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Do you know your place? In these days of hysterical Wokesterism, the question would surely provoke a riot of cowbell-clanging Antifa cadres, fainting spells in the congressional black caucus, and gravely equivocal op-eds from David Brooks of The New York Times. Yet it’s a central, unacknowledged quandary of our time that so many Americans have no place and suffer terribly from it.

Human beings need a place in the social order, in the economic order, and in actual geography in order to function optimally in a life fraught with the normal challenges and difficulties that reality presents. Let’s take these places in reverse order.

It’s a fact that most Americans live in everyday environments that are, at best, not worth caring about, and at worst actively punishing to human neurology. Have you taken a good look at the American landscape and townscape lately? How do you feel venturing down the six-lane commercial boulevards lined with cartoon architecture? Either anxious or numb, would be my guess. Or a Main Street of empty storefronts? Or an avenue of looming, despotic glass skyscrapers? Or a vast subdivision of identical McHouses where the buffalo once roamed? Is it any wonder that Americans require more antidepressant medication than people in other lands? Or, that failing to find treatment, they self-medicate with alcohol, opiates, sugary snacks, and anything else that takes them out of the soul-crushing reality of their surroundings.

I don’t think you can overstate the damage we’ve done to ourselves in the sheer material arrangement of our national life. A decade ago, I sat in on many zoning board meetings called to approve new WalMarts and other chain-stores around my region of upstate New York and southern Vermont. Inevitably, the companies organized a claque of locals in the meeting hall — itself a depressing, low-ceilinged chamber of cinder blocks and fluorescent lighting — to fill the seats and yell in support of “bargain shopping.”

That was some bargain they got. The chain-stores got approved and the Main Streets died, but that wasn’t the end of it. This dynamic also destroyed networks that gave local citizens an economic and social place. Locally owned business people were the caretakers of the town. They took care of two buildings — their place of business and their home. They sat on library, school, and hospital boards and donated money to running local institutions. They employed people who lived in town and there were consequences for treating them well or badly. There was even a time in this country when local business people wouldn’t dare to put up an insultingly ugly building.

A lot of this economic behavior has produced the social perversities of our time. Exterminating an entire class of local merchants has eliminated the heart of the American middle-class and grotesquely concentrated the nation’s wealth among corporate leviathans who comprise one percent of the population. It also eliminated the place where young people learned how to do business, preparing themselves to try ventures of their own, and to make a place for themselves in the world.

What is your place now? A cubicle in the marketing department of Old Navy? An aisle in the Home Depot? A desk in the Diversity and Inclusion office of some State University, pushing to sort the student population into racial and sexual categories because all other ways of belonging in society are gone? Or do you occupy ten square feet of sidewalk with a tarp and a shopping cart? None of those places are liable to furnish a personal sense that life is worth living.

Those of you out there still sincerely clamoring for “change” might start asking yourselves if you have a clue about finding a place worth caring about in this country and what it might actually take to get there, including the revision of a lot of ideas in your head that you take for granted. Hint: if you’re looking for it in the current political leadership you are probably wasting your time and energy. If you’re looking for it in some group identity, you may not ever discover the power in your own individual ability to make choices for yourself.


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  1. S M Tenneshaw March 8, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    We need FDR’s Old Deal back.

    • Neon Vincent March 8, 2019 at 11:01 am #

      Instead, we are getting the promise of a Green New Deal on the map, which is facing too much resistance to be implemented.

      • vengeur March 8, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

        Does the Green New Deal address the environmental damage done to this country by inviting a million or so new legal and illegal immigrants each year? I have a sneaking suspicion that the immigration policies of this country have nothing to do with environmentalism, and everything to do with the bottom line of Big Business. How else could Wall Mart continue to GROW it’s profitability and stock price than by adding a million new Wall Mart Shoppers every year. And Wall Mart doesn’t care WHERE immigrants get their money (Govt Subsidies), as long as it flows through Wall mart.

        • vengeur March 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

          And in the news today,Pelosi spoke on the importance of passing H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019″,which would allow illegal immigrants to vote. “For the people Act”??? More like “Fuck the People Act”.

          • City_of_76 March 8, 2019 at 11:10 pm #

            @vengeur Where do you get that idea, that H.R. 1 “would allow illegal immigrants to vote”? That’s total bullshit.

            So now we know you’re a lying troll.

            Damn, I wish there was a “Block” function in these comments. I could remove all the idiots who’ve watered down the value of this comment board.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 11:43 pm #

            Don’t forget to block yourself too. Fitting as you are already blocked from your self, making you a veritable blockhead.

        • benr May 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

          Four bucks a gallon has arrived in California with it’s season designer blends and heavy handed taxes.
          I might add the power brokers in Sacramento continue to lie about where all the billions go because it certainly IS NOT GOING INTO our roads.

      • Neon Vincent March 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

        The promise of bargain shopping our host mentioned is turning out to be empty, too. Both Payless ShoeSource and Gymboree are closing all their U.S. stores and selling off assets.

        • Neon Vincent March 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

          While Sears and KMart avoided liquidation, both chains will continue to close stores, including the KMart near our host, as are JCPenney and Macy’s. Welcome to the Retail Apocalypse!

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

            You mean “Fast Eddie” Lampert pulled another financial rabbit out of his ass. But you’re right, either way, retail is toast, for all the same reasons that Amazon will eventually be toast as well. Amazon brought the shopping to us via our desktops and eventually our doorsteps via UPEX, thus saving us the trouble of buying petrol to drive to stores who increasingly don’t stock anything anyway, and them the fuel costs eliminated by economies of scale, genuine ordering and delivery efficiencies enabled by emerging IT technology, and first mover status.

            The only fly in the ointment is that both models rely on cheap fuel costs – no matter who bears them – for the whole thing to work, especially since all good capitalists have long since got greedy and extended their supply chains the world over in search of ultra cheap labor.

            What will be next? Exactly what Jim says constantly. A world grown suddenly and awkwardly local again. Much to the short term consternation of all, I suspect.

  2. K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 9:50 am #

    A nation of Willie Lohmans. Death of salesmen by the millions and the only thing left to be good at is nothing.

    • SpeedyBB March 8, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

      Old hapless Willie Loman is everywhere. Educated, energetic Portuguese youth besiege the Australian and Canadian Embassies – the intellectual life-blood of a European society pushing to drain outward. Young people in East and South Asia are despairing because that higher education that their parents sacrificed so much for is not turning into a nifty luxurious high-paying office job. Everywhere you look fresh-faced young Willie Lomans are turning sullen with despair and the looming sense of unfairness of their societies – where wealth and connections open doors sealed shut to others.

      Truly a new ‘Golden Age’. What do I tell these sturdy, ambitious 20-year-olds from Sukabumi and Bogor who stand in my face pleading for help to find a job (while they sell fruit along the sidewalk or work as a ‘motorcycle taxi’ driver)?

  3. Walter B March 8, 2019 at 9:52 am #

    Good questions Jim and a point well made. Even in the McMansions that are scattered about here in western NJ, the inhabitants cannot afford to care and maintain their homes or their stuff and once the decay becomes too noticeable they sell them or failing to do so, let the banks take them back. I would be willing to guess that most everyone everywhere does not do nearly enough maintenance on their stuff, or in the case of government, their infrastructure and these things consequently decay. Maintenance is costly and time consuming and too many of those who consume require all the income they have to continue consummation. Those who do not have the income simply cannot afford to do it. In the end, the latest and greatest new home concept is going to be 8 wooden pallets sandwiching 6 2 x 4’s covered in plastic.

    My small rural mountain valley may be a peaceful, vibrant sanctuary, but the decay is encroaching from every side and will continue to get worse. It’s not going to end well.

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 10:20 am #

      Yeah, the rot is spreading like pancreatic cancer. It starts with road building, followed up by squalid apartment complexes and strip malls. But like my neighbor said, 2 billion south Asians, many who are pouring in here, need a place to live, and a place to shop, and they aren’t interested in ascetics or ambiance.

      Brh

      • Cavepainter March 8, 2019 at 10:58 am #

        That’s been the driver for real estate market values for decades, unending influx of population through deliberately high legal immigration combined with unenforced borders. The newer twist though is a constant growth in voting block for the Left. Welcome to the future.Without that combination feasibly what JHK outlines might not have happened. Try to put a luster on it; we’re saving the world by letting the world’s desperate migrate here with the bonus of saving us from lack of diversity. All’s good.

      • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:10 am #

        It is a least a little bit logical that once it all turns to crap you import those for whom crap is the norm, and if they are unarmed and uneducated, well you never have to worry about them rising up against you, do you?

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

        Well many of them are interested in the great Ascetics of the past, but as far as practicing any themselves, forget it. Of course, the middle class life of 9 to 5 is a life of great Asceticism for many…..
        It all depends on what you love and what you goal is. Working hard all day and then blowing your money and your stomach on huge, expensive, and unhealthy meals is a foolish asceticism.

        We need a wise askesis, one replete with an aesthetic.

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Ol’ Walter,

      I’m going for a nice double-wide refrigerator-freezer box, myself. Nothing too gaudy or ostentatious, just a place to call my own down under the overpass. They’re doing such amazing stuff with corrugation these days! Plus, it doubles as an incinerator box for my earthly remains when my time comes too! Just call out the county to pick me up and, poof!, all traces of me are gone.

      • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:08 am #

        Much more dignified than a black plastic garbage bag!

        • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 11:21 am #

          The black plastic garbage bag is formal wear, like when your addict neighbors on the street get wed and they’re registered at the dumpster in back of the liquor store. Good times ahead.

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:27 am #

            I see you’ve got some experience in these matters as well. Very nice observation. Dumpsters are the new community touchstones, don’t ya think? Good times indeed!

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:22 am #

          Yes. You have to maintain a positive attitude in this day and age. That’s what I always say.

        • montsegur March 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

          Is asking for a pine box too much?

          Cheers

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

            The neighbors might grumble.

          • Epicur March 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

            In Alabama where I live you can be buried in a pine box IF you build in yourself.

          • Epicur March 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm #

            IF you built IT yourself.

          • Q. Shtik March 9, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

            In Alabama where I live you can be buried in a pine box IF you build it yourself. – Epicur

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

            I probably told this story once or twice in the past 10 years so why not one more time?:

            I DID build my own coffin out of plywood. It was my first project after retiring in early 2006. It is stored in the basement awaiting my inevitable demise. It is one of those six-sided coffins also known as a toe-pincher, heel-squeezer or Dracula coffin inserted in a rectangle. My whole family was upset by my doing this. Friends thought it was eccentric if not downright crazy. To me it was an opportunity to express myself artistically.

            The lid is one piece that tips back and is held at an angle by cheap small-link chain from Home Depot…gold in color. When closed the lid is held shut by two cheap gold in color latches, also from Home Depot.

            The interior side of the lid is the main artistic feature of the box. It is made to closely resemble a pool table. It is covered with a high-grade green pool table cloth. Two pool balls (my favorite numbers, 3 and 7) and a pool cue are cleverly affixed. A spot is glued in its appropriate location where the first ball in a rack would go. A cube of blue tip-chalk is also glued along what would be the rail edge.

            I envisioned that a ‘viewing’ would be held in the dining room of my home. Relatives and friends would file past, stop for a few moments to gaze and then they would see a small brass plaque installed on the closest edge which I had made for me at a trophy shop. It reads ” Well, at least the infernal ringing in my ears has stopped.”

            The whole thing has various wood trimmings and is sanded to a fare-thee-well, stained a lustrous dark shade and polyurethaned with several coats. Around the outside, wood bars are installed with room for 8 pallbearers, 3 on either side and one at each end.

            This coffin and the pyramid I built in 2014 are the fruitless attempt of a common man to extend life as long as possible — in memory — since I am quite sure that is the only kind of afterlife there is.

      • Epicur March 8, 2019 at 11:44 am #

        I’m contemplating a viking funeral.

        Me and my 50 year old fishing boat going out together.

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:57 am #

          You could definitely do worse!

        • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

          Epicur

          You might have sympathetic grandchildren like these ones who respect your wishes, if you slip away at the right time!

          youtube.com/watch?v=Fr1A3ok_kfw

          Great film.

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm #

            The Indians do quite a bit of already, or so I’ve heard. Trouble is, it creates quite a mess of the waterways, which we’re in short supply of already, especially when you’ve got a few billion people or so in need of urgent disposal. A collapsing industrial society will likely need an industrial means of disposal for its suddenly superfluous human detritus to match. I suspect industrial chemical or burn waste facilities will likely be in our future regardless of the masses’ aesthetic objections. Hitler has already provided the test bed, fueled largely by western industrial and financial interests, the knowledge of which the allies eagerly absorbed, even as they feigned mock horror.

            The alternative to even this minimal level of “decency” will almost certainly be, as we’re seeing in the less fortunate areas of the world today, death by open warfare and/or the knockon effects thereof. No disposal necessary in that case. The bodies can lie in state in the streets, thus providing their final service as food for the vultures, human and otherwise.

          • Elrond Hubbard March 8, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

            I saw that! Rosamund Pike, sigh…

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:00 am #

            Her parents named her well – she’s very ‘English rose’, isn’t she?!

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosamund

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:03 am #

            Scratch

            “The bodies can lie in state in the streets, thus providing their final service as food for the vultures, human and otherwise.”

            Do we have many vultures left? I think I posted the Indian vulture story already.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_vulture_crisis

          • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:43 am #

            GA.

            Damn! You KNOW times are tough when even the vultures can’t make a go of it!

        • montsegur March 9, 2019 at 1:22 am #

          Interesting idea re: going out with the boat. I’ve thought if one knew one’s time was short, to go to a favorite spot in the forest, lie down, and exit this world listening to the birds and watching the sun set would not be so bad.

          Timing, and personal energy, would make it challenging. It is probably something for which one would need someone assisting.

          As Scratch notes, the mortal remains would eventually be disposed of by the forces of nature.

          Cheers

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:08 am #

            “Interesting idea re: going out with the boat. I’ve thought if one knew one’s time was short, to go to a favorite spot in the forest, lie down, and exit this world listening to the birds and watching the sun set would not be so bad.”

            I’m with you there, montsegur. When I’m sitting somewhere quiet – for me it’s watching the tide lapping on a pebbly beach. with mountains in the background – the timelessness of it makes me feel that ‘part of something bigger’ that people talk about in another sense on here and I feel that would be the place to slip back to where I came from, without angst.

            But Billy Connolly had a good death, in the circumstances, in the film. The disposal of his earthly remains was a different issue, but the grandchildren did him proud!

          • Epicur March 9, 2019 at 9:35 am #

            Vulture

            I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
            Above the ocean. I saw through half-shut eyelids a vulture wheeling
            high up in heaven,
            And presently it passed again, but lower and nearer, its orbit
            narrowing,
            I understood then
            That I was under inspection. I lay death-still and heard the flight-
            feathers
            Whistle above me and make their circle and come nearer.
            I could see the naked red head between the great wings
            Bear downward staring. I said, ‘My dear bird, we are wasting time
            here.
            These old bones will still work; they are not for you.’ But how
            beautiful
            he looked, gliding down
            On those great sails; how beautiful he looked, veering away in the
            sea-light
            over the precipice. I tell you solemnly
            That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak
            and
            become part of him, to share those wings and those eyes–
            What a sublime end of one’s body, what an enskyment; what a life
            after death.

            Robinson Jeffers

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:45 am #

            Epicur

            Well, much as I like the idea of some abstract return to the earth, doing it via a vulture has a bit too much reality about it – certainly if you can see it circling ahead of time!

            I have a friend with two cats, who says that they only sit on your lap so they know when you’ve turned cold.

            And my husband tells me it’s not unknown for deceased old ladies to be found with their fingers having been nibbled by their beloved terrier.

            But the vultures do have a hygienic purpose, if you can put sensibilities aside.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:48 am #

            I realise I’m missing the poetic image of the enskyment here 🙂

            Eye in the sky…they go for the soft bits first. I’ve seen The Birds!

      • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        Nick O Demus,

        Helpful Hint…house paint on the box will make it last longer in the rain….

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

          Another veteran, I presume?

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

        Car camping for me. I read about one cool lady who never got out of her car for three years. Her checks were just automatically deposited and she ate at fast food drive ins. She just threw the wrappings on the floor and the car was full of them. What about bathing and other stuff? Don’t ax.

        • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

          Sounds like a classy broad.

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 5:18 pm #

            Fat sweaty thighs and butt in near constant contact with hot vinyl car seats. Let your imagination run wild.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

            Worse, much worse. She weighed five hundred pounds and I mean She Never Got Out of the Car.

          • Q. Shtik March 9, 2019 at 11:24 am #

            She weighed five hundred pounds and I mean She Never Got Out of the Car. – Janos

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

            OMG, not even to pee and poop???

    • vengeur March 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

      Kunstler is the best writer/social commentator of our time.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

        OK now, let’s not go overboard here. Might go to Jim’s head.

    • shotho March 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

      The longshoreman’s philosopher of the 1950’s, Eric Hofer, famously said that the health and vibrancy of a society could be measured by how well the housing and infrastructure is maintained. In other words, an infrastructure in poor shape suggested a society in decline.

  4. BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    The people who sit on these hospital, library and school boards now are either the busybody mom types or ‘activists’. Its the activists who do the most damage. For example, very little US history is being taught in public schools nowadays, but a group of school board activist just successfully lobbied to pass a law that makes it mandatory to teach the history of Africa and Puerto Rico in Ct public schools. Another law in committee right now moves to merge successful, well funded local schools with bankrupt, dystopic, disorderly urban school districts. In Nov the Dems ran the table, winning almost every election and now control every branch of state govt. What’s hilarious is these woke soccer mom types you see with their Volvos with ‘coexist’ bumper stickers parked in front of starbucks now face the prospect of their precious little Brittany and Thad of being shipped over the mountain every day into schools where rape is not unheard of, the graduation rate is 29%, and every single student receives subsidized breakfast, lunch and supper. But now there is pushback, proving ‘Wokesterism’ goes only so far.

    Brh

    • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

      Sounds like they may have ‘woke too late.

      I love the smell of liberals getting what they asked for. Smells like justice.

  5. K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Part of it comes down to what it takes to get the change engine going or the care and maintenance of motivation and staying off the couch.

    It appears much of what drives the change engine for most people is social stroking. Everybody likes to get pet in their own way. Last week we found out all about Michael Jackson’s preferences but everywhere we look people are trying to get stroked one way or another.

    Now we live in a time of great anomie. Comedy has shifted from a celebration of the absurd to empty expressions of rage and hate. None of it is funny. Reading this morning the thought came. Why is it so hard for people to find meaning came to me. But the end said why very clear.

    If you’re looking for it in some group identity, you may not ever discover the power in your own individual ability to make choices for yourself.

    People have to want change for what it is and not for what others will think of it, but sadly for men and dogs it seems this is very hard to do.

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      We’re both pack animals in the end.

      • K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 11:23 am #

        Pack animals who need to pay better attention on who their leaders are and on what they follow. The loudest bark should not always be alpha!

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:31 am #

          What can you say about animals for whom a significant portion of their populations like to eat turds? That’s never a good sign for things to come.

          • K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 10:44 pm #

            I’m not that kind of dog.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:12 am #

            That would be a T-dog.

            K for king, K for kibble, K for kwality 🙂

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:12 am #

            Although you don’t want to look too closely at what’s in kibble…

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

      Yeah, I loved this weeks epistle but for that part. The individual can find no meaning outside the group. The loss of our extended networks of family, clan, tribe, and nation (all of one Race needless to say) has been the context and existential cause of our undoing.

      The Chinese won’t make this mistake. Nor the South Asians, Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh and of course, neither do the Jews. But they are all very glad that we have made it since it opens up America for them.

      • shotho March 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

        The Chinese are making this mistake as we speak. Government policy has forced millions and millions of rural folk to leave their traditional family and villages to flood into gigantic urban areas where there is absolutely no sense of place.

  6. Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Nice change of pace today, Jim! To add on to what you’ve said here, is it surprising that in a nation that now dwells almost entirely indoors, whether at home, work, school, or play, staring at a screen of some sort pumping insane images into our heads, is it any wonder that our public places are so godawful? The US has degenerated from a nation into a mere loose collection of competing “individual interests,” mirroring the Thatcher dictum from back in the day – which summarized Reagan’s point of view as well: “And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.” Of course we’ve since atomized the families as well, which I’m sure old Margie knew was on the drawing boards when she said this, but the point remains the same.

    briandeer.com/social/thatcher-society.htm

    • JohnAZ March 8, 2019 at 10:24 am #

      They point of the Liberal, progressive attack on about every institution in the US is just good old British Empire divide and conquer techniques.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #

        Yep. The US is just the continuation and amplification of the old British empire. And of course the Zionists have long since infested and dominated both.

  7. Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    We got eight years of “hope and change”—and it shows. Vive la différence!

    • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 10:39 am #

      Imam Barry did what he could to bring in muslims.

      After all, Andrea Mitchell told us ‘Iowa is too White.’

  8. della_lu March 8, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Don’t worry, these problems will just keep getting worse, because no one dares suggest to anyone that they shouldn’t keep having lots and lots of kids. My Granddad died at 96 and more than 50 living descendants were at his funeral. We’re spamming the environment 🙁

    • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 10:57 am #

      Don’t you worry! Dems have a plan for that. With minor lifestyle sacrifices such as the end of meat consumption, suburbia, and the internal combustion engine, we can pave the way for another 4 billion souls. Think Pol Pot only in reverse; everyone will be forced to live in cities. Think bee colonies. So industrious. So productive. Everyone will have their assigned roles.

      And the queen bee? AOC has a plan for that as well…

      • Cavepainter March 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

        More like rabbit warren. And I’ll again raise notice to fact of 70+ million Americans now living in HOA/CC&R governed communities, “manged” by contracted community management companies which act as nannies to the property owners who’ve surrendered their adulthood and rights to the proxie Big Nurse/mommy.

    • Epicur March 8, 2019 at 11:53 am #

      “…no one dares suggest to anyone that they shouldn’t keep having lots and lots of kids.”

      Overpopulation is a real problem, but it’s not a moral problem, it’s a survival problem. There is actually a proportional shortage of the right kind of people to continue into the future. Nature will take care of the excess. With enough will and some luck the strong will survive.

      People talk about all the things they can do to “save the earth”, but actually all they can do is save themselves – or at least improve their chances.

      • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

        >>> but it’s not a moral problem, it’s a survival problem.

        It’s a moral problem when policy determines who withers and who thrives, who lives and who dies…

        • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

          rumor is 5G will kill us and there is none in Israel.
          I wonder if Israel is chemtrailed?

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

        Nature will take care of the excess.

        Oh, so Lord Darwin rules? Perhaps the so called, ‘Elites’ have a plan. To exterminate most of the humans.

        • Epicur March 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

          I’m not endorsing the idea, but it is absolutely logical. Since the dawn of civilization the “masses” have been used to support the state (either directly as agents of the state or indirectly as producers of taxable wealth). If they stop playing that role the state has no interest in their sustenance.

          Today we are told that the welfare class is serving a purpose by spending the money they are given – thereby “stimulating” the economy. Once the credit bubble bursts that fantasy will no longer be supportable.

          “If” a plague gets loose, what incentive will states have to “save” people who are only a drag on the system?

  9. JohnAZ March 8, 2019 at 10:20 am #

    Great post.

    The loss of individuality is a primary goal of the government loving Deep State. They will not be satisfied until we are all good little comrades. The breakdown of MainStreet is a primary mechanism to put the Elites of the Deep State in control. Look at it this way, Main Street means independence, self reliance and good interdependence, ie citizenship. Everything the Communists coming into power want to take away.

    Bernie Sanders sounds just like I imagine Vladimir Lenin sounded like.

    The power boys cannot maintain their base when individuals say no. They have had a lot of problems over the past trying to maintain their control, those pesky Conservatives keep getting elected and undoing their power acquisition.

    So what to do? Import more socialist, and import them and import them. Then manipulate the system to give them the vote quickly, then start taking the Constitution apart piece by piece.

    It IS happening now.

    One more. Trump represents the individual, self motivated citizen who has made his own way through the morass of New York. His dad was the same way. To the Communists, he is an irritating bug that must be squashed. They must destroy the administration and the voting base that supports it. Sound familiar.

    • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 11:03 am #

      Freedom, choice, and personal responsibility are totally incompatible with totalitarian socialism.

      >>> Trump represents the individual, self motivated citizen…

      Trump is King, Pelosi is Queen, and AOC is the court jester.

      • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:11 am #

        I though she was a bartender?

        • Hands4u March 8, 2019 at 11:25 am #

          Don’t irritate the person making your drink!

          • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:29 am #

            And never accept a drink from a politician.

          • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 11:48 am #

            Or from Bill Cosby.

    • ozone March 8, 2019 at 11:18 am #

      John,
      Your FEAR is palpable and seems to infest your every post.
      Man up and learn that the Big No that you advocate requires more than the lone individual. …Otherwise, what you’re going to have is the Big Fail. Understand *that* first and foremost. You show a lot of good common sense and insight, I only ask that you express it more often.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

        He’s divided against himself. Don’t know who to hate, unlike you and me. The individual cannot stand alone. Cincinatus broke the little stick (fasce) to show them. Then he tied many little sticks together and showed they were now strong. Thus Fascism.

        • JohnAZ March 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

          I do not hate anyone. I utterly despise the people that are trying to undo everything that America stands for in my eyes. I try hard to “walk a mile in the oppositions moccasins”. But knowing the ulterior motives of these bloodsuckers, it is hard.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 11:46 pm #

            You need to learn to hate better – and the right people. You are still excluding the Corporate bloodsuckers – the inevitable end result of the Capitalism you so unwisely adore.

      • JohnAZ March 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        Ozone you are right. I fear for the future for my daughter and grandson. They will never know the freedoms that I have known. The big fail, your words, is descending upon us now.

        You are right though, nothing seems to stop the onset. Or even slow it. It does bother me a lot that supposed Americans, are the source of the socialistic changes.

        • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 8:34 am #

          You have Parentitis, that unholy disease that springs up (mostly in women) and infects the body family. You think you know the right way to live, the right values to have, the right dreams to chase. What you don’t realize is that everybody has their own life to live at the time they are here to live it. Sometimes you are a slave to rise up like Moses and break your chains of bondage. Not everybody is destined to have milk shakes at Denny’s. What you do is to construct rationality for your nosiness i.e. you’re interfering in your child’s life for his own good. Baloney. It’s his/her life. You lived yours. Now get out of his/her way.

    • Paulo March 8, 2019 at 11:27 am #

      Trump was given a silver spoon and deemed millionaire by age 7. He has gone bankrupt 7 times?, and doesn’t pay his bills to the people who actually do the building. If this is an example of rugged American individualism, God help us all.

      Great article and thought provoking. My wife and I have been discussing this topic often, every time we drive the 50 miles into ‘town’ for one reason or another. We have come to the thankful conclusion that our rural Cdn valley will probably be spared. Most large parcels of land around here are in what is called the Agricultural Land Reserve, and cannot be developed by law. The remainder is bush, Crown Land, and can only be used for forestry operations..under a different legal designation. (Those commie Canadian bastards. Imagine, public zoning to prevent land developments, wherever and whenever). We own an additional 16 acre parcel that is zoned residential, but have no plans to develop it, as long as we live. Yesterday I counted 14 elk in the field.

      Many are so entrapped on the hamster wheel they have little time to reflect on ‘their place’ in the World. Others, full of self-loathing, try to present a picture of something they are most definitely not. I believe Donald Trump falls into the latter category. I am trying to be thankful for the small gifts in our life, and the gift we most often take for granted; good health. A few days ago I developed an infection in my left thumb. I could not sleep for two nights due to the throbbing and finally went to Emergency when it began to change colour. The emergency room doctor froze it, cut it open, drained it, took a lab sample for just in case, flushed it, and said, “Legit visit, all fixed, you don’t even need anti-biotics. You are discharged and good to go. Good night” Two days later and the pain is completely gone and I am back to working with tools again. I was/am most thankful for our BC medical plan and services. The hospital was brand new, the doctor was a bright 35 year old, “Call me Eric”, the only admitting questions were had my address changed and was my Doctor still _________? There was no bill, no co-pays, a 30 minute wait which included the time for freezing to take hold, and a big screen if I wanted to watch the tube. (I read a paper).

      Socialism in action, Trump would call it. Socialism, at 60% of the cost the American system currently provides and with better outcomes. When I hear the current calls for Medicare-for-All, and then the resulting demoniziation, the insurance lobby posturing, the political graft, the jingoism, about something so fundamental as basic medical care and intervention, (like an infected thumb), I have to ask the following? Do you really think people need to learn their place? That’s the problem, they know their place. They are tax milch cows, debt slaves, with little hope for vertical migration. Everybody knows their place, that’s why they are on the hamster wheel in the first place; eating shit food, doing drugs, and staring into their I-gadgets mindlessly walking like extras on the set, ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’. When you take the soul out of humanity and replace it with profits, when public discourse is reduced to, “We don’t need no stinkin’ socialism, and those Dems are just anti-Israel and vote to kill new borns”, do you realy think there is any hope in hell at improving living spaces and down town livability?

      Hopefully, it won’t require a collapse or any more violence to effect change. But hey, “As long as there’s still open carry and nobody tellin’ me what health care I need or don’t need, all’s good, right”?

      • jdhines March 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

        Paulo,

        I love the way you think. It sounds really nice up North. I wonder if the Commies would let a reformed Capitalist in?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      Yeah, and Walmart is Socialism. Ridiculous as usual.

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

        Walmart workers on EBT. Socialism.
        Living in suck tion 8 apartments.

  10. Pucker March 8, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    “We are silent when we see that all the money of all the nations has come into the hands of a few men; which we seem to tolerate and to permit with the more equanimity, because none of these robbers conceals what he is doing. CICERO1”

    Mike Duncan
    The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

    • ozone March 8, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      Puckered,
      Sounds like good ol’ Cicero walks and talks among us in the here and now, doesn’t it?

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      Yeah but didn’t he also object to the Grachi brothers and their attempts at reform? Is it because he was basically a do nothing moaner? Or because the Grachis were Communists and too extreme?

  11. BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Well, whites are having very few children, not even enough to replace themselves.

    Our population growth stems from 3rd world inmigration, 2-3 million people per year, maybe more.

    Brh

    • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      I prefer it spelled ‘White.’

      See Youtube, SGT Report.

      Kamala, Cory Booker and Liz Warren all voted for legal infanticide.
      Keep the native population down.

      For those looking at the insiders real motives,
      please Moloch? Adrenochrome?

      , 2-3 million people per year, maybe more.–they breed like crazy. Their own lands are in ruins.
      I had a Lyft driver. She is from Honduras. She fled the violence.

      • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 11:12 am #

        >>> I prefer it spelled ‘White.’

        I prefer Americans of European descent. But gringos pendejos will do in a pinch.

      • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

        “I prefer it spelled ‘White.’”

        So, malthuss, you’re like the New Pronoun People who want everyone to change the rules of English to suit their sensibilities?

        Funny, that…

        • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm #

          Is White an adjective?

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:15 am #

            ‘White’ is an adjective, or an adjectival noun. In neither case does it require a starting capital, unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence, whether if refers to people or to your washing (laundry to you, I think).

    • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 11:09 am #

      >>> Well, whites are having very few children, not even enough to replace themselves.

      Perhaps if whites weren’t being taxed to subsidize illegal immigrant families and all other “diversity”, they could spend that wealth on their own children.

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

        Odd that once, USA had no Federal Income tax.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        The Corporations would still flood us with illegals for the cheap labor. No Ex, only a two pronged attack will suffice, against both the traitors in the Private sphere and those in the Public. And the former is the more important since they control the Public at this point – since we are an Oligarchical Plutocracy that uses Kritarchy or rule by the Judges, and Democracy, rule by the Mob, to enforce its will.

  12. K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    And so we’re mistaken if we believe that the collapse of Christianity in America has led to a decline in religion. It has merely led to religious impulses being expressed by political cults. Like almost all new cultish impulses, they see no boundary between politics and their religion. – Andrew Sullivan

    Paying attention to the political cult aspect is narrow focus. Not all Americans are into politics yet even they have found surrogates to meaning in life. Distractions are endless. The nation abounds with hobby-horses of all kinds so if all you want to do is rock back and forth in life staying in one place and never going anywhere; opportunities abound.

    Step one: Decide what is really important without paying attention to what other people think. The answer must come from within.

    • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      Step one: Decide what is really important without paying attention to what other people think. The answer must come from within

      If you say so.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 10:43 am #

        Where else would it come from?

        • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

          The buzz is the ‘Real Government aka MK Ultra’ puts waves, thoughts into certain peoples minds, via technology.

          Kinda like the journalist who died on Sunset Blvd, in a car crash. He knew too much. Cars can be made to crash.

          Or Breitbarts coroner, who died soon after Andy did.

          Or the Clintons Chef.

          etc.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

            What did the Chef do that made them mad?

          • snarkmatic9000 March 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

            There’s a hole in your tinfoil!

          • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

            Janos– Who knows what the chef found out.

          • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:52 pm #

            snark–the hole is in yr—–

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:16 am #

            “There’s a hole in your tinfoil!”

            Dear Liza, dear Liza…

    • SomeoneInAsia March 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

      I’d venture that the core trouble with Western civilization is that the Church thoroughly disenchanted the entire Universe in a bid to maintain its power during the 16th and 17th centuries (by employing the ideas of people like Robert Boyle). The rationale is that when you can’t see value and meaning anywhere else but in the Church, then it’s to the Church you’ll turn for those things. The trouble is that it didn’t work out that way: people ended up unable to find value and meaning anywhere at all. Descartes first became aware of this danger and sought to avert it by working out a proof for God’s existence based on the bare fact that he’s a conscious and thinking ‘thing’, but Hume later came and deconstructed his arguments, and still later Kant and others led us step by step to the world of Yeats’ falcon, an utterly value-void Universe in which anything goes, nothing matters and you’re free to believe whatever you want. Solzhenitsyn said it well: men have forgotten God; hence this whole mess we find ourselves in.

      I’m not a Christian, by the way. You don’t have to be one to endorse the idea of some Higher Power. Neither am I here to bicker with anyone on these issues. I just thought I’d share a few thoughts, that’s all. Take or leave them.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

        Oh boy, sure hope the Finc doesn’t read this. Might be an extended diatribe(s) coming on if so.

        But well put, either way!

        • SomeoneInAsia March 8, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

          Thanks for the compliment. 😉

          • K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 10:48 pm #

            To be conscious of thinking is standing at the threshold of free agency. Fuck Hume.

          • Billy Hill March 9, 2019 at 8:12 am #

            “Fuck Hume”
            Bumper sticker of the day. Put it over Coexist.

            This could start a trend:

            Wittgenstein Sucks!

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            Kill Mill!

            Although ‘Wittgenstein Sucks’ might be better on the exhaust pipe.

    • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 8:26 am #

      Who’ll wash the dishes? The old man.

  13. volodya March 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #

    JHK gets really deplorable, talking about things that are the very opposite of what defines the cosmopolitan “anywhere” class, people for whom “place” supposedly doesn’t matter, the cool, the hip, the educated, people of indeterminate gender, whose sexual preference flows and fluxes, infinitely adaptable by virtue of their superior intellect.

    I mean, when you live your life on-line, who would need such a thing as a “downtown”? To do what? Besides, it’s like the mythical white-picket fences and the fictitious era of middle-class employment when Dad had a job and Mom stayed home to take care of everyone. Nobody who isn’t “woke” believes any of it, it’s a figment of the right-wing-proto-fascist imagination, propagated by TV-Land. Ward and June Cleaver as marital bliss? Wally and the Beav as the ideal of youthful unquestioning compliance? Really, does anybody put any credence in the Leave it to Beaver depiction of American life of the 1950s and 60s? Of course not, this was appropriated by the worst, most racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic elements of American society and politics to present a picture of American life that never existed, never will exist, nor should exist.

    In any realistic account, Ward would be a depressed bi-sexual, precariously employed in low-wage work, dependent on June’s high-powered executive career. And the Beav would be playing with dolls and Wally would be a tranny.

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 10:55 am #

      But what about Thelma Lou?

      • volodya March 8, 2019 at 11:08 am #

        I dunno…

      • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 11:39 am #

        Thelma Lou got tired of waiting for Barney to express his manhood, and turned into Mayberry’s first (but not last) bitter lesbian, known to howl hysterically at the mere mention of Trump’s name.

        • volodya March 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

          Thanks for sorting that out.

    • volodya March 8, 2019 at 11:02 am #

      I forgot, Ward and June would be in a polyamorous relationship, sharing another man between them.

      • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 11:45 am #

        I think they’d go for the young, adventurous, amoral, yet socially polite Eddie Haskell. “May I say that G-string looks lovely on you, Mrs Cleaver.”

        Good thing seawolf isn’t here, or this discussion might get downright obscene.

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:55 am #

          Now that thar’s funny, I don’t care who you are!!!

        • volodya March 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

          Ow, the visuals, the visuals….

      • montsegur March 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

        Ménage à QUOI ?

        Cheers

        • volodya March 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

          Too gruesome to think about. June in a G string? Eddie Haskell? Good grief….

    • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 11:22 am #

      >>> I mean, when you live your life on-line, who would need such a thing as a “downtown”? To do what?

      And yet, they keep packing themselves into concrete jungle metropolises. They’re simply not content unless they’re hemmed in by humanity on all sides.

    • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      “Really, does anybody put any credence in the Leave it to Beaver depiction of American life of the 1950s and 60s…?

      Volodya,
      My youth was not unlike that depiction. Father an Air Force Officer, Mother stay at home…no alcoholics in the immediate family…sent to good schools…lived in well-kept but middle class neighborhoods…no trouble with the law…no drama.

      It did exist for some of us.

      • volodya March 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

        I was being sarcastic. i can see that it needs work.

        It existed for me too and also my relatives and friends and tens of millions of others. The idea that it was mythical is just progressive propaganda, crap that only woke millennials could believe or for that matter, people that weren’t around to see it.

        • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

          “I was being sarcastic. i can see that it needs work.”

          Americans, eh, Volodya – they need to work on their irony receptors 🙂 . A year or two in Blighty usually does the trick…

          • volodya March 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

            Yeah, but the air-fare. I’ve been there, a long time ago mind you. And the most amazing thing, the best food we had on this grand European vacation was in London. I kid you not. And the beer was on a par with Germany’s. I would know because I drank Munich dry.

          • volodya March 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

            Oh yeah and hurray for the Brits…

        • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

          Volodya,
          Sorry, but I did miss the sarcasm…and I usually look for it. I am sure that many disbelieve that the 50’s could have been thus…those unfortunates not to the middle class born…for example.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:35 am #

            Working class women have always worked. In my grandparents’ day, women ‘took in washing’, among other occupations, and plied their trade in the steamie in the back green or up the road…

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Steamie

            Reminds one a bit of the laundry project in World Made by Hand, but with a different energy source.

            Other working class women did what was ironically called, by extension, ‘taking in steps’. But, generally, cleaning for those who were lucky enough not to have to do paid labour.

            My own granny was a wet-nurse, having miscarried a child, or children. That’s work too. But she ended up adopting her charge – or one of her charges (daughter of a doctor and his floosy…), who became my aunt. Then she had seven of her own, so no time to work for money when she needed it most. But ‘children’ got jobs early in those days, so some were working while others were still in nappies.

            Granny died at 56, probably from exhaustion, although that wasn’t what was on her death certificate.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:33 pm #

      They did a follow up: Beaver’s friend, Larry Mondello joined the Vishnus. He encouraged Beaver to join since Beaver was suffering after a break up, “They get you a wife and everything.”

      And who can forget Eddie Haskell? He was portrayed as a heel in the making, but his breed triumphed over the Wallies and Wards of the World.

      • hmuller March 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

        And who can forget the filthiest line of 1950’s television? “Ward, don’t you think you were too hard on the beaver last night?”

        • RocketDoc March 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

          Remembering it now for the first time is pretty funny….Thanks.

      • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

        Janos,
        When in Jr. High School, I looked so much like the “Eddie Haskell” character that I was sometimes referred to as “Eddie”…true story.

  14. Pucker March 8, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    The evangelical Christians think that God has sent Trump to save all of the white people.

    Donald Trump in his divine wisdom took his daughter, Ivanka (and her husband, Jared) away from her line of Ivanka brand shoes and handbags and thrust her into the breach of his holy war to save the white “Deplorables”.

  15. ozone March 8, 2019 at 10:45 am #

    Jim,
    Interesting that you use the title “A Place of Your Own” here, in a society where it’s no longer *affordable* for most. (Strictly talking about the aspect of shelter, as you might guess.)

    In this era of wage slavery (planned or an unforeseen consequence of rapacious capitalism), supporting a “home” is damn near impossible. The stratagem these days is to rent out separate rooms in a house to a gaggle of strangers and hope like hell they don’t murder each other due to rampant social alienation. This is what the current generation is facing. If they would like to someday pursue their own unique direction, they’re definitely going to have to learn to get along, work together and regain a sense of community. (“We’re all in this together, and if we are to avoid getting fucked, good and hard, we’d better start acting like it.”)

    This is a ‘real’ thing; not some commie fantasy/plot.

