international treaty-making to put into place, but which at its core is utterly un-workable, the proof of which you see day-in and day-out in places like the one that JHK references, and the ones we see ourselves.

    It’s not a figment of the imagination, the rise of Donald Trump had its roots in the destitution of the middle of the American land-mass, no matter the insistence of the idiocracy in their ivy-covered buildings that Trump was propelled by boogie-men in the heads of uneducated ignoramuses at the voting booth. We’ve seen it a thousand times in rags like Foreign Affairs and Atlantic and New Yorker and the NY Times, that there’s no reality to the gripes but if there IS some, then it’s all down to stubborn resistance to enlightenment and education, fear of change, xenophobia and all the other psychiatric maladies said to reside in the American hinterland.

    The chief malady however is the one in the collective psyche of the Manhattan-Washington Axis, the adherence to the misbegotten idea that there’s such a thing as a free lunch, the bill for which can be inflicted on people somewhere else, who somehow won’t notice, or are just too dumb to figure it out. But, of course, this is plain dishonesty at play here and it’s like JHK said in a prior post, dishonesty doesn’t comport with Reality, Reality being Mother Nature’s husband, who bats in the clean-up position.

    Dishonesty isn’t better when the deception is one of self-deception, Mother Nature imposes itself no matter that the consensus among the ruling class is that the delusions are real. They’re not. Load the bases with baloney and nonsense and you’re not helping yourself, quite the opposite, Reality drives in the runs and woe betide if the fallacies make it round to home plate.

    And what we’re seeing are the runs being batted in with the closure that JHK talks about and the fall of Sears and the rise of this preposterous gig economy and internet-based business models like uber and airbnb, all grounded in economic desperation. Better if you don’t watch. It’s too discomfiting. Do something useful and if you can’t, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye, then at least you’ll have accomplished something.

  34. bobwise32952 January 7, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    Flea markets may be a big feature of the emerging retail world. We have two in the county where you can buy almost anything. Most merchandise is used, but many stalls are stocked with new items. Stall rents are dirt cheap compared to commercial space, And no one pays royalties to a national franchise org.

    • SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm #

      Flea markets can be very fun and you can find a lot of stuff believe it or not.

      • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

        I love flea markets. Ive bought some of the best handtools ever made at the summer flea market in Newfane, Vt.

        Brh

  35. volodya January 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    You don’t learn anything when you buy all your stuff from elsewhere. The fault in the neoliberal consensus that we should export our manufacturing economy to China was that it valued production knowledge at 0. The production know-how is probably MORE valuable than the actual products created. – Dr TomSchmidt

    Hats off to Dr Tom. He hits the nail on the head. I wish I came up with this.

    • SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 11:48 pm #

      Ah, but supposedly we cannot manufacture things here in the States as cheaply as can be done in China. Again money is king. It seems like we have to find a way around that.

  36. volodya January 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm #

    One way to test reality is to get someone else to look at what you’re looking at to see if they see what you see.

    Michel Houellebecq just wrote an article for Harper’s mag, the topic being Trump’s presidency. The title is surprising, Donald Trump is a Good President. Michel, you’ll remember, is a Frenchman that wrote that famous book Soumission (Submission, en anglais).

    The temptation of course is to assume he’s being sarcastic, but you have got to read what he sez.

    harpers.org/archive/2019/01/donald-trump-is-a-good-president/

    Anyway, this is a foreigner’s take, not in the mainstream and, because of this, highly useful I would say.

  37. marcus1 January 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    Brilliant! Evangelical roller rinks!

    What dismays me is your lack of faith in Merica’s form of “capitalism.” There is still more to cash rend out of the fading middle class. Just watch the Deplorables snap in line, as they protect the billionaire class from rabid libtards that talk of raising taxes on our wealthy benefactors. Let the games continue in earnest!

    The Mike Pence form of faith-based gobment has yet to rule the land. Evangelicals have a few innovative grifter techniques the pols can use on the peons. Once again hard working stiffs will be called to arms to beat those threatening hoards of brown and yellow invaders. Eighty hour work weeks should be the new norm for the real believers.

  38. akmofo January 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    via Mike Adams the HealthRanger
    ?
    77 holistic practitioners now dead since 2015: This is beyond strange, they are dropping like flies and MSM ignores them

    naturalnews.com/2017-11-15-77-holistic-practitioners-now-dead-since-2015-this-is-beyond-strange-they…

    #BigPharma

    Nothing happens by accident!

    • butter56 January 7, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

      As our host is fond of stating, the problem with conspiracy theories is too many people know the secret to keep it secret. So why didn’t horse breeders and buggy builders not conspire to suppress automobiles. The answer is, that if someone invents a marketable product it takes the place of the old one. If a true cure for cancer was found there would be no stopping it from coming on to the market. By the way, I haven’t seen any small pox or polio cases lately

      • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

        Why does this company still exist?
        pbs.twimg.com/media/DwMjWegWwAEmbRX.jpg

        Why are the Vatican/CIA mafia politicians that allow this company to exist not in prison?

        I’ll tell you why. Because people like yourself can’t critically think nor act. What the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets tell you to think is what you think. What they emotionally program you to see is what you see. Youz don’t even have the curiosity nor emotional strength to seek out the truth. Vatican vegetables is what youz iz.

        • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

          Akmofo, you keep talking about the Vatican. Im not Catholic, but what influence does the Vatican have in world affairs anymore? Nobody seems to respect this current pope, and regarding Vatican City itself, ISIS recently threatened to blow it up, and may do it one of these days.

          Brh

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

            You don’t see it because it’s not publicized in the media, which is THEIR MEDIA! The fact that this subject is never talked about, should already clue you in that it is very important.

            Why is it that Trump’s first trip abroad was to the Vatican, if according to you the Vatican carries no influence in the world? Why are world leaders and political hopefuls constantly traveling there? Why is it that the same disgusting commie/fascist/nazi “progressive” faggot globalist agenda promoted in the media and popular culture is the same disgusting commie/fascist/nazi “progressive” faggot globalist agenda promoted by the Vatican? Why is it that no one is aware of the fact Vatican societies and their agents were and are controlling governments? You can find a list of the world’s who is who just by searching for Vatican Medals Decorations & Awards. And that’s only the public list!

            Why the silence? Why is it that when I point this out, it sounds so outlandish to everybody? Why is it that I constantly hear about a Jewish conspiracy by the Vatican trolls here and elsewhere, but I don’t hear anything about a Vatican Nazi conspiracy, Vatican commie conspiracy, Vatican fascist conspiracy, Vatican “NWO” conspiracy? Why the ZERO scrutiny by the media and publishing houses with regards the Vatican? Why no police investigation into Vatican pederasty and other criminal doings and no Vatican criminal pederasts in prison? Why is it taboo to talk about the Vatican, its history, its present? And on and on..

          • elysianfield January 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

            ” Why is it taboo to talk about the Vatican, its history, its present?”

            Mofo,
            Because…it is settled science, I Reckon….

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

            Yes, like this Vatican settled science:
            flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/19540634746/sizes/h/

          • kudzu_dub January 7, 2019 at 7:42 pm #

            The RC faith doesn’t even hold sway in Ireland anymore. It’s a busted flush

      • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

        Actually butter56, secrets are easily kept no matter how many people come out with the truth. Consider the Warren Commission, whose faked report was so pathetic and universally decried as BS that the US Congress was compelled to re-open the investigation in 1976. After two years of work, the commission found and publically admitted that there was a large conspiracy behind the JFK assassination and that the mob was probably involved, though they could not firmly confirm it. Oh, the American people know the secrets and the government even admits to them, it is only the Lame Stream Media that continues to perpetrate the Great Lies. The best place to hide the truth is in plain sight and as long as a distracted, depressed, drugged up and doped out public does not care, well, piece of cake.

        • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:05 am #

          That’s a good point Walter. I feel like we are spoon fed doses of truth at the times of our betters’ choosing. It’s never quite enough to put it all together and thus conspiracy theories flourish. They must like it that way.

        • montsegur January 8, 2019 at 8:09 am #

          Walter,

          I gain the impression the causes for the state the country is in now dates back to the demise of JFK and the disorder of the late 1960s. What we see now is the product of a several-decades-long gestation period.

          Warren Commission, Vietnam, Watergate, etc. The corruption and incompetence was too blatant.

          Cheers

          • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 9:59 am #

            Thank you for knowing my friend. Those of us who were there call it a MIC coup and lament the loss of not only President Kennedy, but of America as well. In a place where everything is for sale, eventually everything get sold out, including We The People. Ike saw it, Jack heard it, and The People hide from it because the beat down worked.

  39. My Point of View January 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    But gee whiz, the vacant K-Mart will make a great trade show venue with a gun and knife show every month to slop up any money still available around town.

    In between gun shows they’ll be shows for motorcycles and parts, shows for classic cars and parts, antique shows, home and garden shows, model train shows, jacked up truck shows, home improvement shows, computer and tech shows, Halloween costume shows, Kris Kringle Marts. No dollar left unturned. Shop! Shop!

    If the NY Governor has his way they’ll be marijuana shows in the old K-Mart turned show venue where you can find the bong of your dreams, or a handy vaporizer, or magical miracle marijuana cures to cheer you up when the long emergency harshes your mellow.

    So many shows! So many profits! Killing K-Mart is Kapitalist Kreative destruction. New flowers will bloom! It’ll be yuuuge! If not, it’s Obama’s fault.

    • butter56 January 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

      You forgot wedding planning

      • My Point of View January 7, 2019 at 2:19 pm #

        Thank you! And farmer’s markets too!

    • BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 9:23 pm #

      Dont forget fireworks from China around July 4.

      Brh

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:17 am #

      Convert it into a giant ice rink for bumper cars!

  40. Don January 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    Sears downfall was more than just a change in shopping habits. Predatory capitalism helped kill it. Thanks to Eddie Lampert, who isn’t hurting in the least.

    superyachtfan.com/yacht-fountainhead.html

    Where I live (near Santa Rosa CA), the nearest K-Mart burned down in the Tubbs Fire, so they don’t even have to deal with firing people or dumping the last of the merchandise.

    • islander800 January 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

      Here in Canada, Sears was a separate entity from the American Sears and was quite profitable, right up to the moment that vulture Lampert bought a controlling interest about seven years ago. Then, it was bleed the sucker dry: he used Sears Canada as his personal piggy bank, among other things issuing a “special dividend” to share holders of over a billion dollars – that would be him – while underfunding the workers’ pension fund and investing NOTHING in keeping the brand competitive. The end came early last year, when Sears Canada went into bankruptcy proceedings. The laid-off work force, a good chunk of which had spent the better part of their working lives at Sears, got shafted and are still fighting for a FRACTION of their pension benefits. Meanwhile, countless malls across the landscape lost their anchor store, feeding a downward spiral for those malls and their remaining workers.

      Now Lampert is doing the same to Sears America. And, he now has the unmitigated balls to propose that his hedge fund, the one and the same that drove (Canada)/is driving (America) Sears into the ground, be given the right to purchase remaining Sears brands like Kenmore for pennies on the dollar. How is this even legal?

      These hedge funds/private equity firms, run by the likes of Lampert and Romney (such an upstanding Christian!) are capitalist vultures feeding off the remaining assets and value of firms that dominated the American landscape in the last century, enriching themselves obscenely while adding NOTHING to the economy. The way they operate today is not the touted “creative destruction” that we hear is the great outcome that capitalism has invented in the form of bankruptcies to more efficiently allocate resources in our economy. It is legalized theft and destruction. Their modus operandi should be outlawed.

      • Tate January 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

        Lamprey was a member of Skull & Bones. Romney is not a Christian (because LDS church is not Christian.)

  41. Janos Skorenzy January 7, 2019 at 2:35 pm #

    The Conquerors wanted to turn Germany into an “agricultural state” a la the Morgenthau Plan. Tens of millions would have died. Now Ocasio Cortez wants the end of Fossil Fuels by 2020. Same thing.

    • DEFCON1 January 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

      She is just making a point – grabbing attention from the fossilized Greed Over People party.

      Good for her. Stir it up, finally.

    • Billy Hill January 7, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

      2030. But it’s irrelevant. After a year or so in D.C. they succumb to whatever’s in the water. Occasional Cortex will shortly receive the memo regarding the exemptions to her 70% tax-the-rich scheme: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Big Media, Pentagon Supply Chain, etc. etc. etc.

    • hmuller January 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

      Ocasio Cortez is just Obama in a dress. No wait, Obama was Obama in a dress.

      • pequiste January 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm #

        Occasional-Cortex is at least upfront about being a Pinko and has much better tits.

        • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:21 am #

          LOL Occasional-Cortex. I have seen that one in a few places and it always makes me giggle.

    • islander800 January 7, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

      Thank God “only” 50 million died in WW II to send the obscenity of Hitler’s National Socialism back to Hell where it spawned and belonged. At the end of WW II, emotions were understandably so high that proposals to send Germany, what was left of it, back to the 13th century were seriously considered. An appetite for revenge does that.

      America should be eternally thankful to the Russians (and the Russian winters) that bled the Nazis dry with half of the WW II death toll, about 26 million of their own. I would hazard a guess that the majority of Americans have no frigging clue about this whatsoever, thinking the U.S. did it all. America got off relatively easy – hell, the “Homeland” was untouched – supplying vast quantities of equipment to the Allies instead of many millions of American servicemen’s lives, like the European allies suffered along with massive destruction to their countries.

      • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:35 am #

        But what of Marxism in Russia and China? It is esimated Mao, Stalin, and other Soviet leaders killed as many as 150 million people. Nothing has ever been done about it and I bet most Americans don’t know about it. Also, Japan was a major player in WWII and wiped out like 20 million people in Asia.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 2:12 am #

        And now White Americans are called Nazis even though we helped defeat them and funded the tremendous Russian effort. Any White who doesn’t hate their own race and heritage. Seems like our Fathers made a very big mistake….

        • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:26 am #

          Yep, exactly! Unless you totally and constantly denounce your own skin color, kin, and history you are a complete racist Nazi. On the other hand, if you do embrace the self-hate and loathing you will at least get some brownie points, and other White people doing the same thing will think you are so cool and current. No matter what you do, you will still be generally hated for being White by society at large.

  42. Billy Hill January 7, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    “The store’s closing is viewed as both an injury and an insult to the town. There just isn’t anywhere else to buy a long list of ordinary goods, from dish-towels to tennis balls without a 17-mile journey west, which means an hour behind the wheel coming-and-going, plus whatever time you spend picking stuff up inside.”

    Well shucks, then, it sounds like an entrepreneurial opportunity — a void in the distribution network begging to be filled. Any Animal Spirits stirring out there?

    • My Point of View January 7, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

      Well, about 10-12 miles west of Greenwich is Saratoga Springs with a 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter. We be saved! Hallelujah!

      At one time, circa 1989-1990, my Army agency studied how K-Mart (from one central location in Troy, MI) used hot-shit database engines to track every item of inventory in every store. The stockage parameters of every item were under constant review and the software triggers would kick out blue light specials in any given store at any given time if an item wasn’t moving as it should. The manager rolled the blue light beacon over to that item and the sale was on. Back up the truck!

      K-Mart got stale. I used to go into one near DC, 20+ years ago and see people ten deep at 3 registers with 15 more registers empty with no employee to run them. I’d turn around and walk out as I’ll not stand in line for 30 minutes to buy a widget when I’m surrounded by other stores who are quick to get my money.

      K-Mart bet on big box stores with subsidiary chains (Builder’s Square, Pace Warehouse Club, Sports Authority, Walden Books, etc) but dumped them in the 1990s. This financial fiasco and loss of focus on the core business put K-Mart on the road to disaster. They tried to be too many things to too many markets and they lost their edge. Since the big box mess it’s been down hill ever since.

      Jim’s town is too small to support a K-Mart with all the other options over in Saratoga Springs. It’s just the nature of retailing these days. Call it a day, hold a wake, raise a toast, move on.

      • SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

        Lol – hold a wake! It would be interesting to hear the eulogies. I am sure the blue light special thingy would be in the mix.

  43. Robert White January 7, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

    Rural residents opted for a drive away from the cities in order to enjoy nature. Rural residents must understand that the profit motives of retailers is concentrated on wealth in aggregate and therefore the retailers need to follow the money just as rural residents do. If aggregate demand is not sufficient in rural areas, and growth projections do not justify investment, owners of retail pack their bags and move their money.

    Rural residents need to offset the local loss of retail by availing themselves of alternative means to purchase what they want & need.

    Buy local wherever possible and then buy centrally according to the principles of efficiency. Buying in bulk centrally can offset costs on travel & time per year.

    Buying local produce & meat can save travel costs.

    What comes next after the towns and countryside is denuded of life is the very real possibility of war.

    RW

  44. bukowskisghost January 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    Time for a Trump nicknaming: Janos the jew baiter

    • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

      It’s ok, I don’t mind. I feed him cold stone gravel.

    • S M Tenneshaw January 9, 2019 at 4:49 am #

      I prefer “Otto,” as in Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny.

    • JimInFlorida January 9, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      If Janos comes to a rotted wood-framed house and finds termites, is he an anti-isopteran for pointing out the obvious?

      Would Janos be derided as being an anti-termite bigot for pointing out that, when a formerly good housing is found riddled with holes and rot, one can usually find termites?

      Janos is CFN’s bright flashlight to shine in the dark dank places. Only the termites and cockroaches would protest so loudly at being discovered.

      • S M Tenneshaw January 9, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

        You lie. And you stink.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        Thank you, Sri Jim.

  45. islander800 January 7, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

    Great article, James, and nice to read one again that utilizes your bang-on analytical observations of where American society is headed. The political diatribes were frankly getting a bit stale and we’ve all had way too much soul-destroying politics these past two years.

    Each weekday I catch BBC World News America on our local PBS station but the program immediately before it is Nightly Business Report and boy, is that a trip into another world. Listening to all the “pundits” on the what and whys of the economy (for them, restricted to Wall Street – your Main Street doesn’t exist) is beyond infuriating. It’s like these business versions of Fox News idiots live on a completely different planet. The boiling anger “out there” doesn’t register on their radar and they wouldn’t give a flying fig anyways. Watching them express horror and shock when it all comes crashing down will be oddly gratifying but it won’t help all the Main Streets that’ll get kicked in the teeth once again.

    • SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

      Oh they don’t care. They will be off to their bunkers and overseas retreats when the SHTF. Until then it is time to make some money.

    • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

      What makes you think they will acknowledge the fact that it all is coming down, even as it happens? My bet is that they will continue to deny and distract even then my friend, and maybe even more so.

  46. michael January 7, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    Folks will just have to move to a city (population 40 million) where Amazon delivery is very reliable and efficient. I even keep the sturdy and useful fulfillment bags.

    Concentration of human populations in massive cities is a necessity for
    saving the planet. It’s also more democratic since the new denizens can sell their votes in support of democracy (there being no other source of income).

    With this income they may be able to survive but not much else and certainly not for as long. This solves many problems of a fiscal and environmental nature.

    All been seen before in Rome (and probably elsewhere).
    This used to be a problem as the malnourished and diseased urban dwellers lacking also allegiance to anything made very poor recruits for the military.

    No longer a problem as neural nets and autonomous mechanical weapons are cheaper and more effective.

    A brave new world awaits.

    • SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

      In such a world who even needs humans or anything organic anymore. Is that where it is going?

    • BornToKillPeace January 7, 2019 at 10:43 pm #

      Nah, I’ll take Rotsville, U.S.A.

      The “proper” cities are psychic concentration camps. The smaller liberal havens and college towns are quickly and increasingly having their life forces tourniqueted as well. The soul can not live on the blossoming craft distillery industry alone.

      Sticks or bust!

      • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:39 am #

        The further away from it all the better.

  47. pedal pusher January 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Is the store closing sign in the picture a fixed sign being installed or is the guy holding it a “sign twirler” taking a break from his routine? If he’s a sign twirler I have to applaud him on the size of the sign! Are sign twirlers a thing on the east coast? Out west they can be found at many strip mall intersections.

  48. SoftStarLight January 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

    What’s K-Mart????

    LOL Ok just kidding. Sort of. I think I have been to K-Mart maybe a handful of times. I hated the piles of merchandise on the floors and the general sense of chaos. There is literally like one left in the entire state at this point. Either way there are lots of ways that retail space can be used. If a good use isn’t found for it soon then bulldoze it and give it back to nature is my vote. Nothing uglier than a deteriorating and dilapidated building to add to the inventory.

  49. BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

    What happened to Montgomery Ward?

    I dare say, when MW went down in 2001, the writing was on the wall for Sears. Originally they served the same market, from the same place, Chicago: rubes living out in the sticks hankering for fancy citified products, not available to them in their small towns, b

    ut made available thru mail order and an improved parcel post system. Alas, rubes no longer exist, even Fred from outside Omaha has a tattoo and a nose ring. The market has dried up.

    From Montgomery Ward catalog, 1901

    Winchester Model 1894 rifle, cal. 30/30, octogon barrel, fancy stock, color case hardened receiver. $18.

    Those were the days.

    Brh

    • BornToKillPeace January 7, 2019 at 10:54 pm #

      On occasional I’ve had day-dream visions of leftist government thugs fahrenheit 451’ing my collection of Montgomery Ward issued Carter Family 78 rpm records in a forked timeline of some screwed cultural revolution.

      • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 7:15 am #

        Its headed that way, recently read an article groups want 50s westerns and TV shows that show Indians being killed fighting the cavalry — banned and destroyed.

        Brh

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 12:59 am #

      My mom still talks about memories of Montgomery Ward every now and then. They used to have a nice store in Baton Rouge but like everything else, it went downhill when Walmart got big (and they built a new mall). And it didn’t help that the neighborhood went down the tubes too.

      • Tate January 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

        Monkey Ward pancaked their store on south Broadway in Denver a few years back. Looked like WTC Bldg 7 going down. Oops!

  50. My Point of View January 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

    Repurpose old K-Marts and Sears stores into Marijuana grows. They can sell stock on Wall Street. It’ll be yuuge! Believe me, yuuuuge. We can tax it like booze and balance the budget. Stable genius to the rescue.

    • My Point of View January 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      They opened so many MJ grow warehouses in Denver they ran out of buildings to use.

      Every K-Mart in the country isn’t space enough go grow MJ to meet the demand.

      Change the name to J-Mart and let the good times roll. Grow, trim and sell the stuff in the store. The better grades will be found in the upscale Cheech and Chong room.

  51. deetrump January 7, 2019 at 5:26 pm #

    “Why is it taboo to talk about the Vatican” –akmofo

    Because of the number of divisions the Pope has?

    • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

      Janet, when you know and understand this, you’ll know and understand how the Vatican its agencies and agents work:

      Antony Sutton – Financing Communism and National Socialism
      youtu.be/xs58D3p2VpM

      • deetrump January 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

        When you know and understand the differences between fascism, socialism, capitalism, communism, and national socialism, you will see how it is wrong to say the Vatican is behind all of them.

        • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 6:50 pm #

          There is no difference! What there is, is staged theater and propaganda for the clueless ignoramuses that are emotionally death dumb and blind to a scripted Vatican dialectic leading them to a new/old Dark Age — full fledged Romanism/Feudalism/Slavery.

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

            deaf

          • kudzu_dub January 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

            Do you actually know any real life Catholic people?

          • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

            I’m not about Catholics, they are as much victims of the Vatican as everyone else, if not more. Same regards Muslims and Islam, Commies and Communism, Nazis and Nazism, etc. It is the institution, its ideology, its political agenda and machinations that I care about, and I want it exposed and expunged!

        • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 6:54 pm #

          This is just by Antony Sutton:

          Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1917–1930 (1968)
          Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1930–1945 (1971)
          Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1945–1965 (1973)
          National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union (1973)
          What Is Libertarianism? (1973)
          Wars and Revolutions, Part One: 1820 to 1900 (1973)
          Wars and Revolutions, Part Two: 1900 to 1972 (1973)
          Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (1974, 1981, 1999) (Online version) (Online Russian version)
          Wall Street and FDR (1975, 1999) (Online version)
          Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (1976, 1999) (Online version)
          The War on Gold: How to Profit from the Gold Crisis (1977, 1979)
          Energy: The Created Crisis (1979)
          The Diamond Connection: A manual for investors (1979)
          Trilaterals Over Washington – Volume I (1979; with Patrick M. Wood)
          Trilaterals Over Washington – Volume II (1980; with Patrick M. Wood)
          Gold vs Paper: A cartoon history of inflation (1981, 1997)
          Investing in Platinum Metals (1982)
          Technological Treason: A catalog of U.S. firms with Soviet contracts, 1917–1982 (1982)
          America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones (1983, 1986, 2002)
          An Introduction to THE ORDER (1983, 1984, 1986)
          The Secret Cult of THE ORDER (1983, 1984, 1986)
          How the Order Controls Education (1985, 1986)
          How the Order Creates War and Revolution (1985) (Online Russian version)
          The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (2000) (Online version)
          The Two Faces of George Bush (1988)
          The Federal Reserve Conspiracy (1995) (Online Russian version (as Vlast’ dollara))
          Trilaterals Over America (1995) (Online Russian version)
          Gold For Survival (1996)
          Cold Fusion: Secret Energy Revolution (1997, 1998)

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 2:03 am #

            The Order is or was for the cream of the WASP Establishment. Not Catholic, though they may be invited on occasion, especially now. Jews too.

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 6:30 am #

            In other words, the same as your Talmud which was spawned and sponsored by the Vatican to entrap idiots in genocidal Vatican machinations.

  52. deetrump January 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

    Thank you, akmofo.

  53. General Kluster January 7, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

    Kid: “Dad? Why are there rich people?”
    Dad: “What do you mean by rich? You mean like in spirit?”
    Kid: “No-o-o-o-o… Like they have lots of big houses and cars and money!”
    Dad: “Ohhh, you mean those kinds. Well, you see, sweetie, our society allows some people to make more money than other people, working no harder than anyone else. Society then allows those with more money to acquire more land than others. Over time, this creates the dynamic for most, if not all, problems we have in society today, like landlessness, homelessness, poverty, social unrest, war and collapse.”
    Kid: “Why does society allow that?!”
    Dad: “Corruption. Society uses force to uphold undemocratic, unethical laws that say that one person with more money can have more land than another with less money.”
    Kid: “Why can’t we stop that!?”
    Dad: “Corruption again: This setup is upheld by people with guns and weapons, or access to them, like police, security guards and military people– people (among many others) who often don’t understand this basic and very simple immoral core of our society.”
    Kid: ” ? ”
    Dad: “Ya; ? “

  54. capt spaulding January 7, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

    Last year a K Mart near me closed down. A couple months later I saw cars in their parking lot, so I went to check it out. The whole inside looked like a third world market place, with little booths set up using flimsy building materials for the shelving and everything else. It didn’t help that at least half of the vendors were Indian or Pakistani, which just made it look even more third world. It was well on it’s way to looking like a suburb of Mumbai, when the city realized what was going on. It was shut down in a week. I saw it as a metaphor for what’s going on in the rest of the country. It didn’t take long for K Mart to shut down before the “entrepreneurs” began moving in, and BOOM, instant slum. I foresaw this kind of thing back when I and others began losing our jobs in manufacturing. I understood that a prosperous middle class making a decent wage, was what made this country what it was. Well, those days are gone, and they’re not coming back. Once the third world learned to manufacture, that was the end of the good times. Now we are slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) strangling to death. I hate to be a Cassandra, but if you pile up the world’s current problems, throw in some overpopulation, add some climate change just to fuck everything else up, and you’ve got some real problems on the horizon. I’m just being realistic is all, but if you can cheer me up, I’m always listening.

    • City_of_76 January 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

      I’ve got nothing to cheer you up, other than a high-five for your on-point summary of the shit storm we’re living through.

      But I wouldn’t knock those guys with their budget stalls in the formerly first-world marketplace. The veneer of American prosperity and exceptionalism doesn’t wear well, and we’ve got a lot to learn from cultures that have figured out how to keep going on a lot less than we’ve been accustomed to.

    • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 10:13 pm #

      There you are captain spaulding, I was hoping you would drop by today. I picked up “Rise of the Robots” and am speed reading it. I am about half way through. This is the kind of book that lends itself to speed reading and boy is it full of quotable lines.

      -The top 5 percent of households are currently responsible for nearly 40 percent of spending, and that trend towards increased concentration at the top seems almost certain to continue.

      -According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s analysis, income inequality in America is roughly on par with that of the Philippines and significantly exceeds that of Egypt, Yemen, and Tunisia.

      -The primary complaint levelled against the financialization of the economy is that much of this activity is geared towards rent seeking. In other words, the financial sector is not creating real value or adding to the overall welfare of society; it is simply finding ever more creative ways to siphon profits and wealth from elsewhere in the economy.

      -Between 2003 and 2012, the median income of US college graduates with bachelor’s degrees fell from nearly $52,000 to $46,000, measured in 2012 dollars. During the same period, total student loan debt tripled from about $300 billion to $900 billion.

      -The most important factor, of course, has simply been the willingness of students and their families to pay ever-higher prices for an essential–if not sufficient–ticket into middle class

      Of course the book also details the ever faster pace of human job replacement being carried out by computerization and robotization in ever increasing areas and every class of worker. It sure looks to me like somebody, somewhere is planning on doing away with an awful lot of human beings. Does anyone truly believe that once most of us no longer have any jobs or incomes they are going to just mail us money or handouts for free?

      Great suggestion, thank you.

      • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

        They already “vaccinated” you and your entire family with cancer viruses. All they have to do is provide the chemical or even psychological catalyst for the cancer to take over. And you all be gone.

        This is what happens when you let nazis into the country. And you took them in by the millions. But what do I know, I’m just a “conspiracy theorist”.

        • akmofo January 7, 2019 at 10:30 pm #

          Btw, the current statistic is that 1 in 2 will suffer from cancer. And the ages are getting younger and younger.

        • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 11:16 pm #

          You can thank Allen Dulles and his spook buddies for bringing in those Brown Shirts in their Operation Paperclip which was before most of you, and even I was born. The strange thing is that they populate both the Bush and the Clinton Crime Families and pretty much all of the upper level income people. I would not be surprised to see them one day issue us all striped PJ’s with a big letter “L” sewn on them for “Losers”. Us and Them, we were warned yet paid no heed:

          youtube.com/watch?v=eGwtXfIH3bc

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 6:40 am #

            Allen Dulles and his spook buddies are long dead, but the Nazi propaganda “documentaries” about Nazi superweapons still play nonstop on the propaganda outlets. Who is watching these? Who is getting off on this nazi porn, Allen Dulles and his spook buddies?

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 6:47 am #

            When was the last time you saw a documentary about the millions of Nazi victims and what the Nazis did to them? When was the last time they showed you the hundreds of pictures of Vatican clergy all the way to the Pope photographed with these Nazis in group photos?

          • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 8:26 am #

            When was the last time that you saw the media doing anything that educated the masses about the deception that is going on or the history of what happened? They distract and entertain and that is stated in this placed over and over. We reiterated this point so frequently that we now have a resident shill that hawks the worthless media rag if his choice when he is not disrupting the discussion. Sorry but the people are asleep because the were put to sleep to keep them from, making trouble.

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 9:21 am #

            The Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets lost all credibility and ratings and revenue, but they don’t care. That’s not what they are there for. Which tells you everything you need to know about these people. These are foreign agencies staffed by foreign agents serving a foreign agenda.

            I became acutely aware of this during the 1982 Lebanon war and then shortly later during the Intifada war when the most outrageous Paliwood staged lies and propaganda villainy against Israel was continually broadcasted 24/7 nonstop for years upon years. No matter how many people pointed out the blatant lies and deceptions to the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets, the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets continued with the same, worldwide! There was no dissenting voice out there. That’s when my eyes opened up and I understood the system for what it is.

            They financed the Jihadistanis to mass murder Jews and Israelis they invented their lying propaganda Paliwood narratives and then they portray Israelis as villains for defending themselves against Jihadi occupation and aggression. Even the barrier that Israel built to protect its population was rebuked as “criminal” by the Vatican/CIA mafia. The only satisfaction for them was for Israel to surrender and die.

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            The Mohammed al Dura Hoax

            youtu.be/02x_4If0gmw

            Not once did the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets come out to correct their story. This was a huge and a shocking incident, and it was meant to stir Jihadist animus in the Arab and Muslim streets against Israel and embroil Israel in a global Jihadist war. That was always their plan even from the beginning of Israel’s inception, when they armed 5 Arab armies to genocide the infant Jewish state and its Jewish population while they maintained an arms embargo on it.

            Even when an Israeli investigation conclusively concluded that the Mohammed al Dura incident was staged, the Vatican/CIA propaganda outlets remain silent regards this staged incident. And in fact they still remain silent regards the whole industry of Paliwood anti-Israeli staged propaganda, which they take part in financing scripting staging and propagating.

            Not one “news” organization has come out to expose this. Not one! Because they are all the same.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

            There a statue in Israel to the Jew who machine gunned a Mosque killing two dozen. So much for Israel’s commitment against terrorism. You don’t like it when it’s against you. How original!

            The Muslims caught an Israeli group publishing Korans with all the bad stuff about Jews taken out. Now that’s a fake Koran!

          • akmofo January 8, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

            People are on to the game of divide and conquer. So too are many Arabs and Muslims. Good luck to you and your race theories when the Arabs and Muslims come for you. They will not be patient like us and wait for god to exact his revenge on you, that I guarantee you.

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 12:30 am #

            Yes, someone is dividing and conquering. But who? Suddenly the Muslims are potential allies in the eradication of the White German Nazis. The only problem is, Muslims are nothing more than Vatican Facists as you have said. The only good thing is Israel and the Jews. You yourself have said you eagerly await both the defeat and destruction of the White German Nazis and Islamo-Facists. So who here is truly desiring conquest?

          • akmofo January 9, 2019 at 1:10 am #

            Indeed, who? Let the nazi demon pretend he doesn’t know the answer, that he doesn’t know history, and then flip the answer on its head. C’mon, do it!

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 8:55 am #

            We all know the answer silly. The Zionist regime that rules the world. The one that you toil for so diligently each day.

          • akmofo January 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

            There you go, that wasn’t so hard. I always knew you had it in you.

      • elysianfield January 8, 2019 at 11:46 am #

        “Does anyone truly believe that once most of us no longer have any jobs or incomes they are going to just mail us money or handouts for free? ”

        Walter,
        The Government’s options are limited;

        Hire us, Or

        Support us, Or

        Kill us….

        If there is a fourth option, I would like to hear it.

    • montsegur January 8, 2019 at 8:17 am #

      Sounds like a “shopping mall” I saw on the Canary Islands. Looked standard on the outside; the inside was filled with a developing-world marketplace.

      Oddly, the hawkers all knew to call out “Sir! Sir!” to the men, but to the women, they shouted out the Phil Silver-ish “Hey Lady!”

      Cheers

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  56. BackRowHeckler January 7, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

    In a neighborhood in New Britain. CT, near the university campus, there’s a street where the houses are pre fab construction sold by Sears in the 1920s and 30s. There are a few different styles; the way it worked is you ordered one from the catalog for about $800 and it came in on the train to your local freight station. From what I understand, the house came with instructions, and many people put them together themselves over foundations they dug with picks and shovels. Of course, it had to be plumbed and wired. To this day these little bungalos are mostly attractive and well cared for, people who own them know the history and take pride in it.

    Brh

    • malthuss January 8, 2019 at 12:20 am #

      Your stories are so interesting.

      I assume the houses were wood.

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 1:11 am #

      That is amazing and very cool. They should be treated like historical homes and registered as such. Pure Americana!

      • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 7:06 am #

        Yeah Malth, they are wood. I think they started out at about 1000 sq ft, but over the years many additions and alterations have been made. One anomilie about these Sears pre fab houses is that they sit on large 1/2 acre lots, plenty of land being available in a sparsely, relatively low population US. Nowadays you see just the opposite, huge mcmansions on postage stamp size lots. People back then had orchards on their property — apples and pears — and some of these survive too. I think people lived with more dignity in the era theae houses were built.

        Brh

        • stelmosfire January 8, 2019 at 8:52 am #

          They sold apt. buildings also. Lets see Bezos try to pull this off.
          searsarchives.com/homes/images/1921-1926/1921_0247.jpg

          • stelmosfire January 8, 2019 at 9:01 am #

            $4447 in 1926 is about $62,000 today without labor, foundation, plumbing, heat electric and land I really don’t know if is comparable

          • General Kluster January 11, 2019 at 7:41 am #

            Kind of a box with wood/cedar siding (shiplap?) and a craftsman-like facade, yes?

            “$4447 in 1926 is about $62,000 today without labor, foundation, plumbing, heat electric and land I really don’t know if is comparable.” ~ stelmosfire

            If the current status-quo– the crony-capitalist plutarchy– is a race-to-the-bottom, so to speak, then probably not.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 1:52 am #

      The modern Little House movement appears to be stillborn. Immediately the “boutique” types got into, jacking the price up to 50k and more.

  57. BuckP January 7, 2019 at 9:56 pm #

    If I recall correctly, in 2005, Alan Greenspan, then the Federal Reserve Chairman, told Congress he could guarantee that the money needed to pay future Social Security benefits would be available but he couldn’t guarantee the value of that money. Kind of scary, when you think about it.
    Just like in the Great Depression but now far fewer in number, people (farmers) that grow their own food and are still connected to the land will survive. The rest of us reliant on JIT supply chains for our survival will probably be in trouble. My wife’s relatives are farmers in Kansas, I hope we make it there in time before the Big Crisis,as predicted by Charles Hugh Smith, takes hold in 2023 to 2025, but filling up the auto with gasoline might be problematic.
    The following link is to an eye-opening blog by Charles Hugh Smith
    oftwominds.com/blogjan19/2025-crisis1-19.html

    • Walter B January 7, 2019 at 11:18 pm #

      Guess what Buck, if money has no value then it isn’t really money anymore, it is just worthless shit. Thanks Greenspan you dick, I hope you enjoy the show.

  58. psteckler January 8, 2019 at 12:03 am #

    The parent company of Performance Bicycle has also filed for bankruptcy recently. Performance was originally a mail order house, and they built retail locations in many places in the US. Unless you wanted really high-end items or very special gear, you could find decent stuff in their stores. Rumor has it that all of the stores will close. They’re having “inventory reduction” sales now.

    Of course, there are lots of local bike shops around, and several very good online bike shops to fill the void. Still, it’s sad to see Performance fall down.

  59. Pucker January 8, 2019 at 12:11 am #

    Apparently, because of the low interest rate since Obama, companies have been borrowing money which has been used to buy back company shares which has driven up the stock prices. One result of this is that now 50% of corporate bonds are now rated BBB, which could go to Junk Bond status as the economy tanks this year and next. Presumably, as the BBB’s go Junk, then many of the funds will have to dump the Junk bonds to invest in something else as per their investment mandates. What result?

  60. Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 1:50 am #

    Does her house have walls? Thus she is an immoral hypocrite. And those who support her are immoral fools.

  61. Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 1:59 am #

    Imagine you are diagnosed with a deadly but quite possibly treatable form of cancer. But treating it means surgery, chemo, etc. Months off from work. You decide it will cause too much disruption to your life and decide not to do anything about the cancer. Death is preferable to so much trouble and lose of income. Crazy?

    Just so people who bitch about how much trouble and disruption that the Fight for Wall is causing. They are thinking very small. If we don’t solve this, the Cancer of Globalism will end the Life of America, the real America.

    • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 9:23 am #

      I do not believe that it is that death is preferable Janos, but that humans have a way of denying anything that is uncomfortable for them to think about. They deny the fact that they may have cancer and prefer to pretend to convince themselves that it cannot be so and maybe it will go away. They utilize this mentality in so many aspects of their lives and they always have and always will. Martin Luther wrote in the early 1500’s that people constantly denied their own mortality, preferring to pretend that they would never die, even when life expectancy was a small fraction of what it is today.

      If you talk to people about robots and AI taking over one day and eliminating us they say “Oh well, nothing you can do about it”. If you discuss the instability of the world financial system or the collapse of the economy of the US, they Say “It can never happen here or in MY lifetime”. Humans are deniers by nature, they prefer happy, happy, happy and those who profit at their expense know this and take full advantage of it don’t they?

      • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:51 am #

        I think you have human nature pegged pretty well Walter. That is why it seems like it always takes disasters or severe crises before society addresses problems. One could look at this nature and argue for leaders who are proactive and ahead of human nature so to speak in that way. But then if you do argue for that, people will say you are arguing for authoritarianism. Essentially, there is no way to win with most people.

        • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

          You hit the nail on the head Starlight. In order to solve problems you have to piss off all of those who are causing the problem and if they have friends, buddies, and those who profit from the wrongdoing, well they will all gang up against you. Problem solvers have a damned difficult time winning popularity contests, and that’s what elections really are. Those who claim that what we need (besides the world’s biggest group enema) is a dictator, understand this fact. Unfortunately, dictators always seem to go way, way overboard into tyranny don’t they? Unfortunately, collapse is almost always followed by a dictator which might explain why those in the driver’s seat are going hell bent for leather to keep the music playing.

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 1:17 am #

            Yep, many dictators do go overboard. But as you point out, they tend to rise out of chaos and collapse. In conditions of chaos and collapse people are already gavitating to the problem-solvers. Hopefully the problem-solvers will be moral people. Clearly many people in charge now are either not good problem-solvers or oppose good solutions.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

        Quite so. Thus democracy is contraindicated. Only the qualified should be voting, and at the higher level, the qualifications should be quite stringent. A graduated citizenship.

  62. FincaInTheMountains January 8, 2019 at 5:49 am #

    New Year’s holidays is a time of summing up, and for America as a prototype of the Asimov “First Foundation”, such a time has come.

    The great epoch is leaving, now irrevocably and obviously to all.

    This turning point seems to correspond to the finale of the second book of the Trilogy. The title of the second book, “Foundation and Empire”, hints at the bipolar world order, in the finale of which the First Foundation, even led by Mule, could not establish itself as a new unipolar empire.

    Let’s allow ourselves a small retrospection of the circumstances of this victory, which turned out not so much as defeat, but as a state of uncertainty, a transitional period and the need to reaffirm its status, “to make the Foundation great again”.

    First of all, the ending of the second book describes a deep split in the elites of the Foundation, when the “Democrats” fiercely resist Mule in every state and in every satellite of the almost-created global unipolar empire.

    In this case, a series of defeats plunges “Democrats” into an increasingly loud despondency and public depression. So they are manifesting their frustration on the streets and in the Mass Media: “Everything is lost, damned Mule is elected to rule because of the intervention of the Second Foundation”.

    The Azimov’ “era of the Mule wars” may well be translated from American English as the “period of hybrid wars.” And such an interpretation for the finale of the outgoing monopolar world hits the bull’s eye. In addition, we recall that Mule as the impersonal avatar of the community is an inter-party political hybrid between the Elephant and the Donkey. He received unprecedented arbitration powers during a showdown between two American parties and the two wings of the Anglo-Saxon financial and trade elite.

    However, it is for this reason that the Mule does not want, nor can he destroy his opponents, who at the same time, apart from their own will, are his assistants. Otherwise, there will be no one to control and no one to exert his powers through.

    In this sense, yes, Mule is impotent. Financial control can be fed only with the energy of an irreconcilable confrontation of the elites, and at the expense of this energy can put them under the control of the rigid restrictions of strong-willed market decisions.

    Otherwise, Mule’s entire ephemeral quasi-empire will collapse along with his departure from the scene. The expansion of his power was possible only through the expansion of partly controlled by him supranational bureaucracy (Toran) and specific American digital culture (Bayta Darell). As soon as this expansion reached its limits but not its goals, Mule’s further fate (as well as the fate of the financial control) is to retain control and maintain the status quo in the subordinate part of the Galaxy.

    But for this, it is better to be in the shadows, releasing the subordinate viceroy to the public arena. At the same time, only Mule himself has the right to sometimes spill the truth into the controlled information field, this is the basis of his power of the shadow “ruling Jester”.

    We can note one more thing: in spite of all the public rhetoric, in private Bayta threatens Mule with the might of the Second Foundation. How similar it is to the strategy of the American Democrats: to pin two superpowers against each other so that the Second Foundation would support their protégés in other “worlds” (countries) against the growing influence of the Financial Control. Only here, the Second Foundation, despite rumors of its power, does not manifest itself fully and does not rush to help any of the three heads of the global financial oligarchy.

    It is also important that the winner of the First Foundation Mule no longer has support in the intellectual community.

    The digital culture of tolerance has already managed to kill off the creative part of the university elite, which was the only thread of possible influence on the intellectual elite of the Second Foundation. So the only political support for Mule is the special service Captain Han Pritcher, who is also under the financial and media control, but does not have a special love for the boss.

    Perhaps, even the small details of the last chapter of the second book of the Trilogy have correspondence in the recent twists and turns of American politics. For example, Mule recalled that he had made a mistake during the trio’s stay on NeoTrentor. Actually, because of this, he was exposed by Bayta, that is, the digital “cultural” community of America.

    And in fact, such a loud revelation took place two years ago, and just recently ended with a court sentence against Paul Manafort. That is, even before that, the “Democrats” could have guessed that the third force of the financial special services, even under Obama, put at the head of Ukraine (Novorossiya) the former head of the automobile park of the largest oligarch Yanukovich. But when the same political consultant headed Trump’s election campaign, the henchman and the “shadow mask” of the Mule, the doubts turned into confidence.

    There are at the end of the chapter complaints of Mule about the excessive frankness of the intelligence community, who by old habits leaking information to the controlled Mule’s opponents. What we have in real America.

    However, the most final chord was the reasoning about the impossibility for Mule to create a dynasty. Yes, he himself does not hide that he would have dreamed to intermarry with the digital Bayta in order to guarantee expansion in the world and prolong the situation of total financial control forever.

    However, in real life, and not in theory, digital control is too expensive or simply does not work if and when it contradicts the interests of not only the elite, but also society as a whole. To some extent it works, so Bayta remains with Mule, but not forever and not entirely.

    Perhaps this final part of the interpretation is the most important prophecy, similar to very well known to all:
    It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Rev 13:16

    This means that the prophetic parable of Asimov confirms the futility of such attempts, although today everyone really has a phone number on his arm or on his brow, to which digital payments are already attached.

    It looks like the very dark period during the winter solstice, after which there is a turn towards the light, albeit slowly. And the turn is indicated in all three books.

  63. Pucker January 8, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    Trump wants to build a big Wall. I suppose that some Walls keep people Out? Some Walls keep people In? And some Walls keep people guessing? Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his congregation (which was 80% black) to go to Guyana in South America to labor on a Plantation in the jungle. (By the way, his congregation never figured out that it was a Slave Plantation. They loved it because all of the slaves were equal.). I guess that Reverend Jones figured that the remote jungle was a natural Wall to keep his “Children” in and his enemies out? If you’re gonna do the Totalitarian Thang, then you need a big Wall, right? All that the showman, PT Barnum Trump, has to do is build that Wall and then the people will be hoodwinked and Trump will have his big Wall of Authority and Prestige? The Wall is a big symbol, like a Big Dick, right?

    • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 7:28 am #

      The US built the Panama Canal, 1903-1914 (completed the day WW1 broke out) What was that a symbol of? A border wall shouldnt be any problem; army corp of engineers should be able to build it cheap and fast.

      Brh

    • FincaInTheMountains January 8, 2019 at 7:34 am #

      The problem is this: if the wall is really built, then it will most likely become a fairly effective method of restricting illegal migration.

      This will be a big political victory for the president, but not only.

      Restricting illegal migration (and in the United States now, according to the most conservative estimates, about ten million illegal immigrants) – this is also a serious limitation of the possibilities for increasing the electorate of the Democratic Party, which is counting on a regular mass amnesty of illegal immigrants.

      Moreover, Republicans fear that “illegal immigrants” are already voting in American elections: the fact is that American standards for holding “fair” elections are very different from Russia and in many states, for example, you can safely vote without producing any identifying documents.

      Video surveillance is not conducted at the polling stations (unlike in Russia) and there is an opportunity to vote by mail according to a scheme that makes it possible to carry out massive falsifications without any problems.

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:56 am #

      You know, why in the world does everything always have to be assumed to be a phallic symbol? How do you know that the Wall isn’t a big symbol for a chastity belt!? In this instance, it is all about keeping people (mostly male by the way) out you know. Jeez!

  64. montsegur January 8, 2019 at 8:14 am #

    Same with Harry Reid. Lives in a walled neighborhood with security personnel controlling entry and exit. Hypocrisy is apparently quite addictive.

    Cheers

  65. deetrump January 8, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    “The US built the Panama Canal …A border wall shouldn’t be any problem; army corp of engineers should be able to build it cheap and fast.” –Walter B

    I suppose so, as long as we treat property owners in California, Arizona, and Texas the way we treated property owners in Panama. I see a mess of law suits relating to eminent domain preventing a wall ever being built.

    The fake crisis of the southern border does not justify a wall. Only six “suspected terrorist” were arrested crossing the southern border, while 41 were arrested crossing the northern border, according to Trump’s Border Patrol database.

    Actual terrorists carrying weapons with plans to attack LAX were arrested crossing the northern border on the Olympic Peninsula. The northern border is the problem. Canada is full of Muslims. Mexico is not.

    • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 9:24 am #

      That was BackRowHeckler not me with that remark.

      • deetrump January 8, 2019 at 9:29 am #

        So sorry, Walter B. Chalk it up to being new here and just learning the ropes. I’ll try to be more careful.

        • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 9:39 am #

          New here? You’ve been here since Day 1, Little Jane.

          Actually, Little Jane, you’ve got bigger problems: Buzzy is not showing up for court. Maybe she’ll be back, I don’t know. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

          Brh

          • deetrump January 8, 2019 at 9:58 am #

            Who is Little Jane? I don’t see anyone who has that handle.

            RBG is not a worry. Recovering takes time, up to three months. She is only on day 18 post-operation. No reason for concern.

          • malthuss January 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm #

            Janet, Asoka, etc.

        • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 10:00 am #

          I know really, come on Janet. We know it’s you. You can feel comfortable in your own skin. Nobody is worried about your presence.

          • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

            Simply for the entertainment value alone, I can’t wait til DJT gets to appoint another Supreme Court Justice. Its gonna make the Kavanaugh hearings look like an interview to get on the local Board of Ed. This time tho it’ll probably be a female candidate so the Dems won’t be able to hang a rape charge on her, but you never know im certain they’ll come up with something juicy and scandalous.

            Brh

          • malthuss January 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

            We know it’s you.

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 1:28 am #

            Hmmm, if she happens to be a conservative it will get really nasty. The only women still considered fair game for ridicule and public scorn are conservative women.

  66. Pucker January 8, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    Without a Big Wall everything goes “Ape Shit”, right?

    When Shane Bauer worked for $9 bucks an hour at the Winn Correctional Facility in Louisiana in 2014 he opened numerous love letters between male innates and released former male inmates. Also, lots of heterosexual sex between female guards and male inmates.

    I’m sure that sex between the slaves, and between the slaves and the white “Masters”, and between the slaves and the white cracker overseers on the antebellum Southern Plantations was a big huge headache? Frederick Douglass in his autobiography mentions the common spectacle of mixed Mulatto Slave kids growing up on Southern plantations who grew up to look like their white “Master” “Daddies”, and how this phenomenon drove the white “Ladies of the House” wives crazy….

    But what can you do? It’s not easy managing the staff….

    • malthuss January 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

      yawn. Look at the rape stats.

      0 reported rapes of Black females by White males.

  67. SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    If walls are immoral then we shouldn’t live in anything and just exist out in the open. I guess a tent may be ok since it isn’t made of solid walls? Time to start knocking down buildings I guess. This is getting really dumb.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

      No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American People.

      Mencken

      In other words, this kind of stupidity works. Just like, “Yes, yes we can”. Or “Change” (the dummies never asked to what?).

  68. PeteAtomic January 8, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    I for one am not unhappy about the death of Kmart. I just hope all the “marts” die off with it, including the big W.

    The thousand mile supply chains that these marts rely on for cheap Asian made products are fragile. So, I think if they become to expensive to maintain, this will give local people an “in” to reclaim the products & services the Marts have monopolized for decades now.

    So, Death to the Marts! Long Live Main Street!

    🙂

    • SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 10:02 am #

      Sounds like a slogan to me. Are you going to be running for President in 2020 :-)?

  69. Pucker January 8, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    Every now-and-then I wonder whatever happened to the Chinese mongaloid kid who used to work the deep fat fryer at the local McDonald’s? He seemed so proud of himself when hoisting the big wire basket of light golden brown French fries out of the hot boiling vat of oil and then drenching the greasy fries in a thick coat of salt. I read somewhere that the McDonald’s fast work workers’ uniforms are sewn by prison labor.