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:10 am #

      Single bedrooms here rent for $800-$1200 @ month in the summers. Real estate starts at $125K-$150K for the handful of the most broken down and dilapidated 70 year old wood frame fourplex units in town (of which I’m a proud owner), works up through $250K-$500K for older three bedroom, heavily worn, family starter homes, and tops out at north of $2.5M for anything newer than 1995 or so, excluding the handful of off the charts mansions out in the woods. And this is supposedly a “working class” community.

      • ozone March 8, 2019 at 11:31 am #

        Ol’ Scratch,
        …So you see ‘zactly what I’m sayin’. Also, I’m talking full-time, year-round room rental, usually with shared baths and kitchens. This is becoming the only way to avoid living on the street while working full-shifts, 52 weeks a year.

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:49 am #

          Yep, most of those same bedrooms rent year round, it’s just that we get a large influx of students in the summer, which tightens the market for them even further. A few upscale corporate style rental units – old commercial properties – available as well, for a heady premium of course! They’re gradually tearing down or renovating all of the older, relatively “affordable” stuff, as is the trend most everywhere these days.

          The problem with the fourplex dumps like what I live in is that they’re dominated by slumlord owners living in those $2.5M mansions. They buy up all the cheap stuff and extract maximum rents and tax breaks out of them, while letting the buildings completely deteriorate. The county council – many members of whom are owners of said properties – is forever “considering” the issue, but once again, money talks and bullshit walks.

          I’ve tried like hell to keep my property up, but without the cooperation of the other owners it’s a losing battle. Never should have bought the place in the first place, but there simply weren’t any better options at the time. On the plus side, I’ll turn it for a profit or at least break even when I sell, as the next greatest sucker won’t have any better options either.

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

          Oz, you didnt live like that for a few years in your wild youth back in the day? I know I did. Finally i grew up and moved on, just like these kids will.

          The kids will be alright.

          Brh

          • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm #

            You don’t have to be wild, brh. It’s how most students live and a whole lot of other young people before they can move on, as you say (many can’t, which is a problem).

            My daughter in Singapore still lives in a shared flat and gawd knows how she’d do anything else over there – and she has a good job – but she won’t be staying forever. But it’s also how people make friends in new cities and she just landed there and had to find a flat share with ‘randoms’, as they say. It seems to be a lovely flat – and apart from a brief bed-bug crisis (I’d have died…) from a second-hand bed she’s been very happy with the flat share. It’s an ideal way to live in her circumstances.

            My old student flat mates now live in Paris, Brussels and Northern Ireland respectively – and one has a place in Spain too. We meet up somewhere or other almost every year now. We probably wouldn’t still all be friends if we hadn’t shared that crappy little doll’s house in the 70s. I’ve seen it since on a property website – proper gentrified and bijou it is now – I certainly couldn’t afford it.

            We had about four end-of-term parties that probably annoyed the neighbours (we warned them, apologised in advance, and invited them!) but other than that we were the opposite of wild.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

            They will? That’s a cliche. More and more of them are not and more and more of them will not be. That’s what we’re talking about here. Decline.

          • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

            GA, I think in this case Oz did have a wild youth. Not certain, but him having been a musician starting in the 70s, and remembering what the 70s were like, is a clue. However, I don’t want to speak for him.

            Brh

          • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

            Well, I don’t begrudge Ozone his youthful fun, brh!

    • jdhines March 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

      >>> “separate rooms in a house to a gaggle of strangers…” This sounds like the communal apartments of old in mother Russia. History can be fairly circular. I guess the Moscovites got to know each other quite well, though. A somewhat different twist.

  16. DJScubapro March 8, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    To further expand on Jim’s heartfelt commentary on our sad state of affairs, I direct readers to this very moving article by four young people who see things clearly, as they are, and refuse to accept the status quo any longer! We adults certainly need a reality wake-up call, and I think this movement may be just that!

    thebulletin.org/2019/03/adults-wont-take-climate-change-seriously-so-we-the-youth-are-forced-to-stri…

    • sanspeur March 8, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      Anything to do with the standard MSM conspiracy theory of the bogey man “Climate Change” makes me ill.

      These kids should take the day to research the machinations that created this “Crisis” who is driving it, and where the money is going.

      Yes the climate changes, if it didn’t earth would look like the moon.

      The best place to start learning about climate is to learn about the main heat source of the stove that is keeping this ball warm. The sun.

      This channel is probably worth 100K in tuition at any university. youtu.be/2fZOqOH__8Y

      • capt spaulding March 8, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

        sanspeur, I read a great plot idea for a movie, submitted to the Sci Fi Channel. Plot idea: 97% of the world’s climate scientists secretly conspire to contrive a crisis involving climate change, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires, and oil company executives. Did I hear someone say Oscar?

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:19 am #

      All in all, striking from school’s probably a good thing anyway. Not much actual learning going on there these days anyway.

    • oilie March 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

      The trouble with youngsters is that they are too often ignorant of any realities pertaining to climate. Anyone who has sufficiently studied the large body of knowledge that we have on historical climates will know that there is nothing happening at present that is beyond the bounds of normal climatic variability. Hansen and others were saying in 1988 that we would be toasted and drowned by sea level rise by 2000. The same is now being expected by 2030, but it won’t happen. I have studied both climatology and physics for a long time. In our most likely future, temperatures will only rise about one degree Fahrenheit and sea level will rise about eight inches by the end of the century, but you might have trouble finding a drop of oil to burn by then.

      • So you’re disagreeing with the National Academies of Science, the Department of Defense, NASA, etc. ..

        Maybe you should crack open a recent journal like Nature or Science.

        You sounds like all the junior Einsteins that know everything in freshman classes

      • jdhines March 8, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

        Have you been to downtown Miami lately? How about islands in the South Pacific? Noticed any unusual storms the past decade or two? Any tornados? It’s getting harder and harder to be in “de Nile”

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

      DJ, reminds one of the Childrens Crusade, c1212. Most of the kids from France and Germany, headed east to save the holy land and convert Muslims.

      The few that survived were captured and sold into white slavery in NAfrica.

      Brh

      • The boomers are about to get buried under a demographic shift, and climate change will be a foremost issue. At some point old pale talking about how climate change isn’t happening is going to resemble old crackers talking about how slavery wasn’t that bad. In other words a pillorying offense.

        Just to be clear, you’re all morons.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

          Well said. Anti-White hatred is the main trunk of the Poisonous Tree of Leftism. Why you are against mass immigration is the real mystery. That’s the coup de grace against the Pales. Then the real Fun of tormenting them unto death can begin. And yeah, that means you too.

          You simply aren’t an integrated person. And you’re not even integrated enough to realize that you aren’t integrated. Dunning-Kruger at the existential level.

          In contrast, Freddy Kruger was all one thing – such was the root of his strength.

          • Heh, pale = people, gesture typo. Anyway, population is of course the environmental impact multiplier, apart from all its economic and social destabilization effects. This current regime of official and unofficial sanctioned immigration needs Mr. National Emergency to do something. I don’t think he’ll make 2020 without offing his own head however.

        • jdhines March 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

          Right. The climate change we are seeing isn’t man-made, it’s just naturally occurring about 1.5 million years ahead of schedule. Nothing to do with fossil fuels, just a natural phenomenon. Keep motoring and thinking that way rubes. You had better consider leaving that houseboat to your grandkids.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

      Shame on you. Do you want such ignorant 16 year olds voting too?

  17. Eoin March 8, 2019 at 10:56 am #

    @JHK
    Once upon a time, in the nineties, I worked for an engineering firm in The City doing Local Law 11 Inspections. I still miss living and working there.
    Anyway, today’s article brought another to mind:

    nytimes.com/1995/04/30/arts/architecture-view-preserving-the-shrines-of-an-age-not-the-spirit.html

    The ushering-in of Tinhorn, tin-culture.
    Railroads as disruptors of Cities ? Say it ain’t so !

  18. BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 11:07 am #

    Well, at any rate, happy International Womens Day, CFNers.

    Weekly World News will be covering ceremonies, beginning with ribbon cutting in Sudan, that bastion of freedom, wokesterism, and feminist activism.

    Any wierdness or high strangeness in the celebrations rest assured WWN will be on scene to report on it.

    Brh

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 11:16 am #

      So they get a “Day” now too? The calendar has to be literally filled with “Days” for something or someone now. Ancient devil’s wisdom: When everything’s special, nothing’s special.

      • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:31 am #

        Don’t worry Ol’ Scratch, old white men will get a “day” as well and probably soon. Unfortunately for us it will probably be celebrated by hanging us from gibbets!

        • montsegur March 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

          All good, Walter, especially if you grant the mob a few martyrs in the process.

          Cheers

        • Redemption is possible. Deniers will have a shield in the form of a boomer leading the millennials.

          • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

            Dude, I wish it were true and the temps did rise a little. Two mornings ago it was so so goddam cold stepping out the door I couldn’t even breath.

            Snacks, when will it get noticeably warmer?

            Brh

          • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm #

            Check out Greg Hunter’s interview here. If you want, skip right to the 1:00 mark and look at the graphics on how the temperatures in the eastern half off the US are being manipulated to stay cold:

            youtube.com/watch?v=3n8d_CJX0p8

            Probably to keep us inline.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

          The black rifles will decide, not the Blacks.

      • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 11:36 am #

        Ya, who knew?

        Driving home this morning (ambient temp 5dF) on the radio, BBC was all over it.

        Brh

  19. fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Really good commentary today Jim.

    Not much to add except the momentum from normal continues to carry us for now. Trouble is that what passes for normal is destructive to all aspects of civilized life, the environment, humanity, et al. So the longer the we continue bumbling along the worse the end game is.

    I actually hope if it comes it gets here soon. Harder and harder each year to get those .30″ diameter holes in a pie plate beyond 500 meters. I suspect that might be a useful skill for a short while.

    • ozone March 8, 2019 at 11:43 am #

      fugeguy,
      About a third of a mile? Not too shabby, I’d say.

      • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

        1 1/2″ Moa…more or less….

      • fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

        Harder every year. Eyes are going , scope only helps so much.

        20 years ago M-1 with iron sites and a 1000 meters was doable. Now can’t even see it.

        Such is life I suppose.

        • snarkmatic9000 March 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

          sights

          • fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

            oops sorry.

          • fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

            like the m-1 sights. Which is saying something because I generally am not a peeper fan

  20. Pucker March 8, 2019 at 11:37 am #

    A Chinese bloke says that he has confidence in China’s future and that China may overtake the US “because China has many ‘Disruptive’ technologies, like 5G.”

    I guess that other examples of “Disruptive Technologies” would be the Printing Press, Fire, the Wheel, Gunpowder, the Birth Control Pill, and Feminine Hygiene Products?

    Do you remember in school when the teachers always got angry with you for always being “Disruptive”?

  21. lateStarter March 8, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    What is my place? A village 50 km west of Warsaw Poland. I gave up on ‘fixing’ the US and voted with my feet. I’ve been here now for over 10 years and I’m not going back. I have a paid off house with very low property taxes. My back yard is a national forest full of moose, wild boars, etc. It is quiet and the air is clean.

    I know it is a modest accomplishment, but I finally got a chance to have my own chickens. I can’t tell you how cool it is. The first batch is semi-retired but we still get a couple of eggs every day. This Spring we will get some new recruits. Next will be goats.

    I will be 62 this August so I probably won’t be around much longer. But I plan on enjoying every minute of my life outside the Borg.

    • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 11:52 am #

      I am glad for you. The Poles are a good people and life there is probably very good when you are not being invaded by the Germans or the Russians. I don’t think you will have to worry about that though because if trouble starts up again, they will both be headed against America and rightly so.

      • lateStarter March 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

        They are very hospitable after initial contact. It was an opportunity made possible by marriage. I was hoping that they had been thru enough bad stuff recently, that they might be ok for a while. I don’t see any problems with invasion on the horizon. My biggest concern is that they are getting to much like the US. They seem to be following the same playbook regarding celebrities, MSM, etc. And the young people are getting fat! Thank you KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Pepsi/Coke. A different type of invasion?

        • montsegur March 8, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

          Poland will be okay as long as it keeps the PO and their buddies at arm’s length.

          Yes, some nice countryside there.

          Cheers

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

          They must keep the Muslims and Blacks out – which means separating from the Western European disaster. Poland must remain Polish or it won’t be Poland, Land of Poles.

          So simple yet it is beyond people. Why? Because they are too complicated and moving too fast, filled with selfish desires and thus easily manipulated.

          The Fish can’t see the water nor People the air until they are polluted. Thus many essential things are taken for granted and only valued too late.

          • lateStarter March 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

            I don’t think that will be a problem. Most of them that get here make a beeline for Germany or Scandinavian countries ASAP. The ones that do stay tend to integrate well.

    • Bill7 March 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

      That sounds great, lateStarter. Glad you were able to get out of
      the US hellscape. I tried, but didn’t make the cut; alas.

    • seawolf77 March 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

      That’s a great story. I have been pondering where I would escape to. I really thought Buenos Aires/Montevideo, the Rio de Plata region, was for me but I can’t get past changing languages. Then I thought what if I stayed where would I go. Seattle. Temperate climate, Legal cannabis. Beautiful country. Then you look at home prices. $750,000 median. I mean you could buy in Houston for $150,000 and have $600,000 to live through retirement. But the West Coast is pretty much out of the conservative cesspool of mendacity and delusion, and Texas is practically ground zero for it. There’s a reason those Trumptards go to those rallies and yell their asses off. If you want to live… LIVE, smell the roses, watch the sunsets, feel the cool breezes, breathe in that breath and wallow in its redolent earthiness, you can’t do it around people who are rabid in trying to change the very thing you love about this country. And that means if you want to live, really live, you’re gonna pay through the nose. If you want to survive, find a red state and plant your feet. Houses are cheap, people are mean and rude, and life is a quiet desperation where the primary source of happiness and satisfaction is the fight to get back something that is gone forever. You can see it on their faces at the rallies. They are the real, true Americans. You can’t live with people like that. They’re always looking for a fight, always looking for someone to demonize, always looking to improve something or make something right- but what they’re really after is the exercise of power. Power on their behalf. I’ve said it many times liberals don’t care how you live as long as you let them live exactly how they want to live. Conservatives THINK they know the right way to live and they want you to live exactly the same way, no argument or discussion. Just do it or get out. Want my advice. GET OUT!

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

        As a non-White, why not go to a non-White country? Interesting how you dream about going to the White parts of South America, eh? Telling I’d say.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

      Moose? They’re not native, are they? Never heard that Europe had them.

      • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

        Alces alces is known as the moose in N. America and the elk in Europe and beyond (Eurasia).

        • lateStarter March 8, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

          By the early 20th century, the very last strongholds of the European moose appeared to be in Fennoscandian areas and patchy tracts of Russia, with a few migrants found in what is now Estonia and Lithuania. The USSR and Poland managed to restore portions of the range within its borders (such as the 1951 reintroduction into Kampinos National Park and the later 1958 reintroduction in Belarus), but political complications limited the ability to reintroduce it to other portions of its range. Attempts in 1930 and again in 1967 in marshland north of Berlin were unsuccessful. At present in Poland, populations are recorded in the Biebrza river valley, Kampinos, and in Bia?owie?a Forest. It has migrated into other parts of Eastern Europe and has been spotted in eastern and southern Germany.[45][46] Unsuccessful thus far in recolonizing these areas via natural dispersal from source populations in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia, it appears to be having more success migrating south into the Caucasus. It is listed under Appendix III of the Bern Convention.[47][48]

          My backyard is Kampinos. The other night, the dogs were barking and when I went out with my flashlight, 3 moose were stripping new growth off pine trees in my backyard.

          • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

            Sounds great, SL, and I envy you the chickens!

            You seem to have found your ‘happy place’. It’s good when you find somewhere where you think ‘I don’t know how long I’ve got, but however long – or short – it is, this is where I want to spend it’. Best of luck.

          • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

            LS, not SL, sorry!

  22. newworld March 8, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    Well said sir. Back in late 1988 I headed back to my little hometown, met up a friend who was bubbling about the new Walmart. Right then and there I knew that meant death.

    • seawolf77 March 8, 2019 at 5:04 pm #

      I went to school in Ruston,LA and I used to shop at Walmart sometimes. I always thought it was a cheap, kind of trashy store that would go away. I guess I was wrong.

  23. Luhrenloup March 8, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    Chelsea Manning has been arrested for refusing to take part in the “get Trump” craziness in Washington. She took the fifth. And that is what gives us hope. Not everybody is corrupt, or soulless. That whole pack in DC should be flushed down the toilet. In the clip before her court appearance, she appears tense, but determined. In response to a question about the upcoming hearing, she states that she’s been in a number of these closed hearing and they inevitably favor the government,

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm #

      Do you find her attractive? What the hell, why not go for it? After all, nothing is wrong and all is permitted.

      Hassan I Sabbah, the Old Man of the Mountain.

      • Luhrenloup March 8, 2019 at 2:47 pm #

        Janos you are judging a decent, ethical person who suffered greatly to expose the killing machine mowing down innocent people. I don’t know what goes on with trans, whether it’s physiological, or psychological and it’s not up to me to pass judgment. Do what you will that you hurt no one.
        Actually, she’s the only trans I’ve seen that passes. She’s kind of cute!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

          No I’m not. And you admit, I was right. Triumph!

          Mohammad said such people would appear in great numbers towards the end of time. They are evil and must be shunned. It may not be his fault he has these feelings, but he didn’t have to act on them. Medications may have helped his dysphoria.

          • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm #

            Can medications help smugness and lack of empathy?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 11:52 pm #

            True compassion sometimes means telling people, No. They aren’t women you know. Sorry if you think they are.

            The Tranny High School star who is dominating his league in girls track was interviewed. He said that girls need to work harder. This is the kind of thing your idiot compassion leads to.

          • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 12:03 am #

            Janos, while “Chelsea’s” plastic surgery choices make me want to upchuck, I have to give her credit for opposing the deep state war mongers.

            I also have a problem with locking up people just because they want to remain silent. Unfortunately, the 5th Amendment doesn’t give you a right to not incriminate others (with a few exceptions). I see a possible loophole here if Chelsea married Julian Assange.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:39 am #

            “They aren’t women you know. Sorry if you think they are.”

            Sorry you are so presumptuous, but not surprised.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 6:40 am #

            “The Tranny High School star who is dominating his league in girls track was interviewed. He said that girls need to work harder. This is the kind of thing your idiot compassion leads to.”

            Again, you presume too much. But it is your modus operandi, so I am used to it.

  24. Pucker March 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    I know my place.

    I’m a “House Negro”.

    It’s not so bad being a “House Negro”.

  25. Pucker March 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    I guess that we’re stuck with the H1B workers?

    The population of the USA is 327 million

    242 million do not have a high school diploma

    85 million have a high school diploma

    28.million have a BA/BS

    3 million have a MA/MS

    400,000 have a PhD/JD/MD

  26. 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    Very moving piece.
    One of the best.
    Particularly the breaking of the 4th wall at the end.

    Not sure if many of the cast of characters here will deeply consider your challenge. For long.

    So much easier to pursue their escapism from the soul crushing reality, right here, in their own way,

    Is this a place worth caring about?
    I think so.

  27. montsegur March 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

    Or a Main Street of empty storefronts? — JHK

    Or, I might add, empty, large collections of buildings once known as shopping malls.

    Yes, architecture matters.

    Cheers

  28. patrickd March 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

    A refreshing post, a great change from coverage of the fictional charade called US democracy and justice.

    Last week the US showed it can still do whatever it wants in its pursuit of the wealth of the world’s countries and populations, by using white phosphorous to incinerate a bunch of Syrian women and children. I wonder if they giggle in glee in the US command centers when they see these people burn. Are they proud of themselves, to use criminal munitions to commit more genocide?

    Here in the homeland, where the rich rulers at the top of the pyramid scheme known as capitalism have taken the bulk of the wealth of the US already, the population lives much those in the US terror-camp at Al-Tanf, where new terrorists are recruited for training and US pay days. The young impoverished sons of Americans are recruited for the military, which is essentially a terror group of forces, as it used to destroy sovereign nations in violation of all laws and decency.

    Figuring things out for oneself requires information, facts, and analytic skills. In the US, information and facts simply are not available. The media is now a propaganda arm of the rulers at the top. The government is the main spokespeople of propaganda. The school systems disable analytic skills in the very young, and are relentless in it up to graduation from the system. The result is that American adults have wrong information, and are unable to analyze it. If they could analyze it, they would quickly realize it’s crap, fake, propaganda, lies.

    In a world where probably the majority of inhabitants are hoping for the annihilation of the US, and where the major powers are capable and ready to do just that, the US population is oblivious to its imminent destruction.

    I don’t see any kind of hope for the US polity. The citizens are simply out-to-lunch, confused, perverse, and unable to figure anything out, since they don’t know how to think. The US will end as an evil empire, and its citizens will be without the organized parasites who now are simply looting whatever they can see, where ever it is. Our only hope lies in the leadership of those countries who have equipped themselves to defend their futures against the US threat. So far they have shown incredible restraint. Mr. Putin repeatedly stresses that there are red lines, and the US military leadership has so far kept its forces from violating them.

    As Mr. Putin and Mr. Xi and the rest of the world develop their alliances and trade agreements, and as the US continues to be isolated from the world, the US rulers are seeing the end of their empire. It’s possible they might make a miscalculation or impulsive outrage that will bring the stone age to the US. If we are fortunate, there could be a non-nuclear destruction of our frastructure, and then occupation by regulating troops from Russia and/or China.

    This summary will seem insane to those of you who read only US fake news, aka propaganda. If you listen to US politicians, you are misinformed. They are all liars, in politics to make themselves rich. If they are not proclaiming that the US is a terrorist regime, then they are in it for the riches.

    • patrickd March 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

      Oh, I forgot to add, that my own thinking is that I will buy a foreclosed home with enough acreage for a homestead, fix it up, and hope that the countries that finally take over the US will be as fair, kindly, and righteous as I think they will be, and allow me to live on my land peacefully.

      • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

        PatD,
        Am I confused, or did you not, a year or so in the past, opine on this site that you were planning to be an Ex-Pat to South America? If so, what changed?

        Ex-Pat…no pun intended.

        • It’s hard to keep ones personal narrative straight these days

        • fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

          I am thinking the Irish countryside.

          But alas my wife would not go I suspect.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

          PatB good. PatD no good. Maybe he got his B and D mixed up.

        • patrickd March 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

          Maybe. So? Do you have a point?

        • patrickd March 8, 2019 at 9:58 pm #

          Elysianfield,
          Yes, I was considering going ex-pat somewhere, and I was looking at a number of countries. But, I decided to ride out the storm of collapse here, wher I can
          1. reliably cash my SS checks until the crooks at the top figure out how to steal old peoples’ money in the SSA
          2. navigate in a country where everyone speaks my language
          3. avoid those few who want to grab an American and cut his head off, or his belly open

          I’m concerned that there might be roving gangs here in the US after everything fails, who will shoot me in the head so they can look in my pantry.

          So, given that there may be a few more years before SS is stolen or made unavailable, there’s safety here in the states for me, a veteran, white man, elderly.

          If your point is that I have no right to see what’s going on with this terrorist organization called the USA, well, you’re mistaken. Everyone has the right to observe these criminals and to say something about it.

          I volunteered for Vietnam and consider myself a patriot, but not a blind patriot. I am against illegal murders and thievery by this gang masquerading as a government. NObody has to leave the country for being awake to this evil. That’s preposterous.

          • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:12 am #

            PatD,
            No other point than that I remembered our “conversation”. We all are aware of the dysfunction that surrounds us. We all approach the issue differently…each with different levels of angst, contempt and disgust.

      • patrickd March 8, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

        Possibly the only real politician in the US, speaking something true and real:

        rt.com/usa/453372-omar-barack-obama-murder/

        • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 11:55 pm #

          Agree. As does David Duke. Only Muslims have the balls to call out the Zionists and their servants. Ditto UN clones like Obama.

          • patrickd March 10, 2019 at 3:43 am #

            Well i have changed my mind about her after reading that she is now a fan of the criminal Obama. She’s going for the gold.

  29. The New York Times reports an appellate court ruled that asylum seekers deserve full court services even after being denied grounds on initial review. The number of cases for 2018 stands at 99,000. Let’s see, how many taxpayer funded lawyer hours…

    The NYT photography shows a giant crowd of migrants in Irapuato boarding a horse trailer, as well as a caravan of migrants walking north in Penitas, TX.

    Facilities and budgets have hit capacity, so catch and release is the official policy.

    The trickle becomes a flood. Trump seems paralyzed.

    • Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

      Yawn. The 9th Circuit Panel is AOCrazy as everyone knows. Wake us up when SCOTUS rules on it.

  30. Helen Highwater March 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    “Do you know your place” is a pretty funny way to start a blog on International Women’s Day, since women have been getting asked that for hundreds, maybe thousands of years.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

      “Women do not have to take back their power because they never gave it away; they co-selected, with men, the best possible societal arrangement under extremely difficult environmental and societal conditions of the time.”

      Ken Wilber, “Sex, Ecology, Spirituality”, 1995

    • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:14 am #

      “since women have been getting asked that for hundreds, maybe thousands of years.”

      …and yet they persist….

  31. RocketDoc March 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    I would like to report that we Southern rubes are doing badly because we are the essence of deplorable–like guns, like NASCAR, and shopping at Walmart BUT we are favored by a $100 billion addition to the DOD budget that is re-building our downtown. Of course we have a plethora of decaying strip malls that are dying as soon as the last tenant goes in but the BMW-Porsche-Volvo-Range Rover dealership is growing as fast as the hospital. As long as the government is paying its contractors for missiles, drones, and security we will be fine.
    When does the foolishness stop? Can we make up money for another 10 years? Surely some revelation is at hand…..

    Is our town “ugly”? It is 215 square miles of suburbia and strip malls with an antebellum downtown reminiscent of the early 1900’s. I am used to it. I would not live in the country where I need to drive 10 miles to anything worth doing and I would not live in a high-rise where I know my neighbors and can walk to the florist, bookstore, and grocery. My neighbors all have 1/2 acre each–all 1,000 of us- and it’s only 3 miles downtown to the bars and symphony. I am of the considered opinion that suburbia is the best arrangement for managing collapse. I know and like my neighbors and would consider the biggest problem of financial Armageddon to be keeping those “good neighbors” in their homes.

    • The place you’re describing is organized on a pretty large scale. The DoD since 9/11 has been very active in pulling people out of flyover America and into these hubs, and is a giant shot of steroids to real estate, consumer goods, and all the big box stores. JHK is referring to smaller-scale American towns, aka those laid out and operating on “Human” scale where you breathe less diesel exhaust and can see the stars at night.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

        The DoD and its affiliates are the last remaining economic engine of prosperity we have left. Thus enemies under every bed in need of a good bombing.

  32. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

    Naturally, I will begin by congratulating all female citizens of the ClusterFuck Nation on March 8, which, contrary to popular opinion, is a wonderful Christian holiday connected with Christ not only and not so much thanks to Saint Esther, but mainly due to its connection with the Red Project of the West.

    And as I understand now, it was not by chance that I couldn’t complete my forecasts yesterday and have to continue collecting my forecasts today.

    I have a really good reason for this, and that reason is not vanity. The fact is that these predictions were made on the basis of the theory of Color World Projects of the West, which, in theory, was to become a means of understanding the world around us and the transformations that this world goes through before our eyes.

    And women who are not interested in this theory can stop right here, since then I will take it upon myself to assert that this theory based on the Holy Scripture paradoxically turns out to be a logical continuation of Marxism, or rather of historical materialism, which I spent a lot of time studying at the university.

    Unfortunately, at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, Marxism, which became the basis of the scientific worldview and various methods of saving capitalism from itself, was flushed down the toilet by those whom Marxism reveals as vile robbers, traitors and cannibals.

    And since, as I have already said, Marxism in the 20th century became the basis of a scientific worldview, the scientific method also hit the copper pan with a bang, including because the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and then of the Russian Federation in recent years have been singing in tune with the cannibals, who nevertheless flushed them both down the toilet just to remind who they are.

    Thus, the theory of world projects is an attempt to restore not only Marxism as the basis of the scientific worldview, but also the scientific method itself. Meanwhile, according to dialectical materialism and the scientific method as such, the truth criterion of any theory is practice and my confirmed predictions are such practice for the theory of world projects.

    And I will naturally begin with the main statement of the theory of world color projects that the world civil war is in fact a crypto-religious war similar to the War of the Roses in England in the 15th century, in which the religious motivation of participants was hidden by historians of the next era under a pile of economic and dynastic reasons.

    But now, in full accordance with the theory of world projects, the topic of the crypto-religious war has become the main cause of the collision in the media between Democrats and Republicans around the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico and, accordingly, around the state of emergency declared by President Trump.

    Democrats in 2016 nominated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who during the election campaign promised to oblige all Christian churches to marry homosexuals on demand, declared the construction of the wall and Trump’s state of emergency to be anti-Christian on the grounds that if such a wall was built in the first century on the border between Israel and Egypt, then the family of Christ would not be able to escape from Herod.

    And yesterday, one of the best FOX5 commentators, Tucker Carson, conducted an extremely deep analysis for American television defining liberal religion as “faith without God”, allowing me to identify the essence of the Black World Project as “Christianity without Christ”, not always coincidentally coming with racial anti-Semitism.

    youtube.com/watch?v=bHr6EPUE65I

    And all this is happening against the background of the explosive growth of FOX5 and the fall of CNN’s popularity after the democratic party’s refusal to allow FOX5 to carry televised debates among democratic candidates for the presidency of the United States during the campaign of 2020, in conjunction with the democratic party’s decision not to adopt a resolution directly condemning the anti-Israeli anti-Semitism of one of the democrats from the Muslim district, where there are so many Palestinians, which undoubtedly became a reaction to the unprecedented statement of Russia and Israel on joint actions to ensure the withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria.

    yahoo.com/news/russia-israel-team-eye-foreign-forces-pullout-syria-134732294.html

    Let me remind you that this statement is a declaration on the elimination of the conflict between Russia and Israel after the catastrophe of the IL-20 in Syria.

    And since the connection between the theory of world projects and Marxism is not so obvious, I first note that the Gallo-Romans, who were more culturally developed, became peasants and artisans in the feudal world of Western Europe compared to the Franks who had won over them.

    Moreover, these Gallo-Romans were Orthodox, and Dionysius the Areopagite, also known as Saint Denis, baptized them, and the Franks who enslaved them, having been baptized 700 years later for reasons far from Christian, showed indomitable cravings for all sorts of heresies, which became the basis of Western European Protestantism and is familiar to us from the books of Dan Brown.

    Moreover, this division did not disappear over time, and subsequently it was the Gallo-Romans who defeated the Franks during the Great French Revolution, and then fought on the barricades of the Paris Commune, which gave rise to Marxism. Of course, this analysis is simplified to the limit and the real picture is much more complicated, especially in England, but Lancaster with its red rose, which later became the Red Flag, is the same as the Celtic Gauls, that is, the Gallo-Romans, who were called in feudal France “Jacques”, which actually gave the name to Jacquerie. And it is not surprising that the “Colas Breugnon” that was written about this, was read with such attention by Stalin, and the visit of Romain Rolland to Moscow played a significant role in the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    And my hypothesis that negotiations with North Korea failed because of the threat of a repetition of this provocation dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5386503/More-640-Russian-mercenary-soldiers-killed-Syria.html is confirmed by Trump’s statement that Michael Cohen’s hearings were scheduled by the Democratic Congress on the day his negotiations with Kim Jong-un entered the crucial phase precisely in order for these negotiations to fail.

    And now the new deployment of its nuclear missile program by the North Korea is the direct fault of the US Democratic Party. I even thought that this failure in Hanoi was originally conceived, but if this were so Trump would not allow a whole number of mistakes that weakened the resulting effect from the so-called defeat in Hanoi.

    • capt spaulding March 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

      You make a lot of sense on many fronts, Fincain. One thing you missed, though, is that today’s women do not want to be referred to as “women”, but rather as Gyno-Americans. Once this is realized, things will probably go much better in the discourse between men and Gyno-Americans, they will be more willing to listen to common sense suggestions from men, once they are addressed by the appropriate title. One of the first truths they should be made aware of, is the fact that Republicans have answers to the problems they complain about, if they would only settle back, listen, and adopt the proper roles that nature has designed for them. If they would just do that much, men will immediately begin treating them with the regard and respect that is due to them, also, once they have demonstrated a willingness to listen, men will no doubt give them more power and authority. Of course, along with this attitude adjustment, Gyno-Americans will have to accept the fact that the Republican’s infallible approaches to governing, which include such things as huge tax breaks (for the job creators of course), and de-regulation of laws that only serve to trip up otherwise profitable endeavours, which increase the prospects for even more jobs, and stimulates the economy. Also the fact that buddying up to dictators like N.Korea, and Russia creates a positive environment between our countries, and further promotes job creation. It’s win,win. Also, everyone needs to get behind our president, who won by a majority, and assist him in promoting the dignity of the office and the country. All in all, once we eliminate the roadblocks thrown up by the Dems, like Climate Change as one example, It’s nothing but full steam ahead for the foreseeable future. So hitch up yore undies ladies, I mean Gyno-Americans, the good times are a’comin’.

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

        That’s a pretty nice swipe of satire there, Cap’n! Lets’s see how long it takes “Gyno-Americans” to go mainstream.

  33. jerrydylan March 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    I have been in a debate with the IRS over my 2007 tax return. This is an inept organization the scope of which is beyond description. Jim would love this…a millennial IRS officer whose primary word speak is “Sooo…silence…..Sooo…”. ”I need you to say something other than Soooo”…was my retort at one point. You know the word millennials use instead of “Ummmm”. I told this youngster where their take on the issue goes hideously wrong, it makes obvious sense and he can’t do anything about it. You have to complete their riga-mo-role. With the DJIA at 25,000 and real estate values through the moon, you’d think there was something more to do today than fuss with a 12 year old tax issue that is likely over-funded anyway. I don’t think these people have a clue what a mess they are in, the $22 TRILLION in United States Treasury debt will inevitably reach $30 trillion at a point in time rates will nudge over 5 or 6%, maybe see double digits? If one wonders why or how this could happen, my story will be a small clue.

    I won’t go into gory details other than to say, if you are in good health AND have no contact with the IRS, you have it all.

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

      Get yourself an attorney. Let the attorney deal with those f-kkers.

      In 08, I figured after the treasurey dept gave away billions to companies like AIG and GS, theyd at least let up on ordinary citizens. Instead just the opposite happened. They went after citizens with a renewed ferocity.

      Brh

  34. islander800 March 8, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

    Now THAT’S the classic James Kunstler I love. The description “cartoon architecture” brought a smile to my face – I loved reading “Geography of Nowhere” years ago. I think of that expression, along with “parking lagoons”, every time I drive down one of those soul-sucking commercial strips.

    It makes me believe that America has lost all sense of self-respect. Why else would it allow its built environment to have all the esthetic appeal of dog shit? Take a trip to virtually any European nation, France, for instance, and note the difference. It is an absolute shock to the system the first time you experience it. Even non-descript towns and villages have a beauty, including the new builds, that seems to say they have a pride in their history and culture. Come back home and the depression sets in immediately.

    • EvelynV March 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm #

      Amen to that. Driving thru Southern France was like driving in a huge park. The absence of the kind of crap you see in the USA driving a Chevrolet is incredible.

      No broken down rusting vehicles stacked up in yards, no shitty looking fence lines made of pallets and rotten wood, no toilets cleverly planted with long ignored dead flowers, no piles of old tires or cleverly laid out half buried tires in a line, no plastic junky abandoned playhouses, no shitpiles of aged and rotten boards, beams, and useless scraps of plywood, and on and on.

      What was especially nice in France is the much of the farm land plots always has a copse of trees growing along shared boundaries.

      American landscape is the landscape of slobs.

      • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

        See anybody named Mustafa driving a truck, trying to run you down?

        Brh

        • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

          brh

          There were 37,133 road deaths in the US last year. Mustafa’s got competition. Competition that everyone considers a price worth paying.

          • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

            So less –no fewer than 10 Sacklers are more dangerous
            than 200-230 million USA drivers.

            those crafty ((( ))).

    • Nightowl March 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

      Not necessarily. What you refer to is old world architecture. The stuff that has been built here since the 60s is as hideous, poorly thought out, and depressing as anything in the States. I live in Germany (US expat), but have been everywhere on the continent.

      Older buildings in America had much of the same charm, and the towns a more human scale; we just don’t have some of the historical treasures they have here in Europe.

      I just bought a house here and some of my German friends were surprised we bought something that is over 80 years old. They all want a white duplex box with the latest tech in energy savings located on a cul-de-sac with a view of the local RWE Kraftwerk.

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  36. Exscotticus March 8, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    @GreenAlba, you catch this article on chlorinated chooks?

    • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

      No, Exscotticus, so thank you – I’ll have a look – but I caught this one:

      farminguk.com/news/Top-10-food-and-farming-risks-posed-by-US-UK-trade-deal_51504.html

      “Top 10 food and farming risks posed by US-UK trade deal”

      And this one, last year:

      theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/14/us-trade-deal-government-farming-practices-livestock-antib…

      “But in other respects the US, whose corporate livestock production looks more like ‘The Island of Dr Moreau’ than anything you’d recognise as farming, makes our methods seem virtuous. Last week, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics revealed that the US uses on average roughly five times as many antibiotics per animal as the UK does.

      “Why? Because the stack ’em high, sell ’em low model of farming there, in which vast numbers of animals are reared in appalling conditions in megafarms, cannot be sustained without mass medication. The animals are weaned so young, are so debilitated and so crowded that extreme methods are required to keep them alive and growing. The impacts are not confined to the US: when America sneezes, the world catches antibiotic-resistant salmonella.”

      “The US government hopes to use trade treaties to break down the resistance of other nations to its farming practices. And the UK is at the top of its list.

      “The EU bans imports of meat produced by some of the disgusting means developed in the US, such as injecting cattle with growth-promoting hormones, feeding pigs on ractopamine (a drug that raises their weight but can cause their bones to break and their motor functions to degenerate), and washing chicken carcasses with chlorine. This means that the cheapest, nastiest meat, whose production is most dependent on mass medication with antibiotics, is excluded, offering farmers here a degree of protection. Exposed to full competition from the US model, they would be faced with a choice of replicating its excesses or going under.”

      And don’t forget, the ‘sovereign’ UK parliament will be sued in secret corporate courts if it uses domestic legislation to protect its citizens from this crap that enriches corporate America, if (when) it signs away their rights to the US.

      Take back control… Ha. Ha. Ha. National sovereignty…Ha. Ha. Ha.

      The US health ‘industry’ and ‘farming’ industry will be laughing all the way to the bank at the gullibility of the UK electorate. And the UK electorate won’t have any more say in the content of trade deals negotiated by their betters than those poor animals for whose welfare you have utter contempt as a country.

      We’ve voted for America First by default.

      And Volodya says ‘good for the Brits’.

      • GreenAlba March 8, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

        *UK government*, not parliament. Much of parliament will resist, if they get the chance – the issue is getting more traction and the public don’t want this stuff, except those who are too poor to care – and there will be more of those post-Brexit. It all dovetails nicely, which is why dark money from the US went into Brexit campaigning in the first place.

        I’ve signed petitions to demand that parliament gets to see the detail of the trade deals but I won’t be holding my breath. Well, I might if anyone tries to get me to eat any of this disgusting muck. I’d rather stick with the porridge and turnips.

      • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 12:22 am #

        George Orwell revealed the plan long ago, GA. Britain is supposed to be part of Oceana not Eurasia.

        And wouldn’t you rather swallow a little animal growth hormone than be ruled by those horrible Germans? Of course, that’s been the case for a long time now, despite how much those Windsors claim to be English.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 5:47 am #

          hm

          A few points:

          (1) the Windsors, despite their obvious wealth (their income is under our control, since we pay the anachronistic parasites – no harm to any of them as individuals), are just like well-dressed performing pets. Power lies with Parliament, and with multinational corporations and their lackeys, as elsewhere. And soon with the US corporatocracy in particular.

          (2) You miss my point and my priorities. I won’t be eating growth-hormone-filled muck or chlorinated chickens. I am fortunate enough and savvy enough to be able to choose – for now (and we have porridge and Ayrshire potatoes – I’m not into turnip…). I am concerned about the UK farming sector either being decimated or having to embrace standards of which most of its members will be ashamed, in order to survive the situation that is about to swamp us. I think you will find that what you are promoting is the purest globalism. The demise of effective antibiotics will be global too – thank you for your impressive contribution.

          (3) I do not see how, as an EU citizen for 20 more days, I or any of my ordinary compatriots, gain from moving from being a more-than-equal country within the EU, with a vote on its laws and a veto on important constitutional changes, to being a vassal state of the US and being forced to live by its shameful standards and practices in certain sectors. And I expect even closer co-operation between our shadier sectors too.

          All hail America First. What I described above has been planned from the first by the Brexit leaders, with the Brexit voters as useful idiots. A race to the bottom for the plebs and lower regulations and higher profits for the Jacob Rees-Moggs, Boris Johnsons and John Redwoods. Two of those are investment bankers (as well as MPs) who will do very well from our reduced circumstances here on Airstrip One.

          Your pension may benefit too, if you invest in corporate healthcare and farming. They salivate in the wings…

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 8:31 am #

            The response to Brexit on this board is an illustration of how people who think they’ve found a template for understanding political reality then park their grey cells and are too intellectually lazy – or too partisan – to see that there are other intersecting templates.