    Are you one of those Utopian Man-of-the-People blokes who volunteers at the local soup kitchen making bean soup for hobo’s and who thinks that everyone should have a job and dignity in the society no matter how fucked up everything is?

  70. deetrump January 8, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    “So, Death to the Marts! Long Live Main Street!” –PeteAtomic

    Amen. Same goes for Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc..

    • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      DT

      Just visited Europe and Mexico over the last few months. The difference in economic foundations between the US and these two European sites is striking. They are so much more Main Street than we are, their entire structure is small business centered. Not to say that the conglomerates(that is what they really are) are not trying to wedge their way in, but the Common Culture of these countries are limiting their success. The real problem here is the preferential tax treatment the conglomerates get from the lobbying machine known as the Deep State. The necessary competition from mid size and small business is missing in this country. The more of the conglomerates that economic free market forces drive out of business the better.

      Remember that in your socialistic leanings, DT, you are rooting against yourself.

  71. SoftStarLight January 8, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    Tonight President Trump is giving an address about the Wall. I wonder if he is going to press the national emergency button? Aren’t we kinda having a national emergency in several different areas? I think we need to talk about a lot actually. Like when you have had a huge argument and haven’t been talking for a long time. We have to live together in the same house, unless some of us leave, SO we should talk. And guess what, a house has WALLS!

    • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #

      And a door where the owners can control access to the house. Not so much at our borders. This is not trivial, read below my opinion. This situation is global, well financed and well orchestrated and has really only one opponent left. You better believe that the Secret Service is on super alert these days.

  72. JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:31 am #

    Well, tonight will tell.

    Trump is going to put forth a rational presentation of what is going on at the border and what its effects are on the population of the US. I hope he has lots of videos, white boards, statistics that will convince the folks that the Latin takeover is well underway.

    The real situation is sadder however. Tonight will be a ratings measure of how far along the demographic takeover that the Latinos have accomplished to date, and not just Latinos. The whole global onslaught against the US is being facilitated by the onslaught of refugees at the border. Where the heck did these poor, indigent, hopeless people get the wherewithal, organization and promise to move 1500 miles north and invade, yes invade a foreign country headed up by the devil himself, according to the Liberal Lords setting it all up. The New World Order and its Liberal Lords in socialist Latin America are putting everything they have into the invasion.

    That is how critical the address tonight may be.

    Again, the address may be moot, a last ditch effort to awaken what is left of the Common culture of the US, yes all the White Nationalists. But also, minorities that are breaking out of their economic logjams and realize that a liberal socialistic takeover of their and their cohorts lives will stifle the progress they are making. This is the core of Trump’s base.

    Are there enough capitalistic republican ( small c) folks left to offset the onslaught, especially when the state and locals of the Blue states enable the “new” Americans to vote.

    Wake up USA, listen tonight, realize that the takeover is very, very close. And stop listening to the MSM who is lubricating the tracks toward America’s demise.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      And in Trump we have a very imperfect champion, his heart divided between his own Class and his Base, with his kids mostly married into the International Race. Ivanka was filmed sitting with friends disparaging her father during the election. It’s clear where her heart is. And who knows what Trump really believers – perhaps not even he himself. Sometimes when you ask someone what they believe, it’s quite clear they don’t know themselves. Often you keep see them changing their beliefs based on how you’ve asked.

      A few days ago we were getting out of Syria. Now he says he never said when that was going to happen – a classic dodge.

    • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 1:44 am #

      Yes, he is our imperfect champion but I am at the very least happy that this national conversation is ocurring. He is probably still going to have to call a national emergency. It’s clear that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have no concern for ordinary citizens and only serve the corporate and ideological interests that want open borders. I am glad Trump mentioned all of the politicians living behind their walls refusing to protect the country.

  73. volodya January 8, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    Debt isn’t capital. It just pretends to be.

    This is JHK’s best insight. Never heard it said like this and in fewer words. But it’s the truth.

    Share capital has no set repayment terms, it depends on the profitability of the company for a distribution of profits to re-fill the coffers of the investor-shareholders.

    Debt, however, is a different animal. It takes precedence over share capital when it comes to divvying up company money whether it’s dividends or in a liquidation.

    Debt-holders IOW want their money when it’s due and not the next day or the next month or next year. To say it another way you can’t keep somebody else’s money indefinitely and there’s a cost to using it, or at least there used to be. Debt started to masquerade as capital when central banks started to suppress interest rates and the real cost of borrowing went to zero or less than zero.

    But, in the end, no matter the interest rate, debt-holders want their money back. This is where the mask drops off.

    Making believe that debt is capital is just one of the lies in capital markets. Making believe that return on share capital is anything other than what the word “return” actually means is another lie. “Return” means exactly that, the company cuts checks to shareholders periodically, returning their money.

    Of course Wall Street’s Book of Lies would have it otherwise, dividends are for sissies say the big swinging dinks, real men earn their – cough – “return” from the greater fool that buys the shares. But, of course, this isn’t a “return” as the company hasn’t shelled out anything. Call it something else, say a capital gain, just don’t call it what it ain’t because it’s dishonest.

    Suppressing interest rates does double duty, both bond and share prices get goosed, the bond-holder and share-holder both wait for the greater fool, and the game of financial musical chairs goes merrily along. As JHK sez, Wall Street made millions off the pretense, which depended on suppressed interest rates.

    But then the music stops. This is what happened in 2000 and 08.

    So they doubled down on a disastrous ploy and gave us ZIRP. Do they think it’ll end any better this time around? In any case, deliberately suppressing interest rates is dishonest. It’s a manipulation that favors some over others.

    But dishonesty is Wall Street’s modus and the result isn’t price “discovery” but rather its opposite. What comes out of capital markets is disinformation deliberately inculcated with the complicity of the Fed and other central banks for the purpose of keeping Wall Streets’s scams and ponzis alive.

    Do you think the Fed or SEC are there as regulatory mechanisms? Think again.

    • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

      You have half of it.

      The financial markets increased GDP share stems from the decline of the ” true wealth” economy, people consuming things made by other people. Wealth is man hours, always has been and always will be.

      Conglomerates, assisted by the traitors in the Deep State, have stripped this country of “true wealth” and offshored it. What is left here? Advertising, computer systems and applications, and finance.

      What we are witnessing is the drop off of domestic value of just about everything, as indicated by the stock and bond markets. Finance is not wealth as we shall soon see.

      Bonds. Debt

      Creditors Debt

      Stocks. Shared ownership.

      Bonds paid first, then creditors, then stocks. We share in the demise of Sears. People who want the conglomerates to fail, I hope you are not counting on pensions or market accounts.

      • volodya January 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

        I agree with everything you say here. But half of it? If that. I’m probably not even close to half, I’m just a simple mule-skinner so I’m just skimming the surface, Wall Street’s subversion multi-faceted and their Book of Lies a multi-generation and multi-volume work.

        No matter, you’re right about financial wealth being illusory. For one thing, that “wealth” depends on the courts and the police muscle of the state to enforce it. But mostly it exists in the observance of people that believe it exists.

        But what if a lawyer shows up with his briefcase full of contracts and certificates? Do you honor what the papers say? Or do you send the lawyer on his way maybe encouraging his departure at the business end of a gun? What good are his papers in that scenario?

        Stock prices signify “wealth” only because somebody else in the future will agree to buy that stock. How else? That stock certificate entitles the owner to his fractional share of dividends declared. What happens if the company doesn’t pay dividends? Then why would anyone want to own that stock? And what if the owner can’t sell the stock?

        It’s a Wall Street lie, a BIG one, that shareholders own the business. Ownership means the right of sole use and possession and shareholders have no such right, share holding merely conferring certain rights, ownership of the business NOT being one of them.

        Similarly company cash is NOT shareholder cash, it’s company cash, pure and simple.

        Nobody “owns” a publicly traded company any more than the management of the company owns the company’s employees. I could go on but you get my drift.

        And no, I’m not depending on market accounts, nor pensions. I still have some teeth in my head. But it’s a good point, that would be foolish.

        • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

          Good reply.

          Companies sell stock to raise capital to do stuff. Small percentage shareholders have no power, it is true.

          However, Wall Street manipulations where people control 51 or more % of a company control the votes in shareholder meetings and therefore direct the management. They do not own the company, all the shareholders do, but they control the action.

          My point was the bond holders and creditors get their payout first in bankruptcy proceedings, like Sears. The shareholders get what is left divided according to what the lawyers set up. Pennies on the dollar typically.

          That is why bonds are lower yield but lower risk.

          With pure socialism, the government owns and runs the economy.

          Where is the incentive to produce, to make a profit? The government? Yeah right.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        A thing is worth what people will pay for it. Unfortunately, we not only have desires, but needs. Thus a car out of gas but full of gold is useless to its owner/occupant. He would sell it all for a couple of gallons of gas to get out of there and a gallon of water to keep him alive while he does so.

        How much is the White Republic worth? What will people sacrifice for it? So far they’ve chosen spicy food, cheap labor, and strange flesh instead.

        • volodya January 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

          I don’t put a lot of stock in skin color given that we were sold out by people whose skin color is white. I’ll take someone who makes common cause with me regardless of pigmentation. But that’s just me.

          There’s this Korean chick that plays the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The first time I saw it it grabbed me by the throat. In this vid she’s 15 but plays like a 40 year old that survived the Russian Front. I’ll take her, she plays my music, and I’ll take people that subscribe to what I hold dear and I don’t give a shit about their color. These folk preserve what my European forefathers created. Indulge me and give a listen, especially around the 4 minute mark if you don’t want to bother with the musical foreplay:

          youtube.com/watch?v=tsEDH93OAfg

          • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

            Beautious my friend, thank you for sharing. The violin is a superb instrument, surpassed only IMHO by the piano and the French Horn, but that’s just me.

            It is easy to look past skin color or ethnicity when we interact one on one with our diverse fellow humans. It is when they bunch up with one another and put you on the outside that it becomes difficult. And the more rats that are jammed into the rat race the more difficult it becomes to tolerate those of our own kind much less than those who are different. In the end it is all about the numbers, don’t you think?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

            You still assume like all Liberals (and “Conservatives” are Liberals in the larger sense) that if you give up Race, that other races will too; much like a small child who covers their face and assume no one can see them either. Sorry guy, I admire many of your posts and ideas, but this one is a clunker. It really is that childish.

            Many White men have gone to Japan and Korea and mastered Japanese and Korean martial arts. The natives will even bow to them, pay them money to study with them, and call them, “sensei” or the Korean equivalent. Yet not for a minute does even the youngest of them ever accept the White as one of their own. They gave their the Art to the world and some became very good at it and even came AS GUESTS to study it. That is all.

            One whimsical professor of yesteryear, Lacadafio Hearn, so loved Japan that he applied for citizenship. They reluctantly agreed, making him take his Japanese wife’s name. Then he was treated with contempt. He realized his error: before he had been an honored guest, a Sensei of Japanese History and Literature. Now he was just a punk because he had so lowered himself to take his wife’s name.

            You need to get closer to Nature. Whites have lost it, whereas our competitors, the Jews, the Muslims, and the East Asians never do, no matter how high they rise as individuals or cultures.

          • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

            No Janos you misread me once again. When I say WE interact with others I was referring to ALL of us WE’s out there, for all races do the same thing to one another. They all bunch up against the others. Unlike the SJW’s and Snowflakes of today, I place no more blame on whites then I do on everybody else. You and I both know that THE most racist bunch on the planet are those that judge their own on a scale starting at Nairobi Blue Blacks all the way to Mocha-Choca Java’s and hundreds of varying shades in between. Heck we are all simply “white” even if beige is the more factual color in reality. Nope, everyone is a racist in his or her own way (as Barney would say) and that is why the term holds zero value to me.

          • volodya January 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

            WalterB, I agree with you, that we look after our own interests first and that tolerance for people whose interests conflict with ours has a short shelf life. As you say, it’s about the numbers.

            I suppose I judge people by what they do. My name being Tucker not Sucker so I calculate who I should accept as mine.

            This young gal makes it her life’s work to preserve OUR cultural inheritance, ie people who aren’t like her in appearance or language or habits or traditions, yet she sees beauty in our music and culture. It’s a reciprocal thing, this is a really big thing she’s doing for us and if she does that for us, I’ll take her as one of my own with no hesitation.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

            Ah, the easy way, volly. The path of inevitable extinction. Politeness and “culture” (where is my revolver?) before survival. I assure you sir, they don’t respect that at all. No more than I do.

            Civilizations stomp up on Hob Nailed Boots and descend in silken slippers. Behold the psychology of the slipper.

            Btw, I like classical. And there are many gifted East Asian instrumentalists. Some like Yo Yo Ma even transcend themselves in the music (overcoming East Asian reserve and lack of emotion) and become universal. Nothing in what I said forbids appreciation of other cultures or individuals of other races. Nor does it forbid exchange between such. What I said pertains to the Love of one’s own people and culture – and it obviously escapes you entirely. Thus in the end, we will bring nothing to the table because we have nothing – and we will be universally despised. Already well underway.