            Sometimes it’s not a choice between globalism and nationalism, but between ‘regionalist’ globalism and more rapacious, psychopathic globalism.

            ‘Men prefer to believe that which they would prefer to be true.’

            Francis Bacon

            Bacon without the ractopamine.

          • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 11:09 am #

            Yes, I suppose the globalists are clever enough to figure out how to profit from a Brexit as well as from no Brexit.

            But I was under the impression that “The City” would lose from the Brexit, being excluded from some EU financial deals. At least they were vehemently and almost unanimously against withdrawal in the original Brexit vote.

            By the way, a disproportionate amount of the British economy is concentrated in the financial sector and “The City”, A few year back Iceland learned how it feels when that bubble bursts.

            And quit bad mouthing America in toto. It’s a close knit circle of Elitists in several countries who make us all their serfs and stir up wars and brainwash us with propaganda about how some other country, religion, race are our enemies.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

            I’m not bad-mouthing America in toto (although I do have to listen to a lot of bad-mouthing of Europe on here). But if, as a nation, you were bothered enough about the appalling state of industrial livestock rearing and processing in your country, I’m assuming you’d have attempted to do something about it by now. So I have to assume ‘you’ in general, if not in toto, don’t particularly care as long as the burgers are cheap.

            There have been campaigns here about the conditions in which chickens are raised (worst case scenarios) in the UK and they got a lot of public backing, which achieved actual changes.

            I’m perfectly aware that there are ‘proper’ farmers and ranchers out there too – I clearly said ‘corporate farming’. Some of them post here occasionally and I particularly like to hear from them. I took a considerable interest in permaculture years ago, and came across lots of information about the rise in American communities growing their food in more sympathetic ways than the corporate world allows.

            I have family and family-in-law in America – they’re Americans too. Why would I bad mouth them? I’ve seen the house of the ones in Stony Point, NY on Google Maps (before and after the last hurricane). They’re liberals, I suppose, but they have a flag outside their house – I’m guessing it’s an American thing in case people forget where they live 🙂 . My Irish sister-in-law always wanted to be American!

            Seriously, though…

            The fact that ‘a disproportionate amount of the British economy is concentrated in the financial sector and “The City”’ is not ‘by the way’. It’s a major problem.

            We too found out how damaging it was and are paying for it still. Socialism for the bankers, as we know. But the fact is they make a large contribution to the treasury and our schools and hospitals depend on them. A pact with the devil. So the fact that they’re decamping to Dublin, Paris and Frankfurt is going to damage our economy without make a whit of difference to the evils of international banking. I’d say it’s best to have your ducks in a row as regards alternatives before you set part of your house on fire. Mixed metaphor…

            I agree with you about the stirring up of hate and distrust among the hoi polloi everywhere. I choose not to engage with it, but I get a lot of flak for that.

            And I’m entitled to care about our farmers and regret what Brexit is going to do to them. Some of them weren’t so farsighted and have shot themselves in the foot. But they had Boris and others telling them this would be the easiest deal every struck (20 days to go…) and they’d be marching towards the ‘sunlit uplands’. Ask the hill farmers how sunlit their uplands feel now.

          • Nightowl March 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

            Green,

            Although I am generally pro-Brexit, I get your point. My (German) wife speaks similarly when it comes to the EU. The EU is a good mechanism for challenging US dominance in trade and other areas, but I still worry it’s been taken over by some nasty folks.

            My gut says the UK needs to get out, but it’s quite the conundrum.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

            Nightowl

            Conundrum it certainly is. I don’t deny some of the grievances of the Brexit voters, but many were issues caused by Westminster failures and the British have been led by an anti-Brexit popular press for 40 years to blame everything on the EU.

            Many of us would like to see a reformed EU, but you have to make choices based on what’s on offer at the time. It wouldn’t surprise me if it did eventually have to reform itself, under pressure, but if the UK rejoins it loses all its very many perks, like not being in the Eurozone, not being part of Schengen, having a discounted contribution thanks to Maggie Thatcher’s handbag swinging etc.

            I’m very concerned about a flood of cheap goods, particularly food products, from low-regulation countries. And, as I’ve said before, I think that in our present and future circumstances trading with our near neighbours is a more sensible basic approach than establishing more trading arrangements with places on the other side of the world or even the Atlantic.

            Interestingly I wrote about the last bit recently, in the context of the limits to future growth – and therefore future trade – in a comment under a Brexit article in the Graun. I expected to get no ‘recommends’ and lots of sarcasm, as the end of growth thing is not something people tend to dwell on. You certainly get nothing but flak if you mention it under a techno-fantasy article. Anyway, I said at the end that this issue wouldn’t get me any ‘recommends’ and they wouldn’t see it discussed on Question Time.

            It got 70!! I must say I was heartened – and not for narcissistic reasons, merely that a whole 70 Graun readers thought it worth considering!.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

            *anti-EU popular press*, sorry!

  37. seawolf77 March 8, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Yeah it’s sad when I was a kid I would ask my friends what their fathers did and it would be he owns such and such business, or he owns such and such store, or he owns a plumbing business or a construction company. Now almost all of that is gone. We’re all captives of Walmart and Amazon.

  38. revilo March 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

    A Place of Our Own.

    Amen.

    We can start with a border and move on from there. Baby steps.

  39. CitizenG March 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

    This Wokesterdom is now everywhere. In the last couple of years there have been almost 100 teachers put on administrative leave in the urban district where I attempt to “educate” adolescents.They (teachers) were all supposedly committing some kind of misconduct upon the poor problem students who used it as a new weapon to take out their favorite oppressive educator. (Namely, ones who refused to pass them for doing nothing)
    I laughed to myself, confident that my “no touching” policy would protect me from this kind of witch hunt,

    WRONG!! I’m now out on leave because I pissed off a student somehow, and the drama loving support staff helped write it up as incriminatory as possible.

    Thanks for the 25th anniversary present, Wokesters!

  40. seawolf77 March 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm #

    The latest Trump genius move: “Cost + 50”. And the hits just keep on coming.

    • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm #

      I understand your blind hatred for DJT because I have to deal with it daily from my 15 year old daughter. Public High Schools tend to do stuff like that. However, until all of us learn to say THEM instead of HIM, whichever sellout scumbag it happens to be in politics at the time, they are going to continue to sodomize us all. I cannot imagine why that would be a good thing.

      • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

        Walter, it’s admirable, but useless nonetheless. The left, and the small-minded Democratic Party voters are entranced by the cult of personality.

        The “cool” people (sociopaths or awkward people staged to bee cool: Clinton with his sax, Obama, the mulatto, with a Panama hat and a joint, both strategically leaked: see he’s cool and down to earth like you”) Obama also gives white folk tolerance and diversity credit. They need it.. badly. It’s cool you see.

        They are also the party of the aspirational. You know? The people that think they are better. Or cooler? Or with “it”? Right on.

        Traditionally, they drew from the working class, but now, they must draw from the petite bourgeois, the nouveau riche, the middle class people that think they made it on account of their mortgage on a huge Ryan home and the American made BMW SUV parked in their poured concrete driveway.

        They cannot see the the emperor.. no matter where from.. never has any clothes.

        They want the fraud. That people like. He’s a mirror, and a palliative to all their superficial anxieties.

        • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

          Much of what I do in life is useless my friend, and much is because of the very reasons you describe. I have decided, perhaps in the vein of self preservation, that it is not about the victory, but about the fight. Quit ye like men!

    • fugeguy March 8, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

      Ahh but Trump has led a charmed life.

      Look at the current republican and democratic parties.

      Crazy and dumb all.

      So bad even Trump looks good reflected in that light.

      No small task but Nancy, Chuck, Mitch, Ryan, etc so far have been making looking bad and incompetent look easy. Nice to have a skill set that you can rely on.

  41. 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    “Inevitably, the companies organized a claque of locals in the meeting hall — itself a depressing, low-ceilinged chamber of cinder blocks and fluorescent lighting — to fill the seats and yell in support of ‘bargain shopping.'”

    Look at Amazon in Long Island City and Arlington.
    No taxes.
    Grants. Subsidies.
    In exchange for thousands of $100k + jobs (That can be taxed).
    Promises from Amazon and politicians that they will be compelled to hire from within the existing community.
    In other words, pass the taxes on to the locals.
    But most importantly, who is the ombudsman, the overseer of this hiring agreement?
    This is merely an easily avoided traffic cone.

    So what do these localities and states get from this? For all the money that they lose from the congenitally tax adverse Amazon, they get jobs. Good paying middle class jobs. In a country that doesn’t create many.

    In a city that has less and less.
    They need that buffer.
    Between the 1% and the 99% destitute.

    • tucsonspur March 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm #

      Have you seen the Hudson yards?

      google.com/search?source=hp&ei=eeyCXJ2OI8OU-gSrmYPACA&q=hudson+yards+nyc&oq=hudson+ya…..8717…0.0..0.162.1105.11j1….3..0….1..gws-wiz…..0.JeJXmWUNk4w

      They say it will have more office space than all of downtown San Diego. Residences ‘people’ can call their own.

      • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

        and it will all (at least lower floors) be under water in 50

        • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

          Hudson swamps?

        • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:23 am #

          “and it will all (at least lower floors) be under water in 50”

          Avatar,
          …or not. Will the builders design the buildings to accommodate a potential rise? Or not?

          Might their reluctance say something about the future? What does the “smart money” and the insurance companies/actuarials that back them have to say about a potential threat?

          Follow the money….

  42. tucsonspur March 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

    About 2 to 2.5 million people in this country have a place, but can’t really call it their own. That place is prison, the big house, the slams.

    Thank God you’re not there. Or in the nut house.

    As the saying goes, find yourself. Everyone else is taken. That’s the first place to own. Your mind, your soul. Build from there.

    • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      You take for granted that any have the abilities to build anything at all much less their own lives my friend. There are many poor lost souls that need to be led and are too often led astray.

      • tucsonspur March 8, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

        I guess it sounds like I do, but I don’t. But you are right. Sad but true.

        • Walter B March 8, 2019 at 6:07 pm #

          Ah, but you understand, and I understand, and is there not great satisfaction in the knowing that you are not alone my friend? Of course there is!

          • tucsonspur March 9, 2019 at 3:23 am #

            Of course is right. I agree.

            But it’s not good to be lonely when alone. As Sarte said, “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company”.

            Sounds good, but many have been in ‘bad company’ at times, including myself.

    • elysianfield March 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm #

      “About 2 to 2.5 million people in this country have a place, but can’t really call it their own. That place is prison, the big house, the slams.”

      Tucson,
      Three hot meals a day and a warm bed. Central heat, out of the rain and snow, A staff that has an interest in what you do and say…and I hear the sex is great….

      • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

        Not coincidentally, that’s about the size of the active duty military. Take your pick?

        • tucsonspur March 9, 2019 at 3:28 am #

          Some have the best(?) of both worlds.

          • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:38 am #

            True that. A working class “revolving door,” if you will.

  43. 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm #

    As far as wokesterism is concerned, here’s my favorite absurdity:

    The nervous and stockholm syndrome suffering white folk that support being “woke” are not allowed to use the term as that would be cultural appropriation from black ‘merica.

    They are discouraged from using the term. They may support it, but shouldn’t speak its name.

    I am totally convinced that we are living amongst the most intellectually and courage deficient people that western society hath produced.

    This also makes, here, or “it” not a place worth caring about.

    I am not going to defend these eunuchs, will you?

    Nah, didn’t think so.

    • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

      Yep. That’s the story of the post WWII west, where we traded in freedom for “security” and called it a day.

      Did they get you to trade
      Your heroes for ghosts?
      Hot ashes for trees?
      Hot air for a cool breeze?
      Cold comfort for change?
      Did you exchange
      A walk on part in the war
      For a lead role in a cage?

      azlyrics.com/lyrics/pinkfloyd/wishyouwerehere.html

      • danny boy March 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

        m.youtube.com/watch?v=3M_Gg1xAHE4

        Or called it the end. Take a bow. I
        It’s over.
        Our time is gone
        But it’s OK

        “I jumped into the river
        Black-eyed angels swam with me
        A moon full of stars and astral cars
        And all the figures I used to see
        All my lovers were there with me
        All my past and futures
        And we all went to heaven in a little row boat
        There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt
        There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt
        There was nothing to fear, nothing to doubt”

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:00 am #

          Don’t think you’re going to traipse off to China or New Zealand after all the chaos you’ve caused. Let the Galaxies come forth, for I am the Silver Surfer. I created Stan Lee so he could create my image in this world. But now I come to rectify its errors and all other errors and error makers.

  44. RB March 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

    Gosh, I miss George Carlin. A master at framing an issue and then telling us how badly we are fucked. Genius.

    • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

      my favorite: “It’s called the ‘American Dream’ ’cause you’d have to be asleep to believe it”

  45. tucsonspur March 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm #

    Grinnin’ and smilin’, chuckin’ and jivin’. Shiny Balack Obama.

    yahoo.com/news/omar-throws-shade-at-obama-we-dont-want-anybody-to-get-away-with-murder-because-they-…

    Okay Omar!

    • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

      I’m voting for her for president today.

      In how many months (?) she’s sent the neocon and AIPAC bought cohort into meltdown mode and called-out skin-deep change Obastard.

      Love it!

    • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

      I love these radicals to be honest.

      Watching Pelosi take orders from her AIPAC donors, while Omar is like:

      youtube.com/watch?v=3oIbztWsY8g

      • Janos Skorenzy March 8, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

        Paglia wrote about the whole psychology of the “new girl” and how she was the new girl taking the crown away from Susan Sontag. Likewise, AOC is taking it from Seawolf’s mom (he is her constort/son or Attis), Pelosi.

        • 100th Avatar March 8, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

          But AOC is a progressive conceit.
          A Latina female. With plenty of backers and NY gurus.

          That’s passé. That’s 1960’s Baez diverse.

          Omar is a Somali muslim. Unapologetically so.

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

            Bitch got game!

          • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

            Minnesota is where the Sioux wiped out about 800 whites in the summer of 1862.

            If people of that era could come back how surprised would they be to see the Sioux have been replaced by 80,000 Somali Tribesmen from Sub Saharan Africa. Who could have predicted something like that even in their wildest imagination? I still have trouble believing it today, but read recently plans exist to bring into the US millions more, in fact the entire Somali nation!

            Brh

          • revilo March 8, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

            The Mall of “America”

            m.youtube.com/watch?v=u6fQI_qB1JE

          • Ol' Scratch March 8, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

            Wars and population disruptions overseas, followed by wholesale importation of the refugees. Are you seeing the big picture yet? The Sioux just had the misfortune to get knocked off 150 years too early.

          • stelmosfire March 8, 2019 at 10:10 pm #

            Holy Mogadishu, Batman! That clip of the mall must be a Tuesday afternoon when da white folk wuz at work. The scarf shop must be knockin’ it out of the park.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:08 am #

            The word is Latinx, you old Pale Bagel Wraith. And she is as fresh as todays steaming donkey dung. She is our strong brown girl and along with her Somali Sista, she’s gonna knock you’all for a loop.

            As Evola said, what is tottering can be pushed. We are a peaceful people who only encourage our enemies to kill each other.

          • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 12:37 am #

            I was at the Mall of America 24 years ago and it sure didn’t look like that. I won’t be going back.

            No wonder Minnesota elected that Somali woman to Congress. I can’t wait for all the embarrassment Ilhan Omar will bring down on Pelosi and the Democrats..

            “Why can’t we have Sharia law?”
            “Why can’t we require full female circumcision?”
            “Why can’t we stone gay people?”
            “Why can’t we enslave the Jews. Allah says they are a curse?”

          • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 3:15 am #

            It doesn’t surprise me that you would vote for a Muslim. Once they are in control you will be beheaded for being a non-believer. Unless you had a change of heart?

          • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:39 am #

            Revilo,

            Thank you for that clip. Crowd seemed peaceful…but the lack of white male presence says it all….

  46. BuckP March 8, 2019 at 6:44 pm #

    Terrific essay Jim!

    Oh the good ole days when “a buck was still silver… coke was still cola and a joint was a bad place to be”—- Merle!
    Main Street USA is being replaced by coffee shops, craft breweries and second-hand stores. Everything else imaginable is available at the local strip mall, which here in Vegas, often include an Urgent Care and ER. As the Russian comic Yakov Smirnov says “what a country”.

    My grandfather was a pharmacist who owned a drug store, in a little Colorado mining town (not South Park) that later morphed into a world-renowned ski resort. He rarely took a day off, as is the case with most small business owners, and took only one vacation in his life, driving out to SoCal to visit a cousin. His only vice was tea due to his English roots and he was very kind. During the Great Depression of the 30’s, he carried a lot of people, who were out of work and couldn’t pay for their medicine. These people would pay him back anyway they could with either fresh eggs, side of beef, elk steaks or a sack of spuds. I don’t forsee Walgreens or Walmart being so charitable when the next big econ timebomb hits. He had early onset dementia so I only knew him as child. I wish he had been able to share his wisdom with me as an adult!
    End of story

    • BackRowHeckler March 8, 2019 at 8:06 pm #

      And what a story!

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:44 pm #

        WHO SAW IT COMING?

        WE DID, growing up in NYC,

        They left their island homes for Manhattan
        See the glory of the royal scam

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 1:26 am #

          We must study Puerto Rican Civilization in order to understand!

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 10:08 pm #

        unz.com/sbpdl/white-united-states-air-force-chief-of-staff-argues-racial-diversity-is-warfighting-im…

        comment there,
        March 7, 2019 at 9:26 pm GMT • 300 Words

        Only 3,700 of the total 14,000 pilots in the Us Air Force are fighter pilots, and there are less than a 100 women who are fighter pilots.
        Only 1.9 percent of Air Force pilots are black, according to AFPC. Of 14,130 Air Force pilots, 270 identified themselves as black; another 620 declined to report their race.
        The percentages of blacks and other minorities among U.S. pilots are so low it’s hard to find meaningful statistics. A 1997 National Academies report, “Taking Flight: Education and Training for Aviation Careers” found 92 percent of U.S. airline pilots in 1990 were white men, compared with 43 percent in the civilian labor force. Less than 2 percent were black and less than 3 percent hispanic.
        In 1976, approximately 80 black pilots were employed by the nation’s major and commuter passenger airlines and freight carriers. By 1986 that number had risen to nearly 400, and today the total is estimated to be 674, including at least 14 black female pilots (thanks to Bessie Coleman). While the total increase is impressive on the surface, one must realize that there is a total of over 71,000 pilots working for these airlines.
        As one story read….I live in an area with a good sized black middle class. Still, at the GA airports they (black pilots) are an uncommon sight. It’s not for the lack of money, the ones I am acquainted with professionally rather collect Bentleys or SL300 Benzes.
        Blacks like bling not math. If this species was meant to fly they would have built Wakanda International Airport in Baltimore or D.C to land their famous flying pyramids. One has to laff to prevent themselves from crying.
        There is no way you can force blacks to fly… Its suicide to them..It is a human thing to explore the skies and space. There will NEVER be a Black Space Agency of their own making and technology as can be seen from the advancements in Africa flight videos on You Tube.
        It is Miller time..and I have some “white” snow to shovel in the driveway. Soon snow will be rayciss and sheeeit too ya know…

        • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:35 am #

          Drones will soon make fighter jocks totally disposable. They’re largely a vestigial ceremonial position – not mention budget justifier – now.

          • Epicur March 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

            There will likely be pilots and crews in the AWACS, at least until the drones can operate fully autonomously, but you are right about the fighter pilots. They are just in the way, limiting the performance of the aircraft. Any fighter slow enough to accommodate a human pilot will be fodder.

        • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:48 am #

          Malthuss,
          I have a buddy who is a retired Senior Pilot from a major airline. We cannot discuss race, culture or law enforcement. He is a rock hard race apologist, and hates law enforcement to the extent he taught his daughters to never TALK to a policeman, even on a car stop. We discuss, then argue racial issues…but have agreed never to do so in the future as it would lead to comments neither of us could back away from…much acrimony.

          Yet, he once told me that he would never fly with a black co-pilot…ever.

  47. DrGonzo March 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    At last! Hooray! The old JHK is finally back, with his keen insights into how the natural and built environment around us shapes who we are, reflects how we think about ourselves, and establishes the parameters of what we dare to ask of ourselves.

    That’s the good news. The bad news, judging by the posted comments, is that JHK has narrowed his reading public to a crowd of relatively privileged white people ranting about black people, librul college professors, latte drinkers, me-too-ers, kids with tattoos, rap musicians, skateboarders, anyone with a Sierra Club bumper sticker, and recent immigrants with accents. The horror, the horror.

    Whatever. Kunstler has much of worth to say when he opines on the built environment we live in, and what it says about us. However, when he and his followers start bemoaning their observations that more and more Americans neither look, talk, nor act like them, and what a goddamn tragedy that is, the wheels start to come off the train.

    • revilo March 8, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

      “More and more Americans neither look, talk, nor act like them, and what a goddamn tragedy that is….”

      Exactly.

      • DrGonzo March 8, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

        I look at JHK’s self-photo on this site in his 80’s-style riculously short shorts, and I ponder why he feels justified mocking how other people dress. ‘Nuff said.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:12 am #

          And you still believe in the Sierra Club too, right? After they took a massive bribe from a Jewish money man to keep quiet about the devastating environmental effects of mass immigration.

      • malthuss March 8, 2019 at 9:49 pm #

        the wheels start to come off the train.

        S T A R T??? START?

        ‘Dr’ Gonzo, a joke.

    • “relatively privileged white people ranting”

      Well, yeah.. (blush).

      This blog is about misanthropy in form and effect. You took a wrong turn on your way to Yes! Magazine.com.

      But you knew that, didn’t you.

    • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 3:11 am #

      People wildly assume they know who follows Mr. K and who is among his audience. Let me guess. You are an older White man who is doing pretty good in life?

    • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 8:55 am #

      Dr Gonzo

      “The bad news, judging by the posted comments, is that JHK has narrowed his reading public to a crowd of relatively privileged white people ranting about black people, librul college professors, latte drinkers, me-too-ers, kids with tattoos, rap musicians, skateboarders, anyone with a Sierra Club bumper sticker, and recent immigrants with accents. ”

      I’ve mentioned on here before that when Peak Oil passed all-too-briefly into mainstream semi-awareness in the UK and then passed out again (or was shunted out), leaving most people happily whistling past the graveyard as they still are, the only political force with any real interest in it was shown by the British National Party (now thankfully defunct but having grown new heads, Hydra-like).

      There are people who welcome societal breakdown, by whatever means it comes. They know that prosperity does not favour the civil unrest over which they salivate because it promises support for their cause.

      That’s why sites like this necessarily attract certain political subgroups as an unavoidable hazard.

      And many ordinary people are repelled by the evolution in the comments and stay away or at least stay silent.

      • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 10:20 am #

        *the only political force with any real interest in it was the BNP…*

      • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:53 am #

        “That’s why sites like this necessarily attract certain political subgroups as an unavoidable hazard.”

        Alba,
        By considering them “hazard”, we are thus impugned….

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

          I didn’t impugn you, EF. You seem to be doing that yourself, by using the first person plural. I wasn’t thinking of you at all.

          There are three or four names I can think of who most definitely fall into the category I’m thinking of, some longer resident than others. I was talking more of a narrower subgroup within Dr Gonzo’s more broad-brush target. I wouldn’t presume to assess your exact placement 🙂 .

  48. david higham March 8, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    Maybe this has been posted here already. A good concise summary
    of the global predicament. Note : He accepts the evidence and science behind Anthropogenic Climate Disruption. For those here
    who don’t,there is no point in reading it.
    We are in the mother of all progress traps.
    consciousnessofsheep.co.uk/2019/03/06/the-green-deal-is-hopium/

    • Imagine Star Wars without hopium being used to pressurize the Millennial Falcon:

      “We’re caught in a tractor beam, Luke!”

      “Oh, well… was bound to happen.”

    • The proposition is of no use to non-sheep. We’re too busy working on the problem.

      For example, I laugh at this part: “If we leave matters to Mother Nature – assuming no energy breakthrough arrives to save the day – then the collapse of the environment just as our critical infrastructure fails is going to result in a massive cull of the human population via some combination of war, plague and starvation. We might mitigate this, however, by embarking upon a managed de-growth that begins with a radical shrinking of our material consumption to bring us (in the developed economies) to the standard of living of sub-Saharan Africa.”

      Consider how drastically less energy we can consume by becoming vegetarian and riding a bicycle…. It takes a person nearly all the way to a 90% reduction in impact… and its still the First world. All America has to do is ruthlessly kick out all the illegal immigrants, fix the laws, and go about the necessary steps to eliminate these grave risks to our commonwealth.

      Yet…

      “In the process, we will have to take some seriously unpleasant decisions in order to shrink the population back to a more sustainable level – for example, rationing healthcare to the under 50s (I’m 58 by the way) and enforcing birth controls far more draconian than China’s infamous one-child policy. I have no expectation that anyone is going to vote for this; I just put it forward as a slightly more benign alternative to sitting back and waiting for nature to put an end to most of our species.”

      Rationing healthcare is a canard; so is enforcing a one-child policy. This is pulp fiction, if not the disorganized rambling of a guy who hasn’t grasped that these realities aren’t about increased effort. These are simple policy changes.

      All his predicaments assume that America can’t change policy or infrastructure, or economic system.

      He assumes that North America will die from starvation- while, even
      through a sub 2 degree change, we will have more than enough to feed everyone.

      He assumes that future generations will just throw up their hands and accept the globalized supply chain.

      He assumes that future governments will sacrifice their legitimacy to say, ship food to other countries during a time of starvation.

      He assumes that every Joule of energy that went to fossil fuels must and will be replaced.

      In short, he assumes that people are sheep- an automatic fallacy.

      Then, at the end of his blog, he asks for money. Now that’s optimism!

      To be fair, he does point out the Way, the Truth, and The Light- Science. He is absolutely right this nation does not fund Scientific research enough and it is absurd that we pay so little for what has returned so much economically. Instead, we give discounts to rent-seekers and parasitic consumption.

      So kudos for that important point!

      • K-Dog March 8, 2019 at 10:53 pm #

        All America has to do is ruthlessly kick out all the illegal immigrants, fix the laws, and go about the necessary steps to eliminate these grave risks to our commonwealth.

        Yes and after that federal subsidies of tattoo parlors can stimulate the economy! It will all be good.

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 3:05 am #

        Removing all illegals must coincide with the complete elimination of immigration period. I don’t think everyone needs to become a vegetarian. Food production and consumption could be localized to prevent those thousand mile salads. Riding bicycles is fine but only really doable in communities that are walkable and many are not. So much of what is already built was built with the assumption that cars and trucks would be humming along. Rationing necessary healthcare is cruel and childbirth policies create social problems like the male surplus in China.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:13 am #

          “and childbirth policies create social problems like the male surplus in China.”

          It wasn’t the childbirth policy, of itself, that created the male surplus. They have that in India too, without any childbirth policy.

          What created the male surplus was the tradition of married women being expected to look after their in-laws rather than their own blood relations in old age, combined with a lack of a realistic old age pension, so that there was an advantage in having a son, as you would be looked after by him and his wife.

          Sexism has consequences.

          In our own countries, where people do have pensions, any actual family caring will still mostly be done by the daughter(s), all other things being equal (like geographical distance).

          “A son’s a son till he finds a wife; a daughter’s a daughter for all of her life.”

          Which is not to ignore all the conscientious and available sons who mow lawns, fix taps and boilers, and take grandma and grandpa shopping or to the doctor/dentist – or embrace even more intimate filial duties when needs dictate.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:16 am #

            Not even ‘sexism’ in any deliberately malign sense, just the traditional assumption that the wife will subjugate her own needs and those of her own family to those of her husband and his.

          • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

            Well I see your point regarding our countries. I think its partly cultural and partly natural though. There are many men who will take care of older or sick loved ones but it is more often women who do that like you say. I know when my grandparents were ill before they passed my mom and aunts took care of them to the end. I would help too as would my cousins. I know when my parents need care I will be the one taking care of them. My brothers will do what they can I know but their just not the best caregivers :-). But I want to be close to my family and for me I am ok with the expectations.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

            I don’t think we are disagreeing, SSL!

            My brothers have been kind to their in-laws too – the very last one is on her way out as we speak. And she required a lot of forbearance before she was ill!!

      • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:31 am #

        “Managing” degrowth is a tall order for the most mature of societies, and we certainly ain’t that anymore. Managing would, as we’re seeing now, merely mean bargaining and denial through various cargo cult schemes. There will be no managing, there will be collapse and coping with the aftermath. Probably for the best.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

          I don’t think you can manage something you can’t even acknowledge as a society, Scratch. That’s the main problem. It’s not discussed and discussion of it is nipped in the bud when it does happen.

          People can achieve amazing things – together – if they know what’s needed. The British economy was turned around on a sixpence in 1939 and people generally didn’t whinge about deprivations of various kinds (well not too much anyway).

          But I fear people are right who say that you can’t effect the kind of changes needed except by an authoritarian approach, and that’s not acceptable to most people, so our demise will be worse than it need have been, all for the want of a bit of planning. What a tragic dénouement for a species that came so far.

  49. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2019 at 9:53 pm #

    A time to cast predictions away, and time to gather predictions together

    One of my buddies sent me a link to a leak, which confirms the forecast made literally 3 days ago.

    Insider information about the meeting of the top generals of the United States and Russia in Austria:

    According to these sources, the Russian military expressed their very serious concern to the American generals that radical socialists might come to power in the upcoming US elections. Russia sees in them the greatest existential threat both for itself and for the whole world.

    In the event that this happens, that is, radical socialists will come to power in America – Russian generals will call on both their leadership and the top military leaders of some other countries for a universal one-time preemptive attack on the United States.

    Otherwise, the radical socialists, having received powers, will immediately do the same to Russia.

    For my part, I will add that I repeatedly wrote in 2016 on the eve of the elections that the so-called radical socialists, associating themselves with Hillary Clinton, are in fact National Socialists, leading their lineage from the Jerusalem mufti, among whose students was Adolf Hitler.

    Moreover, in 2016, during the celebration of the birthday of Bernie Sanders, I explained to his followers that Bernie’s social policy combined with Hillary’s foreign policy is a National Socialism in a chemically pure form. And yesterday’s refusal of the Democrats to adopt a resolution that specifically condemns anti-Semitism of Congresswoman Omar, who openly preaches the teachings of the Jerusalem mufti, makes this statement almost an official declaration.

    After that, the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, who surrendered his voters over to Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic Convention, has no chance in 2020.

    • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

      “In the event that this happens, that is, radical socialists will come to power in America – Russian generals will call on both their leadership and the top military leaders of some other countries for a universal one-time preemptive attack on the United States

      Komaraden Finc!

      Just a suggestion, but can you slip these coordinates to your buddies at Missile Command?

      44.8549° N, 93.2422° W

      Tuesday would be good….

      • FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

        Thanks God it’s not Friday!

  50. Modern society is built like the Titanic- you can’t escape.

    You can fall or jump off… but never believe that help is coming like those poor saps did.

    Help is not coming.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:23 am #

      Drums in the deep. We will perish in Moria, hunted down by the Orcs just as Nori and his people were. Hark, they are coming een now.

    • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 2:44 am #

      That is depressing thought. I think there are lifeboats somewhere.

    • ozone March 9, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

      Packer of Snacks destined to create unnatural and out-of-genetic-character diseases,

      “Modern society is built like the Titanic- you can’t escape.”
      I understand this to be the case.

      “You can fall or jump off… but never believe that help is coming like those poor saps did.”
      I don’t.

      “Help is not coming.”
      I’m hyper-aware of this.

      Make solid friends; make preparations; don’t engage in make-believe.
      Read the fictional, “The Dog Stars” to get a taste of how reality and hope are necessarily tempered by cruel circumstance. (Sorry JHK, it’s quite a bit lonelier than your wonderful, optimistic, fictional writings. BUT, events will absolutely vary in different locales, as is only logical.)

      goodreads.com/book/show/13330761-the-dog-stars

      BTW, in the livin’ end, a cadre of fantasy heroes is not riding over the near horizon to save anyone’s skinny white/yellow (really? yellow?/brown/mixta asses.
      Take care of shit in your own patch and share it around; make your own ‘luck’, or have none.

      • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

        So it sounds like the fact that help is not coming makes it even more imperative to find your place and know your place. Knowing your place means different things for different people. And people have different places. And you may do everything to avoid make believe but make believe won’t avoid you. It’s make believe to think you can plan for everything. God forbid, you may have to rely on the kindness of a stranger! Would that person then be a hero? Guess it depends on one’s perspective. And some people just have it easier than others. Just the way life is.

  51. FincaInTheMountains March 8, 2019 at 10:35 pm #

    Ilhan Omar trashes Obama: ‘Hope and change’ was a mirage…

    nypost.com/2019/03/08/ilhan-omar-obamas-a-pretty-face-who-got-away-with-murder/

    Good! Now you know what side of the History Barack Obama is really on.

    Would not surprise me at all if Barack Obama is the current leader of the Bush Clan now.

    • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:26 am #

      Whatever crime family he’s heading now, it’s globalist in nature. He and his’ns will be well taken care of. “House negro” indeed!

  52. Lately, the reports in the New York Times described federal law enforcement officials noting that a national human trafficking and prostitution ring was being operated out of Flushing, a neighborhood in the Queens district of New York City.

    I’ve been monitoring the United States Representative of Flushing, Grace Meng, and you should too, for a statement of resolution on this grave problem.

    I’m still waiting… In the meantime, you can read about the legislation she is sponsoring:

    The “No Walls Act”

    The “Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019”

    The “Recognizing Chinese railroad workers who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad from 1865 to 1869, and their important contribution to the growth of the United States.” Act

    The “Commemorating the centennial anniversary of Korea’s March First Movement Day.”

    etc….

    • revilo March 9, 2019 at 12:22 am #

      Probably no need to ask where she stands on HR 183. Helluva read.

      scribd.com/document/401324101/Bills-116hres183-Sus

      RESOLUTION

      Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.

      Whereas the first amendment to the Constitution established the United States as a country committed to the principles of tolerance and religious freedom, and the 14th amendment to the Constitution established equal protection of the laws as the heart of justice in the United States;

      Whereas adherence to these principles is vital to the progress of the American people and the diverse communities and religious groups of the United States;

      Whereas whether from the political right, center, or left, bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse;

      Whereas White supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence;

      Whereas the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., taught that persecution of any American is an assault on the rights and freedoms of all Americans;

      Whereas on August 11 and 12, 2017, self-identified neo-Confederates, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen held White supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they marched on a synagogue under the Nazi swastika, engaged in racist and anti-Semitic demonstrations and committed brutal and deadly violence against peaceful Americans;

      Whereas a White nationalist murdered nine African-American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, in the hopes of igniting a nationwide race war;

      Whereas, on October 27, 2018, the perpetrator of the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the history of the United States killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue building in Pittsburgh and reportedly stated that he “wanted all Jews to die”;

      Whereas anti-Semitism is the centuries-old bigotry and form of racism faced by Jewish people simply because they are Jews;

      Whereas in 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported a 37-percent increase in hate crimes against Jews or Jewish institutions and found that attacks against Jews or Jewish institutions made up 58.1 percent of all religious-based hate crimes;

      Whereas there is an urgent need to ensure the safety and security of Jewish communities, including synagogues, schools, cemeteries, and other institutions;

      Whereas Jews are the targets of anti-Semitic violence at even higher rates in many other countries than they are in the United States;

      Whereas it is a foreign policy priority of the United States to monitor and combat anti-Semitism abroad;

      Whereas anti-Semitism includes blaming Jews as Jews when things go wrong; calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or extremist view of religion; or making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotyped allegations about Jews;

      Whereas Jewish people are subject in the media and political campaigns to numerous other dangerous anti-Semitic myths as well, including that Jews control the United States Government or seek global, political, and financial domination and that Jews are obsessed with money;

      Whereas scapegoating and targeting of Jews in the United States have persisted for many years, including by the Ku Klux Klan, the America First Committee, and by modern neo-Nazis;

      Whereas accusing Jews of being more loyal to Israel or to the Jewish community than to the United States constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens cannot be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jews have loyally served our Nation every day since its founding, whether in public or community life or military service;

      Whereas accusations of dual loyalty generally have an insidious and pernicious history, including—

      (1) the discriminatory incarceration of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II on their basis of race and alleged dual loyalty;

      (2) the Dreyfus affair, when Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French artillery captain, was falsely convicted of passing secrets to Germany based on his Jewish background;

      (3) when the loyalty of President John F. Kennedy was questioned because of his Catholic faith; and

      (4) the post-9/11 conditions faced by Muslim-Americans in the United States, including Islamophobia and false and vicious attacks on and threats to Muslim-Americans for alleged association with terrorism;

      Whereas anti-Muslim bigotry entails prejudicial attitudes towards Muslims and people who are perceived to be Muslim, including the irrational belief that Muslims are inherently violent, disloyal, and foreign;

      Whereas Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim are subjected to false and dangerous stereotypes and myths including unfair allegations that they sympathize with individuals who engage in violence or terror or support the oppression of women, Jews, and other vulnerable communities;

      Whereas in 2017, mosques were bombed in Bloomington, Minnesota, and burned in Austin, Texas, Victoria, Texas, Bellevue, Washington, and Thonotosassa, Florida, and mass attacks on Muslim communities were planned against communities in Islamberg, New York, in 2019, Jacksonville, Florida, in 2017, and Garden City, Kansas, in 2016;

      Whereas the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that hate crimes against Muslims or Muslim institutions in the United States increased by over 99 percent between 2014 and 2016;

      Whereas attacks motivated by bigotry against those who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim have substantially increased since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks;

      Whereas the violation of an individual’s civil rights based on his or her actual or perceived membership in a particular religious group clearly violates the Constitution and laws of the United States; and

      Whereas all Americans, including Jews, Muslims, and Christians and people of all faiths and no faith, have a stake in fighting anti-Semitism, as all Americans have a stake in fighting every form of bigotry and hatred against people based on religion, race, or place of birth and origin: Now, therefore, be it

      Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

      (1) rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance;

      (2) condemns anti-Semitic acts and statements as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States;

      (3) reaffirms its support for the mandate of the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism as part of the broader policy priority of fostering international religious freedom and protecting human rights all over the world;

      (4) rejects attempts to justify hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere;

      (5) acknowledges the harm suffered by Muslims and others from the harassment, discrimination, and violence that result from anti-Muslim bigotry;

      (6) condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities as contrary to the values of the United States;

      (7) condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim Members of Congress, including in recent weeks;

      (8) encourages law enforcement and government officials to avoid conduct that raises the specter of unconstitutional profiling against anyone because of their race, religion, nationality, political, or particular social group, including the assignment of blame or targeting members of an entire religious group for increased suspicion, based on the conduct of a single individual or small group of individuals; and

      (9) encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, as well as historical struggles against them, to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom, and equal protection as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the first and 14th amendments to the Constitution.

      • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 12:44 am #

        That is without question the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever seen.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 1:24 am #

          This document proves that Anti-Semites are 100% correct in their viewpoint. It is the most insulting, mendacious missive I have ever laid eyes on.

          • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:24 am #

            Makes me wonder what in the world someone who would pen such a tiresome, long winded screed is thinking. Do they actually imagine that someone will read it or pay it any mind? I gave up after the first couple of whereases.

            In the end, even if any of this nonsense is actually true, you simply can’t legislate human attitudes and beliefs. We need FAR FEWER laws and resolutions on the books, not more.

          • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 10:37 am #

            This is another case of Democrat politicians getting up on their high moral horse to show us their virtue and perhaps let us absorb a little, since we have so little virtue of our own.

            But how much virtue lies in murdering a full-term infant in a so-called “late term abortion”? I’ve heard baby body parts for transplants are worth a lot of money. Is that why the baby was carried to term?

            Oh and how those NY legislators cheered and applauded themselves when they passed the bill.

            Maybe I’m just an old fool best ignored, but I believe we ultimately face consequences for what we have done..

      • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 1:23 am #

        Semites (both kinds) good. Whites bad.

        America is finished. The Founders are utterly betrayed and their descendants are mere slaves and toadies.

        Anything is better than this, the devolving status quo.

        • revilo March 9, 2019 at 2:27 am #

          It is incredible! They should just codify the Protocols into law at this point.

    • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 2:42 am #

      Gotchya, so only Jews and Muslims are victims of hate and Whites are the only haters. Congress is worthless and certainly doesn’t represent White Americans.

      • K-Dog March 9, 2019 at 3:46 am #

        Janos, let her go. You have your own body. Get out of hers.

        • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 9:33 am #

          Janos SoftStarLight Skorenzy. Very alliterative.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:33 am #

          https://i.pinimg.com/474x/56/c6/da/56c6da4d15b7dc280f5ed8d4618b209f–sky-tv-the-scariest.jpg

          (Sapphire and Steel, probably didn’t cross the pond…)

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:35 am #

          Some of us still haven’t got over the elongated exchange of last week that was the probably the nearest you could get to shagging on a comment board.