          • volodya January 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

            Where’s the love janos? The upper classes sold out not just the USA but the entire West and built up China as an adversary, all for their own benefit. Who do I owe love to? The people sell out the West or the people that preserve its works?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

            Walt: As if race was just skin color and therefore discrimination (as in not asking telephone poles out for dates) always just bigotry. There is zero merit in this point of view and all of experience and more than a century of academic study disproves it. Fail.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm #

            Exactly Volodya. We’re at the bottom, betrayed by all. Recognizing that, we can rebuild from zero. No Liberal Universalism this time. No race blindness and as a fucking excuse to savage your own people. Anyone who does goes outside the Wall or to the Wall if you get my drift. Oh yes, Treason must become real again, and punishable to the ultimate extent.

            The Neo Cons (the inner core of which is the Tribe) is allied with China, many of whom are intermarrying with them, intent no doubt on doing to them what they did to us. And Chinese seem vulnerable, fascinated by how they downed the West and hoping to get in on the game.

          • Walter B January 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

            How can you jump to such accusations that I think race is just skin color Janos? I really credited you with far too much intelligence if you can make that jump. I mean seriously, who is unaware of the Asian Hive Mentality, a most frightening trait and one which allows them to put so little value on human life. I may say skin color but what I mean is culture and that includes all of the many factors, lifestyles and mentalities that are inherent in different manifestations in different peoples. Now if one of your problems with me is my unwillingness to band together with all other white people in some form of Greasy Grass Last Stand, I have to tell you that it ain’t gonna happen. I cannot stand with skinheads or snowflakes, and certainly not the suited Wall Street White guys who screwed this all up in the first place. Their kind may have built the nation but they are responsible for losing it now, and I think a bit of payback is in order. There is no salvation to be had standing back to back surrounded by angry enemies with sellout scum. I prefer to hang separately rather than together with them.

          • elysianfield January 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

            Volodya,

            C U L T U R E, not color…never really has been any different to the intelligent, where color never has been an issue.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

            E: More fail. “Color” (among other traits) is the outward manifestation of Race. And each Race produces their own unique culture.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 8, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

            Walt: You are obviously of two (or more) minds about the subject. And perhaps these different minds or selves don’t talk to each other much – thus the lack of integration and summation. But I admit that answering me with a different mind than the one that was being addressed is a good and disconcerting tactic, one that leaves you feeling self righteous and your opponent bewildered. But I’ve see you do this before so the effect is lessened.

            You’ve admitted as much before – that you do it for practical/political reasons. I’m merely suggesting there may be a deeper reason, namely the lack of integration – which is the lot of most people. Depending on how they feel, they’ll be different at different times and therefore believe differently.

          • elysianfield January 10, 2019 at 11:57 am #

            “E: More fail. “Color” (among other traits) is the outward manifestation of Race. And each Race produces their own unique culture”

            Janos,
            With all respect, I would have to reply; “Negatory Buffalo Bob”.* People in all cultures do not uniformly manifest the traits of the existing culture…some accept, some desist, some resist. I believe that you, yourself would not treat a friendly brown face with hatred or contempt when encountered in a civil atmosphere.

            * Not necessarily so….

          • Janos Skorenzy January 10, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

            Well of course not. I’m talking about high end people. Most people know nothing about their own culture – they are just “mensch material”, natural serfs and slaves. We call them consumers and voters. Voters. Contemplate that.

            I take each person as they come while I simultaneously know what to expect. Occasionally I am surprised, but usually not. If I was constantly surprised, my knowledge base would be proven wrong. It is not and I am not.

            Remember Ali: he was killing someone on the battlefield, and the man spat in his face. Ali didn’t kill him. The mas asked why did you stop. Ali replied, “I got angry.” There is no need for extra unpleasantness even as we do must needs must be done. No need to get “personal” in other words. Love all and strike hard.

          • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

            Love all and strike hard…that is an intriguing view.

  74. deetrump January 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

    “So they doubled down and gave us ZIRP” —volodya

    Actually they have been steadily raising interest rates, not giving us ZIRP.

    FED INTEREST RATES

    2019 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40% 2.40%

    2018 1.79% 1.42% 2.40% 1.34% 2.40%

    2017 1.00% 0.55% 1.42% 0.55% 1.33%

    2016 0.39%

    • shabbaranks January 8, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      The Fed kept rates near zero for the duration of the Obama presidency. It raised rates one time before the November 2016 election. Since Trump was elected, it has raised rates seven or eight times and is forecasting two more raises in 2019.

      Obama told America that 3% GDP growth was unattainable. As soon as Trump began to deliver growth in that range, he was hit with a spate of rate increases.

      • deetrump January 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

        Volodya said: “Do they think it’ll end any better this time around?” which seemed to indicate 2019, not the Obama administration. We are not getting ZIRP this time around.

      • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm #

        That is because Obama wanted more of the national capital pool for the government and less for the private sector which is where growth happens. He wanted lower growth rates so the socialists had more control.

  75. deetrump January 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

    BTW, the death of Sears was announced prematurely. Sears reached an 11th-hour deal today to stay open.

  76. Siebert January 8, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

    Bravo, brilliant post. In fact it’s the same thing the celebrated Mr. K has been saying all along. Our K-Mart in Santa Rosa incinerated 14 months ago as an overwhelmed populace watched in horror. There was absolutely nothing anyone could do. It seems to be like that all the time now with many current situations.

  77. FincaInTheMountains January 8, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

    Orthodox Christmas and the State of Emergency in the USA

    President Trump said yesterday that he would make an announcement to the people on TV tonight, and Alex Jones, the head of the main pro-Trump radio station, immediately proclaimed that in this announcement Trump would declare a state of emergency in the United States.

    And I decided to celebrate Christmas without paying too much heed to geopolitics and as a result, all my headaches and backaches have gone away.

    Political blogging is like playing the violin – if you haven’t played for a week and that’s it, you need to plow informational field for a month 12 hours a day to restore your skills or in this case restore contact with reality.

    And there was so much news in December and I felt so bad that if it weren’t for my good fortune, I would never have been able to track down all the circumstances that I partially described in the posts about George Bush’s funeral, which became the most important point of bifurcation in the 21st century.

    Indeed, the last time the split in the Deep State had last occurred in 1188:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_of_the_elm

    • BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm #

      1188?

      • FincaInTheMountains January 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

        Cutting of the elm

        The cutting of the elm was a diplomatic altercation between the kings of France and England in 1188, during which an elm tree near Gisors in Normandy was felled.

        The event has been used in the history proposed by Pierre Plantard and other pseudo-historical theories. In this context, the Cutting of the elm was portrayed as marking the split between the Knights Templar and the Priory of Sion.

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_of_the_elm

      • FincaInTheMountains January 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

        The event pre-determined sacking of Constantinople by Western Europeans (Reich’s) knights of the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the Cold War in the 20th century, Putin coming to power in Russia and Trump in US.

  78. JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

    Lincoln faced a large contingent of folks that wanted to just let the South go. He declared a national emergency called the Civil War and stopped the South. He suspended Habeas Corpus and other constitutional items to get the job done.

    Today he is considered one of the greatest presidents in our history because he stood up against his detractors and lead the nation in a direction he thought was right.

    Sound familiar?

  79. FincaInTheMountains January 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    Indeed, the last time such a split of the Deep State occurred in 1188, and if you remember what consequences it had, the chill goes all over my skin.

    In particular, the preparation for the assault on Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade began from this moment, the cultural consequences of which I am trying to fight in this blog, and it may well be that the funeral of George Bush Sr. will become one event that summarizes them all and finally turns the page of the second millennium after the Birth of Christ.

    In any case, I have no doubt that the tonight’s appeal of President Trump to the American people, and the fact that the notorious Tomos to Ukrainian Church turned out to be not properly signed, and even the speech by the Chairman of the Russian Constitutional Court Zorkin about the need to revise the pension reform in Russia, are the direct results of that meeting of Western leaders, which occurred immediately after the funeral of George H.W. Bush.

    • FincaInTheMountains January 8, 2019 at 6:34 pm #

      By the way, apparently the arrest in Moscow of American spy Whelan announced the termination of American intelligence control over the personnel policy of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the successor to notorious Stalin’s NKVD.

      Russia made a giant step in restoring its sovereignty,

  80. BackRowHeckler January 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

    It used to be Sears and Roebuck.

    What happened to Roebuck?

    Same thing happened with Sturm Ruger. Alexander Ruger, a novelist who married Teddy Roosevelt’s grand daughter, died early on. Now you hear their excellent revolvers referred to as just Rugers, Sturm being dropped.

    That’s the way it works I guess, you just get forgot about after awhile.

    brh

    • hmuller January 9, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

      Alvah Curtis Roebuck (1864-1948) He teamed up with Sears in 1887.
      The firm was incorporated as Sears, Roebuck and Company in 1893.
      In 1895, Roebuck asked Sears to buy him out. Big mistake.
      Unproven rumors have circulated for years that Roebuck was in part African-American.

  81. migrationpolicy.org/programs/us-immigration-policy-program-data-hub/unauthorized-immigrant-populatio…

    Is this what they were thinking when they wrote our immigration laws? I don’t think so.

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    BUILD THE FENCE

  82. fairguy January 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

    “What will emerge out of the current disorder? Perhaps Generations X-Y-and-Z will recognize an opportunity to go into business — as an alternative to purchasing a degree in gender studies for $200,000 (at 6 percent interest)”

    Nope – Amazon has pretty much taken care of that option. And starting a business requires real capital which – no surprise – banks will not lend you if you need it.

    But there are tons of min wage jobs out there for the taking if you’re willing to live in low wage poverty.

    Bottom line, that’s where 80% of America is heading.

    • BackRowHeckler January 9, 2019 at 12:14 am #

      Well, they’ll be raising the minimum wage to $15 before too long. Some small retail and mfg businesses won’t be able to afford it and will just close up. Another thing that happening in anticipation for higher minimum wage is businesses are using fewer employees; for example, in the local MacDonalds here where i occassionally go for coffee, at lunch time when you might expect all hands on deck, there’s only one person at the counter. She’s running around like a chicken trying to get everything done. Add to that paid family leave on demand, which is also coming to Ct this year, I wonder why anyone would bother to open a business in this state at all. Everybody might as well go on the dole.

      brh

  83. JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

    A question for the folks?

    Why do the Democrats and the Left feel that they own Washington DC? The most disturbing attitude I hear is that the GOP did not win in 2016, that Russia did it, that Bernie did it, the Electoral College is bad, etc etc. They cannot accept or understand that this is a two party system and they do not own it.

    It does not help that a significant portion of the GOP aligns with these egomaniacs. Deep State? New World Order?

    I believe very basic philosophies that have defined the USA for the last hundred years or so are under attack by the Socialists and because of the media, their viewpoint is winning. Fundamental changes are upon us, Good or bad? Only time will tell. Capitalism is on the decline though as the Left assumes control, and yes, China will assume global leadership as we sink in the West. Good job, American voters.

    • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

      Go Trump, shut this sucker down hard. Show some conojones which your predecessors have not.

      • JohnAZ January 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm #

        Cojones, that is

      • Epicur January 9, 2019 at 9:50 am #

        “Go Trump, shut this sucker down hard. Show some conojones which your predecessors have not.”

        Be careful what you wish for.

        “Shut[ting] this sucker down” will result in a collapse of economic activity far greater than the great depression. As long as population levels remain near where they are, the only reaction to strife will be greater government involvement in, and control of, your life.

        We stopped being a free nation long ago and there is no path back that does not involve a lot of death and pain – far more death than would eventuate from a shutdown. In our present situation chaos would only create a greater demand for government imposed restraint.

    • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 12:00 am #

      No, you’re forgetting JP Morgan’s “Competition is a Sin”. Believing in all that is for the rubes. They funded Communism for God’s sake. Do the research. They don’t mind a bit of it for the small and mid sized companies. Or even the big ones on occasion. For some it’s like football. But fundamentally, Capitalism is a Political Philosophy, one of Oligarchical Totalitarianism via the private ownership. Plutocracy in other words.

      • hmuller January 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        “Competition is a sin” is credited to John D Rockefeller 1883. But your point remains valid.

    • akmofo January 9, 2019 at 12:48 am #

      I wouldn’t worry about China, or Russia for that matter. Without American technological transfer they are going nowhere. Of course, these techological transfers will happen, because in reality the people that control “our government” will facilitate this so that they can maintain an imperial military stance throughout the globe as an excuse to maintain their industries and corporations. You really need to familiarize yourself with Anthony Sutton’s research to understand how deep and long standing their treachery is. These Vatican lizards have the blood of 100 million people on their hands and they don’t care, they got to wear their fur hats and smoke their cigars. These are the people Jan admires and worships and “superman”. Vatican lizards in the form of humans.

    • Epicur January 9, 2019 at 9:09 am #

      “Capitalism is on the decline though as the Left assumes control, and yes, China will assume global leadership as we sink in the West.”

      Capitalism is dead, but it wasn’t just the left wot killed it.

      The basis of capitalism was the accumulation of excess production (as capital) and the use of that accumulated excess as investment to increase production of more capital. We’ve been intentionally running deficits for nearly sixty years and, ever since Richard Nixon said, “We’re all Keynesians now,” the “right” has been just as enthusiastic about it as the “left”.

      We have “de facto” morphed into Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and deficits are required to keep the system going. Where capitalism only relied on the government to keep the peace so capital could be accumulated MMT relies on the government “issuing” money to “stimulate” economic activity.

      All will be fine as long as we can depend on the government to have our “best interests” at heart.