          Talk about feeling like a gooseberry…

          • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 10:43 am #

            I actually got an erection reading their lewd and lascivious banter, the playful way he negged her, the soft and gentle surrender of her acquiescence. When SSL put Bigfoot and Lady Caca on, I creamed my jeans listening to their duet.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 10:59 am #

            I’m sure Mills and Boon would be delighted to hear from you, Seawolf – I sense a missed calling 🙂 .

          • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            ” I creamed my jeans…”

            Wolfie,
            And who says the language of romance is dead?

          • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm #

            You really are a lascivious old girl. Wish I knew English slang better so I could peg you better. Glad you enjoyed it in any case. It was obviously not even soft core, but rather romantic fantasy. Your imagination is working overtime….

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

            I don’t recall saying I enjoyed it. It was embarrassing piffle.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm #

            At least they were jeans, EF. Anything more stylish and he might have had to present them with a dry cleaning bill.

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

          Yes, the Dybbuk, a Yiddish play perhaps based on legends, is one of the most beautiful love stories ever written. One one of the Jewish High Holidays, one where all prayers are heard and all pledges sacred, two young friends promise each other that their future children will marry each other if possible. The friends go their separate ways as young friends so often do and forget their pledges. But the prayer was heard and the unseen powers did not forget.

          A penniless young scholar dies and enters the body of his landlord’s daughter, she who had been promised to him. The Rabbi comes to perform the exorcism and asks the Father did he do anything to offend the young man during his life. He divines that the Father never acknowledged him even though he ate at his table because he knew who he was and he didn’t want his daughter marrying a such a poor prospect.

          • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm #

            See latest ‘Jewish Journal’–I saw it somewhere.

            JEWISH COLLEGE PROFS IN NYC ARE UNDER ATTACK.

        • ozone March 9, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

          Now, now, K-dog,
          Someone could be monitoring for egregious over-posting, and a compliant and agreeable cum-sucker (of either sex) makes for a perfect tag-team-in-one to divert said monitor. There seems to be a lot of tip-toeing going on, and I’m sure warnings have been dispensed…

          • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2019 at 12:56 am #

            You need to loosen up, Chumpy.

  53. SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 2:04 am #

    Individuality is kinda overrated? In many ways we are shaped by the people around us and we are who we are based on our relationships with the people around us. Belonging also seems like a natural human desire. It doesn’t seem possible to avoid identifying with a group even just starting with the family and moving out from there. But it seems like it is a positive thing to be part of a group. Part of something bigger than the self. And its what makes any social safety net possible. Maybe individuality taken to the extreme is what took America down? When times get really hard most people have to rely on others. It’s no different now is it? So it seems like group identity might be even more important tomorrow than it is today.

    • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      “So it seems like group identity might be even more important tomorrow than it is today.”

      youtube.com/watch?v=FN7r0Rr1Qyc

      Déjà vu all over again and not a smoking oven block yet in sight.

      I feel for the old, wrinkled chap with the glasses. The wisdom of those who can see the wood and the trees. And perhaps more.

      ‘…while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 11:59 am #

        But you missed my point Alba. You shouldn’t let fear get the best of you. All I am saying is that it seems like Western Civilization has a distorted view of individuality. Yeah, we are individuals, but we are always shaped and formed by the people around. And we also have the same effect on others around us. So it seems like the group and group dynamics are very important, always has been and always will be. I can’t help that human groups often form around racial identity. Seems very natural though considering human history and nature.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm #

          “I can’t help that human groups often form around racial identity. ”

          You can do your best to be aware of the dangers of that, rather than enthusiastically embracing ideologies that have caused millions of deaths.

          And the answer to that is not to point out that other ideologies have also caused millions of deaths. It’s not a competition.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2019 at 12:45 am #

            Yet your Communism wins in this regard. Are you not proud?

            Fascism and National Socialism arose to defend the natural order against you people. Now it’s considered wrong for White People to have their own countries. This is what we were fighting against back then. And this is what we are fighting against now. We think Whites have the same rights as everybody else. And you still can’t explain why they don’t.

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 3:37 am #

            Wow those are good points! There is no competition there. Not that we wanted there to be anyway. But Communism resulted in more deaths than any other political system in the 20th century. Why not speak out against it? And I too feel like we need an explanation of why White people don’t have the same rights as other people.

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 6:16 am #

            Well done, SSL, for responding just like a push button, as I thought you would and hoped against hope you might not.

            Janos, do tell me something you’ve gleaned in my words that suggests I’m communist. But you do the same thing as SSL and diminish yourself and your thought processes. Pathetic.

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

            Responding like a push button? In what way? You see, you say that we have diminished our thought processes but to me it seems like Janos was simply making statements of fact and because they are facts I can’t deny so I have to agree. Make sense? Look it up. Communism has resulted in the greatest number of deaths of any political ideology in the modern world. National Socialism was a backlash against Communism and it’s the same now. Capitalism has imploded. Either National Socialism or Communism is going to prevail. Which side are you on?

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

            ‘Responding like a push button? In what way?’

            I suggested you might answer without whataboutery and you rather predictably gave me whataboutery. It happens a lot in this particular context. I was hoping we might move beyond it.

            ‘Communism has resulted in the greatest number of deaths of any political ideology in the modern world.’

            Like I said, it’s not a competition. It has no connection with my point. And why do you think I’m in any way an apologist for communism? I have no time for extremists – I have a lot of time for humane, imaginative systems.

            ‘National Socialism was a backlash against Communism and it’s the same now.’

            Communism? Where? Cuba? North Korea? I hope you’re not trying to tell me that communism exists in your country.

            As for ‘National Socialism’ was a backlash against communism’, I suppose six million Jews and a bunch of Roma, homosexuals and disabled people just got caught in the crossfire. Oops. Let’s give it another go. Once more with feeling… second time lucky.

            Either National Socialism or Communism is going to prevail.

            Really, that’s the limit of your universe?

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

            “Which side are you on?”

            If you’re not with us, you’re agin’ us… 🙂

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

            Lol Communism is alive and well here and in your neighborhood too. The universe offers endless possibilities or does it? Usually its simply a matter of what is the most likely outcome. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not it is there as is National Socialism. What other outcomes do you see? I doubt business as usual goes on much longer.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

      Yes. And out of control Capitalism – and the inevitable Leftist reaction to it – all stem from that.

  54. SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 2:32 am #

    Yep, America’s built environment is ugly and depressing for the most part. The downside of capitalism and everything being done to make a quick buck. Why did our society make such strange choices? I guess greed is that powerful that there is little to no concern with the devastation that is exacted on people and the environment. It seems very cruel to leave such a world to future generations. That’s why it makes no sense to me why money has to be the focus of our society. And the idea that building more and more is progress is plainly wrong. Modern conveniences are really nice. But sometimes I wish the forests would take over again the way they were in like the 1600’s. And the noise of engines and the concrete ugliness would be a distant memory. Oh well its a nice thought :-).

    • K-Dog March 9, 2019 at 3:47 am #

      Let her go.

      Exorcizo te, omnis spiritus immunde, in nomine Dei Patris omnipotentis, et in noimine Jesu Christi Filii ejus, Domini et Judicis nostri, et in virtute Spiritus Sancti, ut descedas ab hoc plasmate Dei, quod Dominus noster ad templum sanctum suum vocare dignatus est, ut fiat templum Dei vivi, et Spiritus Sanctus habitet in eo. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum, qui venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos, et saeculum per ignem.

      • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        Remember K-Dog, to carry that on a flash card in case you ever run into Hillary.

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

        See I knew we were in Salem circa 1692. What if I don’t want to be let go of ;-)? At night when everyone sleeps I sneak out into the forest to meet him. He is more than just a man.

        • K-Dog March 9, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

          ‘He is more than just a man’

          You are in love. Your sentences are just like his. You must follow him from room to room to breath the same air!

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

          Guess I was (am? Uh Oh, I thought I was one of the good guys….) the Demon of Endor, the One with the glowing eyes.

          Once when I worked at Tower Records, some poor schmoe bought a picture of John and Yoko in bed together. He remarked, Look at his eyes – just like a demon’s! Poor fella had probably never been in bed with a woman and gotten to be demon for a hour or two himself. This is the kind of fan who feels he has to kill a celebrity as a way of smashing an Idol – in order to become a Man.

    • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2019 at 8:19 am #

      About a decade ago the History Channel ran a series depicting what the earth would look like 5, 10, 20, 50 out to 1000 years after humanity disappeared. According to them it would take a long time — many centuries — for earth to recover and the ugliness to disappear.

      I gotta say the town centers that have been preserved in Ct, from colonial times, Lebanon, Farmington, Guilford, are lovely places, with their expansive greens built around a Congregational Church. Say what you want about Yankees but we knew how to build a town that would last and that was worth caring about. There are houses on our main street built in the 1650s, still standing.

      If you want to know when things started to go bad read Booth Tarkington, author of ‘The Magnificant Ambersons’, about the automobile’s effect on Indianapolis in the early 20th century. Lewis Mumford had interesting things to say on the subject too.

      Brh

      • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 9:24 am #

        After AJ tried to commit suicide on “The Sopranos” Tony muses to himself “When did I lose this kid?” A few years earlier Tony and Carmela are brought in to the principle’s office and told something is wrong with AJ. Tony immediately rises to his defense and even mockingly asks the teacher “What constitutes a fidget?” The problem with problems is they are personal. None of us can believe we want something harmful or evil or that we are doing something wrong. That is until we are lying in a ditch with a needle in our arm with flashing ambulance lights above us. Self-justification is the most destructive force in the universe after sugar. All those people justified their behavior when they knew those cheap prices came at a price. And now all of them have become Trumptards, when it was they that did the deed that did them in. Isn’t life grand?

        • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:53 am #

          Just when we thought you were getting better, Wolfy. That whole paragraph amounts to a long winded justification to work the word “Trumptard” into the conversation again. Have your meds ran out? Do you need someone to call the pharmacist? We’re here for you.

          • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 10:38 am #

            Self-reflection is a bitch.

          • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:47 pm #

            Yes, too bad. There was much insight there before he ruined it. Yes obviously refused to do what the prescribes for others.

            He doesn’t like the idea of a White America so his idea of an escape is to go to the Whitest country in South America, Uruguay. No doubt he would begin his propaganda attack against them upon arrival.

          • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

            In case you’ve never been down that way, it is mostly European descent, Italians and Spanish. The Rio de Plata is beautiful and no nights are longer than the ones in Buenos Aires.

        • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

          “Self-justification is the most destructive force in the universe after sugar.”

          Wolfie,
          …after sugar…funny.

        • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm #

          You all just don’t get it do you? OK I’ll sing it for you, The things you are doing today will make things much worse for you in the future. “Lock her up!” “Mexico will!” these are not just applause lines. You are leading this country to fascism. It may not be a year or it may be 10, but your caustic worship of this charlatan is plowing the field for something far, far worse. Walls, children in cages, banana republic laughing stock obvious obstruction of justice, denial of the veracity of the press, dependence on truth on what comes out of Trump’s mouth… all of these seriously erode the foundation of the republic. You don’t see it now because you’re so high on Agent Orange. This national emergency has ominous overtones and nobody is talking about that. We are a terrorist attack away from fascism.

          • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

            I really do want to understand your fear seawolf. There are like 30 or more national emergencies going on right now. Obama had national emergencies too and he was the one who really did put kids in cages. You see, people in power have been doing whatever they want for a long time. Its the little people who always have to play by the rules or get buried beneath the jail. Don’t you want the people in power to be Elite in the real sense? Like morally and spiritually.

          • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:54 pm #

            “We are a terrorist attack away from fascism.”

            Wolfie,
            After 9/11, I think your statement would be more correct to suggest…”a terrorist attack away from another round of fascism”.

            We got a pretty good dose after 2001….

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

        I think that show was called Life After People are something like that. I remember watching an episode or two. I don’t really say bad stuff about Yankees too much do I Brh? I mean other than when the Civil War comes up. New England seems beautiful from everything I’ve seen.

    • Epicur March 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

      “Why did our society make such strange choices?”

      “A system under stress reacts in a direction to relieve the stress.” – Le Chatelier

      Rapid change and our “disposable” culture are a direct result of rapid population growth and the technological changes that made it possible. It has not always been this way and will not be in the future.

      Technology may advance at a breathtaking rate, but population growth is about to hit the wall. Once the growth stops it will most likely decline at an even more rapid rate than it grew. It is not likely to be pleasant. That’s just the way Nature operates.

      ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_effect

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 7:46 pm #

        Have you ever heard about the Olduvai Theory?

        en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olduvai_theory

        The exact timeline hasn’t worked out so far but its interesting nonetheless.

        • Epicur March 10, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

          The problem with the Olduvai theory is that so much of it is predicated on running out of resources. If population is reduced there will be millions of tons of resources in abandoned buildings to be mined for a long time while mankind adjusts.

          The key resource is energy. We are getting close to having the technology to overcome that hurdle before fossil fuels run out. Not for a crowded earth with 10 billion mouths to feed, but a reduced population will live quite nicely, and in freedom, if we just get over that hump.

          I think people in 200 years will live very good lives, if there are any people.

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

            Well that would definitely be good. But then there is the ugly matter of population reduction. I can’t imagine any good paths for that particular outcome.

  55. BackRowHeckler March 9, 2019 at 7:27 am #

    Hmm, this is interesting.

    Turns out Michael Cohen was coached by Adam Schiff and his staffers before Cohen presented his testimony before Congress several weeks ago. They met at least 4 times and may explain why the original date of his appearance was postponed.

    Is anybody surprised that this was coordinated, a big MSM, Hate Trump, Dem party circle jerk?

    Brh

    • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 8:38 am #

      Not at all. Witness preparation is nothing new or nefarious.

      • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:48 am #

        Might not be new, but it certainly pushes the bounds of nefarious.

    • Epicur March 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      “Is anybody surprised…”

      I’d be astounded if it were not true.

  56. Pucker March 9, 2019 at 8:49 am #

    Speaking of a Place of your Own….

    I’m thinking of joining the Nation of Islam and moving to Chicago to follow the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad until such time as the White Man can give us the land and the tools that we need to form our own country.

    m.youtube.com/watch?v=DToQez0U0p0

    • Pucker March 9, 2019 at 8:59 am #

      Should Black Nationalism and Black Separatism be taught in the public schools?

      What about Feminist Separatism?

      Didn’t the Greeks believe that the Amazons were a warlike tribe of “Mean Bitches” who kept Pussy-whipped men high on marijuana, beer and pizza in captivity for breeding purposes and who killed all male babies and weak female babies?

      I don’t know how the Greeks solved the feminine hygiene problem as their society pre-dates the invention of Feminine Hygiene Products? I think that they may have made a movie about this in the 1960’s starring Charlton Heston and Rachel Welsh?

      • hmuller March 9, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        Some men prefer the natural animal aromas to perfumes. Napoleon wrote to his wife (I shit you not) “Coming home in three weeks; don’t wash.”

      • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 11:57 pm #

        ” Pussy-whipped men high on marijuana, beer and pizza in captivity for breeding purposes…”

        Puck,
        Sounds like a nice job if you can get it….

    • Pucker March 9, 2019 at 9:05 am #

      Brother Malcom X really opened my eyes to my oppression as a “House Negro”.

      • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

        …free Bing Crosby….

  57. Pucker March 9, 2019 at 9:12 am #

    Do you remember the time when the mother and daughter pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses knocked on your door offering you a Place of Your Own in their cult religious community and after they left you had sexual fantasies about the daughter?

    • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 9:25 am #

      I’m trying hard, but no. Maybe I got rid of them too quickly for her charms to work on me.

      • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 10:02 am #

        haha..In my area its Mormons [even wholesome female mormons] and Mexican JW. The JW are over dressed for the walkabout work.

        TAKE A COPY OF THE WATCHTOWER–Written for 2nd grade mentality.

        • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 10:45 am #

          I recall the Watchtower. Pictures of lions lying down with lambs, and children stroking them both, and suchlike. Unbelievably childish nonsense.

          We used to have lots of Mormons too. Always American. Always two cleancut young men with Panam smiles who looked as if they’d come straight from a 1950s advertising office. Don Draper’s minions, but guileless. I guess if some of the guys have all the women, you have to take your turn to do the legwork.

          As it were.

          • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

            Alba,
            Once I was working on a roof of a building I owned on the highway. I saw a vehicle pull into my driveway and disappear on the other side of the highway, where I owned 20 acres…the vehicle disappeared into the trees. I climbed down from the roof, crossed the busy highway (at some risk), and walked the several hundred yards to where the car was parked…it was a carload of JW’s.

            My response to them was…out of character.

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

            Well I don’t often agree with malthuss, EF, but on this occasion I have to agree regarding the mental level. Any JWs that have come to my house (none for many years, thank goodness) were really not the brightest. It’s well known that they generally come from the lower reaches of the intellectual and/or educational spectrum.

            At least there are laws to prevent them having the last word on their children’s medical treatment.

          • San Jose March 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm #

            I know it’s annoying to have Mormons and JW come knocking on your door. You can look down on the lack of intellectual sophistication in their marketing materials.

            But I believe that Mormons are nicer and more inclined to be of service to others than the average American. If you’re feeling depressed, go out and help someone and you’ll feel better. Anyway, that is the big message I got from growing up Mormon.

            Jen in San Jose

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

            Jen

            Well, I can’t say other than that the JWs that have come to my door have been seriously not the brightest. I had to listen to them as I was too polite to not let them say their piece. And I was a Christian back then and still had the same opinion of them.

            I didn’t make any such comment regarding the Mormons, who generally seem to do very well for themselves, as far as I’m aware. I’m sure the young men can take a bit of a ribbing about their ultra-straight appearance and ‘matching pair’ look, since they probably take pride in it. It was a long time ago anyway.

            “If you’re feeling depressed, go out and help someone and you’ll feel better.”

            One of the reasons I helped at the Sunday School and collected for Christian Aid for years, even as an often struggling and pretty lonely single parent. I was brought up the same way. Likewise voluntary summer group activities run by the parents from the primary school, and finally abandoned through lack of support (not mine!).

          • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm #

            But really, Jen, on this site, you should just be grateful you’re not Jewish 🙂

          • EvelynV March 9, 2019 at 10:40 pm #

            GreenAlba

            I’d like to assert than anyone, not just JW, who believes in deities is not too bright. What holds me back is a good friend who is a nuclear physicist whose entire professional working career was spent at Los Alamos and today is a highly regarded contractor in his particular specialty. On paper, a brilliant, high achiever. I’m totally perplexed by his absolute conviction that the Catholic religion is the one true religion.

            It boggles me to consider that highly educated people still believe the lunacy of the christian religion is the true ‘word of God’ etc. No concept that the bible they hold so dear, sacred and holy is no more than the gleaned over scraps of crap the Roman christians (jews) selected to bolster their arguments against the Greek christians (jews) back in the days when superstitions represented the highest thinking men were capable of.

          • elysianfield March 10, 2019 at 12:14 am #

            “anyone, not just JW, who believes in deities is not too bright”

            Evelyn,
            In my youth, I believed as you have opined, but I now think that it is simplistic to denigrate the intelligence of those who believe differently than I. Consider their life experiences and perspective…their indoctrination as children. They may be ignorant, rather than flawed intellectually.

            I have personally known several JW’s…neighbors. Serious, hard working people and other than their religious beliefs, squared away. Not in any way to be considered unintelligent.

            Children believe in magic. Adults can believe in magic when couched in vestments. I can believe them wrong without considering them lacking.

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 9:57 am #

            Evelyn and EF

            Since it’s Sunday – day of the Lord for some, I’ll allow myself a longish response!

            I think religion and intelligence are related in some aspects and entirely unrelated in others. I’m aware that IQ assessments have shown that overall, religious belief correlates with lower IQ, but since we’re talking about averages, this observation has very little real value, and as is often the case in such observations, average differences may be marginal anyway.

            I don’t personally take IQ to be the final arbiter of everything that matters in any case, but for the IQ aficionados who love to use IQ as a racist stick, tough titties, you’ll have to accept the religious IQ observations too. He who lives by the sword…

            And, as I’ve also pointed out before, the truth or untruth of an individual proposition is independent of the intelligence of the person who adheres to it, despite the existence of everyday correlations in such matters.

            However, here’s the thing – or at least one of many things. If you believe in God, then God observably ‘gave’ you a brain with which to reason. This, quantitatively speaking, is what he ‘gave’ you that most clearly differentiates you from other creatures.

            And yet, what this God who gave you an enhanced brain most values in you is your ability to believe things for which your brain can perceive no evidence. And the less evidence there is, the ‘better’ a person he considers you to be for believing it. Some go so far as to believe he planted fossils to make you an even better person by giving you the opportunity to see actual evidence with your reasoning brain and then deny it.

            I submit that such a God would be a very capricious God indeed and a bit of a game player. And I find the idea that a God can be both loving and a capricious game player very unlikely. But that’s just the conclusion of my very mediocre brain, which I’m nevertheless expected to believe he gave me.