      China’s “ascendancy” has been dependent on the West allowing China to accumulate excesses at the West’s expense. I would not count on that continuing.

      • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 9:34 am #

        Capitalism and Communism are just tools used by the same Elite to control and corral economies and countries into the one-world order the Elite so desperately desire.

        • Epicur January 9, 2019 at 10:09 am #

          A serious question is whether it is a “desire” for order or a fear of disorder that drives both the “Elite” and the mass of humanity.

          The source of Leviathan’s power is its ability to provide order.

          “Poverty, too, needs no explanation. In a world governed by entropy and evolution, it is the default state of humankind. Matter does not just arrange itself into shelter or clothing, and living things do everything they can not to become our food. What needs to be explained is wealth. Yet most discussions of poverty consist of arguments about whom to blame for it.” (Quoting Steven Pinker in “Edge” 2017 question.)

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 11:21 am #

            Maybe it is a mixture of both desire and fear? Naturally everything is moving toward disorder so humans attempt to place order onto the world. So yes, whoever creates the “best” order will be most successful from the standpoint of human society. At least for a while.

          • Epicur January 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

            @ SSL

            “Maybe it is a mixture of both desire and fear?”

            That is the way the human mind works, reward and aversion.

            The problem we face is that order promotes growth, but growth increases pressure towards disorder, requiring more force to maintain order.

            Back to my serious question, do the Elite have that much ambition that they desire more, or do they have enough to satisfy themselves and just want to preserve the order they see from collapse?

            Does the fact that we might disagree with a person’s ideas of how to preserve order, or even with the belief that order is possible with continuing growth, mean that we should believe they are driven by ambition?

            Xi Jinping and MBS are presiding over some pretty extreme measures, but they are also sitting on top of volcanoes. Personally, I do not believe a democratic society is possible in either China or Saudi Arabia – do you?

          • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 1:04 am #

            No I don’t think a democratic government is possible in China or Saudi Arabia. I don’t think the ruling classes of those countries will allow for it. But both societies will continue to require more force of government as both are still growing.

  84. Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 12:02 am #

    View the level of failure on display above. Is it any wonder Whites are losing all of their lands? As Aristotle said, Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying nation.

    • K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:58 am #

      No true Scotsman would allow such a thing to happen!

    • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 1:57 am #

      That sub-thread made me sad.

      • Tate January 9, 2019 at 7:55 am #

        If you’re referring to the one I think you are, it made me mad. But people have to virtue signal I suppose. (Not referring to you, Walt.)

        • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 9:22 am #

          I understand why it made you mad.

    • Walter B January 9, 2019 at 7:46 am #

      I do believe that you have at long last described the vast difference between you and I Janos if you are declaring by your statement that intolerance is the preferred way that you like to do business. I cannot be intolerant because I was raised to believe that tolerance was not only one of the precepts in the United States Constitution, but in my Faith as well. No, I am not declaring a need for total and complete tolerance, for when you impinge upon my rights and my life, well watch out. But when my government decides to morph into what it is today, I am not going to go the route of terrorist and assault it from without. Are you advocating going Jihad on her? Or simply resorting to petty, local violence?

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

        My statement? You mean Aristotle’s. The Constitution? For White Christians only as John Adams said. The Founders wouldn’t recognize what we have done with what they bequeathed to us, nor your version of America either btw. We deviated very quickly from the original vision since they were against political parties.

        This version of Walter makes his own rights and property the criterion of what is good and bad – which is absurd in a philosophical conversation. But if I argue against it, another Walter will appear and deny he ever said such a thing. The upshot? You have a lot of inner work to do integrating your different selves.

        • Walter B January 9, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

          So you refuse to answer the question of whether you advocate terrorism or not? Hmmmm very interesting.

          youtube.com/watch?v=krD4hdGvGHM

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

            There would have been no Constitution is we hadn’t won the REVOLUTION. And the Brits considered that terrorism. You say, “Get off my lawn” but the Founders said, Get off Our Lawn. See the difference?

            The Irish Revolutionary, Wolfe Tone, asked for a military execution via firing squad. But the Brits insisted on hanging him as a traitor or criminal. So he attempted to cut his own throat with a rusty blade. He lingered on for days in agony.

            Any time the Americans tried to stand up and fight man to man and toe to toe with the British, they get their asses kicked. No one was ever better at that kind of fighting than the British. So they fought dirty, shooting at the retreating British from behind trees, etc. Terrorism? No doubt the Brits thought so.

          • Walter B January 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

            I am afraid that you are proving that you are a whiner about “standing up for Whiteness” and that in the end, you do nothing but complain. Wah, wah, pity me the poor White Guy, pleeeese. I did not think you had the nerve to back up you inflammatory rhetoric with action. It is probably for the best, you would only make us white guys look bad if you attacked.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

            You want me to advocate for “terrorism”? Online? While you won’t even define the word?

            This is the not very nice or Christian, Walt, who comes out to defend the other sub-personalities – especially when they’re losing a debate.

          • Walter B January 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

            I have not come to bring peace, but with a sword. The sword of truth my friend, we love the Truth and those who advocate white uprising while claiming to be peaceful are engaging in deception. And if I were fishing the online pools looking for terrorism I would certainly be paying heed to those who engage in such slight of hand deception. White supremacy is under the microscope for a good reason you know.

  85. K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:56 am #

    All the K-Mart tilt up construction could be tilted down and shipped south to build the:

    WALL

    Might not be enough but some of Sears was tilt-up and a lot of Wall Mart is tilt-up. Enough concrete slabs for miles of wall when that puppy bites the dust.

    For those who don’t know when Trump talks wall he’s being a prick and counts on you being sick and as as thick as a brick. It has worked for him all his life. It is going to work this time. People don’t disappoint Trump. People live up to his expectations.

    • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 2:01 am #

      Are you sure?

      • deetrump January 9, 2019 at 8:13 am #

        The wall is a con and supporters are marks.

        • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 9:25 am #

          Yes janet, thank you for reminding me how much you dislike Trump.

  86. Chris at Fernglade Farm January 9, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Hi Jim,

    Just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed this essay and the subsequent comments.

    It makes me feel that at some point in the future, the Kmart signs may indeed read “art”, as you predicted. 🙂

    The money games are subject to diminishing returns. Down here (down under) the banking regulator APRA has apparently removed restrictions on the number of interest only loans, and the Reserve Bank has suggested that they may drop interest rates and/or pursue Quantitative Easing policies. Those two chunks of news were announced to apparently support falling house prices. It is all very bonkers really.

    Now Michael Lewis, in his book: “The Big Short” mentioned that interest only loans were a: “Rental with debt”.

    Are you taking the piss about the student debt taken on by a gender studies under graduate degree? What does a person even do with such a degree? It is bonkers.

    Debt is a funny old story.

    Cheers

    Chris

  87. Pucker January 9, 2019 at 7:53 am #

    Trump may be a bit of a P.T. Barnum character? Trump is a real estate developer, so his “Big Thang” is building “Big” stuff…like a Big Wall….

    The unemployed, Fucked-over desperate white middle class all believe Trump, and they think that Trump is “The Real Deal”…. It may be like an Ancient Greek Tragedy? Thin, watery tomato soup and a slice of white bread in the soup kitchen…. Trump waited until the night after the football game for his Wall Speech because he knew that everyone would be watching the football game…. No Wall is going to get between Americans and their football….

  88. deetrump January 9, 2019 at 8:29 am #

    Manafort court PDF filings prove Russia-Trump collusion, which indicates Trump is guilty of a criminal conspiracy felony and has been lying about his treasonous collusion with Russia. Mueler is way ahead with the accumulation of evidence. Mueller’s report will be decisive.

    • Exscotticus January 9, 2019 at 9:56 am #

      Hey janet welcome back.

    • BackRowHeckler January 9, 2019 at 10:00 am #

      Little Jane, the question you should be asking is “Did Buzzy show up for court today?”

      Brh

    • PeteAtomic January 9, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      wake me up when its over

      zzzzz

  89. Tate January 9, 2019 at 9:49 am #

    I agree with PA that Trump’s speech sounded weak.

    “That jarring ‘Among those hardest hit [by illegal immigration] are African-Americans & Hispanic-Americans.’ ”

    This is not really true, but let’s assume it for the moment. The economic interests of these ‘African-Americans & Hispanic Americans’ (the civ-nat argument) are seemingly overridden by their hatred of the white majority. They want to see us whites become outcasts in the lands that our forebears built. Plunder is the object. They don’t care about the long-term survival, certainly not the restoration of what remains of this joke of a farce of a nation. They tend to have high time preferences, especially the blacks. It’s plundering & picking the bones of white civilization that is their goal, whether they understand it intellectually or not.

    Some do understand it, especially those on the right cusp of this bimodal distribution of plunder. Mitt Romney is an example. What is Bain Capital, but a strip-mining operation of the capital wealth of this country? These traitors understand very well what has happened & what is happening on an intellectual level, though they seldom slip up & voice it, & you know the ship is going down when the oligarchs don the pirate’s hat.

    The Right loathed the submissive tone of Trump’s speech. We’ll see if his resolve is stiffer than his puling language. Quite the contrast between such conciliatory talk & the confident assertions of Somali power that you find in a town hall meeting in Lewiston, Maine, for example, linked to here.

    breakthematrix.com/blog/somalian-immigrants-say-theyre-who-make-maine-great/

    “We don’t want to assimilate, why should we change for you?”
    “We aren’t going anywhere, this is our town.”
    “Because of us, the state of Maine is great.”

    How crazy is it that these orcs are brought here from halfway around the world & coached by the hostiles who rule over us to talk in such a contemptuous way, insulting the good will of the people of Lewiston, who have been overrun by a crime wave from these very same dusky savages.

    Go to the antipodes & ask the citizens of the land of Oz what bringing in the ‘vibrant enrichers’ from those same torrid tropic regions has done for the peace & well-being of the residents of Melbourne or Sydney. You can find the vids on the net, they are common enough.

    Are these creatures ‘oppressed by the legacy of slavery’ as they claim? How? They never felt the overseer’s whip. They weren’t slaves. They were brought here by Jewish & Lutheran & other liberal aid societies, on the misguided zeal of ideological fanatics, whose efforts after all are not bearing the fruit they intended. But in their pride & status-seeking, they cannot admit their errors.

    I don’t mean to focus exclusively on the black Africans, although the Yankee is just now having the up-close & personal experience of what the white Southerner faced for generations. If you have to stamp down a present danger as Enoch Powell said, how much stamping is enough before it becomes ‘oppression’ & thus becomes grist for the propaganda mill of our overlords, who use it to twist public opinion to their purpose & further sap the vitality of the nation & turn its generations into so much jellied & atomized, zombified chattel?

    So the crime, diseases, hostility, primitive customs & ignorance of this flood of new “settlers” from the brown & black races will continue because “a Wall is immoral” (just as other inanimate objects such as guns are immoral they keep insisting) & Assimilation is now Unnecessary (& well nigh impossible it must be added for some of these, so different are they from the ‘posterity’ the Founders envisioned.) Because Multiculturalism, don’t you know.

    • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 9:57 am #

      I know exactly what you are saying about Trump mentioning how Hispanics and Blacks are the most affected by illegal immigration. Honestly, I am tired of hearing about it. I never hear anyone say, “This policy benefits White Americans.” And you know what? They never will because White Americans are Ku Klux Klan as far as the establishment is concerned. The scary thing is how many White people buy into it and loath their own race and people.

      • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 3:06 pm #

        Yes, that burned me too and not for the first time. Hispanics? Hispanics? They’re the ones swarming over the border. Who cares what they need or want.

        But yes, more than a few on our side, knowing the disaster that their people are bringing. Or are they their people at all? A forbidden subject, but I bet many of the Hispanics on our side are on the whiter side. Certainly the Cuban Diaspora is.

        • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

          Absolutely. Hispanic is no more of a race than Muslim is. Hispanics, like Muslims are highly miscegenated except within certain populations. The cream of both of their crops tend to be light-skinned and Whitish. For Muslims I am thinking Bashar al-Assad and for Hispanics I am thinking Jorge Ramos. Those types are the rulers of their mixed race societies.

          • elysianfield January 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

            “The cream of both of their crops tend to be light-skinned and Whitish.”

            SSL,

            You might step back from that comment while you still can.

          • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

            EF you need to get that mind out of the gutter lol. You know what I am trying to say :-P.

    • JimInFlorida January 9, 2019 at 10:11 am #

      One can almost see the choke chain around Trump’s neck and (((TPTB))) keeping a constant strain on it.

      Only when Whites lose their fear of the Police State, embrace White Racism for the noble virtue it is, and start killing our enemies, is when we finally regain our integrity and our inheritance. Let us not get to the point that Alexander Solzhinitsyn got to when he penned the famous passage in GULAG Archipelago, “… and how we burned in the camps…”

      Any White who nervously disclaims, “I’m not endorsing violence…” is an enemy because he/she has surrendered to the enemy… who may NOT be named… at least here. Just simply expressing thoughtcrime in the above manner is violence and it has to be spread until Critical Mass is achieved. Then WE can speak with the same brashness than these Somalis (and other undesirable creatures) express and ACT ON IT.