            It seems to me that human beings, since they evolved sufficiently to be self-aware, have felt a need to deduce a purpose from and for their existence, because having no perceived purpose is hard to take, confusing and demanding. It offers no certainties. You have to choose between working out a purpose for yourself or devaluing your existence and possibly even putting an end to it (especially if it’s also miserable). And humans like certainty. Certainty is easier on the mind. And we don’t like painful mental work, if it can be avoided. Hence the success of dogmatic, hand-me-down religions.

            But I also like Camille Paglia’s idea that the Christian religion is an amazing, overarching work of art. And this is not, of itself, necessarily a bad thing (unless its fans forcefully impose their vision on people who do not wish to have it imposed on them).

            It just means that human beings, originally in one particular culture, projected the best of themselves and the worst of themselves onto a conceptual framework that would both explain the mysteries (or lack of objective meaning) they couldn’t otherwise live with, and also try to mould their behaviour as individuals in a society – with metaphysical sticks and carrots – towards what they concluded from observation did the least harm (as they saw it) and led to the greatest good (as they saw it).

            Grosso modo, their observations were the same as in other societies, unsurprisingly, hence whatever is shared between most of the ‘great’ religions. The devil is in the detail, but that’s another matter.

            I also think that the anomalous religiosity of American society, fairly unique among advanced nations (they would no doubt claim American exceptionalism!), is possibly the result of the melting pot phenomenon. In France, decades ago, Brittany (a cultural outlier) was more ostentatiously Catholic than the rest of France. It’s an identifier. Just look at Northern Ireland. Same, I think, in the US. People use religion, albeit unconsciously, to bolster their other identities.

          • hmuller March 10, 2019 at 10:58 am #

            Green Alba,

            There’s a lot of I.Q. testing and research distinguishing between people based on race, ethnic heritage, economic strata etc.

            Do you have IQ test results of religious vs non-religious people? Or are you making guesses and assumptions based on your life experience, filled as it is with many wonderful anecdotes? If the latter, then you really have no evidence; you’re just slandering the believers (and on the Lord’s Day, for shame)!

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 11:56 am #

            hmuller

            I’m tempted to say thanks for proving my point – why would you immediately assume I’d make something like that up? I’d venture to suggest that you don’t like any of my viewpoints on anything, but do you really have evidence that I make stuff up?

            I see your wounded pride. You forget I’ve been religious for a much greater part of my adult life than not, so unless you think my IQ is a movable feast, your accusation makes no sense. You are just lashing out.

            I’m a reasoning person, hm. So, if you’d bothered to read my post properly instead of seeing it as an immediate affront you’d have noticed:

            (a) that I said the significance of such averages was of very little value;

            (b) that the truth of an individual proposition does not depend on the intelligence of the person holding it;

            (c) that I don’t hold IQ to be the the highest human value in the first place.

            Etc. etc.

            But instead you take umbrage at the idea that the IQ of religious people might be questioned. You used the word ‘slander’ – so in fact you’re the one who chooses to denigrate people on the basis of their IQ, when I don’t at all. I didn’t extrapolate my experience of half a dozen cold calls from JWs into a conclusion about religious people in general – I was responding – in a general sense – to Evelyn and Elysianfield.

            Now, if someone said what I said and I didn’t like it, I’d check the facts. Then if I had an argument I’d make it.

            So here you are, I’ll do the work for you.

            humanreligions.info/intelligence.html

            livescience.com/59361-why-are-atheists-generally-more-intelligent.html

            But I think, in the meantime, that you’ve just accused me of lying and slander.

            Added to which, your primary concern seems not to be about the existence or not of god, but the self-image of believers.

            I recall enough from my long, long acquaintance with our previously shared religion to know what that sin is called.

          • elysianfield March 10, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

            Alba,
            Is it possible that the ability to believe in a Deity is totally removed from intellectual ability? That the ability to believe is physiological rather than intellectual manifestation?

            The brain is not fully understood physically. Hormonal output absolutely variable among individuals. Might there be a genetic predisposition?

            On this site there are many examples of religious people who are very intelligent, as are many who have no recognized religious belief. IQ probably not a factor.

            Religion DOES seem to run in families for generations…nature or nurture?

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

            For what it’s worth, hm, I’m going to repeat that little paragraph that shows that (a) I don’t value IQ above all things but (b) those who are both racist AND religious will find themselves hoist by their own bigoted petard in this particular matter. Like it or lump it. And we can assume they don’t like it.

            “I don’t personally take IQ to be the final arbiter of everything that matters in any case, but for the IQ aficionados who love to use IQ as a racist stick, tough titties, you’ll have to accept the religious IQ observations too. He who lives by the sword…”

            If it were me, I’d do a bit of soul searching and ask myself it I wanted to go on judging people by that tempting correlation of skin colour and brain power. Or maybe just do my best to treat them as individual human beings without pre-judice.

            And if that message gets through to a few people it was worth the digression from the main theme of this website.

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

            EF

            Firstly, the evidence is what it is. There is a correlation between religious belief and lower IQ. I’m not making this into anything more than it is. And I specifically said it was an average and that the average has no great significance to me.

            When I mentioned this point previously, I specifically said that there were obviously intelligent religious people on this very site and elsewhere and that the average was in no way any kind of insult to them.

            Of course religious belief runs in families – that’s primarily how it’s transmitted. That still doesn’ t make it either true or untrue.

            But it does seem that some people are more inclined than other to believe certain things. There is also a correlation between religious belief and belief in conspiracy theories (google-able). But, again, this does not mean that either the religious proposition or any individual conspiracy theory is valid or invalid. When you have a person falling for every conspiracy theory going, that’s an entirely different matter.

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 1:07 pm #

            Yes children, today’s Sunday school lesson is that your average IQ is lower than that of the non-believer. This is because your parents transmitted the disease of belief to you. The only cure for this disease is a constant barrage of godless, politically correct, sanctamonious, self-righteous preaching and a complete leap of faith that science holds all of the answers to your existence. So you see kids you are idiots and morons that need reeducation just like your parents. Class dismissed.

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm #

            “Yes children, today’s Sunday school lesson is that your average IQ is lower than that of the non-believer.”

            You can either contest the finding, or you can agree with my posts above that it doesn’t matter. Which is it?

            The trouble is that you insist IQ matters with regard to race but you don’t want it to matter with regard to religion. The problem lies with you – it is a problem of your own creating which only you can fix. Or, to put it another way, what goes around, comes around.

            “The only cure for this disease is a constant barrage of godless, politically correct, sanctamonious (sic), self-righteous preaching and a complete leap of faith that science holds all of the answers to your existence. So you see kids you are idiots and morons that need reeducation just like your parents.

            See? A bit of cool reason would help you enormously. Nobody mentioned a disease, or re-education; nobody said anything about a leap of faith regarding science or its ‘answers to your existence’.

            Or do you perhaps want white people to shout sanct[i]moniously at black people to re-educate them? You lack logic.

            Sound and fury, signifying nothing…

            I’d be cross too, if it were me. But then I don’t go on about IQ and race so I wouldn’t be faced with the conundrum 🙂 .

            People don’t like being hoist by their own petard.

            I don’t think you’ve learned your lesson for the day at all.

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

            “the truth of an individual proposition does not depend on the intelligence of the person holding it;”

            That was me, above. And you ignored it. So what is that’s worrying you – your self-image or proof of the existence of a deity?

            I made it quite clear that the existence of the deity doesn’t depend on anyone’s intelligence. Jesus worried about the poor and the downtrodden, not the clever clogs.

            So I think it’s the self-image. And being caught out at your own game.

            Petard. Hoist. Tough.

            I hope it makes you more careful in future about insulting whole swaths of people you don’t even know. But I doubt it will.

            Annoying, though, isn’t it, when the tables are turned?

          • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

            First of all I don’t ever really recall discussing race and IQ. Though I do recall seeing discussions about the topic. Can you say where I specifically connected race and IQ? Nor was my comment an attack on your previous posts per se. But truly you must know how many non-religious people have great disdain for Christians, particularly? Not so much other religions or certainly less so. Clearly, we are in the process of erasing our Christian past are we not?

          • GreenAlba March 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm #

            “First of all I don’t ever really recall discussing race and IQ. “

            OK, if you haven’t specifically, my apologies. Janos does it regularly and you affect to swallow his every word. But I’m happy to retract that bit if you say you’ve never ever explicitly mentioned other groups having a lower IQ (I wouldn’t care if they did, for the reasons I hope I’ve made clear with regard to religious people). Perhaps next time he mentions it you’ll stand up and say it’s not an important measure of a person?

            None of what I wrote was in any way connected with you. It all grew out of a facetious reply to a spurious ‘question’ posed by Pucker. People joined in and it ended up being a discussion.

            But you jumped petulantly on my perfectly valid comment about IQ, even though you say you weren’t attacking my post(s). It’s just a statistic. Nothing I said made it any more than that and I made my position quite clear that I specifically don’t weaponise IQ the way it’s weaponised on here quite regularly by your fellow right wingers against the groups they look down on.

            I don’t have disdain for Christians – as I keep saying I was one for longer than I’ve not been one. My IQ was pretty much the same throughout the process, I imagine.

            If you’d actually carefully read what I said, rather than having a hissy fit about the bit you didn’t like, you’d have seen that 95% of what I was saying was that the statistic isn’t the thing that matters because it proves nothing – doesn’t prove you are right, doesn’t prove you are wrong.

            And, as I also said, regardless of my views on his divinity or otherwise, the Jesus I read and heard so much about in my earlier years wouldn’t have been over fussed about the intellectuals, who can generally look after themselves, but more about the ‘losers’ and the downtrodden (some of them with low IQs!). But perhaps you know something the rest of the Christian world doesn’t, and he was actually a member of the Aryan master race dropped cuckoo-like into the wrong nest in Judea as part of some divine game.

            “Clearly, we are in the process of erasing our Christian past are we not?”

            I’m not sure what that even means. I don’t see our Christian past being erased. Our past remains our past. But many people have outgrown their Christian past and are quite entitled, in the present and in the future, to choose to keep the best of their inheritance and leave behind the bits they consider not of true value or just not true. And it’s not up to any legislature to tell them they can’t or to contrive to move private beliefs into the public sphere.

          • hmuller March 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm #

            NOV 26, 2018 “Murphy’s Law to the Rescue”. Remember that column, GA? It was when you had your biggest hissy fit ever and vowed to quit the Clusterfuck Nation forever.

            GA “:For the poisoners, goodbye to your poison. Sometimes a person just needs to breathe clean air.” NOV 27 7:06 am

            Then you made the rounds and said many tearful personal goodbyes using far more words than Washington needed to say farewell to the troops.

            At the time I said: “Green Alba will be back. I know her better than she knows herself.” NOV 27 741 pm

            My point? Though you may think me very low in IQ; I have remarkable instincts. I await your 10,000 word response of sheer rage and bile with plenty of petards hoisted up my butt. I’ll be laughing the whole time, because you, pompous old gal, take everything so damn seriously.

          • GreenAlba March 11, 2019 at 6:00 am #

            “My point? Though you may think me very low in IQ; I have remarkable instincts. ”

            Where did I say you had a very low IQ? Why don’t people read what someone’s actually written? I’ve no reason to assume your IQ isn’t higher than mine – nothing I said contradicts that.

            You said I’d be back *and soon*. I said I might well. But not necessarily soon.

            It was indeed good getting away from the hate for a while.

            I note you don’t apologise for the slander in your post above. But no worries, hm, I don’t hold a grudge against you for your unjustified slur. Have a good day.

          • GreenAlba March 11, 2019 at 6:08 am #

            Don’t you think it’s even slightly amusing, though, hm, that people who weaponise IQ for their own purposes get all hoity toity when their modus operandi is turned on them? And they can’t be pacified by a simple explanation about averages?

            Like I said, he who lives by the sword…

          • GreenAlba March 11, 2019 at 6:14 am #

            “I have remarkable instincts. I await your 10,000 word response of sheer rage and bile with plenty of petards hoisted up my butt. ”

            Oops, the old instincts don’t seem to be quite that remarkable this morning 🙂 .

            You underestimate how forgiving we non-believers can be!

  58. Pucker March 9, 2019 at 9:23 am #

    A Place of Your Own in the context of Runaway Technology….

    Runaway Everything….

    No Borders….

    “NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.”

  59. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    Sometimes it seems to me that the USSR collapsed because Marx and the history of art were poorly taught at Russian universities. Actually, the history of art was not taught at all, it was some art-related subjects, and even now little has changed.

    Marxism is a materialistic teaching within the framework of dualism, in which spirit and matter were created by different gods and in Marxism matter is in fact a spiritual substance.

    And in the previous post, Lancaster developed the foundations of Marxism under the rule of the Black World Project, whose spiritual god demanded to exterminate the Celts completely, because the Celts are actually Jews!

    And the Slavs, by the way, are Jews as well!!!

    • Ol' Scratch March 9, 2019 at 9:46 am #

      OK, you’re rambling here, Finc. Pick a point and expound, please.

  60. JohnAZ March 9, 2019 at 9:32 am #

    To all the Patriots

    The Dems of the House are working up a bill to give voting rights to illegals. I do not know if this needs Constitutional reform or not, but it is an agenda that will occur if a Dem DC is elected in 2020. It would already be in place if HRC and both houses were Dem in 2016.

    If they succeed, get ready to run down the Stars and Stripes.

  61. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2019 at 9:38 am #

    Europe, Aliens

    Vendée:

    youtube.com/watch?v=X7V1lbjn8Qg

    Visigoths:
    youtu.be/IQqgpqZ9NaY

    The Dark German Genius:

    youtube.com/watch?v=mZM-d2qD15E

    Celts, the indigenous Europeans. Survived all the same.

    youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

    • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2019 at 9:48 am #

      Weekly World News would be interested in this story, Finc.

      Could you possibly put us in touch with these aliens for an interview and a photo session?

      Headline is already writ :

      “Spaceship Hovering Over Brussels”

      ‘Aliens take over EU’

      Thank you

      Brh

      • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 10:06 am #

        I went to a meeting about the building of a hotel.
        The man with the money, who now owns the old hotel is a
        very famous Jewish billionaire.

        The city wants ‘affordable units’ in the apartment building that will also be there.
        The un affordable units will sell for 5-10 million each.

        • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2019 at 10:12 am #

          Wheres this?

          Vegas?

          • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

            Coastal El Ay, Mike Dells holding company. His wife is a realty baroness.

  62. Pucker March 9, 2019 at 9:57 am #

    Is it consistent for a bloke to vote for Donald Trump and the MAGA fantasy while at the same time shopping for bargains at WalMart? Isn’t WalMart just a Wall Street vampire for sucking money out of the local community and local economy?

    • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      Isn’t WalMart just a Wall Street vampire
      Bezos is worse. Lesser of 2 evils.

  63. Pucker March 9, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    Rather than appellation “House Negro”, I prefer the moniker “Court Jew”. I’m a “Court Jew”. It sounds better….

    • seawolf77 March 9, 2019 at 10:52 am #

      Is a toilet rat a step up from sewer rat?

      • elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

        “Is a toilet rat a step up from sewer rat?”

        Wolfie,
        And what of a shit-house mouse? Where in the equation does he/she reside?

      • GreenAlba March 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm #

        “Is a toilet rat a step up from sewer rat?”

        Perhaps in the rodent version of the American Dream. And the toilet rat’s got further to fall, existentially speaking, if it tries to get above its station.

  64. FincaInTheMountains March 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

    Corrected link to Visigoths:

    Tanita Tikaram — Twist In My Sobriety
    youtube.com/watch?v=O1D5UgbpCkI

  65. Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

    businessinsider.com/andrew-yang-2020-democratic-candidate-universal-basic-income-fake-news-2019-3

    As of now, my possible vote for President despite his race and party. Trump is useless and the Wall (if it ever gets built) just a boondoggle if he’s going to open wide the sluice of legal immigration. Yang is actually talking about the disappearance of jobs due to automation – which makes the idea of any immigration simply ludicrous. It all come down to pie. Do you want a big piece, little piece, or no piece? The more peeps, the smaller the piece. The more diversity, the more possibility of conflict and thus no piece.

    • revilo March 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      Trump’s cuckold speech at CPAC was the end of any illusion that he gives a shit about the American people. He’s a clown. Jews have owned his ass from the start. They kept him afloat in real estate for decades in order to capitalize on his brand and now they are reaping the whirlwind.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

        Yeah, you’re probably right. There’s the ruins of a good man in there somewhere, with his remark about “shithole countries”, his quote from Mussolini, his pride in his Germanic heritage, and his Mein Kampf under the bed. But all this does not a good man make, much less an American President or the White War King who will lead us to freedom. Nor does such scattered good feelings and ideas kept hidden out of fear make for coherent policy. But he has used such things to lure us in – and that bespeaks of corruption.

    • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 8:15 pm #

      He has very interesting ideas. But do you think he might be liberal when it comes to immigration? His proposals for healthcare and universal income make sense since automation is going to erase a lot of jobs. If society doesn’t fall apart before we get there.

      • Janos Skorenzy March 10, 2019 at 12:48 am #

        Anglin thinks he might be flexible on these issues. He wants us to donate a dollar and try to get him to come over to Us, perhaps by going 3rd Party.

        • SoftStarLight March 10, 2019 at 3:59 am #

          Fascinating! And it looks like Tucker approves too. Very good to know and thank you for sharing. Nothing wrong with planning ahead.

  66. elysianfield March 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

    Janos, etal;

    people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf

    You might argue dates, but never the results.

    We, at our core, carry the seed of our own destruction.

    • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

      Yes, I’ve read it. Succinct and superb. But our situation is worse: We’re not seeing an end of a Nation, or a Regime of Dynasty of a Nation, but rather the End of an entire Civilization. That’s something much more horrendous. One Chinese Dynasty rose and fell but China was never extinguished. Ditto old Egypt for thousands of years. Then finally their hour struck after too many disasters, defeats, and invasions in too short a time. The different metals (White and Caucasian peoples) can be melded together, but you cannot meld metal with mud. Egypt became too muddy and could not stand against other Empires, nor even remember who they were anymore. Indeed, they ceased to be who they had been so how could they remember?

      • BackRowHeckler March 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

        Wait a minute, man says the Roman Empire lasted only til 180 AD..
        I thought Rome lasted to the 5th century, when the Huns kicked in . the door? Who’s right, the distinguished army officer and author, or me, Navy enlisted and blogger in this comments section?

        Brh

        • Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

          Maybe he means the Republic? With the Empire lasting beyond that? I’ll have to read it again. He says typically regimes only last about two hundred years. Thus both Romes would have been exceptions to that. America doesn’t seem to be going to be one though.

  67. Janos Skorenzy March 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    You are not your role or roles. Much trouble and tragedy can be avoided by remembering that. Asshole Indian (dot) American cop, off duty no less and out of uniform, comes up to a Black musician, late at night whose car had broken down. He asks him if he’s alright. The Black says yes, he’s fine. Asshole keeps asking him, with increasing aggression. At some point, the Black, fearing for his life, reaches for his gun. But our Indian cop is faster (obviously ready – like any good Samaritan, right?) and shoots him to death.

    The Indians swore that he identified himself as a cop when he first came up to him. Luckily, the Black was on the phone with a towing company or something, and the call was recorded. Asshole never informed him. Now what on Earth did this “cop” think he was doing going up to a man sitting in his car late at night because he was having car trouble? What a horrible cop he must have been – but thankfully no more. Convicted of murder.

    • malthuss March 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm #

      The word is Latinx–yes, so mexicans do invent things.

    • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

      Wow that’s crazy! Where did this happen?

      • SoftStarLight March 9, 2019 at 8:40 pm #

        I think this is it.

        patch.com/florida/miami/florida-cop-found-guilty-2015-shooting-death-black-musician

        The off duty cop was driving a white van no less. I wonder if it was premeditated? Sounds like it is possible.

        • K-Dog March 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

          Scratch, that devilish guy has satanic GPS on all white vans. When premeditation is there, a white van will suggest itself into assistance. But even without premeditation bad mojo results. It wears a skin of purity but once inside with doors closed, the contrast of colored interior, particularly if it is light tan brown, inevitably causes the driver to feel dirty and low. Be the interior dirty or clean a contrast of sin wrapped in white purity engulfs the driver. It is a small thing, only a displaced feeling at first but the driver is aware under his skin. And it builds, wheels turn unease blossoms and great malfeasance will happen.

          With each mile driven the momentum of mayhem builds until it can”t be held back. Then the white van becomes death. The destroyer of all things.

          • K-Dog March 9, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

            Janos/SSL pucker ‘n others can enjoy my use of:

            white purity

            They like to think of me, and like you to think of me, as one of their gang of phishing detractors who somehow make the world safe one paycheck at a time.

            But I am real.