      • beantownbill. January 9, 2019 at 11:27 am #

        So are you going to be at the front line with your rifle, or will you be at home watching the action on tv while scarfing down a huge bowl of buttered popcorn? Talk is cheap. If you are out there, better watch out for ((())), you never know who THEY might be, and they know your real ID. I hear some of THEM can make a 3” grouping at 700 yards.

        • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 11:30 am #

          You’re right. And THEY do not serve any of us at all. THEY serve themselves and are oppressors.

        • JimInFlorida January 9, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

          Mastery with firearms is no indicator of virtue. I’m sure any mafia hit man can be a master of the sniper rifle but, he serves evil. There is a time and place for everything. Even violence in the service of Good. I suggest you read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s, “GULAG Archipelago” and tell me that Solzhenitsyn was wrong with his, “…and how we burned in the camps…” passage. The point of such violence is not just to stop at the instruments of tyranny but, to go up the chain to TPTB or at least starve the machine of its ability to enforce its diktats.

          Random attacks solve nothing and are NOT the right way to fight our oppressors. Nobody is going to bother you, beantown. Unless you’re a Manhattan hedge fund hyena who has destroyed the lives of thousands and parked that loot in offshore bank accounts!

          Yes, I’m being provocative but, I am merely using the same incendiary rhetoric that Black activists use AND ARE CELEBRATED by White liberals. But, because I am a White Goyim, I am not allowed to express ANY opinion that exhorts self-defense, weaponizing rhetoric that motivate the White Goy to fight back, and VENGEANCE towards the ones who’ve stolen our land and institutions.

          As I said, we must first get used to the IDEA of not passively accepting our role as slaves per the Talmud. Just speaking thoughtcrime, openly and with conviction, is violence. Protest without the threat of credible violence is useless.

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

            That is exactly right. Black activists and others openly call for the genocide of Whites on social media and they are never censored and in fact their posts are celebrated. Whites get arrested, harassed, and destroyed for simply daring to utter words to stand up for their culture and people. White Goyim are waking up and realizing that the occupation of the Talmudists must come to an end.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

            Bravo. Attn Walter. Fie on his odious ideologcial pacifism and get off my lawn bravado.

          • FincaInTheMountains January 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

            Solzhenitsyn is a fake. Here is REAL GULAG lyrics:

            youtube.com/watch?v=ncIIG-p01KQ

        • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

          The weaker we are, the stronger your people are. You got it with your mother’s milk. That’s all you know and all you need to know or want to know.

    • Tate January 9, 2019 at 10:33 am #

      Revision: “What is Bain Capital, but a strip-mining operation of the [social & physical capital] of this country?

  90. SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    Tolerance is a one-way street in post-modern America. Only Whites must be tolerant. No other racial group is expected to be tolerant. In fact, minorities are constantly reminded that they must “fight” for their rights and people. This is a constant drumbeat if you care to listen to any mainstream media at all. Only Whites are evil and capable of racism. That is the tolerance practiced in America today. Just like everything else, we have been deceived and our good nature and hearts have been used against us to cripple any meaningful response to cultural attack and decay. Humans have NEVER and NEVER WILL practice any true and real tolerance. If that were the case there never would have been separate races and cultures and we would have world peace. This comment section is a perfect example of how tolerance is just an unreachable ideal and is never truly practiced. So move beyond it.

    • Tate January 9, 2019 at 10:09 am #

      Succinct & well put, SSL.

      • Tate January 9, 2019 at 10:40 am #

        And when I cited PA, that was not in reference to a frequent poster here.

        • Tate January 9, 2019 at 10:41 am #

          This was intended to go under the above: “Revision…” post.

      • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        Thanks!

    • EvelynV January 9, 2019 at 11:33 am #

      They especially loathe fat white people. Does that strike any closer to home?

      • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 11:40 am #

        Why are you so incapable of articulating anything of value?

        • Walter B January 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

          Some are evil, some are stupid, some are both. There can be no salvation for any of them, but in the end, that remains their problem not ours. We just have to ignore them, tolerate them if you will though it is not easy to do. But what is the option?

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

            Well salvation is always possible I think. But the probability, well who knows. Toleration is required in this particular setting :-).

      • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 11:44 am #

        You would do better to help your own people with their obesity and alcohol issues.

        • BackRowHeckler January 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

          Evelyn obviously feels as a GoodthInker, an Eloi, when the Morlocks come for the deplorables, they will pass her and others like her by and let her live, because, after all, she’d been down with the struggle all along.

          It reminds me of SAfrica in the 1990s, after the blacks took over, one of the first things they did was go to the apt where the widow of the author of ‘Cry My Beloved Country’ lived — an anti apartied novel one, of the first — and beat her to death.

          Brh

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

            That is what is so interesting. Being that she is of native Indian descent I would have thought she would be against the overwhelming tide of migration and third world takeover but not so. To think that any of these newcomers have any respect or concern for any indigenous people here is a pipe dream and clearly she has been smoking a little too much. Back away from that peace pipe lol! This is all about invasion and total takeover.

          • deetrump January 9, 2019 at 2:56 pm #

            brh, I think that account of her death is fake news. Anne was not beaten to death in South Africa.

            “I now live a quiet life in England and want nothing to do with South Africa,” Paton said.

            “Mandela did call us cowards for leaving we were called all sorts of names, but I have no regrets about leaving. It is a decision I took based on the circumstances at the time.”

            Her step-daughter-in-law, Margaret Paton, who lives in Johannesburg, said the letter had caused a “big stink” when it was first published.

            “It’s strange that somebody is circulating it again. They are just using the Paton name to advance their cause because there is currently a big furore over crime. Anne did not want to leave South Africa; she loved this beloved country.”

        • EvelynV January 9, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

          That’s interesting. Who do you think my people are?

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

            You told me you were a full blooded American Indian. Not that I believe that objectively speaking, but it is what you said. Are you going back on that now?

            Note: Many people who claim to be full blooded American Indians are blue eyed and as White as I am – a full blooded White. And many of those who claim race doesn’t matter are very proud of their Native American blood, real or imagined.

          • SoftStarLight January 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

            Full blooded Shoshone to be exact.

          • Janos Skorenzy January 9, 2019 at 6:58 pm #

            Oh you saw that post? She threatened to skin me with her grandma’s skinning knives too!

          • EvelynV January 9, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

            We Shoshone women are hot!

            But it’s a dry heat.

          • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 12:37 am #

            Yeah I sure did, and I remember that little threat about using grandma’s skinning knives.

      • elysianfield January 10, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

        “They especially loathe fat white people”

        Evelyn,
        …Well, some of us are “svelte”….

  91. Pucker January 9, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Today is Kim Jong Un’s, “Rocket Man’s” Birthday.

    Happy Birthday, Rocket Man!

  92. Tate January 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    In this real-life ‘man bites dog’ story, you’ll notice the oppression the man suffered as he shows off his bite-wound (yes, the dog bit him first). What is the oppression you might ask? Doofus, look at the color of the band-aid on his torso. ‘Nuff said.

    youtube.com/watch?v=WlUvBI9VyA0

    In the next video, a self-immolation scene, we see what happens to white society when we don’t build a wall.

    youtube.com/watch?v=6WwLHpIOtGk

    • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 1:31 am #

      Wow, what the hell? Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any dumber.

  93. K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    Tilt up construction, rectangular concretes slabs poured over steel mesh, Yes I’m sure. They would fall over were it not for the trussed roofs.

    As for Trump, marketing research told him the people would get on ball he went with MAGA.

    News flash; now Trump doubles down and fixes to spend Billions of taxpayer money on a wall that won’t mean shit when congress votes to open borders and fly contract workers in cheap. That is the plan if there is any. Lull the American people into a false sense of security and wham slam they’ve been Trumped and wages drop to seven-fifty an hour.

    A karmic katastrophie of cosmic proportions. Elect an man who made his entire fortune from tax breaks and screwing other people over and give this same dude who has a learners permit of presidential car driving skills the key to our national ride.

    Twas not so smart.

    And the oil, it will still be gone.

  94. K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    1000 Wall Marts each contributing 1200 feet of tilt-up concrete slabs will yield 227 miles of wall. Add to that the K-Mart and Sears slabs and all the left over bricks can be all beanother brick in the wall It won’t build the whole wall but it’s a contribution.

    AMERICAN BRIXIT !

    Then put Trump in charge of payroll so nobody gets paid. He’s very good at it. Imagine him at the wall when it’s done.

    “Stones, stones, cement stones, stones in the cement. Wrong kind, wrong stones. I’m not paying for this. Whoever got the K-Mart slabs did not know about concrete slabs. Nothing about concrete slabs, not anything and not getting paid.

    A blue light special of a wall.

    • K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

      And that up-arrow arrow links to a comment above!

      • K-Dog January 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

        Arrows are going to link parent and child comments when I get my code working. Trouble with that is ‘work’ which is where I now must go.

    • PeteAtomic January 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

      wow you are such a trend setter dog
      lol 🙂

  95. JohnAZ January 9, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

    Happy Hump Day!

    Mueller has nothing on Trump. All the anti-Trumpers have been waiting with baited breath for the Great Accusation to appear. Is not going to happen. Even Pelosi is trying to quiet the House idiots as she does not see a reason for impeachment. These radical Dems are not trying to topple a President, they are trying to topple a government, they are traitors and should be treated as such instead of being feted by the MSM.

    The Dem idiots better start worrying more about electing one of their own in 2020. Maybe they know they do not have the horses to beat Trump and thus they prioritize removal by the judicial system.

    Anyone think that Romney is trying to find a way to oust Trump so he has access to the nomination. Part of fundamentalist LDS dogma is a takeover of the US government. Watch for an alliance between Mitt and Jeff Flake.

    We are all pawns in a gigantic chess game being played by global political forces. Used to be our vote could overthrow Federal overbearance, but the advent of social media has negated the vote.

    I am glad I will not have to witness the downfall of the USA to the global Socialists, and the death of Happy Motoring. At least I hope it does not happen in the next 20 years or so.

    • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 12:24 am #

      Is Jeff Flake a Mormon?

      • elysianfield January 10, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

        SSL
        You misspelled “Moron”….

        • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

          LOL now that one I got right off the bat!!

  96. BackRowHeckler January 9, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    Do you think, when the Morlocks make their move, they will by bypass the eloi in their swank salons on the upper west side of Manhattan? Just because they voted for Barack Obama 50-1? Hell no! That’s where the best swag is, and its so close to the Bronx and Brooklyn. They could take the subway there, if the subway is still working. Then they’ll make their way up into the gold coast of Connecticut, hordes of Morlocks on I 95 N, hungry and ravenous, bent on vengeance, led by Ocasio-Cortez the new Joan of Arc, where unimaginable treasures lie, ripe for expropriation and exploitation, to disposses hedge fund billionaires and millionaires, who, too, were down for the struggle, and will be more than surprised when the morlocks show up on their estates brandishing ice picks and machetes.

    Brh

    • SoftStarLight January 10, 2019 at 12:20 am #

      They will definitely devour the Eloi. The Eloi believe they have done enough PC penance to avoid judgement. They don’t seem to realize that Morlocks believe all Eloi are sinners and that their sins are unforgivable.

      • BackRowHeckler January 10, 2019 at 5:48 am #

        Morlocks, appetites and vengeance temporarily sated, regroup in Milford, to count the loot and plan the next move, also to gather strength. Then its on to New Haven, to Yale University, where lovely eloi coeds reside, who, more than anyone else, have declared their loyalty to the Morlocks, and to the struggle. Well, they are about to find out what that really means.

        Brh

  97. volodya January 9, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    WalterB, I’ll stand with those that stand with me, I won’t stand with those that stab me in the back or those that sell me out or the country. If they do it once they’ll do it again. That means Wall Street, campus snowflakes, neo-libs, neo-cons, the Davos set, the Donor Class, Democrats, Republicans …. you know who I mean.

    As far as culture goes, that isn’t bound nor determined by race. Soo-Been is living proof. A lot of people in northern Europe consider southern Europeans, yet where did Europe’s greatest cultural achievements come from? European philosophy is mostly footnotes to Plato and Aristotle, classical music, ballet, opera all hail from Italy. Our law, our view of the world, our religious impulses come from the Mediterranean.

    This is for Janos, Mari Samuelsen, who shows us that Whites haven’t totally forgotten, that it isn’t only eastern peoples that preserve the best of us: youtube.com/watch?v=9KxzuY0fJ-s

    Listen and watch. You’ll piss your pants. She’s magnificent, she wields that bow like a sword.

    • volodya January 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

      typo, A lot of people in northern Europe consider southern Europeans racially deficient yet where did Europe’s greatest cultural achievements come from?

      • BackRowHeckler January 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

        Its been a long time since the likes of a Pythagoros graced the Greek Isles, V. Now Greece is mostly known for a virulent Communist Party, the Golden Dawn, national insolvency, pizzas, and a destination for tens of thousands of muslim refugees.

        Brh

        • volodya January 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

          You’re right. People have their ups and downs.

          Go back a couple thousand years and what do you see? The folk that consider themselves racially superior and the creators and bearers of culture living in grass huts while the brown folk of central America were busy building spectacular cities with pyramids and observatories complete with dazzling works of art.

          There’s only a few times that writing was invented, in China, in Central America, in Egypt and in Mesopotamia. All writing systems derive from those. Note who’s missing from that list.

          But, like I said, people move up and down the scale of technical and cultural achievement. The people that are ascendant now won’t be forever, the folk that are down the curve now won’t be there forever either.